Countess Dorothea


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Countess Dorothea by Penhaligons
Portraits Collection
75ml Eau de Parfum
Olfactive Family – Soft Oriental
Perfume Author – Natalie Gracia-Cetto

A most ferocious matriarch, Countess Dorothea is known for her sharp mind, even sharper wit and a secret fondness for the company of young men, scones and you could call it black-mail. When not holding court, dispensing intergenerational wisdom, checking in on household correspondence or playing cards, she can often be heard observing “How terribly modern.” Indeed, modernity, is nothing if not the most tasteless of crimes.

In matters of education, for the fairer sex, there is but one dictum: namely, never explain, never complain. The rest is good manners. And appearances. And then, later, much later, perhaps in very particular circumstances, matters of the heart. But a good marriage has so often been ruined by emotions.

The maids are often seen scurrying at the sound of her approach, as her Art of (seemingly) casual Conversation has led to the divulgence of many family secrets that were best left unsaid. Her determination to uphold standards is almost touching, her memory legend and her capacity for forgiveness none. Recent family developments would have been trying even for the open-minded. And as anyone has met her will observe, she is many things but that.

Revenge. It’s even better than biscuits

Head Notes – Bergamot, Red Ginger Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil
Heart Notes – Beeswax Absolute, Clary Sage Absolute, Mate Absolute
Base Notes – Cashmeran, Vanilla Absolute, Sherry Accord

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.