The Penhaligon's Blog http://www.penhaligons.com Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.penhaligons.com en hourly 1 Made in Movember http://www.penhaligons.com/made-in-movember/ http://www.penhaligons.com/made-in-movember/#comments Weds, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lauren /made-in-movember/ <br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_252.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">We are delighted to be continuing our support for Movember this November. This is the fifth consecutive year that we have been an official sponsor of the charity, helping to raise awareness and funds for men&rsquo;s health.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In the last five years we have supported Movember in a variety of ways, ranging from a pop up barbershop in our Covent Garden boutique or creating our first ever Moustache Wax exclusively for the charity. This year will be no different.<br /> <br /> <b>Penhaligon&rsquo;s Moustache Wax</b><br /> The Penhaligon&rsquo;s Moustache Wax will return to stores and online this November. The wax is the must-have accessory for any respectable Mo Bro wanting to keep their Mo neat. The Wax is lightly scented with Sartorial; a contemporary interpretation of a classic Foug&egrave;re so it will also ensure you smell great! We will be donating &pound;2 for every tin sold via our website and in all of our UK and French boutiques. You can grab one for yourself for only &pound;5!<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/movember-wax/"><img src="/images/categories/MOblog.jpg" /></a><br /> <b>Team Penhaligon&rsquo;s</b><br /> We need you again this year! This November we will once again be encouraging our customers to join Team Penhaligon&rsquo;s to help raise even more funds. We hope that by encouraging our customers and staff to join up we&rsquo;ll help to raise even more money to fund the world class men&rsquo;s health programmes that combat prostate and testicular cancer. Spread the word. <span style="font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://uk.movember.com/team/1519781">Click here to JOIN US!</a></span><br /> <br /> <b>Penhaligon&rsquo;s Moustache Awards</b><br /> It wouldn&rsquo;t be November unless we were holding our annual Moustache Awards to recognize the efforts of Mo Bros across the nation. To enter the awards, Mo Bros need to send Penhaligon&rsquo;s their BM (Before Mo) and AM (After Mo) and even their WIPM (Work In Progress Mo) pictures if they would like! Photos can be emailed to marketing@penhaligons.com or entrants can post on the Penhaligon&rsquo;s official Awards page on Facebook. Entries must be submitted by midnight on Monday the 1st December and the winners will be revealed on Tuesday the 2nd of December. The first prize winner will receive a year&rsquo;s supply of Penhaligon&rsquo;s fragrances. The second prize winner will receive half a year&rsquo;s supply of Penhaligon&rsquo;s fragrances and the third prize winner will receive 3 months supply of Penhaligon&rsquo;s fragrances. That&rsquo;s right gents &ndash; the time to sign up is now!<br /> <br /> We hope that you&rsquo;ll be able to help us to join forces and raise money and awareness for Movember in aid of men&rsquo;s health next month!</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Penhaligon's and London Fashion Week http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-and-london-fashion-week/ http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-and-london-fashion-week/#comments Mon, 08 Sept 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lauren /penhaligons-and-london-fashion-week/ Penhaligon's is back at London Fashion Week. Penhaligon's is back at London Fashion Week.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_251.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Penhaligon&#39;s is delighted to continue its partnership with the British Fashion Council as the official scent of London Fashion Week S/S 15. We have been the official supplier of London Fashion Week and London Collections since 2013, using Quercus, Lily of the Valley, Blenheim Bouquet and Bayolea to scent the high profile events.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 15px;">This season&#39;s fragrance of choice is Samarkand; an exotic oriental awash with sweet flowers, spices and woods. The scent wasinspired byt he ancient cityof Samarkand, one of the oldest cities nhe world.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 15px;">Jenico Preston, Head of Sponsorship a the British Fashion Council, <em>&quot;We are delighted to welcome Penhaligon&#39;s back to London Fashion Week. Samarkand, the scent of SS15 may be named after one of the oldest cities in the world, however this September we look ofrward to making London, the most creative city in he world, its home.&quot;</em></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15px;"><img src="/images/blogs/Samarkand_Box_group_blog.jpg" /></span></span></span></center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/samarkand-classic-candle/ ">Click here</a> to shop our Samarkand Classic Candle.</span></span></span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Penhaligon's and the London Design Festival http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-and-the-london-design-festival/ http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-and-the-london-design-festival/#comments Weds, 03 Sept 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lauren /penhaligons-and-the-london-design-festival/ An absolutely astonishing and intricate installation. An absolutely astonishing and intricate installation.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_250.jpg"<br/><br/><h2> &nbsp;</h2> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Penhaligon&#39;s is working with RIBA and the London Design Festival this month for the RIBA Regent Street Windows Project. The project enables RIBA architects to work with retailers along Regent Street to create stunning architectural installations within their windows. </span><br /> <br /> <p> &nbsp;</p> <center> <img src="/images/blogs/Blog_1.jpg" /></center> <p> &nbsp;</p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">The windows at our Regent Street boutique draws on the rich history of perfume making and its origins in distillation and chemistry. Inspired by the evocative fragrances and the raw ingredients from which they are extracted, RIBA architect Al-Jawad Pike has created a labyrinthine construction of blown glassware, held within a three-dimensional lattice of copper pipe. The glass vessels contain raw ingredients while the copper references the first ambelic retorts and distillation apparatus&rsquo; that were historically used in perfume making. The result is an absolutely astonishing and intricate installation.</span> <p> &nbsp;</p> <center> <img src="/images/blogs/Blog_2.jpg" /></center> 0 Ingredient Focus Patchouli http://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-patchouli/ http://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-patchouli/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick /ingredient-focus-patchouli/ A raw material key to perfumery, used for thousands of years. A raw material key to perfumery, used for thousands of years.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_245.jpg"<br/><br/><h2> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Where does it come from?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Native to the Asia and Pacific region, Patchouli is a shrub that resembles mint plants.<br /> Whilst Patchouli oil has been used in perfumery for thousands of years, it really gained popularity in the western world at the end of the 19th Century, when it was packed with silks that were traded from the Far East to deter moths from eating the fabrics. Women of the time became so enamoured with the scent of their silks that had absorbed the scent of patchouli, they began demanding it from perfumers, and patchouli gained its association with luxury. Queen Victoria allegedly had her linen chests and closets lined with patchouli leaves.<br /> Throughout the 60s and 70s, the oil was adopted by the proponents of the flower power movement, who used the aged oil neat on their skin. </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 14px;">How does it smell?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 14px;">The leaves are distilled for the oil, which has a dark brown colour and an odour with facets of wood, earth, forest floors, green, metal, and even camphor. </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Why is it used in a perfume?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Patchouli is the foundation of the <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/chypre-fragrances/">Chypre family</a> of fragrances, alongside oakmoss, bergamot, rose and labdanum. It blends beautifully with rose, bringing out the darker, earthier facets of the flower, suggesting the soil that the plant grows in. You can find it used to wonderful effect in both <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/eau-sans-pareil-eau-de-toilette/">Eau Sans Pareil</a> and <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/empressa/">Empressa</a>. </span><br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 A History of Bay Rum http://www.penhaligons.com/a-history-of-bay-rum/ http://www.penhaligons.com/a-history-of-bay-rum/#comments Weds, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick /a-history-of-bay-rum/ Bay Rum is a tonic for the hair and gentleman’s toilette – distilled from the leaves of the Bay tree and rum. Bay Rum is a tonic for the hair and gentleman’s toilette – distilled from the leaves of the Bay tree and rum.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_244.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">The original Bay Rum was a single distilled product, created in the Virgin Islands. The largest producer of Bay Rum is still based there, on Saint Thomas.<br /> <br /> Traditionally the islanders would use an oil made from the leaves of the bay tree as a cooling treatment for aching joints, muscle pain, to relieve heat and massage into the skin and scalps. The islanders started to mix the oil with Rum or water.<br /> <br /> Whilst it was popular throughout the Caribbean and America, it was only popularised throughout Europe following Danish chemist A. H. Riise&rsquo;s creation of a double distilled Bay Rum. The fragrance became more sophisticated due to the addition of citrus oils and spices such as clove, cardamom and cinnamon. Bay Rum has since become a grooming staple, found in barber shops and bathroom cabinets across the world and is still used today to leave the hair shiny.<br /> <br /> William Penhaligon created his own Bay Rhum, which was adapted into &ldquo;Penhaligon&rsquo;s Bayolea&rdquo; &ndash; mixing the bay rum formula (scented with lemon, lemongrass, spices and vetiver) with glycerine, quinine tincture and honey water. Bayolea has recently been reimagined as part of our comprehensive gentlemen&rsquo;s grooming collection.</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Bayolea – From the Archives http://www.penhaligons.com/bayolea-from-the-archives/ http://www.penhaligons.com/bayolea-from-the-archives/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick /bayolea-from-the-archives/ Inspired by William’s extensive archives, Bayolea has been re-imagined for the modern gentleman. Inspired by William’s extensive archives, Bayolea has been re-imagined for the modern gentleman. <br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_243.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 15px;">As well as his famous Hammam Bouquet, William also created scented dressings and tonics for the hair. William&rsquo;s recipe books show that he had created a Bay rum preparation, known as Bayolea, rich in lemongrass, which itself is an unexpected twist on the traditional pimento based Bay rums.<br /> <br /> Bayolea was retailed up until the 1980s, as part of a collection of hair tonics. Florimelle, Aleimma, and Bayolea were all used for different hair types, providing shine to the hair, and stimulation to the scalp. Penhaligon&rsquo;s also produced Hair Tonics and Dressings in Extract of Limes, Hammam Bouquet, and Blenheim Bouquet, amongst others.<br /> <br /> Bayolea has recently been re-imagined, and updated from its original lemongrass, lemon and vetiver scent, as the star of our comprehensive grooming range.<br /> <br /> Bayolea contains mandarin, tangerine, lemongrass, cardamom, black pepper, neroli, lavender, cedarwood, sandalwood, musk, moss, patchouli and amber.</span><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 Weds, 28 May 2014 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: 13px;">Let it grow</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">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: 13px;">The itchy phase</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Growing a beard for the first few weeks can result in itchy, irritable skin. Using a <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial-beard-oil/">beard oil</a> will help prevent the itchiness. </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Important equipment</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">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 <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/movember-wax/">moustache wax</a> 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: 13px;">Scrub</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">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 exfoliator at least 3 times a week to keep skin in tip-top condition. </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Replenish</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">A beard will draw oil away from the skin, leaving the skin dryer beneath the beard than elsewhere on the face. A <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial-beard-oil/">beard oil</a> or <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/endymion-aftershave-balm/">rich moisturiser</a> 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 type="_moz" /> 0 Ingredient Focus: Tonka http://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-tonka/ http://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-tonka/#comments Tues, 27 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick /ingredient-focus-tonka/ Tonka Bean has been used in perfumery for hundreds of years, but how did it revolutionise the perfume industry? Tonka Bean has been used in perfumery for hundreds of years, but how did it revolutionise the perfume industry?<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_237.jpg"<br/><br/><h2> Where does it come from?</h2> Tonka Beans are the seeds of the Cumaru tree, a flowering tree that grows in South American countries such as Venezuela, Brazil and Colombia. The pods are collected from January to March from ripened fruit that has fallen from the tree.<br /> The principle odour of Tonka is Coumarin, a substance that forms as crystals on the exterior of the beans. In 1868, William Henry Perkin, a chemist that worked in the dye industry, discovered how to create Coumarin on a larger scale from Willow trees, without requiring the intensive farming of tonka beans - meaning much more could be used in fragrances. In 1882, Coumarin was first used in a perfume, giving birth to modern perfumery.<br /> <h2> How does it smell?</h2> Tonka (and coumarin) hovers in between several delicious scent territories: redolent of tobacco, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, cherry, almond, saffron, clover and hay.<br /> <h2> Why is it used in a perfume?</h2> Tonka lends a sweet, balsamic and food-like aroma to perfumes. However, it is also used as part of the fougere accord (a blend of lavender, geranium, tonka and oakmoss), dreamt up by perfumer Paul Parquet when he created the Fougere Royale.<br /> Our own English Fern is our original interpretation of the Fougere family. Sartorial also contains Tonka, to give the sweet powdery effect to our tailor&#39;s workroom inspired modern fougere, and Elixir plays up the powdery, spicy facets in its glowing and embery drydown.