This fragrance interprets the rare and transient night flowering cactus Selenicereus grandifloras, also known as the Queen of the Night. Collaborating with the iconic Bertrand Duchaufour, this special scent captures the rare and highly sought after orchid cactus native to Central America. This flowers are renowned for only flowering once a year; the blooms open at night and only live a couple of hours. They are incredibly beautiful with a sweet smell reminiscent of vanilla and are rumoured to powerfully ignite passions. By sunrise the flowers have been spent. A fleeting beauty, a moment of passion, and only the memory of a scent that will remain.
Top: Citrus, Berries, Fresh Green Notes, Bergamot
Middle: Incense, Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Pittosporum, Wisteria
Base: Vanilla, Dry Wood, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Musk
HOW IT WEARS
Warm and sensual from start to end, after a few hours Queen of the Night becomes gently powdery as it relaxes on the skin. It’s a rich floral that oozes comfort and warmth. Settling into the skin like it’s always been there, almost a part of you. This fragrance is an Eau de Parfum and the longevity with Grandiflora is generally about 6 – 8 hours, however we really get around 8 hours with this particular scent.
We love that this is the scent of a flower that blooms once a year for only a few hours. Queen of the Night reminds us of a lush garden, full of sensual heady flowers, where lovers meet in the dead of night. We love the complexity and the deep, rich, seductive nature of the scent. She has a soft and sensual touch… there is something quite intimate about the Queen of the Night.
ABOUT THE BRAND
“I cannot do without flowers. They are my muse, my passion, my world.”
– Grandiflora founder, Saskia Havekes.
In 1995, Saskia opened her flower shop, Grandiflora, in Potts Point, Sydney. The name draws its inspiration from the Magnolia grandiflora, Saskia’s favourite flower. Magnolias have existed for tens of millions of years, making them representative of the immense beauty and power of nature. The Grandiflora fragrance collection is born from Saskia’s love for flowers and want to capture and distil the rarity of transient scented flowers. Complex, subtle and vivid, the enigma of these flowers has yielded six distinct and original fragrances.
Saskia’s first fragrance mission was to create an ode to her beloved Magnolia grandiflora. This resulted in the birth of Magnolia Grandiflora – Sandrine and Magnolia Grandiflora – Michel, the former inspired by a magnolia at the beginning of its life cycle, the latter at the end.
Then came Madagascan Jasmine, a fragrance with great subtlety and a spiritual integrity that captures the glory and intensity of the stunning white flower. Next was Boronia, an elegy to Australian native flowers, inspired by Saskia’s bush childhood. Using another “impossible” flower, Grandiflora then developed the mystical Queen of the Night, an homage to the enigmatic cactus flower that blooms only once a year in the heart of the night.
Finally, in celebration of 25 years of Grandiflora, Saskia launched her namesake fragrance. Saskia is an ambitious evocation; its layered beauty of contrasts reaches for both the scents and the sensibility of one of the world’s most intriguing little flower shops. This fragrance was the 2022 Art and Olfaction Awards winner for an Independent fragrance.
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