Prince George Alexander Louis isn’t the only royal baby worthy of pomp and circumstance. While he might soon hold the keys to several castles and have access to the Crown Jewels, Vaara, the granddaughter of His Highness the Maharaja Gaj Singh II (former High Commissioner and member of Indian parliament), had a scent created and named in her honor. Developed, coincidentally enough, by British fragrance house Penhaligon’s, Vaara captures perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour’s olfactory experiences in Jodhpur (where His Highness ruled until his powers were abolished by the amendment to the Constitution of India in the seventies). This alluring blend captures the bustling markets, exotic flowers, and spices of the colorful city—opening with notes of quince, rosewater, and saffron. The floral heart is comprised of Moroccan Rose Absolute, Indian Magnolia, and iris (meant to represent the gardens of the Maharaja’s summer palace), and a base of honey, musk, and sandalwood provides the heat. We think this exotic eau is fit for a princess—big or small.
Available August 19 in select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and www.penhaligons.com.—Amber Kallor
Photo: Courtesy of Penhaligon’s