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A Lavender Love Affair

  • Posted on 24th April 2015 by Nick

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

    Where does it come from?

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

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

    How does it smell?

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

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

    Why is it used in a perfume?

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

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

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

    • Comments
    • Comment
    • by anonymous
    • Daily user of Blenheim Bouquet shaving soap and after shave. Most interested in your creations involving Lavender for both men and women!
    • Owner
    • by Margie's Tea Service LLC
    • I cannot wait to see the fragrance that evolves and is made public in July! Please notify me...I have been a longtime fan of Penhaligon's.
    • Nice Article
    • by Andrew
    • I have to admit for a love of Lavender, I grew up around it in the New Forest and on the Isle of Wight. Now I live in the states, Lavender reminds me of home. Nice article, thanks for sharing.
    • Niche Fragrance Fanatic
    • by Louise Blandon
    • A Lavender Love Affair nails it!! Can Penhaligon's really expect its devoted fan base to wait until J-u-l-y- for the widely-anticipated reveal?? Penhaligon's hypnotic elixirs - voluptuous odes to Life, Love, and Lust - are sensual, apothecary-like, olfactory triggers for living life well and enjoying to the hilt. My wardrobe of niche fragrances is my prized collection, but truth be told, Lavendula by itself, evokes for me, never-to-be-forgotten, wondrous memories imprinted like DNA on my receptive psyche and soul. Bring it on Penhaligon's! Come July 2015, the fragrance scene will be thoroughly sizzling!! Louise Blandon Phoenix, AZ
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