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A Lavender Love Affair

  • Posted on 22nd April 2015 by Nick

  • Lavender has been an essential component of numerous Penhaligon’s scents since 1870 and continues to play a key role in several of the perfume house’s creations to this day.

    Where does it come from?

    Part of the Mint family, Lavender is native to the Old World, and has been used since antiquity as a fragrant material: in combinations of incenses. The Ancient Greeks discovered the unparalleled ability of lavender to help with relaxation. Its antiseptic properties were known (but not understood), and lavender has been used as a cure-all throughout history.

    Lavender gives its oil easily through steam distillation of the flowers and leaves, but an absolute can also be obtained with a slightly different odour profile. The essential oil from lavender grown at high altitudes is more prized, as it contains a higher percentage of certain "fresh" molecules than those grown at sea level.

    How does it smell?

    The essential oil of lavender smells fresh, sweet, green, herbal, floral - lavender is one of the most unmistakable and familiar perfumery materials.

    The absolute imparts a slightly more mineral, more green facet, smelling less fresh than the essential oil.

    Why is it used in a perfume?

    Lavender imparts a clean, green association to a fragrance. One of the most versatile materials in perfumery, especially useful for its linalool content - a molecule that smells of sweet citrus, lavender and woods which is naturally present in many flowers and woods, but found at a higher percentage in lavender - which has a smoothing effect on other materials in the fragrance.

    Lavender is used as part of the backbone of fougere and aromatic fragrances, and has played a major part in Penhaligon's fragrances through our history - beginning at Hammam Bouquet, Blenheim Bouquet and Bayolea, right up to modern day creations such as Endymion, Sartorial and Lothair. And of course, the wondrously clean Lavandula.

    And our love affair with Lavender continues. In celebration of our 145th anniversary, Penhaligon’s have a little something wonderful up our sleeve for this July. Watch this space!

    • Comments
    • Mrs
    • by M.gillbee
    • Love your scents they are exquisite!love all of them,but juniper sling ,lavender,violet I guess when in doubt about any other are always winners .congratulations on your anniversary may you have many more!
    • Lavandula No More
    • by Gabriela Santos
    • Why has Lavandula been discontinued? I was very sad to hear that information at your store in Covent Garden.
    • Lavender
    • by terry
    • You had me at linalool, descriptions as evocative as Lavandula, so elegant.
    • Ms
    • by Heather Harvey
    • Lavender evokes so many memories, I work in a residential home, they love to smell me! It is also great for a bedtime spritz to aid sleep.x
    • Mrs
    • by Gabriele v. dem Bussche
    • Love your scents
    • Dr., Prof.
    • by Irina
    • Thank You very much for Your kind attention!
    • Mr
    • by Jonathan Matheson
    • I used your Espirit de Lavande for many years. Please, please, please bring it back - I've never found anything to replace it!
    • Mrs.
    • by Pamela Read
    • A gorgeous picture and story to read Sunday morning. Congratulations on your 145 years.
    • Mrs
    • by Elisabeth Glen
    • What a build up! Read the interesting information, anticipating something exciting at the end and then ..........! I can't wait to see what Penhaligons has in store in July. Excellent marketing.
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