December Give Away! Powder me!!

The time has arrived!

Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century is giving away sampler jars scented dusting powder! We all know how important it was to wear powder, and these powders are perfect for after a bath or just to freshen up between dates!

Up for grabs are sampler jars of 8 delicious scents that represent 8 of our favorite ladies! Mini powder puffs are included! Click on the image to see the scent more clearly.

Princesse Lamballe
This cla
ssy tart had royal blood in her veins. She kept herself together and followed court etiquette. She was sweet and caring, devoted to her friends. Her husband died months after they were married and she was deeply affected. She spent the rest of her life a devoted friend, her friends were most important to her. This scent reflects her regal qualities and, dare I say, innocence.

Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire

The Duchess of Devonshire was a beauty who loved fashion, and if she wasn't swapping styles with the Queen of France, she was setting trends of her own in England. She was a smart girl and the first to take on a political campaign in England. Rumors spread quickly that she traded kisses for votes! This scent reflects the Georgiana at home; a loving mother and smart lady, neck and fingers dripping with opulence, surrounded by luxury of the warm scents of passing seasons.

Madame Grand
Madame Grand married well, and was a total beauty. Marriage #1 crumbled when she had an affair with another man! She moved to Paris, where some say she sold her body to make ends meet. Enter Husband #2. He supported her financially so she could move back to London. Turns out Paris was her favorite place and she lived the rest of her days there in splendid luxury thanks to her giving husband. No stranger to profligacy, this scent reflects Madame Grand's taste for the finer things in life, a medley of exotic and fun fancies. This powder dazzles with fine pink sparkles!

Duchesse de Polignac

Gabrielle, Duchesse de Polignac became best friends with the Queen of France. She came from a more modest background. She was always more likely to be seen in pearls over diamonds, and her income was never terribly impressive. These tastes are reflected in this scent of natural fruits, pears and raspberries, with notes of freesia and sweet pea flowers.

Madame Du Barry
Madame Du Barry was the exclusive mistress to Louis XV, King of France. She had influence over the king and was in competition with the future Queen of France. She wanted the most of everything. If the young dauphine got a fancy carriage, Du Barry would want one dripping with gold. Her favorite theme? Love. She was once said to arrive at a ball wearing shoes that had precious diamonds embedded in the soles. This scent reflects her exotic and romantic nature. It also revels her passion for glam, as it comes with a fine white diamond sparkle.

Lady Hamilton
Emma Hamilton began life as a poor girl with no prospects. Through a series of events she managed to climb her way to the top and become British aristocracy. After all, a life of poverty was never for Emma. She loved the finer things in life and indulged in clothes, music, the arts, and food. The Caramel scent of her powder reflects her girlhood naivety and her love of that which is sweet. It has a slight gold glitz to it!

Lady Bess Foster
Bess came from the notorious Hervey family, known for their dirty deeds. After her husband kicked her out of the house Bess was left without family, money or protection. She managed to be adopted by one of the most powerful families, The Devonshires. Bess was able to manipulate with her sweet act of being the damsel in distress. Like her powder, she appeared sweet to some, and tart to others.

Marie Antoinette

The young Queen of France found pleasure in shopping, gambling and throwing fun costume parties. She also loved opera and performing plays with her friends. Night time parties in the gardens were always a welcomed event! This scent evokes the fun nature of the life she once lived, in her early twenties, surrounded with attractive people, lots of money and beautiful things. The powder is a sweet candy floss scent, think fluffy heaps of pink cotton candy on a warm summer night!

From today until December 24th comment on this post telling me the name of the Lady whose scent you so desire!

Winners will be posted December 26th! 8 winners will be chosen, each winner will receive 1 sampler jar of dusting powder (3.5 grams) of the lady they mention.


  1. Gabby is it for me..... I just love reading your blog - Thanks so much!

  2. Georgianna's scent sounds absolutely lovely!
    By the way, I came across a Marie Antoinette-themed lip balm at a local store, produced by a company called Tokyo-Milk. It's called "Let them Eat Cake Lip Balm" and it's quite good (despite the historical inaccuracies of the phrase...)
    Here's a pic:
    And a link to details on other flavours:

  3. Oh wow, uhm all the ladies sound amazing! But if I had to choose I guess I would say Princesse Lamballe (tho DuBarry sounds amazing too omg)

  4. Oh Madame Du Barry is my choice!! What a fun giveaway!!! I'll keep my fingers crossed and my hair unwashed in the hopes of scenting it properly (just kidding)! Great post!
    Good luck to me! Happy Holidays!
    Paris Atelier

  5. that lip balm looks fab! great packaging too!

