Penhaligon's

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Penhaligon's store in the Burlington Arcade, London

Penhaligon's is an English perfume house. It was founded in the late 1860s by William Henry Penhaligon, a Cornish barber who moved to London and who became Court Barber and Perfumer to Queen Victoria.[1]

History[edit]

The original shop was situated in Jermyn Street next to the street's Hammam. Both buildings however were destroyed in The Blitz in 1941. A new Penhaligon's shop was opened in 1975 in Covent Garden by Sheila Pickles, with the help of the Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli. Pickles drew upon the formulas left by William Penhaligon himself, and also introduced a range of traditional floral scents for women, notably their unique and distinctive Bluebell, which is still a bestseller today.

Penhaligon's is currently owned by Cradle Holdings Inc which also owns the French perfume house L'Artisan Parfumeur. Cradle itself is owned by the US-based corporate finance group Fox Paine.[2] It had sales of £10.7m for the year to January 2005, the last year for which accounts are available. In 2007 it was announced that Penhaligon's was for sale for an estimated £30-40 million.[1]

Stores[edit]

Besides the flagship store in Covent Garden, other locations in London include the Burlington Arcade, Regent Street, Mayfair, Kings Road, Islington, the Royal Exchange and most recently a second Covent Garden store has opened. Other shops have also been established outside of the capital in Edinburgh, Cambridge, and Chester, as well as internationally in Paris, Hong Kong, and Singapore.[3]

Notable Products[edit]

Penhaligon's Orange Blossom Eau de Toilette
Penhaligon's Vanities Hand & Body Cream
  • Hammam Bouquet - 1872; the company's first scent
  • Blenheim Bouquet - 1902; the company's first bespoke fragrance for the Duke of Malborough at Blenheim Palace
  • English Fern - 1910
  • Douro - 1911; name changed to Lord's then back as originally called Douro Eau de Portugal.
  • Lily of the Valley - 1976
  • Violetta - 1976
  • Bluebell - 1978
  • Victorian Posy - 1979 (No longer in production)
  • Elisabethan Rose - 1984
  • Racquets - 1989 (No longer in production)
  • Cornubia - 1991
  • Quercus - 1996
  • Castile - 1998
  • LP No.9 for ladies - 1998
  • LP No.9 for men - 1999
  • Artemisia - 2002; Was nominated for a FiFi Fragrance Foundation award in the Nouveau Niche category in 2002.
  • Endymion - 2003
  • Malabah - 2003
  • Lavandula - 2004
  • Ellenisia - 2005
  • Opus - 2005; Created, as a celebration of Penhaligon's heritage
  • Elixir - 2008
  • Amaranthine - 2009
  • Sartorial - 2010
  • Juniper Sling - 2011
  • Peoneve - 2012
  • Vaara - 2013; Created for Maharajah Gaj Singh II
  • Iris Prima - 2013; Created in collaboration with English National Ballet
  • Bayolea - 2014; A modernised version of a bay rum tonic from Penhaligon's archives

Between July 2009 and 2011 Penhaligon's reissued a selection of perfumes from their archives under the banner of the Anthology Collection:

  • Eau de Cologne - 1927
  • Zizonia - 1930
  • Eau de Verveine - 1949
  • Extract of Limes - 1963
  • Gardenia - 1976
  • Night Scented Stock - 1976
  • Orange Blossom - 1976
  • Jubilee Bouquet - 1977
  • Esprit du Roi - 1983
  • Eau sans Pareil - 1988

In September 2014 Penhaligon's launched the Trade Routes collection, comprising four fragrances inspired by the explosion of trade in London at the end of the 19th Century:

  • Empressa - 2014; Inspired by the silks and extravagant goods traded through London
  • Lothair - 2014; Inspired by and named for a Tea Clipper ship
  • Levantium - 2014; Inspired by the goods stacked high on the wharves, described in a John Masefield poem
  • As Sawira - 2015; Inspired by Essaouira, the first Sea Port in Morocco

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Penhaligon's at Wikimedia Commons