The Penhaligon's Blog http://www.penhaligons.com Fri, 04 Sept 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.penhaligons.com en hourly 1 Capturing the free-spirited landscape http://www.penhaligons.com/capturing-the-free-spirited-landscape/ http://www.penhaligons.com/capturing-the-free-spirited-landscape/#comments Tues, 01 Sept 2015 00:00:00 GMT Erin /capturing-the-free-spirited-landscape/ Our two new creations Blasted Heath & Blasted Bloom were imagined as vibrant paintings by Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas. Our two new creations Blasted Heath & Blasted Bloom were imagined as vibrant paintings by Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_313.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Our two new creations <b><u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blasted-heath-eau-de-parfum/">Blasted Heath</a></u></b> &amp; <b><u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blasted-bloom-eau-de-parfum/">Blasted Bloom</a></u></b> were imagined as vibrant paintings by Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas. These two unique fragrances explore an olfactive palette reminiscent of the colours, textures and sensations of the wild coast. Cold neutrals, earthy browns, navy blues, textures inspired by rock, bark or earth, two fragrances of contrast and freedom.</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="" src=" /images/categories/Alberto_blog.jpg" /></span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Alberto&rsquo;s particular talents lay in creating aquatic fragrances, enriched by woods and musky or fruity accords &ndash;making him the perfect choice to create <b><u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blasted-heath-eau-de-parfum/">Blasted Heath</a></u></b> &amp; <b><u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blasted-bloom-eau-de-parfum/">Blasted Bloom</a></u></b>.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Alberto Morillas drew inspiration from the northern lands of Scotland, where untamed elements compose a dramatic painting. He imagined both fragrances in the same way a painter depicts the raw energy of nature, capturing the free-spirited landscape. In each, the energy and majesty of the Sea meets the natural richness of the Land.</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Alberto Morillas, Master Perfumer:</span></p> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><em>&quot;Both fragrances are for me like paintings of nature. They depict wilderness and the preserved landscape of English seashores. I am a very visual person; I imagined the fragrances like spontaneous photography. I see a powerful wave breaking iteself on the rocks for the masculine fragrance. For the feminine fragrance I was inspired by wild flora under the wind and sea breeze&quot;</em> </span><br /> <br /> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">In 1988, Alberto was named a Master Perfumer at Firmenich, in 2003 was honoured with the coveted &ldquo;Prix Francois Coty&rdquo;, and in 2013, Alberto was bestowed Perfumer of the Year Lifetime Achievement award by the Fragrance Foundation in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to perfumery.</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="" src=" /images/categories/Blasted_land_blog.jpg" /></span></div> <br /> 0 That moment when the land meets the sea... http://www.penhaligons.com/that-moment-when-the-land-meets-the-sea/ http://www.penhaligons.com/that-moment-when-the-land-meets-the-sea/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lucy /that-moment-when-the-land-meets-the-sea/ The latest two additions to the Penhaligon's family are inspired by the extreme, wild and passionate British landscape. The latest two additions to the Penhaligon's family are inspired by the extreme, wild and passionate British landscape.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_312.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">We are delighted to unveil two new perfumes inspired by the extreme, wild and passionate British landscape; that moment where the Land meets the Sea and untamed energy explodes.&nbsp;The fragrances transport you to a world of majestic landscapes, of unceasing movement and energy, celebrating the drama of nature.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas, who created our Olfactory interpretation of the English Ballet; Iris Prima, is back, composing the majestic nature of the British coast line into a two different fragrances for men and women: <b><u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blasted-heath-eau-de-parfum/">Blasted Heath</a></u></b> and <b><u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blasted-bloom-eau-de-parfum/">Blasted Bloom</a></u></b>. He drew inspiration from the northern lands of Scotland, where untamed elements compose a dramatic painting. Imagining both fragrances in the same way a painter depicts the raw energy of nature, capturing the free-spirited landscape. In each, the energy and majesty of the Sea meets the richness of the Land.<br /> <br /> &quot;<em>Both fragrances are for me like paintings of nature. They depict wilderness and the preserved landscape of English seashores. I am a very visual person; I imagined the fragrances like spontaneous photography. I see a powerful wave breaking iteself on the rocks for the masculine fragrance. For the feminine fragrance I was inspired by wild flora under the wind and sea breeze</em>.&quot;</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="" src=" /images/categories/Blasted_blog_body.jpg" /></span></span></div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">We will be looking at each fragrance in detail in the next blog posts; find out the notes and individual personalities of <b><u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blasted-heath-eau-de-parfum/">Blasted Heath</a></u></b> and <b><u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blasted-bloom-eau-de-parfum/">Blasted Bloom</a></u></b>. .</span><br /> <br /> <br /> 0 Floriography: The Language of Flowers http://www.penhaligons.com/floriography-the-language-of-flowers/ http://www.penhaligons.com/floriography-the-language-of-flowers/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Erin /floriography-the-language-of-flowers/ Flowers are such a beauty among us and make our lives all the more fragrant but did you know that each flower actually carries its own secret message? Flowers are such a beauty among us and make our lives all the more fragrant but did you know that each flower actually carries its own secret message?<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_136.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Floriography, or the language of flowers, was a Victorian means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages. The Victorian period ushered in a time of proper etiquette in England and there were expected behaviours that prohibited outright conversations. Flowers quickly increased in popularity as a way to communicate discretely to others. Each specific flower had a different message behind it as did the ribbon that tied them together or the manner by which the bouquet was worn.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Today, the nuances of are now mostly forgotten, but red roses still imply passionate, romantic love while white roses suggest virtue and chastity. We love this tradition and have been busy decoding what the flowers in our&nbsp;past and present collections mean&hellip;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Lily of the Valley" src="/images/articles/night-scented-stock.jpg" style="width: 474px; height: 658px;" /></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">If you ever wanted to thank someone for brightening up your day, a bunch of <b<<u><a href="/lily-of-the-valley-eau-de-toilette-100ml/" target="">Lily of the Valley </a>can do just the trick. In the vintage art form of Floriography, this flower secretly conveyed the return of one&rsquo;s happiness. Share with all who you wish to thank for rubbing out those gloomy patches in your day.</b<<u></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Peony - <b<<u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/peoneve-eau-de-parfum/ " target="">Peoneve </a><br /> Meaning: Bashfulness<br /> Should a lady be presented with peonies in an upright position, it would signify her suitor&rsquo;s appreciation of her coy nature. Peoneve is a lush floral capturing a bright and delicate peony blooming in an English garden.<br /> Peonies are also thought of as signifying bravery, honour, prosperity and masculinity in the far East &ndash; and Peoneve certainly smells wonderful on many of the gentlemen know, where the woody notes become amplified on a masculine skin.<br /> <br /> Rose - Elisabethan Rose<br /> Meaning: Perfect Happiness<br /> A holographic and translucent rose in full blossom, with a sparkling geranium opening, and a smooth, honeyed chamomile accent, Elisabethan Rose will symbolise both contentment and patience.<br /> <br /> Violet - Violetta<br /> Meaning: Virtue &amp; Faithfulness<br /> Deliciously candied and with a verdant and vibrant green top-note, Violetta captures the purity of violets in one of our most surprising and realistic scents. A gift of violets would convey an eternal love, and that perhaps a proposal was on the horizon.<br /> <br /> Stock - Night Scented Stock<br /> Meaning: Lasting Beauty<br /> Forming part of our Anthology collection, Night Scented Stock is a hazy white floral, breathing life into a bouquet of heavily scented stocks, above a delicate and powdery blend of heliotrope and benzoin. Whilst many other white floral ingredients are associated with impurity, stock connotes an unchanging adoration.<br /> <br /> Lavender - <b<<u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/lavandula-eau-de-parfum/" target="">Lavandula </a><br /> Meaning: Devotion &amp; Distrust.<br /> If perhaps a suitor had reason to believe he wasn&rsquo;t the only one vying for a lady&rsquo;s affections, a gift of lavender would let her know his devotion, but also of his mistrust. Lavandula is smooth, green and shimmering, decorating lavender with a spicy facet and ambery warmth.<br /> <br /> What does your fragrance say about you in Floriography? Which of these flowers would you like to be presented with? Let us know if you agree with them in the comments below..</b<<u></b<<u></span></p> 0 Shave like a gentleman..with a straight-edge. http://www.penhaligons.com/shave-like-a-gentlemanwith-a-straight-edge/ http://www.penhaligons.com/shave-like-a-gentlemanwith-a-straight-edge/#comments Thurs, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Guest: Chris Pollard /shave-like-a-gentlemanwith-a-straight-edge/ GUEST BLOG: Further adventures from men's style blogger Chris Pollard... GUEST BLOG: Further adventures from men's style blogger Chris Pollard...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_310.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">A lot of my friends like to relax by cooking, or reading, personally I&rsquo;ve always enjoyed making a bit of an event of an evening shave. My regime has changed numerous time since I first learnt, but after visiting my late Grandad a few years ago, it underwent a complete overhaul. He insisted that if I wanted to learn, I had to go to the same St James Street barber that he had learnt at half a century before. &ldquo;If you want to be a gentleman, you need to learn to shave like a gentleman&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="/images/articles/Shave_blog.jpg" /><br /> <br /> <br /> So with a shaking hand and a lot of shaving foam, I learnt to use a straight-edge razor. I learnt to strop a blade, the direction I should actually be shaving in, and the lesson that taking time is essential. So after gaining a little confidence, I&rsquo;ve added a bit of music, some pre-shave product, some post shave cream and occasionally a whisky (although I don&rsquo;t recommend combining drinking and razors). I&rsquo; ve found that I get less irritation, a closer shave and more precision using a straight-edge than I have with any electric or safety razor.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="/images/articles/shave_blog_v2.jpg" /><br /> <br /> Having discovered through trial and error that my skin is quite sensitive, I now shave before bed as it can really help reduce soreness or shaving rash. Sleep gives your skin time to heal and reduces any nicks or irritations. If like myself you feel a lot of products can be quite harsh, try using a <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/nickel-shaving-brush/">badger brush</a></u> and a <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial-shaving-soap-in-wooden-bowl/">traditional shaving soap</a></u> (check out <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/bayolea-eau-de-toilette/">Penhaligon&rsquo;s Bayolea Collection</a></u>). Plus If you do give straight-edge shaving a go, you can be quietly proud of the fact that you can shave your face with a knife.<br /> <br /> Chris Pollard</span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> <br /> Images by Shaun James Cox - <u><a href="http://www.shaunjamescox.com/">shaunjamescox.com</a></u><br type="_moz" /> 0 William's London: The V&A http://www.penhaligons.com/williams-london-the-va/ http://www.penhaligons.com/williams-london-the-va/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Erin /williams-london-the-va/ Now imagine if you will Mr. Penhaligon strolling the streets of South Kensington, we think his head would most certainly be turned by the Victoria & Albert Museum. Now imagine if you will Mr. Penhaligon strolling the streets of South Kensington, we think his head would most certainly be turned by the Victoria & Albert Museum.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_311.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">William Penhaligon: A man of refinement and committed to quality. In our imaginary world of William&rsquo;s London we&rsquo;ve established he would purchase his hats from his illustrious neighbour <u><b><a href="/williams-london-lock-co/" target="_blank">(William&rsquo;s London: Lock &amp; Co)</a></b></u> and would perhaps frequent James Smith and Sons for his brolly and canes <u><b><a href="/williams-london-james-smith-and-sons/" target="_blank">(William&rsquo;s London: James Smith &amp; Sons)</a></b></u>.<br /> <br /> Now imagine if you will Mr. Penhaligon strolling the streets of South Kensington, we think his head would most certainly be turned by the Victoria &amp; Albert Museum. A national treasure and a museum steeped in history. Founded in 1852 and originally named the South Kensington Museum it is the world&rsquo;s largest museum of arts and design. A place for William to learn and be inspired.<br /> <br /> &bull; The museum was renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1899 when Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of new buildings along Exhibition Road and Cromwell Road.<br /> <br /> &bull; The South Kensington Museum was the first in the world to use gas lighting in the galleries, to allow evening opening.<br /> <br /> &bull; The V&amp;A&#39;s buildings occupy 12 acres of land in South Kensington, and are over a third of a mile in circumference.<br /> <br /> &bull; There are seven miles of galleries in the V&amp;A.<br /> <br /> Currently running at the Museum, an exhibition exploring luxury, how it is made and understood. What is Luxury? explores how attitudes to luxury are shaped by cultural concerns and personal dreams.<br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;Mastery of a craft and exceptional expertise are demonstrated by outstanding precision, attention to detail and remarkable finishes.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> With Penhaligon&rsquo;s passion for quality, combining imagination and using inspiration from the world around us this is #VeryPenahaligons indeed!<br /> <br /> The exhibition is running until 27th September 2015 &ndash; worth a visit, who knows what inspiration awaits? </span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Why and How to Wear Fragrance http://www.penhaligons.com/the-grooming-guide-why-and-how-to-wear-fragrance/ http://www.penhaligons.com/the-grooming-guide-why-and-how-to-wear-fragrance/#comments Thurs, 06 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Erin /the-grooming-guide-why-and-how-to-wear-fragrance/ GUEST BLOG: Editor of The Grooming Guide, Nick Cox discovered the best means to wear fragrance. Here he reveals some of his top tips! GUEST BLOG: Editor of The Grooming Guide, Nick Cox discovered the best means to wear fragrance. Here he reveals some of his top tips!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_129.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Just as wild animals mark their territory, a gentleman must choose fragrance to extend the personal space he inhabits. Men who used to experiment with scent were said to be of questionable character, now if you make little effort to smell sweet you are in the minority.</span></p> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><be a="" and="" appealing="" be="" before="" br="" charge="" dominate="" entering="" for="" fragrance="" gentleman="" in="" is="" it="" know="" leave="" may="" never="" of="" seldom="" should="" smelt="" subtle="" that="" to="" whilst="" you.="" your=""> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Do your research and choose a fragrance that fits well with your bodies natural pheromones, that way the unique fragrance you create will be alluring. It will never work quite as well on anyone else! Think of this fragrance as the ultimate accessory, a finishing flourish like your cufflinks or tie pin.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">It&#39;s time to replace the splash and dash routine of our youth with The Grooming Guide&#39;s more considered approach to wearing fragrance. To spray or squirt, and where and when? Here are our do&#39;s and dont&#39;s to being well scented.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="/images/categories/blog_bottles.jpg" /></p> <p> <strong>DON&rsquo;T </strong>apply fragrances to the face particularly Eau de Toilettes as their high oil content will cause irritation.</p> <p> <strong>DO</strong> apply in the right areas. Get to know your hotspots! These are your pulse points, wrists, neck etc and are the places where our blood flows closer to the surface, it&rsquo;s&nbsp; warmth will unlock the power of your fragrance.</p> <p> <strong>DON&rsquo;T </strong>ever apply a fragrance directly onto your clothing,&nbsp; it will not develop<br /> properly and you may also risk damaging your favourite shirt, tie, jumper etc.</p> <p> <strong>DO</strong> layer up. If you have a favourite fragrance that works for you invest in multiple products from the same range (shave foam, balm, deodorant, fragrance etc.) This will prevent you from wearing a heady cocktail of competing smells, after all we all know that most body products can be over fragranced.</p> <p> <strong>DON&rsquo;T</strong> overload yourself. Your nose will quickly adapt to your chosen fragrance making it smell less potent, so be aware of this. Also be wary of the words &lsquo;intense&rsquo; and &lsquo;concentrate&rsquo; when connected with a fragrance and approach these with caution.