Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet was created in 1902 but it reminds me of popular men’s eau de colognes from the 1960’s.
Blenheim Bouquet opens as a very strong lemon that reminds me of Lemon Heads because it has a little bit of sugar. I almost sneeze within the first 10 minutes of wear because it’s all Lemon Heads with spicy black pepper underneath. I get a faint herbal/pine turpentine that makes this different than the average eau de cologne. It adds a sharpness and mixes well with the old-fashioned lime. With the dry-down the black pepper intensifies. It’s a very dry black pepper that reminds me of pre-ground supermarket stuff like McCormik’s.
Notes listed include lemon, lime, lavender, pine, musk and black pepper.
Give Blenheim Bouquet a try if you want a sheer, spicy citrus or if you like perfumes like Annick Goutal Eau de Sud, Acqua di Parma Colonia, Muelhens 4711, Byredo Gypsy Water, Penhaligon’s Extrait of Limes, and/or Tom Ford Private Blend Azure Lime. Personally, I see Blenheim Bouquet as more of a masculine scent. I’m sure anybody can wear it but it reads as “retrosexual” to me.
Projection is above average only because the notes are so volatile. Longevity is below average. I think this wears more as an eau de cologne than an EDT.
Blenheim Bouquet retails for $80 for 1.7 oz at Beautyhabit. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Tart lemon and lime, pine and dry black pepper cologne with a retro 60’s feel. Not one for me but I think it make a nice “safe” daily masculine fragrance. It’s very light and fresh.
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