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    Was wondering which traditional British perfume house and perfume that Basenoters like.

    Floris, Trumpers, Harris, Taylor, Crown (Anglia), Trufitt & Hill, Penhaligons

    I included Penhaligons, even though their formulas have been cheapened and their latest offerings have been created by a Frenchman
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    Of the ones in your list I've tried - Floris - although personally not a fan of any.

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    ^ Likewise, not a fan of any of the above.

    The Trumpers sample pack was truly abysmal. Not a single fragrance that I would wear.

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    It's between Trumpers and T&H for me, though I have a slight preference for Trumpers.

    Don't forget that Creed is officially a British brand

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    Penhaligons.

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    I really like Miller Harris.

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    Floris

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    ....... and their latest offerings have been created by a Frenchman
    Now now...... we're all part of a united Europe now....
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    Floris then the now defunct Crown Perfumery.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
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    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    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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    For me, it's a tough decision between Penhaligons, Hugh Parsons, Geo F. Trumper and even Yardley.
    Currently wearing: Citrus & Wood by Yardley

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    Meagre pickings, but I'll plump for Trumpers
    Formerly known as Inselaffe

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    I own some by Floris, Trumper and Penhaligon's out of the ones mentioned.

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    Floris would be my choice.

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    Floris by quite a large margin.

    It used to be Penhaligons but things change.

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    Crown

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    Now now...... we're all part of a united Europe now....
    Still not British though
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    Floris by quite a large margin.

    It used to be Penhaligons but things change.
    The way Penhaligons has been treated in recent years is a travesty. When Sheila Pickles owned the company, everything was such high quality with a certain British charm, like hand written receipts in beautiful script.
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    Floris.
    Their Vetiver alone earns them the title.
    Too bad it's discontinued.
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    Nice to see you drop by, Prince Barry!

    I prefer Floris and Truefitt & Hill, with a nod to the new Grossmith and Ormonde Jayne. (I love the OJ Orris Noir and Frangipani!)

    I have some complaints about the quality of Penhaligon's decreasing, and the bottle presentation is atrocious. My bottle of Endymion had glue all over the ribbon and the label was plastered on at an angle.

    Come now, Penhaligon's. Really? I love Sartorial, Hammam Bouquet and Endymion, and think the presentation should take pride in the product by its details.

    Savile Row tailors earn their reputations by the attention to details.

    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Barry View Post
    Was wondering which traditional British perfume house and perfume that Basenoters like.

    Floris, Trumpers, Harris, Taylor, Crown (Anglia), Trufitt & Hill, Penhaligons

    I included Penhaligons, even though their formulas have been cheapened and their latest offerings have been created by a Frenchman
    And some Frenchmen have been trotted out to be perfumers in wild ad campaigns with so-called legends. You know who I am talking about!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    Nice to see you drop by, Prince Barry!

    I prefer Floris and Truefitt & Hill, with a nod to the new Grossmith and Ormonde Jayne. (I love the OJ Orris Noir and Frangipani!)

    I have some complaints about the quality of Penhaligon's decreasing, and the bottle presentation is atrocious. My bottle of Endymion had glue all over the ribbon and the label was plastered on at an angle.

    Come now, Penhaligon's. Really? I love Sartorial, Hammam Bouquet and Endymion, and think the presentation should take pride in the product by its details.

    Savile Row tailors earn their reputations by the attention to details.



    And some Frenchmen have been trotted out to be perfumers in wild ad campaigns with so-called legends. You know who I am talking about!
    Haha, it's wonderful to be back dearest Primrose. I still love Hammam Bouquet, but alas, the quality is no longer there.
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    In my opinion Trumpers is far and away the highest quality British house nowadays. Floris have one or two good compositions made from fairly ordinary ingredients and many very obvious and poor ones.
    Penhaligons are not a serious house any longer in my opinion. Formulae are radically cheapened and some of the fragrances are miles outside the British tradition (what is Quercus all about???).

    Harris, Taylor, Truefitt have always been cheap - they offer good value and I like a few of their frags but they are not really high quality offerings. Harris is my favourite of these - some good everyday colognes. Though it has to be said that higher quality colognes are available in French supermarkets at £5 for 500ml.

