Nearly 80 years after its original commission by the Duke of Windsor, the aptly named Royal Mayfair (formerly known as Windsor) recently debuted in The House of Creed’s permanent collection. We asked sixth generation and master perfumer Olivier Creed about this iconic and daring scent honoring the fragrance House’s craftsmanship heritage.
Can you share any antidotes about the first time you smelled the Windsor fragrance?
The first time I smelled this scent, I knew it was something special. When a scent is commissioned for someone as influential as The Duke of Windsor, you know it will be something magnificent. What really struck me was how modern the accord was and I think there is something to be said about its fresh ingredients, which really emulate his fresh take on life – from his style to the way he ruled, and of course the way he loved.
Did your great grandfather or father create the fragrance?
My grandfather Henry Creed III was fourth generation perfumer at the time and he worked directly with The Duke on the scent. At the time, my grandfather really paved the way into servicing the political elite and continued the tradition of royal commissions for our House.
Can you elaborate on the top, middle and base notes for this scent?
We categorize the fragrance in the green/fresh category. It opens with British Gin, Jamaican Lime and a touch of Scottish Highland Pine. The middle note is strong, fragrant Duke of Windsor Roses and it finishes with base notes of Bahamian Orange, Canadian Cedar and Australian Eucalyptus.