FRA­GRANCE Found: a per­fume that will make you smell (and feel) like a duchess.

The next best thing to own­ing a manor house? A spritz of this un­de­ni­ably English per­fume.

ELLE (Canada) - - Contents - By Vic­to­ria DiPlacido

ON THE TWO- HOUR DRIVE from Lon­don, Eng­land, to the pas­toral Cotswolds, I sur­mise that the area is to sum­mer­ing Brits what the Muskokas are to On­tar­i­ans: a beloved, and de­cid­edly posh, coun­try es­cape. It was here—amid the gen­tly slop­ing hills, pic­turesque homes and streets too nar­row for two-way traf­fic—that Kate Moss mar­ried Jamie Hince (now her ex) in 2011. When I ar­rive on a sunny af­ter­noon in early May, ru­mour has it that the soon-to-be-wed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are spend­ing the week­end here. The lo­ca­tion is a quintessen­tially English re­treat and, I learn, home to a quintessen­tially English flower: the vine­like honey­suckle. “Any­time you ask an English per­son about honey­suckle, you’ll get a 20-minute story about the honey­suckle in their grand­par­ents’ gar­den or the honey­suckle they dis­cov­ered while on a walk in the woods,” laughs Ce­line Roux, the French-born head of global fra­grance at Jo Malone Lon­don. The flo­ral note was an easy fit for the Bri­tish per­fume house but not an easy get: It does not ex­ist nat­u­rally in per­fumery (honey­suckle is too del­i­cate to ex­tract an oil from), and the flower blooms only once a year. So, to cap­ture the scent, Roux re­cruited renowned nose Anne Flipo and a team fa­mil­iar with Headspace, a tech­nol­ogy that an­a­lyzes the air around a flower. The group made their way to an ar­bore­tum in the Cotswolds and ar­rived at sun­rise only to find that the scent was not par­tic­u­larly strong. “We waited, and the scent evolved and changed through­out the day,” says Roux. “By 5 p.m. we had a few scents, but I thought, ‘What if it evolves again?’” The crew headed back out at mid­night with a bot­tle of cham­pagne from their ho­tel to help pass the time dur­ing the hour-long scent-cap­tur­ing process. The re­sult­ing note (on which Jo Malone Lon­don has a life­time exclusive) re­flects the many lay­ers of the flower—bright, sweet and warm. Flipo paired it with da­vana, an herb, to cre­ate a true chypre scent, which is de­fined by the con­trast be­tween flo­ral and mossy notes. “When I had my makeup done to­day, the makeup artist smelled the fra­grance and said it re­minded her of her child­hood in the Cotswolds,” says Roux. “I said: ‘It’s honey­suckle! I’m so ex­cited you feel nos­tal­gic.’ She told me, ‘If that was the goal, it worked.’” ®

Jo Malone Lon­don Honey­suckle & Da­vana Eau de Cologne Spray ($184 for 100 mL). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

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