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Reviews of LP No.9 for Men by Penhaligon's

Total Reviews: 33
LP#9 opens with a bergamot, pepper and spice that sets the stage for a somewhat generic feeling oriental. The heart is a indistinct floral combined with warm spices over an amber and wood base. It's a nice fragrance that lays soft on your skin for an oriental and doesn't have huge sillage. One could get carried away with the sprayer and not need to worry about heading out into a crowd. I got 5-6 hours of longevity but at a personal space projection level. I like this because nothing is too heavy and it all seems to hold well together. Not bottle worthy for me, but if you want a warm oriental that won't become cloying, LP#9 is a very nice option.
23rd October, 2017
What’s this? Smells a lot like YSL’s great Opium for Men EdT. And I mean a lot. I can’t tell the difference. Since Opium has been discontinued, LP can stand confidently by itself. Not very original but the beautiful mélange of oriental accords found in Opium for Men EdT are assembled delicately in LP. Let’s just hope that LP doesn’t get discontinued.

06th November, 2015
...say nothing at all

I got two blind buys on the same day. Annick Goutal Mon Parfum Cherie par Camille reinforces the blind buy.  If I were to mistake my lucky randomness for logic I would never have to smell another perfume before buying again, because it’s brilliant.  Penhaligon’s Love Potion no 9 makes me want to repent for my sin of blind-buying, and I’m not even a Christian.  A 50 mL bottle was $25 at a discount store, so not an enormous loss. Still, foolish.


As much as I promote gender non-specificity in perfume use, there is a vocabulary of contemporary perfume that is gendered. LP falls into the ‘male’ category. It brings to mind a sneering prick.  It smells of masculine narcissism, conformity and unrecognized low self-esteem. I hate this perfume. It’s the nightmarish mirror-image of a specific era of the fougere: the musky, floral fougere that became extinct with the advent of Cool Water.  Rememeber Paco Rabanne Tenere?  Givenchy Xeryus?  LP is the cloying, unbalanced version of this style. Spicy musky, in Tenere and Xeryus, is turned to a rising nausea in LP no 9. Just say no.


Blind buying: will it be winning the lottery, as was the case with the Goutal, or the penance for transgression, as in the Penhaligon’s?  As my boyfriend captures the essence of karma with his southern charm, “God don’t like ugly.” I suppose I deserve to be punished for my bad choice.



19th May, 2013
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Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
This is a rich, spicy semi-oriental. I am not generally drawn to orientals, especially if they are at all vegetal, but I like this. It has a slight apple pie vibe that is very cosy. The citrus in the top nots is fresh and soon fades away to fruit and spice and then finally into musk and amber. Certainly a great scent for the right occasion and could be interesting to wear this cosy, sexy, spicy evening scent with a pinstripe suit, for example, just for the contrast. I also smell a mint note in the drydown. Not my very favorite from Penhaligon's but very nice!
04th April, 2013 (last edited: 22nd December, 2016)
A splashing and literally aqueous burst of citrus/lavender plus some aromatic herbs are the prelude to a huge concert of spices (mastered by a starring orangy cinnamon, providing the right level of sweetness, and nutmeg) before a sort of vaguely creamy but fresh vetiver, complemented by sharp floral patterns, locks the round. Well balanced and masculine with a really well dosed mildness. The final implementation of amber and balsams is really well appointed. There is an abiding aqueous/sparkling aromatic feel appointed in order to jet in the air the spicy/orangy amber-vanilla. LP n.9 For Men reminds me the more floral and less spicy Spazio di Krizia Uomo because of its splashing/aqueous powerful creaminess. I find Opium PH Edt soapier and frankly more subtle and sophisticated. A modern concoction with a powerful sillage and a daring temperament. I find it a bit too spicy for its level of fresh sharpness but the scent is pleasant and well made.
21st January, 2013 (last edited: 06th January, 2018)
There is nothing wrong with this fragrance, it starts off Bergamot pepper, some green notes. It dries down to a spicy warmth. I never detected the amber, sandalwood balsam unfortunately. It just didn't float my boat. Nothing wrong, just sort of generic. Longevity on me 5 hours, but projection only fair.
09th August, 2012
I happened to be browsing in a perfume boutique the other day, searching for ideas for a fragrance for my boyfriend. I had begun to complain to the sales assistant about his smoking habit interfering with anything perfume-wise, when she recommended LP No.9 for Men.

