The Penhaligon's Blog http://www.penhaligons.com Sat, 23 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.penhaligons.com en hourly 1 Ingredient Focus: Leather http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-leather/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-leather/#comments Weds, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-leather/ A note utilised mainly in chypre fragrances, leather is warm and luxurious. A note utilised mainly in chypre fragrances, leather is warm and luxurious.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_288.jpg"<br/><br/><h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Where does it come from?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Impossible to distill, the leather note is actually a combination of ingredients by a perfumer: the simplest, earliest leather accords were a mixture of rectified (boiled) birch tar, castoreum (from the beaver, which eats bark from the birch) and isobutyl quinoline. Modern perfumes mainly use synthesised ingredients, such as suederol, to achieve their effect.<br /> <br /> One of the original perfumery traditions were originally also &#39;Gantiers&#39;, or &#39;glovemakers&#39;. They would scent their gloves using powerful and luxurious odours as a way of covering up the offensive smell of chemicals used in tanning. Traditionally, iris root and labdanum would be used, which is potentially why these ingredients have a leather facet to us. </span> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">How does it smell?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Leather can smell rich, luxuriant, tar-like, smoky, warm, dry, sweet, powdery, animalic. It can range from the patent exterior of a military boot to the soft delicacy of the interior of expensive handbags. </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Why is it used in a perfume?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Leather exudes elegance and luxury. In a perfume, the addition of a leather note adds dryness, but also a sensual quality, reflecting the somewhat animalic nature of its origins. Also, and most importantly, leather not only smells fantastic as an inspirational material, but is loaded with memories for us: new (or old) leather bags can fill us with nostalgia.<br /> At Penhaligon&#39;s, we&#39;ve used leather in a number of our fragrances, but most importantly is the beautiful leather-suede note at the base of Iris Prima. Taking inspiration from the sole of the ballet slipper, Alberto Morillas decorated the leather note with a delicate floralcy and powder. Endymion, Juniper Sling, and Sartorial also feature Leather in their notes listings.</span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Introducing: Halfeti http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/introducing-halfeti/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/introducing-halfeti/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lauren http://www.penhaligons.com/introducing-halfeti/ Named for the black rose, unique to the village of Halfeti... Named for the black rose, unique to the village of Halfeti...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_281.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">We are delighted to&nbsp;launch a further addition to the Trade Routes Collection, <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/halfeti-eau-de-parfum/">Halfeti</a></u>. The collection will now comprise of&nbsp;five fragrances; each inspired by the luxurious and decadent commodities which were traded through London&rsquo;s historic docks at the turn of the 19th century. Halfeti draws inspiration from the lavish goods traded with Turkey by the Levant Company; exotic florals, spices, soft leathers and precious fabrics.<br /> <br /> The fragrance is named for the stunning black roses that grow on the banks of the Euphrates river in the small Turkish village of Halfeti. Dark and mysterious, the roses are exceedingly rare as a result of the unique environmental conditions in which they are grown.<br /> <br /> <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/halfeti-eau-de-parfum/">Halfeti</a></u> is an opulent woody floral, dazzling in a glow of luxurious golden saffron, decorated with bright citrus, green armoise and woody cypress. An exquisitely multifaceted rose is set like a precious jewel amongst a bouquet of sweet florals. The lavish drydown with an abundance of dusky patchouli heart leads into a melange of decadent resins, oud and amber, amongst velvet textured sandalwood and a suede-like leather.<br /> <br /> <strong>Head Notes: </strong>Grapefruit, Bergamot, Green notes, Armoise<br /> <br /> <strong>Heart Notes:</strong> Lavender, Cardamom, Cumin, Nutmeg, Saffron, Violet, Cinnamon, Rose, Jasmine, Cypress, Muguet<br /> <br /> <strong>Base Notes:</strong> Leather, Oud, Amber, Resins, Cedarwood, Patchouli heart, Tonka, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Musk<br /> <br /> <strong>Perfumer:</strong> Christian de Provenzano</span><br type="_moz" /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">You can buy Halfeti <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/halfeti-eau-de-parfum/"> here</a></u>.</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Fragrance Personality http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/fragrance-personality-blog/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/fragrance-personality-blog/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Erin http://www.penhaligons.com/fragrance-personality-blog/ Perfume is sometimes a protective shell, sometimes flamboyant plumage and other times a uniform. Perfume is sometimes a protective shell, sometimes flamboyant plumage and other times a uniform.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_282.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Sometimes, fragrance can act like a costume, invisibly dressing us as we want to be perceived. There are times when the World is at your feet, or you want it to be, and scent can illustrate that feeling more meaningfully than simply dressing up in a suit and tie, or wearing heels &ndash; or both! Different moods require different scents; are you feeling Understated and Elegant? Or Bold and Adventurous? Perfume is sometimes a protective shell, sometimes flamboyant plumage and other times a uniform.<br /> <br /> Our <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/fragrance-personality/">Fragrance Personalities</a></u> system allows you to choose how you want to feel. Conversely, perfume can reveal the real us, our choice reflecting something about who we are. Many people discover &ldquo;their&rdquo; fragrance, which they stick to loyally for years; their &ldquo;signature&rdquo; scent which they feel reflects their personality best. By segmenting our perfumes into personality categories, your journey to your perfect scent should be easier.<br /> <br /> So whether you&rsquo;re seeking a glamourous disguise, or searching for the scent which reflects the real you, we hope you enjoy learning more about your <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/fragrance-personality/">Fragrance Personality</a></u> .</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Eau de Cologne: A History http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/eau-de-cologne-a-history/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/eau-de-cologne-a-history/#comments Thurs, 07 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/eau-de-cologne-a-history/ Eau de Cologne has a fascinating, vast history. Eau de Cologne has a fascinating, vast history.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_280.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Not just referring to a concentration of fragrance, Eau de Cologne in fact refers to an entire style of perfumery - based on the aromatic materials available in the region of Cologne in Germany. But Eau de Cologne started its life as the first alcohol based fragrance: Hungary Water, the personal fragrance of Queen Elisabeth of Hungary. A blend of neroli, citrus oils and rosemary, Hungary Water set the the tone for refreshing &quot;eaux&quot;.<br /> <br /> Acqua Mirabilis was a recipe for a tonic of botanical extracts to be taken internally and as an external ameliorative scent. The recipe was gifted to an Italian gentleman named Jean Maria Farina, who travelled around Europe and settled in Cologne.<br /> <br /> Many different versions of &quot;K&ouml;lnischwasser&quot; were created - and the most famous is still produced in Cologne to this day. Colognes typically contain lavender, rosemary, neroli, petitgrain (the trees of the bitter orange tree) and citrus fruits - and are therefore incredibly fleeting in style.<br /> <br /> Penhaligon&#39;s Eau de Cologne was originally known to have been available in the early 1900s, created in the labs above our store at No. 33 St James Street, as documented in the 1907 Royal Warrant Review.<br /> <br /> Eau de Colognes have maintained their popularity throughout the years, but with advancement in perfumery have been modernised - such as <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/quercus/"><strong>Quercus</strong></a></u>, with its refreshing citrus and herbal notes, and surprising longevity from an oak-like blend of sandalwood, patchouli and oakmoss. </span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Tell us what you think. http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/tell-us-what-you-think/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/tell-us-what-you-think/#comments Tues, 05 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Erin http://www.penhaligons.com/tell-us-what-you-think/ Fancy yourself to be a budding Shakespeare? Fancy yourself to be a budding Shakespeare?<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_279.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">So you&rsquo;ve been enjoying the heady delights of our scents, soaps and shower gels. Or perhaps it&rsquo;s our bath oils that have taken your fancy?<br /> But what is your pick of Penhaligon&rsquo;s?<br /> <br /> Now is the time to have your say. We&rsquo;d love to hear what you think.<br /> <br /> Simply write a review of your favourite or most recent Penhaligon&rsquo;s purchase and be in with a chance to win a 100ml fragrance.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Terms and Conditions " src="/images/categories/Terms.jpg" /></span></div> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Pop the kettle on, put your feet up and have a read of some of our past winners.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Week 1 Winner" src="/images/blogs/Week1.png " /></span> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/endymion-cologne/ "> <img alt="Endymion" src="/images/blogs/ENDYMIONCOLOGNE_blog.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/endymion-cologne/ "><img alt="Week 2 Winner" src="/images/blogs/Week2.png " /></a> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/juniper-sling-eau-de-toilette/ "> <img alt="Juniper Sling" src="/images/blogs/JUNIPERSLINGEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/juniper-sling-eau-de-toilette/ "><img alt="Week 3 Winner" src="/images/blogs/Week3.png " /></a> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/bayolea-eau-de-toilette/ "> <img alt="Bayolea" src="/images/blogs/Bayolea_EDT_100ml_Box_blog.jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The Review &amp; Win promotion opened on Tuesday 5th May and runs until Sunday 31st May. We will select the winner on Monday 1st June. A winning review will be selected based on the originality and creativity so bear that in mind when creating your masterpiece.<br /> <br /> We look forward to hearing what you have to say.