Gunpowder, treason and perfume… The Perfumed Dandy’s Bonfire Night Fragrances 

Careering through the celebrations and commemorations as we do in this part of the world at this time of year we arrive at what is commonly known as ‘Bonfire Night’.

In remembrance of a failed plot to explode our (still extant and still unelected) House of Lords in 1605, great conflagrations are set alight across the land, effigies of the chief conspirator, Guy Fawkes are burnt atop the flames, and fireworks in their thousands are sent soaring into the usually cold and damp skies.

Before setting off to catch a display or two from up a local hill The Dandy shares a few scent associations with this strangest of British festive nights….

1. Gunpowder

From fireworks and in to remember plots past.

2. Wood (ready for the flames)

Though one concedes this would be an event where they were burning artists’ pencils en masse.

3. Tomato

If only the ketchup for the inevitable hotdogs smelt as supreme as this scent.

4. Coca Cola

What else to wash the treason down with?

5. Afterwards (woodsmoke)

When everything has settled down and the whizzbangs are over.

There are scented letters on Feminite du Bois and Youth Dew if you would care to peruse, otherwise…

Have an exuberantly explosive evening!

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy


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8 responses to “Gunpowder, treason and perfume… The Perfumed Dandy’s Bonfire Night Fragrances 

  1. Cheryl

    Dearest Dandy,
    Hope your explosive evening is fab!
    Just had an email from a friend in England who is spending the evening
    holding her 9 month old Bichon, who is so frightened by the noise that he won’t leave her lap.
    With love,

    • Dearest Cheryl
      Dogs do most definitely not enjoy bonfire night, and I can imagine a poor little cotton wool ball of a bichon being especially scared. I do hope he’s recovered.
      For the rest of us it was actually jolly good fun… especially to discover I could see so many displays across the city from the comfort of my own abode!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  2. fleurdelys

    Have fun – I love any reason for a good fireworks show! (Also love the smell of woodsmoke).

    • Dearest Fleur
      Isn’t woodsmoke just the most delicious of smells.
      Luckily we have a few local pubs with real fires and so Sunday afternoons are a safe bet for a few wafts of the rich grey blue aromatic swirls.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  3. Have worn Eau de Campagne for years love it ,great post as ever

  4. Lilybelle

    I hope you enjoyed the Guy Fawkes festivities, Mr. Dandy. It must have been interesting this year in your new neighborhood.

    • Dearest Lily
      It most certainly was. The Dandy had no idea he would be able to see so much from his own windows!
      Yet fireworks a plenty there were skirting, screeching and steeling their way into the skies above the tree tops.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

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