Scenting Bridgerton Season Three (Part the Second)

 

Dearest Gentle Reader,

I’m sure we are all a-gawp to discover the latest Bridgerton gossip, having waited breathlessly for weeks to find out what became of our aristocratic friends since last we left them? As it happens, the breathlessness continues apace, with passionate encounters simply throbbing through this second half of Bridgerton’s third season, and all manner of revelations brought to boiling point. But once again, as with my previous perfume-matching missive, which covered Season 3 Episodes 1-4; I must ask you to avert thine eyes if you have not yet feasted on the fascinating frivolities of what the young people are calling ‘the second drop’ of Bridgerton Season 3 episodes 4-8 on Netflix. Thundering SPOILERS are necessarily afoot, and I shall not be held to blame if your careless gaze happens to fall on one of them if you read any further without having caught up. Comprendre?

 

 

 

 

Netflix have helpfully posted a blog, where you may catch up with the cast and investigate their particulars a little more closely. However, because you are all doubtless very busy people, I have selected a snippet here, which explains the main plot points to be aware of for this second part of the season, and its dramatic denouement. They say:

‘Part 2, which premiered June 13, picks up from the Part 1 finale, which saw Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) propose to blooming wallflower Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan). As Colin and Penelope reflect on their newfound relationship in Part 2, they seem to realise just how in love they are. Yet secrets still hang over the happy couple. Namely, that Mayfair knows Penelope by another, more secret, moniker: Lady Whistledown, the ton’s most infamous scandal sheet writer…’

As ever, yours truly has been very busy keeping up with all the, er, comings and goings… and pairing some of the main players with perfumes that should serve to enhance their ever-developing (and disrobing) characters. This ‘scent matching’ may seem incongruous to those of you not familiar with the concept, but let me reassure you that there is method in the apparent madness. When one knows a person more *cough* intimately, we may imagine the things that will not only suit them, but serve them well – a colour that particularly becomes them, which they feel more confident when wearing, for example.

Similarly, selecting the right fragrance helps embolden our spirits (though gracious knows this season has its share of bold behaviour!) Therefore, the putting together of people we know with perfumes they should wear also becomes a shortcut to understanding the vagaries of a scent’s character – the mood it brings, the textural subtleties a simple listing of notes can never attain. And though there may have been several scribes claiming the mantle of Whistledown thus far, you may also rest assured that this author has all your fragrant requirements firmly in hand (and wrist, neck, décollotage…) Which of these would you offer the next dance to, dear readers, while we impatiently await the next season? Until then, I remain

Yours Truly,

Suzy Nightingale

 

 

Penelope Featherington / Bridgerton + Alexandre J Ode to Rose Extract

Oh my, how the butterfly has spread its wings (among other things) this season. But all is not perfect for Pen, as the course of true love becomes ensnared in a scandal of her own making. With her true identity revealed, Penelope needed extra strength to withstand the possibility of a cruel backlash, and the exquisite beauty of this scent would certainly do the trick. Incredibly long-lasting, imbued with ripe plum, velvety rose, licentious jasmine and the sweet headiness of ylang ylang; the base swirls with warming rum and silky sandalwood. Scandalously gorgeous!

£240 for 25ml perfume extract harrods.com

 

 

 

Colin Bridgerton + Parfums de Marly Percival

The newly rakish Colin returned from his travels to find Penelope a changed woman, too – and the further *ahem* things she revealed wiped away his self-assured smugness almost as quickly as his tan faded. However, a gentleman may have subtlety and self-knowledge amidst his passion, and this fragrance will buck-up his spirits with juicy mandarin, encourage true love via violet and jasmine-tinged geranium, then tame his pig-headedness with soothing drifts of cool lavender and the dewy verdancy of coriander grounded in musky spices and fir balsam. That’s better.

£200 for 75ml eau de parfum selfridges.com

[Why not try a sample as part of The Scented Gent Discovery Box? A mere £23 / £21 for VIPs!]

