In September 2016, Penhaligon's chose to reveal a well-kept secret of the British aristocracy, a humorously British high-society family of fragrances christened Portraits. Each perfume persona is further characterised by its own animal spirit—eg. a stag for Lord George— as well as a tagline, such as The Duke's "Flamboyancy isn't a sin." Amen. Already composed of six members, including Lady Blanche, Clandestine Clara, Roaring Radcliff and Duchess Rose, the family has opened the door of its country seat to four new mysterious and hopefully respectable members.
Chief among the new arrivals is a family matriarch, the ruthless Countess Dorothea, who may appear haughty, but is also known for her great passion for young men. Highly intelligent, her rapier wit is a source of terror and delight. As for her fragrance, it is a fresh and spicy oriental perfume with notes of bergamot, red ginger oil, sherry, cashmeran, and vanilla.
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A French man has also invited himself into the British family: Monsieur Beauregard. His remarkable sex-appeal and beauty have conquered Lady Dorothea, who shows him every kindness. But one cannot be sure that he isn't hiding something. As for his scent? A spicy, woody oriental with the added bite of orris, benzoin, tonka bean, patchouli, pink pepper, lemon, sandalwood, and cinnamon.
The two remaining arrivals are a brother and sister. The brother, Uncompromising Sohan, is a cultivated and ambitious young man who is quite passionate about the world of business. His sister, Bewitching Yasmine, is also ambitious, especially in her quest to find and marry a well-established young man. The first of these fragrances combines notes of rose, pink pepper, vetiver, sandalwood, saffron, and oud, while the second combines jasmine, incense and oud.
See all four additions to Portraits below:
The Uncompromising Sohan
The Bewitching Yasmine
The Ruthless Countess Dorothea
The four new fragrances are available in September from Penhaligon's shops, other outlets and online from penhaligons.com.
Additional reporting by Mika Apichatsakol