The similarities with Blenheim Bouquet are plain and notable and i detect that sort of aromatic/tart "mild saltiness" that some elements as oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil and marjoram (in combination with others) bring out. This one is less piney, less lemony (more tangerine kind) and more grassy (with a starring lavender) for sure as well as Odysseusm underlines, although the structure is really close to the BB's one. I find this juice to be more graceful (i would not say unisex anyway), less angular and more orangy/floral and mild than the Penhaligons' one. The dry down is mostly mossy and sharply ambery with an orangy/floral slightly aromatic vibe. A well crafted modern floral fougere with a british appeal and an herbal, almost culinary, approach. The longevity is not at top with this close to the skin fragrance.
I too find this to be a unisex scent -- certainly nothing feminine about it. For me, it is substantially different than Blenheim Bouquet. BB has a cool and sustained lemony-pine chord which concludes in a soft musk which is often a feature in Penhaligon scents.
Pantelleria starts with a lemony note, but it develops an herbal chord rather than pine. The herbs are attractive. This scent is much rounder and smoother than BB. Hints of floral notes (geranium rose in particular) add a softening touch. The dry-down is a substantial mossy one. It is green, cushy, dusky, and soapy in the way that moss often is. This is a comfortable and comforting scent if you like moss. If not, you may find it a bit fusty. I love moss so I enjoy it.
I feel this is a unisex fragrance. It has many similarities with Blenheim Bouquet, the familiar Citrus and Lavender accord lasting until itís near end. Though not mentioned in the notes pyramid I feel there is pink pepper in the base. The pyramid also suggests there is oakmoss in the base but I canít separate it out. Also not mentioned but seemingly present is a sweet turpentine odour coming through.
With the similarities of Blenheim Bouquet in mind I decided to test both side by side. The similarity is indeed striking but overall the Penhaligon is much, much better. The Penhaligon feels more complete, richer and classier, itís citrus being much nicer and more piercing. But this isnít a Blenheim Bouquet review so Iíll leave it there.
I would have given the Profumi a thumbs up but in its wind down I find it becomes rather fusty and unpleasant.
13th September, 2009 (last edited: 05th October, 2009)