<br type="_moz" /> 0 The London Tweed Run 2014 http://www.penhaligons.com/the-london-tweed-run-2014/ http://www.penhaligons.com/the-london-tweed-run-2014/#comments Thurs, 01 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick /the-london-tweed-run-2014/ The most sartorial and dignified of annual sporting events is back, May 17th 2014! The most sartorial and dignified of annual sporting events is back, May 17th 2014!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_241.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 13px;">Consisting of a well-dressed bicycle ride through our capital with a scheduled picnic break, the London Tweed Run is an annual event which promises to be an unforgettable day out. Penhaligon&#39;s will be on hand, decked out in our finest Tweed of course, to provide Fragrance Profiling and nostril entertainment to all.<br /> <br /> We have two pairs of tickets for the big day on May 17th to give away, if you&#39;d like to be in with a chance of joining the Tweed Run, simply let us know what Sartorial style means to you, or send us a picture of your bicycle, finest tweed or vintage attire and hashtag with #SartorialTweedRun on <a href="http://twitter.com/PenhaligonsLtd">Twitter</a>, <a href="http://instagram.com/penhaligons_UK">Instagram</a> or <a href="http://facebook.com/PenhaligonsLtd">Facebook</a>. Good luck!<br /> <br /> Read more about the Tweed Run and suggested etiquette for the day over at the <a href="http://www.tweedrun.com/">Tweed Run website</a>. </span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 11px;">The small print: Contest closes Monday 5th of May, 1pm BST. Transport and attire is not included in the prize. You must be able to be in London for May 17th. We will contact winners on Monday 5th of May.</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 The Tralala Pop-Up Shop, Cocktail and Dessert at Harvey Nichols http://www.penhaligons.com/the-tralala-pop-up-shop-cocktail-and-dessert-at-harvey-nichols/ http://www.penhaligons.com/the-tralala-pop-up-shop-cocktail-and-dessert-at-harvey-nichols/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick /the-tralala-pop-up-shop-cocktail-and-dessert-at-harvey-nichols/ Tralala launched on 21st April exclusively at Harvey Nichols. Tralala launched on 21st April exclusively at Harvey Nichols.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_240.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 13px;">To celebrate our exclusive launch at Harvey Nichols, an innovative Tralala cocktail was created in the Caf&eacute; on the Fifth Floor for the exclusive two week period. The delectable duo are inspired by notes within the fragrance; the Tralala cocktail blends Cr&egrave;me de Violette with whiskey and the Tralala dessert includes passion fruit, mascarpone and saffron in a sugar twirl.<br /> <br /><center><iframe src="//instagram.com/p/nI4WPQqNff/embed/" width="612" height="710" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></center><br /><br /> The amazing London Fashion Week inspired Tralala Pop-Up Shop is selling Meadham Kirchhoff t-shirts and tote bags alongside the fragrance, in store at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge until May 5th.<br /><br /> <center><iframe src="//instagram.com/p/nIug7LqNQ9/embed/" width="612" height="710" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></center></span><br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Tralala's Afternoon Tea and Chocolates http://www.penhaligons.com/tralalas-afternoon-tea-and-chocolates/ http://www.penhaligons.com/tralalas-afternoon-tea-and-chocolates/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Alex /tralalas-afternoon-tea-and-chocolates/ Our Edinburgh team will be launching Tralala with an afternoon tea in Glasgow's Blythswood Hotel. Our Edinburgh team will be launching Tralala with an afternoon tea in Glasgow's Blythswood Hotel.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_239.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 13px;">If you are lucky enough to live in Edinburgh &amp; Glasgow, the Edinburgh Penhaligon&rsquo;s Manager, Alex, and his team will be launching our incredible new fragrance, Tralala at an exclusive event at the beautiful Blythswood Hotel in collaboration with Glasgow-based events company Itison on Sunday May 11th.<br /> <br /> Tralala is a unique scented collaboration between Penhaligon&rsquo;s, perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour and London designers Meadham Kirchhoff. A strange and intoxicating mix of saffron, leather, heliotrope, whisky, ylang and tuberose. The Blythswood are laying on a wonderful Duchess of Bedford afternoon tea and guests can hear Alex and his team talk about the history of Penhaligon&rsquo;s and the creation of some of the brands most iconic scents.<br /> <br /> There will be bespoke chocolates created by Ali Gower and the team at The Chocolate Tree in Edinburgh, delicious whisky soaked marzipan with saffron and violet ganache. These will also be available for sale in the Edinburgh boutique when Tralala launches on May 5th. Ali has previously created a beautiful chocolate bar inspired by Iris Prima.<br /> <br /> Tickets available through the <a href="https://www.itison.com/Glasgow/events/penhaligon-s-launch-blythswood-square--2">Itison website</a>.</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Penhaligon's receives Fragrance Foundation UK Nominations! http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-receives-fragrance-foundation-uk-nominations/ http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-receives-fragrance-foundation-uk-nominations/#comments Thurs, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick /penhaligons-receives-fragrance-foundation-uk-nominations/ The Fragrance Foundation UK Awards are on Thursday 15th of May. The Fragrance Foundation UK Awards are on Thursday 15th of May.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_238.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 13px;">An exciting announcement from Penhaligon&#39;s HQ - we&#39;re thrilled to announce that both of our launches last year, <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/iris-prima/">Iris Prima</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/vaara">Vaara</a>, are shortlisted in the the Best New Independent Fragrance category of the Fragrance Foundation UK Awards, judged by winners of the Jasmine Awards.<br /> <br /> Here&#39;s the full shortlist, in alphabetical order:</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Dries Van Noten &ndash; Frederic Malle<br /> Inez and Vindoodh 1996 &ndash; Byredo<br /> <strong>Iris Prima &ndash; Penhaligon&#39;s</strong><br /> Lune de Givre &ndash; Cloon Keen Atelier<br /> Soulle &Aacute;mbar &ndash; Floris<br /> <strong>Vaara - Penhaligon&#39;s</strong></span></div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">We&#39;ll find out if we&#39;re successful at the awards ceremony on Thursday, 15th of May - wish us luck!</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Ingredient Focus: Opoponax http://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-opoponax/ http://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-opoponax/#comments Thurs, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick /ingredient-focus-opoponax/ Also known as sweet myrrh, Opoponax is a sweet resin, regarded by King Solomon as the noblest of incense gums. Also known as sweet myrrh, Opoponax is a sweet resin, regarded by King Solomon as the noblest of incense gums.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_236.jpg"<br/><br/><h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Where does it come from?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Opoponax is a herb that grows in Somalia and produces a consumable resin, extracted by cutting the base of a stem and drying the juice that flows out in the sun. These form small crystals or &quot;tears&quot;, that can be burned as an incense. Steam distillation produces an essential oil, but an absolute can also be created through CO2 extraction.</span><br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">How does it smell?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Opoponax is sweet, slightly animalic and &#39;vegetal&#39; (or green), when compared to other resins. It has a similar vanilla ice cream aroma to benzoin.</span><br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Why is it used in a perfume?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Opoponax lends sweet, balsamic notes to a perfume, and also extends the longevity of the fragrance on skin. It can also be used to bring warming, rich and balsamic tones to oriental fragrances. You can find a very generous dose of Opoponax in the drydown of <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/Tralala/">Tralala</a>, where it is combined with other resins to produce a rich, powdery, vanilla-like texture, reminiscent of velvet.</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 A Q&A with Meadham Kirchhoff http://www.penhaligons.com/a-qa-with-meadham-kirchhoff/ http://www.penhaligons.com/a-qa-with-meadham-kirchhoff/#comments Thurs, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Matt /a-qa-with-meadham-kirchhoff/ At our press launch we had a little time with Ben and Ed, known better to the world as design duo Meadham Kirchhoff, to talk about our next fragrance, Tralala. At our press launch we had a little time with Ben and Ed, known better to the world as design duo Meadham Kirchhoff, to talk about our next fragrance, Tralala.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_222.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><strong>Matt: How did working with Penhaligon&rsquo;s come about?</strong><br /> Benjamin: We had been working with Penhaligon&rsquo;s scenting our shows for a while before the idea of creating a fragrance inspired by our world first came about.<br /> Edward: We&rsquo;d been scenting our shows with Penhaligon&rsquo;s perfumes before we approached them to fragrance the shows &ldquo;officially&rdquo; nine seasons ago now.<br /> <br /> <strong>Matt: Why did you choose Penhaligons rather than another perfumer to fragrance your shows?</strong><br /> Benjamin: I have been aware of Penhaligon&rsquo;s since I first moved to London in 1997. I&rsquo;ve always had a bit of an obsession with anything authentically English and they express this so well in scent that it felt like a natural match.<br /> Edward: Perfume is so integral to us, to our lives and to how we think. It is completely incomprehensible for us to imagine not scenting the shows, for us it always seemed quite a logical partnership. With Penhaligon&rsquo;s we recognise a similarity of approach in our independence and a sort of old fashioned Englishness.<br /> <br /> <strong>Matt: How do you select the fragrance to match your collection?</strong><br /> Benjamin: Each collection presents itself with a new set of elements. We think about it for a moment, smell different Penhaligon&rsquo;s perfumes and we will choose the one that links best with our story.<br /> Edward: I love it when you can smell a person&rsquo;s perfume before you have even seen them, and that was for me one of the reasons to scent the shows. I choose a scent which matches the mood, and the clothes, it is usually a logical choice which easily presents itself.<br /> <br /> <strong>Matt: What ideas inspired the fragrance?</strong><br /> Benjamin: When we met Bertrand (Duchaufour) we spoke at length about our favourite smells but also about the complexity of perfume blends and how it&rsquo;s becoming rare to have a composition around a scent. We wanted him to create something complex that wasn&rsquo;t about gender or anything specific but rather about a combination of opposing elements.<br /> Edward: I wanted the perfume to be heavy and old fashioned, I wanted it to smell glamorous. I love the idea of perfume dominating the space it fills and as a glorious sensory barrier between you and the World, like a deep velvety aura. We talked a lot with Bertrand about the smells and scents we like, what we have both worn and the way we feel about perfume itself, its importance to us and how it&rsquo;s an essential part of dressing. We showed him our studio and how we work and the things which were inspiring us.<br /> <br /> <strong>Matt: What&rsquo;s the inspiration behind the packaging?</strong><br /> Edward: Deciding what to do with the packaging of Tralala was one of the hardest things I have done. I change my mind so often. Every collection I approach as entirely new, I can move on and re-explore and re-define every 6 months. But Tralala is permanent so I really thought about some of the most permanent elements of our visual language as well as Penhaligons&rsquo; iconic bottle and bow. There is the heart shaped chocolate box framed in white lace, the ribbon writing spelling Tralala and the dolls head wrapping the lid. I wanted the box to feel like an old jewellery box.<br /> <br /> <strong>Matt: Why did you choose the name Tralala?</strong><br /> Benjamin: We thought long and hard about a name, some were good but didn&rsquo;t fit the context of a perfume. Edward came up with the name Tralala one day and it stuck &ndash; I like it because it is nonsensical. It doesn&rsquo;t apply to anything specific.<br /> Edward: I woke up the morning after our show and I just knew that we should call it &quot;Tralala&quot; and could envisage exactly how it should look. I loved Tralala because it had no pretensions, no specific connotations, it just sounds sort of humorous and nonchalant but looks really good written. It has a nice rhythm to it.<br /> <br /> <strong>Matt: What is it about Penhaligons that made you willing be the inspiration for a fragrance?</strong><br /> Benjamin: It was a question of mutual trust and respect for one another. I don&rsquo;t think another perfume house would have let us run with this as much as we have.<br /> Edward: This has been the most truly collaborative project we have ever worked on. Penhaligon&rsquo;s have given us complete freedom and trust to create with them something so perfect. Anyone else would have fallen short of our perfectionism long before. Tralala went through numerous incarnations before we achieved what is for us the perfect scent.<br /> <br /> <strong>Matt: Which Penhaligon&rsquo;s fragrances are your favourites?</strong><br /> Benjamin: Hammam Bouquet is my all-time favourite scent; it&rsquo;s a potent rare rose with a good dose of civet. It&rsquo;s precious and animalistic and there&rsquo;s nothing like it. Rose is sweet and feminine but it&rsquo;s never thought of as an aggressive scent. Hammam bouquet takes you by surprise and makes you think.<br /> Edward: I love Hammam Bouquet and I went through a really long Bluebell phase.<br /> <br /> <strong>Matt: What are your favourite fragrance notes?</strong><br /> Benjamin: I like everything really, I don&rsquo;t wear citrus heavy scents but I can appreciate most things. My mood changes all the time when it comes to perfume but I always end up going back to musky / leathery smells.<br /> Edward: I like powdery heavy scents; iris, tuberose, leathers<br /> <br /> <strong>Matt: Penhaligon&rsquo;s are sometimes seen as old fashioned, why do you think they are relevant today?</strong><br /> Benjamin: I think that very old fashioned-ness is the reason for their success and their relevance. Few houses can boast that kind of heritage and know how. They have allowed themselves the freedom to create what they want and when they feel it is ready. It&rsquo;s a very uncompromising perfume house that has never betrayed its heritage.<br /> <br /> <strong>Matt: How would you describe wearing Tralala? How does it make you feel?</strong><br /> Benjamin: Tralala is the equivalent of wearing good jewellery or a very good outfit; it never overtakes you, it lets you know it&rsquo;s with you but that you&rsquo;re in charge. It&rsquo;s a personal experience.<br /> Edward: I&rsquo;m afraid to use dreadfully boring clich&eacute;s when describing how Tralala makes me feel, but glamorous and velvety<br /> <br /> <strong>Matt: How does Tralala translate the world of Meadham Kirchhoff into scent?</strong><br /> Benjamin: It is a personal scent, people should wear what they feel and dress for themselves not to attract or to fit in., it&rsquo;s intense and intimate but it is not created for the pleasure of others it is for the wearer alone.