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">For full terms and conditions click </span><a href=" http://www.penhaligons.com/offers-and-promotions/"><b><span style="font-size: 16px;"> here. </span></b> </a><br type="_moz" /> 0 No.33 is coming! http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/no33-is-coming/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/no33-is-coming/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lauren http://www.penhaligons.com/no33-is-coming/ The launch of No.33 at the original location of our first boutique. The launch of No.33 at the original location of our first boutique.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_278.jpg"<br/><br/><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">This Tuesday we held a drinks reception to celebrate the launch of No. 33 at Caf&eacute; Murano in London. The Eau de Cologne has been created to celebrate Penhaligon&#39;s 145th anniversary and is named after one of our first ever boutiques on 33 St James&#39;s Street. The venue for the launch was the original location of this boutique! </span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt=" Café Murano" src="/images/categories/Cafe_M.jpg" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Where our first ever boutique once stood</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Around 80 guests attended the event and enjoyed delicious canap&eacute;s and bespoke No. 33 inspired cocktails throughout the evening. Even the waiters wore bespoke Penhaligon&#39;s bow ties! </span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="No.33 Cocktail" src="/images/categories/Cocktail.jpg" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 13px;">If you&rsquo;re lucky we might share the recipe with you.</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Within the back of the venue there was a curated exhibition displaying key highlights within the brands history. These included our first ever fragrance Hammam Bouquet, our Royal Warrants and the opening of our global flagship boutique on Wellington Street, Covent Garden.</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Curated exhibition" src="/images/categories/Archive.jpg" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <p> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">No. 33 will launch in all Penhaligon&rsquo;s boutiques, concessions and online in July 2015.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">We&rsquo;re looking forward to sharing more with you&hellip;</span></p> 0 A Lavender Love Affair http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/a-lavender-love-affair/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/a-lavender-love-affair/#comments Weds, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/a-lavender-love-affair/ A little taste of things to come... A little taste of things to come...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_277.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Lavender has been an essential component of numerous Penhaligon&rsquo;s scents since 1870 and continues to play a key role in several of the perfume house&rsquo;s creations to this day. </span> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Where does it come from?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Part of the Mint family, Lavender is native to the Old World, and has been used since antiquity as a fragrant material: in combinations of incenses. The Ancient Greeks discovered the unparalleled ability of lavender to help with relaxation. Its antiseptic properties were known (but not understood), and lavender has been used as a cure-all throughout history.<br /> <br /> Lavender gives its oil easily through steam distillation of the flowers and leaves, but an absolute can also be obtained with a slightly different odour profile. The essential oil from lavender grown at high altitudes is more prized, as it contains a higher percentage of certain &quot;fresh&quot; molecules than those grown at sea level. </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">How does it smell?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The essential oil of lavender smells fresh, sweet, green, herbal, floral - lavender is one of the most unmistakable and familiar perfumery materials.<br /> <br /> The absolute imparts a slightly more mineral, more green facet, smelling less fresh than the essential oil. </span><br /> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Why is it used in a perfume?</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Lavender imparts a clean, green association to a fragrance. One of the most versatile materials in perfumery, especially useful for its linalool content - a molecule that smells of sweet citrus, lavender and woods which is naturally present in many flowers and woods, but found at a higher percentage in lavender - which has a smoothing effect on other materials in the fragrance.<br /> <br /> Lavender is used as part of the backbone of fougere and aromatic fragrances, and has played a major part in Penhaligon&#39;s fragrances through our history - beginning at <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/hammam-bouquet/">Hammam Bouquet</a>, <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet/">Blenheim Bouquet</a> and <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/bayolea/">Bayolea</a>, right up to modern day creations such as <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/endymion/">Endymion</a>, <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial/">Sartorial</a> and <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/trade-routes/">Lothair</a>. And of course, the wondrously clean <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/lavandula/">Lavandula</a>.<br /> <br /> And our love affair with Lavender continues. In celebration of our 145th anniversary, Penhaligon&rsquo;s have a little something wonderful up our sleeve for this July. Watch this space! </span><br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Lights, Camera, Action! http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/lights-camera-action/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/lights-camera-action/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Erin http://www.penhaligons.com/lights-camera-action/ Penhaligon's has created a short film with the help of Bespoke Film & Communication Agency Penhaligon's has created a short film with the help of Bespoke Film & Communication Agency<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_276.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">This February, the radiant solar floral, Ostara was the Official Scent of London Fashion Week. Inspired by the daffodil, Ostara is a modern interpretation of the delicate and incandescent flower. The candles were created exclusively for London Fashion Week, ensuring Somerset House was resonant of a sun drenched floral bouquet.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Penhaligon&rsquo;s has created a short film with the help of Bespoke Film &amp; Communication Agency to celebrate its ongoing partnership with the British Fashion Council. Russell Owen, Creative Director, talks us through the filming process and the end result!</span></p> <p> <em><span style="font-size: 16px;">&ldquo;It was an absolute pleasure to have finally worked with Penhaligons! We&rsquo;ve always loved the brand at Bespoke and hoped to one day work together and shoot something beautiful&hellip; the brand is unique in its styling, appearance and history so lends itself to beautiful visual realisation.<br /> <br /> We shot with two camera men digitally using Sony F5 and F55 cameras with a selection of prime lenses to capture Somerset House during London Fashion Week. We wanted to focus on the architecture and energy around LFW, but in the end we realised Somerset House courtyard during LFW is quite a messy look! So we edited around the people and colours to keep the film looking clean and sleek. The second half was shot with the product in studio using a variety of lenses including macro for a crisp close up image. In post-production we used several techniques to animate the sequences together, making everything black and white apart from the product and yellow daffodils. We also wanted a sense of mystery at the opening to slowly reveal the product by warping the Somerset House imagery as if it was seen through the bottle.<br /> <br /> The end result is a beautiful product shot made up of several layers. The product shot against a plain black background (not green screen when shooting glass!) with a still image of the BFC runway at Somerset House and then a new animated layer of paparazzi flashes above that to give a clean, considered ending that neatly captures the essence of fashion week.&rdquo;</span></em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The film has been designed to reflect Penhaligon&rsquo;s increasing presence at the high profile event. We have been the Official Scent of London Fashion Week for the last four seasons.</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">You can watch the film here&hellip; <a href=" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtLOqFcM5gQ/"><b> Lights, Camera, Action!</b></a> <!--</span--></span> <p> &nbsp;</p> 0 Ostara blooms at Clifton Nurseries http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-blooms-at-clifton-nurseries/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-blooms-at-clifton-nurseries/#comments Weds, 04 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lauren http://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-blooms-at-clifton-nurseries/ Awash with a fragrant sea of daffodils... Awash with a fragrant sea of daffodils...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_275.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Last night we held a party at Clifton Nurseries to celebrate the launch of our latest fragrance Ostara. A number of VIP customers, press, and retailers joined us to help us celebrate in style; guests were treated to a delicious selection of canap&eacute;s and Daffodil Driver cocktails which were created especially for the event.</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Ostara Launch Party" src="/images/categories/Ostara_blog_Coktail_sign.jpg" /></div> <div> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The event was held in the Quince Tree Caf&eacute; within the nursery. The conservatory was lit by candlelight and Ostara inspired floral arrangements filled the room. Empty Penhaligon&rsquo;s bottles were hung all around the venue and were filled with daffodils and Ostara candles helped to ensure the venue smelt fragrant!</span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Ostara Launch Party" src="/images/categories/Ostara_blog_entrance.jpg" /></div> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;">Clifton Nurseries was the perfect venue for the event as we have partnered with them this month for the launch of Ostara. Throughout March, the garden emporium and The Quince Tree caf&eacute; within the nursery will be awash with a fragrant sea of daffodils. Bespoke Ostara floral arrangements will be sold within the shop alongside bottles of the scent and a bespoke afternoon tea, inspired by notes within the fragrance, will be available within the caf&eacute;.<br /> <br /> Ostara samples will also be given to all customers who use the <strong>#bulbtobloom</strong> hash-tag on social media.<br /> <br /> <br /> Ostara is now available to buy in our boutiques and online <a href="http:// www.penhaligons.com/ostara-eau-de-toilette /">here</a></span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-eau-de-toilette/"> <img alt="Ostara" src="/images/categories/Ostara_blog.jpg" /></a></p> 0 Ostara: A Master's Secrets http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-a-masters-secrets/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-a-masters-secrets/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-a-masters-secrets/ Master Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour lets us in on the secrets of Ostara. Master Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour lets us in on the secrets of Ostara.