Perfume + Tea: Victoria’s Secret + Harney and Sons

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Post by Brie

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Perfume & Tea Musings: The Middle Aged Sex Kitten

Victoria by Victoria’s Secret
Harney & Sons Royal Wedding Tea

Harney and Son’s Royal Wedding is part of their Historic Royal Palaces of England collection. I stumbled upon it at my farmer’s market in upstate New York and snatched it up after reading the tea “notes”. A delicate Chinese white tea, comprised of pink rosebuds, cornflowers, marigold petals and notes of almond, coconut and vanilla rounding out the floral, this is truly a royal tea. I have paired it with Victoria by Victoria’s Secret.

Harney & Sons Victorias SecretPhoto by Brie’s family

Victoria was launched in 1989, the very first fragrance from the highly popular English (USA from San Francisco: Thanks Undina) lingerie company. Sadly, the perfumer is unknown and it was discontinued, to be replaced with light fruity concoctions with cheeky names that are so prevalent when one walks into a VS store in my local mall. I attempted to research the notes for Victoria but came up with nil. This glorious rose amber fragrance came in a regal fluted rectangular shaped bottle rimmed in gold metal with a royal blue cap. The bottle was as stunning as the perfume itself. It was a part of my perfume wardrobe from the time of its launch until it disappeared in the late 90s. Ironically, my perfume despising co-worker, with whom I share an office, had several bottles of Victoria. It is the ONLY perfume she ever purchased. She wore it as a young woman because men would approach her in bars and restaurants, inquiring about her scent. It is thanks to her that I am once again the happy owner of a partially full bottle.

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Victoria is what I wear when I want to feel a weensy bit regal and a whole lotta sex kittenish: in the late evening, with fragrant candles illuminating a darkened bedroom, in bed with my hubby sipping Royal Wedding Tea and wearing Victoria perfume and nothing else. What do you wear when you want to be the sexiest kitten in town?

Brie x

(Ed: I couldn’t help but add a shot of Australia’s Miranda Kerr as a Victoria’s Secret Angel)

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8 comments on “Perfume + Tea: Victoria’s Secret + Harney and Sons

  1. FeralJasmine says:

    Lovely, Brie! I love your perfume-tea pairings. And it’s an education to me to earn that Victoria’s Secret ever made a scent that was good. I only know about the sugary nothings they make now. Goes to show that a mass market company can make a good scent if they can find a market for it.

  2. Annina says:

    Oh I LOVE Victoria! I wore it in high school ’88-’92. I was devastated when it disappeared. What a gorgeous scent and bottle! I have never found anything that smells like it to replace it.

    I also had Rapture, which they still make. But I think it’s due to disappear soon as well.

  3. Azar says:

    Hi Brie,

    When I want to be outrageous I wear just a dab of my very vintage Jungle Gardenia. It is so indolic, skanky, trashy and stunningly beautiful all at the same time. Its not a kitten, though, more of jungle cat.

    Regarding Victoria: I just rediscovered the large bottle that I’ve owned since it first came out. I’ve only sprayed it about 10 times max. In 1990 I used it twice on myself and didn’t care for it. In 2005 about 8 sprays served as room fresheners. Oh dear! What a waste. Now that I’ve learned to like Victoria I use her more carefully. Fortunately there is a lot left in the bottle.

    Azar xx

  4. lucasai says:

    Harney & Sons, Love them.

  5. Undina says:

    VC isn’t English lingery company, it’s the U.S. company (founded in SF!)

    Brie, nice to “see” you here. I miss you.

  6. poodle says:

    Victoria was wonderful. It’s a crying shame they got rid of it.
    I’ll have to ponder the sexy perfume question. I haven’t felt like a sex kitten in a pretty long time. Lol.

  7. Bellestarr says:

    Oh my gosh! I have this perfume. I received it as a gift in the early 90’s. It came with shower gel and body lotion. Gorgeous fragrance in a gorgeous bottle. It’s a shame Victoria’s Secret and so many other brands have gone the way of cheaply produced, mass market, sugary sweet, similar smelling perfumes.

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