Changing Constance by Penhaligon’s London
75ml Eau de Parfum
Olfactive Family – Woody Oriental
Perfume Author – Juliette Karagueuzoglou
Sister to Lady Blanche, Changing Constance is what one would call a very modern woman. Her fresh and spicy entrance hits an immediately intriguing (disobedient??) note.
The blend of cool cardamom and hot pimento is disconcerting to say the least, (even for a modern woman). Still possessing a mild affinity to her favourite childhood treat, Constance can always be found sucking on a butter salted caramel as she twirls her Turkish cigar, clad in perfectly tailored cashmere trousers. Changing Constance oozes with an attitude of laissez-faire.
Head Notes – Cardamom, Pimento
Heart Notes – Caramel, Salted Butter
Base Notes – Tobacco, Vanilla, Cashmeran
Penhaligon’s is the story of a Cornish Barber who traveled to London and opened up shop next to Jermyn Street’s finest tailors. Who received the royal warrant and trimmed the Shah of Persia’s beard. At a time when one’s toilette was of primordial concern and to be a gentlemen was an affair of great application. Victoria was Queen, antiseptic was making its first appearance – and ankles were considered titillating stuff. It was 1870.
Penhaligon’s today consults his recipe books, and still produces in the UK, in the original bottle design.