What is the measure of a great company? It is longevity? Is it the popularity it enjoys with the public? Is it the dedication that company has to innovation? It is the respect it has garnered from its peers? Penhaligon’s – which was established in 1870 by William Penhaligon as a hairdressing salon and later evolved into a fragrance house – claims all four achievements. Penhaligon grew his business the old fashioned way – by making and using only the best ingredients for the perfumes which were originally inspired by the aromas wafting from the London’s Turkish baths. These elemental fragrances would later be refined and developed from his original shop on Jermym Street in London and at a second shop at 33 James Street. Eventually Penhaligon’s opened a shop in 1975 in Convent Garden with the help of Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli. His original fragrance formulas would live on and be recognized for the truly unique and distinctive mixes that makes them bestsellers to this day. This is especially true of his Bluebell fragrance.
Today the company has continued to evolve diversifying into the field of fragrance including bath and body products, gentlemen’s grooming items, candles and gifts such as hand creams, lip balms and even an elegant oval scent bottle necklace. Penhaligon’s scents are so well respected and so known by its users to be made from the finest ingredients like jasmine and hand-squeezed bergamot that it has long been used by the British royal family itself. Penhaligon’s users know that they will experience a product that is based around old school formulas but one that is also made using the latest fragrance technology. Its most notable products include:
- 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
- Elizabethan Rose – 1984
- Cornubia – 1991
- LP No.9 for ladies – 1998
- Artemisia – 2002; which was nominated for a FiFi Fragrance Foundation award in the Nouveau Niche category in 2002.
- Bayolea – 2014; A modernized version of a bay rum tonic from Penhaligon’s archives
At Lily Direct we carry many of the products that are a result of this innovation and dedication to quality and that has made Penhaligon’s so well respected by its peers and well receive by its users. These products include Penhaligon’s Sartorial Cologne for Men, its Bluebell Perfume for Women, its Blenheim Bouquet Cologne for Men and many other quality fragrances. We invite you to see why the name Penhaligon has lasted for more than 145 years.