Peoneve

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:…

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…

Elisabethan Rose

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…

Lily-of-the-Valley

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…

Malabah

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…

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…