Established in 1870, Penhaligon’s quickly became established as one of the most prominent perfumers in London.
William Penhaligon was a Cornish barber who arrived in the vibrant capital city in the 1860’s to seek his fortune and so began what would become an illustrious career. Wildly creative and ambitious, William was inspired by the scent of neighbouring Turkish Baths on Jermyn Street, creating his first fragrance, Hammam Bouquet, in 1874. Showing his flair for business, William opened his own shop in 1874 near to Jermyn Street’s finest tailors, selling perfumes and other fragranced delights. He went on to receive the royal warrant and also trimmed the Shah of Persia’s beard!
Penhaligon’s perfumers today consult his recipe books and still produce in the UK, in the original bottle design.
Penhaligon’s heritage is at the heart of everything they do, creating innovative fragrances that tell a story, taking inspiration from the unexpected and from precious archives. True to William’s founding principles, they continue to create products of the highest quality imbued with the elegance of their heritage and which inspire every day. The story continues to be delivered with integrity, personality and sophistication.
Blenheim Bouquet is one of the oldest and most classical fragrances, A masterpiece of tailoring, a citrus cologne, with architecture far more formal, crisp and aristocratic than a simple white shirt. The bracing mix is of citrus oils, spices and woods.
The setting is Blenheim. Imposing, immutable, indeed a national treasure, we are at the home of the Duke of Marlborough. He for whom this bespoke scent was first made.
Just like the most refined British humour, it is dry. (Churchill was a fan.)
Like the best gin, aromatic, whilst being as crisp as fresh laundry. It is as versatile as a bow-tie. An invigorating daytime cocktail of citrus oils, spices and woods.
From a simple Cornish barber to a world-famous perfumer, William Penhaligon has created Blenheim Bouquet which has always transcended the infidelities of time, and has been selected for bathroom products at The Old House.
We hope you enjoy them.