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Halfeti (2015)
by Penhaligon's


Halfeti information

Year of Launch2015
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 22 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerChristian Provenzano
SupplierCPL Aromas
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group

About Halfeti

Part of the Trade Routes collection. The company say:

Halfeti draws inspiration from the lavish goods traded with Turkey by the Levant Company; exotic florals, spices, soft leathers and precious fabrics. 

The fragrance is named for the stunning black roses that grow on the banks of the Euphrates river in the small Turkish village of Halfeti. Dark and mysterious, the roses are exceedingly rare as a result of the unique environmental conditions in which they are grown.

Reviews of Halfeti

A refreshing but spicy roses, woods and dry leather barbershop fougere style fragrance straight from the shipping receiving docks where Turkish spice traders unload their wares. Yes, there are dark Halfeti roses plus green lavenders added to a Ras-al-Hanout spice blend of saffron, cumin, nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon - but nicely done and layered over tonka, amber, woods, patchouli, oud, and leather base notes.

At it's simplest this is a barbershop fougere fragrance warmed with some dark rose, a peppery spice array stirred and aged into a warm woods base. This is almost an incense, but definitely a rich masculine scent that derives an influence from Turkish trade routes on the high seas. This is not an oud fragrance or a saffron rose fragrance, although it has those things in it as well. I find Halfet to be a refreshing fougere with prickly spices and warm woods along with a creamy warmth from rose and amber made to splash on skin after a good clean up. I like this scent much more when I don't try to overthink it or categorize the fragrance for more than what it might be. It smells good. I think this is one of Penhaligon's best new fragrances and appropriately illustrates historical and cultural discovery through trade in far away and exotic ports of call. A very Penhaligon's theme and well done.
04th September, 2017
Reminds me of Polo Supreme Oud, except I prefer the Polo better as this one is too thin and synthetic. Lasts 24+ hours on skin and has good projection.
30th January, 2017
Inoffensive unisex oud based (not a dominant note) complex oriental fragrance I would envision for Arabs who aren't super-rich, although this isn't cheap it's not super expensive. The sample I tried dissolved quickly, opens quite sharp with a soft, pleasant dry down.
14th January, 2017
Starts promising, ends mediocre.
The opening has good note. Plummy bergamot. A melange of spices, well blended and not sweet. Is there a eucalyptus note? Something is minty here. Perhaps it is the cypress -- if so, well done. The leather is mild, the oud is restrained, the resins are robust and pleasant. To this point, all is well done and subtle. Here is a low-key, dry oriental -- commendable in that regard. Patchoulie and vanilla are very minor elements, certainly not problematic.
And then (as others have noted) a rather shallow synthetic note appears and it is on that note that the scent dwells for the rest of its time on earth (or my skin).
So in sum, the scent is not bad but not brilliant. Probably does not warrant its price tag.

21st June, 2016
Hollywood invaded the market with a massive quantity of franchises that, after the more or less original idea of their respective pilots, they turned into the most shallow and cynical movie projects ever. X-Men 75, Batman 44, Ice Age 36, Toy Story 98 and so on and on and on…

Well, perfumery is following this example and Penhaligon's Halfeti could be re-named Saffron + Faux Oud 5936. We've seen this movie way too many times. Smells decent but It absolutely adds nothing new to the table while potentially subtracting (silly) money from your pockets.

A pretty average and characterless arabian themed composition with saffron, rose, faux oud, patchouli, other woods, other spices. Yawn. In very few words, oriental boredom.

25th April, 2016
Halfeti starts off pretty great but then goes to the dumps. First, the good part: Cedar and incense with subtle fruits and spices, mixed with a dark, inky rose and deep patchouli. Second, the bad part: All of this takes place over a horrid, cheap "woody amber" aquatic aromachemical base. The end result is a perfume that smells like it's going to be truly great but ends up besot by garbage, like Jubilation XXV with hints of Arabie paired with the inky rose of CDG2, but haphazardly layered with an Axe body spray.

I just don't understand Halfeti. This is a $200 perfume - that should be more than enough to pay for some decent basenotes. Whatever the case, Halfeti is almost great, but sadly misses the mark.
06th December, 2015

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