Beauty Buys Inspired by Newport
Saturday, July 14, 2012
The House of Houbigant's Quelque Fleurs was launched in 1912 and became an immediate sensation with the moneyed set because of its complex floral blend. Victorian women before this time wore only demure single note florals until Quelque Fleurs burst onto the scene with a blend of over 15,000 hot-house flowers. As elegant and distinguished as a beaded evening gown masterpiece by that era's premier designer, Charles Frederick Worth, this regal, romantic fragrance is still available for purchase at amazon.com.
Narcisse Noir by Caron is a heady blend of Persian black narcissus, jonquils, jasmine, and bergamot. A dark and smoky scent, our Gilded Age ladies would have desired it on their skin as they waltzed across their mansion's parquet floors or on star-lit, palm-lined terraces. This stunningly beautiful perfume, created in 1911, is still available at FrangranceNet.com for your own dreamy Newport summer night. Wear it as you stroll Bellevue Avenue after dark or sip a midnight aperitif outdoors on Bowen's Wharf.
French perfume house Guerlain had yet to take America by storm with its famous and enduring Shalimar, but it tempted Gilded Age ladies with L'Heure Bleue, a synthetic blend featuring frankincense and balsam of Peru. This enthralling perfume is not soon forgotten and even today enjoys lasting appeal. Created in 1912, its name refers to the hour of twilight when it is neither light nor dark and thus, the perfume is sometimes called moody or atmospheric. It was perfect for the intimate parlor parties and dinners at Edwardian manor houses; it's still ideal for your cozy dinner for two in one of Newport's old world style restaurants. Find L'Heure Bleue today at sephora.com .
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