Today is the 480th anniversary of the birth of Queen Elizabeth 1st. A great week to think about carnations and their unique delicious scent; the very best time to pop into Les Senteurs and smell their fragrance. In Elizabethan England the carnation was the ultra-fashionable flower: in portraits you see the Queen and her courtiers wearing or holding them like pearls of precious price. The intoxicating clove and vanilla scent of a crimson carnation bed with its blue spikey foliage was the highlight of those mad Tudor gardens, full of ragwort, scarlet runners, cowslips, dog roses and lavender. Modern carnations have been degraded to odour-less petrol forecourt and garage flowers, sometimes tortured with green or turquoise dye: but take heart! Caron‘s Piu Bellodgia brings back a scent of the past, and is besides a shining example of a fragrance flanker being actually superior to the 1927 original. Delicately spicy, elegantly formal, transparently floral Piu Bellodgia lies waiting to ensnare you…why not pop round?And while you’re here try the legendary Tabac Blond (carnation embowered in tobacco) and D’Orsay’s L’INTRIGANTE – a spicy posy from the Victorian ballroom.