Penhaligon’s The Coveted Duchess Rose
Daughter of Lady Blanche and Lord George, Rose married a Duke to escape the stifling rigidity of her family and to become the Coveted Duchess Rose. At first, naively romantic, she has now become disillusioned and frustrated in an unsatisfactory marriage. Always looking for fun and frivolity (and perhaps love affairs), her fragrance is a not so innocent fresh rose.
Top Notes: Mandarin
Heart Notes: Rose
Base Notes: Musky Wood
Oh how I love Penhaligon’s, I go nuts for their fragrances at the best of times but when I saw this new Portraits Collection, I swooned….Obvs. The Portraits collection is a homage to British aristocracy and English spirit; the secrets, the humour and the tradition. The collection is made up of four fragrances; The Tragedy of Lord George, The Revenge of Lady Blanche, Much Ado About The Duke and The Coveted Duchess Rose. My favourite? The Coveted Duchess Rose, of course!
Penhaligon’s The Coveted Duchess Rose is a fairly simple perfume in composition, especially for Penhaligon’s who make quite rich, complex fragrances. The Coveted Duchess Rose is made up of three main accords; rose, mandarin and woods, to put this into context, one of my favourite Penhaligon’s Fragrances, As Sawira contains sixteen main accords. However, a beautiful quality rose is such a deep, textured note, that it is special enough not to be supported by many other notes. At the top of the fragrance, you are instantly hit with the scent of rose, however, it’s at this point you can detect a hint of mandarin, it’s not strong, but it just adds a touch of freshness. The mandarin quickly disperses and exposes just the rose and the musky, woody base. Overall, it has a real heady rose and almost dusty, pink powdery feel to it, it’s a little old fashioned, but in a wonderful, classic way. When compared with Penhaligon’s English Rose perfume, it’s lacks the green, crisp notes, but personally, I prefer The Coveted Duchess Rose over Elizabethan Rose, as it feels nostalgic, regal and romantic, like it’s been plucked straight from a ladies chamber in a Jane Austin book. Oh and this fragrance has real staying power, it lasts all day and really lingers on your clothes too. I adore rose based fragrances and this one, is pretty darn special!
Penhaligon’s The Coveted Duchess Rose is available from Penhaligon’s and costs £178 for a 75ml bottle.