Penhaligon's launch Blasted Heath and Blast Bloom

17th September, 2015

Alberto Morillas is the perfumer behind Penhaligon's latest fragrances: Blasted Bloom and Blasted Heath. The fragrances are inspired by the "extreme, wild and passionate British landscape; that moment where the Land meets the Sea and untamed energy explodes."

Blasted Bloom
Morillas says:

"Both fragrances are for me like paintings of nature. They depict wilderness and the preserved landscape of English seashores. I am a very visual person; I imagined the fragrances like spontaneous photography. I see a powerful wave breaking itself on the rocks for the masculine fragrance [Blasted Heath]. For the feminine fragrance [Blasted Bloom] I was inspired by wild flora under the wind and sea breeze”. 


Blasted Bloom.

Notes for the fragrance include wild berries, aquatic accord and green leaves in the head; eglantine rose, pink pepper co2 and hawthorn feature in the heart; and the base contains alaskan cedarwood essence, clearwood, moss and musks.


Blasted Heath

Blasted Heath.

Notes for the fragrance include aquatic accord, seaweed absolute and clary sage absolute in the head; green leaves, clearwood, tobacco absolute and whiskey accord feature in the heart; and the dry down features patchouli essence, alaskan cedarwood essence, gaiacwood essence, vetiver sfe and musks.


Both fragrances, available as 100ml and 50ml Eau de Parfum, are available now from and Penhaligon's stockists.

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      • adam090273 | 17th September 2015 12:33

        Strange names. Still worth a sniff.

      • David Ruskin | 17th September 2015 13:04

        Let's hope they last longer than Tra La La.

      • Mick_Trick | 17th September 2015 14:06

        It's Morillas, therefore worth a sniff at least

      • cacio | 17th September 2015 15:42

        I must say the rolling greens and mild climate of England doesn't suggest wild and passionate. I guess they're referring to the windy Scottish coast.

      • Grant | 17th September 2015 15:58

        @cacio re-reading the press-release, it at first says Morillas was inspired by "the northern lands of Scotland", and then later he gives the quote above. I'm guessing that either the copyediting on the release was not good, or Morillas thinks England=Scotland...

      • hednic | 17th September 2015 15:58

        I would be interested in trying these.

      • cacio | 17th September 2015 16:50

        Good points both- it's the *British* landscape, not the English landscape.

        And then of course there's Wuthering heights. What would the smell of moors be?


      • cornishlee | 23rd September 2015 10:35

        Wales, Cornwall, Man - there's more to Britain than just England and Scotland - and you'd probably be surprised by much of England.

      • Foustie | 23rd September 2015 11:44

        David, that's the first thing that came into my mind.

        Cacio, it would be great. To me it would suggest moss, petrichor, peat, bosky notes and oakmoss (although moors are not woooded). If you add Heathcliffe and Kathy notes........well, what a brief for a perfume! I'm surprised that no one has already done it.

        I'm really looking forward to trying these new Penhaligon's fragrances.

      • Foustie | 24th September 2015 09:37

        Ha! I just knew that someone would come back and say but there IS a Wuthering Heights Fragrance. Thank you cornishlee!

      • cornishlee | 2nd October 2015 20:00

        OK, I wore this for the first time today and I've been really going backwards and forwards on it. I thought I detected quite a bit of grapefruit in the opening, which I wasn't too keen on. The drydown was excellent, a dry wood with a hint of smoke, like a sawmill, with some seaweed in the background. Gradually some peat emerged out of this. The base perplexes me - sometimes I get some florals, sometimes a soapy veitver, sometimes an earthy vetiver, sometimes that peat and even the dry woods come back again unexpectedly. There may also be some cedar in there - I say may because I'm wearing a wooly jumper today (and yesterday) that, up until yesterday had been in a draw containing a wood block soaked in cedar oil. The smell I've been getting smells just like that but I wasn't smelling it yesterday so I can't say for certain what the source is there.

        So - good or great. I can't make my mind up - it really depends on what I smell at various times.

      • Foustie | 2nd October 2015 20:26

        Thanks cornishlee. I would think that if your jumper was in a drawer with a cedar soaked wood block it certainly will be scented with cedar which could be giving you your dry wood and sawmill notes. Wool seems to hold on to smells too. Let us know of you try it again without the woolly jumper!

      • cornishlee | 2nd October 2015 20:53

        Just to clarify - the cedar note I'm not sure about is separate from the dry wood and sawmill notes - they're definitely there and may be what Penahligon's list as 'whiskey' in their pyramid.