Penhaligon’s The World According to Arthur

Part of the British perfumehouse Penhaligon’s Portraits collection, The World According to Arthur Eau de Parfum pays homage to the eponymous King and warrior. Nodding to his journey of wisdom and wit as he attempts to best his brother Lord George, it is made in the UK and formed of an incense top note, ambrette and clary sage at the heart, followed by tonka absolute.

A fragrance family quite unlike any other, where nothing is quite as it seems. Portraits is a tribute to the good old English spirit: stiff upper lip, caustic humour, and a knack for provocation. What lies behind good manners? Perhaps it’s time to find out.  

What are the secrets of the British Aristocracy? Are they as educated, courteous and polite as they are made out to be? ‘Portraits’ is a tribute to the English spirit; between ‘establishment, humor and provocation’. The family of ‘Portraits’ continues with Lord George’s younger brother: Arthur.

Arthur sheaths his silver spoon and words like a sword. Now, fresh from the East, he’s mastered sage wisdom. So, that devil Lord George best keep his brother sweet. When incensed, he breathes fire.

At the heart of the royal family, meet Lord George’s rival brother: Arthur. A dreamy explorer in search of adventure, he sets out to explore the hills, lakes and temples of the far reaches of the Great Wall of China. His fragrance accompanies him on each of his journeys, revealing his wisdom with notes of sage, balanced by a mysterious facet thanks to incense and amber. Be careful not to get burned by his side: Arthur masters both the fire and the balance of his fragrance. Between power and freshness, the fragrance promises an olfactory journey that transcends the ages.

A spot of familial competition: Hot tempers and sibling rivalry. Arthur and his younger brother, Lord George, meet again. Will Lord George remain the head of the family, or will the tables turn? We all know what happened the last time George and The Dragon locked horns… 

A kindred spirits counsel: Changing Constance is all too accustomed to feeling like a misfit, a maverick. Which is why The World According To Arthur hit it off the moment they met at the union of their siblings. Since which time they have remained, well, the closest of confidants.

Hold one’s bated breath, The World According To Arthur has arrived exclusively online. But Penhaligon’s The World According to Arthur Eau de Parfum comes in 75ml flacons, and will also be available at Pehaliogon’s boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Penhaligon’s.

The Favourite by Penhaligon’s


A hundred and eighteen years after the creation of Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet (the company’s longest surviving fragrance, initially a bespoke scent for the Duke of Marlborough), the venerable British brand has just launched a new perfume that also pays tribute to the monumental Blenheim Palace.

The stage is set, the setting is Blenheim. The story concerns the mother of this majestic Palace. Her scent fills the Royal Quarters as golden mimosa sways society’s opinion. She greets with a darling smile, charming and coy, innocent as a wildflower. Yet, layers peel away like mandarin and bergamot. Smoke and mirrors. Iris and musk. Manoeuvres and mystery create the most wonderful of palaces. But what goes on in the shadows? Behind closed doors? Leave it to her, it’s better that way. Jasmine toys with one’s heart-strings as she begins to emerge upon a sandalwood stage.

Waiting won’t do for this lady. She knows exactly what goes on behind Palace doors, and her golden mimosa sways society’s opinion. Her majestic scent of iris and musk greets with a darling smile as she begins to emerge on a sandalwood stage. Mischief-tinged musk: this fragrance wields its own charming power in Royal Quarters.


Composed by perfumer Aliénor Massenet, Penhaligon’s The Favourite reflects the charming, appealing, vivacious side of the woman it is inspired by. Acquaint yourself with The Favourite before she steps out of the shadows – because what you see isn’t always what you get.

Presented in a lavish flacon with an elegant bow befitting of the coveted House, the distinctively feminine aroma offers fierce confidence without losing its innate charm.

Be upstanding for the favorite. Penhaligon’s The Favourite comes as 100ml Eau de Parfum and is available at Penhaligon’s and at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Penhaligon’s.





Penhaligon’s Cairo Aromatic Liquid Gold


Now, the early morning murmur of life is about to burst through, much the same as Spring. A skyline that reflects mathematical magic and so bears testimony to the cradle of scholarship that is Cairo. And in harmony with the masterly shapes that rise upwards from the earth, soft female forms command the sky. Created by Christophe Raynaud, The Mediterranean melting-pot is home to a thousand minarets and a thousand fragrant gems.

The sun of an acient city, rises slowly over the citadel, like liquid gold that fills the sky.

