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Olivier Cresp


Penhaligon’s Launches Equinox Bloom

Spring is just around the corner and the newly-launched Penhaligon’s Equinox Bloom is the perfect fragrance to embrace the new season.

This uplifting, luxurious scent is particularly special, as it’s the very first gourmand scent by Penhaligon’s. While Penhaligon’s was established back in 1870, perfumes with mostly ‘edible’ notes are still relatively new – Edmond Roundnitska started the gourmand trend with Diorissimo in 1956.

Of course, it’s no surprise that the British heritage brand’s first foray into gourmands is magnificent and ever so stylish.  Master perfumer Olivier Cresp was inspired to create a modern gourmand fragrance after having his senses stirred by an elegant brunch in a refined setting in London.

He says that Equinox Bloom evokes memories of “quintessentially English tradition of afternoon tea, and the transitional moment when day turns to evening and when cold Winter yields to Spring”.

The fragrance opens with a vivid burst of Neroli Bigarade Essence, Violet Leaves Absolute and Chantilly Accord.  It leads to a delicate, vintage floral heart of Frangipani, Orange Blossom Absolute and Jasmine Sambac Absolute. As the perfume develops, it becomes sumptuous, warm and creamy with a base of Ambrox, Benzoin Siam Absolute and Brown Sugar Accord.

To me, this is the ideal fragrance for when you’re wearing fine cashmere, grazing on exquisite pastries and looking polished after a visit to the salon – even on less glamorous days, you can still feel dreamy.  While many gourmands can be overly sweet and girly (and headache-inducing), Equinox Bloom is sophisticated and the soft blend of brown sugar and Chantilly is subtle rather than sticky.  I also can’t get enough of neroli and orange blossom – they remind me of summer in the south of France.

At the recent launch event, we were treated to afternoon tea at the Penhaligon’s Tea Parlour hosted in By Appointment Design Florists on fashionable Chiltern Street, Marylebone.  On arrival, we each ordered a bespoke bouquet made with a choice of beautiful fresh flowers while we sipped rose-hued Bloom Gin cocktails and grazed on mini scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam.

It was a stunning, whimsical setting to get that first look of the fragrance and handily it was just a few steps away from Chiltern Firehouse for Champagne and gossip at the bar.  When you’re enveloped in a delicious scent with flowers in your hand, it would be a shame not to!

For a special Mother’s Day treat, Old Bengal Bar is offering a special Penhaligon’s cocktail menu, featuring the Equinox Bloom – Mount Gay Black Barrel, Violet Liqueur, Jasmine Syrup, Lime, Orange Blossom Water and Aphrodite Bitters (until 31st May).

In addition, guests will receive an invitation card entitling them to a complimentary fragrance profiling appointment and 15% discount off any purchase made at Penhaligon’s Royal Exchange boutique.

For more information and to buy online, visit:

Photos by Conor Beary

Accessories, Beauty, books, Designers, Fashion, Shopping

Chérie Loves: February 2013

Opening Ceremony by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon (published by Rizzoli), £25.60, Amazon
Opening Ceremony’s first hardback book is a fabulous scrapbook recording the brand’s history, collaborations and cool projects since its beginnings in 2002.  The book includes graphic stickers, Terry Richardson photography, zine inserts by friends such as Chloë Sevigny and Spike Jonze and artwork by Rodarte and Terence Koh.

Saint Laurent Paloma Striped Suede and Metallic-Leather Sandals, £730, Net-a-Porter
Hedi Slimane’s debut Saint Laurent collection was full of covetable footwear and one of my favourites are these luxurious, disco-esque heels.

Ditsy Garden Dress, £45, Oasis
Luella may be no more, but the English Eccentric brand’s spirit lives on with this adorable, flirty floral and black lace dress.

Valentina by Valentino eau de parfum, £41.50-£75, Debenhams
Valentina by Valentino is a delicate, sweet, heady floral oriental fragrance that captures la dolce vita and the refined femininity of Valentino.  Created by Olivier Cresp and Alberto Morillas, the fragrance opens with Calabrian Bergamot and Alba Truffle and leads to a white floral bouquet of Amalfi Orange Blossom, Tuberose and Jasmine with Wild Strawberry.  The base notes of Amber and Cedar give the fragrance a sensual, dusky warmth.  I also adore the round glass bottle adorned with pretty blush and white flowers.

