There is something quite luxurious about wearing a perfume from a relatively small perfume house that is not readily available on the high street, and something even more luxurious when you wear it knowing it was the perfume of choice for the Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day.
Founded in 2011 by Michael Boadi, Illuminum is a British fine fragrance house making the most exquisite scents with each one consisting of just 8 notes. It is this that really makes this appeal to me. I’m quite particular when it comes to my perfume – as most of us are.
Illuminum White Gardenia Petals perfume first came to my attention when it was confirmed that this was the perfume of choice for Kate. Curiosity got the better of me and I ordered a bottle from Fortnum and Mason.
White Gardenia Petals is described by the fragrance house as being as fragrant as a vase of white flowers, gently quivering in the breeze from an open window. This is a delicate and refined scent – the top note of lily evokes a nostalgic summer ambiance, whilst heart notes of gardenia, Ylang Ylang, lily of the valley and jasmine breeze are sumptuous and feminine. Amber wood underscores this light bouquet.
It really is every bit as beautiful as it sounds. I can see why Kate chose to wear this on her wedding day. It has moderate longevity and is appropriate for a number of occasions. It has a warm clean scent and is very elegant. It is not overpowering yet strong enough to radiate a delicate scent wherever you go.
The perfume comes in a choice of two sizes and is priced at £70.00 for 50ml and £100.00 for 100ml.
A real classic that will stay that way for a long time.
Expensive, yes. Yet it is also delightfully beautiful. And as one would expect, expensive and beautiful make for a very special combination.
Talk to you all soon x