While You’re Eating Cake, You Might as Well Smell Like Marie Antoinette.

M.A. Sillage de La Reine is a project of historical reconstruction of one of the most fragile cultural artifacts to exist, perfume. The name translates to “the wake of the queen.” Vogue describes it as “overwhelmingly floral with just a hint of musk, which respectfully updates the original formula for our modern tastes yet still evokes the fatal folly and indulgent excess of Marie Antoinette’s age of the not-so-innocent.”

The press release from the Château de Versailles said that M.A. is "...a perfume with a sillage, elegant and light like the breeze blowing on a light dress. The queen's olfactory preferences have been assembled like a bouquet of confidences.”

The French perfumer Francis Kurkdjian created it in January 2005 and offered to a select group of people at a party at Versailles on the occasion of the publication of a book on the original 18th century author of the perfume, Jean-Louis Fargeon.

Packaged in a Baccarat decanter, the wake of the queen is available in the U.S. at the Webster in Miami, it costs $1,078—or about 270 loaves of bread.

Sources: Vogue. Paris by Appointment and The Scented Salamander

 

 

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