This 'quiet luxury' cult-fave perfume just had the funniest 'Red White and Royal Blue cameo'

It's not every day your go-to scent gets the *royal* seal of approval...

Nicholas Galitzine as Prince Henry and Taylor Zakhar Perez as Alex Claremont-Diaz in Prime Video's Red, White & Royal Blue/ in a pink, yellow and blue gradient template
(Image credit: Prime Video)

Wearers of a certain cult perfume just got called out in Amazon Prime's Red White and Royal Blue, in a very good way. 

Yep, as if cult-fave scent Santal 33—which is already widely regarded as one of the best perfumes—needed any more positive press besides being Niall Horan's cologne go-to, it just had a cameo in the movie adaption of Casey McQuiston's best-selling novel. 

In fact, said cameo came during a rather iconic scene indeed and has no doubt made the temptation to shop it all the more, well tempting...

The 'Red, White and Royal Blue' Santal 33 scene

In the event that you missed the 'quiet luxury' perfume's big movie debut, allow us to take you back to that hospital cupboard scene.

At around minute 15, Prince Henry (Nicholas Galitzine) and Alex Claremont-Diaz (Taylor Zakhar Perez), who is the President of the United States' son, are pushed into a supplies closet by their security after what sounds like gunfire, whilst visiting a hospital. At this point, the pair are in their 'enemy' phase, after a certain cake fiasco—if you haven't seen it, we won't spoil it any further.

Once shoved into the teeny room, the pair topple on top of each other and in their desperate scramble to detangle themselves from one another, Henry quips: "Santal 33? Makes sense."

"What do you mean by that?" Alex demands, to which Henry says: "It means you've got good taste, Alex." Now coming from a prince (albeit a fictional one), that's a big win for our Le Labo stans out there.

This also ends up being a decisive moment in the film for their relationship, as they open up about why they got off on the wrong foot and start to see each other in a new light...

Fans of course noticed the scene too and commented on social media, with one saying: "I would go feral for santal 33 too he got tasteeeees".

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Now, for anyone whose new to the scent, Santal 33 features a warm and niche blend of cardamom, iris and violet, with a crackle of smoky Australian sandalwood and cedarwood and finished with spicy and leathery perfume notes of musk. 

But, with that royal real of approval, also comes a pretty regal price. A 1.7 fluid-ounce bottle will set you back $230, but lucky there are a few Le Labo Santal 33 dupes on the market, including this one from Amazon for just under $25.


Cremo Spray Cologne, Palo Santo Eau De Toilette
Santal 33 dupe

Cremo Spray Cologne, Palo Santo Eau De Toilette

RRP: $23.48

With notes of spicy cardamom, dry papyrus and aromatic Palo Santo, this scent is a close match to Santal 33.

So if you want to smell like the son of a President, here you go—and if you want to find out how Red, White & Royal Blue ends, we've got you covered too. 

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.


Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.