Cousin Flora by Penhaligon’s London
75ml Eau de Parfum
Olfactive Family – Citrus
Perfume Author – Christophe Reynaud
The Ingenue Cousin Flora is the wide-eyed innocent of the family. Cousin Flora is courteous to the old, punctual for her riding lessons and a smiling angel around her ma-ma. (She is the sweetest and youngest first cousin of Rose.) Always a most valuable witness to the mischief of her twin brother Matthew, she is diligent in her reporting and aims to be as helpful as she can. Her one true virtue, the meticulousness with which she hides her own guilty trail.
Her fragrance is effusive, ebullient and fresh, an invigorating sensation, no less. Lively & vigorous; rules are set free. Vivacity galore – a burst of vitamin C. But what’s this? A more woody story starts to reveal. The round comforting notes of musk start to peal. Heaven above, it fits my good mood like a glove. Pleasing, with a surprisingly strong twist. This is a fragrance you’ll not want to miss.
Head Notes – Bergamot, Mandarin, Petitgrain
Heart Notes – Clove, Pine, Spearmint, Woody Accord
Base Notes – Patchouli, Musk, Ambroxan
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.