</p> <p> <strong>DO </strong>spray onto a freshly bathed (and dried) body. Just a few squirts on a warm chest will let a scent open up and work its magic.</p> <p> Nick Cox</p> <p> Editor</p> <p> <a href="http://www.thegroomingguide.com/" target="_blank">http://www.thegroomingguide.com/</a></p> <p> Do you have any other tips about how to wear fragrance?</p> </be></span> 0 William's London: James Smith & Sons http://www.penhaligons.com/williams-london-james-smith-and-sons/ http://www.penhaligons.com/williams-london-james-smith-and-sons/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick /williams-london-james-smith-and-sons/ A wonderful piece of tradition, still in its home of over 150 years in Holborn, James Smith & Sons umbrellas are beyond compare. A wonderful piece of tradition, still in its home of over 150 years in Holborn, James Smith & Sons umbrellas are beyond compare.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_302.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Entering the James Smith &amp; Sons store is like stepping back in time to the Victorian era, an incredible home of tradition that has stayed true to its craftsmanship over the years. Umbrellas and canes are still made on the premises in the rear and basement of the store, and the shop front and interior remains exactly as it always was - a perfect example of Victorian shop front design.<br /> <br /> The current selection contains umbrellas with unique hand carved animal heads to canes made of British woods that maintain the texture and character of the tree, as well as a more standard offering of seat sticks, umbrellas and canes.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img src="/images/blogs/jamessmithandsons.jpg" /></span></div> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><em>A selection of Smith &amp; Sons products</em><br /> <br /> William Penhaligon was a man of refinement, committed to quality - and James &amp; Sons is quite simply the only place worth buying an umbrella from - their aftercare and repair service is world famous. London has been considered the home of the best umbrellas - perhaps in part due to our very particular climate - and walking sticks, and <a href="http://www.james-smith.co.uk/" target="_blank">James Smith &amp; Sons</a> continues that tradition to this day.</span><br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Quintessential British Charm http://www.penhaligons.com/quintessential-british-charm/ http://www.penhaligons.com/quintessential-british-charm/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Guest: Chris Pollard /quintessential-british-charm/ GUEST BLOG: Men's style blogger Chris Pollard shares his love of the bow tie at our Wellington Street store in Covent Garden GUEST BLOG: Men's style blogger Chris Pollard shares his love of the bow tie at our Wellington Street store in Covent Garden<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_309.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">In an attempt to counter the heat of the Central line at rush hour, my morning commute starts with me looking slightly dishevelled, bow tie hung un-done around my neck. A few stations before my stop I smarten up and tie my tie into its usual knot. A few weeks ago, to my surprise, half the carriage now seemed to be looking over - some clearly staring, others glancing quickly over the top of their papers - all of them engrossed watching someone tie a bow tie. Little moments like that have reminded me that even after 400 years of the bow tie, people still appreciate its quintessential British charm.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 146px;"><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/309_chris_bowties1.jpg" /></span></div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Like many garments, the bow tie has its roots in the military. Starting life as a cravat, its original function was to keep soldiers clean and presentable. The style eventually trickled down into the fashion accessory that we know today. I find it comforting to know that the knot that my grandfather taught me and his grandfather taught him is the same knot that these soldiers and gentlemen of the past wore. So next time you get the opportunity to wear a bow tie, consider choosing a tie-up over a clip-on, think of it like wearing a piece of history.<br /> <br /> Check out <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/how-to-tie-a-bow-tie/">Penhaligon&rsquo;s handy hints</a></u> if you&rsquo;re getting a little tied up.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="/images/blogs/309_chris_bowties.jpg" style="width: 473px; height: 709px;" /></div> <br /> <br /> Images by Shaun James Cox - <u><a href="http://www.shaunjamescox.com/">shaunjamescox.com</a></u><br type="_moz" /> 0 Penhaligon's x GarconJon http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-x-garconjon/ http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-x-garconjon/#comments Weds, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Erin /penhaligons-x-garconjon/ GUEST BLOG: Renowned photographer, GarconJon has collaborated with Penhaligon's on a new book; GENTLEMEN GUEST BLOG: Renowned photographer, GarconJon has collaborated with Penhaligon's on a new book; GENTLEMEN<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_305.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">This Summer we wanted to talk about several things. Firstly, our 145 years of Heritage. We&#39;ve been celebrating in store and telling the stories of some of our most iconic fragrances. From our beginnings as barbers through to more recent perfumes, our commitment to quality, service and storytelling have defined us. Continuing the theme, we launched the <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/no33-eau-de-cologne/">No.33 Eau de Cologne</a></u> and grooming range. Named for one of our first stores at 33 St. James&#39;s Street and a true reflection of both where we come from and where we&#39;re going. A new classic with a twist.<br /> <br /> The whole Summer has been a celebration of the Penhaligon&#39;s Gentleman. He has obvious taste and discernment, but also character and a certain undefinable something. We worked with renowned men&#39;s style photographer Jonathan Daniel Pryce (also known as blogger <u><a href="http://www.garconjon.com/">GarconJon</a></u>) to illustrate what a modern gentleman looks like today. Studio portraits and street style shots have been curated delightfully to show what being #verypenhaligons looks like. We hope you enjoy.<br /> <br /> &quot;<span style="font-size: 16px;"><em>I&rsquo;ve travelled the menswear circuit from London to Florence, Milan and Paris over the past six years capturing some of the most sophisticated men in the world: contemporary gentlemen. A gentleman is someone who cannot be entirely characterised in words, and the concept goes well beyond style. These days a gentlemen is not about acquisition, but creation.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>When Penhaligons approached me to work on a new project about men&#39;s style, I knew I wanted to explore the concept of gentlemanliness further. The brand itself is a beacon on traditional masculinity but with the flare and artistry that is uniquely British. I wanted to somehow weave this into our book so in selecting the subjects it became clear that a traditional approach wouldn&rsquo;t deliver. Today&rsquo;s gentlemen come from diverse backgrounds, they have depth, an introspective nature, good manners and a sharp wit. We selected gents from a wide range of backgrounds and of all ages who&#39;ve found themselves working and excelling in creative fields.</em></span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/PEN_blog_GJ1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px;" /></span></span></div> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;<br /> <em>In GENTLEMEN the Londoners and Parisians almost lift themselves off the page and mingle with the Penhaligon&rsquo;s fragrances, creating an atmosphere of endeavor and refinement. It may be their profession, a glint in the eye, or a certain posture &mdash; all contribute to a robust conversation. My on-going challenge is to stay ahead of this truly organic phenomenon both on the street and in the studio</em>.</span></span>&quot; Jonathan Daniel Pryce&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="" src="/images/categories/Garcon.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px;" /></span></div> <div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">You&#39;ll find GENTLEMEN in any of our <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/page/storelocator/">boutiques</a></u>, waiting for you to&nbsp;peruse at your leisure.</span></div> 0 The No.33 Martini http://www.penhaligons.com/the-no33-martini/ http://www.penhaligons.com/the-no33-martini/#comments Tues, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Erin /the-no33-martini/ We are all about fragrant cocktails at Penhaligon's, and so for the launch of No.33 a new tipple was in order We are all about fragrant cocktails at Penhaligon's, and so for the launch of No.33 a new tipple was in order<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_301.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">It is now a long standing tradition that we celebrate a new addition to our collection with a little tipple...or two. The arrival of <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/no33-eau-de-cologne/">No.33 Eau de Cologne</a></u> is no exception. So raise a glass with us and enjoy!<br /> <br /> Recreate the delicious No.33 cocktail, a sophisticated blend of vodka infused with Scot&#39;s Pine and citrus with a kick of coriander.<br /> <br /> 35ml Scot&rsquo;s Pine infused Ketel One vodka*<br /> 20ml Aqua di Cedro<br /> 15ml Caf&eacute; Murano coriander seed syrup**<br /> 10ml grapefruit juice<br /> 5ml lemon juice<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Add all ingredients to a Japanese mixing glass (or a big glass you can fit all the liquid and ice into together), add ice and stir for approx. 15-20 seconds, test until correct dilution has occurred.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a spritz of grapefruit peel and twist peel into glass.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Enjoy with friends and loved ones!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> *Take two large sprigs of Scot&rsquo;s Pine and add to 75cl of Ketel One vodka (but any premium vodka will be fine), allow to infuse for 3-4 hours (doing this in a Kilner jar makes it easier). Strain and return vodka to the bottle.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> **take 100grams of coriander seeds, 500grams standard white sugar, 250ml water. Heat gently in a saucepan for 15 mins, making sure all the sugar has dissolved and the liquid has turned brownish colour from the seeds. Approx. 1 min before you take the pan off the heat add the zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange. Store in sealed bottle. This syrup should be good for one week, or two if kept in the fridge.</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Shaving Throughout History http://www.penhaligons.com/shaving-throughout-history/ http://www.penhaligons.com/shaving-throughout-history/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Erin /shaving-throughout-history/ To celebrate the launch of our new men's grooming range No.33, we explored the history of shaving. To celebrate the launch of our new men's grooming range No.33, we explored the history of shaving.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_298.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Prehistoric cave drawings illustrate that men in the Stone Age used stone flints and shells as a means to remove unwanted hair.<br /> <br /> The Ancient Egyptians removed all of their body hair with copper razors. Facial hair symbolized personal neglect, so affluent men typically kept a barber as a member of their household staff and maintained a clean-shaven look.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="" height="277" src="/images/blogs/298_shaving.jpg" width="418" /></span></div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The Romans weren&#39;t allowed to grow facial hair as it was believed that their enemies used beards to their advantage as a handhold in war.<br /> <br /> The world&#39;s oldest existing barber, Truefitt and Hill opened in 1805 and can be located on St James&#39;s Street, London.<br /> <br /> The straight edge razor was established in 1828 in Sheffield.<br /> <br /> Between 1860 and 1916, uniform regulation in the British Army stipulated that every soldier should have a moustache.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/SHAVING-TIPS-L.jpg" /></span></div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The crew members on Apollo 10 became the first to shave in space in May 1969. After electric shavers with vacuum attachments didn&#39;t work in testing, the astronauts used a brushless shaving cream and standard safety razors during their flight.<br /> <br /> The electric razor was first patented in 1921 by US Army Colonel Jacob Shtick.<br /> <br /> Shaving cream didn&#39;t always come in an aerosol can; the method wasn&#39;t even introduced until 1950.<br /> <br /> In 1975, Bic introduced its disposable razor to the market. This was a turning point within the market as men no longer had to sharpen or replace their blades.<br /> <br /> #ourheritage</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Jack the Clipper comes to Wellington Street http://www.penhaligons.com/jack-the-clipper-comes-to-wellington-street/ http://www.penhaligons.com/jack-the-clipper-comes-to-wellington-street/#comments Thurs, 23 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick /jack-the-clipper-comes-to-wellington-street/ We are going back to our roots in celebration of No.33 and our 145 year anniversary, hosting Jack the Clipper barbers at our Covent Garden shop. We are going back to our roots in celebration of No.33 and our 145 year anniversary, hosting Jack the Clipper barbers at our Covent Garden shop.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_308.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">This July and August we are celebrating a Summer of Gentlemen, and in homage to our barbershop beginnings, we are hosting aclaimed barber Jack the Clipper at our boutique in Wellington Street.<br /> <br /> We recently launched <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/no33-eau-de-cologne/">No.33 Eau de Cologne</a></u>, a new men&#39;s cologne and grooming range, inspired by Penhaligon&rsquo;s origins at No. 33 St. James&rsquo;s Street, where William Penhaligon set up as a barber in the early 1870s. We are offering complimentary wet shaves and beard treatments at our iconic flagship store on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday every week until 16<sup>th</sup> August. London Barber Jack the Clipper will be on hand to provide a range of barbering services free of charge. Appointments will be limited so booking is essential.<br /> <br /> Just like William Penhaligon, Jack the Clipper is known for his razor sharp wit and classic cutting-edge style. Armed with cockney charm, hot towels and balm, Jack&rsquo;s master barbers are proud and ready to give Penhaligon&rsquo;s Wellington Street gentlemen the most luxurious shave of their lives.<br /> <br /> To make an appointment pop into store or telephone 0207 240 6256.</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Story of No.33 - Part Two http://www.penhaligons.com/story-of-no33-part-two/ http://www.penhaligons.com/story-of-no33-part-two/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lucy /story-of-no33-part-two/ No.33 launched this week, discover more about our latest grooming collection No.33 launched this week, discover more about our latest grooming collection<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_300.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">William Penhaligon was a man at the cutting edge of grooming in his time as a barber. He created treatments for the skin as well as scents, tonics and hairdressings with his son Walter above their shop at 33 St James Street.</span><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Penhaligon&rsquo;s have a trusted 145 year history of providing discerning men with our grooming solutions, we are firmly establishing ourselves in the field of male grooming with a range of 5 key products designed to suit the skincare needs of the conscientious modern gentleman.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="/images/blogs/PEN_33_shopwindow.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em>Our Wellington Street Flagship Boutique with the new No.33 window display</em></div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The new grooming collection comprises of a Cleanser, Face &amp; Beard Scrub, Moisturiser and Eye Cream. A complete range for the face formulated specifically for a man&rsquo;s skin, scented with No.33.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="/images/blogs/PEN_33_grooming.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 330px;" /></div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/no33-cleanser/"><u>No.33 Cleanser</u></a><br /> A purifying and brightening cleanser to sweep away daily grime and pollutants, with fruit acids for gentle exfoliation and vegetable extracts to balance the skins oil production.<br /> <br /> <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/no33-beard-face-scrub/">Face &amp; Beard Scrub</a></u><br /> An invigorating scrub for smoother skin on the face and beneath the beard. A natural exfoliant, apricot kernel, helps slough away dead skin, preparing the skin for shaving or dealing with unwanted dryness.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/no33-moisturiser/"><u>Moisturiser</u></a><br /> A lightweight and fast absorbing moisturiser, with an energising formula of herbal and anti-oxidant ingredients to reduce the appearance of ageing and revitalise the skin.<br /> <br /> <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/no33-eye-cream/">Eye Cream</a></u><br /> A hydrating and reinvigorating cream for the delicate eye area, with firming and tightening plant extracts.</span><br /> <br /> 0 Summer of Gentlemen Competition http://www.penhaligons.com/summer-of-gentlemen-competition/ http://www.penhaligons.com/summer-of-gentlemen-competition/#comments Thurs, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lucy /summer-of-gentlemen-competition/ Time for a competition to celebrate the Summer of Gentlemen - are you #VeryPenhaligons? Time for a competition to celebrate the Summer of Gentlemen - are you #VeryPenhaligons?<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_304.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">In celebration of our new fragrance and grooming range, <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/no33-eau-de-cologne/">No.33 Eau de Cologne</a></u>, we are launching a competition to find the most dapper gentlemen with the unique hashtag #VeryPenhaligons.