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_273.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">When we held our press event for Ostara last November, we were lucky enough to have Bertrand explain the inspiration, effects and secrets that make Ostara so unique.<br /> <br /> Last Spring we took Bertrand to Kew Gardens to experience the seas of Daffodils, which reminded him of his childhood in Auvergne, the region of France where Narcissus (the fragrant sister of the daffodil) is grown for the perfume industry. Narcissus therefore became the heart of Ostara - needed to create the illusion of daffodils, as there is no essential oil to extract from daffodils themself.<br /> <br /> The illusion of daffodils is completed with a floral bouquet: ylang ylang is present to add yellow, cyclamen brings the suggestion of morning dew, hyacinth for green freshness, wisteria as another narcotic spring flower, and hawthorn for its hedgerow effect.<br /> <br /> But daffodils are not just a sunny yellow flower - they sit atop a stem of verdant green. Bertrand plays with the &ldquo;happiness from the green effects we get in spring flowers&rdquo; adding violet leaf for a gentle leather effect, a green leaf effect (described by Bertrand as <em>&quot;just like poison ivy&quot;</em>) alongside juniper and spearmint bring the sappy green quality to the fragrance.<br /> <br /> Bertrand describes Ostara as <em>&ldquo;a bouquet of golden daffodils, wrapped in delicate white satin&rdquo;</em>. The effect of white satin comes from the combination of balsamic notes and musks, which plays a very important role in creating haziness in Ostara. Bertrand explains that a hazy solar effect is needed because <em>&ldquo;in springtime, there is sun, but it&rsquo;s not the same sun as summer when it is intense&rdquo;</em>. Blackcurrant and clementine are included to bring further sunlight to the fragrance, as well as unprecedented overdose of pink pepper for a colourful and sparkling effect.<br /> <br /> This combination of effects makes Ostara such a radiant springtime soliflore.</span><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href=" http://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-eau-de-toilette/"> <img alt="Ostara" src="/images/categories/Ostara_blog.jpg" /></a></div> 0 Daffodils, Lilies, and Mum. http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/daffodils-lilies-and-mum/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/daffodils-lilies-and-mum/#comments Tues, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/daffodils-lilies-and-mum/ If ever I'm missing home, I just have to stop by a florist and get a nosefull of lilies... If ever I'm missing home, I just have to stop by a florist and get a nosefull of lilies...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_271.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a style="color: rgb(164, 164, 164);"><em>Mothering Sunday in the UK falls in March, at the beginning of springtime. We thought we&#39;d celebrate with a series of guest blogs celebrating mothers, daughters and friendships.<br /> Our first blog comes from our very own fragrance Ambassador, Nick Gilbert.</em></a><br /> <br /> <br /> Thinking back on our Mother&#39;s Day traditions, Mum would take a well deserved lay-in whilst my brother and I would make Mum a cup of tea and toast to have in bed. We also picked sunny yellow Daffodils, as they were always in bloom for Mothering Sunday, and presented them to Mum. She&#39;d be touched by the gesture for a few moments, which would quickly turn to annoyance that we had taken them from the front garden (sorry Mum!)<br /> <br /> Daffodils aren&#39;t Mum&#39;s favourite flowers. She&#39;s obsessed with Lilies, and for as long as I can remember there&#39;s been a fresh bouquet in the living room: in fact, I can&#39;t smell Lilies anywhere without being transported immediately to Mum&#39;s living room. For me, lilies don&#39;t have the negative connotation, but instead relate to comfort and Mum&#39;s cooking (my favourite: toad in the hole with roast potatoes).<br /> <br /> I think my Mum is the most amazing Mum on the planet, which I&#39;m sure everybody says. She always put a brave face on for us as kids, and even as adults when she was going through serious illness and the long road to recovery, but taught the importance of honesty and saying how you feel. She instilled a work ethic in me and arranged the interview for my first weekend job (without my knowledge), which is how I started out in the perfume world. Pretty much every day now, I say or do things and wonder when I became my Mum. Not that I mind too much, because she&#39;s amazing. I&#39;m sure I was a pain in the neck at some points, and still can be now (I have a chronic tendency to forget to reply to texts), but despite it all she&#39;s always loved me for who I am and supported me. I moved to London 4 years ago to continue my career in the world of perfumery. If ever I&#39;m missing home, I just have to stop by a florist (or a train station, as florists seem to exist in every mainline station in London...) and get a nosefull of lilies in all their rich, spicy, hypnotic glory to be transported back home, feeling content and loved.<br /> Happy Mother&#39;s Day, Tina. I promise not to forget to bring some new perfume with me next time I&#39;m home. </span><br type="_moz" /> 0 From the Archives: Anthology Collection http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-anthology-collection/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-anthology-collection/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-anthology-collection/ A venture to breathe new life into heritage fragrances dating back as far as 1907. A venture to breathe new life into heritage fragrances dating back as far as 1907.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_262.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Penhaligon&rsquo;s has a long and distinguished history in the world of British perfumery dating back to the 1870s when William Penhaligon moved to London from Cornwall and started creating fine fragrances for discerning gentlemen. With this rich heritage and an archive of formulations, it&rsquo;s no surprise that Penhaligon&rsquo;s embarked on a venture to breathe new life into heritage fragrances dating back as far as 1907.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Walter Penhaligon was responsible for formulation and creation from 1887 until 1918, when he fell into ill health, and his son Leonard took over the business and creation. Following Leonard&rsquo;s retirement in the late 1920s, it becomes unclear who became responsible for creation, however we do know that the fragrances were formulated in Mayfair&rsquo;s Curzon Street. </span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">1976 saw a flurry of creation for Penhaligon&rsquo;s, due in part to a new relationship with the Pickthall family, who founded CPL Aromas, a perfume house with whom we have a continued relationship to this day, and because our flagship boutique on Wellington Street opened in 1975. The current versions Lily of the Valley and Violetta were also created in 1976 and have remained as part of the permanent Penhaligon&rsquo;s collection, though a few of the creations at the time sadly faded from existence. Recent work on our archives has told us that a version of Lily of the Valley was part of Penhaligon&rsquo;s collection by 1907.</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/lily-of-the-valley-eau-de-toilette/"> <img alt="Lily of the Valley" src="/images/blogs/LILYOFTHEVALLEY_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Zizonia is known to have been part of our fragrance collection by 1907, and was created by Walter Penhaligon &ndash; it was revived as part of the Anthology Collection and modernised by Mike Parrott based on the formula from 1930. A nomadic and mysterious woody-oriental; an odyssey of burnt spices, vetiver and pepper, leading to a lush oasis of sweet orange, ginger and patchouli. Heady and enticing.</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/zizonia-eau-de-toilette/"> <img alt="Zizonia" src="/images/blogs/ZIZONIAEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Eau de Cologne was originally created in 1927, and has been restored by Mike Parrott to its original formula. Eau de Cologne is a classic citrus with subtle ripples of powdered orange and aromatic rosemary. Lithe and highly polished, Eau de Cologne resonates with nostalgia for the bygone jazz age and the glitter of patent dancing shoes. </span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/eau-de-cologne-anthology/"> <img alt="Eau de Cologne" src="/images/blogs/EAUDECOLOGNE_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Eau de Verveine was originally created in 1949 and was recreated by Mike Parrott. Eau de Verveine is a grassy aromatic Verbena scent, with citrus and woods. The scent of an Indian Summer, shimmering heat haze, soft metallics, crumbled herbs, spices, musk and vanilla. In the distance echoes the evocative promise of rain.</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/eau-de-verveine-eau-de-toilette-100ml/"> <img alt="Eau de Verveine" src="/images/blogs/EAUDEVERVEINEEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Extract of Limes was originally created in 1963, and was resurrected by Mike Parrott. Extract of Limes is shattered sherbet and blossom honey. A classic citrus, penetrating and pure, with straight up West Indian lime, lemon oil and neroli. High, clear and instantly uplifting. </span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/extract-of-limes-eau-de-toilette-100ml/"> <img alt="Extracts of Lime" src="/images/blogs/EXTRACTOFLIMESEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Gardenia was originally created in 1976 by Michael Pickthall, and was resurrected in 2009 as part of the Anthology Collection. A soliflore, recreated by Mike Parrott, Gardenia is a translucent watercolour in soft washes of tuberose, jasmine, gardenia, ylang-ylang, spice and vanilla. A radiant magnolia-tinted portrait of one of nature&rsquo;s most sensual blooms.</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/gardenia-eau-de-toilette/"> <img alt="Gardenia" src="/images/blogs/GARDENIAEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Night Scented Stock was originally created in 1976 by Michael Pickthall, and was recreated by Mike Parrott in 2009 to join the Anthology Collection. Night Scented Stock is an edgy unfolding of pungent floral enchantment, deep with clove, heliotrope, violet, vanilla, musk and tonka bean. Hazy with arresting uncommon beauty.</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/night-scented-stock-eau-de-toilette/ "> <img alt="Night Scented Stock" src="/images/categories/NIGHTSCENTEDSTOCKEAUDETOILETTE_1.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Orange Blossom, originally created in 1976 by Michael Pickthall, has been transformed by Bertrand Duchaufour into a luminous, honeyed floral, inspired by the original fragrance. Lush with Calabrian orange, bergamot and tempered with Virginian cedar, rose and peach flower. Wearing Orange Blossom is like walking from shade into holiday sunshine. </span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/orange-blossom-eau-de-toilette/"> <img alt="Orange Blossom" src="/images/blogs/ORANGEBLOSSOMEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Esprit du Roi was originally created in 1983 by Michael Pickthall, and was reimagined by Bertrand Duchaufour. Esprit du Roi returns as a lush woody citrus, heady with swirling scented foliage. Fresh tomato leaf, mint and raspberry leaf are combined with rich florals, warm woods and potent musks to create this masterpiece of contrasts.