It was with great pleasure that I was introduced to Robert Piguet Gardenia at Sniffapalooza’s Fall Ball 2014 at Bergdorf Goodman. I have to say this was love at 1st sniff. This was not what I expected. I thought this would be a very feminine formula since the highlight note was the white flower. I was deeply mistaken and took the spray on my arm and what I had was intoxicating and seductive as well as feeling like a daily accessory like a favorite leather jacket. The fragrance created an experience that I wanted to endure again and again.
Gardenia has had a long history in fragrance and horticulture. This is a flower that originated in Asia and India. It is the national flower of Pakistan. It is a white flower with a jasmine like scent. I have smelled it before and it has always been something I equated with pure feminine beauty, not something for me.
This flower was named after Dr. Alexander Garden who lived in South Carolina in the 18th Century. Dr. Garden was a naturalist, botanist, and zoologist. He was of Scottish descent and came to America in 1755. He was loyal to the British but his son joined the American army. America was at war in 1780. When the war was done, Dr. Garden was exiled from the US and on the way back to the United Kingdom; he suffered from intense seasickness and later died from tuberculosis. A British colleague bestowed him with the honor of being named after an unclassified flower.
Famous people such as Dr. Sigmund Freud and the singer Billie Holiday revered the Gardenia flower. Holiday wore the flower every time she performed. Freud was in Rome when he learned about the flower. It brought back good memories for him.
When it comes to fragrance this flower cannot be utilized using distillation, enfleurage, or expression. It cannot produce an essential oil. It must be either synthetically created or formulated using a blend of other essential oils.
Gardenia in fragrance rose to fame 1925 with the creation of Chanel’s Gardenia by Ernest Beaux and Gabrielle Chanel.
The Robert Piguet Gardenia fragrance was created by Aurelien Guichard the perfumer appointed by Joe Garces to lead the future of the brand. Ylang Ylang and Lily are followed by Cashmeran, Madagascar Vanilla, Black Leather, and woods. I never would have thought I could wear this myself but it’s easy to fall in love with it because it feels like a comfort scent. The florals blends expertly with the creamy vanilla and it becomes the ultimate bedtime scent for me. It doesn’t feel masculine or feminine to me, just the combination of the best of both. It is perfect for the fall because it doesn’t have the citrus of summer fragrances or the spiciness of winter scents. The crisp colder air of October and my leather jacket were a great match with it. My wife thinks this is one the best fragrances I purchased at Sniffapalooza.