“It was like the first time I visited Versailles. There was an eeriness, like I’d been there before. I don’t know if I was Louis XIV or Marie Antoinette or a lowly groundskeeper, but I lived there.” – Maurice Minnifield
Of all the monarchies throughout history, I have always found Marie Antoinette to be the most fascinating queen. From the larger than life hairstyles, to the layer upon layer of gowns she wore, she seemed to lead an intoxicating life. “Let them eat cake,” is a quote we hear all the time in modern life, and that too, came from the famous lady of French reign centuries ago. Marie was given the Petit Trianon, a small chateau on the grounds of Versailles, as a gift from her husband. Her main focus was on the horticulture, and she redesigned the garden after the British style, and added flowers to an area that was mainly an arboretum. It is rumored that this was the one place that Marie wore traditional garden attire that consisted of a muslin dress, gauze scarf and straw hat. A far cry from her majesty’s daily attire!
While searching for new products at Maison et Objet, my nose lead me to a most delectable line of candles called Historaie – Perfume of History. The scents were complex, the packaging beautiful in its simplicity, and the owner won us over with the concept of the line. All of their fragrances are comprised of the historical items in Marie Antoinette’s garden at Versailles. Each one had a je ne sais quois about it, making it a fun challenge to try to determine what comprised its bouquet of fragrance. We loved all 5 scents, which is a rarity, and ordered the line. Once you experience Historiae, you will find it hard to go back to just any old candle. Each collection is made up of 3 sets of fragrance notes. Here are the top notes to get your olfactory senses churning:
Orangerie du Roy – lemon, sweet orange, petit grain, basil, pearmint, and bergamot
Rose de France – may rose, damascena rose, pear, bergamot and tagetes
Bouquet de Triathalon – lemon, bergamot, mandarin, galbanum, mint, freesia, and black currant bush leaf
Hameau de la Reine – bergamot, blackcurrant bud, tomato leaf, and fig
Violette Imperiale – orange, violet, black currant, and peach
The hand stamped wax seal on the top of each box added an extra element to the wonderful packaging, giving them a personal and unexpected touch. It’s the little things, and little things go along way when we are searching for the perfect products to bring into our stores.