</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/esprit-du-roi-eau-de-toilette/"> <img alt="Esprit " src="/images/blogs/ESPRITDUROIEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Eau Sans Pareil was originally created in 1988 by Francis Pickthall, and was transformed by Beverley Bayne into a sparkling Chypre. Eau Sans Pareil opens with a giddy rush of sparkling fruits and sensual white flowers, softened with sweet woods, elegant oakmoss and musks. Powdery, wistful and romantic.</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/eau-sans-pareil-eau-de-toilette/"> <img alt="Eau Sans Pareil " src="/images/blogs/EAUSANSPAREILEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> 0 From the Archives: By Royal Appointment http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-by-royal-appointment/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-by-royal-appointment/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-by-royal-appointment/ As proud holders of Royal Warrants, we strive to uphold quality in our creations. As proud holders of Royal Warrants, we strive to uphold quality in our creations.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_270.jpg"<br/><br/>Whilst William had become Court Barber and Perfumer to Queen Victoria, he used the Royal Arms in an advertisement in Webster&#39;s Red Book without permission and was fined 23 shillings. Penhaligon&#39;s were first given the right to use Royal Arms under Walter Penhaligon, when we received our first Royal Warrant from Queen Alexandra in 1903, which was reissued in 1911.<br /> <br /> Leonard Penhaligon inherited the business from his father Walter in 1921, which resulted in much change. By 1928, Penhaligon&#39;s had moved from its original home on Jermyn &amp; St James Streets to the road behind at 25 Bury Street. Penhaligon&#39;s was still known as the sole depot for <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/hammam-bouquet/">Hammam Bouquet</a></u>. Under Leonard, Penhaligon&#39;s was registered as a limited company, no longer as sole traders, and Penhaligon&#39;s Ltd Perfumers and Hairdressers was born. Leonard retired shortly after, and Penhaligon&#39;s was placed under the direction of Eileen Smart. Eileen continued to build the perfumery side of the business, and gradually wound down the hairdressing and barbering. Under Eileen&#39;s direction, the original <u><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/hammam-bouquet/">Ellenisia</a></u> was created.<br /> <br /> The original location of the Hammam Baths was destroyed in the Blitz in 1941, by which point the Hammam had already ceased operating due to adverse trading conditions brought on by the war. By 1949, Penhaligon&#39;s was registered as Penhaligon&#39;s Ltd Perfumers. Penhaligon&#39;s received our second Royal Warrant as Suppliers of Toilet Requisites from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in January 1956. We continue to supply the palace to this day, directly from our store in Burlington Arcade. By 1963, the production of Penhaligon&#39;s perfumes had moved to Curzon street in Mayfair, and the shop on Bury Street was closed. Production and export business continued from Curzon Street until 1971, when the business moved to 23 Old Bond Street.<br /> <br /> In 1975, Penhaligon&#39;s was purchased by Sheila Pickles and the Wellington Street flagship opened. Under Sheila, Penhaligon&#39;s received our third Royal Warrant as Suppliers of Toilet Requisites from HRH The Prince of Wales in January 1988. 0 Penhaligon's & Clifton Nurseries http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-clifon-nurseries/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-clifon-nurseries/#comments Thurs, 05 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lauren http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-clifon-nurseries/ The perfect gift for any mother this Mother's Day The perfect gift for any mother this Mother's Day<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_272.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Penhaligon&rsquo;s is delighted to partner with Clifton Nurseries for the launch of their latest fragrance, Ostara. Created by Master Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour, Ostara is a modern interpretation of the delicate and incandescent daffodil flower. An olfactory journey - from bulb to bud to bloom.<br /> <br /> Founded just nineteen years before Penhaligon&rsquo;s, Clifton Nurseries is one of London&rsquo;s oldest horticultural institutions and the perfect partner for the launch of the British perfume house&rsquo;s new solar floral. Throughout March, the garden emporium and The Quince Tree caf&eacute; within the nursery will be awash with a fragrant sea of daffodils. Bespoke Ostara floral arrangements will be sold within the shop alongside bottles of the scent and a bespoke afternoon tea, inspired by notes within the fragrance, will be available within the caf&eacute;. Ostara samples will also be given to all customers who use the #bulbtobloom hash-tag on social media.<br /> <br type="_moz" /> The inventive afternoon tea has been created exclusively by The Quince Tree&rsquo;s Head Chef, Carl Jackman. One pound from each booking will be donated to national charity Green Fingers - an organization which creates inspiring, magical gardens for children&rsquo;s hospices all around the UK.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Endymion" src="/images/blogs/Ostaraclifton.jpg" /></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The bespoke menu features a wide range of irresistible delicacies, including lemon and wild honey &eacute;clairs, honeycomb cheesecakes and violet cupcakes. Even the finger sandwiches will have an Ostara inspired twist, with the saffron and beetroot flavoured breads reflecting the colour of the notes of daffodils and berries within the scent. And if that wasn&rsquo;t enticing enough, customers will be gifted with a small bunch of daffodils and a sample of Ostara upon leaving &ndash; the perfect gift for any mother this Mother&rsquo;s Day.<br /> <br /> The Ostara Afternoon Tea is priced at &pound;38 per person and includes a glass of champagne. Booking is essential - please call 0207 432 1867.<br /> The bespoke Ostara floral arrangement is priced at &pound;25, to order please call 0207 289 6851.</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 From the Archives: Walter Penhaligon - Perfumer & Businessman http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-walter-penhaligon-perfumer-businessman/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-walter-penhaligon-perfumer-businessman/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-walter-penhaligon-perfumer-businessman/ ‘To know Mr Penhaligon was to know a choice spirit so seldom found.’ ‘To know Mr Penhaligon was to know a choice spirit so seldom found.’<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_268.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Walter Penhaligon joined the family business in 1887, taking charge of the laboratory and becoming responsible for formulation of perfumes and cosmetic products. Walter became an expert Perfumer, and took over the business following William&#39;s death in 1902.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Walter" src="/images/blogs/walter.png" /></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">In 1902, Walter created our timeless classic Blenheim Bouquet for the Duke of Marlborough. Named for Blenheim Palace, Blenheim Bouquet was incredibly forward thinking and revolutionary for its time: a citrus fragrance for men (at the turn of the 20th century men would wear soliflore fragrances such as a rose or violet).</span> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href=" http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet-eau-de-toilette/ "> <img alt="Vaara" src="/images/blogs/BLENHEIMBOUQUET_Blog.jpg" /></a></span></div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Walter travelled the world extensively, visiting such faraway, exotic locations as Buenos Aires, Singapore, Australia, India and China. By 1907, Penhaligon&#39;s had agents worldwide.<br /> <br /> Walter continued to create fragrances, and by 1911, the lineup included Esprit du Lavande, Lily of the Valley, English Fern, Douro Eau du Portugal and Zizonia (the present version of Zizonia is an update to the formula from the 1930s). All of Walter&#39;s masculine fragrances carried the thread of lavender through them, relating them to his fathers&#39; original creation Hammam Bouquet.<br /> <br /> Becoming Master of the Guild of Hairdressers, Wigmakers &amp; Perfumers in 1909, Walter was highly respected and extremely popular. He was described in the Hairdressers Chronicle <em>&lsquo;as an inspiration to the entire membership in dealing practically, seriously and effectively with all of the concerned profession.&rsquo;</em> For his retirement from the position in 1911, Walter received an engraved cup and silver tea service.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Walter Hairdressers" src="/images/blogs/walter_hairdressers.png" /></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Sadly, in 1918, Walter&#39;s health deteriorated and his son Leonard took over the business. Walter passed away in 1921. His obituary read <em>&lsquo;To know Mr Penhaligon was to know a choice spirit so seldom found.&rsquo;</em> Walter&#39;s leadership and creativity shaped Penhaligon&#39;s into the perfumers it is known as today. </span><br type="_moz" /> 0 From the Archives: Covent Garden http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-covent-garden/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-covent-garden/#comments Tues, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-covent-garden/ 40 years ago this year Penhaligon's Wellington Street flagship opened. 40 years ago this year Penhaligon's Wellington Street flagship opened.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_269.jpg"<br/><br/><span style="font-size: 16px;">In December 1975, Sheila Pickles opened Penhaligon&#39;s on Wellington Street, and revived classic fragrances to the original recipes in William and Walter&#39;s recipe books, which were inherited with the purchase of the company.<br /> <br /> All production was carried out on site: perfumes were blended and bottled at the rear of the store, behind a screen, so that customers could see the process first hand. Bath oils were created in the basement. Bottles were sealed with ribbon around a square stopper, until William&#39;s great grandaughter Renee brought an old bottle of Hammam Bouquet with her as proof that the bottles originally had the round stoppers we are familiar with today.<br /> <br /> In the following years, a selection of floral fragrances were created under the banner &quot;Floral Toilet Waters&quot;, based on the Victorian tradition of Floriography, including Lily of the Valley (different from its original 1907 incarnation due to advances in perfumery), Violetta, Night Scented Stock, Orange Blossom, Gardenia and of course the iconic and unique Bluebell.<br /> <br /> The boutique on Wellington Street houses the original Royal Warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales, as well as a small museum of Penhaligon&#39;s archive perfumes and products at the rear of the store. The address still features prominently on many of the labels of our bottles, and Wellington Street remains &quot;the most Penhaligon&#39;s&quot; of all the Penhaligon&#39;s stores. </span><br type="_moz" /> 0 From the Archives: William's Wit http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-williams-wit/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-williams-wit/#comments Tues, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/from-the-archives-williams-wit/ William Penhaligon was as renowned for his wit as well as his skill as a barber, perfumer and businessman. William Penhaligon was as renowned for his wit as well as his skill as a barber, perfumer and businessman.