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Royal Society of Chemistry, CPL Aromas Collaborate on Fragrance for Queen

Posted: November 26, 2012

CPL Aromas has created a bespoke fragrance for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) who will present a specially designed bottle of perfume to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as a Christmas gift this year—the year of her diamond jubilee.

The fragrance has been named Adamas, derived from the Greek word for diamond, and uses a bespoke crystal bottle created by craftsman David Sanders and Andrew Wallace at their workshop in the Yorkshire Dales. CPL Aromas was requested by the Royal Society of Chemistry to create the fragrance, which was presented to Buckingham Palace on November 19 by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The fragrance is a collaboration between perfumers Stephane Bengana and Ange Stavrevska at CPL Aromas and incorporates many precious ingredients found in Commonwealth countries such as Jamaica, Canada, India, Sri Lanka and Australia.

“The perfume was inspired by the classic fragrances available at the time of the Coronation in 1952. Sensual floral’s were popular during this era, as were fresh and lively green accords both of which feature," says Stavrevska. 

Adamas is a green floral fragrance created in a classical style with subtle modern twists. The green opening of the fragrance is sweetened by modern notes of pear and peach while a dew drop accord adds freshness and Canadian cedar leaf oil adds a warm edge. The blooming bouquet at the heart of the fragrance combines the freshness of lily of the valley with classic touches of rose, Indian jasmine oil and heady, exotic Indian tuberose oil. Warmth at the heart is provided by a subtle spice accord of Indian black pepper, Jamaican pimento leaf and Sri Lankan cinnamon leaf oils while the enveloping base combines sweet amber, Australian sandalwood oil and tonka bean with clean vetiver, musks and patchouli.

“The RSC, of which the queen is patron, wished to mark her majesty’s jubilee in a special fashion and, with her agreement, we set about creating something that would echo her own interests while having a unique aroma," said Lesley Yellowlees, president of the Royal Society of Chemistry.