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Vaara (2013)
by Penhaligon's

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Vaara information

Year of Launch2013
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 38 votes)

People and companies

HousePenhaligon's
PerfumerBertrand Duchaufour
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group
Parent Company at launchFox Paine & Company > Cradle Holdings

About Vaara

Vaara started life as the passion of His Highness Gaj Singh II who wanted to reflect his family’s deep love and connection with Jodhpur. Vaara offers a unique and beautiful glimpse into this aromatic world of the Maharaja.

Perfumer Bertand Duchaufour’s journey to Jodhpur provided him with an abundance of inspiration for the fragrance and the end result, Vaara, cleverly captures the spirit of this fascinating part of India.

Reviews of Vaara

I hadn't cared for the two Penhaligon frags I'd tried (English Fern and Sartorial)so I was very surprised by this one- a fresh blast of quince paste and rosewater, followed by many notes I couldn't ID. Very fresh and inviting- I list this as a unisex frag, but a man would have to be a daring dandy to pull it off. One of my faves right now.
26th September, 2017
It's something original. I smell a lot of saffron and roses. Saffron makes it bitter enough for it to be completely unisex. It's not for me, but it's very well crafted. Projection is good, as is longevity. You later get spices.

Good !
24th May, 2017 (last edited: 26th May, 2017)
Stardate 20170108:

This is boring. Same as the most other Penhaligons. Starts nice and then after few minutes fizzles.
Nothing much to offer after the top. Generic base notes.

Unlike other Penhaligons, Vaara has good longevity. But then the cloying and generic base stays on your skin begging to be washed off.
I cannot recommend this when there are so many better rose fragrances (Tiziana, Aramis Calligraphy, Armani Prive...)
09th January, 2017
Even though this is sold as a shared unisex fragrance you should know it is more on the feminine side.

I gave it as present to my sister and she oved it from day one. Absolutely wearable and classy. That's all I can say.
10th April, 2016
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United States
Vaara opens with a mild saffron spiced slightly dewy, airy rose. Moving to the early heart, the spiced airy rose remains as star, deepening, while adding in supporting moderately sweet honey, slightly sharp floral peony and well-integrated subdued cedar wood. During the late dry-down, the honeyed spiced rose considerably recedes, leaving its remnants supporting emerging slightly sweet sandalwood from the base. Projection is average but longevity very good at around 11 hours on skin.

Penhaligon's is a house that tends to offer up mundane, safe traditional perfumes. While there is nothing wrong with traditional, per se, it is the mundane that has generally disinterested me and many others. That said, the house while not veering too far from its roots has in recent years added some real character to its releases, beginning with the sublime Duchaufour-like As Sawira, and now with Duchaufour's own Vaara. Vaara starts things off on a high note with an outstandingly transparent and natural smelling watery rose. When the rose turns airy, adding the supporting peony floral, the mild, natural smelling cedar and fine saffron spice to the mix I knew Penhaligon's had another winner on their hands. The combination is extremely complex, and it took several wearings to really appreciate all its subtle nuances, especially the initially faint cedar that grows in strength as time passes though never calling attention to itself. If there is a mild weakness, it is in the late dry-down as the rose recedes and sandalwood takes the fore. This combination definitely works, but it lacks the complexity of the composition's mid-section. I suppose when one can only fault a late dry-down being "less complex" than the heart, it is not much in the way of criticism at all, and indeed in the case of Vaara there is little to criticize. The bottom line is Penhaligon's may have a stodgy release history, but the house is making subtle strides to change this and the $160 per 100ml bottle Vaara is yet another "excellent" rated 4 stars out of 5 success. Vaara may not be quirky or particularly innovative, but it does smell *darn* good!
17th March, 2016
Beautiful rose, iris and saffron. Reminds me a lot of Calligraphy Rose by Aramis. Vaara smells more feminine though. The wife loves this. 8/10
11th December, 2015

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