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_258.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Welcome to the first blog in a series looking back at our illustrious history! With over 140 years to look at, there&#39;s plenty to discover from our archives.<br /> <br /> William Penhaligon was born in Philby, Cornwall in 1837. Having founded his Perfumers and Barbers in Penzance in 1861, William married his wife Elisabeth in 1862. William and Elisabeth had 4 children: Clara, Ida, William and Walter. William and his family moved to London, and William took up his position at the Hammam on Jermyn Street in 1869.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img src="/images/categories/williamswit.jpg" /></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">By 1874, William had expanded the salon at the Hammam onto the ground floor, with direct access to the street, opening as an upmarket Perfumery and Hairdressers. Over &pound;1500 was spent on the shopfit, which by todays standards is over &pound;65,000!<br /> <br /> Penhaligon&#39;s popularity flourished under William&#39;s leadership and he entered into a business partnership with Mr Jeavons in 1880 - by 1881, William was employing 4 assistants at the hairdressers in the baths, and in 1891, Penhaligon and Jeavon moved into its prestigious new premises of 33 St James Street and 66 Jermyn Street - the two stores joined together at the rear. In 1892, the move to the new premises was advertised in Webster&#39;s Royal Red Book, declaring Penhaligon as the &#39;sole depot for the Hammam Bouquet&#39;.<br /> <br /> Penhaligon&rsquo;s was frequented by distinguished and well known clients. The Birmingham Daily Post describes how in 1889 The Shah visited &#39;Penhaligon&rsquo;s fragrant shop&#39; and was douched with &#39;Hammam Bouquet, a shower which lay like the morning dew on his royal bristles and moustache.&#39;<br /> <br /> William was renowned for his wit and intellect, the Worcester Journal reported that <em>&ldquo;Mr Forster, anxious no doubt to wash off the dust of Ireland, went on Monday last to the Turkish bath... he remarked to Penhaligon, the hairdresser, &ldquo;It is very hot here this morning.&rdquo; &ldquo;It is,&rdquo; replied the ever ready Penhaligon; &ldquo;but you will find it much hotter in the House of Commons this afternoon.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> William passed away in 1902. His obituary describes that he was &#39;actively involved with one of London&rsquo;s most renowned and important hairdressing salon&#39; and that his &#39;great forte lay in the manufacture of perfumes and hair washes which are now world wide renowned.&#39; A family man, William&rsquo;s &#39;spare moments were devoted to his home and surrounds which he loved so well.&#39;<br /> <br /> William&#39;s son Walter took over the family business following William&#39;s death, as Mr Jeavon sadly passed away 3 weeks after William. In 1904, Penhaligon&#39;s appeared for the first time without &#39;Jeavons&#39;. </span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Trade Routes: As Sawira http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/trade-routes-as-sawira/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/trade-routes-as-sawira/#comments Thurs, 08 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lauren http://www.penhaligons.com/trade-routes-as-sawira/ A new addition to The Trade Routes collection. A new addition to The Trade Routes collection.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_267.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Introducing Penhaligon&rsquo;s latest fragrance, As Sawira. A further addition to the Trade Routes Collection, As Sawira is inspired by the city Essaoiura, which became the first seaport of Morocco in the nineteenth century. With extensive trade connections to London, many of the commodities which adorned the wharves of the docklands will have originated from there.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">As Sawira is a sensual and exotic blend, a truly unique treasure: a woody and resinous chypre of incomparable tenacity. As Sawira opens with radiant and sparkling bergamot and saffron, alongside bitter herbal notes of absinthe and davana. An intensely rich bouquet of roses, carnation and jasmine bursts into life, given an animalic warmth from labdanum and amber. The velvety, smoky drydown of guaiac, sandalwood and patchouli is supported by the resinous splendour of oud and myrrh, and sweetened by vanilla and musk. As Sawira is a truly extravagant fragrance.</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</span></div> <p> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Top Notes:</strong> Bergamot, Davana, Saffron, Absinthe</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Heart Notes:</strong> Rose, Jasmine, Carnation, Clove, Cardamom, Labdanum</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Base Notes:</strong> Amber, Oud, Myrrh, Gaiacwood, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Musk, Vanilla, Maltol</span></p> <br /> <br /> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Perfumer:</strong> Christian de Provenzano</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Available online soon. In stores now.<br type="_moz" /> &nbsp; </span> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</span></p> 0 The Penhaligon’s Guide to Perfume http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/the-penhaligons-guide-to-perfume/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/the-penhaligons-guide-to-perfume/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/the-penhaligons-guide-to-perfume/ Our resident fragrance geek, Nick Gilbert, explains all... Our resident fragrance geek, Nick Gilbert, explains all...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_263.jpg"<br/><br/><p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">You&rsquo;ll have read about notes used in perfume, as well as the various concentrations, but what does this mean? </span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Modern perfumes are constructed in what we call a pyramid. This means there is an evaporation from top to base notes. Perfumers seek to create a harmonious and smooth development in a fragrance &ndash; if there are any gaps in the evaporation, then the perfume doesn&rsquo;t smell complete.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Top notes are the most volatile and impactful materials used in perfumery: citrus (bergamot, lemon), green (galbanum, violet leaf) and aromatic (lavender, sage) materials tend to be top notes, as they evaporate the quickest from the fragrance.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Heart or Middle notes are what give the character to the perfume, and generally define the &lsquo;family&rsquo; (floral, chypre, fougere, oriental and so on) that the perfume falls into. Usually these are spices (cinnamon, clove), fruit notes (peach, blackcurrant), and flowers (rose, jasmine), as these are less volatile than top notes, but not as long lasting as base notes.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Base notes are the heaviest, longest lasting notes in a perfume. They will help the anchor the other notes to the skin and help slow down evaporation of the fragrance. Typically, base notes are woods (cedar, sandalwood), resins (frankincense, benzoin), amber notes (vanilla, labdanum), and animalic notes (musks).</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">When you first apply a fragrance, you smell the entire scent and the effect of all the notes, and over time, the top notes fade, followed by the heart notes, until you are left with the base.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">When we talk about concentration in a perfume, what we mean is the percentage of perfume compound (the blend of aromatic materials) suspended in alcohol.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Parfum or Extrait is the most concentrated form of fragrance, often referred to as &lsquo;pure perfume&rsquo;. There is around 20-30% perfume compound in alcohol, but since there isn&rsquo;t much water included, they don&rsquo;t smell &lsquo;strong&rsquo;. They have incredible longevity, and are very delicate, since they focus mostly on the long lasting base notes of the fragrance. The most sublime and decadent way of wearing perfume.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Eau de Parfum is the typical strength most female fragrances come in. This means anywhere between 12-20% perfume compound in alcohol, and the composition will be focused around heart and base notes.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Eau de Toilette is more often used in masculine fragrance, but as also as a more tonic way of wearing perfume. There can be between 7-12% perfume in alcohol in an eau de toilette, or even more in some cases! Eaux de Toilette are focused on top and heart notes, so often smell &lsquo;stronger&rsquo; at first than an Eau de Parfum.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Eau de Cologne is the lightest form of fragrance, with around 2-5% perfume, and is generally worn in summer with very tonic fragrances. They evaporate very quickly and as a result have a cooling effect.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The &lsquo;strength&rsquo; of the fragrance doesn&rsquo;t always mean that it will last longer, as this is down to the composition of the fragrance and the materials used as much as it is the amount of perfume in the final product. Some Eau de Toilette can last longer than some Eau de Parfum, and some Eau de Parfum may smell more intense at the opening than other Eau de Toilette. It all depends on the perfumer&rsquo;s intention.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">If one fragrance is available in several different concentrations, then each version will be a different formulation to achieve the effect desired of an Eau de Toilette (more diffusive, fresh), Eau de Parfum (richer, diffusive), or Parfum (warmer, delicate) &ndash; and you should smell all of them to make sure you are buying the version you love!</span></p> 0 Perfect Partners http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/perfect-partners/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/perfect-partners/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lauren http://www.penhaligons.com/perfect-partners/ “Penhaligon’s is the perfect partner for London Collections: Men..." “Penhaligon’s is the perfect partner for London Collections: Men..."<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_266.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Penhaligon&rsquo;s is delighted to become the Official Skincare Sponsor of London Collections: Men 2015. We&#39;ve worked exclusively with the British Fashion Council for the last year, scenting both London Fashion Week and London Collections. The collaboration further cements our expansion into the world of skincare after the launch of our first ever comprehensive grooming range, Bayolea this year. The exhilarating fragrance was the official scent of London Collections in June.<br /> <br /> Jenico Preston, Head of Sponsorship, British Fashion Council commented: &ldquo;Penhaligon&rsquo;s is the perfect partner for London Collections: Men &ndash; it has a rich heritage, is admired by a global audience and it interprets tradition in its own unique way. Once more we look forward to kick starting the global menswear calendar with Penhaligon&rsquo;s!