|Portrait de l'impératrice Joséphine (1763-1814), Appiani Andrea, l'Aîné (1754-1817)|
Her first husband was guillotined and shortly after she caught Napoleons eye. She fell in love with him too and thus starts a incredibly passionate, dramatic, and enduring love story. Their relationship and letters were steamy. For example in Love Letter dated, 1795 December he writes, "I awake full of you. Your image and memory of last night's intoxicating pleasures has left no rest to my senses. "
This would be the perfect love story if we stop now- they could live happily ever after, but sometimes people don't realize what they have until it's to late. Old habits die hard and that is what happened with Josephine. With Napoleon gone often, she continued her "party girl" habits and let the passionate flame of her relationship with Napoleon die. He would write her letters and she wouldn't return them. I don't know what she was searching for when it was in front of her, but some people can't escape each other and that is what makes an amazing love story. This is the love story of Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte .
After having his heart broken, he bid her farewell ( above). The irony of this is that Josephine had finally realized ( too late) that she was really in love with Napoleon ( notice the roses on the floor). After this she changed her ways and was the devoted wife, but it was to late. Napoleon was trying to heal his broken heart with one affair after another. He could never love as deeply or as passionately as he once did with his beloved Josephine. There was no divorce during this time, even though he kept threatening it. So life was a torment for both- but yet they couldn't leave the other. After some time, they patched things up, but with her being older than him, she wasn't able to conceive and Napoleon needed an heir. He remarried and Josephine was divorced. But by then their love was renewed. He insisted that Josephine retain her title of Empress and be provided for. Josephine continued to love Napoleon and in later years when she was on her death bed, Napoleon's name was one of the last words she uttered. Their love lasted through everything. I was commissioned to make a perfume that commemorated Josephine's love story and embodied the essence of her favorite scents.