Inspired by the rising sun over the ancient city, the Cairo Eau de Parfum by Penhaligon’s boasts exquisite Damascan Rose, macerated in an abundance of woods and spices. An ornate and sumptuous compsition that echoes with saffron and incense, per fumum, the perfume of the gods. the scent finishes with patchouli and vanilla at its base for a familiar reassurance of dusk.


Penhaligon’s Cairo comes as 100ml Eau de Parfum, and is available at Penhaligon’s and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Penhaligon’s.





Meet Penhaligon’s small delights


Meet five of Penhaligon’s most loved fragrances. Spray and prepare oneself to fall in love with your new favourite scent.

Small scents with a big impact. Ensure you leave a pleasant redolence on your journeys with Penhaligon’s travel friendly fragrances.

Penhaligon’s Halfeti

Penhaligon's-Halfeti-Flacon.jpgA potion so delightfully intoxicating one falls immediately in love. Warm, strong and reassuring all at once. All respectability forgotten, we have travelled far, as far as Turkey!

Created by perfumer Christiano Provenzano, Halfeti is inspired by precious goods traded by Turkey – spices, exotic flowers and soft leather. Named after a small Turkish village, Halfeti, where beautiful Halfeti black roses bloom on the coasts of the Euphrates river. Here in Halfeti, the red roses appear black so intense is their magic.

Top notes: Citrus, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Saffron, Cardamom, Atermisia, Cypress needles
Heart notes: Jasmine, Bulgarian rose, Nutmeg
Base notes: Leather, Oud, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Amber, Musk, Vanilla, Tonka

The beginning of this story is fresh and vigorous; bergamot, hints of green, and aromatic Artemisia. It evolves with gusto thanks to jasmine and spiced rose – this love has thorns. The ending bears all the promise of distant lands, with the certainty of vanilla and sandalwood, the piquancy of leather and a most reassuringly distinguished mélange of Oud, amber and patchouli.

penhaligons-halfeti-box-flacon.jpgHere, the British Levant Company traded in the opulent treasures of the Ottoman merchants to secure the pick of the crop, the finest of the batch, the best in the region, of the valuable goods that were opening up… could one call it Epicurean tastes in the, oh so stoic, British Isles?

Penhaligon’s Halfeti was created for women. The delightfully intoxicating oud fragrance commes now in 30ml, perfect for journeys to distant lands.


Penhaligon’s Elisabethan Rose 

Penhaligon's-Elisabethan-Rose-Flacon.jpgCreated by Michael Pickthall Penhaligon’s Elisabethan Rose is a floral aldehyde fragrance, launched in 1984.

Top notes: Geranium, Aldehydes
Heart notes: Violet, Rose
Base notes: Musk, Sandalwood, Amber

Fit for a Queen. A fragrance with (of course) a most commanding presence. Regal. Demanding. Imposing. And yet so perfectly at ease. Delicate indeed. ‘A rose is a rose’ – but not all roses are created equal.

ElisabethanRoseEDT30ML_1Penhaligon’s Elisabethan Rose was created for women. The delicately regal rose fragrance comes now in 30ml, to accompany a queen on her travels.


Penhaligon’s Empressa 

Penhaligon's-Empressa -FlaconAs one would expect of an Empressa, she travels in style (whilst travelling light): with her abundant pearls, mirrors and fine silks. She is the jewel in the crown. The rose in the desert. She rises above all others in stature, in refinement, in grace and in beauty. Her queenly airs are clothed in splendour. Like her scent, she leaves a seductive and lasting impression. Florals and fruits are exquisitely combined, tamed, because whilst she is certainly sweet she is anything but cloying. A rare find indeed.

Top notes:  Bergamot, Blood orange, Mandarin orange, Peach, Pink pepper
Heart notes: Neroli, Geranium, Rose, Dewberry, Cassis
Base notes: Amber, Musk, Sandalwood, Olibanum, Cacao, Brown sugar, Patchouli, Vanilla

Penhaligon’s Empressa – part of the Penhaligon’s Trade Routes Collection – is a Oriental Floral fragrance, launched is 2014. The nose behind this fragrance is Christian Provenzano. A precious Middle Eastern Rose, from Damascus, makes the fragrance tender; geranium and pepper bring verve. The opening trilogy of blood orange, bergamot and mandarin serve as an inviting, radiant smile. But what lingers of the Empressa, are the sensual depths of cocoa, amber, patchouli, frankincense and the most precious woods.

penhaligons-empressa-box-flacon-1.jpgWhilst she may always wear rare, immaculate pearls, the Empressa has a secret fondness for silks and spice. Bright, soft and deeply sensual are the textures of this luxurious, luminous, lavish cloak.

