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Blenheim Bouquet (1902)
by Penhaligon's


Blenheim Bouquet information

Year of Launch1902
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 333 votes)

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Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group

About Blenheim Bouquet

Blenheim Bouquet is a masculine fragrance by Penhaligon's. The scent was launched in 1902

Blenheim Bouquet fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Blenheim Bouquet

The piquant herbs that add a coarse texture to Blenheim Bouquet are the distinguishing feature that set it apart from an ordinary run of the mill cologne.

Unusually, there are no heart notes so the evolution of the rigorous herbal-citrus accord is characterised by a gradual mellowing at the edges; it's more of a slow decline than any real development.

Pine and moss convey the herbal theme into the drydown where it lasts for an impressively long time over the remnants of lemon scented elemi.

Blenheim Bouquet's linear structure mirrors the aristocratic Edwardian values of stability and continuity, and its character is appropriately formal for a black tie function at the palace.

It remains Penhaligon's best seller.

02nd July, 2015
Genre: Citrus

A rather simple blend of citrus and conifer makes Blenheim Bouquet an austere scent. It’s potent and dignified, but with virtually no “warm” or animal components, it’s also highly “stand-offish,” as many reviewers have observed. It’s hard to imagine any contemporary perfumer making a scent like this, and Blenheim Bouquet stands very much on its own. It’s somehow unapproachable, or maybe even pompous. I can’t say I like it much, but then Blenheim Bouquet’s not trying to be likeable. It’s less about beauty than about class, and that’s “class” in the sense of social status. To me it smells stiff and overly formal, and I couldn’t imagine wearing it unless I were going to meet with foreign dignitaries, and highly conservative ones at that.
10th June, 2014
Not liking this at all, smells very odd on my skin, a bit like sitting in a pine-scented sauna after having just got out of a chlorinated swimming pool. It is very austere and unfriendly.
02nd April, 2014
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A classic Cologne 4/5 stars
Not a brash blast, but a gentlemanly restrained lemon citrus note with traditional lavender make for a nice and fresh opening. In the drydown pine wood provides depth, and a mild peppery note appears towards the end. The longevity of four hours is excellent for such a Cologne. A great classic.
25th September, 2013 (last edited: 19th September, 2015)
Refined, elgegant

I have to say at the outset that I own a sensational citrus-based fragrance (vintage Eau de Guerlain) so every other similar scent that I try is measured (maybe unconsciously some of the time) against that high standard. Be aware of some innate prejudice on my part now and again!

B.B. strikes my nose as a good, classic, if somewhat simplistic fragrance. A discrete and tasteful combination but to my nose it's not a stand-out. I respect the fact that this fragrance has been in production since 1902; it's certainly a classic worth trying.

The opening is quite tart and sharp; after about 20-30 minutes some lavender appears and this softens the fragrance into a more feminine mode. There is a decided pepper note that appears quite early in the development as well. The drydown is very musky on me, with wafting notes of pine appearing now and again, taking it back into a more masculine scent. I like this phase but have to say that many women would find it too musky.

Sillage is low after the first 2 hours, and longevity is about 6 hours on me. If you have the opportunity, give it a try. Certainly a classic for its type.

Pros: Balanced, classic
Cons: Longevity could be better"

23rd September, 2013
Beautifully Crafted Classic Scent

This is an understated, classically composed scent dominated primarily by citruses and florals. Because of its soft projection, it can be used in many contexts, including work, dining, dates, going out, or just lounging around the house. I highly recommend Blenheim Bouquet especially for those looking to consider an offering from the past that remains still timeless.

31st July, 2013

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