The Duke by Penhaligon’s London
75ml Eau de Parfum
The Portraits Collection
Olfactive Family – Oriental
Perfume Author – Daphne Bugey
Much ado about the Duke – Conforming to the pressures of his heritage (and pocket book) Duke Nelson snapped up London’s most coveted prize in the now Duchess Rose. Eccentric and uncommon, the Duke’s whimsical ambivalence animates society gossip (which is adamant that the marriage has yet to consummate). A man of the arts, the Duke attracts both floral delicacy and rooted masculinity. An English hound – he is loyal to a fault but endlessly bounding after strangers. But flamboyancy isn’t a sin. He carries both an air of his wife’s peppery rose, and also the leathery woods of the hunt – all washed down with gin (as every gentleman should). The Duke is exotic, rich, ephemeral and decadent. Extravagant in his tastes and liminal in his inclination.
An unconventional and eccentric scent, just like the Duke himself. A masculine rose, itself a contradiction, that captures the spirit of modern dandyism – dynamic and effortlessly chic. The sparkling, aromatic character of a spiced gin opens the scent, airy and clear. A handsome rose, ambivalent with woods and smoke, is amplified by a debauched and shameless touch of cumin. Suggestive and ambiguous.
Head notes – Rose
Heart notes – Gin Accord
Base notes – Cumin
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.