Perfume and politics: Michelle Obama, Ann Romney

Perfume and politics: Michelle Obama, Ann Romney

As the world tunes into the American election to see who will lead the superpower for another four years, we in the style-obsessed peanut gallery ponder perfume preferences of the political arena’s leading women.
Light-hearted yes, but someone’s gotta do it.
So the incumbent:

Creed Love in White fragrance, a reported favourite perfume of First Lady Michelle ObamaThe Democrat: Michelle Obama
Elegant and all-American with a taste for prints and experimentation.
Age: 48
Fragrance of Choice: We’ve unearthed repeated reports of Obama’s go-to scent: Creed Love in White. (Orange zest, rice husk, white jasmine, daffodil, magnolia, Bulgarian rose, sandalwood and ambergris.)
Favourite Fashion Labels: Jason Wu, Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenberg, J. Crew, Michael Kors, Preen, Prabal Gurung



The Republican: Ann Romney
Style: Classic, tailored and polished: June Cleaver for a new generation.
Age: 63
Fragrance of Choice: After much digging, we’ve discovered Romney’s favourite blooms: lilacs. That said, no official word on her signature scent.
Favourite Fashion Labels: Reed Krakoff, Oscar de la Renta, Boston designer Alfred Fiandaca


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Deborah Fulsang has spent the last two decades as a journalist covering news and trends in the worlds of style—in fashion and beauty, design and décor, food and entertaining. Her long-held love of fragrance led her to launch The Whale & The Rose, a destination for all things perfume-related. Now, when she indulges in a crazy-expensive bottle of fragrance, she can do so guilt-free. Well almost. It’s all in the name of research after all.