<br /> <br /> <strong>Matt: What textures, colours, fabrics or materials does Tralala suggest to you?</strong><br /> Benjamin: Tralala is velvet, fur and satin in red and violet.<br /> Edward: I always wanted Tralala to translate into smell the look and texture of red velvet, heavy, soft, warm, dusty and smoky.<br /> <br /> <strong>Matt: What does fragrance mean to you?</strong><br /> Benjamin: Fragrance is the beginning and the end of putting myself together.<br /> Edward: Perfume is as important an element of an outfit as shoes or underwear, it is impossible to be dressed without it.<br /> <br /> <strong>Matt: How would you describe the worlds of both Meadham Kirchhoff and Penhaligon&rsquo;s?</strong><br /> Benjamin: Uncompromising, autonomous and honest. </span><br type="_moz" /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Penhaligon's Press Round Up - Tralala! http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-press-round-up-tralala/ http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-press-round-up-tralala/#comments Tues, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Marie /penhaligons-press-round-up-tralala/ April marks the launch of our new fragrance, Tralala! April marks the launch of our new fragrance, Tralala!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_235.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 13px;">Tralala was heavily featured in the press last week, with journalists as excited as we are about the impending launch! </span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/235blog1.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 399px;" /></span></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">Elle called <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/Tralala">Tralala</a> &ldquo;English Eccentric&rdquo; - and we could not agree more!</span></span></span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/235blog2.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 357px;" /></span></span></span></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/Tralala">Tralala</a> also made it into AnOther Mag&rsquo;s Top 10 April recommendations</span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/235blog3.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 388px;" /></span></span></span></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">Vogue Italy featured master perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour, talking about the creative process behind <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/Tralala">Tralala</a>, explaining <em>&ldquo;I immersed myself in the Meadham Kirchhoff studio&rdquo;</em>. </span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/235blog4.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 419px;" /></span></span></span></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">Madame Figaro featured our <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/movember-wax/">Moustache Wax</a> in their piece on male grooming.</span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/235blog5.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 391px;" /></span></span></span></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">And back in the UK, English Homes featured our <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/lily-of-the-valley-classic-candle/">Lily of the Valley candle</a> in a selection of the best candles to set a seductive mood&hellip;</span></span></span></span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Review & Win Competition Winners http://www.penhaligons.com/review-win-competition-winners/ http://www.penhaligons.com/review-win-competition-winners/#comments Weds, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lucy /review-win-competition-winners/ We asked you to review your most recent Penhaligon's purchase and we've been inundated by the most wonderful responses. We asked you to review your most recent Penhaligon's purchase and we've been inundated by the most wonderful responses.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_234.jpg"<br/><br/>It&#39;s not too late to get your review in for a chance to win the 100ml perfume or cologne of your choice, simply write a review on your favourite product - it doesn&#39;t have to be fragrance, if you&#39;re a soap afficiando, or bonkers about our Bath Oils let us know what you love!<br /> <br /> Our final winner will be chosen on Monday 28th April, check back here to see the winning entry.<br /> <br /> <img alt="Week 2 Winner" src="/images/blogs/REVIEW-WK2-UK1.jpg" style="width: 618px; height: 298px; " /><img alt="Week 3 Winner" src="/images/blogs/REVIEW-WK3-UK1.jpg" style="width: 618px; height: 298px; " /><br /> 0 Our Parisian Tralala Press Event http://www.penhaligons.com/our-parisian-tralala-press-event/ http://www.penhaligons.com/our-parisian-tralala-press-event/#comments Thurs, 03 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lauren /our-parisian-tralala-press-event/ Back in January we took Tralala on the road to Paris. Back in January we took Tralala on the road to Paris.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_232.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 13px;">For the launch of Tralala in France we held an afternoon event in the beautiful Tea Room at L&rsquo;Hotel Castille, on Rue Cambon.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/232blog1.jpg" /></span><br /> <div style="text-align: left;"> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Journalists had the opportunity to meet Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour and our Head of Fragrance Development, Nathalie, to discuss how the fragrance was created.</span></div> </center> <center> <div> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/232blog2.jpg" /></span></div> </center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Various looks from Ben &amp; Ed&rsquo;s collections were on display on mannequins and behind the scene photos from their shows were on hand to ensure the journalists had a better understanding of Meadham Kirchhoff&#39;s universe.</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Nina Frydlender's Beautiful Artwork http://www.penhaligons.com/nina-frydlenders-beautiful-artwork/ http://www.penhaligons.com/nina-frydlenders-beautiful-artwork/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Matt /nina-frydlenders-beautiful-artwork/ <br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_233.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 13px;">This image was kindly created for us by&nbsp;Nina Frydlender, a French and Italian designer living and working in Paris.<br /> Nina&nbsp;spent her childhood and adolescence in Rome, Athens and New York. She graduated from the Maryse Eloy School and launched NINA FRYDLENDER CREAZIONI in Spring 2010, a craft workshop decorating in the style of an Italian &ldquo;Bottega&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> An imaginative world populated with trees, flowers, animals, dreamlike characters and chimeras, Nina Frydlender Creazioni has a curious eye creating enchanting, sensual and unique work, decorating interiors and creating illustrations with an unusual and refined touch. Each piece is unique.<br /> <br /> You can find more of Nina Frydlender Creazioni&#39;s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nina-Frydlender-Creazioni/440793335976252">artwork on Facebook</a>.</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Ingredient Focus: Rose http://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-rose/ http://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-rose/#comments Thurs, 27 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick /ingredient-focus-rose/ The Rose is one of natures most beautiful flowers, and has long been considered a symbol of love and beauty. The Rose is one of natures most beautiful flowers, and has long been considered a symbol of love and beauty.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_231.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 13px;">Roses are one of the most versatile ingredients in perfumery due to their complexity - containing around 300 separate compounds. </span> <h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Where does it come from?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Roses are handpicked at dawn, when the levels of fragrance in the flower are at their highest. Traditionally, two different rose varieties are used in perfumery: Rosa damascena (Damask Rose) and Rosa centifolia (May Rose) - although the oil will vary by the place that it is grown, which ranges from Grasse, to Bulgaria, Morocco, Iran and Turkey.<br /> Rose Absolute is created through low temperature CO2 extraction - this means that more of the component molecules are still present in the resulting oil, which smells much more like a real rose but still doesn&#39;t give the whole picture.<br /> Rose oil is a result of steam distillation of the flowers - the flowers are placed in water and brought to a boil, the steam evaporates and the oil that condenses is what is known as the essential oil. This effectively cooks the flowers and loses much of the naturally present components.<br /> Rose water is the water that remains in the still from steam distillation, and has its use in several recipes, especially for desserts, but has started to work its way into perfumes in recent years. This tends to be much lighter than the rose oil or absolute.</span><br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">How does it smell?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Roses all smell markedly different, depending on their variety. They can smell very lemon or citrus-like, plummy, jammy, honeyed, dusty and even velvety. Rose oil and rose water smell somewhat metallic (perhaps a result of the &#39;still&#39; that they are heated in!), than like a rose, whereas rose absolute has a much fuller aroma profile.<br /> Headspace technology allows perfumers to fully recreate the scent of a flower or place in the lab, as the oil itself needs to be fine tuned in order to smell more like a rose in bloom.</span><br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">Why is it used in a perfume?</span></span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Roses have are so multifaceted that perfumers are always intrigued by them and exploring the possibilities - they can blend almost seemlessly with other floral notes, citrus and woods. Ever since steam distillation was refined in the Middle East, rose oil has been an important ingredient for perfuming people. A perfumer will often blend rose with geranium oil and other ingredients to create a more realistic rose-like aroma.<br /> Rose runs through many of the scents in our collection, but most notable are <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/elisabethan-rose/">Elisabethan Rose</a>, with its holographic pink flower at the centre following a champagne like topnote, <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/peoneve">Peoneve</a>, our fuchsia a huge, fuchsia rose at its heart, with greenness and peony surrounding it the thorny beauty, and <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/vaara/">Vaara</a> takes different roses, matching them with honey, saffron and other spices to bring out the rich warmth of the rose.<br /> <br /> Let us know in the comments below which your favourite Rose perfume is!</span><br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Penhaligon's Press Round Up! http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-press-room-march2/ http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-press-room-march2/#comments Weds, 26 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Marie /penhaligons-press-room-march2/ This week we stepped into spring and Tralala has quickly become one of the most anticipated fragrances of the season! This week we stepped into spring and Tralala has quickly become one of the most anticipated fragrances of the season!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_230.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">London based <em>Absolutely</em> suggest <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/artemisia/">Artemisia</a> as a perfect gift for Mother&rsquo;s day.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/230blog1.jpg" /></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><em>The Independent</em> included our upcoming fragrance, Tralala, and called it: &ldquo;as daring and as unconventional as the Meadham Kirchhoff SS14 fashion show&rdquo;.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/230blog2.jpg" /></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><em>Clash</em> described Penhaligon&#39;s scenting the Tate Modern at the Meadham Kirchhoff show, citing Edward Meadham&rsquo;s description of the fragrance as &ldquo;humorous and nonchalant&rdquo;</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/230blog3.jpg" /></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">In Italy, <em>Grazia</em> included Tralala in its list of awaited new spring fragrances. Looks like Tralala is going to be a hit at home and far away from Meadham Kirchhoff&rsquo;s East End studio!</span><br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/230blog4.jpg" /></span></center> 0 Koh-do Ceremony at the Royal Academy http://www.penhaligons.com/koh-do-ceremony/ http://www.penhaligons.com/koh-do-ceremony/#comments Thurs, 13 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick /koh-do-ceremony/ On Monday the 3rd of March, as part of their incredible Sensing Spaces exhibition, the Royal Academy of Arts held a Japanese incense ceremony (Koh-do or Koudou). On Monday the 3rd of March, as part of their incredible Sensing Spaces exhibition, the Royal Academy of Arts held a Japanese incense ceremony (Koh-do or Koudou).<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_228.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 13px;">Upon arrival, I was first struck an incredible scent &ndash; assuming that some of the incense was already being burned &ndash; but turns out I was wrong!</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/228pic1.jpg" /><br /> <em>Exploring&nbsp;the exhibition</em></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Off exploring the exhibit, where you&rsquo;ll find an amazing wooden maze made from mixed woods (the hazel smelled incredible), a huge cathedral made of plastic and straws, which visitors are encouraged to add to, and Kengo Kuma&rsquo;s two darkened rooms of bamboo structures impregnated with the odour of hinoki (Japanese cypress, which smells somewhat like eucalyptus and incense combined) and tatami (traditional floor mats made from rice straw, an incredibly relaxing warm smell) &ndash; responsible for the scent we noticed when we arrived!<br /> <br /> After a short while we took our seats, Kuma-san explained the importance of the odours in architecture, and of tatami and hinoki to him, whilst telling us about his work creating tea houses over the years. Shortly afterwards we were passed over to a representative from Daiko &ndash; an incense company in Japan &ndash; who taught us the history of Koh (incense) before the ceremony began.<br /> <br /> Originally, Koh culture was brought to Japan from China in the 6th century with Buddhism, and was mainly used for religious purposes. Incense ceremonies were more formally created in the 1500s in Japan, as a sophisticated and elegant pastime to for nobles. The purpose of the ceremony, conducted by a Koh master, is to attain peace of mind by listening to the Koh and concentrating on the invisible scent, and usually a game is played, in which the participants in the ceremony must listen to three different incenses and then guess if a fourth incense is the same as one of these, or if it is a different incense.<br /> <br /> There are 6 different classifications of Koh, 5 of which are from Jinkoh or aloeswood (known in the Middle East and West as Oud) from Kyara, the most expensive and highest quality, Manaban, Manaka, Sumotara, and Rakoku, and also Sasora, made of sandalwood.