Aristocracy Bottled

By Shaquelle Whyte

Portraits of the Aristocracy 

British culture boasts a long-held reign of order and tradition. It is this which makes many of us feel quintessentially British. Manners and decorum are at the fore front of what is expected, until it isn’t.

To paint the picture of the British spirit you first need to understand the misconceptions that comes with our history. Being courteous and polite and well behaved, especially within the upper echelon of high society is expected. But once you delve deeper, everything is not as it seems. Some real-life examples:-

Henry Paget

Despite being born into a wealthy family Henry Cyril Paget proved to be the black sheep of the family. Having served in the Battle of Waterloo, he was injured with a cannon ball. His injuries, although though they were not extensive, changed his behaviours; some may say made him more interesting. Often found carrying a poodle while dressed head to toe in pink ribbons he was the talk of London as he galivanted down the streets. Life was a game for Paget and the streets of London became his playground.

John (Mad Jack) Mytton

You don’t earn the name ‘Mad Jack’ without living a turbulent lifestyle. Smooth, daring and rash; John Mytton was always the problem child. Expelled from school for fighting, he proved himself to be a rebellious teen. His adult life was just as chaotic.  From riding horses up and out of windows to riding bears into his home Mad Jack lived his life on the edge; he had his own rules. 

Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt Wilson

Most families like to keep dogs as pets. Cats can prove good comfort to those who live alone; research has shown that rats tend to be highly intelligent and as such, great as pets. Not many have the means or in fact the space, to hold an animal such as a giraffe. But arguably who is better to have afternoon tea with? Wilson’s eccentricities meant that he was seldom bored. 

The idea of what it means to be British is so often subverted and turned on its head, one could argue that this is important for continuing enterprise industry. Fresh thinking is what allows creativity to prevail; Penhaligon’s fragrance line do this by exploring the very madness that is archetypal Britain.

With their extensive line of fragrances, which include the collection of Penhaligon’s Portraits.

Delve into the idea that not everything is as it seems. Should you not be acquainted with all the parts of this perfume family, they include; The Tragedy of Lord George, masculine and suave with dashes of rum, The Coveted Duchess Rose, a crisp and delicate rose with slight wood notes and of course Roaring Radcliff whose soft aromatic aroma is lifted by its honeyed tobacco feel.

Two new family members have returned from Safari are ready to join the ranks of this most prestigious family; Heartless Helen and Terrible Teddy. After time spent galivanting, the pair are now ready to settle.

Heartless Helen is forever mystifying. Delicate and alluring, smooth but has you on edge.  With notes of mandarin, tuberose, and wood; a combination that leaves hearts aflutter. Terrible Teddy is one of thrill, one that catches most off guard as the distinctive notes of leather, incense and ambroxian overwhelm even the strongest in character.

The pair provide a new edge to what is already an unruly family. Take yourself on Safari with these two new fragrances available online and at the Penhaligon’s flagship store. 

Penhaligon’s as a perfume brand have many offerings as they have been part of British perfume making since there establishment in the late 1860’s.

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