Penhaligon’s Portraits Collection Review


Post by Portia 


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!


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


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.


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.


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 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


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


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


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


Entries Close Saturday 19th November 2016 10pm Australian EdsT and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by
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 thoughts on “Penhaligon’s Portraits Collection Review

  1. 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 🙂


  2. 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!


  3. 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.


  4. 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. 🙂


  5. 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!


  6. 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!


  7. 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!


  8. 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!


  9. 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 😉


  10. 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!


  11. 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.


  12. 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.


  13. 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!


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


  14. 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



  15. 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!


  16. 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,


  17. 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.


  18. 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


  19. 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.


  20. 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.


  21. 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 : )


  22. 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.


  23. 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!


  24. 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.


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