Penhaligon's is a very special English company that believes that only the best will do, which is why our customers reward us with lifelong loyalty. They know the importance of little things; of a company with integrity, tradition and quality, for the Company has been built on these values for 130 years.
In the late 1860's, William Henry Penhaligon left his native Penzance on the picturesque south west coast of England, and came to London to establish himself as a barber. By 1870 William had a thriving business supplying perfumes, toilet waters and pomades to the aristocracy. His first fragrance, created in 1872, was named Hammam Bouquet in honour of the famous Turkish Baths that had inspired it, and it remained his personal favourite. He secured his reputation by creating scents for the nobility. Blenheim Bouquet, created for the Duke of Marlborough, was to become a particular favourite of another distinguished scion of that family, Winston Churchill. Gentlemen's scents up to this time were usually rich and floral; Blenheim Bouquet was one of the first citrus scents created and is still recognised as a classic today.
By the end of Queen Victoria's reign, William Penhaligon had been appointed Barber and Perfumer to the Royal Court. Since that time, Penhaligon's has been awarded Royal Warrants by Her Majesty Queen Alexandra in 1903, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956 and, most recently, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales in 1988.
By the early 1970's, Penhaligon's catered largely to the cognoscenti whose families had used the Company's products for generations. A new era began with the opening of the flagship store in Covent Garden in 1975 and other shops have since been established in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Windsor and Chester in the UK. Other stores include Madison Avenue; Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and San Francisco; and Hong Kong. Though the past twenty-five years have seen exciting developments, the diaries and formulae of William Penhaligon remain the keystone which ensures continuity, consistency and quality. We have gathered ingredients from all over the world to create products that are unique and exclusive and in the process have established our own enduring traditions. After 130 years, the signature Penhaligon's bottle signifies a genuine classic to our discerning and dedicated devotees.