Jasmine flanked peony opens this floral treat (Penhaligon’s 2012). Violet leaf adds a lily-like, delicate sweetness. And musky, vetiver edged rose lingers distinctly, but distantly just beyond. But, Peoneve is really a green, leafy sort of scent. It’s meant for a spring or summer day just as this one…

Top note: violet leaf. Middle notes: rose, peony, and jasmine. Base notes: musk, vetiver, and cashmeran.

Nose: Olivier Cresp

Orange Blossom

Warm, endearing neroli is flanked by jasmine, peach blossom, tuberose and musk. Pink pepper and cedar round this sweet beauty out… It’s a classic orange blossom (Penhaligon’s 2010), it’s not particularly fussy and for some it might even seem too simple. But I love it. Penhaligon’s Orange Blossom is the sort of scent that won’t distract you but may occasionally infuse your day with a little comfort. 🌿 This is a 3.4 fl. oz. original formulation Penhaligon’s Orange Blossom eau de toilette.

Top notes: neroli, bergamot, amalfi lemon, pink pepper, violet leaf and cardamon. Middle notes: jasmine, tuberose, rose, orchid, peach blossom and orange. Base notes: musk, sandalwood, virginia cedar and vanille.

Nose: Bertrand Duchaufour

Elisabethan Rose

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Penhaligon’s Elisabethan Rose (Penhaligon’s 1984) is especially rosy at first.  Elizabethan Rose is a rose in full Summer bloom – bright and cheerful.  It’s slightly creamy, with a few complimentary florals mixing with the predominant rose (chamomile, geranium, and violet).

In the late drydown Elisabethan Rose is very green in a 70’s or 80’s sort of way, with a slightly masculine bent. However, regardless of whatever notes play alongside it, rose predominants this elegant fragrance from start to finish.

Top notes: aldehydes and geranium.  Middle notes: chamomile, violet and rose.  Base notes: amber, musk and sandalwood.

I just keep thinking that the more things change the more they stay the same, for better and for worse…    I feel like that’s been a theme of this year up until now, but we’ll see.


We made it to the farmer’s market in our area.  It was fantastic!  I just need to find good recipes for fresh dill.  We bought a lot of it and I don’t want to waste it…  🙂

Until tomorrow.  🙂


Lily-of-the-Valley (Penhaligon’s 1976) is a gorgeous, light and sensuous fragrance. There’s a real charisma about this scent. In the beginning it’s a strong note of lily-of-the-valley but the drydown brings out the greeness.

Top notes are amalfi lemon, bergamot and geranium.  Middle notes are lily-of-the-valley, ylang ylang, rose and jasmine. Base notes are sandalwood and oakmoss.

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So, here’s my first Saturday post.  I just have a lot to say, I guess.  🙂  And I think I’ll be sharing more in every post from now on.

And, in accordance with my new openess policy, I’ll say that so ends a horrible week.  This week seems to be fraught with emotional turmoil. I just kept having problems with people.  Oh life…

Have you ever felt so judged and misunderstood by someone that you sincerely wondered if you were in the same conversation?  Yeah, after feeling kicked in the most vulnerable spot of my soul earlier this week, I was terribly misunderstood, or so it seems. And there’s only so much a person can say to get the right idea across.

So, after all the nonsense this week I’ve come to realize that there are some things I really don’t understand:

-I don’t understand people who happily start any sort of relationship and then either destroy it or give up on it before it’s had a chance.  We had a maid once who became a good friend of mine, and was comfortable with being a friend outside of our working relationship but then chickened out, most likely, because she didn’t think we could be friends since she was once our maid.  I found that frustrating.  How do you convince people not to be so jaded?  Some people are much too sure of failure and darkness.  And some people pretend to be open-minded (it’s the popular way to be) when they really don’t even understand their own place in the world, much less someone elses.

-I don’t understand not being interested in other people’s lives. I find people fascinating.  I’m always amazed by how little people seem to want to know about other people, and how little they care about other people’s pain.  Honestly, how do people expect to get close to people unless they care?  Or are most relationships much more shallow and based on convenience than I imagine?  I don’t get it.  But I shouldn’t judge.

