M.J. Rose: I've been fascinated with lost fragrances since long before I started writing The Book of Lost Fragrances... since I found a bottle of perfume on my great grandmother's dresser that had belonged to her mother in Russia. Here is one of those lost fragrances that stirs the senses and the imagination... (reasearched and described with the help of the perfume writer Dimitrios Dimitriadis)
VIOLET - AMBRE ROYAL
A French company established in 1810, Violet sold perfumes, cosmetics and toiletries to a discerning clientele, and in 1923 trademarked the name "Violay" in the US for export. Ambre Royal was a women's perfume created in 1900 which - as the name suggests - was an olfactory interpretation of vegetal amber. Rich and honey-like in nature, Ambre Royal has a citrus topnote, and heart which married white flowers with warmer resinous accords, soft spices, patchouli, labdanum and woods. Upon its release, it was presented in beautiful Galliard-designed flacons and shagreen boxes, but very few examples remain to this day. Parisian perfumery at its finest, Ambre Royal epitomises the type of scent being created at the turn of the last century.