Penhaligon’s Portraits Collection Review

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Post by Portia 

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Hey there Niche Nerds,

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend the lavish Australian launch of Penhaligon’s Portraits Collection here in Sydney at the Centennial hotel, very Ra Cha Cha! A small group of us were led through the outlandish fictitious stories of this new collection by Michael from Libertine Parfumerie and got to smell the fragrances together and discuss their notes, design and remarkable lids. High tea in a very English from the movies style room, it was a great scene setter organised by Alice and crew at ÉLYSÉE COLLECTIVE.

img_7665Ainslie Walker, Portia, Catherine de Peloux Menage (Yay! The APJ Squad)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis one donated by Ainslie Walker. Thanks doll, love it!

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img_7669Michael from Libertine Parfumerie

This is an expensive Penhaligon’s offering AUD$369 for 75ml. Puig, who recently bought Penhaligon’s and L’Artisan, seems to be making a statement about their new direction with the brand. Luxury is the new order and these lids made of brass are heavy and interesting, though I would very much like it if they offered a choice of with or without. There are only a few sets being released in Australia and apparently worldwide it is very limited production. Love a bit of exclusivity in my scent. So, about the perfumes….

Penhaligon’s Portraits Collection Review

tragedy-of-lord-george-penhaligons-fragranticaFragrantica

The Tragedy of Lord George by Penhaligon`s

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Brandy, woodsy notes, tonka bean, amber

Very popular among the people yesterday, a softly sweet masculine that reminded me of a Guerlain. I think it’s the boozy tonks mix that was so reminiscent. Smelled great, ultimately unisex.

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The Revenge Of Lady Blanche by Penhaligon`s

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Narcissus, iris flower, hyacinth

This is my favourite. Opens with a distinctive 1970s or earlier green floral chypre vibe. Sadly it was all top and heart and had basically disappeared an hour later so that even my BFF Kath couldn’t smell it at lunch an hour later. Totally bummed because I thought it was going to make a wonderful replacement for when I run dry of Niki de Saint Phalle. I really want to wear it again a few times to get to know it.

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The Coveted Duchess Rose by Penhaligon`s

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Mandarin orange, rose, musk, woody notes

Personally I think this will be the best seller of the line. It feels expensive and wearable. Not ground breaking or outrageous but it does feel like a quality fragrance, not following the super sweet crowd and being a cut above most of the department store mass-tige offerings.

much-ado-about-the-duke-penhaligons-fragranticaFragrantica

Much Ado About The Duke by Penhaligon`s

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Rose, leather, gin, pepper, woody notes

Love it when the rose fragrances are made for the men. I think this will find a lot of love from the men who wear Amouage Lyric Man. It’s different enough to be in the same collection. Here rose is made drier and cracklier with the leather and pepper. I like it a lot and if it was $200 I would be buying it for Jin for Christmas.

 

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Penhaligon’s Portraits Collection GIVEAWAY

WHAT CAN YOU WIN?

This week we will have 1 winner who will receive:
1 x Penhaligon’s Portraits Collection Manufacturers Sample Set
(including all 4 fragrances in atomisers)
P&H Anywhere in the world

HOW DO YOU WIN?

Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ

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Please tell us which of the four you’d like to try

HOUSEKEEPING

Entries Close Saturday 19th November 2016 10pm Australian EdsT and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by random.org
The winners will have till Thursday 24th November 2016 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit

47 comments on “Penhaligon’s Portraits Collection Review

  1. Hello Portia,
    I follow via email
    I would pick The tradgedy of Lord George because of its association with Guerlain. In truth I really wouldn’t mind any of them.
    Cheers
    Helen

  2. Norbert F. says:

    I follow via e-mail
    I d like to try the whole line, but i think the one whoch I am most curious about is The Tragedy of Lord George, love the bottle designs btw, the notes in those 4 fragrances so i think I will love them all 😀
    Good luck everyone 🙂

  3. Jackie b says:

    What fabulous bottles. I like the sound of Much Ado About the Duke, but what is the top?
    My husband is an Amouage man, so he would probably like this one.
    I follow by email, excited for this draw!

  4. Roslyn says:

    Hi Portia,
    They all sound wonderful. I’m tossing up between The Tragedy of Lord George or The Coveted Duchess Rose and if I absolutely had to choose, I’d go for The Coveted Duchess Rose.
    I follow through email.
    Cheers!

