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Penhaligon’s Portraits: An Olfactory Tale of Quirkiness

Penhaligon’s Portraits: An Olfactory Tale of Quirkiness

Penhaligon’s is known for its eccentric fragrant creations, but its new collection – complete with an intriguing backstory – takes things to a whole new level. Named Penhaligon’s Portraits, this collection of four perfumes are inspired by a fictional tale involving a British aristocratic family. The ornate bottles, with gilded animal heads for stoppers, are encased in beautiful boxes with Victorian engravings and contemporary illustrations done by Icelandic artist Kristjana Williams.

One of the two masculine fragrances in Portraits is The Tragedy of Lord George (pictured, below). While the tragedy is still a mystery, we know that Lord George is the archetypal English patriarch with unwavering fidelity to King and country. Like him, his scent is masculine and elegant – with a hint of rum. We’re certain it’s perfect for the man with a reputation.

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Head notes: Brandy

Heart notes: Shaving Soap

Base notes: Tonka Bean


The other masculine scent in this collection is Much Ado About Duke (pictured, below), inspired by Lord George’s son-in-law. The Duke’s “Portrait” is painted to be a charming young heartthrob who loves the theatre and as such, the notes of his scent are floral and woody. Much Ado About Duke will appeal to those who eschew from stereotypical “manly” fragrances.

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Head notes: Peppery Rose

Heart notes: Gin

Base notes: Leathery Wood


The two feminine scents in the series are The Revenge of Lady Blanche and The Coveted Duchess Rose (pictured below, middle two bottles), inspired by Lord George’s wife and daughter. The former is refined and delicate, with mostly floral notes while the latter is crisp yet mellow, featuring notes of mandarin and musky wood.

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The four fragrances, available in October 2016, make up Chapter 1 of the Penhaligon’s Portraits collection. Chapter 2 is slated for release in February next year.


All four fragrances of Chapter 1 will be available at $400 each, at the Penhaligon’s boutique, Ion Orchard.

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