Perfume: Penhaligon’s No. 33

penhaligon's perfume no. 33 launch 2015 beauty blogger review

This year marks the 145th year of the London Perfumery Penhaligon’s and to mark the anniversary, they are launching a new fragrance, No. 33.

Penhaligon’s was founded in 1870, by William Penhaligon, In 1874 he opened his first boutique on Jermyn Street, followed shortly by No. 33 St James’s Street. He created beautiful, high quality perfumes with inspiration taken from around the globe. Many of the perfumes he created 145 years ago are still popular fragrances today, with the packaging and bottles only slightly updated. Penhaligon’s is a perfect example of how a brand can retain all their heritage and still be modern, aspirational and exciting.

One of my all-time favourite perfumes is Cornubia. I also adore As Sawira (read more about it here) which my boyfriend shares with me and he also loves Satorial. My sister wears Cornubia too, she loved mine so much she wanted to wear it too. We are big fans of Penhaligon’s in my household!

No. 33 is named after the Penhaligon’s original store on St. James’s Street, they wanted lavender to be at the heart of the scent as William Penhaligon often used lavender in his perfumes. It is fresh, watery and aromatic. It is a modern twist on a traditional scent.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Orange, Grapefruit, Armoise, Coriander, Clary Sage, Cypress

Heart Notes: Lavender, Violet, Black Pepper, Ginger, Jasmine, Rose, Muguet, Geranium, Saffron, Cardamom

Base Notes: Amber, Vetiver, Musk, Moss, Tobacco, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Cedarwood

No. 33 is a unisex perfume which has a feel of sea salt freshness with lavender and citrus. It is lighter than many of the other Penhaligon’s fragrances; it is fresher and reminds me of a London barber shop with the salt blocks, lavender and herbs. Whilst a lot of the notes in it feel quite masculine; bergamot, clary sage, lavender, black pepper, tobacco and cedarwood, it has some more feminine notes in there to make it suitable for women too, rose, musk, vanilla. It’s fresh yet complex and perfect for the Summer months!

PS. The bracelets in the picture are by Monica Vinader (black and rose gold) and Gemporia (Gold and Crystal)



  1. May 5, 2015 / 10:29 pm

    Love your article about Penhaligon’s!
    I would like to add, that I have never smelled anything more manly, earthy or sensual in men’s fragrances as their Sartorial – my all time favorite for that special man in your life.
    I most definitely do love their women’s fragrances as well, but cannot say I have a favorite! Will need to check out the new As Sawira…

    • fashionforlunch
      May 5, 2015 / 11:39 pm

      I love satorial! It’s so nice!!!! You should try Cornubia and as Sawira! Both are stunning! Xxxx

      • fashionforlunch
        May 6, 2015 / 8:51 pm

        ah how funny!!!