  5. Jaybee says:

    Love the names! I’d go for Duchess Rose because I’m a rose fan, but I’d be happy to sniff any of them. Eyecatching bottles. Thank you for the draw. Follow by email. 🙂

  6. MikasMinion says:

    I have been wanting to get my nose on these but completely unwilling to spend much to do so since the reviews have been a bit meh. Perhaps I’ll get the chance. Lady Blanche is the one I’m curious about, especially since you’ve called it short-lived with vintage green tendencies. Sometimes I want to wear one of the good old green floral chypres without the 24 hour commitment.
    I follow via RSS and Bloglovin’. Thanks for the opportunity!

  7. Koyel says:

    I expect the Tragedy of Lord George will be the scent for me. I follow by e-mail. I must say, I don’t get all the hate the bottles have been getting on the Internet. I quite like them. Thanks, Portia!

  8. Morrigan says:

    I can’t decide whether or not I like these rather gaudy caps. The stag one looks the best but is also the “loudest”?
    I am most curious about Lady Blanche, but at the same time The Duke has the most notes I normally gravitate toward.
    Following by email. 🙂
    P.S. You look so different without your glasses Portia, I almost didn’t recognise you in that second photo!

  9. Gina Tabasso says:

    via email
    I think Much Ado About the Duke would be my fave. These look amazing. What cool bottles!

  10. Patty Pong says:

    Following by e-mail, would like to try The Tragedy of Lord George. 🙂

  11. rickyrebarco says:

    Thanks for the wonderful drawing! I follow APJ via email at the email in my profile. I am most interested in sniffing The Coveted Duchess. It sounds divine.

    Also, Portia, loved the pictures of you and Jin with your family in Korea. I could feel the love in the pictures. You’re a lucky guy!

  12. Arlene Beukes says:

    Awesome review, spectacularly posh Portia! I follow APJ via email and immediately read the posts the moment I receive new post notifications in my inbox…I just love the site! I’m dying to try The Revenge Of Lady Blanche by Penhaligon purely because I am floral chypre freak! Oh yeah and I want to know how it feels to wear perfume that costs AUD$369 for 75ml 😉

  13. Jen says:

    I follow by email. I wanted to try Revenge of Lady Blanche the most, love a 1970’s vibe, but that’s too bad what you discovered about its lasting power! Coveted Duchess Rose would be my next choice. Great photos!

  14. Claudia S. says:

    The Coveted Duchess Rose sounds very nice! Thanks for the draw, Portia. Email and bloglovin

  15. Susan Farber says:

    I follow by email and would like to try The Coveted Duchess Rose.

  16. Kandice says:

    Like several others, I would love to try The Tragedy of Lord George. Also like others, I can’t decide if I love or hate the bottles. Either way, thanks for the chance to try these. I follow via email.

  17. Ellen M. says:

    Dear Portia, I follow by email. I think I’d like to try The Tragedy of Lord George. It would be awesome to get that discovery set and to try all of them. Fingers crossed. English tea…yummy.

  18. Sherry B. says:

    I follow via email. Would love to try them all but especially Much Ado About the Duke. Thanks for the chance!

  19. Vicki says:

    Hey Portia, I just started following you via email as I love niche fragrances! Love your blog and my you must have put your heart and soul in it! Would love to try the Revenge of Lady Blanche as the notes are rather unique, but would want to try them all ultimately. Loving the caps as well and they definitely stand out from the regular Penhaligon’s caps. Thank you for the opportunity!

  20. Robert H. says:

    Lady Blanche for the win, Portia! (Love the hair, btw!) following by email and are the caps metal? Plastic? xoxox

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Brass caps Robert. It’s weird that my hair looks reddish in the lights there, it’s really a dank luscious rodent.
      Portia xx

  21. Elizabeth says:

    I’m most interested in sniffing The Tragedy of Lord George – good notes and magnetic title.
    I follow by email. Thanks!

  22. José Hernandez says:

    Hi,

    I follow via e-mail.

    This is one of the English brands, which I like, I would like to try these new wonders of Penhaligon’s

    Thanks!

  23. Neva says:

    Wow Portia, another great giveaway 🙂 I’d like to try The Tragedy of Lord George because I like boozy scents.
    I follow APJ by email.

  24. Nelle says:

    I follow by email and I would love to try this Penhaligon’s lin I have heard so much about Penhaligon’s but I have never gotten the opportunity to try it, so thanks much for the chance!

