William Penhaligon, a barber by trade, arrived in London to seek his fortune. And there he found it, as the future Father of British Perfumery. From his store on fashionable Jermyn Street, Penhaligon sold distinctive scents and grooming necessities of his own design to the capital’s carriage trade. His reputation grew, and before long, William Penhaligon was appointed court barber and perfumer to Queen Victoria. In 1903 the House earned its first Royal Warrant, bestowed by Queen Alexandra.
As befits the quintessential British perfumer, Penhaligon’s scents are inspired by England, its heritage, history and landscapes.
Blenheim Bouquet (1902) was created for the Duke of Marlborough and named for his family’s ancestral seat. Empressa and Lothair pay homage to the British trade routes. Blasted Heath and Blasted Bloom, two modern offerings, evoke Albion’s wind-swept shores.