William Penhaligon


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William Penhaligon by Penhaligons
75ml Eau de Parfum
Olfactive Family – Woody Oriental
Perfume Author – Alberto Morillas

William Penhaligon –

I say, Mr Penhaligon himself! He enters in a vetiver haze – warm, fresh and earthy. With a scent this good, there’s no wonder he’s the only trusted perfumer of High Society’s ladies and gents.

Head Notes – Jasmine, Bergamot
Heart Notes – Haitian Vetiver, Virginian Cedarwood, Incense
Base Notes – Ambroxan, Sandalwood

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 William Penhaligon’s original recipe books, and still produces in the UK, in the original bottle design.

Penhaligon’s started life as a barber within the Jermyn Street Turkish bath. As was typical of barbers at the time, Penhaligon created his own products to sell to his clients, many of whom were politicians of the age. The first standalone shop was situated in Jermyn Street next to the street’s Turkish bath, where William Penhaligon had been a barber. The second shop opened at 33 St James’ Street, and was attached to the Jermyn Street store at the rear. In the late 1920s, the business moved to Bury Street. The original buildings were destroyed in The Blitz in 1941, however the store on Bury Street remained untouched.