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Confession: I am a bit of a perfume junkie. Left unchecked, I could easily amass a collection of flacons and atomisers that would rival that of any large perfume hall. Smell is so evocative and so incredibly personal, and a good ‘wardrobe’ of scents can help tie together a look and add a layer that makes it multi-dimensional.

So, it was with glee that I tripped along the King’s Rd last night to attend the launch party of the Royal Apothic pop-up shop in The Gallery at Anthropologie. The event also marked the launch of a bespoke frangrance to mark the historic centenary of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a stone’s throw from the store. Antiquarius Petals is the creation of Royal Apothic’s ‘nose’ Sean O’Mara, and he was on hand last night to talk guests through the creation of the new scent along with the rest of the Royal Apothic collection.

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Antiquarius Petals is inspired by stately homes, gardens and abundant blooms of the flower show and named after the historic and well-loved Antiquarius building in which Anthropologie’s Chelsea store stands. Infused with top notes of blackberry with citrus tones of grapefruit, mandarin and tangerine whilst floral mid notes of jasmine, orange blossom, violet and rose resonate. The base notes of patchouli, eucalyptus, sandalwood and exotic musk and vanilla bring a sensuous quality to the fragrance – reflecting a quintessential Chelsea Summer’s day.

Of course, there weren’t the only ‘flowers’ on display, the brilliant Flower Appreciation Society were also on hand to create bespoke floral head dresses for attendees…

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And there were floral cocktails in abundance (the violet gin fizz was amazing!) to help with the retail therapy…

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If you’re a perfume lover, then I’d highly recommend you hustle on down to SW3 while Royal Apothic are in residence, and snap up a bottle (or two, or three…)

Royal Apothic at The Gallery, Anthropologie
139 King’s Rd, London SW3 4PW
Open 16th May – 30th JUne

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