&ldquo;<br /> <br /> This January, London Collections: Men 2015 will be scented with the modern and intensely atmospheric fragrance of Vaara. Vaara is inspired by the Royal House of Marwar-Jodphur in Rajasthan and was originally a private commission for His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II. The scent offers a unique glimpse into the aromatic and majestic world of India.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href=" http://www.penhaligons.com/vaara-eau-de-parfum/ "> <img alt="Vaara" src="/images/blogs/vaarablog.jpg" /></a></div> 0 Fragrance for the festive season http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/fragrance-for-the-festive-season/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/fragrance-for-the-festive-season/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/fragrance-for-the-festive-season/ Fragrances for your seasonal soirée Fragrances for your seasonal soirée<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_265.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The festive season is full of additional celebrations, from the office party, evenings at the theatre, to nights out with friends. We have listed our favourite fragrances to match each occasion.&nbsp;</span><br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Black Tie</span></h2> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Empressa</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">As shimmering as a sequined gown, with sparkling notes of pink pepper, blood orange and peach, against delicateand sweet rose, vanilla and a gentle candyfloss effect from maltol, <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/empressa/">Empressa</a> is certain to dazzle and impress at<br /> any party this season.</span><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/empressa/ "><img alt="Cornubia" src="/images/categories/EMPRESSAEAUDETOILETTE_BOX_blog.jpg" /></a>&nbsp;</span></div> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Suited &amp; Booted</span></h2> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Sartorial</span></h2> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">No scent says &#39;suited and booted&#39; like <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial-eau-de-toilette/">Sartorial</a> - redolent of the aromas found in Savile Row Tailor&#39;s workrooms, this handsome ambery fougere is the perfect finishing touch for all of those black tie events.</span> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/sartorial-eau-de-toilette/ "> <img alt="Cornubia" src="/images/categories/SARTORIALEAUDETOILETTE_1_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Fine Dining</span></h2> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Cornubia</span></h2> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Dining with your nearest and dearest calls for a glamorous and seductive number. <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/cornubia-eau-de-toilette/">Cornubia</a>, rich in amber, powdered heliotrope and luxuriant clouds of vanilla - is <em>the</em> scent for dinners or nights at the theatre.</span> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/cornubia-eau-de-toilette/ "> <img alt="Cornubia" src="/images/categories/CORNUBIAEAUDETOILETTE_1_blog.jpg" /> </a> </span></div> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Endymion</span></h2> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">And for him, an evening meal calls for perhaps the most charming fragrance in our collection: the seductive warmth of <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/endymion-cologne/">Endymion</a>, a scent of contrasts with the freshness of citrus and herbal notes, and the spiced warmth of coffee, leather and incense.</span> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/endymion-cologne/ "> <img alt="Endymion" src="/images/blogs/ENDYMIONCOLOGNE_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The Ballet</span></h2> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Iris Prima</span></h2> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">No Christmas is complete without a festive trip to The Nutcracker, and no trip to the ballet is complete without a spritz of <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/iris-prima/">Iris Prima</a> - the suedey sole of the ballet shoe is given a green floralcy with jasmine and a romantic poignancy by iris, it truly is the scent of the ballet, bottled.</span> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/iris-prima/ "> <img alt="Cornubia" src="/images/categories/Iris_Prima_blog.jpg" /></a> </span></div> <br /> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Cocktails</span></h2> <h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Juniper Sling</span></h2> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Any situation where cocktails are on the agenda calls for <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/juniper-sling-eau-de-toilette/">Juniper Sling</a> - a scent for bright young things, inspired by London Dry Gin. The atmospheric woodiness of juniper, cardamom and vetiver will keep the party going long into the night.</span> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/juniper-sling-eau-de-toilette/ "> <img alt="Cornubia" src="/images/categories/JUNIPERSLINGEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /></a></span></div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Which fragrance do you like to wear in party season? Do any of our scents make you feel particularly glamorous or add the finishing touch to your outfit? </span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Ostara illustrated. http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-illustrated/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-illustrated/#comments Tues, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Erin http://www.penhaligons.com/ostara-illustrated/ Artist Melissa Bailey has created this beautiful and unique custom illustration of Ostara exclusively for the launch. Artist Melissa Bailey has created this beautiful and unique custom illustration of Ostara exclusively for the launch.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_264.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Artist Melissa Bailey has created this beautiful and unique custom illustration of Ostara exclusively for the launch.&nbsp;She has&nbsp;used gentle brush strokes to recreate the fragrance in her own distinct style in a combination of watercolours and inks. We think it&#39;s absolutely beautiful. </span><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Melissa specialises in fashion illustrations and designs inspired by feminine beauty and the joy of life. You can see her wonderful portfolio here...<a href="http://melissabaileyillustration.co.uk/">melissabaileyillustration</a></span> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Here are a couple of our favourites&hellip; </span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Juniper Sling" src="/images/categories/Melissablog1.jpg" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="Mac lipstick" src="/images/categories/Melissablog2v2.jpg" /></div> <div> <br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">And because it&#39;s nearly time to decorate the tree...</span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Christmas Tree" src="/images/categories/Melissablog3_v2.jpg" /></span></div> <div> <br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">To learn more about Melissa you can visit her blog, <a href="http://melissabaileyillustration.co.uk/folio/">PAPER DOLL</a>, and follow her on <a href="https://twitter.com/melissabailey12">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/melissabaileyillustration">Facebook</a>. </span></div> 0 Nina Frydlender Creazioni has the bottle! http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/nina-frydlender-creazioni-has-the-bottle/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/nina-frydlender-creazioni-has-the-bottle/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lauren http://www.penhaligons.com/nina-frydlender-creazioni-has-the-bottle/ Can you guess which bottle is which? Can you guess which bottle is which?<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_260.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Penhaligon&rsquo;s is delighted to have worked with the workshop Nina Frydlender Creazioni, to create a unique one off collection of six bottles in six of our bestselling fragrances. Nina has created a unique design for each bottle, drawing inspiration from the name of each fragrance rather than the notes within each one. Available exclusively in our St Honore boutique in Paris, the 500ml fragrances are available to buy on the 29th of November and are priced at &euro;850 each.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Can you guess which bottle is which?<br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>BLENHEIM BOUQUET</strong><br /> The bottle of Blenheim Bouquet is inspired by the blue eyes of Gladys Deacon, the Duchess of Marlborough. Her eyes were so extraordinary that the English painter Colin Gill painted hundreds of eyes on the ceiling of a room in Blenheim Palace.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>ARTEMISIA</strong><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The bottle of Artemisia is inspired by Artemis the Goddess of hunting, wilderness, wild animals and the moon. She was a prominent figure in Greek and Roman mythology.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>LILY OF THE VALLEY</strong><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">This bottle is inspired by the freshness and femininity of spring.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>SARTORIAL</strong><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Sartorial is inspired by the fantasy world of a gentleman in the 19th century. The gentleman is a traveler &ndash; refined and cultured and one who is a regular in Savile Row.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>ENDYMION</strong><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Endymion is also inspired by romantic tales from Greek mythology ; Endymion was a mortal put into a perpetual sleep by Artemis, the Goddess of the Moon, so that she could gaze upon him lovingly each evening.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>MALABAH</strong><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The bottle of Malabah is inspired by the beauty of East India. Peacocks are large and majestic birds, and the national bird of India. They are an integral part of the country&rsquo;s culture, art and architecture.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Blenheim" src="/images/blogs/BLENHIEMBOUQUET.jpg" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Malabah" src="/images/blogs/MALABAH.jpg" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Sartorial" src="/images/blogs/SARTORIAL.jpg" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Artemisia" src="/images/blogs/ARTEMISIA.jpg" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Endymion" src="/images/blogs/ENDYMION.jpg" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><img alt="Lily of the Valley" src="/images/blogs/LILYOFTHEVALLEY.jpg" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> 0 Spring has (nearly) sprung! http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/spring-has-nearly-sprung/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/spring-has-nearly-sprung/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Erin http://www.penhaligons.com/spring-has-nearly-sprung/ An affirming burst of green and yellow: Juniper, Violet Leaf Absolute and Spearmint... An affirming burst of green and yellow: Juniper, Violet Leaf Absolute and Spearmint...