Antonia’s Flowers is no more…

 

My favourite perfume of all time is Antonia’s Flowers. Created in 1984 by a florist who wanted to bottle the beautiful fragrance of her shop when she opened up in the mornings. This perfume smells gloriously of freesias and is the only perfume I have ever worn which causes people to stop me in the street to ask what perfume I am wearing. As well as freesias, it contains notes of magnolia, jasmine and lily. I cannot express how much I love this wonderful scent. I bought my first bottle when I lived in the US in 1986/1987, and have used it ever since. I don’t wear perfume very often but when I do, it is this.

From the Antonia’s Flowers website

As a student,  Antonia Bellanca-Mahoney studied art in Boston and then in France. It was in France, in the markets of Aix and Paris, that she discovered all the wonderful varieties of flowers that she had up until then only seen in pictures – anemones, poppies, mimosa, freesia, and many more. These, too, left an impression on her so that when Antonia moved to New York City, a flower shop on Madison Avenue caught her eye. “They always had lush, painterly flower arrangements in the window.”

She later found out that, in fact, all the flowers had been imported from Europe and the inspiration for the bouquets came directly from Flemish flower paintings. “The connection between art and flowers became suddenly clear to me. I knew that this was exactly the kind of art related work I was looking for.”

After working for others in their shops, in 1981 she opened her own in East Hampton, Long Island, a village on the ocean. She named it “Antonia’s Flowers” and “it was a tribute to all the special gardens of my life.” Remembered for its dramatic and original arrangements, Antonia’s Flowers adorned the parties, garden weddings and restaurants of the Hampton’s elite.

“Being immersed in flowers so much of the time had a ‘sensitizing’ effect on me. I became very aware of the different floral scents – and to me, freesia was and is by far the prettiest. I looked for a perfume for myself that truly captured the essence of freesia in harmony with other flowers and found that there simply wasn’t one. Then, I imagined a perfume that would evoke the experience of entering my flower shop. That’s when I knew I had to create my own.”

In 1982, Antonia began working with the chief perfumer of one of the country’s finest essential oil houses. “It had to be a fresh, feminine bouquet…with a signature note of freesia”, and Antonia’s Flowers was first introduced as an Eau de Toilette in 1985.

I first bought it in the US, then I was able to buy it at Liberty and Space NK in London. After that, MrsH in Stockholm started stocking it. I used to decant small perfume vials of it for two of my cousins who love freesias. It smells like me.

So I was horrified to hear from one of my readers that it is no longer being produced. I have tried to find it online but sadly, no luck. So it looks like my last bottle really is my last…*sniff*



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  1. I have worn Antonia’s Flowers for the past 30 years. I am devastated that you have stopped selling it. If you ever start up again , I will be the first to buy it!! Please come back!

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    • I have worn Antonias Flowers for 30 years. NOTHING compares. The most beautiful fragrance ever. I do hope it returns, or, that they sell the formula to someone else. I try to recreate it by mixing things; an odd essential oil with a perfume, but nothing yet. I’ve tried to find a new perfume, searching high and low, but it hasn’t happened. I’m particularly picky about fragrances and the vast majority make me nauseous. LOVED IT!🌸🌺💕💕

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  2. Well “Hiatus” may not mean forever, I remember when my favorite podcast, Mysterious Universe, when on “hiatus”… It didn’t look good nor promising. The host was exhausted by the sounds of it, and had enough, but after 2 years it came back with a partner to help him host it. I am hopeful it will come back. Nothing else that purports itself to smell like freesias on the market actually smells like freesias. It would be a shame if it does not come back.

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  3. I started wearing Floret in the late 1990’s when I worked on Wall St. A co-worker always wore it and I couldn’t get enough of the fresh, floral scent. When I asked her which perfume she wore, she told me “Floret” by Antonia’s Flowers. Since then, it has been the only perfume I wear, it kind of became my “signature scent” to all who know me. Back then it was easy to buy, Barney’s NYC sold it. After Barney’s closed, I ordered it directly from Antonia’s Flowers (located in the Hamptons). After a while, my family didn’t even ask what I wanted for Christmas or birthday gifts; all they had to do was order me a bottle of Floret and I was in heaven! This past Christmas, after my sister went to the Antonia’s Flowers website to order my beloved Floret, she was so disappointed to see the “hiatus” message. When she relayed the news to me, I was devastated. I have been checking weekly to see if Antonia’s Flowers is back in action. To think Floret is gone forever is almost too much to bear, I wore this scent for the past 20+ years through the happiest, best times of my life. My sister found a “sample” on Ebay and bought it for me for Christmas. I truly hope Antonia’s Flowers comes back. I only have 1/4 bottle left from Christmas 2018….

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    • I am so heartbroken that they don’t make this wonderful fragrance anymore. It is the only perfume I have ever truly loved and I have my whole family hooked on it to. My sister wore it to get married in a few years ago and I have given her some any time I was able to find it for her. I hope they read all these messages and at least make one more limited run of it.

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  4. I wish they had said they were going on hiatus. I would have bought extra of the Floret that is my daughters signature scent.

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  5. Oh noooooo 😭😭 my heart is broken, my Tiempe pasatte is almost empty 😭😭. I still have Rokka though but Tiempe passate is my Fav ❤️

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    • Please check Ebay from time to time. I purchased the Antonia’s Flowers original fragrance in Eau De Perfum, however the E.D.T. has not been available except for the sample vials which seem to be far and few between selling for over $30. each. I use mine sparingly! Good Luck!

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    • Mine too. This was the first perfume that ever felt like me. I looked online and people were trying to sell the tiempe passate for $900. I too would have stalked up if I had known. I still have not found a scent I like and have wasted money trying to find anything close.

      So disappointed 😔

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  6. Have any connections please let me know

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  7. If anyone is interested, here is an almost-empty bottle for a really good price. Get it quickly!
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antonias-Flowers-100ml-used/233384030426

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  8. Please come back to us Antonia’s Flowers. My last bottle is nearing the end. I’m so sad. People stop me on the sidewalk and ask what I’m wearing. Let us know if you have any future plans.

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    • I know, right? It’s the only perfume where people ask me what scent I am wearing. I have had so many people writing and asking me where they can get it. I have one bottle left and after that is gone I am going to cry. Antonia’s Flowers, please bring it back!!

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  9. I am obsessively searching online to find anybody else who might be selling Antonia’s Flowers Perfume! I saw your post! I have been wearing for over 25 years and tried to order my twice/year bottle…and saw the notice on the website. So disappointed. Not sure if they’ll start producing again…or if that’s it.
    Hiatus…that gives me a tiny bit of hope but….

    If you find it somewhere, will you please let me know? Heartbroken! It’s my signature!
    😦

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