What a shame. The kick off is beautiful but within no time the iris (and the interest) is long gone and you're looking at the same long, gentle, featurelss, indistinct stretch of soft, beige-pink suede-ish stuff that also made me dislike Bottega Veneta. The complexity has evaporated and what you're left with is somehow sneakily synthetic in its tone and persistance, like leatherised fabric softener...until it just fades away after an hour or two. I certainly don't pick up on sandalwood or any of the other listed basenotes. Not really my style but many people will read this as subtle, pretty, elegent, restrained, comforting etc and I'm sure Penhalligons will sell tons of it. The scent apparently seeks to capture the spirit of ballet and the promo video (featuring ballet dancers quoting sweat, skin, make-up, hairspray, waxed floorboards under hot lights, dusty theatres, deep heat and tiger balm) had me expecting something far more intersting. To me the only connect to ballet is that it smells like the colour of a ballet shoe. If you're crazy about this you might try Bottega Veneta before you fork out, its much the same but cheaper and longer lasting.
Pros: The first 10 minutes
Cons: The boring rest"
I have to admit i don't like the marketing of this at all. A scent that evokes of the sweat and passion of Ballet etc....and a commercial tie in with the Royal Ballet. in fact I think the video for this perfume is positively off-putting, but I admit did have my curiosity aroused. .So I will ignore all the marketing as it messes your mind up.
There is a spicy warm but restrained opening, i get a an amber/sandal note with an iris accord is not overpowering at all a touch of something slightly peppery. Really very pleasant. There are a few top not aromatics that vanis after about 15 seconds. the dry down is not powdery at all which is great. After 5 minutes the scent is gentle. it wears close to the body. Then there is a slight powder touch, i pick up a resinous note , and the gentle iris floral note floats through. I have use the word restrained as i would not rush to class this a floral scent . everything seems very well balanced. Over time the scent wears down to a lovely deeper woody /amber/resin note still with just that touch of iris. I don't get many of the notes that the marketing lists . I think the advertising is crazy. this is actually a beautiful scent but honestly a scent of the pasion of a ballet dancer is taking the micky too much.
on its own its a great scent , i think even for men, ( Ok this might sound heresy but i then tried it with a tiny blast of Tom Ford grey vetiver WOW that combination really is fantastic for a man ) OK I'm going to date this highly. but I am interested in other thoughts.Does this evoke the scent of a ballet dancer ?
Pros: So well balanced this could be worn by men as well as women nto too floral, graveful sandal and resinous accords
Cons: the marketing is simply awful. It does not evooke anything to so with ballet in my mind. and retracts from a great scent"
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