<br /> <br /> Simply upload an image of yourself looking dapper to Instagram or Twitter using the hastag #VeryPenhaligons to be in with a chance to win a &pound;500 voucher from Mr Porter and a year&#39;s supply of Penhaligon&#39;s products.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/PEN_GJ_gandy.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 751px;" /></span></div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Here are some of the images #VeryPenhaligons men taken by Street Style photographer <u><a href="http://www.garconjon.com/">GarconJon</a></u> for his collaborative book with us called Gentlemen.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/PEN_gj_man1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 750px;" /></span></div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Matthew Huband, our Asociate Director of Marketing had this to say:<br /> &quot;<em>This competition is an invitation to become part of the discussion: what is a modern Gentleman? We feel with No. 33 we&rsquo;ve summed up what that means in scent and are looking forward to discovering even more Very Penhaligon&rsquo;s personalities as the competition unfolds</em>&rdquo;.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/PEN_gj_man2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 755px;" /></span></div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Winners will be shortlisted and chosen by a suitably stylish jury including Jonathan Daniel Pryce of GarconJon, Jenico Preston of the British Fashion Council and Penhaligon&rsquo;s own Fragrance Ambassador Nick Gilbert.<br /> <br /> To enter and size up the competition visit our <u><a href="https://twitter.com/PenhaligonsLtd">Twitter</a></u> and <u><a href="https://instagram.com/penhaligons_london">Instagram</a></u></span><br /> <br /> <u><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Penhaligons/app_181034565422548"><span style="font-size: 16px;">#VeryPenhaligons</span></a></u><br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Story of No.33 - Part One http://www.penhaligons.com/story-of-no33-part-one/ http://www.penhaligons.com/story-of-no33-part-one/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lucy /story-of-no33-part-one/ Penhaligon's began as a barbers at No.33 St James's Street, London, supplying the finest in gentlemen's grooming... Penhaligon's began as a barbers at No.33 St James's Street, London, supplying the finest in gentlemen's grooming...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_299.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">William Penhaligon began his career creating fine fragrances and grooming products for men at the exclusive salon in the Hammam baths on Jermyn Street. William opened his first barbers in 1870 on St James&#39;s Street, London, quickly building a reputation across London and the globe for his &#39;high quality ingredients and innovative preparations&#39;. When his son Walter took over the business following William&#39;s death in 1902 it went from strength to strength and grew to incorporate ladies fragrances, earning a first Royal Warrant in 1903.<br /> <br /> Celebrating this barbershop heritage we wanted to mark our 145th Anniversary by creating a brand new men&#39;s cologne and grooming range, named after the address of the first Penhaligon&#39;s shop on St James&#39;s Street; No. 33. </span><br /> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http:/www.penhaligons.com/no33-eau-de-cologne/"><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/33_bottles.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /></a></span></div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Let us introduce you firstly to the signature Eau de Cologne, an aromatic love note to lavender. No.33 opens with a burst of citrus in the top notes, shot through with warming pepper, ginger and cardamom at the heart and underlined with the sweetness of amber and vanilla coupled with the smokiness of tobacco and cedar in the base. Manly, innovative and invigorating.<br /> <br /> <em>Top Notes</em>: Bergamot, Orange, Grapefruit, Armoise, Coriander, Clary Sage, Cypress<br /> <br /> <em>Heart Notes</em>: Lavender, Violet, Black Pepper, Ginger, Jasmine, Rose, Muguet, Geranium, Saffron, Cardamom<br /> <br /> <em>Base Notes</em>: Amber, Vetiver, Musk, Moss, Tobacco, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Cedarwood<br /> <br /> It was particularly important to incorporate lavender in this new fragrance, as it has been an ingredient that has punctuated many of our most popular and enduring scents, including the original, Hammam Bouquet.<br /> <br /> No.33 is also the first of our fragrances to be housed in a new shape bottle, still retaining the now inconic silhouette but reinvented for our anniversary, it is inspired by a hip flask, satisfyingly tactile in a flatter design.<br /> <br /> Keep an eye out for The Story of No.33 Part 2 where we shall introduce you to the full grooming range.</span><br /> 0 A Scent of Calm http://www.penhaligons.com/a-scent-of-calm/ http://www.penhaligons.com/a-scent-of-calm/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lucy /a-scent-of-calm/ Lavender is a popular scent but many people dismiss it as old fashioned, we think it's high time for a fresh look at this effervescent note. Lavender is a popular scent but many people dismiss it as old fashioned, we think it's high time for a fresh look at this effervescent note.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_306.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">William Penhaligon, our founder, used lavender in many of the early fragrances, including <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/hammam-bouquet-eau-de-toilette-spray/">Hammam Bouquet</a></u>, <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet-eau-de-toilette/">Blenheim Bouquet</a></u> and <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/bayolea-eau-de-toilette/">Bayolea</a></u> which you would not nessarily leap out as being traditionally &#39;lavender&#39;. Even our <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/lavandula-eau-de-parfum/">Lavandula</a></u> fragrance is a bold interpretation using a specific high-altitude lavender with it&#39;s own distinctive scent.<br /> <br /> So for our 145th anniversary we wanted to celebrate this wonderful ingredient that is so intertwined in our heritage. We created No.33, an Eau de Cologne that is based around an aromatic composition of lavender, a new key fragrance for men that also scents a new range of grooming products.<br /> <br /> <em>No. 33</em> opens in an aromatic burst of crisp citrus, rustic armoise and clary sage alongside a bracing lavender note. Incredibly smooth, the heart is enriched by warming pepper, ginger and cardamom and fresh, rosy geranium. Tobacco, cedar and vetiver add a dry smokiness, balanced by the restrained sweetness of tonka, amber and vanilla. A contemporary celebration of lavender in all its bracing charm.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/PEN_33_lavender1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" /></span></div> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">So just why is lavender so important? William Penhaligon specialised in using natural, high quality ingredients in his preparations, this often meant that not only did Penhaligon&#39;s products smell good they were good for you too.<br /> <br /> Here are 5 facts you may not know about Lavender, which are all reasons we favour it in our formulations;<br /> <br /> 1. Lavender has often been associated with helping to encourage sleep, in fact it is often used in alternative medicine as a cure for mild insomnia.<br /> <br /> 2. Lavender is known for it&#39;s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which means it can be used as an effective cleanser to help with acne or problematic skin. Lavender Oil can help restrict the bacteria that can cause acne breakouts and regulate the sebum that blocks pores.<br /> <br /> 3. Lavender also does wonders for the hair and scalp, restricting sebum in greasy hair, removing dandruff and even taking out the limestone residue in hard water areas that can leave hair looking dull and lifeless.<br /> <br /> 4. Lavender is an excellent insect repellent and can deter mosquitoes and moths, especially useful during Summer.<br /> <br /> 5. Lavender is great for relaxing muscles and relieving tension, often used in the bath, a lavender soak can do wonders for a stressed body and mind.</span><br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 A #VeryPenhaligons Date http://www.penhaligons.com/a-verypenhaligons-date/ http://www.penhaligons.com/a-verypenhaligons-date/#comments Thurs, 09 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Erin /a-verypenhaligons-date/ Go nowhere, book nothing, until you’ve shared our grooming expertise. Go nowhere, book nothing, until you’ve shared our grooming expertise.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_296.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 16px;">Looking the part is one of the key components when it comes to the first date. This is now known by many as a staple dating rule, match up, look immaculate and smell irresistible. Here&rsquo;s how:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Step 1.</strong><br /> Bath or shower? Up to you, sir. Just make sure you leave enough time to unwind properly so your mind can travel to the delights that lie ahead. Choose your bath and shower gel carefully, as its perfume will linger all over your body.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Step 2. </strong><br /> This isn&rsquo;t one to be rushed, precision is key. Before a special occasion such as this, you should indulge in the sensual pleasure of shaving. Invest in beautifully scented shaving soap or cream, finishing with <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/bayolea-soothing-balm/">balm</a></u> to moisturise and replenish your skin. Add a splash of aftershave with a fresh, invigorating aroma. Make sure you leave your <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/nickel-shaving-set/">upmarket shaving stuff</a></u> casually displayed in the bathroom. Your date will love a man who clearly knows what&rsquo;s what.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Step 3</strong>.<br /> If you&rsquo;re set on an on-trend beard and moustache combo, you will doubtless have become extremely attached. Make sure that whatever your style of facial hair may be that it is trimmed to perfection. Massage in a few drops of <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/bayolea-beard-shave-oil/">beard oil</a></u> to soften the hair. If you want to provide your moustache with extra definition, rub a little <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/movember-wax/">moustache wax</a></u> between your fingers to warm it, then apply to give sleek shape<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Step 4</strong>.<br /> By now, you&rsquo;re smooth, scented and soft in all the right places. Give yourself a last-minute mirror check. Shine your hair with a slick of pomade, your eyebrows too if they&rsquo;re unruly.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Done! You&rsquo;ve completed the pre-date guide for men. You look and smell as good as one fine gentlemen can do.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We&rsquo;ve done the details. The rest of the date is down to you.</span> 0 A Journey Through The Beard Ages http://www.penhaligons.com/a-journey-through-the-beard-ages/ http://www.penhaligons.com/a-journey-through-the-beard-ages/#comments Thurs, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Erin /a-journey-through-the-beard-ages/ We take a look at beards through the ages and the evolution of men's grooming We take a look at beards through the ages and the evolution of men's grooming<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_297.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Stage 1.</strong><br /> We share 98.5% of our genes with chimpanzees, making them our closest living biological relations.</span> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</span></div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">While they&rsquo;re not interested in scented soap and <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/shaving/">shaving balm</a></u>, there&rsquo;s much to admire about the apes&rsquo; grooming regime.</span> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">This will make up a large part of their day. They run their fingers through each other&rsquo;s hair, which strengthens family and friendship bonds, as well as removing dirt, dead skin and parasites.</span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">We gents may feel classy as we splash on our gorgeously <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/gentlemens-fragrances-and-grooming/">scented aftershave</a>,</u> but it&rsquo;s hard not to be envious of a chimpanzee&rsquo;s blissed-out state as he lies back for a deep-cleansing massage.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/bayolea-aftershave-splash/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/BAYOLEAAFTERSHAVESPLASH_1.jpg" /></span></a></div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Stage 2. </strong><br /> The caveman may not conform to 21<sup>st</sup>-century, metrosexual standards of skincare and hygiene, but he&rsquo;s come a long way up the evolutionary scale.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> There&rsquo;s evidence that cavemen removed some of their beard and head hair for safety&rsquo;s sake &ndash; less for the enemy to grab hold of, you see. Less hair also meant fewer mites, which has to be a bonus no matter which millennium you were born into.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In the absence of razors and beautiful, bristly shaving brushes, Caveman would have scraped hair from his face with a sharp rock, sea shell or flint blade.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In his favour was diet &ndash; a buffet of healthy paleolithic delights &ndash; and the absence of anything to do after sundown except catch up on beauty sleep.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Stage 3.</strong><br /> The popular notion that men of the Viking Age were wild, rotten savages is all wrong. In fact, they took great care of their <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/bayolea-hair-pomade/">haircare</a></u> and beauty rituals.</span> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/no33-beard-face-scrub/"><span style="font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/images/blogs/NO33BEARDSCRUB_1.jpg" style="width: 360px; height: 450px;" /></span></a></div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Beards and moustaches would be waxed, plaited, trimmed, curled, even dyed (yellow) to impress.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> At every level of society, combs made of whale bone or elephant ivory were used. Bronze Age vanity kits included tweezers, picks, nail cleaners and ear spoons, which were a sort of precursor to the cotton bud.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Step 4. </strong><br /> <em>Plus &ccedil;a change, plus c&rsquo;est la m&ecirc;me chose</em>- roughly translated as &lsquo;the more things (beards, we&rsquo;re talking) change, the more they stay the same.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Scientists say that we are able to sniff out a potential mate&rsquo;s genetic make-up to see if they are a good mate and hairiness helps increase the scent.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Conclusion? Hairy men are ultimately attractive.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Stage 5. </strong><br /> Unlike men of the stone-age, men in 2015 have lotions, potions, and a well-lit bathroom mirror in their grooming <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/nickel-shaving-set/">armoury</a></u>. Today&rsquo;s gents have <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial-beard-oil/">beautiful oils</a></u> of sunflower and grape seed to soften their hair and hydrate their skin &ndash; their ancestors would have lived off those for a week.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Yet modern man has had to overcome his own struggles, such as the ridicule of his workmates, to grow and maintain the beard of his dreams.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The fall backs of a beard being- food and drink will slip into the foliage and while you may privately enjoy the sensation, you do need to consider the sensibilities of others and not regard it as a portable larder.<br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> <ul> <li> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The facial annex will require careful grooming and extra cleaning. Shampoo, condition and oil your beard frequently, and moisturise your skin as carefully as ever.</span></li> </ul> <span style="font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</span><br /> <ul> <li> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Anything that smells delicious will be regarded as a plus by companions, who may be feeling in need of a reassuring boost in the face of the furry curtain falling from your chin.</span></li> </ul> <span style="font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;<br /> You may face opposition, but a look back in time proves that <em>facial hair is the most natural thing in the world</em>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Beard does not equal weird.</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you are considering or have already entered the realms of the beard route, check out Penhaligons extensive range of <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/gentlemens-shaving-goods/">men&rsquo;s grooming products</a></u> to help you tame that mane.</span> 0 Father & Founder: Mr William Penhaligon. http://www.penhaligons.com/father-founder-mr-william-penhaligon/ http://www.penhaligons.com/father-founder-mr-william-penhaligon/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Erin /father-founder-mr-william-penhaligon/ A family man, William’s 'spare moments were devoted to his home and surrounds which he loved so well A family man, William’s 'spare moments were devoted to his home and surrounds which he loved so well<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_295.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">William Penhaligon was born in Philby, Cornwall in 1837. Having founded his Perfumers and Barbers in Penzance in 1861, William married his wife Elisabeth in 1862. William and Elisabeth had 4 children: Clara, Ida, William and Walter. William and his family moved to London, and William took up his position at the Hammam on Jermyn Street in 1869.<br /> <br /> Wildly creative and ambitious, William was inspired by his new surroundings, creating his first fragrance, Hammam Bouquet, in 1872. Showing a flair for business, William took over the exclusive salon in the baths in 1874, soon expanding to include perfumery and other fragranced delights. With an elegant refurbishment of the premises, befitting the increasingly notable clientele, and a burgeoning reputation for the best quality ingredients and innovative preparations, William&rsquo;s career was in the ascent. Mr Jeavons, the foreman of the hairdressers, became a partner in 1880 and Penhaligon&#39;s &amp; Jeavons was born.