    C&S are very good and are kind of related to British style fragrances. But most of them were formulated and composed in anglophile Italy and then reconstructed without formulae here - and somewhat cheapened.
    Trumpers have been reformulated a few times but to me remain high quality and very much in the tradition. They are all very practical in a pragmatic English way with no continental style frills-and-lace. Some are truly excellent too.

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    I enjoy Mayfair by D.R. Harris, but it's so strong that I have to be in the mood for it. A strong floral musk for men that defies all the aquatics being released these days. So nice to have something different for a change. This is an EDT but it packs a punch.
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    Hirch, couldn't agree with you more.

    Primrose, I MUST try Mayfair, it sounds worthy of the Count
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    Not a real nice choice of houses to choose from, so I would have to go with Penhaligons, with Floris in second.

    With Floris, JF and Elite are nice, but many others (Cefrio, 89, etc) are too soapy or ordinary to me. Penhaligon's has Sartorial and one of my favorite Rose fragrances ever - Hammam Bouquet. That one alone would put it over the other "British" houses. But I also like the Anthology Collection - Eau Sans Pariel and Esprit du Roi - These are quite nice and underrated IMO.
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    6. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
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    The only house out of those listed I have any experience with is Penhaligons. I have to confess though I'm not exactly a fan, or I'm not a fan of what they are even if I have some admiration for what they were, much like MPG. Their bottles are nice at least, I'll give them that.

    Actually of all 'standard pattern, regular size' niche bottles they're probably my favourite.

    However the last Penhaligon scent I own is Juniper Sling. It smells great, but the longevity is so bad, and in all honesty when I compare it to other fragrances I like which have a boozy character like Escada Pour Homme I just can't really sniff any noticable difference in overall quality. Maybe my nose is broken. Either way it seems a great many of their scents have some issue that doesn't recommend them to me.

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    Penhaligon's is exquisite, but drives me crazy with its fleeting longevity. BTW, STOP cramming your French Creed into a British Discussion...Jeez can't you people give it a rest for two seconds!!!
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    Dougczar, I have big issues with Penhaligons' Anthology collection. Back in 1996 they were called English Classics and cost £28 for 100ml. Now they cost £110 for 100ml. All I can say is that Bertrand charged them a fortune for his creative skills and that is now reflected in the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Barry View Post
    Dougczar, I have big issues with Penhaligons' Anthology collection. Back in 1996 they were called English Classics and cost £28 for 100ml. Now they cost £110 for 100ml. All I can say is that Bertrand charged them a fortune for his creative skills and that is now reflected in the price.
    Prince Barry, I can't argue with you there -- I like the fragrances quite a bit, but I sure understand how people wouldn't think they are worth what they are asking for those (considering their sub-par longevity - at least on me)
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    2. Xerjoff - Nio
    3. Creed - Aventus
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    5. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
    6. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    7. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    8. Dior - Homme Sport 2012
    9. Creed - Virgin Island Water
    10. Kenneth Cole - Black

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    They were always fleeting fragrances. I think they were created as simple toilet waters that needed refreshing through the day.
    Fine fragrance is alive; it breathes, unfolds and unravels with each passing hour....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rum View Post
    Don't forget that Creed is officially a British brand
    i was gonna mention this as well.

    But for me, it's Penhaligon's. Their Eau De Cologne, Juniper Sling, Castile, and Opus 1870 are all just masterworks. Quercus, Extract of Limes and Eau De Verveine are great as well.

    But my favorite british scents of them all are:

    1. Truefitt & Hill West Indian Limes
    2. Trumper Extract of West Indian Limes
    Currently wearing: Royal Mayfair by Creed

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    I'm awfully fond of Blenheim Bouquet, so I suppose Penhaligon's. Alas, their Hammam Bouquet is now merely the hulk of what might have once been among the greatest male fragrances. I have tried Floris' offerings, and not been impressed by them. But of Trumper, I think I have only tried their Spanish Leather (not to my taste), and Wild Fern. The latter was excellent, and not easily compared to anything else. I ought really look into Trumper more.

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