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Blenheim Bouquet (1902)
by Penhaligon's


Blenheim Bouquet information

Year of Launch1902
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 380 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

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  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Blenheim Bouquet

Penhaligon's of London is a beloved and time-honored name in the UK, yet in the world abroad, is little more than a niche perfumer with a rich backstory. It's to be expected, as they never grew into a multinational cosmetics conglomerate like America's Avon or France's Coty, and instead focused on serving their local clientele, among which included members of British royalty, earning them royal warrants that they still possess. This is all relevant to Blenheim Bouquet because it is with these warrants that the scent was created, originally as a bespoke fragrance commissioned by the Duke of Marlborough in 1902, it's official date of release. At some point, Winston Churchill himself began to wear it too, lending me to believe that it's sale became relaxed enough that royal affiliates could acquire it at very least until it was made publicly available. The same sort of bespoke-to-market story also follows a large portion of Creed scents, but they left the UK behind for Napoleon's courts long before Penhaligon's emerged with warrants, and maintained much more focus on a portfolio of elite clients than serving the public outright, so for them it's a more common tale to tell.

The 1900's also saw shift away from florals-for-everything, since Jicky set new standards for abstract perfumery, which directly translates to more diversity through experimentation. Bay rum was popular in the Americas and the staple "barbershop" style of fougere was also coming about in France, but this is really nothing like those. There's no tonka here, no moss, no ambergris of any kind in the base, with only six notes overall and no detectable heart notes. Blenheim Bouquet must have been a really specific and targeted creation based on what the Duke of Marlborough liked, because there really isn't anything else quite like it from any decade, outside of stuff perhaps drawing inspiration from it or trying to ape it's reputation. The scent almost starts like a classic unisex eau de cologne, but with both lemon and lime singing together alongside a blast of dry English lavender. From there, it's just pine, musk for a fixative, and a strong pepper note in the base. That's literally it, making Blenheim Bouquet seem like Lemon Pepper: The Fragrance, but really the beauty here is in the ratios of ingredients and blending.

Wearing Blenheim Bouquet is surprisingly easy even well over a century after it's creation, which is in stark contrast to The Hammam Bouquet and it's quite literal "Victorian Ponce in a Bottle" vibe. It's either a nod to the Duke's good taste or the skill of Penhaligon's, maybe a bit of both, that makes this so timeless. Yeah, it's a very dry composition that will make it hard to relate for trend-seeking fragrance users, since it doesn't have that chemical burn or roundness modern male scents possess, but it's so fresh and peppery that it's almost impossible to not like. The only thing that really compares to this is maybe Avon's Windjammer (1968) or Iceberg's Effusion for Him (2001) but I think that's just due to the black pepper in each. This a very green scent as well, the pine is very much in full effect alongside that much-sung pepper, so between the two, one almost gets a feel like this might have been a very early precursor to something like Pino Silvestri or Guerlain's Vetiver but more youthful than those (ironically). This makes a very good morning splash and after-shave fragrance, and I'm not sure why Mr. Churchill favored it, but for anyone today thinking of giving this centenarian a go, all they need know is that this stuff is quite literally a distillation of vigor in a bottle. Very pleasant and unique
27th November, 2017 (last edited: 12th December, 2017)
Love the citrus opening, all fizzing lemon sherbet. But then, as others have noted, the pine and musk dry down somehow evokes, most unpleasantly, furniture polish. This makes for amusing analyses about emotional coldness and the English class system. Which is fine unless you have to wear it. I was left faintly nauseous. Thumbs down.
22nd November, 2017
Smells just wonderful- very fresh and quite appealing. The problem is that 2 hours later, it was gone. As in, completely disappeared. If this baby had any kind of longevity, it would easily be full-bottle worthy. Oh how I wish...
07th May, 2017
the main problem with this scent is duration and projection but if you go heavy with the sprayer you get a blast of lemon and musky woods, this scent was Winston Churchill signature scent..originally made for the Duke Of Marlborough, back int the day this gem must have been a pure blast of classiness, with today restrictions it's a tamed beast.
The architecture of the scent is very retro but it exudes classiness! I got some serious compliments from ladies!

14th December, 2016
Blenheim Bouquet is THE classic British stereo type EDC. It's been in production for over a decade and is still one of Penhaligons best sellers. However, BB isn't what you'd find James Bond wearing to the Riviera casino in tux and cuff links.
BB is probably what Bond's overlord-Q would wear to his wood paneled office to brief the PM on the activities is Spectre. Yes, its slightly boring and plain by modern standards. BB has a superb smelling lemon-lime-orange zest opening, slightly sharp, but nothing resemblematic of furniture polish as some reviews mention. It has a nice green pine wood dry down that dissipates to a noticeable skin scent that lasts several hours depending on your body chemistry. Penhaligon fragrances are trademark subtle, and BB bears this standard well. Its a great classic scent that is pleasantly appropriate for anyone in a close office setting or anyone that wants a low flash style scent. I simply rarely have the mood or necessity for a fragrance like BB. I enjoy it and respect it's history, but its no more than a Neutral from me.
09th September, 2016 (last edited: 05th December, 2017)
Cool lemony citrus that takes on a warming gingery black pepper and woodsy aspect Ė this is now the template for many a concoction aimed at chaps. Penhaligonís may have got there first, but your wallet may be better served by a serviceable dupe.
For what itís worth, the citrus has a light infusion of summery lavender and the pepper smells joyously good. Why this kind of blend conjures thoughts of boardroom pinstripe suits with a silvery finish or forelock flicking tennis players in whites, I do not know. What I do know is itís not me in this lifetime. Nonetheless, a briskly executed piece of work.
25th August, 2016

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