Clandestine Clara Eau de Parfum
Olfactive Family – Oriental
Perfume Author – Sophie Labbe
Penhaligon’s presents to you the unofficial side of Lord George’s dynasty, beginning with – as we have come to know her – Clandestine Clara. And isn’t she a complex creature. A forceful personality, spicy but equally sweet, she has travelled in exotic countries and company – and in her smoky, velvety, woody air you may detect a memory (or three) of his Lordship… (One would certainly never guess the lady also smokes…). She is rebellious, contradictory, independent, unconventional – a woman ahead of her time. But above all, as you will discover, she is a true gourmand, completely delectable (and Lord George would know).
Head Notes – Opoponax, Cypriol
Heart Notes – Patchouli Oil, Tonka Bean,
Base Notes – Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon Oil.
This is the story of a Cornish Barber* who traveled to London and opened up shop next to Jermyn Street’s finest tailors. Who received the royal warrant and trimmed the Shah of Persia’s beard.
At a time when one’s toilette was of primordial concern and to be a gentlemen was an affair of great application.
Victoria was Queen, antiseptic was making its first appearance – and ankles were considered titillating stuff. It was 1870.
Penhaligon’s today consults his old recipe books, and still produces in the UK, in the original bottle design.