The moment I smelt this, I understood why she introduced it to me. This fragrance is all about the spices and it actually smells like something a bad-boy smoker in a leather jacket would wear.

Forget all that love potion nonsense, this is rough, manly and sexy. I hesitated to buy this for my man because I was afraid that every woman in sight would want to jump him if he wore this in public.

The cloves, geranium, pepper, orange and nutmeg are quite prominent throughout the composition, although there is a hint of sweetness every now and then, possibly brought about by the cinnamon, and what could be vanilla.

The spices in LP No.9 for Men are more animalistic than exotic. Don't expect a spice bazaar in this particular fragrance. By the drydown I can almost detect a hint of caramel, so there are sweet aspects to this as well.

Unfortunately the lasting power isn't all that wonderful, tending to vanish after six hours into almost nothing. I would love it if this were more intense and lasting. Yet overall, I am quite impressed, with this fragrance being a great introduction to the house of Penhaligon's.
14th April, 2012
I bought this blind off Craig's list and I had no idea what to expect, but the price was right. LP No. 9 is a very nice warm spice scent. It is well crafted and nothing jumps out to overpower anything else. I do not own any other spice scents (except Old Spice) so this is a welcome additions to my wardrobe.

If you like your scents on the spice side then you will like LP No. 9.
13th April, 2012
I get the citrus and bergamot opening that lasts for about an hour before it starts to morph into a spicy oriental. To this point it is wearing quite nice, but then the clove note starts to come through. I can handle clove in small amounts, but this is a bit much. After awhile the clove mixes with vanilla, which I think turns this one even more for the worse. This is quite strong stuff so you don’t need much, but ultimately is not something for me.
09th February, 2012
This is by far the wildest fragrance from Penhaligon's lineup. To me it starts off smelling like Dr. Pepper/PIB or black licorice opening (some say stale bubblegum), that slowly transitions to cloves, and black pepper, and finally to a vanilla/amber/musk ending. There isn't anything sweet or airy about this scent. I don't think anything is sexy about this scent, but because its so rich and so complex, people will be intrigued by this scent.

I think you have to be really confident to pull this fragrance off. If you are confident you can wear this anywhere, but IMHO, its probably more suited for a formal, evening event.

If James Bond had a signature scent it would be LP No. 9.

02nd October, 2011
drseid Show all reviews
United States
LP is a good spicy scent, opening with some nice brief citrus top notes before making a quick transition to plenty of clove, other spices and even a hint of cinnamon in its heart. The only gripe I have with LP is the sweet vanilla and amber dry-down that somehow seems a bit out of place with the rest of the scent. Excellent longevity and sillage here with LP No. 9. 3 stars out of 5.
15th September, 2011 (last edited: 27th December, 2012)
Very spicy and exotic in a way that reminds me of the Orient. It gets sweeter on the drydown and the sillage reins itself in after many hours. A good evening fragrance though you have to be easy on the trigger as it's quite potent.
09th May, 2011
This is exactly one of those perfumes I really love to smell but don't feel comfortable to wear. It's tremendously spicy and quite distinctive with a camphoraceous opening surrounded by citrus that's absolutely captivating but a bit too rich for my nose. It has an old-fashion feeling I appreciate and at the same time is quite modern introducing a well working vanilla note in the drydown together with a strong amber. I also get a lot of pepper. I guess on the right person LP9 can be really interesting, arrogant and elegant at the same time. Maybe a bit too loud. Something I love to smell once in a while but I wouldn't wear for the whole day. If I'd really have to choose whether to like it or not I'd say yes, anyway.
11th March, 2011 (last edited: 02nd November, 2011)
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JonB Show all reviews
United States
I must not be smelling the same thing as many of you; all I can say is "YUCK". This is right up there with the worst fragrance s I've ever smelled. I hope I never have to smell this again. Big, big thumbs down on LP.no9.
28th July, 2010
Kaern Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Whoa -- we are in Clove City!

