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…
On our first couple of days at The Milestone in London it was raining… And I didn’t mind it one bit.
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.
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.
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.
I used Agraria Cedar Rose bar soap.
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. 🙂