Mitcham Lavender

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Launched by the English company Potter and Moore in 1749, Mitcham Lavender is a very aged, wonderfully soapy, gorgeous lavender scent.  To my nose I also smell wood notes, bergamot and perhaps leather.

Strangely, it’s almost “Chanelesque” in my estimation and reminds me slightly of Chanel no. 22 actually, but of course, it’s a very different sort of fragrance given its age and origin….

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My bottle was made as a commemorative souvenir for the Silver Jubilee of King George V in 1935.  It’s surprisingly well preserved.  I was more than pleasantly surpirsed by this sharp, poignant fragrance.

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Of course, King George V is the grandfather of the current Queen Elizabeth II (her father was King George VI).  And, again, of course, in 1924, the current year of Downton Abbey, George V was King. His reign lasted from 1910 until his death in 1936.

I wonder if any of the characters on Downton Abbey would have used Mitcham Lavender? It’s a unisex fragrance so there would be lots of characters to choose from…  Hmmm.  Too bad we can’t smell what we’re watching? 🙂

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