Bertrand Duchafour was in London last Thursday to help launch the new collection from Penhaligon's - Anthology. The four fragrances in the collection are fragrances from the company's archive that had previously been discontinued: Extract of Limes, Eau de Verveine, Night Scented Stock and Gardenia.
The relaunch was overseen by Duchaufour who as well as being in-house perfumer for Penhaligons sister-company L'Artisan Parfumeur has also created fragrances for Comme des garcons, Acqua di Parma and Eau d'Italie.
The anthology will consist of 12 fragrances, all from the archives of the house. The first four are launching this coming June with four more released in 2010, and the final four in 2011.
Here is how Penhaligon's describe the first four fragrances in the Penhaligon's Anthology.
Extract of Limes
Originally created in 1963, Extract of Limes is shattered sherbet and blossom honey. A classic citrus, penetrating and pure, with straight up West Indian lime, lemon oil and neroli. High, clear and instantly uplifting.
Eau de Verveine
Originally created in 1949, Eau de Verveine is a grassy aromatic, with citrus and woods. 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.
A soliflore, originally created in 1976, Gardenia is a translucent watercolour in soft washes of tuberose, jasmine, gardenia, ylang-ylang, spice and vanilla. A radiant magnolia-tinted portrait of one of nature’s most sensual blooms.
Night Scented Stock
A soliflore, originally created in 1976, Night Scented Stock is an edgy unfolding of pungent floral enchantment, deep with clove, heliotrope, violet, vanilla, musk and tonka bean. Hazy with arresting uncommon beauty.
All four scents are available from Penhaligon's stores and the website from June at a cost of £95 for 100 ml.
Duchafour has also created a brand new feminine fragrance for the company which debuts in September.