Hasu-no-Hana: perfume from 1888 by Grossmith

Hasu-no-Hana is a perfume originally created in 1888 by Grossmith, a London perfume house that was established in 1835. It is described as “a bright, radiant floral composition with pronounced Chypré and Oriental facets on a woody, dry, very sensual base.”

Grossmith has been out of the hands of descendants of the founder, John Grossmith, for 30 years. But recently Simon Brooke, John Grossmith’s great great grandson, took over the firm and brought back the old fragrances. They used the original formulae described in hand-written books rescued in 1940 from the original Grossmith premises in Newgate Street, London and reformulated Hasu-no-Hana and two other fragrances (Phul-nana and Shem-el-Nessim) for the modern age. The perfumes will not smell exactly like the original because European regulations forbid the use of certain compounds that were used in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

You can find Hasu-no-Hana in the UK and in a few select parfumeries around the world. As of this writing, the company does not have an online store yet.

There has been a resurgence in interest in old perfumes such as Hasu-no-Hana because the market is filled with vile celebrity fragrances and unremarkable scents launched by large fashion houses. Many of us are yearning for something more mysterious and unusual. That is why I am fascinated by perfumes such as Hasu-no-Hana. I’ve written a short article about perfumes with mystery and history.

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