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/228pic3.jpg" /><br /> <em>The Koh master with the beautiful ornamental pots</em></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Heated ash is placed into a small decorative pot, in a beautifully decorated mound, a thin plate of glass or mica is placed on top of the warm ash, and finally the Koh is placed on top of the plate &ndash; heated by the ash and giving off its fragrance.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/228pic2.jpg" /><br /> <em>Me listening to the incense</em></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">The method of listening to incense is:</span><br /> <ul> <li> <span style="font-size: 13px;">- Place the burner on your left palm, which should be horizontal.</span></li> <li> <span style="font-size: 13px;">- Create a cup with your hand where the thumb makes a circle, and cover the burner.</span></li> <li> <span style="font-size: 13px;">- Listen through the whole, breathing in a maximum of 3 times, ensuring you breathe out away from the incense pot.</span></li> <li> <span style="font-size: 13px;">- Pass the burner to the person on your right.</span></li> </ul> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">As the ceremony began, and people started to listen to the incense, an immediate sense of calm took over. Smelling the incense, you&rsquo;re struck by the warmth around your nose, which felt like being in a sunbaked desert. The four different incenses passed by and we had to decide &ndash; did the final incense smell like any of the others? The first reminded me of frankincense, it had a rich, fruity odour and was quite smoky. The second reminded me of sandalwood, with its powdery dry and slightly coconut tones. The third smelled like cherries, charred wood and leather. The fourth smelled like hamster cages, wood smoke and overripe fruits. These were all definitely different to my nose (or maybe ears?).</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/228pic4.jpg" /><br /> <em>Jinkoh (oud)</em></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">All was revealed &ndash; we had smelled 4 separate incenses! The first was Manaban, followed by Sasora, then Sumotara, and finally, the highest quality: Kyara. The experience was incredibly moving and also left me the most relaxed I&#39;ve ever been.<br /> <br /> Let us know in the comments if you have ever been to an incense ceremony, or if you use incense at home! </span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Mother's Day Inspiration http://www.penhaligons.com/mothers-day-inspiration/ http://www.penhaligons.com/mothers-day-inspiration/#comments Weds, 12 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lucy /mothers-day-inspiration/ Mother's Day is a mere couple of weeks away, we've put together some ideas to surprise and delight your mum this Mothering Sunday: Mother's Day is a mere couple of weeks away, we've put together some ideas to surprise and delight your mum this Mothering Sunday:<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_229.jpg"<br/><br/><font size="3">1. To usher in Spring we recommend <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/bluebell-eau-de-toilette-fragrance/"><span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);">Bluebell</span></a>, a seasonal favourite. For swathes of honeyed blooms <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/ellenisia-eau-de-parfum/"><span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);">Ellenisia</span></a> is a wondrous floral or for those who aren&#39;t sure<a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/artemisia-eau-de-parfum-spray/"> <span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);">Artemisia</span></a> is our bestselling <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/ladies/"><span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);">ladies fragrance</span></a><span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);">.</span> </font> <div style="text-align: center;"> <font size="3"><font size="3"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/artemisia-eau-de-parfum-spray/"><img src="http://www.penhaligons.com/images/products/small/ARTEMISIAEAUDEPARFUMSPRAY_1.jpg" /></a></font><br /> 2. <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/crystal/"><span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);">SilverTree crystal</span></a> have created two precious and very Limited Edition <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/crystal/"><span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);">atomisers</span></a><span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);">,</span> just for the website! So if your mother already has stacks of her favourite scent, you can provide a beautiful atomiser to store it in!</font></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <font size="3"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/pale-green-crystal-atomiser/"><img src="http://www.penhaligons.com/images/products/small/GREENATOMISER.jpg" /></a></font></div> <font size="3">3. For mothers in need of rest and relaxation we have the very thing for an indulgent&nbsp;<a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/ladies-bath-and-body/"><span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);">bath time</span></a><span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);">.</span> Light an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/tea-candle-collection-box-of-3-x-75g/"><span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);">Earl Grey Tea Candle</span></a>&nbsp;and run a long bath laced with &nbsp;<a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/ladies-bath-oils/"><span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);">Lily of the Valley Bath Oil</span></a> and moisturise with <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/vanities-hand--body-cream/"><span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);">Vanities Hand &amp; Body Lotion</span></a><span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);">.</span></font><br /> <div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <font size="3"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/tea-candle-collection-box-of-3-x-75g/"><img src="http://www.penhaligons.com/images/products/small/TEACANDLECOLLECTIONBOXOF3X75G_1.jpg" /></a></font></div> <font size="3">4. Our <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/purple-cosmetic-bag/"><span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);">leather gifts</span></a> and <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/black--white-jewellery-box/"><span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);">marquetry</span></a> are the perfect way to spoil the most deserving mothers. Show your appreciation with our handmade <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/black--white-jewellery-box/"><span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);">jewellery box</span></a>&nbsp;sets with delicate&nbsp;inlays of rare and precious woods. Our<span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);"> </span><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/purple-beauty-bag/"><span style="color: rgb(202, 12, 85);">Leather Cosmetic bags</span></a> are crafted from the finest Spanish leather and are the perfect size to fit all her essentials.</font><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <font size="3"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/purple-beauty-bag/"><img src="http://www.penhaligons.com/images/products/small/BEAUTYBAGPURPLE.jpg" /></a></font></div> </div> <br type="_moz" /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Penhaligon's Press Room! http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-press-room-march1/ http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-press-room-march1/#comments Weds, 12 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Marie /penhaligons-press-room-march1/ Our regular round up of exciting press mentions! Our regular round up of exciting press mentions!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_227.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 13px;">We&#39;ve had some wonderful coverage over the past couple of weeks, and here&#39;s the first of our regular round up blogs! </span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/227image1.jpg" style="width: 490px; height: 324px;" /></span></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">Penhaligon&rsquo;s kicked off March with some shaving tips from Head of Global Marketing Matthew Huband who shared expert shaving advice with lucky GQ readers.</span></span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/227image2.jpg" style="width: 490px; height: 476px;" /></span></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">Elle decoration featured an article about the best hand creams. Our soothing Lavandula hand and nail lotion made the cut and was selected as one of them.</span></span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/227image3.jpg" style="width: 490px; height: 367px;" /></span></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">Penhaligon&rsquo;s was proud to provide fragrances and hand wash and lotion to The Apartment during London Fashion Week, Lela London was one of the appreciative bloggers who benefitted from our &ldquo;Dreamy fragrances&rdquo;.<br /> The Tralala Scented Meadham Kirchhoff show at the Tate Modern Turbine Hall was still being raved about as the Fashion Marathon comes to a close in Paris and was featured by La Petite Anglaise and Beauty Blitz in the US.</span></span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/227image4.jpg" style="width: 490px; height: 342px;" /></span></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">And to top it off for this week, WWD Japan included a bottle of Penhaligon&rsquo;s in its very cool and unique city reconstruction in fragrance bottles. Can you spot it? </span></span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Ingredient Focus: Amber http://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-amber/ http://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-amber/#comments Thurs, 27 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick /ingredient-focus-amber/ The first in an ongoing series of blogposts on ingredients and accords that are used in perfumes. The first in an ongoing series of blogposts on ingredients and accords that are used in perfumes.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_226.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 13px;">Last month I asked our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/PenhaligonsLtd" target="_blank">Facebook</a> fans which fragrance ingredients they&#39;d like to know more about. Amber won by a landslide, so I&#39;ve tasked myself with unravelling the mystery around it. </span> <h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Where does it come from?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Surprisingly, amber isn&rsquo;t extracted from the resin, but is in fact a fantasy accord constructed in the early 1900s to demonstrate the possibilities of vanillin (the purified vanilla flavour and odour created as a by-product of the paper industry). The basic amber accord is a combination of labdanum, vanilla and benzoin &ndash; creating a glowing warmth.<br /> Amber <em>isn&rsquo;t</em> Ambergris, the substance ejected from a sperm whale as a result of trying to digest cuttlefish.</span><br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">How does it smell?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Aside from a warm, glowing odour, Amber smells somewhat sticky, very rich, and like a warmed up and slightly powdery vanilla, with a faintly &#39;animalic&#39; underside that recalls the smell of hot skin.</span><br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Why is it used in a perfume?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Ambre Antique by Francois Coty gave birth to an entire family of Oriental fragrances, typified by Guerlain&rsquo;s Shalimar - Oriental Ambers - all of them sharing this rich sensual base. At Penhaligon&rsquo;s you&#39;ll find an Amber note in many of our fragrances, but its perhaps best exemplified in <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/cornubia/">Cornubia</a>, where it is decorated with tonka and heliotrope to play up the naturally present powdery edge, <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/artemisia/">Artemisia</a>, where the vanilla facet is played up to provide sweetness, and also in <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial/">Sartorial</a>, where it supports the honeyed floral and leather notes.<br /> <br /> Hopefully you found this useful and interesting! Let me know in the comments below which other ingredients you are interested in learning more about.</span> 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 Weds, 26 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick /6-steps-to-the-perfect-shave/ Many Gentlemen find that shaving leads to irritation and small nicks. Follow our steps to get the perfect shave! 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> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Scruff the hairs</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">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: 13px;">Lather up</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Use a rich <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet-shaving-cream-tube/">shaving cream</a> or <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet-shaving-soap-in-wooden-bowl/">soap</a>, and a <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/nickel-shaving-brush/">badger hair shaving brush</a> 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> <span style="font-size: 13px;">1, 2, 3, 3, 2, 1...</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">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> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Keep it cool</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">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> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Press, don&#39;t push</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">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> <span style="font-size: 13px;">First aid</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 13px;">After shaving, apply a soothing <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet-aftershave-balm-tube/">balm</a> 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 type="_moz" /> 0 Tralala: London Fashion Week AW14 http://www.penhaligons.com/tralala-london-fashion-week-aw14/ http://www.penhaligons.com/tralala-london-fashion-week-aw14/#comments Weds, 19 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick /tralala-london-fashion-week-aw14/ We scented Meadham Kirchhoff's AW14 show at Tate Modern's Turbine Hall this London Fashion Week, with a set inspired by the packaging of Tralala. We scented Meadham Kirchhoff's AW14 show at Tate Modern's Turbine Hall this London Fashion Week, with a set inspired by the packaging of Tralala.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_224.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 13px;">On the last day of London Fashion Week, Penhaligon&rsquo;s and Meadham Kirchhoff unveiled Tralala to scent their A/W 2014 collection &lsquo;A Cosmology of Women, Chapter 6, Tralala&rsquo; at London Fashion Week.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/224pic2.jpg" /></span></center> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Penhaligon&rsquo;s have scented Meadham Kirchhoff&rsquo;s show for the past nine seasons. The designers themselves have chosen a diverse selection of scents to represent their intricate collections, including <em>Hammam Bouquet</em>, <em>Bluebell</em>, <em>Castile</em>, <em>English Fern </em>and <em>Cornubia</em>.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/224pic4.jpg" /></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Tralala is our forthcoming fragrance, launching in April at Harvey Nichols, inspired by the fantastical world of Meadham Kirchhoff. The front row were gifted with a handmade bottle of Tralala, in a bespoke tote that we created.