Eau de Russe

Eau de Russe

Price £3.50 inc VAT

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The Crown Perfumery Co. was one of Britain's foremost perfume houses. Founded in 1872 by William Sparks Thomson, a maker of crinolines and corsets. Catering to the high society in London and Europe, he launched a collection of floral fragrances called Flower Fairies. Queen Victoria granted the Crown Perfumery her own crown's image to top the fragrance bottles. By the end of the century, Crown Perfumery was exporting nearly 50 different perfumes and accompanying products to countries all over the world. Mrs. Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, was the inspiration for the creation of 'Crown Bouquet'.

Despite it's innovations and high reputation, Crown's success dwindled after the death of Thomson Sr. and the start of First World War. The company was then sold to Lever Brothers (now Unilever) for £300,000. Under Lever, Crown's resources were turned to making hair products rather than perfume, and in 1939 the company was closed.

In the early nineties the company was revived and in 1993 a Crown Perfumery boutique was opened. Much of the perfume range was faithfully reproduced and Crown were once again in business.

In 1999 the luxury brand Clive Christian's relentless pursuit of luxury led him to revive The Crown Perfumery once more. He was inspired to revisit the forgotten traditions of quality perfumery, using the very best ingredients and retaining the classic bottle design. Clive soon launched Clive Christian fragrances thus replacing and discontinuing The Crown Perfumery name forever more.

The Crown Perfumery fragrances we have in stock are now all sadly discontinued so this is a great opportunity to acquire a real piece of perfume history. 


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