January 22, 2018
It reads like a fairy tale. A 2011 winter storm reveals a shipwreck off the coast of Bermuda. 55 feet below the water, the Civil War Era blockade runner Mary Celestia, (sunk in September 1864) is revealed after the storm-shifted sand has been swept away. These blockade runners were used to transport goods, both household and luxury, to the Confederate South. In the bow of the Mary Celestia wreck was found a perfectly intact bottle of perfume. Created by London's Piesse & Lubin, sealed in wax and seeing the light of day for the first time in 150 years, the bottle was ultimately sent to Drom Fragrances in New Jersey to be chemically analyzed. What was found was a compelling mixture of Citruses, Orris, Rose, Opoponax, Civet, and Ambergris. In 2014, Lili Bermuda Perfumery under the direction of Isabelle Ramsey-Brackstone working with Master Perfumer Jean-Claude Deville recreated the long-lost scent, christened it Lili Bermuda Mary Celestia perfume, and it is a wonder to behold. To honor the year the Mary Celestia sank, the is a limited edition of 1864 bottles, which come packaged in an aromatic Bermuda Cedar box, with the bottle nested in a black velvet bag. The box for Mary Celestia perfume is finished with a hand-tied blue satin ribbon and a red wax seal. The bottle is embellished with a unique medal depicting the Mary Celestia before she sank
Thanks to Isabelle Ramsey-Brackstone and Lili Bermuda Perfumery have one 100 ml bottle of Mary Celestia perfume for one registered reader WORLDWIDE. The random winner is Clifton. Please email michelyn at cafleurebon dawt com with Mary Celestia Perfume and your complete mailing details by 1/23 /18 6 PM EST. This is a deadline and no exceptions if you are late or misspell CaFleureBon. Please use your email from your comment so we know it is you. A kind thank you to Lili Bermuda is appreciated.
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