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THE LOST LANGUAGE OF SCENT

A furtive glance and a posy of flowers. Those were the signals used in Victorian England to evade strict codes of decorum. From expressions of gratitude to admissions of love, flowers were used to convey the inner workings of the heart, each reflecting a different sentiment in a complex dialect steeped in poetry and folklore.


FLORAL SYMBOLISM

Clive Christian proudly resurrects the lost language of floral symbolism, boasting a wide range of scents whose associations can be used to convey numerous emotions, from love, gratitude and admiration to sorrow and condolence. Different notes contained in each of Clive Christian’s distinctive fragrances act as a subtle – and beautiful – form of expression.

For the love-struck, Victorian tradition dictated the gifting of Violet, found in feminine editions of 1872 and C, whose rich tones are said to drape the heart in a protective silk, delivering wearers to a place of serenity and trust.  For the faint of heart, quietly restorative Chamomile found in the feminine edition of V, is administered to fill the spirit with vigour and strength. Most recently, Clive Christian has reimagined the Original Collection No1 in a new pair of limited edition Original Collection ‘Twist’ perfumes that enhance and celebrate both Violet and Chamomile, available in both Harrods and Bergdorf Goodman exclusively.

‘IN THE VICTORIAN TIMES, EVERYONE WAS WELL VERSED IN THE LANGUAGE OF PERFUME. WHEN YOU GIFTED A BOUQUET OR HAD A PERFUME, YOU WERE TELLING A STORY, OR SENDING A MESSAGE.’
Victoria Christian