Death on the Nile (1978)

deathonthenile_bornunicorn (2)There are two perfume bottles in Colonel Race’s cabin. Despite the ribbons in different colours, I think they are the same bottle – Penhaligon’s Hammam Bouquet.

penhaligonshammambouquet_bornunicornThe woody floral perfume was created in 1872 by William Penhaligon, who found inspiration in the Turkish baths which at the time were located in Jermyn Street, London.

The bottle above has the old packaging, where the Turkish star and crescent design is a nod to its main inspiration.

2 thoughts on “Death on the Nile (1978)

  1. Wow, thats a great find! 1978 huh? Thats only three years after Sheila Pickles revived the house, before that you could only get Penhaligon (only Hammam Bouquet in extract form that is) from a small counter at Truefitt & Hill on Bond Street. Truefitt & Hill apparently bought the rights and the recipe for the Hammam after the original Penhaligon defunct sometime after the Second World War. I have smelled the fantastic vintage Hammam but never smelled the original extract, which I heard was even better. Anyhow, keep up the good work – I really enjoy your site!

    1. Penhaligon’s has such an interesting history. I have tried only the current version of Hammam Bouquet, which I guess is just a pale echo of the vintage version, let alone of the original extract 😦 Thanks for the appreciation!

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