Wear your favourite decade with vintage scents
Penhaligon’s is one of the UK’s best and longest-running perfumers. If you have been wishing and hoping to find some authentic vintage scents, let’s go time-travelling to pick the perfect aroma to match your favourite vintage decade.
Penhaligon’s perfumes, colognes and EDTs come in glass bottles based on the original designs from the last century and beyond. The scents are still made in England using only the finest ingredients. Many of these classy, nostalgic fragrances are unisex.
launched in 1872, created by William Penhaligon
This exotic oriental was inspired by the local Turkish baths in London’s Piccadilly. It’s a rare pleasure to own a fragrance that was created in the 19th Century.
“Animalic and golden, it is warm and mature, redolent of old books, powdered resins and ancient rooms. At its heart is dusky Turkish rose, with jasmine, woods, musk and powdery orris. Heady and glamorous.”
launched in 1902
Citrusy and woody, this blend was invented over 100 years ago. The fragrance features in the men’s grooming range.
“a bracing mix of citrus oils, spices and woods. Inhaling Blenheim Bouquet today it is hard to imagine it was created over one hundred years ago. It is a fragrance that has continually adapted to every twist and turn of its existence. Blenheim Bouquet is discreet, sensual and immaculately turned out with a flash of heritage flourish.”
launched in 1910
Can you believe that this aroma was being worn on the skin of the fabulously fashionable of England in the 1910s? You can literally step back in time with a dab of this behind your ears and an enigmatic smile.
“a completely unique, fresh and earthy tonic of a fragrance. Field-fresh clover, lavender and geranium bed down with woods, patchouli and moss to create a rich, spiced green scent that oozes Englishness. It captures that slightly soapy, just washed feeling with elegance and a touch of sensuality.”
launched in 2011
A modern perfume that evokes one of my very favourite decades. It’s the cocktail decade and I want to roll my stockings down for some Charleston followed by a petting party. Well, maybe not, but with these aromas I can fantasise just a little too much.
“a crisp cocktail shot of gin with the freshness of juniper, cool measures of angelica and brandy and a beating libertine heart of black pepper, cardamom, soft leather and orris. A gourmand base of brown sugar, black cherry and amber add sensuality to the scent.”
created in 1930s re-launched in 2001
A light and woody oriental, this retains an original blend that can’t be improved upon. Patchouli was a popular choice for fragrance in the 1930s.
“a nomadic and mysterious oriental; an odyssey of burnt spices, patchouli and pepper, leading to a lush oasis of sweet orange, ginger and vetiver. Heady and enticing.”
Eau de Verveine
created in 1949, relaunched in 2009
This one has a lovely grassy and slight citrus aroma. It’s a Penhaligon’s classic.
“The scent of an Indian Summer, shimmering heat haze, soft metallics, crumbled herbs, spices, musk and vanilla. In the distance echoes the evocative promise of rain.”
Extract of Limes
created in 1963, relaunched in 2009
Sweet and citrus, fresh, optimistic and youthful for that 60s vibe.
“A classic citrus, penetrating and pure, with straight up West Indian lime, lemon oil and neroli. High, clear and instantly uplifting.”
launched in 1978
A classic, light floral, this was believed to be one of Princess Diana’s favourite fragrances.
“earthy sweetness of hyacinths rises through the soft citrus Head Notes and mingles with rose, lily and jasmine at the heart. As it settles the flowers give way to spicy clove and cinnamon and the unique textural base note of bittersweet galbanum.”
launched in 1984
This was the 1980s modern version of the classic English rose fragrance.
“The surprising base notes include musk, amber and sandalwood; further deepening the wonderful delicacy of the rose and emphasising its heady, cool and mysterious nature.”
There are plenty more nostalgic fragrances to choose from (34 to be exact).
These were my choices. Why not discover some vintage classics of your own?
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