Seeped in history and heritage, Penhaligon's is a brand worthy of the Royal seal of approval. Back in 1874, a Mr William Penhaligon set up shop on Jermyn Street selling perfumes and other fragranced delights. The first of his scents - still sold to this day - is Hammam Bouquet, inspired the by the scent of the neighbouring Turkish Baths.

Penhaligon's, as I discovered last week, has a fragrance for everyone. A few days ago, I visited the cosy Penhaligon's store tucked away down Burlington Arcade for a very special hour dedicated to finding the perfect every day scent. 

You begin in the suitably opulent boudoir upstairs, greeted by champagne and tea (the latter for those Dry January doers in the world), before settling in and learning about the history of the brand. Next, you're asked a few questions to determine things like your favourite flower, food, drink and so on... before you're given the ever-pleasurable task of sniffing away, discovering new scents as you go and being reminded of places, people and memories as you try a spritz of something new.

For me it came down to two scents - Empressa and Luna. But it was Luna that swayed me (perhaps it was the name that had me certain it was the one from the very beginning). A beautiful blend of fragrant notes including:

  • Head Notes

    Bergamot Oil, Lemon Primofiore Oil, Orange Bigarade Oil
  • Heart Notes

    Rose Accord, Jasmine Petal Accord, Juniper Berry Oil
  • Base Notes

    Fir Balsam, Amber Gris, Musks

Fragrance profiling is available at Burlington Arcade (and other stores too - but I think I prefer the apothecary style setting here) by booking directly with the store. Whether you're after a scent for a particularly occasion, a special gift for you and loved ones, a treat for a bridal party or just simply wanting to make sure you pick the right scent for you, Penhaligon's is the perfect one-shop-stop for all your scent needs. It succeeds in making an enjoyable experience out of something which many of us pay such little time and attention to. Thank you Penhaligon's for a lovely afternoon treat!