What is Kate Middleton's perfume and where can you buy it?

Ever wondered which perfume Kate Middleton wears? We reveal the elegant floral scent loved by the Princess of Wales

The Princess of Wales pictured in a garden
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Would it surprise you to hear that the signature Kate Middleton perfume is elegant and timeless? There’s no denying the Princess of Wales has a well-established beauty look, and the same goes for her fragrance. 

Whether we're talking about that famous bouncy blow dry or her favorite nude-pink lipstick shade (our guide to Kate Middleton's lipstick can help you track that one down) Princess Catherine's style is polished and perfected wherever she goes. 

And if you've ever wondered what scent she likes to spritz, you're in luck. We've tracked down Kate Middleton's signature scent, which - spoiler alert! - also happens to be one of the best Jo Malone fragrances of all time.

What scent does Kate Middleton wear?

According to Vogue, one of the Princess's all-time favorite scents is none other than Jo Malone London Orange Blossom Cologne, a firm favorite among floral fragrance fans.

With top notes of clementine flower, middle notes of white lilac and water lily, and base notes of orris wood, Jo Malone Orange Blossom is floral and a little bit sparkly, which makes it feel modern and refreshing on first sniff. Then, as it dries down you'll experience warmer white flowers and eventually a soft and powdery aroma. 

The unisex fragrance was created by Jean Claude Delville in 2003 and according to Fragrantica, "was inspired by a stay in the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles." Which is every bit as glamorous an inspiration as you'd expect from Kate Middleton's perfume.

The great thing about Jo Malone fragrances is that they lend themselves beautifully to fragrance layering, so can be combined with others in the range to create something truly bespoke. Jo Malone says that Orange Blossom is best combined with White Jasmine & Mint or with Blue Agava & Cacao.


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Jo Malone London Orange Blossom Cologne | RRP: $155/£110 for 100ml 

This beautiful scent works for any season. Mist it around your neck and on your pulse points (areas where the body is warmer, such as the wrists, ankles, inside the elbows, and behind the knees). It's also available in solid form at a lower price point and is certainly one of the classiest and best solid perfumes we've seen.

What was Kate Middleton's wedding day perfume?

For her wedding day, however, the Princess opted for something a little different with Illuminum's White Gardenia Petals, a delicate floral fragrance with notes of bergamot, lily and ylang-ylang.

The £110 fragrance sells out regularly – for obvious reasons – so it can be tricky to get your hands on but we have spotted it on a special deal, which we're sure will be snapped up swiftly. 


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White Gardenia Petals 100ml £110 90.00 at Illuminumlondon.com (opens in new tab)

This regal scent is packed with a beautiful bouquet of white flowers and citrussy bergamot, with a sticky cassis top and woody base. 

You can also recreate the aromas of the 2011 royal wedding by scenting your home. In a nod to Jo Malone Orange Blossom, Westminster Abbey was decked out with Orange Blossom candles for Catherine's wedding day. British Vogue reported that Jo Malone London scented the wedding with "a selection of candles, hand washes and lotions."

Sounds pretty dreamy, doesn't it? The Jo Malone London Orange Blossom Home Candle proves that the signature Kate Middleton perfume smells just as sweet in the home, boasts a burn time of 45 hours, and looks ultra chic. 


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Jo Malone London Orange Blossom Home Candle | RRP: $75/£55

One of the best Jo Malone candles to enhance your home, this is crafted in the English countryside in the brand's signature glass design with a chic silver lid. 


Princess Catherine's favorite scent is also available in body cream, hand wash, and a hand lotion for the full floral experience.

Lucy Abbersteen

Lucy is a UK-based beauty journalist who has written for the likes of Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, OK!, Women's Health and more, as well as contributing to woman&home. Her work covers everything from expert skin and haircare tips to the latest product launches and the show-stopping beauty looks spotted backstage at London Fashion Week. During her career she's interviewed some seriously famous faces, from Little Mix to Drag Race royalty The Vivienne, as well as chatting to the industry's leading hairdressers, dermatologists and make-up artists.