<br /> <br /> In 1903 Penhaligon&rsquo;s were awarded their first Royal Warrant by Queen Alexandra as a &lsquo;devotee of natural products only which was Penhaligon&rsquo;s trademark.&rsquo;<br /> <br /> William was renowned for his wit and intellect, the Worcester Journal reported that &ldquo;Mr Forster, anxious no doubt to wash off the dust of Ireland, went on Monday last to the Turkish bath... he remarked to Penhaligon, the hairdresser, &ldquo;It is very hot here this morning.&rdquo; &ldquo;It is,&rdquo; replied the ever ready Penhaligon; &ldquo;but you will find it much hotter in the House of Commons this afternoon.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> William passed away in 1902. His obituary describes that he was &#39;actively involved with one of London&rsquo;s most renowned and important hairdressing salon&#39; and that his &#39;great forte lay in the manufacture of perfumes and hair washes which are now world wide renowned.&#39; A family man, William&rsquo;s &#39;spare moments were devoted to his home and surrounds which he loved so well.&#39; </span><br type="_moz" /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Happy Father&#39;s Day William! True to your founding principles we continue to seek new ways to interpret elegance and deliver with personality and sopistication.</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Blenheim Bouquet Collection http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet-collection/ http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet-collection/#comments Weds, 17 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Alex /blenheim-bouquet-collection/ Blenheim Bouquet is Penhaligon’s hero, the bestselling fragrance, originally created in 1902 and still our most popular. Blenheim Bouquet is Penhaligon’s hero, the bestselling fragrance, originally created in 1902 and still our most popular.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_95.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 16px;">An aristocratic citrus, dry and aromatically anchored with woods and lavender, <u><b><a href="/blenheim-bouquet-eau-de-toilette/">Blenheim Bouquet</a></b></u> takes it inspiration from the iconic Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, the ancestral seat of the dukes of Marlborough whose illustrious descendants include Sir Winston Churchill.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <u><b><a href="/hammam-bouquet-eau-de-toilette-spray/">Hammam Bouquet</a> </b></u>was Penhaligon&rsquo;s first fragrance in 1872, a heady, oriental brew of roses, woods, jasmine and animalic musks. This style of scent was quite typical of the time, heavy and floral, rose-based with spices and orris. Powder and drama. These fragrances now seem a little vintage and boudoir in character but still pack quite a punch in olfactory terms.<br /> <br /> Blenheim Bouquet came along, essentially a clever reworking of the cologne formulation, but deepened and enriched with eucalyptus, pine, musks and a huge dose of black pepper. The interesting thing to note about the structure of the scent is the lack of heart notes.<br /> <br /> The fragrance opens with the driest of lemon and lime combinations, &nbsp;crisp and clean, underpinned by rosemary and fresh lavender and then settling briskly into the warmest of woody resinous drydowns. There are aromas of clean cotton, sweet varnish and hay in the mix as the aromatic notes settle on the skin.<br /> <br /> The key to <em>Blenheim Bouquet&rsquo;s</em> success is discretion and timelessness. The scent has negotiated its olfactory way through history and adapted to every twist and turn of its existence.&nbsp; It has a subtle, distinguished presence and this makes it a delight to wear, for everyday, dressed up for night or dressed down for play.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Originally launched for gentleman, <em>Blenheim Bouquet</em> is also a huge hit with the ladies. It is often hard to find a sharp, fresh and sunny scent with staying power that does not have the soapier or spicier elements of traditional style colognes and eau de toilettes. It is a global scent, successful across the world and across all age groups. The fascinating thing about <em>Blenheim Bouquet</em> is its continued modernity and relevance. The dryness, suaveness and sophistication of assembly make the fragrance an easy yet dignified choice in this age of sensual overload. Less is more. This is <em>Blenheim Bouquet&rsquo;s </em>secret. Subtlety, savoir-faire and timeless elegance.<br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;<img src="http://penhaligons.parasparstaging.com/images/products/large/BLENHEIMBOUQUETEAUDETOILETTE.jpg" style="width: 418px; height: 523px; margin-right: 100px; margin-left: 100px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> Head Notes: lemon, lime, lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, lemongrass, citronella<br /> Heart Notes: No heart notes<br /> Base Notes: pine, musk, black pepper, sandalwood, amyris</span><br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 How to Groom a Beard http://www.penhaligons.com/how-to-groom-a-beard/ http://www.penhaligons.com/how-to-groom-a-beard/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick /how-to-groom-a-beard/ Growing a Beard is not the easiest of undertakings, as a beard requires constant grooming and attention to keep it looking, feeling, and smelling, good. Growing a Beard is not the easiest of undertakings, as a beard requires constant grooming and attention to keep it looking, feeling, and smelling, good.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_242.jpg"<br/><br/><h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><b>Let it grow</b></span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The first step on growing a beard is letting it grow out. Hairs grow in 3 different cycles, so to achieve an even beard its essential to let the hairs grow into a scruffy stage before you begin to groom it. </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><b>The itchy phase</b></span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Growing a beard for the first few weeks can result in itchy, irritable skin. Using a <u><b><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial-beard-oil/">beard oil</a></b></u> will help prevent the itchiness. </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><b>Important equipment</b></span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">To keep your beard trimmed and tidy, we suggest using a beard trimmer for ease. You should keep a comb and a small pair of scissors for tidying edges and the moustache, and keeping even length throughout. A <u><b><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/movember-wax/">moustache wax</a></b></u> is a hidden secret for keeping any stray hairs tamed - and can be used to shape the moustache if you&rsquo;d prefer to style it! </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><b>Scrub</b></span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Regular exfoliation is a must: the process of shaving naturally exfoliates the skin and without this daily ritual, the skin beneath a beard can become flaky and dry. Use an <u><b><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/bayolea-facial-scrub/">exfoliator</a></b></u> at least 3 times a week to keep skin in tip-top condition. </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><b>Replenish</b></span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">A beard will draw oil away from the skin, leaving the skin dryer beneath the beard than elsewhere on the face. A <u><b><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/bayolea-beard-shave-oil/">beard oil</a></b></u> or <u><b><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/endymion-aftershave-balm/">rich moisturiser</a></b></u> will help replenish the lost oils, and should be worked into the beard and skin after washing the face, morning and evening.<br /> <br /> Let us know your tips to keep a beard in perfect condition and style in the comments below.</span><br /> 0 The Scent of a Man http://www.penhaligons.com/the-scent-of-a-man/ http://www.penhaligons.com/the-scent-of-a-man/#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Alex /the-scent-of-a-man/ The fougère family is the backbone of masculine fragrance. Fougère is French for fern, and the name traces directly back to Fougère Royale. The fougère family is the backbone of masculine fragrance. Fougère is French for fern, and the name traces directly back to Fougère Royale.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_92.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">A scent created by Paul Parquet for Houbigant in 1882, the original granddaddy of masculine fragrances, the first to use a synthetic note, a natural compound, in this case a synthesised coumarin molecule.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The key notes needed to define a classic foug&egrave;re are oakmoss, tonka bean (<em>coumarouna odorata</em>) and lavender. A variety of notes can be woven around this basic structure to create a vast array of different variations &ndash; woody, floral, spicy, oceanic etc.&nbsp; These often include bergamot, geranium and vetiver.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> They have warmth and dryness, sweet bitter woods, soft floral touches. Like their female equivalent, the chypr&eacute;, foug&egrave;res are ruthlessly tailored and wonderfully rigid in their top to toe drydown.&nbsp; They feel wearable, like a bespoke suit, fitted just to the wearer. A one off garment. Evolving over time, improving with age.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Coumarin (benzopyrene) is of synthetic origin. It can however be found in some natural sources like tonka bean and some grasses. It is a natural isolate that adds an intense new-mown hay odour to fragrances. But can also have a sweeter more gourmand side, with hints of sweet almond or touches of hay and undertones of tobacco.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Penhaligon&rsquo;s have two foug&egrave;res in the collection. <b><u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/english-fern-eau-de-toilette/">English Fern</a></u></b> was created in 1910 with notes of clover, lavender, sandalwood &amp; oakmoss and is a very green and earthy medicinal take on the foug&egrave;re style. <b><u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial-eau-de-toilette/">Sartorial</a></u></b> from 2010 is a deep, waxen spicy interpretation, with leather, patchouli, beexwax and honey.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> When you wear a foug&egrave;re you are connecting to a tradition of olfactory greatness. They smell resolutely masculine and correct, good to be around, secure and sexy. Guys, in a crisis, you&rsquo;d want to be a foug&egrave;re kinda guy. And ladies, you&rsquo;d want a foug&egrave;re shoulder to cry on.</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 William's London: Lock & Co http://www.penhaligons.com/williams-london-lock-co/ http://www.penhaligons.com/williams-london-lock-co/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick /williams-london-lock-co/ London's oldest hatters, founded in 1676, is a nearby neighbour of our original store at No. 33 St. James Street. London's oldest hatters, founded in 1676, is a nearby neighbour of our original store at No. 33 St. James Street.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_294.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Originally a hatter for the gentry, James Lock took over the premises at No. 6 St James&#39;s Street in 1765 - today, it is the oldest hat shop in the world - and soon became hatter to the Lords and Leaders of the country. Lock &amp; Co. are also responsible for creating the most iconic British hat style of all time - the &quot;Coke&quot; (more commonly known as the Bowler).</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img src="/images/blogs/churchillsledger.jpg" /><br /> <em>Customers have ranged from Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin, to Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.</em></span><br /> &nbsp;</center> <br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><em><em><img src="/images/blogs/conformateur.jpg" /><br /> <em>The Conformateur - a device invented in Paris for measuring heads.</em></em></em></span></center> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">In William&#39;s time, Charles Whitbourn, nephew of John Lock III who had retired in 1871 at the age of 70, was running the business of Lock &amp; Co., it is undoubtable that William would have purchased his hats from his illustrious neighbour.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><em><em><img src="/images/blogs/lockandroll.jpg" /><br /> <em>Lock &amp; Co. are still producing their iconic and historic hats, as well as the more contemporary Lock &amp; Roll collection.</em></em></em></span></center> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Penhaligon&#39;s and Lock &amp; Co., aside from originally being neighbours, share our royal seals of approval - as fellow Royal Warrant Holders for HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, also granted in 1956, and HRH the Prince of Wales, granted in 1993 - showing their commitment to the best designs, the best fabrics, and the best service. The 7th generation of the family still run the business from the No. 6 St. James&#39;s Street store, upholding the principles of high quality held by their founder James Lock.<br /> <br /> Be sure to visit <u><a href="http://www.lockhatters.co.uk/">Lock &amp; Co</a></u> to experience this historic hatters, who are the unrivalled global expert hat brand. </span><em><em> </em></em><br /> 0 6 Steps to the Perfect Shave http://www.penhaligons.com/6-steps-to-the-perfect-shave/ http://www.penhaligons.com/6-steps-to-the-perfect-shave/#comments Thurs, 11 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Nick /6-steps-to-the-perfect-shave/ GUEST BLOG: Many Gentlemen find that shaving leads to irritation and small nicks. Follow our steps to get the perfect shave! GUEST BLOG: Many Gentlemen find that shaving leads to irritation and small nicks. Follow our steps to get the perfect shave!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_225.jpg"<br/><br/><h2> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Scruff the hairs</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Manually raising the hairs on the skin stops them from laying flat, and makes it easier for your razor to cut the bristles. Pre-shaving, an exfoliator or scrub will soften the bristles as well as help lift the hairs.</span><br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Lather up</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Use a rich <b><u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet-shaving-cream-tube/">shaving cream</a></u></b> or <b><u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet-shaving-soap-in-wooden-bowl/">soap</a></u></b>, and a <b><u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/nickel-shaving-brush/">badger hair shaving brush</a></u></b> for ultimate lather - the richer the cream, the more generous the foam. Shaving brushes also help lift hairs off the skin and provide an additional level of gentle exfoliation.</span><br /> <h2> <b><span style="font-size: 16px;">1, 2, 3, 3, 2, 1...</span></b></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Apply shaving cream to the neck first, the area around the chin and upper lip second, and thirdly to the sides of the face. Shave in the opposite order to the order of application, as the hairs on the neck and around the mouth are tougher than those on the cheeks, they need longer to be softened by the shaving cream.</span><br /> <h2> <b><span style="font-size: 16px;">Keep it cool</span></b></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Fill the basin with cold water to remove excess foam and hair from your razor. Whilst marginally less comfortable than warm water, the cold water will help tighten the skin as you shave, making the blade pass more smoothly across the surface of the skin.</span><br /> <h2> <b><span style="font-size: 16px;">Press, don&#39;t push</span></b></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Razors are made for cutting the hairs, not for taking layers of skin with them. Use as little pressure as possible on the razor when passing it across the skin, and you&#39;ll find that you get fewer cuts and bumps.</span><br /> <h2> <b><span style="font-size: 16px;">First aid</span></b></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">After shaving, apply a soothing <u><b><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet-aftershave-balm-tube/">balm</a></b></u> or moisturiser to the skin. This will immediately help it replenish and repair itself - shaving is traumatic for the skin, and it will need help to get it back to tip top condition. If you do manage to cut yourself, invest in an alum stick to apply to nicks in the skin - alum helps stop bleeding and is infinitely more stylish than leaving the house covered in small pieces of paper.<br /> <br /> Let us know in the comments if our tips help you perfect your shaving techniques, or if you have any tips for shaving.</span><br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> Written by Nick Cox<br /> Editor of <u><a href="http:/thegroomingguide.com/">The Grooming Guide</a></u>&lt;<br type="_moz" /> 0 World Gin Day http://www.penhaligons.com/world-gin-day/ http://www.penhaligons.com/world-gin-day/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Olivia /world-gin-day/ GUEST BLOG: We have been drinking gin for hundreds of years and that love affair is as strong as ever today ... GUEST BLOG: We have been drinking gin for hundreds of years and that love affair is as strong as ever today ...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_293.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">In celebration of World Gin Day, we are taking a foray into the botanical Juniper as it is an essential component of both gin, and Penhaligon&rsquo;s zingy <b><u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/juniper-sling/">Juniper Sling</a></u> </b>scent. Nothing says summer more than a G&amp;T, so it&#39;s only right that World Gin Day should fall in sunny June, and it&#39;s the juniper that makes it quite so refreshing. We have been drinking gin for hundreds of years and that love affair is as strong as ever today with so many new distilleries and gins springing up every year. </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <b><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;">Where does it come from?