July 19, 2012
It’s Wee Birdy’s 5th Birthday! Win a bottle of Penhaligon’s Peoneve!
To celebrate Wee Birdy’s 5th birthday, I’m giving away FIVE fabulous prizes over FIVE days. Each prize is something I truly love and hand-picked especially for you, my dearest and most lovely readers.
Today’s prize is a 100ml bottle of Penhaligon‘s beautiful new fragrance Peoneve, valued at £120, which is most thrilling as peonies are perhaps my most beloved bloom, and Penhaligon’s is one of my favourite heritage British brands. With lush green top notes courtesy of violet leaf, a heady core of peony, Bulgarian rose and hedione with a base of earthy vetiver, musk and warm cashmere wood, Penhaligon’s have succeeded in capturing an English garden in a bottle. It reminds me of the heady summer’s day I spent at Vita Sackville-West’s garden, Sissinghurst, in Kent three years ago. Not a bad fragrance memory at all.
While history is at the heart of Penhaligon’s brand, it’s anything but traditional when it comes to perfume-making. Penhaligon’s master perfumer (love that job title) extracted the dominant peony note using the very latest in fragrance technology – a technique that comes with it’s own registered trademark, and which I won’t attempt to explain because I don’t have a science degree. In addition, both the vetiver and Bulgarian rose were obtained using CO2 extraction; an ecologically-friendly process that captures every last drop of scent from the ingredient.
Peoneve launched exclusively at Harvey Nichols this week, and to celebrate, the Fifth Floor Terrace on Knightsbridge has been transformed into a “multi-sensory garden” with a cocktail and dessert menu inspired by the notes in the fragrance. There will be huge overgrown peonies and laser-cut insects alongside traditional garden furniture and the fragrance of sweet nectar. It’s everything you’d expect from a typical English garden in high summer, and since Britain’s weather refuses to co-operate, you may as well play tea parties at Harvey Nicks.
I love the sound of Penhaligon’s Peony Punch, which blends William’s gin with a bespoke tea blend inspired by the fragrance. It’s served in a five litre Penhaligon’s perfume bottle and will serve six. Impressive. Or there is the The Rose Garden, with Kentish raspberries, fresh white peach, Naked Chase vodka, and pressed apple juice, served over a frozen sphere of ice.
Don’t get me started on the dessert menu. There is white chocolate and peony mousse as well as gooseberry fool with elderflower and English custard. Oh god. And then there are a selection of ‘Boozy Pops’, a grown-up version of ice-lollies. See? You really can have your sunny English summer – you just have to get it on a stick.
Peoneve will be available exclusively at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge from 16th July 2012 and then in Penhaligon’s boutiques, concessions and online from 13th August 2012.
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HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:
Follow these two steps to win:
1. To qualify to win, you must follow or ‘like’ Wee Birdy on either Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter – or all three if you like! If you’re already following me on one of these platforms, you are automatically qualified to win.
2. Leave a comment in the comments section of this post and ensure you enter your email address in the space provided (your email address will not be published).
The competition closes on Saturday 21 July, 2012 at 5pm AEST. Winners will be drawn at random on Sunday 22 July. Winners will be announced and contacted by email on Monday 23 July, 2012.
Winners have one week to respond to the initial email from Wee Birdy confirming that they have won. If Wee Birdy doesn’t hear from the winner of each prize within a week, the winner/s will forfeit their prize and Wee Birdy will randomly draw another winner/s.
Have you entered the other competitions this week?
Click here to win a fine bone china mug and birch tray set from Howkapow.
Click here to win an Alex Monroe ‘All the Best’ crown necklace.
Click here to win classic Tatty Devine Name Necklace.