Perfume: Penhaligon’s ‘The Coveted Duchess Rose’


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


In Review…

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 GeorgeThe Revenge of Lady BlancheMuch 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.




  1. December 2, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    This sounds amazing. Apart from the bottle being pretty, the 3 scents sounds like a lovely combination. Must try it out X

    • fashionforlunch
      December 2, 2016 / 9:52 pm

      Oh you must! It’s a really lovely collection z

  2. December 2, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    What a beautiful bottle. It sounds amazing! x

    • fashionforlunch
      December 2, 2016 / 9:52 pm

      It’s a stunning perfume! So glad you like

  3. December 2, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    I live Penhaligons too, there was one in Mcr but it closed a while back- sad times!

    • fashionforlunch
      December 2, 2016 / 9:51 pm

      Oh noooo! I didn’t realise it was gone! That was a lovely store! X

  4. December 2, 2016 / 11:36 pm

    Amazing!! My perfume guru strikes again. Got to try.

    • fashionforlunch
      December 3, 2016 / 6:08 pm

      You so need to try! It’s bloody beautiful!!!!

  5. December 3, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    I love those stuff. I have a cute mini gift set but they don’t look as pretty as the big bottles! X

  6. December 4, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    Penhaligon’s fragrances are amazing eh – I have the Lily of the Valley bath oil. But these look on another level – beautiful packaging too xx