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/224pic3.jpg" /></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Meadham Kirchhoff are renowned for their opulent and theatrical sets and their A/W 2014 collection was no different. A Tralala inspired set was created by renowned artist <a href="http://www.philipwiegard.com/" target="_blank">Philip Wiegard</a>. Philip deconstructed elements from the exquisite packaging of Tralala to create the perfect setting for the show. Elements of the set will be used in our store windows when the fragrance launches in May.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Tralala will be available 21st of April at Harvey Nichols and 5th of May here at Penhaligons.com and at our stores.</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Lily of the Valley: Official Scent of LFW AW14 http://www.penhaligons.com/lily-of-the-valley-official-scent-of-lfw-aw14/ http://www.penhaligons.com/lily-of-the-valley-official-scent-of-lfw-aw14/#comments Thurs, 06 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lauren /lily-of-the-valley-official-scent-of-lfw-aw14/ Once again, we are providing the Official Scent of London Fashion Week! Once again, we are providing the Official Scent of London Fashion Week!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_223.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 13px;">This is the third time that we have worked exclusively with the British Fashion Council. Last September we scented Somerset House with the invigorating scent of Quercus, and in January, the heart of London Collections: Men, The Hospital Club was scented with our timeless classic Blenheim Bouquet.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;<em>We&rsquo;re thrilled to be fragrancing London Fashion week again, this time with the inimitable Lily of the Valley; A traditional scent, but with a typically modern Penhaligons interpretation. As LFW goes from strength to strength and with so many new projects for Penhaligon&rsquo;s this year, the partnership seems more relevant than ever.</em>&rdquo; Matthew Huband, Head of Global Marketing at Penhaligon&rsquo;s.<br /> <br /> A modern-classic, Lily of The Valley was created in 1976, and is sweet, fresh and graceful floral. Very feminine and deceptively complex, it opens with warm soft touches of citrus and bergamot before beguiling you with a creamy white heart overflowing with rose, ylang ylang, jasmine and lily of the valley. The sandalwood and oakmoss anchor the fragrance, strengthening it, adding persistence and longevity.<br /> <br /> Are you looking forward to LFW AW14 as much as we are?</span> 0 Sartorial Cocktails http://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial-cocktails/ http://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial-cocktails/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick /sartorial-cocktails/ Back in November, we held a special mo-grooming event at our Edinburgh store. Lucky Liquor Co. created a Sartorial inspired cocktail to help us celebrate! Back in November, we held a special mo-grooming event at our Edinburgh store. Lucky Liquor Co. created a Sartorial inspired cocktail to help us celebrate!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_221.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <span style="font-size: 13px;">In what has become a Penhaligon&#39;s tradition, Sartorial has&nbsp;had a&nbsp;cocktail created as an homage, joining the ranks of Blenheim Bouquet, Juniper Sling, Peoneve, and Orange Blossom to name but a few.<br /> <br /> Now available on the menu as a permanent addition at Edinburgh&#39;s Lucky Liquor Co. on Queen Street and served with a Sartorial sample on the side, the Sartorial cocktail contains 2 specially created ingredients, a grapefruit cordial and Violet tincture.</span></p> <center> <b>Sartorial Cocktail</b><br /> 40ml Zuidam Rogge Genever<br /> 20ml Cocchi Vermouth di Torino<br /> 5ml Amer Picon<br /> 5ml Violet tincture<br /> 10ml grapefruit cordial<br /> <br /> <img src="/images/blogs/221blog1.jpg" /></center> <br /> We have had the fortune to sample this incredible cocktail, and recommend heartily a trip to Lucky Liquor Co to experience it. Have you tried any of the cocktails inspired by our fragrances?<br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Our Tralala Press Event http://www.penhaligons.com/our-tralala-press-event/ http://www.penhaligons.com/our-tralala-press-event/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lauren /our-tralala-press-event/ This April we will be launching Tralala, a new fragrance inspired by the fantastical universe of Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff. We held our press event on January 15th at the Sir John Soane Musuem. This April we will be launching Tralala, a new fragrance inspired by the fantastical universe of Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff. We held our press event on January 15th at the Sir John Soane Musuem.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_219.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 13px;">We held a champagne reception and three course dinner for 30 guests in candlelight within the museum.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/219blog3.jpg" /></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">A combination of high profile fashion and beauty press attended to meet Benjamin Kirchhoff, Edward Meadham and Bertrand Duchaufour and to discover how and why the fragrance was created.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/219blog2.jpg" /></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">During the champagne reception, guests were treated to a selection of canap&eacute;s, and had the opportunity to walk around the museum in candlelight to see the eclectic artefacts on display.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/blogs/219blog1.jpg" /></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">All the guests were gifted with Penhaligon&rsquo;s gold plated scent bottle necklaces which was filled with Tralala, and bespoke chocolates inspired by the notes of the fragrance, created by chocolatier Aneesh Poppat.<br /> <br /> Tralala will launch exclusively at Harvey Nichols this April, and will be launching in Penhaligon&#39;s stores and here at Penhaligons.com in May. </span><br type="_moz" /> <br /> <br /> 0 Official Scent of London Collections: Men 2014 http://www.penhaligons.com/official-scent-of-london-collections-men-2014/ http://www.penhaligons.com/official-scent-of-london-collections-men-2014/#comments Fri, 03 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lauren /official-scent-of-london-collections-men-2014/ This January we'll be scenting London Collections: Men with our timeless classic, bestselling scent for Gents. This January we'll be scenting London Collections: Men with our timeless classic, bestselling scent for Gents.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_218.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 13px;">We&#39;re delighted to reveal that <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet">Blenheim Bouquet</a> has become the Official Scent of London Collections: Men 2014. This is not the first time we&#39;ve worked exclusively with the British Fashion Council. Back in September we <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/quercus-is-the-official-scent-of-london-fashion-week/">scented Somerset House</a>, the home of London Fashion Week, with the invigorating scent of <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/quercus/">Quercus</a>.<br /> <br /> Matthew Huband, Head of Global Marketing at Penhaligon&rsquo;s says of the collaboration &quot;Blenheim Bouquet is both classic and modern, a fragrance which has retained its relevance throughout its 111 year history. Discreet, masculine and fresh, Blenheim is the perfect fragrant accompaniment to London Collections and we&#39;re thrilled to be taking part once again.&quot;<br /> <br /> London Collections: Men 2014 runs from Monday the 6th to Wednesday the 8th of January. We&#39;re already very excited for the shows here at Penhaligon&#39;s HQ. You can follow all the action on <a href="http://twitter.com/penhaligonsltd/" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and <a href="http://instagram.com/penhaligons_uk" target="blank">Instagram</a> with the #LCM hashtag!<br /> <br /> Will you be following the shows? Which show are you most looking forward to? </span> 0 Iris Prima wins Best of Scent Award! http://www.penhaligons.com/iris-prima-wins-best-of-scent-award/ http://www.penhaligons.com/iris-prima-wins-best-of-scent-award/#comments Tues, 31 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Lucy /iris-prima-wins-best-of-scent-award/ We've had quite a year with the launch of Vaara and Iris Prima and to round it off have won an award from the lovely folk at Cafleurebon in NYC who have awarded Iris Prima a Best of Scent Award of 2013 We've had quite a year with the launch of Vaara and Iris Prima and to round it off have won an award from the lovely folk at Cafleurebon in NYC who have awarded Iris Prima a Best of Scent Award of 2013<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_217.jpg"<br/><br/>We&#39;ve had quite a year with the launch of <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/vaara-eau-de-parfum/">Vaara</a> and <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/iris-prima/">Iris Prima</a> and to round it off have won an award from the lovely folk at <a href="http://www.cafleurebon.com/cafleurebon-editors-contributors-top-ten-fragrances-of-2013/">Cafleurebon</a> in NYC who have awarded Iris Prima a Best of Scent Award of 2013<br /> <br /> Here&#39;s what they had to say about our Ballerina - inspired Iris creation:<br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center; color: rgb(42, 42, 42); line-height: 1.3em; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <strong>Senior Editor Tama Blough</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(42, 42, 42); line-height: 1.3em; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <strong>This was an interesting year for me for perfume experience.</strong>&nbsp;I made a few discoveries in the Indie and Niche world, but for the most part I got the most enjoyment out of exploring more established lines, and veering into the mainstream as well.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(42, 42, 42); line-height: 1.3em; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> Were I able to give an award for&nbsp;<strong>House of the Year it would go to Penhaligon&rsquo;s</strong>, for bringing new life and excitement to the brand, but in lieu of that I have chosen their&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.cafleurebon.com/new-niche-perfume-review-penhaligons-iris-prima-blood-sweat-tears-of-ballet-draw/" style="color: rgb(159, 32, 86); text-decoration: none;">Iris Prima</a></strong>, composed by Alberto Morillas, as one of my top two perfumes of the year. I have a complicated relationship with iris as a note, and the first time I smelled Iris Prima I was smitten, because it was a perfect balance of earth and floral. Every stage of the perfume offered a new olfactory twist, taking me from the thrill of a grand jet&eacute; to the leather and animal smells of backstage. I enjoyed knowing the backstory of the perfume&rsquo;s creation, but ultimately, the perfume itself won me over completely.</p> 0 All I Want for Christmas http://www.penhaligons.com/all-i-want-for-christmas/ http://www.penhaligons.com/all-i-want-for-christmas/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Nick /all-i-want-for-christmas/ What’s on your Christmas list? We’ve asked around Head Office and our Stores to find out just what everybody is longing for from Santa. What’s on your Christmas list? We’ve asked around Head Office and our Stores to find out just what everybody is longing for from Santa.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_216.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Anna &ndash; Manager at <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/page/storedetail/?sid=139">Islington</a><br /> <br /> <em>What would you like from Penhaligon&rsquo;s this year?</em><br /> A <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/maduro-leaf-candle-750g/">Maduro candle</a>&hellip;or two ;)<br /> <br /> <em>A perfume you&rsquo;ve got your nose on?</em><br /> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/elixir-eau-de-toilette/">Elixir</a>&hellip;my first love!<br /> <br /> <em>Santa&rsquo;s told you money&rsquo;s no object, what do you ask for?</em><br /> There are many, but here&rsquo;s one of them&hellip;a course to become a ninja or a shaolin master!<br /> <br /> <em>What do you secretly hope is under your tree on Christmas Day? </em><br /> A ticket to Richard Branson&rsquo;s Virgin galactic flight!!!<br /> <br /> Lucy &ndash; Digital Marketing<br /> <br /> <em>What would you like from Penhaligon&rsquo;s this year?</em><br /> The Silver Scent Bottle Necklace - and I&#39;m <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/i-want-a-penhaligons-perfume-pendant/">not the only one</a>!<br /> <br /> <em>A perfume you&rsquo;ve got your nose on?</em><br /> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/vaara/">Vaara</a><br /> <br /> <em>Santa&rsquo;s told you money&rsquo;s no object, what do you ask for?</em><br /> A vintage telephone<br /> <br /> <em>What do you secretly hope is under your tree on Christmas Day?</em><br /> A man wrapped in a bow tucked under the Xmas tree :-) no really I would like Louboutin Pigalle Black Patent Heels (more reliable!)<br /> <br /> Seghen &ndash; Sales at <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/page/storedetail/?sid=139">Islington</a><br /> <br /> <em>What would you like from Penhaligon&rsquo;s this year?</em><br /> A <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/vanities-collection/">Vanities Christmas tin</a><br /> <br /> <em>A perfume you&rsquo;ve got your nose on?</em><br /> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/iris-prima/">Iris Prima</a><br /> <br /> <em>Santa&rsquo;s told you money&rsquo;s no object, what do you ask for?</em><br /> A bicycle although I don&rsquo;t know how to ride it&hellip;and perhaps a course on how to ride it!<br /> <br /> <em>What do you secretly hope is under your tree on Christmas Day?</em><br /> A beautiful golden Labrador puppy<br /> <br /> Nick &ndash; Marketing<br /> <br /> <em>What would you like from Penhaligon&rsquo;s this year?</em><br /> From Penhaligon&rsquo;s I&rsquo;d really like an unlimited supply of <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/juniper-sling-bath-shower-gel/">Juniper Sling shower gel</a>. I don&rsquo;t know quite how many bottles I&rsquo;ve gotten through so far!<br /> <br /> <em>A perfume you&rsquo;ve got your nose on?</em><br /> I&rsquo;ve always bought myself a perfume for Xmas and this year is no exception, where I&rsquo;ll treat myself to nu_be&rsquo;s Sulphur.<br /> <br /> <em>Santa&rsquo;s told you money&rsquo;s no object, what do you ask for?</em><br /> What about a brass sculpture of my nose, like Garage Magazine made for some perfumers?<br /> <br /> <em>What do you secretly hope is under your tree on Christmas Day?</em><br /> Now that would be telling. But I spotted a really cool Tweed washbag the other day and I&#39;m now obsessed with it!</span></p> 0 What's in your Musical Tin? http://www.penhaligons.com/whats-in-your-musical-tin/ http://www.penhaligons.com/whats-in-your-musical-tin/#comments Thurs, 12 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Marketing /whats-in-your-musical-tin/ Create your own bespoke gift with our Christmas Musical Songbird Gift Tin, we've put together some rather nifty combinations to inspire and delight this yuletide! Create your own bespoke gift with our Christmas Musical Songbird Gift Tin, we've put together some rather nifty combinations to inspire and delight this yuletide!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_215.jpg"<br/><br/>This Christmas we&#39;ve created a rather lovely <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/musical-christmas-box/">Musical Gift Tin</a>, for you to create your very own gift sets.<br /> <br /> We&#39;ve received lots of comments on the website and on Facebook asking for recommendaton of what to put in the tins, we put together some combinations to hopefully inspire your Christmas gifts.