Penhaligon’s Empressa was created for women (and men?). The deeply sensual floral fragrance comes now in 30ml, for those who travel in style.


Penhaligon’s Orange Blossom 2010

Penhaligon's-Orange-Blossom-FlaconPerfumer Bertrand Duchaufour updated the classic scent in 2010. All the stimulating sensations of a stroll through orange orchards in bloom, for those new to the discovery of a love story bathed in sunlight. Perfumed with honeyed floral mists, that rise and fall from the tiny innocent white blooms. To the warm blossom-scent, some more vigorous Lemon-Cedrat, violet leaf and pink berries/pepper? The Calabrian orange and bergamot are resplendently complemented with peach flowers, rose, tuberose and jasmine. And because an orchard is full of trees… cedar unifies the vanilla and musks that create a satisfying shady base.

Penhaligon's-Orange-Blossom-Box-FlaconPenhaligon’s Orange Blossom was created for women (and men?), the honeyed floral comes now in 30ml, essential for travels to the orange orchards of Calabria.


Penhaligon’s Luna 2016

Penhaligon's-Luna-FlaconLuna, the Moon Goddess, brings her blessings to the forbidden. Endymion was the most handsome son of Zeus and was placed into perpetual slumber by the Goddess of the Moon so that she alone could gaze upon him.

Offering gentle introduction in a daintier dose. She also likes to bathe at night. Illuminated by her own dancing opalescent light. A light that needs – and longs all day! – for night’s return. To shine again.

Top notes: Lemon, Bergamot, Bitter orange
Heart notes: Jasmine, Rose, Juniper berries
Base notes: Musk, Ambergris, Balsam fir

Luna was created in 2016. Sparkling first with Bergamot oil and lemon primofiore, it soon finds a dream-like calm, with jasmine, juniper and soft rose accords. A harmony complete when musks and ambergris enchant Endymion’s endless beauty sleep.

Penhaligon's-Luna-Box-FlaconPenhaligon’s Luna, for men and women, the much loved fresh floral fragrance comes now in 30ml, perfect for your dream-like travels.





Surprise a loved one


It’s almost December. Pick the perfect present for a loved one from Penhaligon’s unique range of fragrances and gifts. Receive a complimentary silver plated Mistletoe Tree Decoration to hang on your tree this weekend when you spend over £120 (or above in a single transaction).

Don’t forget to select your choice of complimentary gift wrapping at checkout.

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Tribute to the English spirit: Penhaligon’s Portrait Collection



Penhaligon’s presented their new Portrait Collection. The new line which includes four fragrances with such dramatic names: The Tragedy of Lord George, The Revenge of Lady Blanche, Much Ado About The Duke and The Coveted Duchess Rose is a tribute to the English spirit; between establishment, humour and provocation. In fact… it reveals the secrets of the British aristocracy.




Penhaligon’s The Tragedy of Lord George (for men)



Lord George is a wealthy and respected man, the archetypal patriarch. He seems to embody the noblest values of the aristocracy: virtue, respect, loyalty and faithfulness.

Deceptively traditional Lord George. Lord George is a perfect reminder that one should be aware of appearances. He himself maintains that one should never be able to divine what a man is thinking. This ability being, of course, the key to a happy marriage. Honourable, to a tee, his fidelity to King and Country is resolute. His penchant for muttering ‘the flesh is weak’ over the breakfast kippers is entirely without explanation.

Top notes: Brandy
Heart notes: Shaving soap
Base notes: Tonka Bean

His fragrance reflects his essence; seemingly traditional, yet with hidden secrets. A woody amber fougère from perfumer Alberto Morillas, with rum, tonka bean and ambrox.


Penhaligon’s The Revenge of Lady Blanche (for women)



A darling of London Society, and one of the most influential ladies in Britain. Her aloof beauty, mysterious past and blazing passions are scrutinised by all from shop-girls to Royalty. She would do anything to climb the social ladder still further. Her latest scheme is to poison her husband, Lord George, inheriting his wealth and burying his secrets for ever!

Lady Blanche is a picture of devotion, charm – and criminal intentions. A social butterfly with a dangerous bite one might say. Shakespeare did try to warn us ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’. Indeed, a woman does always know. Lady Blanche wishes, oh how she wishes! that she did not. The real crime you see is the inelegance of not having kept all of this where it belongs – in the dark, with the lights off! (Cross her at your peril).