</span></span></b></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Part of the conifer family, juniper does grow in Britain and in particular it flourishes on the mountains and heaths of the Lake District, North Wales and Scotland. However, no commercial distillers use homegrown berries. They do not grow large and fleshy here, so they are imported from Umbria in Italy or Macedonia, where they become rich and oily in the sunshine. After two years of growth, the berries ripen in early autumn, turning from green to a very dark blue, and that is when they are ready to be gathered. </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <b><span style="font-size: 16px;">How does it smell? </span></b></h2> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;">The essential oil smells fresh and herbal, with juniper&#39;s fragrant berries giving off a bittersweet scent that is reminiscent of pine. </span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <h2> <b><span style="font-size: 16px;">Why is it used in a perfume?</span></b></h2> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;">For a fragrance, Juniper brings a clean, green and unusual note. As with gin botanicals, in the perfume it blends well with cardamom, cinnamon, Angelica and orris. These days we treat botanicals as mere flavourings or scents but juniper, and other ingredients that make modern gin, had serious medical purposes before the eighteenth century gin craze.<br /> <br /> London herbalist and physician Nicholas Culpeper argued in his most popular work, The English Physitian in 1652, that there was &lsquo;scarce a better remedy for wind in any part of the body, or the cholic, than the chymical oil drawn from the [juniper] berries&rsquo;. Culpeper also recommended juniper for improving sight, and for a whole range of other ailments. To him, the berries were an all-purpose wonder drug. They were &lsquo;admirably good for a cough, shortness of breath, and consumption, pains the belly, ruptures, cramps and convulsions. They give safe and speedy delivery to women with child, they strengthen the brain exceedingly, help the memory, and fortify the sight by strengthening the optic nerves; are excellently good in all sorts of agues; help the gout and sciatica, and strengthen the limbs of the body.&rsquo; It seemed there was little Culpeper thought juniper could not do.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br type="_moz" /> <br /> Written by Olivia Williams<br /> Author of <u><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gin-Glorious-Mothers-Became-Spirit/dp/1472215338&#10;/">Gin Glorious Gin: How Mother&#39;s Ruin Became the Spirit of London</a></u><br type="_moz" /> 0 The Grooming Guide: Fragrant Free For All http://www.penhaligons.com/the-grooming-guide-fragrant-free-for-all/ http://www.penhaligons.com/the-grooming-guide-fragrant-free-for-all/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Nick /the-grooming-guide-fragrant-free-for-all/ GUEST BLOG: Once men doused themselves in scent to mark their territory, and the boundaries were clear: we smelt bold and gutsy whilst women wore feminine florals. GUEST BLOG: Once men doused themselves in scent to mark their territory, and the boundaries were clear: we smelt bold and gutsy whilst women wore feminine florals.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_291.jpg"<br/><br/><div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Lately there&rsquo;s been a shake up in the scent stakes that&rsquo;s set to spark a fragrance free-for-all, whether we&rsquo;re splashing on colognes or dabbing on perfume!</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">If a woman can wear her boyfriends jacket, then when it comes to scent, it&rsquo;s also all there for the taking. I know several business women who currently feel at their sharpest with a spritz of <u><b><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial/">Sartorial</a> </b></u>and other ladies for whom the only sparkling citrus scent to spritz is <u><b><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet/">Blenheim Bouquet</a></b></u> and who can blame them? Fragrant men are also wearing gourmand scents &nbsp;and if there&rsquo;s one that currently resonates for me then it&rsquo;s <u><b><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/juniper-sling/">Juniper Sling</a></b></u> with its brown sugar, black cherry and amber base, it&rsquo;s a thoroughly modern take on sensuality in scent.</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Now that Penhaligon&#39;s has also launched non gender specific fragrances in their <u><b> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/trade-routes/">Trade Routes Collection</a> </b></u>both men and women can take a fragrant journey of exploration, including discovering the pleasures of the woody chypre <u><b><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/as-sawira-eau-de-parfum/">As Sawira</a></b></u> as well as the floral woody musk notes of <u><b><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/levantium-eau-de-toilette/">Levantium</a> </b></u>which are suited to powerful personalities from both sexes. So if perfumers aren&rsquo;t dictating who should wear their creations, then why should we?</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">So it&rsquo;s time to ditch our signature scents and invest in some new olfactory accessories instead. I&rsquo;ll wear mine according to my mood, or like the finishing touches to my outfit. Why not join me? Just remember the only rules are that there are no rules. Wear what you like, when you like, and prepare yourself for a fragrance free for all!</span></div> <div> <br /> &nbsp;</div> Written by Nick Cox<br /> Editor of <u><a href="http:/thegroomingguide.com/">The Grooming Guide</a></u><br type="_moz" /> 0 JamJar Flowers http://www.penhaligons.com/blog-jamjar-flowers/ http://www.penhaligons.com/blog-jamjar-flowers/#comments Thurs, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Guest - JamJar /blog-jamjar-flowers/ GUEST BLOG: The bespoke London florists, talk about what they know best...Flowers! GUEST BLOG: The bespoke London florists, talk about what they know best...Flowers!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_292.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">It&#39;s May/June : in our opinion the most romantic time of the year for a country wedding. The landscape is at its most beautiful, fresh and green,hedgerows are frothy with cow parsley like lace.<br /> <br /> Our favourite flower for a May/June wedding is the exquisitely scented and ravishing lily of the valley.<br /> <br /> It appears in English Gardens at this time of year. When we order it from our growers it arrives with the roots still on and wrapped in moist tissue paper to keep it really fresh. As you unwrap the parcel the delicate flower heads and the exquisite scent are revealed.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Lily of the Valley" src="/images/categories/LOV.jpg" /></span></div> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">We made this exquisite tiny bouquet using lily of the valley, blanchette rose, with love in a mist, green bell and penstemon.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/PEN_jamjar_bouquet.jpg" /></span></div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The French name for lily of the valley is &quot;mignonette&quot; meaning sweet little thing. We think that&#39;s the perfect description for this most exquisite flower.<br /> <br /> To see more of our beautiful, bespoke flowers visit us at <u><a href="http://www.jamjarflowers.co.uk/">jamjarflowers.co.uk</a></u></span><br /> <br /> <br /> 0 Bouquets and Buttonholes. http://www.penhaligons.com/bouquets-and-buttonholes/ http://www.penhaligons.com/bouquets-and-buttonholes/#comments Weds, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick /bouquets-and-buttonholes/ Picking the perfect scent for your wedding need not be a daunting task. Picking the perfect scent for your wedding need not be a daunting task.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_284.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The wedding season means beautiful dresses, well dressed gents, battles between guests on who has the best millinery, and most importantly: bouquets and buttonholes! </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Bouquets</span></h2> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Empressa</span></h2> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">A sophisticated and elegant silky scent, <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/empressa/">Empressa</a></u> shimmers with pink pepper, blood orange and peach, plush rose and woody patchouli. </span><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/empressa-eau-de-toilette/"> <img alt="Empressa" src="/images/categories/EMPRESSAEAUDETOILETTE_BOX_blog.jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Ellenisia</span></h2> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">A beautiful bouquet of white flowers, <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/ellenisia/">Ellenisia</a></u> is sumptuous with gardenia, tuberose and jasmine, drizzled in sweet plum. </span><br /> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href=" http:// http://www.penhaligons.com/ellenisia-eau-de-parfum/"> <img alt="Ellenisia" src="/images/categories/ELLENISIAEAUDEPARFUM_blog.jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Soliflores</span></h2> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Lily of the Valley</span></h2> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">No scent reflects the purity of a white gown like <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/lily-of-the-valley/">Lily of the Valley</a></u>: a pure portrait of the beautiful bridal bloom. </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Gardenia</span></h2> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Nature&#39;s most sensual bloom, the tropical scent of <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/gardenia-eau-de-toilette/">Gardenia</a></u> is surrounded by lush foliage and an air of translucent beauty. </span><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/gardenia-eau-de-toilette//"> <img alt="Gardenia" src="/images/categories/GARDENIAEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 18px;">For Him</span></h2> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Peoneve</span></h2> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The more adventurous gentleman looking to wear a rose scented buttonhole should try <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/peoneve/">Peoneve</a></u> - a woody vetiver with a bright and peppery rose, makes for surprisingly easy wearing on male skins. </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Sartorial</span></h2> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">No scent says &#39;well dressed&#39; like <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial-eau-de-toilette/">Sartorial</a></u> - redolent of the aromas found in Savile Row Tailor&#39;s workrooms, this handsome ambery fougere is the perfect accessory to a well dressed gent. </span><br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Ingredient Focus: Leather http://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-leather/ http://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-leather/#comments Weds, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick /ingredient-focus-leather/ A note utilised mainly in chypre fragrances, leather is warm and luxurious. A note utilised mainly in chypre fragrances, leather is warm and luxurious.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_288.jpg"<br/><br/><h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Where does it come from?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Impossible to distill, the leather note is actually a combination of ingredients by a perfumer: the simplest, earliest leather accords were a mixture of rectified (boiled) birch tar, castoreum (from the beaver, which eats bark from the birch) and isobutyl quinoline. Modern perfumes mainly use synthesised ingredients, such as suederol, to achieve their effect.<br /> <br /> One of the original perfumery traditions were originally also &#39;Gantiers&#39;, or &#39;glovemakers&#39;. They would scent their gloves using powerful and luxurious odours as a way of covering up the offensive smell of chemicals used in tanning. Traditionally, iris root and labdanum would be used, which is potentially why these ingredients have a leather facet to us. </span> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">How does it smell?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Leather can smell rich, luxuriant, tar-like, smoky, warm, dry, sweet, powdery, animalic. It can range from the patent exterior of a military boot to the soft delicacy of the interior of expensive handbags. </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Why is it used in a perfume?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Leather exudes elegance and luxury. In a perfume, the addition of a leather note adds dryness, but also a sensual quality, reflecting the somewhat animalic nature of its origins. Also, and most importantly, leather not only smells fantastic as an inspirational material, but is loaded with memories for us: new (or old) leather bags can fill us with nostalgia.<br /> At Penhaligon&#39;s, we&#39;ve used leather in a number of our fragrances, but most importantly is the beautiful leather-suede note at the base of Iris Prima. Taking inspiration from the sole of the ballet slipper, Alberto Morillas decorated the leather note with a delicate floralcy and powder. Endymion, Juniper Sling, and Sartorial also feature Leather in their notes listings.</span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Introducing: Halfeti http://www.penhaligons.com/introducing-halfeti/ http://www.penhaligons.com/introducing-halfeti/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lauren /introducing-halfeti/ Named for the black rose, unique to the village of Halfeti... Named for the black rose, unique to the village of Halfeti...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_281.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">We are delighted to&nbsp;launch a further addition to the Trade Routes Collection, <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/halfeti-eau-de-parfum/">Halfeti</a></u>. The collection will now comprise of&nbsp;five fragrances; each inspired by the luxurious and decadent commodities which were traded through London&rsquo;s historic docks at the turn of the 19th century. Halfeti draws inspiration from the lavish goods traded with Turkey by the Levant Company; exotic florals, spices, soft leathers and precious fabrics.<br /> <br /> The fragrance is named for the stunning black roses that grow on the banks of the Euphrates river in the small Turkish village of Halfeti. Dark and mysterious, the roses are exceedingly rare as a result of the unique environmental conditions in which they are grown.<br /> <br /> <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/halfeti-eau-de-parfum/">Halfeti</a></u> is an opulent woody floral, dazzling in a glow of luxurious golden saffron, decorated with bright citrus, green armoise and woody cypress. An exquisitely multifaceted rose is set like a precious jewel amongst a bouquet of sweet florals. The lavish drydown with an abundance of dusky patchouli heart leads into a melange of decadent resins, oud and amber, amongst velvet textured sandalwood and a suede-like leather.<br /> <br /> <strong>Head Notes: </strong>Grapefruit, Bergamot, Green notes, Armoise<br /> <br /> <strong>Heart Notes:</strong> Lavender, Cardamom, Cumin, Nutmeg, Saffron, Violet, Cinnamon, Rose, Jasmine, Cypress, Muguet<br /> <br /> <strong>Base Notes:</strong> Leather, Oud, Amber, Resins, Cedarwood, Patchouli heart, Tonka, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Musk<br /> <br /> <strong>Perfumer:</strong> Christian de Provenzano</span><br type="_moz" /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">You can buy Halfeti <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/halfeti-eau-de-parfum/"> here</a></u>.</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Fragrance Personality http://www.penhaligons.com/fragrance-personality-blog/ http://www.penhaligons.com/fragrance-personality-blog/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Erin /fragrance-personality-blog/ Perfume is sometimes a protective shell, sometimes flamboyant plumage and other times a uniform. Perfume is sometimes a protective shell, sometimes flamboyant plumage and other times a uniform.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_282.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Sometimes, fragrance can act like a costume, invisibly dressing us as we want to be perceived. There are times when the World is at your feet, or you want it to be, and scent can illustrate that feeling more meaningfully than simply dressing up in a suit and tie, or wearing heels &ndash; or both! Different moods require different scents; are you feeling Understated and Elegant? Or Bold and Adventurous? Perfume is sometimes a protective shell, sometimes flamboyant plumage and other times a uniform.<br /> <br /> Our <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/fragrance-personality/">Fragrance Personalities</a></u> system allows you to choose how you want to feel. Conversely, perfume can reveal the real us, our choice reflecting something about who we are. Many people discover &ldquo;their&rdquo; fragrance, which they stick to loyally for years; their &ldquo;signature&rdquo; scent which they feel reflects their personality best. By segmenting our perfumes into personality categories, your journey to your perfect scent should be easier.<br /> <br /> So whether you&rsquo;re seeking a glamourous disguise, or searching for the scent which reflects the real you, we hope you enjoy learning more about your <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/fragrance-personality/">Fragrance Personality</a></u> .</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Eau de Cologne: A History http://www.penhaligons.com/eau-de-cologne-a-history/ http://www.penhaligons.com/eau-de-cologne-a-history/#comments Thurs, 07 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick /eau-de-cologne-a-history/ Eau de Cologne has a fascinating, vast history. Eau de Cologne has a fascinating, vast history.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_280.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Not just referring to a concentration of fragrance, Eau de Cologne in fact refers to an entire style of perfumery - based on the aromatic materials available in the region of Cologne in Germany. But Eau de Cologne started its life as the first alcohol based fragrance: Hungary Water, the personal fragrance of Queen Elisabeth of Hungary. A blend of neroli, citrus oils and rosemary, Hungary Water set the the tone for refreshing &quot;eaux&quot;.<br /> <br /> Acqua Mirabilis was a recipe for a tonic of botanical extracts to be taken internally and as an external ameliorative scent. The recipe was gifted to an Italian gentleman named Jean Maria Farina, who travelled around Europe and settled in Cologne.<br /> <br /> Many different versions of &quot;K&ouml;lnischwasser&quot; were created - and the most famous is still produced in Cologne to this day. Colognes typically contain lavender, rosemary, neroli, petitgrain (the trees of the bitter orange tree) and citrus fruits - and are therefore incredibly fleeting in style.