A British summer conjures up many scents and scenarios from freshly cut lawns and salty sea air to homemade lemonade and picnics in the park on a sunny afternoon. But for British perfumery Penhaligon’s, summer 2019 is a far more exotic affair.
Founded by Cornish barber William Penhaligon in 1870, Penhaligon’s originally opened as a hairdressers in London’s Piccadilly. However, intoxicating scents wafting in from the nearby Turkish baths inspired Mr Penhaligon to begin creating fragrances. Adventure and storytelling is at the heart of the brand, with each scent designed to take you on a sensory journey into different worlds.
Inspired by the kingdom of Babylon in ancient Mesopotamia, this exotic new fragrance is launching in August. Spices of coriander, saffron and nutmeg create a ‘decadent warmth’, bathed in vanilla with distinguished notes of sandalwood and cedar. Babylon is a multifaceted scent, designed to evoke a sense of the mysteries and miracles of the divine, and the majesty of the ancient Middle-Eastern world.
On the subject of ancient kingdoms… Penhaligon’s bestselling Halfeti fragrance, named after the historic Turkish village on the banks of the river Euphrates, introduces a new edition this July: Halfeti Leather. “A potion so delightfully intoxicating one falls immediately in love”, Halfeti Leather balances fresh and aromatic notes of bergamot, artemisa and citrus fusion with heady cardamom, sandalwood and leather, spiced rose, and a “distinguished mélange” of oud, amber and patchouli. Halfeti Leather revives the opulent sensory experience of the old-world trade routes.
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Heartless Helen and Terrible Teddy eau de parfums, both £188 for 75ml, from the Penhaligon’s Portraits collection, available from September at The Royal Exchange
Penhaligon’s signature Portraits collection welcomes two new additions later this summer. Heartless Helen is a ‘fearless conquistadora’ with floral and woody scents, refreshing tuberose and jasmine with a top note of mandarin. Sensual and spellbinding, Helen meets her match on an African safari in the form of Terrible Teddy. A fragrance made for a “smooth operator”, this scent is a “dark mystery of incense made luminous with a burst of pink peppercorns”. The deeply sensual leather and softness of rare cedar is invigorated with the caustic vibrancy of vetiver and patchouli.
The Royal Exchange Penhaligon’s boutique is located on Cornhill, next to the building’s south entrance. Friendly and knowledgable boutique staff will be able to assist you in discovering the perfect scent, whether buying for yourself or as a gift.