Princess Diana’s favourite scent: Hermès 24 Faubourg

Tomorrow, August 31, 2012, marks the 15th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. She was a woman of great style and grace, and in recognition of her appreciation of fashion and beauty, we pay tribute today to her taste in fragrance.

It was the late Princess’s butler, Paul Burrell, who recounted one evening on CNN in an interview with Larry King, that Hermès 24 Faubourg was one of the young woman’s favourite perfumes.

Indeed the warm, creamy and luxurious scent, which was created in 1995 by perfumer Maurice Roucel and named for the address of the Hermès flagship store in Paris, seems well suited to the Royal. And apropos to that elegant locale, the chypre is a timeless composition, reportedly containing orange blossom, jasmine, tiara flower, ylang ylang, iris, patchouli, vanilla, ambergris and sandalwood. (It must be noted that the iconic French house resists defining the exact notes).

Past ad slogans for the perfume likewise remind us of the modern-day princess, whose passing caused such universal sadness. 24 Faubourg, Hermès:  “The secret world where every woman is a sun.”

Hermès 24 Faubourg, EDT $110 (50 ml); EDP $260 (15 ml),

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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.