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_255.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">We are counting down to the&nbsp;launch of Ostara, a luminous solar floral created by Master Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour. Inspired by the daffodil, the fragrance is a modern interpretation of this delicate and incandescent flower.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Ostara opens in an affirming burst of green and yellow: Juniper, Violet Leaf Absolute and Spearmint are layered against vibrant notes of Aldehydes, Blackcurrant and Clementine. Narcissus Absolute leads the sun-drenched floral bouquet, gathered with Hyacinth, Hawthorn, and Cyclamen, which are given depth by the humming warmth of beeswax. The fragrance then settles into a powdered, resinous base of Benzoin, Vanilla, Styrax, Amber and White Wood effects.<br /> <br /> <em>Top Notes</em>: Clementine, Bergamot, Red Berries CO2, Juniper, Spearmint, Blackcurrant Bud CO2, Violet Leaf Absolute, Leafy Effects, Aldehydes<br /> <br /> <em>Heart Notes:</em> Hyacinth, Narcissus Absolute, Beeswax Absolute, Cyclamen, Ylang Ylang, Hawthorn, Wisteria<br /> <br /> <em>Base Notes:</em> Styrax Resinoid, Vanilla, Benzoin, Musk, Amber, White Wood Effects<br /> <br /> <br /> Coming this Spring!</span></span> <p> &nbsp;</p> <br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Winning reviews... http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/winning-reviews/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/winning-reviews/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Erin http://www.penhaligons.com/winning-reviews/ The four lucky winners of our Review & Win competition are announced. The four lucky winners of our Review & Win competition are announced.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_261.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">You&#39;ve been very busy writing wonderful reviews for us. It&#39;s been very hard to pick our favourites. Here are our lucky winners of our Review &amp; Win competition.<br /> <br /> Congratulations!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Week One Winner.</strong><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Carl Mildner.</span></span></span> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/endymion-cologne/ "> <img alt="Endymion" src="/images/blogs/ENDYMIONCOLOGNE_blog.jpg" /> <img alt="Week 1 Winner" src="/images/blogs/Week1.png " /></a></span></span></span></div> <br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Week Two Winner.</strong><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Anna Barton.</span></span></span></span> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/juniper-sling-eau-de-toilette/ "> <img alt="Juniper Sling" src="/images/blogs/JUNIPERSLINGEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /> <img alt="Week 2 Winner" src="/images/blogs/Week2.png " /></a></span></span></span></span></div> <br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Week Three Winner.</strong><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Nathaniel Roberts.</span></span></span></span></span> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/bayolea-eau-de-toilette/ "> <img alt="Bayolea" src="/images/blogs/Bayolea_EDT_100ml_Box_blog.jpg" /> <img alt="Week 3 Winner" src="/images/blogs/Week3.png " /></a></span></span></span></span></span></div> <br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Week Four Winner.</strong><br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Kitty Shepherd.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/castile-eau-de-toilette/ "> <img alt="Castile" src="/images/blogs/CASTILEEAUDETOILETTE_blog.jpg" /> <img alt="Week 4 Winner" src=" /images/blogs/Week4.png " /></a></span> </span></span></span></span></span></div> 0 A day in the life of a Mo Bro http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-mo-bro/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-mo-bro/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Alex http://www.penhaligons.com/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-mo-bro/ Living with a furry upper lip isn’t without its challenges... Living with a furry upper lip isn’t without its challenges...<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_259.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Until not long ago facial hair was completely foreign to me. Arguably, it still is. If you&rsquo;re blessed with the kind of baby face I have at 22 years old then you don&rsquo;t really have much of a leg to stand on in the hairy stakes but alas&hellip; I started growing a moustache for Movember at the beginning of the month and I&rsquo;m so glad I did.</span><br /> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">When Movember was founded in 2003 it was done so for a laugh and although it has now branched out to be at the forefront of men&rsquo;s health the idea of having fun and doing good remains. Being chronically lazy and having an irrational fear of heights means that a marathon or charity skydive are a bit beyond me. However, the journey of growing a moustache for a great cause presents a different sort of commitment. Living with a furry upper lip isn&rsquo;t without its challenges: people are routinely giving me looks of bemusement and curiosity on the morning commute into work but that&rsquo;s cool. Knowing that over 4 million Mo Bro&rsquo;s around the world have taken on the very same challenge to raise awareness for men&rsquo;s health brings it back home.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Inherently, for men, health isn&rsquo;t the usual conversation of choice when we&rsquo;re out with our mates. Movember changes this and the moustache challenges us to ask questions and talk about real issues. It can only be a good thing that the culture is shifting and we are becoming more aware and educated about our own health.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Having seen first-hand how Movember has helped people&rsquo;s lives has been a humbling experience and it&rsquo;s really exciting to know of the initiatives that are making an everlasting impact on the face of men&rsquo;s health. Because of the fundraising exploits of Mo Bro&rsquo;s &amp; Mo Sista&rsquo;s around the world, in 21 countries there are currently over 800 programmes dedicated to treating prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men&rsquo;s mental health.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The influence of Movember goes well beyond simply growing a moustache. Being a Mo Bro has shown me this and it&rsquo;s been the most eye opening experience imaginable.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">If you&rsquo;d like to find out more about Movember, head to <a href="http://uk.movember.com/">uk.Movember.com</a> and have a browse on the website. Don&rsquo;t worry it&rsquo;s not too late to sign up and grow a Mo!</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Alex Trayling <a href="http://uk.movember.com/mospace/9671733/">(uk.movember.com/mospace/9671733)</a> </span></p> 0 In the Library - Books for Christmas http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/in-the-library-books-for-christmas/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/in-the-library-books-for-christmas/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/in-the-library-books-for-christmas/ We're as obsessed with books about perfume as we are with perfume itself! Take a look at our recommendations for your Christmas list. We're as obsessed with books about perfume as we are with perfume itself! Take a look at our recommendations for your Christmas list.<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_257.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">There&#39;s a whole plethora of books about the world of perfumery, but here are a small collection of our favourites for this festive season.<br /> <br /> <strong>The Perfume Bible</strong> by Josephine Fairley and Lorna McKay<br /> <br /> A wonderful introduction to the world of perfume, written by the founders of the Perfume Society. There are 192 beautifully illustrated pages, including 100 perfumes to try before you die, how to build a perfume wardrobe and information about ingredients. A beautiful book.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><img src="/images/categories/perfumebiblecover.jpg" /> </span></div> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Scent &amp; Subversion</strong> by Barbara Herman<br /> <br /> This fantastic tome collects reviews from Barbara&#39;s blog, tracing threads through historical perfumers works, and loaded with gorgeous ads of yesteryear.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img src="/images/categories/scentandsubversioncover.jpg" /></span></div> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>British Perfumery: A Fragrant History</strong> by British Society of Perfumers<br /> <br /> To celebrate their 50th anniversay, the BSP launched this collective history of British Perfumery dating back to the 16th Century, as well as looks behind the scenes in the industry (from perfumers to suppliers), and of course a fascinating look at Penhaligon&#39;s.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img src="/images/categories/bspbookcover.jpg" /></span></div> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Coming to my Senses</strong> by Alyssa Harad<br /> <br /> Harad writes wittily and evocatively about her fall down the scented rabbit hole as she discovers the &quot;seductive underworld&quot; of perfume, and the tribulations of trying to plan a wedding at the same time. </span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img src="/images/categories/comingtomysensescover.jpg" /></div> <br type="_moz" /> 0 The unveiling of our Christmas collection... http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/the-unveiling-of-our-christmas-collection-/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/the-unveiling-of-our-christmas-collection-/#comments Tues, 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/the-unveiling-of-our-christmas-collection-/ The unveiling of our Christmas collection is becoming as anticipated as Christmas itself! The unveiling of our Christmas collection is becoming as anticipated as Christmas itself!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_254.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Following up on last year&rsquo;s beautiful songbird collection was always going to be a big task, but this year&rsquo;s collection is as beautiful as ever &ndash; if we do say so ourselves!<br /> <br /> Taking inspiration from the sometimes surprising fashions of the past, our tins are embellished with whimsical illustrations of ladies and gents adorned in unusual accessories, and will cater to everyone&rsquo;s fragrant needs: perfect gifts for your loved ones this season.<br /> <br /> First up, our miniature fragrance collections for him and for her, a perfect introduction into the world of Penhaligon&rsquo;s for the uninitiated, and a must have gift for every fan of Penhaligon&rsquo;s!<br /> <br /> Gentlemen&rsquo;s Fragrance Collection A classic assortment of scents for gents is available this year in our <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/gentlemens-collection/">Gentlemen&rsquo;s Fragrance Collection</a>, containing 5ml bottles of Blenheim Bouquet, Juniper Sling, Bayolea, Sartorial and Opus 1870.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img src="/images/categories/For_him_Blogv2.jpg" /></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Ladies Fragrance Collection Our classic gift set showcasing an exquisite array of fragrances for ladies in our <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/ladies-collection/">Ladies Fragrance Collection</a> this year, containing 5ml bottles of Vaara, Malabah, Ellenisia, Iris Prima and Quercus.