During research on a book about Queen Marie-Antoinette's perfumer, Jean-Louis Fargeon, historian and professor Elisabeth de Feydeau stumbled upon a recipe from the archive of Fargeon which she discovered to be the signature scent of Marie-Antoinette known as Le Sillage de la Reine or "Wake of the Queen".
After the discovery of this historical archive, de Feydeau contacted French perfumer, Francis Kurkdijian who worked with de Feydeau on the details of re-creating Le Sillage de la Reine. Kurdijian agreed to re-create the scent using the techniques and ingredients of Fargeon's day just to see if it could be done.
According to records, it took Kurkdijian two years to work out the details and produce a scent of royal quality.
Feydeau re-named the creation as M.A.(Marie-Antoinette) Sillage de la Reine. Kurkdijian's re-creation is a mixture of jasmine, rose, iris, tuberose, lavender, musk, vanilla, ambergris, cedar, sandalwood and other essences.
Note: The photo is of 25ml bottle of M.A. Sillage de la Reine