Penhaligon's introduces four new characters to its Portraits series

Penhaligon's introduces four new characters to its Portraits series

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Text: Renée Batchelor

Ready to meet the rest of the Portraits family? Penhaligon's London has four new characters to introduce to fragrance fans

You've heard of the original foursome that made up Lord George's nearest and dearest, now get ready to meet the new additions — guests that have become more permanent fixtures in the house. Penhaligon's London expands its witty, whimiscal and slightly wild Portraits universe with more fascinating creatures to join Lord George and family.

We'll start with the matriarch, the Countess Dorothea — because we all know it's the women who secretly wield the power in the household. Described as a ferocious and witty woman, she has a penchant for young men, blackmail and scones — we like her already. The saying she lives by? 'Revenge. It's even better than biscuits.' Now how would such a spicy personality smell? The key word is indeed that, as The Ruthless Countess Dorothea is an Oriental, spicy, fresh scent with notes of bergamot, red ginger oil and sherry cashmeran. Next up, Monsieur Beauregard is known as 'our French friend' in the household. Often seen at unexpected moments in the house — namely late at night and first thing in the morning — his saving grace is his monumental beauty. This scent — cheekily stoppered with a golden rooster head — is an Oriental, woody, spicy brew with notes of orris, sandalwood and cinnamon.
The Ruthless Countess Dorothea and Monsieur Beauregard
The other two guests that are constant visitors hail from a more exotic locale — Egypt. Sohan is a merchant of silk and precious gems, while his sister Yasmine, is in London to look for a more permanent arrangement. The scent 'The Uncomparable Sohan' is a woody chypre that blends pepper rose, vetiver and oud for a powerful and animalistic effect. Meanwhile 'The Bewitching Yasmine', blows both hot and cold. Like a hard-to-please woman, this scent sets rich coffee notes against a creamy spice accord. Throw in cardamom, jasmine, vanilla and oud and what you'll get is a truly, intoxicating brew.

Available from 1 September at Penhaligon's boutiques