One of the most popular questions we get about Kate’s beauty regime is arguably the type of perfumes she wears. Luckily for us, there have been confirmations about two different kinds of perfumes preferred by the Duchess, and several extrapolations which we could take based on other aspects of her life to guess a couple of more.
The most popular perfume that is associated with the Duchess of Cambridge was chosen back when she was still Kate Middleton – White Gardenia Petals Eau de Parfum by Illuminum. In the weeks leading up to the Royal Wedding, Kate chose this floral scent as the one she would spritz as she married into the British Royal Family. It is speculated that Kate, always being cognizant of the smallest of details, chose the lily, jasmine and gardenia scent by a small and relatively unknown British brand to complement her floral bouquet which included lily of the valley. It was also, in hindsight, a good indication of how she would continue to offer a nod to smaller British brands in her fashion choices over the years to come. The perfume is now widely known as the “Kate Middleton Perfume” and the Illuminum brand has now garnered critical acclaim, perhaps in part to the popularity that Kate shared with them.
As a young mother, what scent would Kate choose? Likely her widely rumoured signature scent, Jo Malone Orange Blossom. Kate loves the scent so much she reportedly had their candles burning in Westminster Abbey as she walked down the aisle on her wedding day. The light scent is a popular one in Jo Malone’s line, described as “… A shimmering garden oasis. Clementine flower sparkles over a heart of orange blossom and water lily, with warm undertones of orris and balsamic vetiver.” The Daily Mail also reported that a selection of candles, handwashes and lotions were used in the bathrooms at the Royal Wedding for guests, specifically in citrus spring scents including Orange Blossom, Grapefruit and the ever-popular Lime, Basil & Mandarin.
In the future, what perfumes might Kate select? Given what we know of Kate, it’s likely she will continue to stick with her favourites, but we may see a few new scents work their way into her perfume repertoire. It’s quite possible that she will consider a perfume by Floris, a perfume house with the current royal warrant. Another brand with royal ties is Creed. In 1885, Queen Victoria granted Creed a royal warrant for perfumes after falling in love with their scents. Grace Kelly, later Princess Grace of Monaco, also loved the Creed brand. Her husband, Prince Rainier, commissioned her a scent for her wedding day with notes of tuberose, lily and jasmine called Fleurissimo.
We will have to wait and see! Only time (and hopefully a willing-to-share Kensington Palace source) will tell. You can always try out some of Kate’s perfumes in our Royal Beauty Box too!