With a history that has been deeply woven into the quilt of British perfumery, Penhaligon’s embodies classic, theatrical and timeless fragrances. A barber by trade, founder William Penhaligon established the perfume house in the 1870s.
Experimenting with creating his own lotions, and alluring scents for his clients back at his barber, it wasn’t long till his luxurious elixirs caught the attention of London’s elite and the Royal Family. Having appointed William Penhaligon as Royal Barber and Perfumer to the Royal Court during Queen Victoria’s reign, his perfumes have continued to impress over the century and are still as timeless and transcendent even in the modern perfumery era. Imbued with classic British heritage, it is one of the only brands to hold two prestigious Royal Warrants—granted by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956 and The Prince of Wales in 1988.
His first creation drew inspiration from the Turkish Baths he previously was a resident barber at—named the Hammam Bouquet; it was exotic and alluring and immediately sparked a movement. From there, Penhaligon’s continued to add to their fabulous closet of fragrances and cultivated a perfumery legacy like no other.
He explained that “our fragrant adventures begin in the Victorian era of decadence and carry us into the future as we strive to create original scents for the discerning eccentrics of today”.
The Portraits Collection
Luxurious, regal and attributing to the evergreen English spirit, their Portraits collection is our highlight and is quite unique from the more traditional Penhaligon’s fragrances. At first glance, you already notice the intricate and bold detailing of the hand polished animal heads adorned as the caps of the fragrance bottle—each animal embodying the spirit and notes of the perfume.
The exuberant family of scents houses ten different fragrances, all with quizzical names that add cheeky British charm to the character of the scents. Scroll through the entire collection below!
The Coveted Duchess Rose
Rose and musky wood marry together to form an alluring contrast of sweet and sensual.