Penhaligon's launch first quartet in Anthology fragrance collection

by Grant Osborne, 18th May, 2009

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.


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    • Grant (article author) | 18th May 2009 16:15

      For those who love Extract of Limes as much as I do, you'll be pleased to know it is unchanged!

    • HDS1963 | 18th May 2009 16:48

      Yeah they tend not to. All their fragrance recipes are faithfully recorded and they don't mess with the formulations when they reissue them.

      Can't wait to smell some of these...

    • scentsitivity | 18th May 2009 16:52

      I have never tried Extract of Limes, but I am looking forward to it and the others in this series!

      I would not mind having an uplifting lime centered fragrance; perhaps Extract of Limes will be it.

    • odysseusm | 18th May 2009 16:52

      The news about Limes is very good, that is a great scent. What really interests me is the hint of eight other scents, still to come. If Esprit de Lavande and Eau sans Pareil were to be among them, I'd be thrilled.

    • scentsitivity | 18th May 2009 17:06

      I just looked at the Directory and there are new pyramids (I thinks most of them are new) for each of the four. There are only about 8 or so discontinueds listed in the directory, so one wonders how many are out there that are hitherto unknown.

      One I am curious about is their Eau de Cologne. I am exploring traditional, older EdCs. Not saying that this one has merit as such, but I am curious.

    • mikeperez23 | 18th May 2009 17:56

      Penhaligon's and L'Artisan Parfumeur are 'sister' companies? Really!? I didn't know that.

    • frug | 18th May 2009 18:12

      Well this is a bit of good news. I'd love to sample Night-Scented Stock, a favorite cut flower of mine. Eau de Verveine sounds enchanting.

    • Prince Barry | 18th May 2009 21:44

      They are both owned by the same holding company.

      I have a small drop left of the original of the Night Scented Stock, I do hope it hasn't been changed, it's amazing.

      Not sure if I like the price of these bottles, seems a bit excessive.

    • Grant (article author) | 18th May 2009 22:24

      NSS & Gardenia, have been reformulated slightly due to ingredient restrictions and to modernise the fragrance. I'm not familiar enough with the originals to tell if it is a big change

    • Prince Barry | 19th May 2009 19:21

      Thanks for that Grant.

      Out of interest with the price of these bottles. I just looked in one of my old Penhaligon's catalogues from 1996 ( the scratch and sniff one) and the price for a 100ml of the Languge of Flowers range which is what these scents are taken from was £36. Quite a price increase!!!!