</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img src="/images/categories/For_her_blogv2.jpg" /> </span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Next up are our fantastic sets, which represent fantastic value - a selection of our most popular fragrances with a matching scented shower gel or body cream.<br /> <br /> Artemisia Fragrance Collection Our best-selling feminine fragrance, Artemisia, is available in this charming Christmas set. The <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/artemisia-collection/">Artemisia Fragrance Collection</a> contains one 100ml Artemisia EDP and one Artemisia 300ml Shower Gel.</span><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img src="/images/categories/Artemisia.jpg" /></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Blenheim Bouquet Fragrance Collection Our best-selling men&rsquo;s fragrance, named after Blenheim Palace, is available for Christmas in the <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/blenheim-bouquet-collection/">Blenheim Bouquet Fragrance Collection</a>: a set that includes one 50ml Blenheim Bouquet EDT and one 300ml Shower Gel. Perfect for anyone who enjoys the a fresh, discreet citrus of a timeless classic.</span><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img src="/images/categories/Blenheim.jpg" /> </span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Ellenisia Fragrance Collection Ellenisia, a feminine and sweet fragrance from our collection is available for Christmas in the <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/ellenisia-collection/">Ellenisia Fragrance Collection</a>: one Ellenisia 50ml EDP and one Ellenisia 150ml Hand and Body Lotion.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img src="/images/categories/Ellenisia.jpg" /> </span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Juniper Sling Fragrance Collection Juniper Sling, an intoxicating fragrance inspired by London Dry Gin, is available in a Christmas set for the first time this year. A perfect gift for enigmatic boys and girls, the decadent <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/juniper-sling-collection/">Juniper Sling Fragrance Collection</a> includes one 100ml Juniper Sling EDT and one Juniper Sling 300ml Shower Gel.</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><img src="/images/categories/Juniper.jpg" /></span></div> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">And finally, if for any reason these don&#39;t cater to your loved ones needs, our Purple Ladies Gift Tin and Blue Gentlemens Gift Tin are both available in store&nbsp;for you to fill with Penhaligon&#39;s products of your choice! </span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Penhaligon's Moustache Awards 2014 http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-moustache-awards-2014/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-moustache-awards-2014/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lauren http://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-moustache-awards-2014/ Gentleman, the time to grow is now! Gentleman, the time to grow is now!<br/><br/><img alt="" src="/images/blogs/blog_large_253.jpg"<br/><br/><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Penhaligon&rsquo;s will be running our fourth annual Moustache Awards to recognize the efforts of Mo Bros across the nation during November. Gentleman, the time to grow is now!<br /> <br /> 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. 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 Sunday 30th November. The winners will be revealed on Monday the 1st of December.<br /> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/PenhaligonsLtd/app_544698402341453">Enter here </a></span><br /> <br /> The first prize winner will receive a year&rsquo;s supply of Penhaligon&rsquo;s fragrances.</span><br /> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The second prize winner will receive half a year&rsquo;s supply of Penhaligon&rsquo;s fragrances. </span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 16px;">The third prize winner will receive 3 months supply of Penhaligon&rsquo;s fragrances.<br /> <br /> Good Luck!<br /> <br /> Oh and don&#39;t forget...to keep it neat&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/movember-wax/">Click here</a></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> 0 Made in Movember http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/made-in-movember/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/made-in-movember/#comments Weds, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lauren http://www.penhaligons.com/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.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-and-london-fashion-week/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-and-london-fashion-week/#comments Mon, 08 Sept 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lauren http://www.penhaligons.com/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.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-and-the-london-design-festival/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-and-the-london-design-festival/#comments Weds, 03 Sept 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lauren http://www.penhaligons.com/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.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-patchouli/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-patchouli/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/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.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/a-history-of-bay-rum/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/a-history-of-bay-rum/#comments Weds, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/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 /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">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.</span> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><img alt="Curated exhibition" src="/images/categories/curatedbayolea.jpg" /></span></div> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 16px;">Bayolea has recently been reimagined as part of our comprehensive gentlemen&rsquo;s grooming collection. You can shop the collection <a href="http://www.penhaligons.com/bayolea/"><strong<strong>here</strong<strong></a>.</span><br type="_moz" /> 0 Bayolea – From the Archives http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/bayolea-from-the-archives/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/bayolea-from-the-archives/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/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.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/how-to-groom-a-beard/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/how-to-groom-a-beard/#comments Weds, 28 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/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.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-tonka/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-tonka/#comments Tues, 27 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/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.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/the-london-tweed-run-2014/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/the-london-tweed-run-2014/#comments Thurs, 01 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/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.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/the-tralala-pop-up-shop-cocktail-and-dessert-at-harvey-nichols/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/the-tralala-pop-up-shop-cocktail-and-dessert-at-harvey-nichols/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/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.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="710" scrolling="no" src="//instagram.com/p/nI4WPQqNff/embed/" width="612"></iframe></span></center> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">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.</span><br /> <br /> <center> <span style="font-size: 13px;"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="710" scrolling="no" src="//instagram.com/p/nIug7LqNQ9/embed/" width="612"></iframe></span></center> <br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> 0 Tralala's Afternoon Tea and Chocolates http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/tralalas-afternoon-tea-and-chocolates/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/tralalas-afternoon-tea-and-chocolates/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Alex http://www.penhaligons.com/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.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-receives-fragrance-foundation-uk-nominations/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-receives-fragrance-foundation-uk-nominations/#comments Thurs, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/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.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-opoponax/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-opoponax/#comments Thurs, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/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.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/a-qa-with-meadham-kirchhoff/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/a-qa-with-meadham-kirchhoff/#comments Thurs, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Matt http://www.penhaligons.com/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.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-press-round-up-tralala/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-press-round-up-tralala/#comments Tues, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Marie http://www.penhaligons.com/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.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/review-win-competition-winners/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/review-win-competition-winners/#comments Weds, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lucy http://www.penhaligons.com/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.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/our-parisian-tralala-press-event/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/our-parisian-tralala-press-event/#comments Thurs, 03 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lauren http://www.penhaligons.com/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.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/nina-frydlenders-beautiful-artwork/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/nina-frydlenders-beautiful-artwork/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Matt http://www.penhaligons.com/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.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-rose/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/ingredient-focus-rose/#comments Thurs, 27 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/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.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-press-room-march2/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/penhaligons-press-room-march2/#comments Weds, 26 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Marie http://www.penhaligons.com/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.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/koh-do-ceremony/ http://www.penhaligons.comhttp://www.penhaligons.com/koh-do-ceremony/#comments Thurs, 13 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nick http://www.penhaligons.com/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