The Acknowledgment...Queen Alexandra

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 17 May, 2010 0 comments

The House of Grossmith was granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment by Queen Alexandra (1844-1925). Grossmith also held warrants from the Royal Courts of Greece and Spain.


FYI: Royal Warrants have been issued for centuries to those who supply goods or services to a royal court or certain royal personages.

Hasu-no-Hana Eau de Parfum

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    Hasa-no-Hana is a fragrance for women in the Chypre Floral group. Hasu-no-Hana is the scent of the Japanese Lotus Lily.   Established in 1888

Top Notes:
Bergamot, Bitter Orange

Middle Notes:
Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Iris

Base Notes:
Vetiver, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Virginia Cedar, Tonka Bean

This lily pad of a refreshing scent is long lasting and the darkness is surrounded by the airy and delightful smell of roses and jasmine to lighten up the surface. I wore this fragrance in the afternoon and I felt quite prepared and comfortable wearing it to meetings that I attended. It truly is a rich and bountiful scent for the women is confident.

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Phul-Nana

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Phul-Nana is a fragrance for women and it is in the Oriental Fougere group.
Phul-Nana represents a bouquet of chosen Indian flowers.   Establised in 1891

Fragrance Notes:
Neroli, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Tuberose, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Opoponax, Virginia Cedar, Tonka Bean, Vanilla Bourbon, Orange

This sweet and luscious scent is a garden oasis. This is what I wore in the morning to wake me up with a great outlook on life. It is truly long lasting and extremely feminine. The lingering smell of orange kept me cheerful and it was a delight to smell it in a light breeze.

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Shem-el-Nessim

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Shem-el-Nessim is a women's fragrance and it is in the Floral Woody Musk group. Shem-el-Nessim is Arabic for 'smelling the breeze'. Established in 1906

Fragrance Notes:
Musk, Iris, Jasmine, Neroli, Geranium, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Virginia Cedar, Vanille, Bergamot, Heliotrope, Rose

Honestly I wore this woody scent in the evening but it is dainty enough for daytime. It is quite unique and I felt complete when I layered this scent on for night time. I added more not that this scent is not long lasting but I wanted to feel sexy and alluring in my own skin and knowing that Shem-el-Nessim will get me noticed.

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Perfume Review

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    The three classic English oriental floral perfumes in the launch range are based on original formulations. They have all been made without reference to cost and using natural ingredients is the up most importance when it is available.

    These three fragrances are not only beautiful smelling but the history that goes along with it tells a story of how three generations were so passionate about their craft that faith would have it to be found again by the great-great grandson. A place where it will remain and where dedication to the ART OF PERFUMERY will live on.

    The House of Grossmith had a reputation for not only producing beautiful perfumes but showcasing it in exquisite Baccarat crystal for perfume bottles.

    The family has worked with the House of Baccarat to find the original moulds that was first produced in 1919 for the Grossmith Baccarat Flacon. All flacon were individually numbered etched with pure gold for Hasu-No-Hana, Phul-Nana and Shem-el-Nessim.
   
    The Launch Range -Eau de Parfum come in available in exclusive glass bottles in sizes ranging from 100ml -spray and 50ml -spray perfume bottles

Simon Brooke... The Future

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    Mr. Simon Brooke (great-great grandson) and his wife, Amanda discovered they have a treasure that needs to be back in the hands of their family. It had been 30 years since the House of Grossmith lost ownership. Mr. Brooke is looking to the in re-establishing three fragrances so he contacted Robertet ( the fragrance house in Grasse who specialize in natural materials) to reproduce, Hasu-No-Hana, Phul-Nana and Shem-el Nessim. These classic English fragrances have been compared to great French Perfumery of that time produced by Guerlain and Houbigant.

    Grossmith was a family owned business since it was founded in 1835. It ran for three generations until 1924. It went out of family ownership in 1970 and trading completely stopped around 1980, but that would all change.
   
    One day a man named, Simon Brooke was researching his family three and discovered that he is an heir to a perfume company. Not just any perfume company but one of London's oldest and most success perfume houses. Mr. Brooke further discovered that he is the great-great grandson of founder, John Grossmith.

   This great discovery provided Mr. Brooke with enough information to relaunch three scents from its range of classic English perfumes. These fragrances are remastered from original formulas and packaging designs.

  This legacy is a part of history and the history of royal personages. In fact, Queen Victoria was an avid client of the House of Grossmith. This truly for Mr. Brook was a 'thrill' of a lifetime.

Editor's Note

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   The month of May has been a combination of thrills and challenges for me.
I was ill for a week. So, I wanted this issue to be published for Mother's Day but that did not happen. So, I apologize for the delay and I thank you very much for your patience with me. That was the challenge. The thrills are... my husband graduated with a doctorate degree and I spent a week with my family in Disney world in Orlando, Florida. These two events were fun and my I am quite proud for my husband, however it was overwhelming and handling two young children on a plane was truly the "thrill", if you know what I mean.

  However, I want to thank two people who made it possible for me to produce an issue for the month of May and that is Mr. Simon Brooke, Managing Director at Grossmith-London and Ms. Sophie Reeve at Grossmith-London who sent out a beautiful media kit to me and three exquisite perfume samples.

  Even though this issue is delayed by a week, it is still dedicated to the wonderful and hardworking mothers everywhere who go above and beyond. I am proud to be a mother and I truly understand the thrills when they come and I embrace the challenges when they come too. The House of Grossmith is truly a company that I feel is a 'family company' that lost ownership for a time and then the great-great grandson discovers a family treasure that was lost but now found.

Mr. Brooke, embraced the challenge of getting back what was once a family owned company and the thrill is that three of the finest fragrances from the House of Grossmith has been relaunched for all of us to embrace.

     The House of Grossmith was founded in 1835 by John Grossmith and his son, John Lipscomb Grossmith. Grossmith rose to huge success and many exquisite products using the finest natural ingredients were created. Not only were the perfumes beautiful to look at but it came in one of a kind Baccarat crystal perfume bottles.
    Grossmith and his son was the only English company to win a prize medal for perfumes and essential oils during the Great Exhibition in 1851.

    John Lipscomb Grossmith was trained as a perfumer in Grasse but he returned home to London to use his skills to work with his father by helping to create and expand existing brands.
   
   Many perfume formula books were written by John Lipscomb Grossmith. He wrote over 300 product formulas which included perfumes, colognes, essential oils and soaps to name a few.

   John Lipscomb Grossmith was truly ahead of his time and a master craftsman at the skill and ART OF PERFUMERY.

Note: Unfortunately, after research and verfication with Simon Brooke, no pictures were located of John Grossmith and his son.

HOUSE OF GROSSMITH

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    Grossmith is one of England's oldest perfume houses in the city of London. It was founded in 1835 by John Grossmith and his son. Grossmith and his son developed the company into a leading perfumery and produced a wide range of perfumes, essential oils, fine soaps, face powders, toilet preparations and hand creams.
    Natural ingredients were imported from Grasse (in France). Grossmith at the time was a family run company of three generations until 1924. It ceased family ownership in 1970 and all trading stopped around 1980.

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