The latest addition to Penhaligon’s wonderful Portrait Collection has been sitting in my ‘to try’ box at TSNC HQ for a good few weeks now, and I thought it was about time I gave it a go – Penhaligon’s is one of my favourite niche fragrance brands, and I know if this is anything like the rest of the Portraits collection, I’ll absolutely love it! Let’s take a look at the fragrance…
So to start with, if you’re not familiar with the Portraits Collection, it’s a range of fragrances based on characters from the British aristocracy. Each fragrance represents and character, and each character comes with a whole backstory to their personality and life. (You can see my write up for the last Portraits launch, Clandestine Clara here)
Penhaligon’s have recently added four new fragrances to the range, (two male and two female) of which I have The Ruthless Countess Dorothea – I love how dramatic this sounds! Dorothea is described as a most ferocious matriarch, known for her sharp mind, even sharper wit and a secret fondness for the company of younger men – Dorothea also has an illegitimate son, she’s a scandalous character fond of alcohol, love affairs and ambiguous behaviour – and I think I’d really like to be friends with her!! I predict this scent is going to be a bit racy!
Well, the fragrance is just stunning, as expected – it’s incredibly warm and comforting, and it lingers all day after only one spray in the morning. I guess I expected something quite strong, overpowering even, but it’s actually very wearable, yet still noticeable – my husband said ‘ooh what’s that perfume you’re wearing, I like it!’ – it’s also subtly intoxicating and alluring. This is easily now my new favourite scent from Penhaligon’s and if you’re fans of the Portraits range, this really is a must try. This is fragrance definitely not to be missed!
- Top Notes: Bergamot, Ginger and Chinese Cinnamon Wood.
- Heart Notes: Red Ginger Oil, Beeswax, Clary Sage and Mate.
- Base Notes: Sherry-Cashmeran, Vanilla and White Wine.
The Ruthless Countess Dorothea EDP is available at and now.
I hope you enjoyed my post xxx
This post contains press samples
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