Penhaligon's has launched the Penhaligon's Anthology, a collection of fragrances from their archives reworked by perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour. Four fragrances, Extract of Limes, Eau de Verveine, Gardenia and Night Scented Stock make up the first group; eight more fragrances are expected to join the collection over the next two years.
Extract of Limes (shown above left) ~ "Originally created in 1963, Extract of Limes is shattered sherbet and blossom honey. A classic citrus, penetrating and pure, with straight up West Indian lime, lemon oil and neroli. High, clear and instantly uplifting." Additional notes include petitgrain.
Eau de Verveine (shown above right) ~ "Originally created in 1949, Eau de Verveine is a grassy aromatic, with citrus and woods. The scent of an Indian Summer, shimmering heat haze, soft metallics, crumbled herbs, spices, musk and vanilla. In the distance echoes the evocative promise of rain." Additional notes include lime, lemon, petitgrain, bergamot, coriander, clary sage, armoise, clove, lavender and cedar.
Gardenia ~ "A soliflore, originally created in 1976, Gardenia is a translucent watercolour in soft washes of tuberose, jasmine, gardenia, ylang-ylang, spice and vanilla. A radiant magnolia-tinted portrait of one of nature’s most sensual blooms." Additional notes include violet, rhubarb, bergamot, hyacinth, magnolia, green leaves, rose, orange blossom, clove, cinnamon, lily of the valley, benzoin, sandalwood and musk.
Night Scented Stock ~ "A soliflore, originally created in 1976, Night Scented Stock is an edgy unfolding of pungent floral enchantment, deep with clove, heliotrope, violet, vanilla, musk and tonka bean. Hazy with arresting uncommon beauty." Additional notes include cinnamon, lily, ylang ylang, jasmine, benzoin, vetiver, patchouli and sandalwood.
Update: see a review of Penhaligon's Extract of Limes.