Photogen

By Photogen

Terrible Teddy window display

'Teddy lives for the thrill of the chase, ensnaring unsuspecting hearts with his scent of leather, incense and ambroxan*. A smooth operator, his sights are trained on Helen... until he meets the Duke' - so goes the blurb promoting this fragrance for men.
"Perfume is a world of molecules and metaphors, magic and mavericks. Its success is owed as much to a command of language as to science', wrote perfume connoisseur Michael Edwards. Too true!
I was astounded to see a Penhaligon’s artisanal perfume boutique in Glasgow's  Buchanan Street.The brand was founded in London in 1870 and is known for its signature ‘profiling’ service, which explores customers’ personal preferences and helps them select the 'right' fragrance. I link it with travel retail locations such as Dubai International, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Rome Fiumicino and Nice Côte d’Azur airports. Metal specialist TNT Global Manufacturing work with Penhaligon’s to create sculptural bottle tops for the fragrance house’s Portraits collection. The eau de parfums costs from £185 for 75ml. I'm gobsmacked!

*Footnote: In case you are wondering what ambroxan is, according to Wikipedia,  it is used to create Ambergris or grey amber, which is a solid, waxy, flammable dull grey substance produced in the digestive system of sperm whales. You'll be glad to hear  that it is now collected from remains found at sea and on beaches. Maybe not such an attractive idea!!

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