Coronation Bell, a scent to symbolize a new era

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Kanebo Perfume CORONATION BELL 30cc ¥3,000 (1964)

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Japan’s new emperor, Naruhito, formally ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1, 2019, following the abdication of his father, Emperor Akihito. The enthronement ceremony that took place in October 2019 marked the official transition of a new monarch to the Chrysanthemum Throne.

In 1964, Kanebo Cosmetics launched a perfume called Coronation Bell, housed in a bell-shaped bottle with a shining, golden color to symbolize coronation. Despite storing the products with the utmost care, time has taken its toll—the bottle has sustained wear and tear and the contents have completely evaporated.

However, Coronation Bell returns with the original packaging, restored to commemorate the enthronement ceremony in October. Although the original mixture was lost, our experienced perfumers used their acute senses and mechanical tools to analyze the residual scent leftover in the bottle. They managed to identify many of the ingredients and then referred to the product description released for marketing purposes 55 years ago to add the remaining ingredients and recreate the scent. The result is a fragrance suitable for both night and day—with abundant amounts of rose and jasmine essential oils blended with the more delicate scent, lily of the valley.


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