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Re: Vintage Hammam - first impression

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:48 am
by brothers
Good luck with the search.

Re: Vintage Hammam - first impression

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:56 am
by adhoc
Thank you Gary but I don't have any expectation of finding it, that stuff is probably long gone by now. However, I found some pictures of a very old bottle of Hammam Bouquet extract from an old Ebay listing, which look like it dates back to the original Penhaligon's before Truefitt & Hill bought (?) the rights. So you never know! :wink:

Here's those pictures and I think it looks much older than the extract bottle in that other picture thats been circling around.

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Re: Vintage Hammam - first impression

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:31 am
by adhoc
I just want to share some more pictures I found. :wink:
Here's the first bottle:

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Probably from when T&H owned the right based on the address?

And the second one:

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This one is interesting as the label contains two Royal Warrants so it has to be a more recent bottle than the first one. However, I was under the impression that Penhaligon never offered the Extract after Sheila Pickles revived the house (?).

Re: Vintage Hammam - first impression

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:33 am
by brothers
Those are some impressive representatives of a bygone era. I wonder whether someone with the surname Penhaligon may have laid hands on that very bottle at some point.

Re: Vintage Hammam - first impression

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:52 pm
by adhoc
I just want to share this very interesting presentation and discussion with Sheila Pickles about Penhaligon's in the journal of the Royal Society of Arts from 1982 (page 13 and onwards). Apparently Penhaligon still had one 99 year old barber with only one remaining customer when Sheila took over and revived the company in 1975! Also, after reading the presentation and the following discussion I doubt she's happy with the direction Penhaligon has taken after she left the firm.

https://www.jstor.org/stable/41373375?s ... b_contents

You have to create an (free) account in order to read the article (I used my Gmail-account).

Re: Vintage Hammam - first impression

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:44 pm
by EL Alamein
Late to this but that bottle in the first post has juice that resembles my juice very closely. My bottle is an old sprayer though so not vintage but I suspect it being one of the first reproductions intended to be very close to the original. Who knows though.

In short, I like my juice. Very rosey and anamalic. I don't wear scent anymore but for years I've put a spritz of it on the right cuff of my sports jackets that I do wear daily. It remains faint there and I can only smell it when I put the cuff to my nose. And it smells excellent, very barbershop yet rosey. An odd custom, I know, but it does give me a lift when the day's doldrums seem to wear on.

As an aside I do have a modern bottle sprayer of Hammam I received about five years ago. It's not the same as my first bottle (much older, by a decade at least) but it's still enjoyable.

Good luck with your bottles, I hope you enjoy them immensely.

Chris