The shock announcement that the Duke of Hastings won't be back for Bridgerton season 2 has left women everywhere weeping into fishbowl-size glasses of pinot grigio. But we have good news: there's a perfume that smells of Regé-Jean Page. Seriously.
Experts at Fragrance Direct have matched the key aromas from Regency era colognes to a modern-day juice to help conjure up the gorgeous Duke.
Research reveals colognes worn back in the 1800s were packed with tangy lemon aromas and subtle orange notes. Fast forward to 2021 and the perfect fit is (drumroll please) Diesel’s Only the Brave Eau de Toilette (opens in new tab).
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The popular scent opens with the invigorating freshness of lemon and mandarin set against a contrasting background of spicy, herbaceous coriander. The heart notes bring an aromatic sensuality with labdanum, violet leaves and rosemary, while the base exudes strength and warmth courtesy of amber and the added intensity of leather and woody cedar.
Whether you decide to mist your pillow or your partner, is up to you. But right now, UK readers can snag Diesel Only the Brave, with a free gift of a washbag and shower gel on the 125ml+ bottle, at Fragrance Direct (opens in new tab).
Looking for more Regency scents? Dior Eau Sauvage EDT with its crisp citrus notes and brooding woody undertones taps into the era's fragrance trends.
Alternatively, Byredo Flowerhead could be a scent you and your partner wear as a tribute to Daphne and the Duke's sultry relationship. It's the epitome of a genderless scent with its initial burst of fresh lemon, peppered with tuberose and rose, before drying down to suede and ambergris.
Disclaimer: no fragrance can mend a broken heart, but anything that bottles knee-high leather riding boots and fresh linen shirts undone to the navel can only ever be good thing.
Fiona Embleton is a multi-award-winning beauty editor who has tested over 10,000 products in her 10 years + of writing and shooting beauty stories. For the past four years, she was the Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, having previously worked in the role of Beauty Editor at both Stylist and Cosmopolitan. She has recently gone freelance and alongside My Imperfect Life, she has written for titles including ELLE UK, ELLE Canada, Buro 247, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Vogue Scandinavia, and ES Magazine. Beauty journalism allowed her to marry up her first-class degree in English Literature and Language (she’s a stickler for grammar and a self-confessed ingredients geek) with a passion for make-up and skincare, photography, and catwalk trends. She loves jumping on the latest internet-breaking beauty news, dissecting the best red carpet looks, and having the crème de la crème of dermatologists, make-up artists, and hairstylists on speed dial so she can tap them for the best advice. She’s a discerning beauty shopper and knows it can be confusing trying to navigate what’s hype and what really works. So if she really likes something, you can trust that she has reached that opinion by vetting it against everything else she’s ever tried. Her career highs? Interviewing Cate Blanchett and winning a Jasmine Award for the deeply personal feature Cancer Stole My Mother’s Scent.
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