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, where William Penhaligon had been a barber. The second shop opened at 33 St James street, and was attached to the Jermyn Street store at the rear. In the late 1920s, the business moved to Bury Street. The original buildings were destroyed in The Blitz in 1941, however the store on Bury Street remained untouched. 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 Puig (company) which also owns the French perfume house L'Artisan Parfumeur. [2] It had sales of £10.7m for the year to January 2005, the last year for which accounts are available.

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 - 1911
  • Douro Eau de Portugal- 1911; name changed to Lords, reverted to Douro
  • 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 1870 - 2005; Created as a celebration of Penhaligon's heritage
  • Elixir - 2008
  • Amaranthine - 2009 (No longer in production)
  • 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 (No longer in production)
  • Zizonia - 1930
  • Eau de Verveine - 1949 (No longer in production)
  • Extract of Limes - 1963 (No longer in production)
  • Gardenia - 1976
  • Night Scented Stock - 1976
  • Orange Blossom - 1976
  • Jubilee Bouquet - 1977 (No longer in production)
  • 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