Top notes: Powdery orris
Heart notes: Narcissus flower
Base notes: Hyacinth

Her fragrance reflects her very essence. A green floral narcotic, created by perfumer Daphné Bugey. – Charmingly dangerous.


Penhaligon’s The Coveted Duchess Rose (for women)



Daughter of Lady Blanche and Lord George, Rose married a Duke to escape the stifling rigidity of her family and to become the Coveted Duchess Rose. At first, naively romantic, she has now become disillusioned and frustrated in an unsatisfactory marriage.

A fresh, sweet Rose – ready for the picking. Ever since her recent marriage (anything but a bed of roses) our demure Duchess is urgently desirous of desire. Her bosom is aching for release from the corsets of Victorian life, she dreams of nothing but Paradise Regained, again and again. When one’s husband is at the theatre every evening, one does become terribly bored…

Top notes: Mandarin
Heart notes: Rose
Base notes: Musky wood

Always looking for fun and frivolity (and perhaps love affairs), her fragrance is a not so innocent fresh rose. A woody rose from perfumer Christophe Raynaud.


Penhaligon’s Much Ado About The Duke (for men)



Conforming to the expectations of his class, Duke Nelson married the most coveted girl in London: the Duchess Rose. Yet the Duke is eccentric and unusual, his whimsical airs set society tongues wagging. Rumours abound that his marriage is yet to be consummated!

Who could say if it was the evenings spent at the theatre that gave the Duke his ravishing, ravished air. A slight perfume of intrigue engulfs him nevertheless. Exquisitely ubiquitous, a decadent dandy, an utterly charming chap, virulently ambivalent, a thoroughly ambiguous first son-in-law – hearts throb wherever he goes, but not the ones you might think. His wife agrees that the theatre is no place for a Duchess. Sometimes she longs not to be a Duchess…

Top notes: Peppery rose
Heart notes: Gin
Base notes: Leathery wood

His perfume is as ambivalent as he is: a floral yet masculine woody fragrance. A spicy woody rose from perfumer Daphné Bugey, with rose, gin and cumin.



The four Penhaligon’s Eau de Parfums come in 75ml stylish bottles with gold-plated animal heads as stoppers, priced at £178 ($218).

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High tea and spring flowers inspire Penhaligon’s new gourmand fragrance: Equinox Bloom


Penhaligon’s has decide to tease and tantalize us with a brand new gourmand fragrance that will inspired by the English tradition of afternoon tea. The fragrance will also draw inspiration from transitions, specifically the time of the day when day turns into evening and the thaw when cold winter finally gives way for spring.



Created by Master Perfumer Olivier Cresp, the fragrance is called Equinox Bloom and will feature an olfactory palette inspired by the quintessentially English tradition of afternoon tea, and the transitional moment when day turns to evening and when cold Winter yields to Spring. Expect notes of Chantilly, Frangipani and Brown Sugar blended with violet leaves, orange blossom absolute and jasmine sambac, with Benzoin Siam and Ambrox.

During one of my recent visits to London, I enjoyed an incredible brunch in a smart, refined place, where the magnificent atmosphere of the rooms, furnished with opulent floral compositions, ensnared my senses almost at once. While admiring the floral scenery, my brunch included delightful toasts topped with honey and marmalade and these gourmand facets inspired me to bring to Equinox Bloom a trendy, modern inflexion to the generous floral bouquet. To me, this luxurious and abundant refinement reflects Penhaligon’s generosity in fragrances in a perfect ways.

Olivier Cresp.

Penhaligon's Equinox Bloom.jpg

The fragrance will feature top notes of Chantilly, Neroli Bigarade Essence, Violet leaves, Absolute; heart notes of Frangipani, Orange blossom absolute, Jasmine Sambac absolute and base notes of Brown Sugar accord and Oriental richness of Benzoin Siam and Ambrox.

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Penhaligon unveils a lavender fragrance for its 145th anniversary



Penhaligon’s is a British perfume house. It was founded in 1870sby William Henry Penhaligon, a Cornish barber who moved to London and who became Court Barber and Perfumer to Queen Victoria.