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet/">Blenheim Bouquet</a>&nbsp;- our best seller - we thought it deserved not one but two sets for Christmas.. We&nbsp;suggest&nbsp;putting together this Shaving Combination for the post-Movember Gent including <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet-shaving-soap/">Shaving Soap</a>, <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet-aftershave-balm-tube/">Aftershave Balm</a> and <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet-bath--shower-gel/">Bath &amp; Shower Gel</a>.<br /> If Blenheim isn&#39;t your thing <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/endymion/">Endymion</a> or <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/quercus/">Quercus</a> would fit in the tin too. <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Lily of the Valley in Musical Tin" src="/images/blogs/215_lily-tin.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 400px;" /></div> Next a bathing treat for the ladies with <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/lily-of-the-valley-bath-oil-200ml/">Lily of the Valley Bath Oil</a> and a <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/lily-of-the-valley-classic-candle/">Lily of the Valley Classic Candle</a> for a candle-lit soak in the tub, just the ticket after the endless rounds of Christmas and Sale shopping! <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Malabah and Vanities in Musical Tin" src="/images/blogs/215_malabah-tin.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 400px;" /></div> For an extravagant purchase,what about an aromatic combination of <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/malabah-eau-de-parfum/">Malabah Eau de Parfum</a>, a <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/malabah-classic-candle/">Malabah Classic Candle</a> mixed in with a <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/vanities-hand--body-cream/">Vanities Hand &amp; Body Cream</a>?<br /> <br /> All our Shower Gels, Classic Candles, Body Lotions and Shaving Soaps come in the same size boxes as illustrated above across all fragrances.&nbsp; Let your imagination run wild creating your very own bespoke Christmas gift!<br /> <br /> What&#39;s more you can get a free Musical Song Bird Tin with all orders over &pound;150. So..what will be in yours?<br type="_moz" /> 0 I Want a Penhaligon’s Perfume Pendant http://www.penhaligons.com/i-want-a-penhaligons-perfume-pendant/ http://www.penhaligons.com/i-want-a-penhaligons-perfume-pendant/#comments Mon, 09 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Odiferess /i-want-a-penhaligons-perfume-pendant/ Guest blogger, Odiferess, tells all about her adoration and obsession with our Silver Scent Bottle Necklace. Guest blogger, Odiferess, tells all about her adoration and obsession with our Silver Scent Bottle Necklace.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_214.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 14px;">When I declare &lsquo;want&rsquo;, I really mean that I sit by night, goggling at it online in a sort of drooling Art Deco bling stupor. My mind wobbles between &ldquo;You have your car insurance renewal approaching, don&rsquo;t buy it&rdquo; and &ldquo;This will complete your life and render you forever fulfilled&rdquo;. I&rsquo;ve become obsessed. It&rsquo;s Sterling Silver porn to me.<br /> <br /> I&rsquo;ve been aware of this jewel of adoration for some time, however it took a trip to Chester to bring about my rather idiotic behaviour. The <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/page/storedetail/?sid=147">Chester Penhaligon&rsquo;s boutique</a> owns a cabinet of perfumed curiosities. This antique wooded thing of glory houses all manner of previously unseen objects. At first, I was drawn to the artisan crystal perfume bottles, in particular, a mint green swirled little thing that matched the colours of Juniper Sling. It took the form of a simple geometric design reminiscent of the Art Deco period from which the concept of <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/juniper-sling-eau-de-toilette/">Juniper Sling</a> hails. I imagined it nestled on my dressing table next to my much worn string of 1930s Murano glass beads.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img src="/images/blogs/214blogpic.jpg" /><br /> My precious Murano glass beads</span></center> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">After some considerable swooning, I looked downwards and caught sight of the object upon which I&rsquo;d become fixated - the <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/sterling-silver-scent-bottle-necklace/">Silver Scent Bottle Necklace</a>. As the sales assistant took it from it&rsquo;s box and placed it into my hands I felt a rush of dopamine, I mean it, this thing literally drugged me with my own pleasure hormones. You hear of mothers feeling a detachment until their newborn baby is placed into their arms. At that moment, a rush of love overwhelms them, resulting in an eternal bond with their baby. Of course it&rsquo;s all hormones and body shock but it demonstrates the power of &lsquo;the embrace&rsquo;.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img src="/images/blogs/214blogpic2.jpg" /></span></center> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">As I embraced the pendant I was struck by it&rsquo;s considerable weight and size. In the pictures on this website you can&rsquo;t tell how big it is. Yes there&rsquo;s a description with the dimensions, but until you experience it for real you can&rsquo;t perceive that it is both giant and heavy and ultimately perfect for fiddling with as it drapes around your d&eacute;colletage. There is no extraneous decoration here, just a clean lined oval drop of the finest shining silver.<br /> <br /> I have a thing for hip flasks (and men&rsquo;s old fashioned accessories in general, I may have been a wealthy Victorian chap in a previous life). It produced the same desire as my longing for a hip flask, in that I could fill it with a precious elixir to carry around with me.<br /> <br /> So what would I fill it with? Perhaps with something that benefits from a top up during the day. A softly spoken fragrance, such as Penhaligon&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/lavandula-eau-de-parfum/">Lavandula</a> would be ideal and would serve as an aroma-therapeutic pick me up during times of fatigue, served drop by drop from the Sterling Silver wand. Perhaps I could treat it akin to a hip flask and hide a nip of single malt whisky inside to be supped when the weather turns to chill.<br /> <br /> Some day it will be mine and I&rsquo;ll wear it to my grave..<br /> <br /> <em>Odiferess is a blogger who writes about perfume. She also writes about the memories and cultural phenomena that connect her to perfume such as rollerboots, Spanish business men, terrifying turkey cabins and the Queen&#39;s fear of warts. You can read her fragrant words at: <a href="http://odiferess.blogspot.co.uk/" target="_blank">Odiferess</a>. Image of Murano beads courtesy of Sarah Waite.</em></span><br type="_moz" /> 0 In the Fragrant Harbour http://www.penhaligons.com/in-the-fragrant-harbour/ http://www.penhaligons.com/in-the-fragrant-harbour/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Nick /in-the-fragrant-harbour/ Our flagship Hong Kong store is now open! Our flagship Hong Kong store is now open!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_213.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 14px;">After many months of hard work from everybody at Penhaligon&rsquo;s HQ, our store in the ifc mall has opened with great fanfare.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img src="/images/blogs/213pic1.jpg" /></span></center> <span style="font-size: 14px;">The store is decorated with antique cabinets and chairs, a gorgeous classic fireplace, and even has a secret door to take you to the private scent profiling room.</span><br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img src="/images/blogs/213pic2.jpg" /></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">To celebrate the opening, Gentlemen took to the mall and the streets of Central Hong Kong carrying out acts of gallantry and providing samples of our fragrances to passers by.</span><br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img src="/images/blogs/213pic4.jpg" /></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Penhaligon&#39;s CEO, Sarah Rotheram, had this to say about the store: &ldquo;Penhaligon&rsquo;s is uniquely positioned as a British fragrance house, and we wanted an interactive, theatrical environment to showcase our range of fine fragrances and accessories. We demanded the unexpected: ensuring that antique pieces could sit comfortably alongside contemporary design without compromising the heritage of 140 years of history.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> What do you think of the new store? Will you be stopping by? And if you had a secret door, what would you keep behind it?</span> 0 #TeamPenhaligons http://www.penhaligons.com/teampenhaligons/ http://www.penhaligons.com/teampenhaligons/#comments Sun, 24 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Nick /teampenhaligons/ At Penhaligon’s we are once again supporting Men’s health charities with Movember, donating £2 for every Moustache Wax sold, and with a team of fundraising Mo Bros and Mo Sistas! At Penhaligon’s we are once again supporting Men’s health charities with Movember, donating £2 for every Moustache Wax sold, and with a team of fundraising Mo Bros and Mo Sistas! <br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_211.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 14px;">We&rsquo;ve enlisted staff from Head Office and stores, as well as some wonderful bloggers and agencies we work with.<br /> <br /> Our good friend <a href="http://www.thecandyperfumeboy.com" target="_blank">The Candy Perfume Boy</a> is running a whole month of manliness over on his blog.<br /> <br /> If you are taking part in Movember, feel free to <a href="http://moteam.co/team-penhaligon-s" target="_blank">join our team here</a>, and share your Mo-gress on <a href="http://twitter.com/PenhaligonsLtd" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and <a href="http://instagram.com/Penhaligons_UK" target="_blank">Instagram</a> with the #TeamPenhaligons hashtag.<br /> <br /> And furthermore, we are running the <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/moustache-awards/">Fourth Annual Penhaligon&rsquo;s Moustache Awards</a> &ndash; any gentleman taking part in Movember can submit pictures of his mo-in-progress or fully grown moustache for the chance to win a year&rsquo;s worth of fragrance! So far we&#39;ve received dozens of entries and there are some magnificent Mo&#39;s to choose between. So get those Mo&#39;s uploaded!</span> 0 Groom that Mo! http://www.penhaligons.com/groom-that-mo/ http://www.penhaligons.com/groom-that-mo/#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Victoria /groom-that-mo/ Mo Bros had their Mo's trimmed and shaped at Penhaligon’s Edinburgh store on Saturday November 16th. Mo Bros had their Mo's trimmed and shaped at Penhaligon’s Edinburgh store on Saturday November 16th.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_212.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 14px;">As an official sponsor of the men&rsquo;s health charity, we wanted to show our support at the month&rsquo;s halfway point as some Mo Bros find that their Mo&#39;s&nbsp;become a little unruly and in need for some TLC.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img src="/images/blogs/212pic1.jpg" /><br /> An official Mo-Rated Barber from Ruffians Edinburgh rocked up at our shop for the day to provide free moustache trimming and shaping to all Mo Bros.<br /> <br /> <img src="/images/blogs/212pic2.jpg" /><br /> A cocktail created for us by Lucky Liquor co, inspired by Sartorial, the fragrance used to scent this year&rsquo;s Moustache Wax, was also available (and was pretty delicious if we do say so ourselves!)<br /> <br /> Built around a base of Zuidam Genever &amp; Cocchi Vermouth, the amber base is&nbsp;stitched through with a bespoke Violet Leaf tincture, complimented by the inclusion of Elderflower and&nbsp;the warm citrus note of Amer Picon.</span> 0 Iris Prima's Blippable Box http://www.penhaligons.com/iris-primas-blippable-box/ http://www.penhaligons.com/iris-primas-blippable-box/#comments Weds, 09 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Nick /iris-primas-blippable-box/ Iris Prima has the worlds first blippable perfume box, and the first fragrance launched through Blippar's augmented reality application! Iris Prima has the worlds first blippable perfume box, and the first fragrance launched through Blippar's augmented reality application!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_210.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 14px;">Here at Penhaligon&#39;s HQ we are excited to be working with Blippar&trade; for the launch of our latest new fragrance Iris Prima.<br /> <br /> Blippar allows you to bring products to life on your smartphone with a magical and interactive experience.<br /> <br /> &quot;Despite being a fragrance house built on the foundation of a proud British heritage, at Penhaligon&#39;s we&#39;re always alive to innovative ways of telling the stories of our scents and to engage and delight our customers. The appeal of working with Blippar&trade; was the opportunity to create a magic in keeping with the fragrance and in an unexpected way.&quot; -- Matthew Huband, Head of Global Marketing at Penhaligon&rsquo;s.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OUcx51erQzE" width="420"></iframe></span></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Watch the video above&nbsp;on how to Blipp the Iris Prima box. </span><br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img src="/images/blogs/blipblog210.jpg" style="width: 618px; height: 442px;" /></span></center> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Have&nbsp;you seen the Iris Prima Ballerina in store and have been enchanted by the spirit of the ballet? If you can&#39;t get to one of our stores, experience the spirit of the ballet by blipping the label on your screen!</span></span> 0 Penhaligon's wins GQ Grooming Award http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-wins-gq-grooming-award/ http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-wins-gq-grooming-award/#comments Tues, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Nick /penhaligons-wins-gq-grooming-award/ This morning Head of Global Marketing Matt attended the GQ Grooming Awards to collect our Award for Sartorial Beard Oil. This morning Head of Global Marketing Matt attended the GQ Grooming Awards to collect our Award for Sartorial Beard Oil.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_209.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 14px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial-beard-oil/">Sartorial Beard Oil</a> has claimed the Best New Post-Shave Product award at the sixth annual GQ Grooming Awards, recognising Penhaligon&#39;s grooming products as the height of style, elegance, and quality.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img src="/images/blogs/209image1.JPG" style="width: 540px; height: 540px;" /></span></center> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Our award has now taken pride of place atop the office cocktail cabinet. Where else?!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Is Sartorial your favourite fragrance? Have you ever tried our Beard Oil?</span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Quercus is the Official Scent of London Fashion Week http://www.penhaligons.com/quercus-is-the-official-scent-of-london-fashion-week/ http://www.penhaligons.com/quercus-is-the-official-scent-of-london-fashion-week/#comments Fri, 13 Sept 2013 00:00:00 GMT Nick /quercus-is-the-official-scent-of-london-fashion-week/ Penhaligon’s is delighted to become the Official Scent of London Fashion Week. As an Official Supplier of the international high profile event for the first time, Somerset House and the surrounding show tents are scented with the invigorating scent of Quercus. Penhaligon’s is delighted to become the Official Scent of London Fashion Week. As an Official Supplier of the international high profile event for the first time, Somerset House and the surrounding show tents are scented with the invigorating scent of Quercus.