Monday, 23 March 2015
Penhaligon's Bayolea - A Scent of Good Pedigree
Penhaligon's, one of our dearest British perfumeries, launched a new men's fragrance and grooming range last year. Bayolea is described as their first ever complete grooming range aimed at the modern gentleman. I'm not sure how a modern gentleman differs from a bygone gentleman — I put that to you — but I think Mr Gentleman of Yore will feel quite at home with this reformulation from Penhaligon's archive. He would also nod his approval at the packaging. There is an echo of the Victorian dispensing chemist about it, which is a distinct positive to my eyes. I really want to see this stuff on the bathroom shelf next to my shaving kit. It would sit there politely, and do its job splendidly, like a well-trained attendant.
When they say complete grooming range, they mean it. Included in the range is moustache wax and beard and shave oil — something for every male fizzog.
Notes: Bayolea opens with refreshing mandarin, and lemongrass, giving way to an invigorating and warming heart of cardamom, black pepper and lavender, and resting on a resolutely masculine base of cedar, sandalwood, musk and moss.