<br /> <br /> Penhaligon&#39;s Eau de Cologne was originally known to have been available in the early 1900s, created in the labs above our store at No. 33 St James Street, as documented in the 1907 Royal Warrant Review.<br /> <br /> Eau de Colognes have maintained their popularity throughout the years, but with advancement in perfumery have been modernised - such as <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/quercus/"><strong>Quercus</strong></a></u>, with its refreshing citrus and herbal notes, and surprising longevity from an oak-like blend of sandalwood, patchouli and oakmoss. </span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Tell us what you think. http://www.penhaligons.com/tell-us-what-you-think/ http://www.penhaligons.com/tell-us-what-you-think/#comments Tues, 05 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Erin /tell-us-what-you-think/ Fancy yourself to be a budding Shakespeare? Fancy yourself to be a budding Shakespeare?<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_279.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">So you&rsquo;ve been enjoying the heady delights of our scents, soaps and shower gels. Or perhaps it&rsquo;s our bath oils that have taken your fancy?<br /> But what is your pick of Penhaligon&rsquo;s?<br /> <br /> Now is the time to have your say. We&rsquo;d love to hear what you think.<br /> <br /> Simply write a review of your favourite or most recent Penhaligon&rsquo;s purchase and be in with a chance to win a 100ml fragrance.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Terms and Conditions " src="/images/categories/Terms.jpg" /></span></div> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Pop the kettle on, put your feet up and have a read of some of our past winners.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Week 1 Winner" src="/images/blogs/Week1.png " /></span> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/endymion-cologne/ "> <img alt="Endymion" src="/images/blogs/ENDYMIONCOLOGNE_blog.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/endymion-cologne/ "><img alt="Week 2 Winner" src="/images/blogs/Week2.png " /></a> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/juniper-sling-eau-de-toilette/ "> <img alt="Juniper Sling" src="/images/blogs/JUNIPERSLINGEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/juniper-sling-eau-de-toilette/ "><img alt="Week 3 Winner" src="/images/blogs/Week3.png " /></a> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/bayolea-eau-de-toilette/ "> <img alt="Bayolea" src="/images/blogs/Bayolea_EDT_100ml_Box_blog.jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The Review &amp; Win promotion opened on Tuesday 5th May and runs until Sunday 31st May. We will select the winner on Monday 1st June. A winning review will be selected based on the originality and creativity so bear that in mind when creating your masterpiece.<br /> <br /> We look forward to hearing what you have to say.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">For full terms and conditions click </span><a href=" http://www.penhaligons.com/offers-and-promotions/"><b><span style="font-size: 16px;"> here. </span></b> </a><br type="_moz" /> 0 No.33 is coming! http://www.penhaligons.com/no33-is-coming/ http://www.penhaligons.com/no33-is-coming/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lauren /no33-is-coming/ The launch of No.33 at the original location of our first boutique. The launch of No.33 at the original location of our first boutique.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_278.jpg"<br/><br/><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">This Tuesday we held a drinks reception to celebrate the launch of No. 33 at Caf&eacute; Murano in London. The Eau de Cologne has been created to celebrate Penhaligon&#39;s 145th anniversary and is named after one of our first ever boutiques on 33 St James&#39;s Street. The venue for the launch was the original location of this boutique! </span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt=" Café Murano" src="/images/categories/Cafe_M.jpg" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Where our first ever boutique once stood</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Around 80 guests attended the event and enjoyed delicious canap&eacute;s and bespoke No. 33 inspired cocktails throughout the evening. Even the waiters wore bespoke Penhaligon&#39;s bow ties! </span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="No.33 Cocktail" src="/images/categories/Cocktail.jpg" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 13px;">If you&rsquo;re lucky we might share the recipe with you.</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Within the back of the venue there was a curated exhibition displaying key highlights within the brands history. These included our first ever fragrance Hammam Bouquet, our Royal Warrants and the opening of our global flagship boutique on Wellington Street, Covent Garden.</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Curated exhibition" src="/images/categories/Archive.jpg" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <p> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">No. 33 will launch in all Penhaligon&rsquo;s boutiques, concessions and online in July 2015.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">We&rsquo;re looking forward to sharing more with you&hellip;</span></p> 0 A Lavender Love Affair http://www.penhaligons.com/a-lavender-love-affair/ http://www.penhaligons.com/a-lavender-love-affair/#comments Weds, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick /a-lavender-love-affair/ A little taste of things to come... A little taste of things to come...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_277.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Lavender has been an essential component of numerous Penhaligon&rsquo;s scents since 1870 and continues to play a key role in several of the perfume house&rsquo;s creations to this day. </span> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Where does it come from?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Part of the Mint family, Lavender is native to the Old World, and has been used since antiquity as a fragrant material: in combinations of incenses. The Ancient Greeks discovered the unparalleled ability of lavender to help with relaxation. Its antiseptic properties were known (but not understood), and lavender has been used as a cure-all throughout history.<br /> <br /> Lavender gives its oil easily through steam distillation of the flowers and leaves, but an absolute can also be obtained with a slightly different odour profile. The essential oil from lavender grown at high altitudes is more prized, as it contains a higher percentage of certain &quot;fresh&quot; molecules than those grown at sea level. </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">How does it smell?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The essential oil of lavender smells fresh, sweet, green, herbal, floral - lavender is one of the most unmistakable and familiar perfumery materials.<br /> <br /> The absolute imparts a slightly more mineral, more green facet, smelling less fresh than the essential oil. </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Why is it used in a perfume?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Lavender imparts a clean, green association to a fragrance. One of the most versatile materials in perfumery, especially useful for its linalool content - a molecule that smells of sweet citrus, lavender and woods which is naturally present in many flowers and woods, but found at a higher percentage in lavender - which has a smoothing effect on other materials in the fragrance.<br /> <br /> Lavender is used as part of the backbone of fougere and aromatic fragrances, and has played a major part in Penhaligon&#39;s fragrances through our history - beginning at <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/hammam-bouquet/">Hammam Bouquet</a>, <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet/">Blenheim Bouquet</a> and <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/bayolea/">Bayolea</a>, right up to modern day creations such as <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/endymion/">Endymion</a>, <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial/">Sartorial</a> and <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/trade-routes/">Lothair</a>. And of course, the wondrously clean <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/lavandula/">Lavandula</a>.<br /> <br /> And our love affair with Lavender continues. In celebration of our 145th anniversary, Penhaligon&rsquo;s have a little something wonderful up our sleeve for this July. Watch this space! </span><br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Lights, Camera, Action! http://www.penhaligons.com/lights-camera-action/ http://www.penhaligons.com/lights-camera-action/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Erin /lights-camera-action/ Penhaligon's has created a short film with the help of Bespoke Film & Communication Agency Penhaligon's has created a short film with the help of Bespoke Film & Communication Agency<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_276.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">This February, the radiant solar floral, Ostara was the Official Scent of London Fashion Week. Inspired by the daffodil, Ostara is a modern interpretation of the delicate and incandescent flower. The candles were created exclusively for London Fashion Week, ensuring Somerset House was resonant of a sun drenched floral bouquet.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Penhaligon&rsquo;s has created a short film with the help of Bespoke Film &amp; Communication Agency to celebrate its ongoing partnership with the British Fashion Council. Russell Owen, Creative Director, talks us through the filming process and the end result!</span></p> <p> <em><span style="font-size: 16px;">&ldquo;It was an absolute pleasure to have finally worked with Penhaligons! We&rsquo;ve always loved the brand at Bespoke and hoped to one day work together and shoot something beautiful&hellip; the brand is unique in its styling, appearance and history so lends itself to beautiful visual realisation.<br /> <br /> We shot with two camera men digitally using Sony F5 and F55 cameras with a selection of prime lenses to capture Somerset House during London Fashion Week. We wanted to focus on the architecture and energy around LFW, but in the end we realised Somerset House courtyard during LFW is quite a messy look! So we edited around the people and colours to keep the film looking clean and sleek. The second half was shot with the product in studio using a variety of lenses including macro for a crisp close up image. In post-production we used several techniques to animate the sequences together, making everything black and white apart from the product and yellow daffodils. We also wanted a sense of mystery at the opening to slowly reveal the product by warping the Somerset House imagery as if it was seen through the bottle.<br /> <br /> The end result is a beautiful product shot made up of several layers. The product shot against a plain black background (not green screen when shooting glass!) with a still image of the BFC runway at Somerset House and then a new animated layer of paparazzi flashes above that to give a clean, considered ending that neatly captures the essence of fashion week.&rdquo;</span></em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The film has been designed to reflect Penhaligon&rsquo;s increasing presence at the high profile event. We have been the Official Scent of London Fashion Week for the last four seasons.</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">You can watch the film here&hellip; <a href=" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtLOqFcM5gQ/"><b> Lights, Camera, Action!</b></a> <!--</span--></span> <p> &nbsp;</p> 0 Ostara blooms at Clifton Nurseries http://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-blooms-at-clifton-nurseries/ http://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-blooms-at-clifton-nurseries/#comments Weds, 04 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lauren /ostara-blooms-at-clifton-nurseries/ Awash with a fragrant sea of daffodils... Awash with a fragrant sea of daffodils...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_275.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Last night we held a party at Clifton Nurseries to celebrate the launch of our latest fragrance Ostara. A number of VIP customers, press, and retailers joined us to help us celebrate in style; guests were treated to a delicious selection of canap&eacute;s and Daffodil Driver cocktails which were created especially for the event.</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Ostara Launch Party" src="/images/categories/Ostara_blog_Coktail_sign.jpg" /></div> <div> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The event was held in the Quince Tree Caf&eacute; within the nursery. The conservatory was lit by candlelight and Ostara inspired floral arrangements filled the room. Empty Penhaligon&rsquo;s bottles were hung all around the venue and were filled with daffodils and Ostara candles helped to ensure the venue smelt fragrant!</span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Ostara Launch Party" src="/images/categories/Ostara_blog_entrance.jpg" /></div> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;">Clifton Nurseries was the perfect venue for the event as we have partnered with them this month for the launch of Ostara. Throughout March, the garden emporium and The Quince Tree caf&eacute; within the nursery will be awash with a fragrant sea of daffodils. Bespoke Ostara floral arrangements will be sold within the shop alongside bottles of the scent and a bespoke afternoon tea, inspired by notes within the fragrance, will be available within the caf&eacute;.<br /> <br /> Ostara samples will also be given to all customers who use the <strong>#bulbtobloom</strong> hash-tag on social media.<br /> <br /> <br /> Ostara is now available to buy in our boutiques and online <a href="http:// www.penhaligons.com/ostara-eau-de-toilette /">here</a></span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-eau-de-toilette/"> <img alt="Ostara" src="/images/categories/Ostara_blog.jpg" /></a></p> 0 Ostara: A Master's Secrets http://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-a-masters-secrets/ http://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-a-masters-secrets/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick /ostara-a-masters-secrets/ Master Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour lets us in on the secrets of Ostara. Master Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour lets us in on the secrets of Ostara.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_273.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">When we held our press event for Ostara last November, we were lucky enough to have Bertrand explain the inspiration, effects and secrets that make Ostara so unique.<br /> <br /> Last Spring we took Bertrand to Kew Gardens to experience the seas of Daffodils, which reminded him of his childhood in Auvergne, the region of France where Narcissus (the fragrant sister of the daffodil) is grown for the perfume industry. Narcissus therefore became the heart of Ostara - needed to create the illusion of daffodils, as there is no essential oil to extract from daffodils themself.<br /> <br /> The illusion of daffodils is completed with a floral bouquet: ylang ylang is present to add yellow, cyclamen brings the suggestion of morning dew, hyacinth for green freshness, wisteria as another narcotic spring flower, and hawthorn for its hedgerow effect.<br /> <br /> But daffodils are not just a sunny yellow flower - they sit atop a stem of verdant green. Bertrand plays with the &ldquo;happiness from the green effects we get in spring flowers&rdquo; adding violet leaf for a gentle leather effect, a green leaf effect (described by Bertrand as <em>&quot;just like poison ivy&quot;</em>) alongside juniper and spearmint bring the sappy green quality to the fragrance.<br /> <br /> Bertrand describes Ostara as <em>&ldquo;a bouquet of golden daffodils, wrapped in delicate white satin&rdquo;</em>. The effect of white satin comes from the combination of balsamic notes and musks, which plays a very important role in creating haziness in Ostara. Bertrand explains that a hazy solar effect is needed because <em>&ldquo;in springtime, there is sun, but it&rsquo;s not the same sun as summer when it is intense&rdquo;</em>. Blackcurrant and clementine are included to bring further sunlight to the fragrance, as well as unprecedented overdose of pink pepper for a colourful and sparkling effect.<br /> <br /> This combination of effects makes Ostara such a radiant springtime soliflore.</span><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href=" http://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-eau-de-toilette/"> <img alt="Ostara" src="/images/categories/Ostara_blog.jpg" /></a></div> 0 Daffodils, Lilies, and Mum. http://www.penhaligons.com/daffodils-lilies-and-mum/ http://www.penhaligons.com/daffodils-lilies-and-mum/#comments Tues, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick /daffodils-lilies-and-mum/ If ever I'm missing home, I just have to stop by a florist and get a nosefull of lilies... If ever I'm missing home, I just have to stop by a florist and get a nosefull of lilies...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_271.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a style="color: rgb(164, 164, 164);"><em>Mothering Sunday in the UK falls in March, at the beginning of springtime. We thought we&#39;d celebrate with a series of guest blogs celebrating mothers, daughters and friendships.<br /> Our first blog comes from our very own fragrance Ambassador, Nick Gilbert.</em></a><br /> <br /> <br /> Thinking back on our Mother&#39;s Day traditions, Mum would take a well deserved lay-in whilst my brother and I would make Mum a cup of tea and toast to have in bed. We also picked sunny yellow Daffodils, as they were always in bloom for Mothering Sunday, and presented them to Mum. She&#39;d be touched by the gesture for a few moments, which would quickly turn to annoyance that we had taken them from the front garden (sorry Mum!)<br /> <br /> Daffodils aren&#39;t Mum&#39;s favourite flowers. She&#39;s obsessed with Lilies, and for as long as I can remember there&#39;s been a fresh bouquet in the living room: in fact, I can&#39;t smell Lilies anywhere without being transported immediately to Mum&#39;s living room. For me, lilies don&#39;t have the negative connotation, but instead relate to comfort and Mum&#39;s cooking (my favourite: toad in the hole with roast potatoes).