Regal. Mysterious. Compelling.
Inspired by the Duchess of Marlborough. The Favourite of the last of the Stuart monarchs, Queen Anne. (played by Rachel Weisz in the 2018 movie).
Penhaligon’s The Favourite* takes inspiration from the grandeur of Blenheim Palace and the secrets which took place behind closed doors. Regal and compelling, it’s blended in the UK and imbued with majestic layers of musky florals: opening with notes of wildflowers, mandarin and bergamot, mimosa, iris and jasmine make up the alluring heart notes, while sandalwood, musk and amber create an intriguing finish.
Top notes: freesia, violet, mandarin, bergamot
Heart notes: mimosa, iris, jasmine sambac
Base notes: Indian sandalwood, musk, amber
100ml | Made in UK | Cruelty Free |
“Her scent fills the Royal Quarters as golden mimosa sways society’s opinion. She greets with a darling smile, charming and coy, innocent as a wildflower. Yet, layers peel away like mandarin and bergamot. Smoke and mirrors. Iris and musk. Manoeuvres and mystery create the most wonderful of palaces. But what goes on in the shadows? Behind closed doors? Leave it to her, it’s better that way. Jasmine toys with one’s heart-strings as she begins to emerge upon a sandalwood stage.”
Dry-Down & Similar Fragrances
For my personal taste, I love the dry-down of this fragrance on my skin. The top citrus notes fade to develop into a soft, musky floral that is elegant and alluring. To compare, if you like scents like: Chanel – No. 5, Guerlain – Insolence | Frederic Malle – Iris Poudre | Narciso Rodriguez – Narciso Poudree | then The Favourite* may be a scent for you.
* AD The Favourite was sent to me as a PR Sample, I have used affiliate links in this post.
Penhaligon’s: a British Heritage Brand
Penhaligon’s is a 150 year British heritage brand with two Royal Warrants for Manufacturers of Toilet Requisites to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales. Creating fragrances that tell a story, taking inspiration from the unexpected. True to founding principles, they continue to create products of the highest quality imbued with the elegance of their heritage. Delivered with integrity, personality and sophistication.