 

 

 

Lady Cressida Cowper + BDK Rouge Smoking

Desperately escaping her family’s dreary choices of prospective husbands, Cressida craves independence (and yes, the taste of revenge). Her route out of society’s strictures at first seems to be via blackmail, but poison has a way of ending up back in one’s own goblet, does it not? Far better for Lady Cowper to sling this scent in her hastily-packed travelling trunk, and revel in its spirit. Being inspired by ‘…a woman who lives in Pigalle with a strong taste for fashion’, the powdery sweetness of luscious cherry is comforted by dark vanilla and cashmeran’s softness.

£175 for 100ml eau de parfum selfridges.com

 

 

 

Lady Tilley Arnold + Clive Christian Jump Up & Kiss Me (Ecstatic)

When Tilley catches Benedict’s eye, he’s not ready for where their heady encounters will lead (see below…), but neither is Tilley ready for the feelings she will catch along the way. Ooops. Easily done – especially when wearing something as shamelessly intoxicating as this tuberose-billowing enticement. Enveloped in orange flower, swooning with white flowers, no wonder this perfumed paean to ‘the flower of the night’ has so thoroughly seduced both wearer and admirer alike. As it warms, the amber and tonka beguile even further; and where might that lead, next…?

£490 for 50ml eau de parfum selfridges.com

 

 

 

Benedict Bridgerton + Contradictions in ILK Libertine

Quite the journey of self-discovery for Benedict this season, where he finds double the pleasure while exploring his personal proclivities. One wonders if he’s been helped along the way with liberal soakings of a scent such as this – inspired by Casanova himself, no less. You can smell his favourite tipple, ‘cordial orgeat,’ through dusky cognac-infused rose and bitter orange flower, with a saffron-soaked throb of leather, hot wax, animalic cumin lashed to the darker base of amber and deep woods. Golly. It’s addictive, that’s for sure; as is the sensual freedom that follows.

£95 for 50ml extrait de parfum ilkperfume.com

 

 

 

Queen Charlotte + Atkinsons Her Majesty The Oud

Ever feared of her position on the throne metaphorically being toppled by Lady Whistledown, Queen Charlotte uses her remarkable astuteness to finally discover her foe’s identity. But as advised by her ever-wise friend and confidant, Lady Danbury; sometimes it’s better to know thy enemy yet keep them on side. Gloriously powerful in nature, there’s a surprising softness to this scent, too – an opulently feminine celebration of Turkish rose at harmony with a steelier sizzle of saffron, and that unmistakable woodiness in the sweeping trail, all sweetened by a soupçon of vanilla.

£205 for 100ml eau de parfum selfridges.com

[Psst! Clever readers will want to try the sample available in The Platinum Discovery Box, at only £25 / £21 for VIPs]

 

Those readers left bereft and demanding more Bridgerton in their lives are in luck – Liberty London currently invite you to indulge your romantic Regency fantasies via their Liberty Fabrics & Bridgerton collection. Liberty says:

Discover the collection brought to life within Liberty’s Tudor walls. Lose yourself in the whispers, scandal and glamour of the ‘Ton, in rooms inspired by iconic moments from the series and brought to life using fabrics from the Liberty Fabrics & Bridgerton collection. Consider this your invitation to an experience waiting to be discovered, on the Fourth Floor until 2nd July.

 

‘May we invite you to discover the match of the season? As Netflix and Shondaland’s hit series, Bridgerton, returns for its third season, here at Liberty we are celebrating the romance and Regency of the ‘Ton, with a collaborative collection of exquisite botanical fabrics, created in artistic partnership between Liberty Fabrics & Bridgerton.

Across nine uniquely crafted floral prints, Liberty’s print heritage and Bridgerton’s enthralling narrative entwine. Each design features details and motifs drawn from Liberty’s extensive archive, with inspirations ranging from Regency era print books to 1960s scarves: redrawn, recoloured and reimagined for the modern modiste on Tana Lawn™ cotton and luxurious silks.

In celebration of the collection, designer Huishan Zhang created a couture gown using one of the Belgravia Silk fabrics from the collection, as seen on actress Hannah Dodd, who plays the youngest Bridgerton sister in the show’s third series.

Join us, as we delve into the stories and inspirations behind the collection, and prepare to fall in love…’