22 March 2011

Smell George Washington

Between “road apples” and different hygiene standards it’s not hard to imagine the less appealing smells from the 18th century. But do you ever wonder what fragrances were favored?  Number Six by Caswell-Massey is one answer.

Founded in Newport, RI in 1752 by Dr. Hunter, Caswell-Massey continues to sell one of its original fragrances—Number Six. A favorite of George Washington, who gave it as a gift to the Marquis de Lafayette, it’s described as “a mélange of citrus touched with bergamot, orange blossoms, rosemary, narcissus and 27 additional aromatics.” If you can find a sample, you can smell (like) George Washington.

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