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It all started when Mr William Penhaligon, originally from rural Cornwall, arrived in the bustling city of London in the 1860s to seek his fortune. With skills as a barber, he set out with an open mind and his heart set on starting a business. To support his family he set up as a barber in hammam, the Turkish baths on Jermyn Street. This is how inspiration struck - Mr Penhaligon decided to bottle the wonderful aroma and with a creative flair, he blended what became the Hammam Bouquet.

William Penhaligon opened his own little perfumery shop in that same hammam in London in 1874, and Penhaligon’s was born. From Hammam Bouquet, Mr William Penhaligon was inspired by the exciting discoveries and adventures of the late nineteenth century, creating fragrances inspired by the world over. Penhaligon’s clientele list continued to expand, including the king of Persia and Queen Victoria, who were both impressed.

A quintessentially British institution, Penhaligon’s became Court Barber and Perfumer to Queen Victoria. From the iconic bottles, to the fragrance recipes that William Penhaligon himself wrote, Penhaligon’s today uphold the same dedication to quality that made Penhaligon’s so famous. With ingredients sourced from all around the world, the word on the street is that Penhaligon’s is still loved by A-listers and royalty to this very day.


What are the most famous Penhaligon’s perfumes?

  • Penhaligon’s Halfeti
    Inspired by traded goods from Turkey, this feminine fragrance is one with both guts and glory. At once light yet compelling, Halfeti draws on the strength of oud, sandalwood and resinous vanilla to create a spicy yet skin-close dream.

  • Penhaligon’s Empressa
    All her beauty, airs and graces couldn’t prepare you for that sharp-as-a-tack mind. A floral masterpiece floating over a sweetly tame base of cocoa, frankincense and amber, this Empressa is as much substance as she is style.

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Recent reviews on Penhaligon's products

Penhaligon's Luna Eau De Toilette 100ml Penhaligon's Luna Eau De Toilette 100ml
Penhaligon's Luna Eau De Toilette 100ml

Elegant and Sophisticated Fragrance

Penhaligon's Luna is love! Despite it being an Eau de Toilette, let me just say that this has lasted me a sweaty and activity-filled day for a good 10 hours. On normal days, the fragrance was so long lasting enough that I didn't feel the need to touch up.

The scent is perfect for summer but I reckon this would do an all year rounder just fine. I would describe every spray to start with a fresh, clean scent that slowly shifts to a floral one. And it's one of those floral scents that's definitely unique and not reminiscent to any other perfumes I know.

Now here is why I appreciate Adore Beauty and its system when it comes to fragrance. They allow you to purchase a full size Penhaligon Perfume and send you a 100mL tester of it so you can see for yourself whether the perfume will react well with your body chemistry before opening the full size bottle. If using the tester proved that it doesn't work for you, then you can return the full size bottle so long as the packaging remain sealed and intact. That was so helpful in making me decide to take the plunge despite the hefty price tag of this perfume. And honestly, for the unique scent and lasting power of this, I think it's worth it. This has been my go to perfume now over my current Chanel Chance Eau de Tendre.

Penhaligon's The Coveted Duchess Rose 75mlPenhaligon's The Coveted Duchess Rose 75ml
Penhaligon's The Coveted Duchess Rose 75ml

Fabulous perfume

The Coveted Duchess is a fabulous perfume to wear. It's not overpowering but certainly makes one feel special.; any occasion, any time or day or night. The rose is prominent to start with but it softens to a lovely warm rosey wood. Love the fact that Adore have The Scent Room; takes the guesswork out of buying high-end perfume. I'm about to open my full-sized bottle, but then, I never doubted I would kept it. Penhaligon's make delightful perfume.
Penhaligon's The Coveted Duchess Rose 75mlPenhaligon's The Coveted Duchess Rose 75ml
Penhaligon's The Coveted Duchess Rose 75ml

So luxe!

I am coveting the full size of this fragrance. I have a sample of this and it is to die for! Makes you feel like a Duchess, and I love the cute story behind the scent.