Perfume Directory

Hammam Bouquet (1872)
by Penhaligon's


Hammam Bouquet information

Year of Launch1872
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 172 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerWilliam Henry Penhaligon
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group

About Hammam Bouquet

Hammam Bouquet is a masculine fragrance by Penhaligon's. The scent was launched in 1872 and the fragrance was created by perfumer William Henry Penhaligon

Hammam Bouquet fragrance notes

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

Reviews of Hammam Bouquet

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
After a brief lavender prelude without further ado the centrepiece of this scent steps forward: a rich, deep, quite heavy rose that is an echo of Victorian dandyism. Jasmine is added later in , as is a nice orris. Cedar, sandalwood, amber and a dark musk dominate the base, but still now the rose still rules. The sillage is very good, as is the projection, and I get around eight hours of longevity. A heavy, gloriously Victorian floral rose composition of quite unique Character.

Hammam Bouquet was not available for a while, but now it is back, albeit, as the helpful staff member in the company's Edinburgh shop today confirmed, in a reformulated version. In this new version the rose is toned down, as if rationed, and it lacks the depth and the richness of the original. For those who like such types if fragrances but find the old version too heavy and too rich, the toned down reformulation might be worth a try. A classic.
12th September, 2014
The scent of a gentleman passing by - unless you over-tip the bottle on application, which results in a quite different impression; less gentleman - more Victorian rake. One of the great historical fragrances and if you are entranced by these associations and the elements of its formula (lavender, rose , sandalwood etc) a modest dab on the beard will hold you in its spell for some time.

For me it recalls something forgotten, warm, beautiful and discovered in a cedar chest; again I think this might be bottled nostalgia!

Curiously, I think Hammam smells very attractive on some women, the way that Givenchy Gentleman does - but that is a matter of personal taste :)
22nd February, 2014 (last edited: 25th February, 2014)
Marais Show all reviews
United Kingdom
No-one should be surprised when a perfume dating to 1872 smells very different to today's norms. Hammam Bouquet is an unabashedly old-fashioned rose scent which reeks of sheer perfumed ponciness. Musky and powdery, sexy yet soapy. Comparisons with pot-pourri (translation: rotten pot) are valid. Is this wearable today? It depends. If your priority is fitting-in, give this one a wide-berth as you WILL stand-out. Stick to your Gucci by Gucci pour Homme Sport (Invisible Edition). Do give it a go if you are prepared to step outside of the early 21st Century comfort-zone; and try not to judge it too hastily. Longevity: 8 hours from 4 sprays, with good projection.

{Review of the Dragoon House edition: there are evil rumours afoot of an inferior reformulation labelled Beauchamp Place}.
25th January, 2014
Too floral for a man

This one goes through two phases:

1. Heavy cedar and heavy roses. "Who threw the whole rosebush in the cedar chest."

2. More roses. "Old lady".

I just can't see how a man would want to wear this. Give it to your lady instead.

It does have good sillage and longevity.

Pros: Good sillage
Cons: Too much rose"

30th August, 2013
When Queen Victoria's favoured Scottish Servant, the controversial John Brown, encountered her louche son and heir, Bertie, Prince of Wales, wearing Hammam Bouquet, he wrinkled his nose in disgust. "Och, ye dir-rty little man," exclaimed Brown, "ye were the daith of your puir fayther and ye'll be the daith of your puir mother yet! A real man should reek of Bay Rum, horses and whuskey, like myself! Yet here ye are, poncing about the royal palaces with a stench of roses as I dinna scarcely ken! D'ye no' realize, laddy, ye smell like some devil's brew between a harlot's knickers, a fop's armpits, and the sensual shenanigans in the harem of a Purr-sian Prince? Have ye no shame?" The Prince replied: "In spite of your insolence, Brown, your comments are quite perceptive. For a rather more subtle analysis of Hammam Bouquet's pyschological and cultural implications than that just provided by yourself, may I refer you to the review below by the excellent Mr. Good-Life, surely one of the most perceptive reviews in the annals of Basenotes."
22nd April, 2013
This is my favorite perfume ever. It is totally unique and even better than Patou pour Homme and Habit Rouge. Hammam Bouquet has an exquisite, eccentric, flamboyant opening. A mixture of orris root, lavender and jasmine that is heady, languid, vaporish, and reminds me of saunas. The heart of the fragrance is composed mainly of flowers, specially a beautiful rose that stays at the center. It is not a green rose like so many others, but a softer, more tender and delicate rose. The basenotes mingue with the heart notes and last for hours on end. They are composed mainly of creamy sandalwood (it's a really good sandalwood note) and musk.

This is a very old perfume. It is warm, sensual and a classic. It is made with the finest ingredients. It is ideal for colder weather, but I wear it all year round.

Hammam Bouquet is precious, a gem, a work of art. I will never forget the first time I smelled it and how it made me feel. There is something magical about this perfume.

Highly recommended.
08th April, 2013

Add your review of Hammam Bouquet

You need to be logged in to add a review

Shop for Hammam Bouquet products online

Shop for Hammam Bouquet at online perfumeries

Search Amazon for Hammam Bouquet

Member images of Hammam Bouquet

There are no member images of Hammam Bouquet yet. Why not be the first?

You need to log in or register to upload images

Private Notes

You need to be logged in (or register here) to use Private Notes.



Fragrances launched in the same year as Hammam Bouquet (1872)

Features relating to Hammam Bouquet