Caroline's Four Hunderd Candle
Caroline's Four Hundred, the St. Regis signature scent, by ARQUISTE Parfumeur
A "green" floral fragrance based on the flowers used in Mrs. Caroline Astor's famous balls.
Key Notes: American beauty roses, hyacinth, white lilies, green stems and delicate quince, apple and cherry blossom.
Family: Floral, Green
Inspired by one of the most splendid balls held by Caroline Astor, the matriarch of the hotels founding family and doyenne of New Yorks Gilded Age society, Carolines Four Hundred takes its name from the 400 notable guests that represented the highest echelons of New York society.
The scent captures at once the actual flowers used around her residence, the exotic woods of the ballroom, the potted palms and apple blossoms that lined the hallways, and the light crisp essence of champagne wafting through the crowds. With notes of rich American Beauty roses her favorite flower green stems, white lilies and the delicate sweetness of quince, apple and cherry blossom, Carolines Four Hundred, embraces all of the blooms that actually adorned her ballroom on that unforgettable evening in 1900.
Estimated burning time: 55 to 60 hours.Inspiration
January 28, 1900, Fifth Avenue, New York City
Caroline's Four Hundred, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts first-ever bespoke scent has been created exclusively by ARQUISTE Parfumeur.
The list of flowers used to adorn the Astor residence was found in a New York Times article from January 29th, 1900, found at the New York Public Library.
At the society ball given the night before (January 28th), guests of the ball were greeted by Mrs. Caroline Astor in the great drawing room, filled with vases of her favourite flower: the American Beauty rose. The distinctive scent of garden-cut roses enriched by the freshness of the crisp petals.
During supper, bowls of violets were used as table centerpieces, filling the room with their delicate, powdery scent and distinctive green floral character.
Easter lilies were included in the floral displays in the grand Astor residence ballroom. The soft green, waxiness of the lilys petals encircle a warm heart of spicy clove and resinous undertones. The watery, green scent of hyacinth wafted through the house, adding a light, aquatic transparency to the impressive floral arrangements.
Carnations were also featured in the floral arrangements within the ballroom, adding a peppery character to the bouquets, mixed with honey notes and softened by a powdery, rose petal facet.
Apple, quince and almond blossoms lined the hallways of the great house. Their sweet floralcy and fruity character released a heady scent as guests walked by. Potted palms also appeared throughout the hallways, popularized in greenhouses and winter gardens during the Gilded Age, their expansive fronds introducing a lush, tropical aroma to the house.
Polished parquet floors and exquisite French and English furniture of mahogany, oak and sycamore added a sweet woodiness, introducing a robust background to the fresh floralcy of the bouquets.
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