Penhaligon’s Savoy Steam has a great story. The idea and resulting Eau de Cologne and Eau de Parfum were inspired by the steam baths that were once adjacent to the historic Savoy Hotel in London. Long gone and almost forgotten, the chance discovery of a poster of the steam baths led to a journey by the fragrance and development team at Penhaligon’s whereby they created something brand new. Long story short, this chance discovery led to these new blends. There’s also a nod to a very early fragrance: Hammam Bouquet, 1872 which also provides a stepping point for these delightful fragrances. They are designed to evoke the scent and sensation of steam. Now, quite how you truly capture that in an essence is beyond me. But it’s an excellent inspiration for the fragrance that you now find win these smart bottles. It’s fresh, refreshing and gives you a sense of purpose. I like this on hot steamy days when the air is heavy and you need a light refreshing boost. But you really do need to apply this straight after a hot, steamy shower to get the true historical impact of what you are applying. If not, fresh from a steam or sauna!
Eau de Parfum – expect fresh roses, geranium, rosemary and pink pepper.
Eau de Cologne – eucalyptus, rosemary and lemon with a touch of fir balsam and white cedar.
I’m more a fan of the Eau de Cologne and apply liberally whilst dreaming of the steam room whilst totally relaxing.
Each is presented in a custom-made and fabric gift box – very smart. Makes a great gift.
And the design treat is the little Turkish towel tie at the neck of the bottle.
Penhaligon’s Savoy Steam Eau de Cologne – £148 (200ml)
Penhaligon’s Steam Eau de Parfum – £134 (100ml)