Fragrances are an essential luxury and here at QVC we’re proud to be able to showcase some of the best fragrance brands out there.
Pecksniff’s celebrated their second anniversary with us in August so we caught up with guest presenter Nancy Meiland to find out more about this classic brand…
Nancy Meiland is an experienced perfumer and trained nose. She began her perfumery career following classic training in acting and a fifteen year career in prime time television drama. She has created bespoke commissions for high profile clients in St. James, London. Her hobbies include writing, story-telling and public speaking for various perfumery events; she’s also a qualified yoga teacher.
Pecksniff’s is one of the last independent British fragrance and cosmetics houses, embodying a passion for quality and exclusivity. For over three decades their perfumers have created bespoke fragrances at their Brighton boutique, and from this unique heritage the company has evolved. They have combined their master perfumery skills with innovative cosmetic science to create ready to wear collections of inspiring fragrances and bodycare for men and women.
Just as fragrance is timeless in its ability to capture the singularity of mere moments, so it allows us to define ourselves by them. Pecksniff’s fragrance collections are inspired by the harmonious relationship between scent and self, allowing you to complement your individuality – the epitome of how you want to feel.
Trends for 2014
Expert fragrance forecasters have predicted a return to the natural, inspired by farmers’ market and flower stalls, with an exciting mix of fresh and vibrant fruits, warm spice, caramels, gourmand and fresh green florals. Pecksniff’s launched two Limited Edition fragrances for Men and Women that reflect their core values of innovative themes and classic traditions.
The Limited Edition Men’s features rustic elegance with elemental earthy tones of amber, vanilla and creamy tonka to create a modern spicy oriental that is startlingly assertive and sensual. The Limited Edition Women’s is a celebration of life that brings together deeply verdant lush leaf notes, bursting with vibrant fruity florals, citrus and hints of pink pepper.
Founded by William Penhaligon in 1870, Penhaligon’s hold Royal Warrants from The Prince of Wales (granted in 1988) and the Duke of Edinburgh (granted in 1956). Royal Warrants of Appointment are a mark of recognition to individuals and companies who have supplied goods or services for at least five years to the Royal Family. Warrants have always been regarded as demonstrating excellence and quality, and are highly prized.
Today their scents are still made and bottled in England using the highest quality ingredients and hand-finished in a traditional manner. Their signature Penhaligon’s fragrance bottle echoes William’s original design; clear glass with a distinctive ribbon-wrapped stopper.
The perfumers have the freedom to choose the ingredients of their dreams, so you can be confident that their fragrances contain only the finest natural ingredients and synthetic compounds available. Though they are over 140 years old, that doesn’t mean their techniques are ancient, exploring new fragrance technology is at the very heart of what they do. From CO2 extraction to nature print technology, each bottle contains a blend of the very old and very new.
When you step into one of their boutiques, you step into an eccentric and enticing mix of traditional, modern, classic and quirky. Penhaligon’s is where the aristocratic luxuries of yesteryear become covetable necessities for a modern lifestyle. No two boutiques are the same; each one is filled with antiques, knick-knacks and most importantly, personality.
Lalique Parfums are back this November too. Although Lalique is synonymous with crystal, the brands history has always been closely linked to the perfume industry. René Lalique developed the first ever beautiful perfume bottle for François Coty, a revolutionary concept at the time when perfume was sold in ordinary glass vials.
Lalique continued designing unique bottles for Nina Ricci, Roger & Gallet and Worth to name but a few. When Rene’s granddaughter, Marie-Claude, decided to establish her own line of perfume in 1992, it was a fabulous combination of a genuine perfumery creation and the know-how of crystal glass-making.
Today, Lalique uses the best perfumers to create superb quality fragrances along with beautiful glasswork and design. We are very excited to see Lalique’s bestsellers such as L’Amour Lalique back on screen and we look forward to some beautiful, recently launched fragrances too.
A recent special launch just for QVC is Azalee (pictured above), a modern fruity-floral chypre. This flamboyant bouquet includes bergamot and freesia which develops into a base of roses, patchouli and amber. On the softly curved flanks of the bottle, René Lalique’s 1924 ‘Lys Noir’ motif is rendered in silver on an azalea-red background.
The gorgeous men’s fragrance. Hommage a L’Homme Voyaguer (pictured above) is inspired by ocean travelling. The Normandie, considered the most elegant liner ever built, was designed with sumptuous décor by Rene Lalique. The Hommage a L’Homme Voyageur bottle is inspired by elements of Lalique’s famous glass designs and is presented in blue to emulate the dark waves of the Atlantic at night. This elegant yet sexy fragrance is a blend of bergamot and cardamom in the top, vetiver, patchouli and papyrus in the heart and vanilla, amber and moss at the base.
Look out for all these fragrances and more on QVC.