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Cornubia (1991)
by Penhaligon's


Cornubia information

Year of Launch1991
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 32 votes)

People and companies

Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group
Parent Company at launchThe Limited

About Cornubia

Cornubia is a feminine perfume by Penhaligon's. The scent was launched in 1991

Cornubia fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Cornubia

A truly nice mix, Cornubia is a combination of heliotrope, with its sweet marzipan smell, fused together with clove. There's a really nice cherry/jasmine/rose element in the topnotes, as well as powdery vanilla soap in the base.

I like Cornubia, but (and this is going to sound kind of ridiculous) I find it frustrating because it's *almost* wonderful. With a little more effort (perhaps some chypre basenotes for added complexity, a little sparkle on top, and tweaks to the concentration to amplify the richness), this could have been a masterwork along the lines of the legendary Carons and Guerlains. Don't get me wrong - Cornubia is a good perfume and deserves an enthusiastic thumbs-up, but I just wish they'd put in the extra effort to create something amazing for the ages.
19th September, 2017
The other reviewers on this page have obviously smelled something totally different than what arrived in my sample- directly from Penhaligon's. I got a reedy, tweedy dry blast and then nothing for an hour, finally resolving itself into a warm, vanilla musk, but no florals at all.

Their Artemesia seems to have been copied somewhat for Cornubia. The same reedy, woody initial scent, then warm vanillas and musks.

Nothing outstanding and too much like the earlier scent to be distinguished.
05th July, 2011 (last edited: 13th July, 2011)
kitsch Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Feminine and comforting - the heliotrope is responsible for the luxuriously comforting quality, I think. Lasts very well and doesn't overpower the wearer or the people around them. A truly charming fragrance.
26th May, 2010
This fragrance is all drama, top hats, ebony canes, velvet bow ties, starched wing collars and black morning coats, not to forget the lipstick and painted on mustache. This is a night at the opera with a twist darling. Cornubia allows the wearer to peer into a hazy fantasy exclusive to the 1920's, a fantasy of beauty and glamour, where rubbing shoulders with high society and aristocrats is where its really at.

Cornubia is an eccentric old dame showing up at the opera draped in her androgynous guise of top hat, cane, bow tie and black suit. Much to the amusement of some and absolute disgust of others, not that she cares!

Cornubia is a BIG fragrance that lasts all day and night. Mandarin and Freesia perch themselves boldly on Cornubias head. As we move from head to heart we are greeted by the alluring Heliotrope note, the piece de resistance of the scent in my opinion. This heliotrope note takes a baby powder meets sweet almond character as opposed to some fruitier heliotropes I have come across the fruitiness coming more from the mandarin which is not at all fleeting. Heliotrope is paired beautifully with jasmine and orange blossom to create a fuller heart working in unison alongside the mandarin/freesia top creating a huge bouquet of white flowers. As the show moves into its final movement we are taken deeper into Cornubia's sweet musky sensuality with a base of vanilla amber and musk, a perfect end to a sublime show. This is a drama trickling with black cherry liquor and a healthy dose of chocolat.

As she enters her 25' Rolls Royce Phantom 1 she pauses for the camera's........ and we are left with an image that Brassai himself would be happy with.
28th April, 2010
A dry oriental that is sweet but not overly fruity, it's a heavy scent compared to the other female penhaligons. In that sense I could say it's darker and has a bit more punch to it which suits me fine. I think this could work for anyone who liked Hammam but found it just a bit too much to wear daily, just make sure not to over apply. Other scents it reminds me of would be angelique encense from creed, it has the same heavy powder base and incense feeling to it.
04th April, 2009
DawnLady Show all reviews
United Kingdom
This is sweet, but also much spicier than I expected from the notes. I find it quite strong at first, and need to apply a small amount only - otherwise it is too much. Unlike some of the Penhaligon's it lasts and lasts, and the vanilla in the drydown is fabulous - on a par with Shalimar and Chanel's No 22 (though these perfumes could not be more different). I would definitely recommend trying this one with caution - the drydown is worth waiting for!
26th November, 2008 (last edited: 13th December, 2008)

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