While Kate Middleton has been happily married for over a year now, details on the Royal Wedding are still making their way across the pond. To be quite honest, I had not given a second thought to what fragrance Kate had worn on her wedding day. I was easily placated by the news she had done her own wedding makeup. Strangely though upon learning that the Illuminum White Gardenia Petals fragrance worn on her wedding day would be released exclusively in the US at Henri Bendel’s, I knew I needed to get my hands on it.
A special appearance at the Henri Bendel perfume launch was made by the Madame Tussauds’ wax figure of the Duchess of Cambridge, who was a bit overdressed for the occasion in an elegant lilac dress and five inch Jimmy Choo’s, though she didn’t seem to mind. How does a fragrance get selected to be part of the royal wedding day? According to an Illuminum representative, purely by chance. A sample had been given to Kate Middleton in a gift bag prior to the wedding and it was not until after the big day that Illuminum learned of White Gardenia Petals being worn by Kate.
The evening was all about the fragrance after all. For fans of Gardenia, the Illuminum fragrance does not disappoint. “Top notes of lily with heart notes of white gardenia, mugeut, and jasmine breezes and amber wood undertones” create a sweet yet light scent that was subtle enough for me to wear to the office, though you may want to reserve it more for summer evenings and special occasions. You can purchase White Gardenia Petals starting at $105 exclusively in the US at Henri Bendel or at HenriBendel.com.