Bridgerton has me feeling regal—these are the 8 perfumes aristocracy actually wear

Bridgerton has me feeling regal—these are the 8 perfumes aristocracy actually wear

The concept of ‘posh perfumes’ has garnered a lot of attention in 2024. Everyone seems to be talking about rich-smelling scents and ‘old money’ fragrances. And whether you love or hate the concept (we appreciate the whole trend is rooted firmly in classism), I can’t help but feel as though the word ‘posh’ has lost all of its meaning. Rather than designate a particular group of people, posh has become a byword for what’s best in life. Originating from the acronym “Port Out, Starboard Home”, the term originally described wealthy travellers crossing the Indian Ocean who chose the more comfortable, sun-sheltered sides of the ship. So, if we’re talking matter of factly, a ‘posh perfume’ is actually one that only the 0.1% could wear—like, for example, aristocracy.

And it’s no coincidence I have recently become fascinated with the concept of posh and aristocratic perfumes, with the likes of Bridgerton and Saltburn firmly cementing themselves in pop culture. Dousing oneself in a posh perfume can make any wearer feel like Bridgerton’s Penelope Featherington during her Season 3 glow up, as she slips on her sequinned shimmering green dress and shimmies out the door—or the resplendent Queen Charlotte if that’s more your vibe. Throughout British history, members of high society have been using scent to show off their wealth and distinguish themselves from those who couldn’t afford basic sanitation aka ‘the great unwashed’ (the poorer you were, the more pungent). But what kind of perfume were the real-life society ladies and royalty of the Regency Era actually wearing?

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