Penhaligon created his own products to sell to his clients, many of whom were politicians of the age. The first standalone shop was situated in Jermyn Street next to the street’s Hammam, where William Penhaligon had been a barber. The second shop opened at 33 St James’ Street, and was attached to the Jermyn Street store at the rear. In the late 1920s, the business moved to Bury Street. The original buildings were destroyed in The Blitz in 1941, however the store on Bury Street remained untouched. The Bury Street premises operated until the mid 1950s, when Penhaligon’s was purchased by Geo F Trumper, continuing to be manufactured from the basement of Trumper’s Curzon Street premises, and slowly fell into obscurity.


Now the English perfume house has revealed that they will celebrate the brand’s 145th anniversary with the launch of a new perfume. The name, Eau de Cologne No. 33, was inspired by the perfume house London boutique address: 33 St James’s Street.

The summery fragrance will revolve around lavender which has been part of many of the perfume house’ iconic fragrances – Hammam Bouquet (1872), Blenheim Bouquet (1902) and English Fern (1911), to name a few – and has strong ties to the house.

Alongside the famous ‘little purple’ flower, citrus, armoise and clary sage will form the top notes with warm heart notes of cardamom, ginger and pepper, along with fresh geranium. Cedar vetiver, amber, tabacco and vanilla will comprise the base notes.

Penhaligon-Eau-de-Cologne-33-Flacon-box.pngThe fragrance is packed in a vintage inspired flacon with a lavender bow around its neck. In keeping with the perfume house’ tradition, the Eau de Cologne will be made in England.

Penhaligon Eau de Cologne 33 will be available as 50 and 100ml. Come into the wonderful world of Penhaligon’s.







This spring, British niche perfume house Penhaligon’s will launch 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. An olfactory journey – from bulb to bud to bloom.

And then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth

An iconic feature of the British countryside, the daffodil symbolizes the optimism and revival of spring. In 1802, the distinguished poet William Wordsworth wrote about a sea of daffodils in his poem, ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’. Excerpts have been included on the outer packaging of the fragrance to reflect the radiance of the flower.


Penhaligon’s have worked with artist Melissa Bailey to create a beautiful and unique illustration of Ostara exclusively for the launch. Melissa used gentle brush strokes to recreate the fragrance in her own distinct style in a combination of watercolours and inks.



Penhaligon’s Ostara Eau de Toilette

Top notes: Clementine, Bergamot, Red Berries CO2, Juniper, Spearmint, Blackcurrant Bud CO2, Violet Leaf Absolute, Leafy Effects, Aldehydes
Heart notes: Hyacinth, Narcissus Absolute, Beeswax Absolute, Cyclamen, Ylang Ylang, Hawthorn, Wisteria
Base notes: Styrax Resinoid, Vanilla, Benzoin, Musk, Amber, White Wood Effects

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.

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Vaara, A Fragrance Fit for a Maharaja

The Maharaja’s granddaughter is born into luxury. Succulent quince, fragrant roses, and wood warmed by the midday sun. Vibrant Rajasthan, captured in an Eau de Parfum. Tempered by stately elegance.

Created by Bertrand Duchaufour, Penhaligon’s London’s new fragrance Vaara was inspired by no other than the Royal House of Marwar-Jodphur in Rajasthan. The composition started life as the passion of His Highness Gaj Singh II who wanted to reflect his family’s deep love and connection with Jodhpur and to celebrate his granddaughter Vaara’s birthday.

Top notes: Quince, Rosewater, Carrot Seed, Coriander Seed, Saffron
Middle notes: Moroccan Rose Absolute, Bulgarian Rose Oil, Freesia, Indian Magnolia, Peony, Iris
Base notes: Honey, White Musk, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Benzoin Resin, Tonka Bean

Vaara’s luxurious bouquet leads the nose to a parure of petaled jewel tones. Rubies, diamonds, sapphires and pearls are translated into a string of scents rich in compatible elegance. As if on cue, they compose an exotic aura; there, the Absolute rule of roses is in everlasting bloom. After a single spritz, those in your presence will be transfixed. A rose-infused Eau de Parfum by any other name would not be the same: The multifaceted dazzle that is Vaara is the only sparkle you’ll ever need to adorn your days and nights.

It offers a unique and beautiful glimpse into this aromatic world of the Maharaja. Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour’s journey to Jodhpur provided him with an abundance of inspiration for the fragrance and the end result, Vaara, cleverly captures the spirit of this fascinating part of India.

A secret garden at the backyard of an Indian palace a summer evening. The smell of saffron on hot skin. Spicy nights and burning desires in a flacon. This scent will never let you go

Penhaligon’s Vaara is available as 100ml Eau de Parfum at Penhaligon’s boutiques and selected store worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Penhaligon’s.