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_208.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 14px;">As an Official Supplier, we were delighted to be invited to this morning&#39;s opening breakfast at Somerset House. Accompanied by our CEO Sarah Rotheram, Matt and&nbsp;I braved the typical British weather to find the scent of <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/quercus/">Quercus</a>&nbsp;already filling the&nbsp;air in the Canon Cinema &amp; Presentation Space.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img src="/images/blogs/208pic1.JPG" style="width: 520px; height: 520px;" /></span></center> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">As we left to head back to the office, excitement&nbsp;was palpable for Bora Aksu&#39;s opening show, and we saw this incredible dress made partly from Lego!</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img src="/images/blogs/208pic3.JPG" style="width: 520px; height: 477px;" /></span></center> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Jenico Preston, Head of Sponsorship at British Fashion Council says of our collaboration: &lsquo;<em>One of Britain&rsquo;s most distinguished scent emporiums, Penhaligon&rsquo;s really is a unique and exciting addition to this season&rsquo;s roster. The synergy between this quintessentially English brand and London Fashion Week is perfect, combining a culturally rich history, luxury and innovation.</em>&rsquo;</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img src="/images/blogs/208pic2.JPG" style="width: 520px; height: 520px;" /></span></center> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">We can&#39;t wait to see all the looks from the shows, especially our friends Meadham Kirchhoff. Will you be keeping up with all the London Fashion Week news? Are there any shows you are looking forward to?</span> 0 Iris Prima French Press Event http://www.penhaligons.com/iris-prima-french-press-event/ http://www.penhaligons.com/iris-prima-french-press-event/#comments Thurs, 29 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Lauren /iris-prima-french-press-event/ In June we held an event in Paris to unveil the beautiful Iris Prima to the French press. For the launch we curated an exhibition in a gallery in Le Marais to enable guests to explore our collection of photography, costumes, props and film. In June we held an event in Paris to unveil the beautiful Iris Prima to the French press. For the launch we curated an exhibition in a gallery in Le Marais to enable guests to explore our collection of photography, costumes, props and film.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_207.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">The exhibition gave guests an unique insight into the creation of Iris Prima.</span></p> <center> <img src="/images/blogs/207pic1.jpg" style="width: 576px; height: 432px;" /></center> <br /> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Framed photos were hung on the walls, showcasing behind the scene images from English National Ballet headquarters and studios in London. These images illustrated a journey though the creation process of the scent and the key elements which inspired the notes within the fragrance. Stunning costumes and props were on display, on loan from English National Ballet as well.</span></p> <center> <img src="/images/blogs/207pic4.jpg" style="width: 576px; height: 432px;" /></center> <br /> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Master perfumer Alberto Morillas and our Head of Fragrance Development Nathalie Vinciguerra attended the event, enabling guests to discover more about the creation of the fragrance.</span></p> &nbsp;<br /> <center> <img src="/images/blogs/207pic3.jpg" /></center> <br /> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">There was a fantastic turnout throughout the afternoon with publications such as Madame Figaro, Officiel, Marie and Cosmo. A huge congratulations to the fantastic team in France who pulled off such a terrific event!</span></p> <br /> <center> <img src="/images/blogs/207pic5.jpg" style="width: 576px; height: 432px;" /></center> <br /> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Read about our UK Press Event <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/our-iris-prima-press-event">here</a>.</span></p> 0 English National Ballet’s Rising Stars http://www.penhaligons.com/english-national-ballets-rising-stars/ http://www.penhaligons.com/english-national-ballets-rising-stars/#comments Thurs, 29 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Nick /english-national-ballets-rising-stars/ Given exclusive behind the scenes access to two of English National Ballet’s rising stars, Alberto Morillas was able to glean insights into this secretive and magical world, allowing him to bottle the spirit of the Ballet. Given exclusive behind the scenes access to two of English National Ballet’s rising stars, Alberto Morillas was able to glean insights into this secretive and magical world, allowing him to bottle the spirit of the Ballet.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_205.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Nathan Young and Lauretta Summerscales most recently danced together in the Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev at the London Coliseum.</span></p> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img src="/images/blogs/nathan205.JPG" /></span></center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>Nathan Young</strong>, born in Mackay, Australia, started dancing at age four and joined English National Ballet in 2007. Nathan has won the Bronze medal in the Gen&eacute;e competition in 2005, and nominated for the ENB&rsquo;s 2013 Emerging Dancer competition, and was praised for his portrayal of the lead role in the 2012 production of The Nutcracker.</span></span></p> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img src="/images/blogs/lauretta205.jpg" /></span></center> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>Lauretta Summerscales</strong>, hailing from Surrey, started dancing at three years old and joined the English National Ballet in 2009. Lauretta played Odette/Odile in<em> Swan Lake</em> at the Royal Albert Hall earlier in 2013, as well as winning the People&rsquo;s Choice Award in the 2013 Emerging Dancer Comptetion, taking the Gold Medal at the Beijing International Ballet Competition and was promoted to First Soloist in July 2013.</span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 11px;">Photos by Patrick Baldwin</span></p> 0 Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas http://www.penhaligons.com/master-perfumer-alberto-morillas/ http://www.penhaligons.com/master-perfumer-alberto-morillas/#comments Thurs, 29 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Nick /master-perfumer-alberto-morillas/ Born in Spain, Alberto Morillas studied at the School of Beaux Arts in Geneva, Switzerland. Seduced by the local perfume businesses in Geneva, he was introduced to the profession of perfumery and joined Firmenich in 1970 as a Junior Perfumer. Born in Spain, Alberto Morillas studied at the School of Beaux Arts in Geneva, Switzerland. Seduced by the local perfume businesses in Geneva, he was introduced to the profession of perfumery and joined Firmenich in 1970 as a Junior Perfumer.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_204.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">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. His creations include CK One, Pleasures, and the revolutionary M7. He has signed over 120 perfumes for countless brands, as well as having created the Mizensir line of candles with his wife.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Exploring Morillas oeuvre, you can find a distinctive perfumers style, which always bends to the brief and character required of the fragrance for the client. Particularly adept at creating powdery florals, such as Kenzo Flower, Au Lac, Intuition and Carita, and working with resinous notes such as amber and benzoin, Alberto seemed the perfect choice to capture the spirit of the ballet.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Alberto is one of the few perfumers that continues to write his formulas by hand. He says</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">&ldquo;My handwriting is my emotion. When I write the formula, I can smell the perfume.&rdquo; Also interesting about Alberto&rsquo;s handwritten formulae is his insistence on using different coloured pens to signify a change in mood or style of the fragrance, suggesting that he perhaps experiences scent synaesthetically.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Although Alberto travels the world for meetings with clients, he also has a personal passion for travel, believing that ancient perfumers found their inspiration through travel and through conversation. &ldquo;In the past, perfume had to take people to another place, another world.&rdquo; but adds &ldquo;Today, people travel more easily.&rdquo;</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">We are thrilled to have worked with this Master of perfumery to bring the scent of the ballet to life. Our CEO Sarah Rotherham explains her experience of working with Alberto:</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><i>&ldquo;It was both a pleasure and so much fun to work with Alberto on the creation of Iris Prima.<br /> Listening to him interpret dance moves into Olfactory thoughts was incredible. Not only does he have this personal appreciation of the ballet but he conveys it with a contagious excitement.<br /> We have all been living the ballet for the past two years as we worked through the fragrance development, Alberto has created the most intoxicating olfactive portrait of the dancers and romance of the ballet.<br /> <br /> I recall having &lsquo;after ballet dinner&rsquo; with him and his wanting to add more Iris to capture the whoosh and the feeling of flying through the air into the fragrance.<br /> A true master, and he is one of the most charming men I have ever had the pleasure to work with.&rdquo;</i></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">To read more about other perfumers we have worked with, read <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/the-perfumed-signature/">The Perfumed Signature</a></span><span style="font-size: 14px;">. </span></p> 0 Our Iris Prima Press Event http://www.penhaligons.com/our-iris-prima-press-event/ http://www.penhaligons.com/our-iris-prima-press-event/#comments Tues, 27 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Nick /our-iris-prima-press-event/ We held our press event for the gorgeous Iris Prima on Wednesday 22nd of May, in the event space at The Gallery, Soho, transforming it into a ballet studio for a day. Journalists were invited to discover “what does ballet smell like?” We held our press event for the gorgeous Iris Prima on Wednesday 22nd of May, in the event space at The Gallery, Soho, transforming it into a ballet studio for a day. Journalists were invited to discover “what does ballet smell like?”<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_206.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">For a day and a half we worked behind the scenes to recreate the story of Iris Prima for the visiting journalists and bloggers with framed images of Alberto Morillas and dancers Lauretta Summerscales and Nathan Young of English National Ballet, all of whom were in attendance to explain their role in the creation of the fragrance.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <center> <img src="/images/blogs/206pic2.jpg" style="width: 576px; height: 384px;" /></center> <br /> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Alberto teamed up with our head of fragrance creation, Natalie Vinciguerra, to explain the inspiration behind and the construction of the fragrance, whilst Nathan and Lauretta, as well as other members of ENB, spoke of their experience of being involved in the birth of a perfume.</span></p> <center> <img src="/images/blogs/206pic4.jpg" style="width: 576px; height: 384px;" /></center> <br /> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">We were lucky enough to have some of Nathan and Lauretta&rsquo;s exquisite costumes on loan from ENB, including the Nutcracker costume! These costumes are so valuable they were attended to by a representative of English National Ballet all day.</span></p> <center> <img src="/images/blogs/206pic3.jpg" style="width: 576px; height: 384px;" /></center> <br /> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">The perfumers station contained various fabrics and scented objects used daily at the ballet, for costume creation, or to harden pointe shoes. These were some of the objects that inspired Alberto for Iris Prima.</span></p> <center> <img src="/images/blogs/206pic5.jpg" style="width: 576px; height: 864px;" /></center> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">We also created this show stopping sculpture with over 400 pairs of ballet shoes, atop which sat our factice of Iris Prima!</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">The press were able to view our teaser video &quot;The Scent of the Ballet&quot; projected onto the wall opposite our ballet shoe structure:</span></p> <br /> <center> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/m9-dLNbbql4" width="560"></iframe></center> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Iris Prima launches on the 9<sup>th</sup> of September at Harrods and in Penhaligon&rsquo;s boutiques. What do you think of our sculpture and the images? How do you think the ballet smells?</span></p> 0 Douro, The Traveller’s Solace http://www.penhaligons.com/douro-the-travellers-solace/ http://www.penhaligons.com/douro-the-travellers-solace/#comments Weds, 21 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Guest - Odiferess /douro-the-travellers-solace/ A thrilling aspect of scent is it’s ability to aid our travels, be they a physical journey or a conjured journey of the imagination. Scent can take us far away from our ordinary residence to an exotic location, indeed for me as a city dweller, I often use intense woody notes to take me deep into the countryside as I spritz before bedtime for a forest filled sleep. A thrilling aspect of scent is it’s ability to aid our travels, be they a physical journey or a conjured journey of the imagination. Scent can take us far away from our ordinary residence to an exotic location, indeed for me as a city dweller, I often use intense woody notes to take me deep into the countryside as I spritz before bedtime for a forest filled sleep.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_203.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Others may use scent to travel back in time seeking out a childhood memory such as the olfactory delight of a scented eraser from their primary school pencil case or the boozy cherry liqueur tang of Tixylix children&rsquo;s cough syrup.<br /> <br /> Penhaligon&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/douro-cologne-eau-de-portugal/">Douro, Eau de Portugal</a> was created for a travelling Brit - Sir Percy Croft of the Croft Dynasty, famous for their manufacture of Port wine. Although Douro was created way back in 1911, the port wine trade still takes place today exclusively in Portugal&rsquo;s Northern capital &ndash; Oporto.<br /> <br /> I was fortunate enough to live in Oporto for 2 years, during this time I was captivated by the crumpled glamour of this historic city. It&rsquo;s ancient, and by ancient I don&rsquo;t mean packed with carefully maintained antiquity such as you&rsquo;d find in Rome. It&rsquo;s literally falling down. In fact the port wine houses are some of the last fully functional architectural icons of history. Downtown Oporto and neighbouring Gaia across the river Douro (where the port houses actually are) exist beautifully melancholy houses, where elaborately decorative facades conceal a broken building within. Basically everybody moved out to the suburbs into modern comfortable flats and nobody restored the grand houses left behind. For this reason the sense of romance is extraordinary in this seemingly ghost town.