<br /> <br /> I think my Mum is the most amazing Mum on the planet, which I&#39;m sure everybody says. She always put a brave face on for us as kids, and even as adults when she was going through serious illness and the long road to recovery, but taught the importance of honesty and saying how you feel. She instilled a work ethic in me and arranged the interview for my first weekend job (without my knowledge), which is how I started out in the perfume world. Pretty much every day now, I say or do things and wonder when I became my Mum. Not that I mind too much, because she&#39;s amazing. I&#39;m sure I was a pain in the neck at some points, and still can be now (I have a chronic tendency to forget to reply to texts), but despite it all she&#39;s always loved me for who I am and supported me. I moved to London 4 years ago to continue my career in the world of perfumery. If ever I&#39;m missing home, I just have to stop by a florist (or a train station, as florists seem to exist in every mainline station in London...) and get a nosefull of lilies in all their rich, spicy, hypnotic glory to be transported back home, feeling content and loved.<br /> Happy Mother&#39;s Day, Tina. I promise not to forget to bring some new perfume with me next time I&#39;m home. </span><br type="_moz" /> 0 From the Archives: Anthology Collection http://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-anthology-collection/ http://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-anthology-collection/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick /from-the-archives-anthology-collection/ A venture to breathe new life into heritage fragrances dating back as far as 1907. A venture to breathe new life into heritage fragrances dating back as far as 1907.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_262.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Penhaligon&rsquo;s has a long and distinguished history in the world of British perfumery dating back to the 1870s when William Penhaligon moved to London from Cornwall and started creating fine fragrances for discerning gentlemen. With this rich heritage and an archive of formulations, it&rsquo;s no surprise that Penhaligon&rsquo;s embarked on a venture to breathe new life into heritage fragrances dating back as far as 1907.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Walter Penhaligon was responsible for formulation and creation from 1887 until 1918, when he fell into ill health, and his son Leonard took over the business and creation. Following Leonard&rsquo;s retirement in the late 1920s, it becomes unclear who became responsible for creation, however we do know that the fragrances were formulated in Mayfair&rsquo;s Curzon Street. </span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">1976 saw a flurry of creation for Penhaligon&rsquo;s, due in part to a new relationship with the Pickthall family, who founded CPL Aromas, a perfume house with whom we have a continued relationship to this day, and because our flagship boutique on Wellington Street opened in 1975. The current versions Lily of the Valley and Violetta were also created in 1976 and have remained as part of the permanent Penhaligon&rsquo;s collection, though a few of the creations at the time sadly faded from existence. Recent work on our archives has told us that a version of Lily of the Valley was part of Penhaligon&rsquo;s collection by 1907.</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/lily-of-the-valley-eau-de-toilette/"> <img alt="Lily of the Valley" src="/images/blogs/LILYOFTHEVALLEY_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Zizonia is known to have been part of our fragrance collection by 1907, and was created by Walter Penhaligon &ndash; it was revived as part of the Anthology Collection and modernised by Mike Parrott based on the formula from 1930. A nomadic and mysterious woody-oriental; an odyssey of burnt spices, vetiver and pepper, leading to a lush oasis of sweet orange, ginger and patchouli. Heady and enticing.</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/zizonia-eau-de-toilette/"> <img alt="Zizonia" src="/images/blogs/ZIZONIAEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Eau de Cologne was originally created in 1927, and has been restored by Mike Parrott to its original formula. Eau de Cologne is a classic citrus with subtle ripples of powdered orange and aromatic rosemary. Lithe and highly polished, Eau de Cologne resonates with nostalgia for the bygone jazz age and the glitter of patent dancing shoes. </span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/eau-de-cologne-anthology/"> <img alt="Eau de Cologne" src="/images/blogs/EAUDECOLOGNE_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Eau de Verveine was originally created in 1949 and was recreated by Mike Parrott. Eau de Verveine is a grassy aromatic Verbena scent, with citrus and woods. The scent of an Indian Summer, shimmering heat haze, soft metallics, crumbled herbs, spices, musk and vanilla. In the distance echoes the evocative promise of rain.</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/eau-de-verveine-eau-de-toilette-100ml/"> <img alt="Eau de Verveine" src="/images/blogs/EAUDEVERVEINEEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Extract of Limes was originally created in 1963, and was resurrected by Mike Parrott. Extract of Limes is shattered sherbet and blossom honey. A classic citrus, penetrating and pure, with straight up West Indian lime, lemon oil and neroli. High, clear and instantly uplifting. </span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/extract-of-limes-eau-de-toilette-100ml/"> <img alt="Extracts of Lime" src="/images/blogs/EXTRACTOFLIMESEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Gardenia was originally created in 1976 by Michael Pickthall, and was resurrected in 2009 as part of the Anthology Collection. A soliflore, recreated by Mike Parrott, Gardenia is a translucent watercolour in soft washes of tuberose, jasmine, gardenia, ylang-ylang, spice and vanilla. A radiant magnolia-tinted portrait of one of nature&rsquo;s most sensual blooms.</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/gardenia-eau-de-toilette/"> <img alt="Gardenia" src="/images/blogs/GARDENIAEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Night Scented Stock was originally created in 1976 by Michael Pickthall, and was recreated by Mike Parrott in 2009 to join the Anthology Collection. Night Scented Stock is an edgy unfolding of pungent floral enchantment, deep with clove, heliotrope, violet, vanilla, musk and tonka bean. Hazy with arresting uncommon beauty.</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/night-scented-stock-eau-de-toilette/ "> <img alt="Night Scented Stock" src="/images/categories/NIGHTSCENTEDSTOCKEAUDETOILETTE_1.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Orange Blossom, originally created in 1976 by Michael Pickthall, has been transformed by Bertrand Duchaufour into a luminous, honeyed floral, inspired by the original fragrance. Lush with Calabrian orange, bergamot and tempered with Virginian cedar, rose and peach flower. Wearing Orange Blossom is like walking from shade into holiday sunshine. </span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/orange-blossom-eau-de-toilette/"> <img alt="Orange Blossom" src="/images/blogs/ORANGEBLOSSOMEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Esprit du Roi was originally created in 1983 by Michael Pickthall, and was reimagined by Bertrand Duchaufour. Esprit du Roi returns as a lush woody citrus, heady with swirling scented foliage. Fresh tomato leaf, mint and raspberry leaf are combined with rich florals, warm woods and potent musks to create this masterpiece of contrasts.</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/esprit-du-roi-eau-de-toilette/"> <img alt="Esprit " src="/images/blogs/ESPRITDUROIEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Eau Sans Pareil was originally created in 1988 by Francis Pickthall, and was transformed by Beverley Bayne into a sparkling Chypre. Eau Sans Pareil opens with a giddy rush of sparkling fruits and sensual white flowers, softened with sweet woods, elegant oakmoss and musks. Powdery, wistful and romantic.</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/eau-sans-pareil-eau-de-toilette/"> <img alt="Eau Sans Pareil " src="/images/blogs/EAUSANSPAREILEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> 0 From the Archives: By Royal Appointment http://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-by-royal-appointment/ http://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-by-royal-appointment/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick /from-the-archives-by-royal-appointment/ As proud holders of Royal Warrants, we strive to uphold quality in our creations. As proud holders of Royal Warrants, we strive to uphold quality in our creations.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_270.jpg"<br/><br/>Whilst William had become Court Barber and Perfumer to Queen Victoria, he used the Royal Arms in an advertisement in Webster&#39;s Red Book without permission and was fined 23 shillings. Penhaligon&#39;s were first given the right to use Royal Arms under Walter Penhaligon, when we received our first Royal Warrant from Queen Alexandra in 1903, which was reissued in 1911.<br /> <br /> Leonard Penhaligon inherited the business from his father Walter in 1921, which resulted in much change. By 1928, Penhaligon&#39;s had moved from its original home on Jermyn &amp; St James Streets to the road behind at 25 Bury Street. Penhaligon&#39;s was still known as the sole depot for <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/hammam-bouquet/">Hammam Bouquet</a></u>. Under Leonard, Penhaligon&#39;s was registered as a limited company, no longer as sole traders, and Penhaligon&#39;s Ltd Perfumers and Hairdressers was born. Leonard retired shortly after, and Penhaligon&#39;s was placed under the direction of Eileen Smart. Eileen continued to build the perfumery side of the business, and gradually wound down the hairdressing and barbering. Under Eileen&#39;s direction, the original <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/hammam-bouquet/">Ellenisia</a></u> was created.<br /> <br /> The original location of the Hammam Baths was destroyed in the Blitz in 1941, by which point the Hammam had already ceased operating due to adverse trading conditions brought on by the war. By 1949, Penhaligon&#39;s was registered as Penhaligon&#39;s Ltd Perfumers. Penhaligon&#39;s received our second Royal Warrant as Suppliers of Toilet Requisites from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in January 1956. We continue to supply the palace to this day, directly from our store in Burlington Arcade. By 1963, the production of Penhaligon&#39;s perfumes had moved to Curzon street in Mayfair, and the shop on Bury Street was closed. Production and export business continued from Curzon Street until 1971, when the business moved to 23 Old Bond Street.<br /> <br /> In 1975, Penhaligon&#39;s was purchased by Sheila Pickles and the Wellington Street flagship opened. Under Sheila, Penhaligon&#39;s received our third Royal Warrant as Suppliers of Toilet Requisites from HRH The Prince of Wales in January 1988. 0 Penhaligon's & Clifton Nurseries http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-clifon-nurseries/ http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-clifon-nurseries/#comments Thurs, 05 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lauren /penhaligons-clifon-nurseries/ The perfect gift for any mother this Mother's Day The perfect gift for any mother this Mother's Day<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_272.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Penhaligon&rsquo;s is delighted to partner with Clifton Nurseries for the launch of their latest fragrance, Ostara. Created by Master Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour, Ostara is a modern interpretation of the delicate and incandescent daffodil flower. An olfactory journey - from bulb to bud to bloom.<br /> <br /> Founded just nineteen years before Penhaligon&rsquo;s, Clifton Nurseries is one of London&rsquo;s oldest horticultural institutions and the perfect partner for the launch of the British perfume house&rsquo;s new solar floral. Throughout March, the garden emporium and The Quince Tree caf&eacute; within the nursery will be awash with a fragrant sea of daffodils. Bespoke Ostara floral arrangements will be sold within the shop alongside bottles of the scent and a bespoke afternoon tea, inspired by notes within the fragrance, will be available within the caf&eacute;. Ostara samples will also be given to all customers who use the #bulbtobloom hash-tag on social media.<br /> <br type="_moz" /> The inventive afternoon tea has been created exclusively by The Quince Tree&rsquo;s Head Chef, Carl Jackman. One pound from each booking will be donated to national charity Green Fingers - an organization which creates inspiring, magical gardens for children&rsquo;s hospices all around the UK.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Endymion" src="/images/blogs/Ostaraclifton.jpg" /></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The bespoke menu features a wide range of irresistible delicacies, including lemon and wild honey &eacute;clairs, honeycomb cheesecakes and violet cupcakes. Even the finger sandwiches will have an Ostara inspired twist, with the saffron and beetroot flavoured breads reflecting the colour of the notes of daffodils and berries within the scent. And if that wasn&rsquo;t enticing enough, customers will be gifted with a small bunch of daffodils and a sample of Ostara upon leaving &ndash; the perfect gift for any mother this Mother&rsquo;s Day.<br /> <br /> The Ostara Afternoon Tea is priced at &pound;38 per person and includes a glass of champagne. Booking is essential - please call 0207 432 1867.<br /> The bespoke Ostara floral arrangement is priced at &pound;25, to order please call 0207 289 6851.</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 From the Archives: Walter Penhaligon - Perfumer & Businessman http://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-walter-penhaligon-perfumer-businessman/ http://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-walter-penhaligon-perfumer-businessman/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick /from-the-archives-walter-penhaligon-perfumer-businessman/ ‘To know Mr Penhaligon was to know a choice spirit so seldom found.’ ‘To know Mr Penhaligon was to know a choice spirit so seldom found.’<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_268.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Walter Penhaligon joined the family business in 1887, taking charge of the laboratory and becoming responsible for formulation of perfumes and cosmetic products. Walter became an expert Perfumer, and took over the business following William&#39;s death in 1902.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Walter" src="/images/blogs/walter.png" /></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">In 1902, Walter created our timeless classic Blenheim Bouquet for the Duke of Marlborough. Named for Blenheim Palace, Blenheim Bouquet was incredibly forward thinking and revolutionary for its time: a citrus fragrance for men (at the turn of the 20th century men would wear soliflore fragrances such as a rose or violet).</span> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href=" http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet-eau-de-toilette/ "> <img alt="Vaara" src="/images/blogs/BLENHEIMBOUQUET_Blog.jpg" /></a></span></div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Walter travelled the world extensively, visiting such faraway, exotic locations as Buenos Aires, Singapore, Australia, India and China. By 1907, Penhaligon&#39;s had agents worldwide.<br /> <br /> Walter continued to create fragrances, and by 1911, the lineup included Esprit du Lavande, Lily of the Valley, English Fern, Douro Eau du Portugal and Zizonia (the present version of Zizonia is an update to the formula from the 1930s). All of Walter&#39;s masculine fragrances carried the thread of lavender through them, relating them to his fathers&#39; original creation Hammam Bouquet.<br /> <br /> Becoming Master of the Guild of Hairdressers, Wigmakers &amp; Perfumers in 1909, Walter was highly respected and extremely popular. He was described in the Hairdressers Chronicle <em>&lsquo;as an inspiration to the entire membership in dealing practically, seriously and effectively with all of the concerned profession.&rsquo;</em> For his retirement from the position in 1911, Walter received an engraved cup and silver tea service.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Walter Hairdressers" src="/images/blogs/walter_hairdressers.png" /></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Sadly, in 1918, Walter&#39;s health deteriorated and his son Leonard took over the business. Walter passed away in 1921. His obituary read <em>&lsquo;To know Mr Penhaligon was to know a choice spirit so seldom found.&rsquo;</em> Walter&#39;s leadership and creativity shaped Penhaligon&#39;s into the perfumers it is known as today. </span><br type="_moz" /> 0 From the Archives: Covent Garden http://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-covent-garden/ http://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-covent-garden/#comments Tues, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick /from-the-archives-covent-garden/ 40 years ago this year Penhaligon's Wellington Street flagship opened. 40 years ago this year Penhaligon's Wellington Street flagship opened.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_269.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 16px;">In December 1975, Sheila Pickles opened Penhaligon&#39;s on Wellington Street, and revived classic fragrances to the original recipes in William and Walter&#39;s recipe books, which were inherited with the purchase of the company.<br /> <br /> All production was carried out on site: perfumes were blended and bottled at the rear of the store, behind a screen, so that customers could see the process first hand. Bath oils were created in the basement. Bottles were sealed with ribbon around a square stopper, until William&#39;s great grandaughter Renee brought an old bottle of Hammam Bouquet with her as proof that the bottles originally had the round stoppers we are familiar with today.<br /> <br /> In the following years, a selection of floral fragrances were created under the banner &quot;Floral Toilet Waters&quot;, based on the Victorian tradition of Floriography, including Lily of the Valley (different from its original 1907 incarnation due to advances in perfumery), Violetta, Night Scented Stock, Orange Blossom, Gardenia and of course the iconic and unique Bluebell.<br /> <br /> The boutique on Wellington Street houses the original Royal Warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales, as well as a small museum of Penhaligon&#39;s archive perfumes and products at the rear of the store. The address still features prominently on many of the labels of our bottles, and Wellington Street remains &quot;the most Penhaligon&#39;s&quot; of all the Penhaligon&#39;s stores. </span><br type="_moz" /> 0 From the Archives: William's Wit http://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-williams-wit/ http://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-williams-wit/#comments Tues, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick /from-the-archives-williams-wit/ William Penhaligon was as renowned for his wit as well as his skill as a barber, perfumer and businessman. William Penhaligon was as renowned for his wit as well as his skill as a barber, perfumer and businessman.