By  on July 16, 2010

LONDON — Clive Christian, the British interior designer-cum-perfumer, will next month release his first fragrance in 10 years.

Known as C, the new fragrance is actually a pair of perfumes — one for men and one for women. The scents are from Christian’s private collection of favorite fragrances.

For the women’s scent, top notes include bergamot and mandarin; heart notes include tuberose, jasmine and violet, and base notes feature amber, vetiver and musk. C for men features top notes of green leaves and lemon, heart notes of jasmine and rose and base notes of oudh, amber and tonka bean. The fragrance is meant to unfold slowly over a 24-hour period.

The amber bottle is similar to that of the three fragrance pairs in Christian’s stable and is shaped like a Victorian apothecary bottle with a gold, crown-shaped top.

“I wanted C to have quiet power to it,” said Christian during an interview. “And while the men’s fragrance is grassier than the women’s, the two are definitely complementary,” said Christian, whose fragrance house, the Crown Perfumery, dates back to 1872, when Queen Victoria granted it a royal warrant.

His other fragrances are 1872, X and No. 1. All of Christian’s scents are in pairs of men’s and women’s. They are bestsellers at stores including Fortnum & Mason and Bergdorf Goodman.

C will be launched in the U.K. at Fortnum & Mason on July 19, and at Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie at Harrods on Aug. 1. It will be launched in the U.S. exclusively at Neiman Marcus on Aug. 1, priced at $375 for 50 ml.

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