Bon Voyage With Penhaligon’s Trade Routes Collection

The aromatic spices, fruits and exotic wood that established the basis of global trade and finance are now bottled for olfactory pleasures

Classic British perfume house Penhaligon’s new collection is inspired by the luxurious goods being traded through London’s docks in the 19th century. The Trade Routes Collection includes three new fragrances composed by three different perfumers.

Penhaligon’s Trade Routes Collection
Penhaligon’s Trade Routes Collection

Empressa, a women’s scent by perfumer Mike Parrott, opens with top notes of blood orange, bergamot, mandarin, leading to heart notes of peach, cassis, dewberry, rose, neroli, geranium, cardamom, pink pepper, black pepper, all on a base of vanilla pod, cocoa, frankincense, amber, musk, woods, patchouli, sandalwood and maltol.

Lothair, a unisex fragrance created by perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour, features top notes of red berries, juniper berry, cardamom, bergamot, grapefruit and fig leaf. The heart includes notes of fig milk, lavender, magnolia, geranium, black tea, atop base notes of vanilla, musks, cedarwood, ambergris, wenge, and oakmoss.

Levantium, also designed for men and women, was created by perfumer Christian de Provenzano and opens with top notes of bergamot, davana, saffron and absinthe. The heart features notes of rose, jasmine, violet, clove, cardamom, ylang ylang, peach, leading to base notes of amber, myrrh, guaiacwood, sandalwood, cedarwood, oud, patchouli, musk, maltol, and vanilla.


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