  6. Oh my, such hard choices! I believe I shall go with Madame du Barry. Thank you ^_^

  7. Anonymous8:54 PM

    Decisions, decisions! I love them all, but I think it will be Madame Grand for me! Thanks ;)

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  9. Anonymous10:04 PM

    Pour l'amour de Dieu! Lady Hamilton s'il vous plaît! =^-^=

  10. Anonymous11:15 PM

    What a lovely idea! They all sound amazing, although I think I like Princesse Lamballe best (with Georgiana coming in close second).

  11. Georgiana sounds heavenly, and I love Emma's story. But all scents are so much fun~!
    Please stop by and enter my giveaway as well.

  12. I love them all, but my choice would be: Georgianna, The Duchess of Devonshire.

  13. Oh my, it appears I'd like Marie Antoinette actually! I've an obsession with cotton candy, as well as the lovely Queen...put them both together and there's no way I could resist!

  14. Du Barry's scent sounds divine to I love her devious nature!

  15. Anonymous8:25 AM

    They all sound wonderful, but Princess Lamballe is the scent for me. What a sweet, discreet, modest woman to befriend the Queen of France. She is my favorite and her "new fragrance" sounds yummy :)

  16. Anonymous8:27 AM

    What a fun giveaway by the way!!! Your blog is oodles of fun!

  17. hmm...I guess Georgianna's powder - they all sounds so lovely! :)

    Oh! And I have a few pictures up of my "Duchess" dress! Check it out! :)

  18. You have outdone yourself. These are so lovely I want them all. And puffs, too! It's a hard choice, but since sweet peas are a fave of mine, I'd have to go with Little Po. (Though Madame Grand is right behind with those pink sparkles. What an unlikely pair they'd make.)

  19. Anonymous11:26 AM

    Ooh, Lady Hamilton's sounds lovely--they all do, in fact! Once the giveaway is done, I'd love to see a tutorial on how to make the powders. Love the blog!

  20. Anonymous11:36 AM

    I love this blog! Put me down for the Duchesse de Polignac's scent, please!

  21. Lovely blog. Scent sounds divine!

  22. They all sound wonderful. I think Lady Bess Foster's would be best.

    I love this blog.

  23. Georgiana is the scent for me!

  24. I found this blog two days ago and have read the whole thing. Madame Grand, I like both candy fluff and apple scents

  25. Georgiana si vous plait, merci!
    It sounds so warm and inviting.

  26. lady hamilton would be my choice!

    you are so creative and make things so much fun!

  27. what a wonderfull idea to make scented powder whith a unique scent for each tart!! i love all of them... but my favorites are madam du barry, lady bess foster, marie antoinette, gerorgiana duchess of devonshire, and manadm grand.

    happy holidays!!

  28. Duchesse de Polignac...who doesnt like sweet peas.

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  30. A Duchesse de Polignac scent sounds splended! Scented powder is the best stuff in the world! It covers up freckles, keeps you from getting sticky on hot days, oh! And don't forget your hair when you're too lazy to take a shower!

  31. Anonymous9:10 AM

    I try my luck. My choice is Marie Antoinette.

  32. I would have to say that this is the neatest idea i have heard of in a long time. I would have to chose Georgiana's scent although they all sound just divine.

  33. Anonymous11:15 AM

    I like the sent of the Duchesse de Polignac.

    Greetings from Tinka

  34. I would absolutely LOVE any of these scents!!! I would have to say that Georgiana is my favorite, though I would be delighted to have any of them!

  35. Anonymous3:27 PM

    All of these scents are lovely. I would say that my favorite is the perfume of Princesse de Lamballe.

  36. Anonymous5:34 PM

    They all sound divine! The Duchesse de Polignac sounds so exciting!

  37. What a fantastic idea! I like Bess best. :D

    How on earth did you learn how to make powder?

  38. Thank you for the always lovely and entertaining blog. Madame Du Barry is my choice!

  39. How did I miss this post? I'm probably the last one to comment!

    Duchesse de Polignac for me! (or Du Barry- they all sound wonderful!!!)

    what a nice idea :)

  40. Anonymous8:46 PM

    just found this adorable blog, maria antonia josepha
    is my favorite lady and her scent is define as well as her garden : )

  41. I know it's too late to enter the contest, but I am an avid Marie Antoinette collector and would love to know where these powders are from.

    Is it possible to purchase these and can you give me the site please?

    Thank you and Happy Holidays!

  42. Anonymous9:13 PM

    Emma is TOTALLY for me! :)