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_258.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Welcome to the first blog in a series looking back at our illustrious history! With over 140 years to look at, there&#39;s plenty to discover from our archives.<br /> <br /> William Penhaligon was born in Philby, Cornwall in 1837. Having founded his Perfumers and Barbers in Penzance in 1861, William married his wife Elisabeth in 1862. William and Elisabeth had 4 children: Clara, Ida, William and Walter. William and his family moved to London, and William took up his position at the Hammam on Jermyn Street in 1869.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img src="/images/categories/williamswit.jpg" /></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">By 1874, William had expanded the salon at the Hammam onto the ground floor, with direct access to the street, opening as an upmarket Perfumery and Hairdressers. Over &pound;1500 was spent on the shopfit, which by todays standards is over &pound;65,000!<br /> <br /> Penhaligon&#39;s popularity flourished under William&#39;s leadership and he entered into a business partnership with Mr Jeavons in 1880 - by 1881, William was employing 4 assistants at the hairdressers in the baths, and in 1891, Penhaligon and Jeavon moved into its prestigious new premises of 33 St James Street and 66 Jermyn Street - the two stores joined together at the rear. In 1892, the move to the new premises was advertised in Webster&#39;s Royal Red Book, declaring Penhaligon as the &#39;sole depot for the Hammam Bouquet&#39;.<br /> <br /> Penhaligon&rsquo;s was frequented by distinguished and well known clients. The Birmingham Daily Post describes how in 1889 The Shah visited &#39;Penhaligon&rsquo;s fragrant shop&#39; and was douched with &#39;Hammam Bouquet, a shower which lay like the morning dew on his royal bristles and moustache.&#39;<br /> <br /> William was renowned for his wit and intellect, the Worcester Journal reported that <em>&ldquo;Mr Forster, anxious no doubt to wash off the dust of Ireland, went on Monday last to the Turkish bath... he remarked to Penhaligon, the hairdresser, &ldquo;It is very hot here this morning.&rdquo; &ldquo;It is,&rdquo; replied the ever ready Penhaligon; &ldquo;but you will find it much hotter in the House of Commons this afternoon.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> William passed away in 1902. His obituary describes that he was &#39;actively involved with one of London&rsquo;s most renowned and important hairdressing salon&#39; and that his &#39;great forte lay in the manufacture of perfumes and hair washes which are now world wide renowned.&#39; A family man, William&rsquo;s &#39;spare moments were devoted to his home and surrounds which he loved so well.&#39;<br /> <br /> William&#39;s son Walter took over the family business following William&#39;s death, as Mr Jeavon sadly passed away 3 weeks after William. In 1904, Penhaligon&#39;s appeared for the first time without &#39;Jeavons&#39;. </span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Trade Routes: As Sawira http://www.penhaligons.com/trade-routes-as-sawira/ http://www.penhaligons.com/trade-routes-as-sawira/#comments Thurs, 08 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lauren /trade-routes-as-sawira/ A new addition to The Trade Routes collection. A new addition to The Trade Routes collection.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_267.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Introducing Penhaligon&rsquo;s latest fragrance, As Sawira. A further addition to the Trade Routes Collection, As Sawira is inspired by the city Essaoiura, which became the first seaport of Morocco in the nineteenth century. With extensive trade connections to London, many of the commodities which adorned the wharves of the docklands will have originated from there.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">As Sawira is a sensual and exotic blend, a truly unique treasure: a woody and resinous chypre of incomparable tenacity. As Sawira opens with radiant and sparkling bergamot and saffron, alongside bitter herbal notes of absinthe and davana. An intensely rich bouquet of roses, carnation and jasmine bursts into life, given an animalic warmth from labdanum and amber. The velvety, smoky drydown of guaiac, sandalwood and patchouli is supported by the resinous splendour of oud and myrrh, and sweetened by vanilla and musk. As Sawira is a truly extravagant fragrance.</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</span></div> <p> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Top Notes:</strong> Bergamot, Davana, Saffron, Absinthe</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Heart Notes:</strong> Rose, Jasmine, Carnation, Clove, Cardamom, Labdanum</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Base Notes:</strong> Amber, Oud, Myrrh, Gaiacwood, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Musk, Vanilla, Maltol</span></p> <br /> <br /> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Perfumer:</strong> Christian de Provenzano</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Available online soon. In stores now.<br type="_moz" /> &nbsp; </span> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</span></p> 0 The Penhaligon’s Guide to Perfume http://www.penhaligons.com/the-penhaligons-guide-to-perfume/ http://www.penhaligons.com/the-penhaligons-guide-to-perfume/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick /the-penhaligons-guide-to-perfume/ Our resident fragrance geek, Nick Gilbert, explains all... Our resident fragrance geek, Nick Gilbert, explains all...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_263.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">You&rsquo;ll have read about notes used in perfume, as well as the various concentrations, but what does this mean? </span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Modern perfumes are constructed in what we call a pyramid. This means there is an evaporation from top to base notes. Perfumers seek to create a harmonious and smooth development in a fragrance &ndash; if there are any gaps in the evaporation, then the perfume doesn&rsquo;t smell complete.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Top notes are the most volatile and impactful materials used in perfumery: citrus (bergamot, lemon), green (galbanum, violet leaf) and aromatic (lavender, sage) materials tend to be top notes, as they evaporate the quickest from the fragrance.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Heart or Middle notes are what give the character to the perfume, and generally define the &lsquo;family&rsquo; (floral, chypre, fougere, oriental and so on) that the perfume falls into. Usually these are spices (cinnamon, clove), fruit notes (peach, blackcurrant), and flowers (rose, jasmine), as these are less volatile than top notes, but not as long lasting as base notes.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Base notes are the heaviest, longest lasting notes in a perfume. They will help the anchor the other notes to the skin and help slow down evaporation of the fragrance. Typically, base notes are woods (cedar, sandalwood), resins (frankincense, benzoin), amber notes (vanilla, labdanum), and animalic notes (musks).</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">When you first apply a fragrance, you smell the entire scent and the effect of all the notes, and over time, the top notes fade, followed by the heart notes, until you are left with the base.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">When we talk about concentration in a perfume, what we mean is the percentage of perfume compound (the blend of aromatic materials) suspended in alcohol.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Parfum or Extrait is the most concentrated form of fragrance, often referred to as &lsquo;pure perfume&rsquo;. There is around 20-30% perfume compound in alcohol, but since there isn&rsquo;t much water included, they don&rsquo;t smell &lsquo;strong&rsquo;. They have incredible longevity, and are very delicate, since they focus mostly on the long lasting base notes of the fragrance. The most sublime and decadent way of wearing perfume.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Eau de Parfum is the typical strength most female fragrances come in. This means anywhere between 12-20% perfume compound in alcohol, and the composition will be focused around heart and base notes.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Eau de Toilette is more often used in masculine fragrance, but as also as a more tonic way of wearing perfume. There can be between 7-12% perfume in alcohol in an eau de toilette, or even more in some cases! Eaux de Toilette are focused on top and heart notes, so often smell &lsquo;stronger&rsquo; at first than an Eau de Parfum.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Eau de Cologne is the lightest form of fragrance, with around 2-5% perfume, and is generally worn in summer with very tonic fragrances. They evaporate very quickly and as a result have a cooling effect.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The &lsquo;strength&rsquo; of the fragrance doesn&rsquo;t always mean that it will last longer, as this is down to the composition of the fragrance and the materials used as much as it is the amount of perfume in the final product. Some Eau de Toilette can last longer than some Eau de Parfum, and some Eau de Parfum may smell more intense at the opening than other Eau de Toilette. It all depends on the perfumer&rsquo;s intention.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">If one fragrance is available in several different concentrations, then each version will be a different formulation to achieve the effect desired of an Eau de Toilette (more diffusive, fresh), Eau de Parfum (richer, diffusive), or Parfum (warmer, delicate) &ndash; and you should smell all of them to make sure you are buying the version you love!</span></p> 0 Perfect Partners http://www.penhaligons.com/perfect-partners/ http://www.penhaligons.com/perfect-partners/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lauren /perfect-partners/ “Penhaligon’s is the perfect partner for London Collections: Men..." “Penhaligon’s is the perfect partner for London Collections: Men..."<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_266.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Penhaligon&rsquo;s is delighted to become the Official Skincare Sponsor of London Collections: Men 2015. We&#39;ve worked exclusively with the British Fashion Council for the last year, scenting both London Fashion Week and London Collections. The collaboration further cements our expansion into the world of skincare after the launch of our first ever comprehensive grooming range, Bayolea this year. The exhilarating fragrance was the official scent of London Collections in June.<br /> <br /> Jenico Preston, Head of Sponsorship, British Fashion Council commented: &ldquo;Penhaligon&rsquo;s is the perfect partner for London Collections: Men &ndash; it has a rich heritage, is admired by a global audience and it interprets tradition in its own unique way. Once more we look forward to kick starting the global menswear calendar with Penhaligon&rsquo;s!&ldquo;<br /> <br /> This January, London Collections: Men 2015 will be scented with the modern and intensely atmospheric fragrance of Vaara. Vaara is inspired by the Royal House of Marwar-Jodphur in Rajasthan and was originally a private commission for His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II. The scent offers a unique glimpse into the aromatic and majestic world of India.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href=" http://www.penhaligons.com/vaara-eau-de-parfum/ "> <img alt="Vaara" src="/images/blogs/vaarablog.jpg" /></a></div> 0 Fragrance for the festive season http://www.penhaligons.com/fragrance-for-the-festive-season/ http://www.penhaligons.com/fragrance-for-the-festive-season/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick /fragrance-for-the-festive-season/ Fragrances for your seasonal soirée Fragrances for your seasonal soirée<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_265.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The festive season is full of additional celebrations, from the office party, evenings at the theatre, to nights out with friends. We have listed our favourite fragrances to match each occasion.&nbsp;</span><br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Black Tie</span></h2> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Empressa</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">As shimmering as a sequined gown, with sparkling notes of pink pepper, blood orange and peach, against delicateand sweet rose, vanilla and a gentle candyfloss effect from maltol, <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/empressa/">Empressa</a> is certain to dazzle and impress at<br /> any party this season.</span><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/empressa/ "><img alt="Cornubia" src="/images/categories/EMPRESSAEAUDETOILETTE_BOX_blog.jpg" /></a>&nbsp;</span></div> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Suited &amp; Booted</span></h2> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Sartorial</span></h2> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">No scent says &#39;suited and booted&#39; like <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial-eau-de-toilette/">Sartorial</a> - redolent of the aromas found in Savile Row Tailor&#39;s workrooms, this handsome ambery fougere is the perfect finishing touch for all of those black tie events.</span> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial-eau-de-toilette/ "> <img alt="Cornubia" src="/images/categories/SARTORIALEAUDETOILETTE_1_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Fine Dining</span></h2> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Cornubia</span></h2> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Dining with your nearest and dearest calls for a glamorous and seductive number. <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/cornubia-eau-de-toilette/">Cornubia</a>, rich in amber, powdered heliotrope and luxuriant clouds of vanilla - is <em>the</em> scent for dinners or nights at the theatre.</span> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/cornubia-eau-de-toilette/ "> <img alt="Cornubia" src="/images/categories/CORNUBIAEAUDETOILETTE_1_blog.jpg" /> </a> </span></div> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Endymion</span></h2> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">And for him, an evening meal calls for perhaps the most charming fragrance in our collection: the seductive warmth of <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/endymion-cologne/">Endymion</a>, a scent of contrasts with the freshness of citrus and herbal notes, and the spiced warmth of coffee, leather and incense.</span> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/endymion-cologne/ "> <img alt="Endymion" src="/images/blogs/ENDYMIONCOLOGNE_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The Ballet</span></h2> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Iris Prima</span></h2> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">No Christmas is complete without a festive trip to The Nutcracker, and no trip to the ballet is complete without a spritz of <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/iris-prima/">Iris Prima</a> - the suedey sole of the ballet shoe is given a green floralcy with jasmine and a romantic poignancy by iris, it truly is the scent of the ballet, bottled.</span> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/iris-prima/ "> <img alt="Cornubia" src="/images/categories/Iris_Prima_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Cocktails</span></h2> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Juniper Sling</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Any situation where cocktails are on the agenda calls for <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/juniper-sling-eau-de-toilette/">Juniper Sling</a> - a scent for bright young things, inspired by London Dry Gin. The atmospheric woodiness of juniper, cardamom and vetiver will keep the party going long into the night.</span> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/juniper-sling-eau-de-toilette/ "> <img alt="Cornubia" src="/images/categories/JUNIPERSLINGEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a></span></div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Which fragrance do you like to wear in party season? Do any of our scents make you feel particularly glamorous or add the finishing touch to your outfit? </span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Ostara illustrated. http://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-illustrated/ http://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-illustrated/#comments Tues, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Erin /ostara-illustrated/ Artist Melissa Bailey has created this beautiful and unique custom illustration of Ostara exclusively for the launch. Artist Melissa Bailey has created this beautiful and unique custom illustration of Ostara exclusively for the launch.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_264.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Artist Melissa Bailey has created this beautiful and unique custom illustration of Ostara exclusively for the launch.&nbsp;She has&nbsp;used gentle brush strokes to recreate the fragrance in her own distinct style in a combination of watercolours and inks. We think it&#39;s absolutely beautiful. </span><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Melissa specialises in fashion illustrations and designs inspired by feminine beauty and the joy of life. You can see her wonderful portfolio here...<a href="http://melissabaileyillustration.co.uk/">melissabaileyillustration</a></span> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Here are a couple of our favourites&hellip; </span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Juniper Sling" src="/images/categories/Melissablog1.jpg" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="Mac lipstick" src="/images/categories/Melissablog2v2.jpg" /></div> <div> <br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">And because it&#39;s nearly time to decorate the tree...</span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Christmas Tree" src="/images/categories/Melissablog3_v2.jpg" /></span></div> <div> <br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">To learn more about Melissa you can visit her blog, <a href="http://melissabaileyillustration.co.uk/folio/">PAPER DOLL</a>, and follow her on <a href="https://twitter.com/melissabailey12">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/melissabaileyillustration">Facebook</a>. </span></div> 0