Willow Tote Calf Ostrich Mix Navy, available mid-February, Mulberry
Mulberry’s stunning new Willow tote features a clever zip-detached envelope clutch, so you can instantly switch from daytime functionality to evening glam.  The luxurious two-in-one bag is the ultimate travel accessory, particularly if you need to streamline your luggage.  The Willow clutch can also be bought on its own and comes in black, navy, white, biscuit brown, nude, apricot and mint.

Tosha Pink Bracelet, £49, Swarovski
Summer comes early with this boho-luxe turquoise crystal and pink neon cord bracelet.  Even though it’s freezing outside, it makes me dream of sundowner cocktails at an exotic beach bar.

Yazbukey for Cire Trudon Candle, 70E, available at Colette now and at Cire Trudon, Chiltern Street, from March
A match made in heaven, accessory designer Yazbukey has created an exquisite candle for Cire Trudon, the world’s oldest candle maker.  Designed in seductive boudoir shades of black, red and pink, the scent is an alluring blend of violet and tobacco.

* Valentina by Valentino eau de parfum and Swarovski bracelet c/o brands

Beauty, Cafes, London, Stores

Penhaligon’s Peoneve Multi-Sensory Terrace At Harvey Nichols

This week, the Penhaligon’s Peoneve Multi-Sensory Terrace opens on the fifth floor at Harvey Nichols.  The stunning terrace brings a quintessential English Garden to the Knightsbridge department store with pretty cocktails and desserts inspired by the notes of the fragrance.

The terrace is a romantic, whimsical hideaway with traditional garden furniture and a trellis pergola covered in vibrant over-sized peonies and laser-cut insects.  It feels like the ideal place to wear a summer tea dress and catch up on girly gossip.

The innovative cocktail menu includes delicate, floral-inspired cocktails such as Penhaligon’s Peoneve Punch, Violet Breeze, Rose Garden and Wild Flower Fizz.

Of course, Head Chef Jonas Karlsson’s desserts are not to be missed!  Try a White Chocolate and Peony Mousse, Jazzy Jam Bakewell Tart, Gooseberry Fool or delectable Summer Garden Macaroons.  However, you could go for a cocktail-dessert combo with Boozy Pops – The Posy, The Rhuberry or The Brambleflower.

Created by Master Perfumer Olivier Cresp, Peoneve is a fresh, sparkling, modern rose fragrance with a touch of green.  Notes include Violet Leaf, Peony, Bulgarian Rose, Hedione, Vetiver, Musk and Cashmere Wood.

Peoneve is available now exclusively at Harvey Nichols (in 50ml and 100ml EDP) and in Penhaligon’s boutiques, concessions and online from 13 August.

The Penhaligon’s Peoneve Terrace is open now until the end of August.  For more info, visit: and


Penhaligon’s Launches Peoneve

This summer, Penhaligon’s looks to the flower of the moment, the peony, with its stunning new fragrance, Peoneve.

Master Perfumer Olivier Cresp (the man behind last year’s fresh, gin-like Juniper Sling) was inspired by ‘a blooming English garden in the summer’.

Peoneve includes notes of violet leaf, peony, Bulgarian rose, hedione, vetiver, musk and cashmere wood.

Peoneve is pretty, sparkling and refined and has a young, English eccentric appeal.  It doesn’t follow the current trend of sweet rose fragrance.  Instead, it’s a greener, earthier fragrance with a ‘vintage’ rose scent, which comes from the inclusion of Bulgarian rose.  It has a very ‘English’ and really does evoke memories of summer flowers.  It takes me back to childhood visits to the walled garden at Wallington Hall in Northumberland, where the heat would bring out the scent of the roses.

Penhaligon’s hosted a preview event with Olivier Cresp on hand to discuss the fragrance over afternoon tea in The Rose Lounge at the Sofitel St James.

The Peoneve cocktail was created by the head bars specially for the launch and included a blend of rose liquor, jasmine syrup and pink Champagne, paying tribute to the notes in the fragrance.

The delightful afternoon tea also reflected the English summer garden theme with an elderflower scented Napoleon cake, rose and raspberry macaroons, geranium and rose strawberry jam.

To celebrate the launch of Peoneve, Harvey Nichols is transforming its 5th floor terrace into a peony-filled English Garden with a cocktail and dessert menu inspired by the notes within the fragrance.  Look out for the gin-based Penhaligon’s Peony Punch, served in a five litre Penhaligon’s perfume bottle for six to share.  The Penhaligon’s Peoneve terrace will be open from 16 July to 31 August 2012.

Peoneve will be available exclusively at Harvey Nichols (in 50ml and 100ml EDP) from 16 July and in Penhaligon’s boutiques, concessions and online from 13 August.

For more info, visit:

Photos by Chérie City