ST. REGIS CAROLINE'S FOUR HUNDRED
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American Beauty roses
Quince, apple and cherry blossom
The signature scent of St. Regis Hotels and Resorts. Based on the actual flowers used during the Astor's famous Gilded Age balls, this hyper-realistic floral scent smells just like freshly-cut stems.
January 28, 1900, Fifth Avenue, New York City.
Caroline's Four Hundred, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts first-ever bespoke scent was inspired by one of the most splendid balls held by Caroline Astor, the matriarch of the hotel’s founding family and doyenne of New York’s Gilded Age society. Caroline’s Four Hundred takes its name from the 400 notable guests that represented the highest echelons of New York society. The scent captures at once the actual flowers used around her residence, the exotic woods of the ballroom, the potted palms and apple blossoms that lined the hallways, and the light crisp essence of champagne wafting through the crowds. With notes of rich American Beauty roses – her favorite flower – green stems, white lilies and the delicate sweetness of quince, apple and cherry blossom, Caroline’s Four Hundred, embraces all of the blooms that actually adorned her ballroom on that unforgettable evening in 1900.
Caroline’s Four Hundred, the St. Regis fragrance, is featured at all St. Regis hotels and resorts around the world.
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- The list of flowers used to adorn the Astor residence was found in a New York Times article from January 29th, 1900, found at the New York Public Library.
At the society ball given the night before (January 28th), guests of the ball were greeted by Mrs. Caroline Astor in the great drawing room, filled with vases of her favorite flower: the American Beauty rose. The distinctive scent of garden-cut roses enriched by the freshness of the crisp petals.
- During supper, bowls of violets were used as table centerpieces, filling the room with their delicate, powdery scent and distinctive green floral character.
Easter lilies were included in the floral displays in the grand Astor residence ballroom. The soft green, waxiness of the lily’s petals encircle a warm heart of spicy clove and resinous undertones. The watery, green scent of hyacinth wafted through the house, adding a light, aquatic transparency to the impressive floral arrangements.
- Carnations were also featured in the floral arrangements within the ballroom, adding a peppery character to the bouquets, mixed with honey notes and softened by a powdery, rose petal facet.
- Apple, quince and almond blossoms lined the hallways of the great house. Their sweet floralcy and fruity character released a heady scent as guests walked by. Potted palms also appeared throughout the hallways, popularized in greenhouses and winter gardens during the Gilded Age, their expansive fronds introducing a lush, tropical aroma to the house.
- Polished parquet floors and exquisite French and English furniture of mahogany, oak and sycamore added a sweet woodiness, introducing a robust background to the fresh floralcy of the bouquets.
– Article: “Mrs. Astor’s Annual Ball“, source: The New York Times Jan. 30, 1900. (1 page)
– Article: “Mrs. Astor’s Ball: Climax of the Season“, source: The New York Times, Jan. 12, 1904. (1 page)
– Kaplan, Justin, “When the Astors Owned New York: Blue Bloods and Grand Hotels in a Gilded Age“, Viking, 2006, New York.
– Cowles, Virginia, “The Astors“, Knopf, 1979, New York.