For something completely unique, however, there’s Penhaligon’s Bespoke by Alberto Morillas, spearheaded by the man behind some of the world’s most recognisable scents including Calvin Klein’s CK One, Tommy Hilfiger’s Tommy and Marc Jacobs’s Daisy. Comprising eight months of trial-and-error testing and costing from £35,000, it’s a process that requires both a significant monetary and…
Oh, how I long to be able to do this, given how often I have gravitated to Penhaligon’s fragrances! Alas, it will remain nothing more than a lovely fantasy. What choices would you make, if you pursued the less expensive option of having specific bases and notes combined for you, as described in the article? I am consoling myself with a few photos from my visit to the Penhaligon’s boutique in the Burlington Arcade last fall, and a few spritzes of my beloved Blasted Bloom.
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There is this very Victorian stiffness about Penhaligon’s boutique that I find difficult to approach. I usually sniff their perfumes from perfume shops which tend to have fewer selections, but I distinctly remember the lavender of Sartorial — perhaps part of it has to do with this very English image of the brand. What, pray tell, are your favourite perfumes from Penhaligon that you might recommend?
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I adore Ostara, sadly discontinued (see my past review); like/love Blasted Bloom enough that I just bought a back up bottle; and enjoy both Bluebell and Lily of the Valley. Yes, I’m all about the florals! I will say that the sales assistant at the Penhaligon’s boutique in Burlington Arcade was lovely, patient, and very pleasant, and she pressed into my hands several samples, both of their newer scents and of the late lamented Ostara (for me to use while traveling). So maybe you could try approaching again!