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    Thinking about all the famous traditional British perfumeries like Penhaligon's Trumpers, Truefitt and Hill, Taylors, D R Harris, Crown etc. I was wondering what everybody's favourite fragrances are from these houses. I am not talking about the modern scents like Endymion from Penhaligon's, I am thinking of the older more traditional ones.

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    The Trumper Sandalwood Cologne is quite good. I had a sample of it that I enjoyed, but haven't got round to buying a bottle yet. Might do so soon though.
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    Crown Spiced Limes

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    Probably a tie between:

    Town & Country/Blenheim Bouquet (identical) & Eucris

    Prince Barry, I was expecting one of the venerable perfumers to have commisioned a discrete fragrance to your royal court by now....

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    I still know far too few of these, but love Blenheim Bouquet and Extract of Limes by Penhaligons. Also English Fern.
    GFT is a hit with me and I like to smell Trumper's Sandalwood, but I do not like to smell like it. Same with Hammam Bouqet.
    I also seem to be one of the few fans of Asprey's Purple Water, which is new, but I think very consciously sets itself within the British cologne tradition. Oscar Wilde would have loved it, anyway.
    My absolute favorite however is Royal English Leather, which qualifies as British, I would assume
    I'm hoping for a tour of London's barbershop classics for my 40th birthday. That's something I would REALLY REALLY enjoy.
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    Mr Taylors by Taylors of old bond street, and quercus by penhaligans
    coor blimey mary poppins, is that Aqua Motu or the penguins?

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    [EDITED: Ah, just realised that nothing I have experienced counts as traditional. Oops. Carry on!]
    Last edited by simisker; 15th August 2006 at 07:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simisker
    I was just about to reply with one of the first 'proper' fragrances I discovered - Dunhill Edition - when I remembered Ormonde Jayne's Isfarkand.
    The prince did mention "the older more traditional ones." Ormonde Jayne's Isfarkand does not fit into this criteria...

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    Evidently I'm too fast on the reading and too slow with the edit button. Sorry, Prince B - or should I say "Your Highness Your Highness"

    Actually, does Floris' Special No. 127 count?
    Last edited by simisker; 15th August 2006 at 07:58 PM.

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    No. 88 by far.

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    C&S No. 88 and Floris Sandalwood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simisker
    Evidently I'm too fast on the reading and too slow with the edit button. Sorry, Prince B - or should I say "Your Highness Your Highness"

    Actually, does Floris' Special No. 127 count?
    lol! we await sirs approval.

    No.127 certainly does count, Czech & Speake fragrances aren't old enough to qualify.

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    I know it's obscure, but I'm a big fan of D.R. Harris's Arlington cologne. I've never been able to work out when this one was released, however, so I'm not sure whether it qualifies as a traditional English cologne.

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    Magnnum, it's a sorry state of affairs when the monarchy doesn't carry as much clout as it used to do. The perfumers are no longer knocking on the palace door pleading with me to allow them to create something for me...haha! The one consolation is that Andy Tauer graciously allowed me to come up with the name for his Lonestar Memories.

    I agree with the No88 not being old enough. As for 127, it does qualify seeing as it was created for the Russian Count Orloff in the 19th century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Barry
    The one consolation is that Andy Tauer graciously allowed me to come up with the name for his Lonestar Memories.
    What a privilege!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PigeonMurderer
    No. 88 by far.
    Ditto!

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    Another vote for Geo. F. Trumper's Sandalwood Cologne. As fine a sandalwood scent of any nationality that I'm aware of.

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    For me its Hammam Bouquet and English Fern by Penhaligons

    I can't not mention my love of Floris's Elite though, 1980s modern as it may be.
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    I don't own any, but I like every Truefitt and Hill I've sampled.

    West Indian Limes, Clubman, Spanish Leather are all great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustB
    For me its Hammam Bouquet and English Fern by Penhaligons

    I can't not mention my love of Floris's Elite though, 1980s modern as it may be.
    --Chris
    Hammam Bouquet is my all time favourite fragrance, never been without a bottle for 20 years. English Fern is another love, the bath and shower gel smells amazing.

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    Clive Christian's offerings are quite nice as I remember. Though they are not available in Canada.

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    The problem that a lot of people have with Clive Christian is his total vandalism of the Crown Perfumery. His scents are quite nice, I like 'X' but are very modern as opposed to the older more traditional scents from the classic English houses.

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    Destroying Crown Perfumery is one of the biggest crimes in fragrance history.
    Somebody should tar and feather him for this.
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    Clive Christian obviously would like to portray himself as a "traditional perfumer", but he's a (admittedly canny) salesman who started off selling kitchen units.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erfl
    Destroying Crown Perfumery is one of the biggest crimes in fragrance history.
    Agreed, I rank Crown Perfumery & Penhaligon's as the premier British perfumers, followed by Trumpers...

    I can't believe Clive Christian had the cheek to moderately tweak the formula for "Sandringham" & passed it off as 1872 (the year Crown Perfumery was founded) to unsuspecting customers, at a considerable cost i must add...

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    Ormonde Jayne - Isfarkand why doesn't this count again?
    GFT- bay rum, sandalwood
    Last edited by dr_adamg; 16th August 2006 at 08:37 PM.
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    My picks:

    Trumper -- Eucris
    Penhaligon -- Hammam Bouquet
    Crown Perfumery -- Marquis/Sumare
    Floris -- Vetiver

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr_adamg
    Ormonde Jayne - Isfarkand why doesn't this count again?
    GFT- bay rum, sandalwood
    I'd be the first to support Isfarkand, which I consider an "ultra" British scent, but from reading the first posts, it appears that this thread is only about older established fragrances. This would not only discount Isfarkand, but also GFT which I belive was formulated fairly recently.

