27 February, 2012

Henri's Tribute to Grace Kelly's Elegance

I came across this perfume last week at our local pharmacy and was curious as to it's origin.  I love a perfume with a history, don't you? And with a name like Gin Fizz, there had to be a fun story behind it.  This particular fragrance was first created in 1955 by celebrated perfumer Henri Giboulet as a tribute to Grace Kelly in the year she won an Oscar for her role in The Country Girl. The name is inspired by a cocktail that was in fashion at the time in the American bars of Paris, and was synonymous with joie de vivre and a fashionably festive lifestyle. It has a citrus and floral scent with a light, fresh smell. It's made by the House of Lubin, which has been around since 1798 making frangrances for Empress Josephine and various other royals; and the first French perfumer ever to export to the U.S. in 1828. Another fun note; Prince Rainier commissioned Fleurissimo from Creed as a wedding fragrance for Grace in 1956. Fleurissimo was made to complement the royal bouquet she carried down the aisle. Wouldn't you love to have a fragrance commissed for you as a present? Enjoy!
Grace Kelly as Georgie Elgin in a PR still for The Country Girl
...and accepting her Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Country Girl
Grace's Lily-of-the-Valley Bouquet for her second, religious church ceremony.


1 comment :

  1. Thanks so much for your comment today on grays. Stonington gray is one I'll have to check out!

    Love Grace Kelly and the entire Creed line. Yes, how amazing a gift it must have been to have a fragrance created especially for her.

    What a life she led!!


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