Ok, I know we’re not meant to judge a book by its cover (or, you know, a perfume by its box), but when Penhaligons posted their latest fragrance, The Revenge of Lady Blanche, it would be fair to say I went a little weak at the knees.
The fragrance is part of the new Portraits collection which has comprises four very different eau de perfums. With two designed for men, and two for women, they are possibly the most original release I’ve seen all year! There is an entire story woven around the scents, and it’s an absolute riot. If you’ve got something of an Agatha Cristie addict in the family, these would go down rather well at Christmas!
If I thought the box was the definition of charming, I think I fell even deeper in love when I got to the bottle. Topped with a brass bear head, my bottle of The Revenge of Lady Blanche is absolutely sublime. The whole range is topped off with a zoo-worth of animal heads (my favourite my be the rather noble stag head on the Tragedy of Lord George) which are worth the collection alone.
The Revenge of Lady Blanche is described as ‘Charmingly dangerous’ and I’d have to agree. By far, it’s the deepest shade of perfume I’ve ever owned. Chocolatey dark in colour, it looks like it should smell deep and dangerous. And in a way it does! It’s perfect for cold weather and long, dark nights. The top notes of Powdery Orris are beautifully feminine and are a soft entry into the perfume which really deepens on the skin.
After about an hour or so, the heart notes of Narcissus Flower become more apparent. It’s a new type of floral for me, but I’m absolutely obsessed with it. It’s so deep and dark, it feels like it was made to be worn on winter nights. Then, after a good few hours, the base notes of Hyacinth come into play. Again, it’s a complex way to wear a floral scent, but I absolutely adore it, and I have to say, I can’t wait to try the other perfumes in the line up!
Penhaligon’s The Revenge of Lady Blanche is priced at £178 and is available here