    I feel that the predominant problem with many old "traditional" frags is their dependence on citrus top notes and hence short longevity.
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    Geo F. Trumper's Eucris. Best vetiver scent ever and I don't generally care for vetiver. Yes, I know they don't list that as a note. But have you sniffed it? Come on! If there's not any in the composition it's a marvel.

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    I never gave it much thought since the question was never put at hand I suppose but now I realise that said sadly I dont much care for any British made fragrances. I love many a Creed but they are Franco/English and perhaps not game. I don't mind no. 88, CC X, Crown Sandringham, and Floris Santal but don't adore or regularly wear any of the three. Royal English Leather is one of my 10 favorite scents along with SMW and Vintage Tabarome from the Creed clan but then again do Creeds count?

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    Mentioned these two in another similar thread, but worthy of mentioning again.........
    Mulberry (mens edt)
    Litchfield
    Probably both discontinued ???
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    Omg David, this thread is 6 years old. I didn't realise it was still in the archives.
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    My all time favorite among the classics would be Blenheim Bouquet- I just love it.

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    Wow, a thread that was started before I got here ... and I've been here 6 years.

    Blenheim Bouquet gets my vote too.

    It's aloof and unapologetic.

    Just about as British as it gets.

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    Ha, I was about to answer this...but I already did...6 years ago!
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    For me, Crown Sandringham. A nice muguet note.

    Follow this up with Sartorial.
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    Maybe it does not qualify as traditional (launched in 2003), but Richard James EdT is the quintessential british perfume.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfumeCollector View Post
    Maybe it does not qualify as traditional (launched in 2003), but Richard James EdT is the quintessential british perfume.
    A great one, whatever the vintage!

    My favourite is probably Penhaligon's Racquets formula. Actually in feel it reminds me of Habit Rouge, with its cheerful, fizzy citrus and powdery drydown. Does anyone know if the perfumer, Francis Pickthall, did anything else? The BN directory and Fragrantica have drawn blanks.

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    If we are talking older, more traditional, the it would have to be vintage No.89 by Floris or Crown Imperial by the late Crown Perfumery for me.
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    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6)
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    Right now it's the fragrances from the Murdock house which has a excellent range of barbershop scents.

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    Penhaligons Racquets.


    (honorable mention Ormonde Man, the perfect well made fragance)
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    Floris Palm Springs

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    I like Eucris, Hammam and Edwardian Bouquet, Richard James, Woods of Windsor.

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    I'm partial to Sartorial these days. Modern only in its date of release, it has a traditional feel to it.
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    Oh my goodness eight years old this threat! No matter! Where do I start?
    There are so many great unique fragrances from UK!


    And many of them I have in my collection and almost daily use (alphabetically):


    Blenheim Bouquet - Penhaligon's
    Eau de Cologne of Turnball & Asser - Penhaligon's
    Eau de Santal - Floris
    Elite - Floris
    English Bouquet - D.R. Harris & Co. (discontinued)
    Eton College Collection - Taylor of Old Bond Street
    Hammam Bouquet - Penhaligon's
    Lords - Penhaligon's (discontinued)
    Marlborough Cologne - Geo. F. Trumper
    Purple Water - Asprey
    Racquets formula - Penhaligon's (discontinued!)
    Sartorial - Penhaligon's
    The British Bouquet - Atkinsons (but made in Italy!)
    Wedding Bouquet - Floris Private Collection
    Wellington Cologne - Geo. F. Trumper
    My ten favorites in December (fragrances alphabetical):

    Artisan Black John Varvatos
    Coeur de Vétiver Sacré L'Artisan Parfumeur
    Déclaration d'un soir Cartier
    F pour homme Salvatore Ferragamo
    Gomma Etro
    Halston 1 - 12 Halston
    Imperial Vetyver Yardley
    Panama 1924 Boellis
    Soulle Ámbar Floris
    Wellington Cologne George F. Trumper

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    Burberry the beat

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    Spanish Leather - Trumper
    Opus 1870 - Penhaligons
    Racquets Formula - Penhaligons
    Black Tea - Murdock
    Sandalwood - Trumper
    La Fumee - Miller Harris
    Encens de Bois - Miller Harris
    Fougere - Crown Perfumery

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    Penhaligon's English Fern.

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    For me, penhaligons has to be the WORST fragrance house in the uk.
    lots of others like their frags, but I really hate all of them. TRUMPERS have some nice decent low end price range frags, sandalwood being my fave

    My choice for the BEST British fragrance?
    Ormonde Jaynes Four Courners Nawab of Oudh, has to be the best Brit frag I've ever tried.
    My frag list top ten (which changes pretty regular!)
    1- Creed Royal Oud
    2- Armani Prive Oud Royal
    3- Acqua di Parma Oud concentree
    4- Bvlgari Man in Black
    5- Amouage Fate Man
    6- Nasomatto Duro
    7- Jean Paul DuPont Oud d'or
    8- Ormonde Jayne Nawab of Oudh
    9- Geurlain HOMME IDEAL
    10- Shay&blue Oud Alif

    (Yes, I'm an Oud addict!)

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    My favorite British scent without a doubt is Clive Christian No.1 Pure Parfum Limited - not traditional as stated by the OP, but one I cherish - so refined and smooth. By the way, since this is his thread, I miss not hearing from Prince Barry.
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