Many famous kings throughout history have been known for their love of fragrances and their signature scents. Let's explore some well scented monarchs...
King Louis XIV of France
The Sun King, was known for his love of luxury and was said to have owned over 500 different scents.
His favorite fragrance was titled "Le Roi Soleil,", created specifically for him and made with lavender, musk, and floral notes.
King Henry VIII of England
One of the most famous kings in English history, known for his deadly marriages and his larger-than-life personality, Henry VIII was said to have owned a large collection of fragrances.
His favourite scent was said to be "Sweet-Smelling," and made from a combination of lavender, rosemary, and herbs.
King Solomon of Israel
Considered to be one of the wisest and wealthiest kings in biblical history, King Solomon was also said to have owned a large collection of fragrances.
His favorite scent was "Nard," made from a rare plant found in the Himalayan mountains. It was said to have a sweet and earthy aroma and was highly prized in ancient times, known then as Nardinium. Nard was one of the most expensive perfumes in the world, because it was undiluted.
King Tutankhamun of Egypt
One of the most famous pharaohs in Egyptian history, Tutankhamun was known for his extravagant lifestyle. His favorite scent was said to derive from the petails of the lotus flower and had a soothing aroma that was highly prized in ancient Egypt.
King Charlemagne (Charles the Great)
Luxurious fragrances were popular in the courts of Medieval Europe and many ingredients, such as rose, lavender, and citrus, available during Charlemagne's time are still used today.
However legend says that Charlemagne was particularly fond of Lavender. So much so that he ordered it to be planted throughout his lands.