    • Nelle says:

      I forgot to write that I would love to try The Coveted Duchess Rose because the notes of Mandarin Orange and Rose is calling my name!

  25. Lindaloo says:

    Feeling greedy for entering, as I have won a couple of times this year, but greedy I am.
    The one that I’d like to try most is the Revenge of Lady Blanche. Love greens, even if the Revenge is on the wearer with it’s short life 🙂
    I follow by email, not just for the draws, but first for the great reviews, travel posts, and pictures.
    Thanks for the generous draw opportunity,

  26. Saffyishere says:

    Are they not the most wonderful quirky, yet OH SO BRITISH titles? Such a pity about the expense ,though. They all sound very appealing to me, however ,if I had to choose ,I think the Revenge of Lady Blanche has my vote. As for the bottles, perhaps ,in the hand ,so to speak I might be able to decide if I like them or not.
    I follow APJ via email, Facebook and Twitter.
    Thank you for the generous draw.

  27. Bec says:

    They all sound amazing but i am currently looking for a green floral type perfume for summer so I would love to try out The Revenge Of Lady Blanche.

    I follw by email

  28. Latai says:

    Ohh the bottles look so lux! Personally, I think The Coveted Duchess Rose would be my pick. I’ve been so into Rose lately that my BWF have taken a back seat most of the time.
    Thanks for sharing them with us Portia!

    Latai x
    P.S. Following by email.

  29. Jyotsna says:

    Hi Portia
    I follow by email.
    Would love to try Lady Blanche. Greens floral, mmm.
    I kinds like the bottles too.

    Thanks for the generous giveaway.

  30. Fazal says:

    The Coveted Duchess Rose intrigues me the most. It has rose, woody, musky notes. Plus, the color purple is usually a good omen 🙂 I follow APJ through email and FB.

  31. Nemo says:

    I follow by email, and Much Ado About the Duke sounds right up my alley with the rose leather combination 🙂 Thank you!

  32. Hi, I follow on WordPress! Thanks for doing this. I’d love to try Lady Blanche but they all sound intriguing!
    Old Herbaceous recently posted…Fragrance Friday: ?My Profile

  33. flowergirlbee! says:

    i follow by email.i like the sound of the revenge of lady blanche.i love every flower in it.shame about the longevity though,maybe i would be luckier : )

  34. Laurels says:

    Count me in the camp that gets a kick out of the bottle design, although I’m sure that’s a big part of why they’re so far out of my price range. Is that a hippo atop Lady Blanche?

    The Tragedy of Lord George sounds like my kind of thing, although The Coveted Duchess Rose sounds nice, too–I’d like to find an easy-wearing rose. I follow with Bloglovin.

  35. willa says:

    Welcome back Portia! The Coveted Duchess Rose. A girl can never wear too much rose. Email xx

  36. Esperanza says:

    Hey Portia! Sounds like a fun introduction to these fragrances. I agree with you, they should be sold without the heads although they look gorgeous. My favorite was the Lady Rose but in general I found the bottles more interesting than its contence. Xxx Esperanza ps welcome back!
    Esperanza recently posted…How perfume can be more to you than a nice fragranceMy Profile

  37. Tara C says:

    I follow by email. Those bottles are off the hook! I would love to try them all but I’m betting the Duchess Rose will be my favourite, rose fiend that I am.

  38. Marzipan says:

    Hi Portia! I follow by email. Such beautiful bottles! I would like to try The revenge of Lady Blanche, sounds so intriguing.

  39. Shelley M says:

    Hi I follow via email and definitely The Coveted Duchess Rose would be my first pick,a close 2nd Much Ado About the Duke.

  40. Stacey Walls says:

    I would love to try the Tragedy of Lord George. I follow through email. Thank you!

  41. Nicolibba says:

    I would love to try The Tragedy of Lord George though Much Ado about the Duke is a close second.
    Thanks for the draw!
    I follow by email.

  42. Lissette says:

    Hi Portia
    I follow via email
    I would love to try Lady Blanche. Thanks for other amazing giveaway!

  43. Lubka K. says:

    I would like to try The Revenge Of Lady Blanche. Sounds really great! Thanks for a draw! I follow via bloglovin and via emails. Lubka

  44. BBMc says:

    I follow via email and I would love to try the Duke since I’m still looking for that evasive rose scent. Very excited and thank you.

  45. Nilam99 says:

    I would like to try Much Ado About The Duke, sounds intriguing.
    I follow by email and on Facebook

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