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  1. Penhaligon's: Malabah

    First on: Delicious. Rose, a hint of the earl grey, amazingly fresh. Midstage: still remarkably fresh above some well-blended spices. The midstage of more traditional oprientals is often the part I like least, but here the Penhaligons house style mutes it just enough to be pleasant. Drydown remains sweet and sharp. It is on the sweet side, although not unwearably so for this male; summer evenings perhaps. Definitely the keeper of the bunch I've sampled. I am however now planning to go back and test ...
  2. Penhaligon's testing

    Vaara
    Well if it will namedrop Bertrand Duchafour on the packaging, it's going to get tested first, isn't it...

    How curious. First on, roses, sandalwood, then - *something*. I think it's the saffron. This doesn't have quite the character I was expecting; currently it's on the masculine side of unisex for me, and honestly not all that unusual to my nose. I've seen reviewers comment that Penhaligons scents don't have great longevity, especially in tester spray volumes, and this ...
  3. Penhaligons raid

    My new favourite place! Shop assistants who actually know about perfume! Atomiser samples!

    Elixir

    Skin tested. Wow - not only a perfume with woods I actually enjoy, but an incense that doesn't give me a headache! THe opening is glorious and I could wear it all day, but later on it becomes a dry, wood-and-incense blend which says room scent more than personal fragrance to me. It's reminiscent of my uncle's house - an old Victorian cottage with open fires, maintained ...

    Updated 28th November 2014 at 01:52 PM by philistine

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  4. Serendipity!

    I often bemoan the outrageous middle-classness of the town I live in, and I laughed like a drain when I discovered what must be *the* poshest charity shop I've ever seen just down the road from me - £150 vintage lace wedding dress and a nice green woolen fedora for the point-to-point, anyone? - but having tripped over a sample-sized set of Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au The Rouge for a fiver today, and seen a bottle of Acqua Allegoria Herba Fresca sitting in a cabinet (which I will be going back for tomorrow, ...
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  5. Philistine's Love Hate List

    A place to keep notes of which perfumery notes I like and dislike.


    Love:

    Amber - this has to be my biggest love. If a fragrance has amber in it, it will have to work very hard to offend me.
    Orientals - no surprise there.
    Rose
    Plum
    Cherry
    Apple
    Mint
    Ginger
    Fig
    Jasmine (though my skin tends to amplify it)
    Sweet orange (eg. Dune)
    White florals

    Hate:

    Bitter ...
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