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The delight of being an expatriate in a foreign land is this very romance. You live every day within the exhilaration of an unfamiliar exotic environment where your experience is so overwhelmingly different to the safety of home. With this however, comes a little culture shock and inevitably - homesickness. A quirky manifestation of my own homesickness came in the form of stuffing my suitcase with Englishness on my return journeys. My favoured icon of England was countless packets of Bird&rsquo;s Angel Delight, specifically Butterscotch flavour that I would ration carefully over the many months away. A colleague of mine replicated this behaviour with the International smuggling of Heinz Salad Cream which he peevishly forbade the consumption of by his envious flatmates.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img src="/images/blogs/203img1.JPG" /></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">This leads me to wonder what Percy Croft craved as a souvenir from home? It&rsquo;s possible that a sensation of bodily cleanliness was paramount to a man from a cold climate experiencing the sweaty heat of a Portuguese summer. A Scottish female friend in Oporto pondered with curiosity why our &lsquo;end of the hot day armpits&rsquo; emanated a pungent &lsquo;oniony&rsquo; whiff in Oporto, previously undetected whilst sweating normally at home. Douro smells tremendously of soap, good old fashioned Pear&rsquo;s soap, that imparts great connotations of a clean body and a well groomed individual.<br /> <br /> Another expatriate sentiment could be Douro&rsquo;s uplifting Lavender aspect. What could be more Middle England than a garden full of this aromatic delight? Unlike other flowers frequently used in perfumery such as the decadent tuberose or sultry orange blossom, lavender retains an aloof &lsquo;stiff upper lip&rsquo; Britishness. It even smells of the upper classes, reminiscent of the lavender infused wood polishing wax to be pleasurably inhaled at a Nation Trust mansion house. Perfect for the quintessential Victorian merchant gentleman.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img src="/images/blogs/203img2.JPG" /></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Penhaligon&rsquo;s tell us that Douro&rsquo;s fantastically leathery nuance was inspired by: &ldquo;The aromatic labdanum plant growing on the famous Quinta da Roeda estate in the Douro Valley in Portugal, acquired by Croft &amp; Co in 1875.&rdquo; Perhaps Percy felt a duality, at once the English gent yet equally evolved in his adopted Portuguese home? The leathery labdanum whiff additionally makes me think of the accessories of the Victorian traveler, no doubt he was in possession of a fine set of leather luggage of the kind you find in vintage shops that open to release the dusty whiff of historic voyages.<br /> <br /> Even the bottle itself is infused with old England. Penhaligon&rsquo;s bottles have changed little over time keeping to a minimally elegant glass flacon, suitably unfussy and masculine. In Percy&rsquo;s time the bottle would have featured the dab on crystal ball stopper which is reminiscent of a traditional whiskey decanter, of the type that could have been found in a gentlemen&rsquo;s club. The clink of glass against glass could have commenced enduring memories of cigar smoking camaraderie with &lsquo;the chaps at home&rsquo;.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img src="/images/blogs/203img3.JPG" /></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">I view Douro as Penhaligon&rsquo;s romantic heritage, a worldly aromatic relative of it&rsquo;s cheeky young upstart - Sartorial. Although I adore Sartorial&rsquo;s contemporary honeyed take on the classic fougere, Douro seems to represent a time past, a precious piece of history wrapped up as a soapy aromatic time capsule, ultimately a delightfully wearable antique.<br /> <br /> <em>Odiferess is a blogger who writes about perfume. She also writes about the memories and cultural phenomena that connect her to perfume such as rollerboots, Spanish business men, terrifying turkey cabins and the Queen&#39;s fear of warts. You can read her fragrant words at: <a href="http://odiferess.blogspot.co.uk/" target="_blank">Odiferess</a>. Images courtesy of Sarah Waite.</em></span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Nick's Perfume Collection http://www.penhaligons.com/nicks-perfume-collection/ http://www.penhaligons.com/nicks-perfume-collection/#comments Weds, 14 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Nick /nicks-perfume-collection/ I’ve recently joined the Marketing team here at Penhaligon’s, and have been a massive fragrance geek ever since I started selling perfume on Saturday’s over 12 years ago. I’ve recently joined the Marketing team here at Penhaligon’s, and have been a massive fragrance geek ever since I started selling perfume on Saturday’s over 12 years ago.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_202.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 14px;">Over that time I&#39;ve generated a rather gigantic perfume collection, which I thought I&rsquo;d share with you all, having finally found the time to organise it after moving house.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/202image1.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 400px;" /></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">The Penhaligon&rsquo;s Love Affair: I moved to London 2 years ago, and having first encountered Penhaligon&rsquo;s on a trip around London with the folks from Basenotes when Amaranthine launched, I knew I had to go back to P&rsquo;s to find the perfect scent for me. As it happened, Juniper Sling had just launched - aside from perfume (and theatre), my great love in life is gin. And I have fascinations with art-deco and corvids (the family of birds that contains crows, ravens and magpies, amongst others) so when I saw the packaging, I just had to have a bottle! I&rsquo;m also crazy about Elixir, having a bit of an incense obsession, Hammam Bouquet, because I love vintage fragrances, and since starting here, have discovered a love for Opus 1870 and Zizonia. I&rsquo;ll probably be buying a bottle of Vaara next!</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/202image2.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 400px;" /></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Aside from Penhaligon&rsquo;s, I have a vast and varied collection of&nbsp;146 bottles (this is the first time I&rsquo;ve ever counted them and realise oh my goodness, that&rsquo;s a lot!) from niche to mainstream and vintage to modern.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/202image3.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 209px;" /></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">I really love anything that smells a little bit weird (one of these smells like the back of packaging tape and almonds, another smells like ice cold tonic water, and another that smells like a wearable Thai green curry), or photorealistic (like the moment you stick your thumb into an orange).<br /> <br /> So, how many bottles do you have? Does anything catch your eye?</span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Penhaligon's en France! http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-en-france/ http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-en-france/#comments Thurs, 01 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Nick /penhaligons-en-france/ Exciting times at Penhaligon’s as we begin a British perfumery invasion of France. Exciting times at Penhaligon’s as we begin a British perfumery invasion of France.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_201.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 14px;">We have recently opened our second boutique in Paris, on the Rue de Francs Bourgeois in the area of Paris known as the Marais, a historically aristocratic district, and home to countless perfumers and perfumeries. &nbsp;Named for the inhabitants of the private mansion of le Manzurier, too poor to pay taxes, they were known as the francs-bourgeois.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><img alt="" src="/images/categories/blog201francsbourgeois_1.jpg" /><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><br /> <span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><br /> This week saw our first boutique opening outside of Paris, in Bordeaux. The store is located on the Place Gambetta, one of the main squares in Bordeaux. It gained its name in 1883 in memory of L&eacute;on Gambetta, Governing minister of the Third Republic.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="/images/categories/blog201bordeaux.jpg" /><br /> <br /> Both of the stores have been designed by Christopher Jenner who designed and refurbished our Regent Street boutique, which was recently named by Saatchi&nbsp;&amp; Saatchi as the best shop in the world!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Will you be visiting our new stores on your summer holidays this year?<span style="display: none;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span> 0 A Cause for Royal Celebration! http://www.penhaligons.com/a-cause-for-royal-celebration/ http://www.penhaligons.com/a-cause-for-royal-celebration/#comments Thurs, 25 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Nick /a-cause-for-royal-celebration/ From the 11th to 14th of July, we took part in the Coronation Festival in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace, a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of HRH The Queen’s Coronation. From the 11th to 14th of July, we took part in the Coronation Festival in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace, a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of HRH The Queen’s Coronation.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_200.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">A pop up Penhaligon&#39;s boutique was created especially for the event, which we&nbsp;were invited to take part in as the proud holders of two Royal Warrants, for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.<br /> <br /> Visitors were able to explore the gardens at Buckingham Palace, as well as visit exhibitions and boutiques&nbsp;from over 200 companies that hold Royal Warrants.<br /> <br /> Unsurprisingly, we experienced an unprecedented level of interest in <a href="/jubilee-bouquet-eau-de-toilette/">Jubilee Bouquet</a>&nbsp;over the weekend, a fragrance created originally in 1977 for the Silver Jubilee! <a href="/jubilee-bouquet-eau-de-toilette/">Jubilee Bouquet </a>is a green floral <a href="/chypre-ladies-fragrances/">chypre</a> with notes of lily, ylang and rose, as well as powdery iris, moss and sandalwood.<br /> <br /> And to the delight of the nation, this week was another cause for Royal celebration, with the arrival of the new heir to the throne, Prince George.<br /> <br /> As the nation and the press clamour to advise the new parents on dealing with a newborn, our only suggestion to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as suppliers to the Royal household is that when changing the young Prince, they remember to use talc, such as our <a href="/blenheim-bouquet-talcum-powder/">Blenheim Bouquet</a> or <a href="/english-fern-talcum-powder/">English Fern</a>, to keep his nappies freshly scented.<br /> <br /> And for the new mother, much deserving of some pampering and unwinding, a long relaxing soak using our <a href="/vanities-bath-oil/">Vanities Bath Oil</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> What tips do you have for new mothers, such as the Duchess, and for relaxation in general?</span><br /> 0 An evening in Jodhpur http://www.penhaligons.com/an-evening-in-jodhpur/ http://www.penhaligons.com/an-evening-in-jodhpur/#comments Tues, 09 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Victoria /an-evening-in-jodhpur/ On Monday July 1st we at Penhaligon's celebrated the launch of our newest fragrance, Vaara, with a 'Trip to Jodhpur' inspired evening. On Monday July 1st we at Penhaligon's celebrated the launch of our newest fragrance, Vaara, with a 'Trip to Jodhpur' inspired evening.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_199.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">We transformed our Covent Garden store into a visual map of our journey to Jodhpur in order to recreate the experience for the press.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><img alt="Covent Garden Boutique" src="/images/blogs/UK_blog.jpg" /><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;<span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></span></center> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Vaara&rsquo;s creation was inspired by the Royal House of Marwar-Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India and the fragrance is named for the granddaughter of His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II in order to celebrate her birth and the family&rsquo;s love for the city. </span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Our store was filled with images of Jodpur to mirror the chronology of our journey. We transformed our fragrance profiling room into a Rajasthani spice market with drawings from perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour&rsquo;s notebook, photos taken at the market and the raw ingredients of Vaara.<br /> <span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></span></span><br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/UK_blog_3.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 290px;" /></span></span></center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Guests were invited to meet the perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour as well as His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II and his family. To complement the fine company we served canap&eacute;s inspired by traditional Rajasthani dishes and beverages provided by Hendrick&rsquo;s Gin that highlighted the floral notes of Vaara.</span></span></span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/UK_blog_2.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 290px;" /></span></span></span></center> <center> <br /> &nbsp;</center> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">The event would truly not have been complete without a quintessential Peacock, the national bird of India, keeping watch!<span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/UK_blog_6.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 290px;" /></span></span></span></span></center> 0 Vaara – The Raw Materials http://www.penhaligons.com/vaara-the-raw-materials/ http://www.penhaligons.com/vaara-the-raw-materials/#comments Thurs, 04 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Nick /vaara-the-raw-materials/ Vaara, created by Master Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour, is an atmospheric portrait of Jodhpur and the scented life of a Maharaja. Vaara, created by Master Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour, is an atmospheric portrait of Jodhpur and the scented life of a Maharaja.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_198.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 14px;">Vastly experienced in creating scents that capture moments and locations so perfectly, whose talents lay in creating olfactory landscapes and atmospheric scents, be that for <em>L&rsquo;Artisan Parfumeur</em> or <em>Eau d&rsquo;Italie</em>.<br /> <br /> Bertrand&rsquo;s talents know no bounds, as these wonderfully evocative sketches demonstrate. Here we share a selection of sketches of the various raw materials contained within the incredible fragrance <a href="/vaara-eau-de-parfum/">Vaara</a>&nbsp;he has created for us and His Highness the Maharaja Gaj Singh II.</span><br /> <br /> <img alt="Material sketches 1" src="/images/blogs/Materials_blog.jpg" /><br /> <img alt="Material sketches 2" src="/images/blogs/Materials_2.jpg" /> 0