-Why do we sometimes trust the wrong people?  I don’t get it.  We all try to figure out if it’s safe to open up and be ourselves, but sometimes in the middle of sipping one’s tea you get punched in the face regardless of the precautions you take. Perhaps it’s not that they’re the wrong people in general, but the wrong people for us.  Not everyone can empathize with us, or hear the song of our hearts. To some people I suppose our songs sound like nails on a chalkboard or they’re too busy listening to themselves to hear us anyway.

-Why don’t men understand how vulnerable women are in regard to their beauty?  I don’t know one woman who truly believes she’s beautiful.  I don’t.  I love beauty.  I love trying to be beautiful and I don’t hate myself but I’m deeply aware of my flaws.  Also, why don’t men realize how much women want to be beautiful?   I don’t get it.

I don’t get it people.  I don’t.


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Malabah,  a scent for women, was launched by Penhaligons in 2003.  It was, “…inspired by an imaginery journey along the East Indian spice route.”

Although it is touted as a fragrance for women, on my skin Malabah it is very masculine.   I smell the spices, especially the ginger, and it becomes what I would imagine a particularly elegant bottle of root beer would smell like as a perfume.  However, there’s an incredible richness and depth to this one and it’s quite exotic.  The sillage is moderate and the longetivity is short but it’s a pleasing scent.

During the drydown it’s very pretty – fresh, herbal and almost minty (although that’s not listed as a note).  I imagine a couple from the 30’s or 40’s sitting in a greenhouse solarium on a country estate in England having their morning tea, and I suppose that make sense since tea is listed as a note along with spices and green notes.

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Here in the Midwest it was a nice weekend for being outside.  We enjoyed it as a family by making a snowman and going sledding…

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Until tomorrow…

Blenheim Bouquet

My husband and I first encountered Penhaligon’s, Blenheim Bouquet while we were staying at The Milestone Hotel in London. We were fortunate enough that the hotel used Blenheim Bouquet as the fragrance for all of their complimentary products (except for a tube of lip balm 🙂 ).  I remember thinking that it was a lovely fragrance that was incomparable to anything I had smelled before.  I thought it was very British and quiet modern.  I was surprised to later learn that it was actually an old fragrance dating back to 1902…

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The Milestone Hotel

On our first couple of days at The Milestone in London it was raining…  And I didn’t mind it one bit.

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UK2 (2)During the day we ate, talked and occasionally took walks in the rain. Then at night we had their special honey ice cream and pampered ourselves with Blenheim Bouquet in the orchid laced bathtub.  It was marvelous.

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delicious honey ice cream

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And now, the scent of Blenheim Bouquet is a short-cut to those wonderful memories…  I find that fascinating because it’s such an old, popular scent and I’m sure there are masses and masses of other people spanning the decades with equally sharp memories attached to that fragrance…

In any case, since watching Downton Abbey I’ve become a bit lonesome for England.  So, since my husband uses Blenheim Bouquet shaving soap and aftershave balm I’ve decided to feature that in today’s post.

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Blenheim Bouquet is herbal, floral and citrus with a slight hint of something oceanic.  It’s manly, on a man, but I’ve worn it myself many times and enjoyed it.  It’s a very rainy day, gentleman in a rose garden “antique” fragrance, but like I said, it could easily pass as modern too – it’s not dated or irrelevant.

My husband loves using his shaving set (the Penhaligon’s brush and razor), the soap and the balm.  He says that the soap is terrific – it works better than regular shaving cream.  It’s moisturizing and actually treats his skin.  The balm makes his skin feel very smooth and silky (I totally agree) and it leaves him perfectly fragranced – lots of longevity too.

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I used Agraria Cedar Rose bar soap.

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2015-01-07 21.11.28 (2)It’s a great fragrance line.  The rose is vintage but luscious and the cedarwood is a very clear note. I was amazed by how little I had to use for it to linger on my skin and create a pleasant but discreet sillage.  Sadly though, it’s not a particularly moisturizing soap, so lotion is a must after use.

I still miss England dearly, but I suppose that that’s the true point of this blog – someday I intend to cure my sadness at least semi-permanently.  🙂

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Me in our cozy room…