I’ve been sampling the heck out of white floral perfumes lately. Penhaligon’s Ellenisia, described by the brand as “an extravagant floral”, is one of these that I’ve tried.
Ellenisia opens with citrus. And then it’s a soapy version of gardenia, peach, peony and tuberose. It’s a “fresh” floral that is so feminine, so pure, that it seems to be in some church-lady Chanel Les Exclusifs Gardenia drag. Ellenisia loses some of that soapiness and gets more voluptuous. It becomes this stone fruit syrup with… Continue reading | 9 Comments
When guys of a certain age find out that I like perfume, they usually start asking me for recommendations. The conversation usually goes like “I’ve worn Ralph Lauren Polo Blue since I was a freshman in high school and I need an upgrade“. And I agree. They have real careers now and have already had a 10-15 year high school reunion. They need an upgrade from the fragrance with the matching “swag” gym bag their mom bought them in junior high. I try to keep my recommendations simple… Continue reading | 9 Comments
As a person known for giving unsolicited advice, it shouldn’t surprise you that I love to give perfume suggestions. It makes me feel like I put all of this sniffing to use. So instead of my usual “You know what you should do?”, I can say “You should try…” and it’s completely socially acceptable (if they ask). One of the perfumes that I recommend to younger masculine types just getting started in perfume (or looking for something to wear daily) is Penhaligon’s Endymion. I… Continue reading | 8 Comments
Sometimes when a perfume doesn’t have any impression on me, I store it away and pull it out 6-12 months later to see if my tastes have changed. Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling was exiled to this chartreuse hat box. Here I am 2 years later trying it again to see it had grown on me.
Juniper Sling opens with a crisp citrus. I can’t shake the ambroxan from the start. It seems to overtake the fragrance. When I ignore the ambroxan (I have to make a conscious… Continue reading | 14 Comments
I’m not usually a fan of soliflores as many are boring. I hestitated trying Penhaligon’s Peoneve due to the lackluster backstory and the fact that every peony perfume I try leaves me with a headache (as well as smelling peony flowers). After trying Peoneve I was taken back. This is one gorgeous lush “pink” floral.
Peoneve opens a big ‘ole floral with a big ‘ole helping of jasmine. Peoneve is heady and pretty but it does have a bit of an animalic funk (probably a… Continue reading | 10 Comments