The sweet cloves and spicy balsam are all you really get here and for a long time - the woods are bit players and the citrus top is gone in an instant. It's very masculine and pretty loud -- you'll need to be careful when spraying. I usually have one oriental in rotation as I am not the genre's biggest fan and I thought I wouldn't go for this, but I have two now as I love it to bits.
17th March, 2010
I find two stages here. The first is masculine and dark. It has dark flowers and deep spices which are brightened by a citrus edge. This strikes a romantic note and I like it. The second phase is a spicy, animalic musk. It is too rich for my blood. It reminds me of Kiehl’s musk oil. It is OK until the vanilla and patchouli kick in. A sweet vanilla note is the death-knell for a scent on my skin. I will give it a neutral rating because I recognize my prejudice against vanilla and because (even for me) it has flashes of brilliance.
16th February, 2010 (last edited: 31st March, 2010)
Honestly, I hate orientals. I'm just not big into the opulence and sweetness. It tends to get old to me after a while and then I get a headache. Keeping that in mind -- I absolutely ADORE this stuff. I tried a decant and one spray was enough. I had to spring for a full bottle. The bubblegum bit is spot on. This has a distinctively minty/clovy effect that is like some type of old fashioned candy. It dries down into honey and caramel sweetness. I normally don't like such warm/sweet/gooey scents, but this one is an absolute guilty pleasure. I get compliments left and right when I wear this! The staying power is amazing -- I can wear it and go to bed to wake up with warm sweet murmurs of this still resonating on my skin and I love every single second of it. Penhaligon's should really diversify this line into shaving creams, body lotions, deodorants, etc. I can see why some might tire of it -- normally I would too -- but that's where the eccentricities of taste come in. I don't like this genre at all, but I'm glad I kept an open mind and tried this one anyway. I prefer this to Endymion hands down as the "sweet, modern oriental" in the Penhaligon's line.
01st December, 2009 (last edited: 04th February, 2010)
A variation on Chanel's Platnum Egoiste. It's a minty, medicinal, vaporubby, spicy, woody oriental. I don't particulary care for it, but it's not vile either. I can see myself wearing this once or twice a year.
30th November, 2009
One of the houses' richer, but modern offerings. It has a little bit of everything; a citrusy top, lots of floriental aroma and woody undertones, but it is on the potent side for a Penhaligon's fragrance. It is still fresh though, and I could see a woman wearing this too. It certainly is much more agreeable then its earlier counterpart, and does smell rather seductive and will certainly get one noticed. This is a fragrance to wear when going out for the night and put someone under your sexy spell ;)
19th November, 2009
I often wonder if people actually ever smell fragrances or just write about them? This smells nothing like Opium. I have both Opium EdT and Parfum and Opium smells way more generic and oriental than this frag. LP no 9 has more of a bubblegum sweet open and is a more complex mixture. This one gets me a lot of compliments and lasts a long time. The middle notes and base notes are great as well. I think it evolves quite nicely and its more expensive because its a very high quality fragrance. You can just tell from the opening spray.
09th September, 2009
On first application this stunner is eye wateringly potent. Not in a good way. There is a distinct whiff of two stroke petrol in there as the first drops hit my skin, not unlike Santa Maria Novella's Nostalgia....but forget the opulent leather seats and polished wood interiors of SMNN, for that is where the similarity ends. LP9 dries down rapidly, rolling languidly towards a soft powdery luxuriance, after a few semi drunken hiccups of clove and bitter nutmeg. After a roller coaster ride of half an hour or so, this leaves a soft, seductive trail, which managed to last me a good 12 hours. Not bad at all.
07th August, 2009
A spicy oriental fragrance with vanilla and patchouli in the base. The clove in this really kicks.

Is Opium pour Homme too strong for you? Try LP no. 9.

Is LP no. 9 too costly for you? Seek out a bottle of Everlast Original 1910. It's about ten bucks.
22nd May, 2009
Despite the sixteen ingredients listed above, Penhaligon's own site lists only six for this scent - and none of the two lists coincide for a moment. The site lists: Ylang Ylang, Spices, Iris, Clove, Vanilla, Patchouli. Mind you, all my nose picks up is the blend of iris, patchouli and vanilla - also the scent is to my nose identical to Prada for Men. Who copied whom? The 1999 date for LP #9 predates the Prada, but since the ingredients don't compare, who knows if the formula is correct. This may be a new Penhaligon's, taking advantage of the market for Prada.

One question: Why copy a cologne already on the market, which can be purchased for 2/3 less than the Penhaligon's price? One can find Prada for as little as $36-$46, while Penhaligon's always sells in the $80 range.

The scent is marvelous - warm, woody and sensual. However, I feel its "tweediness" is more suited to the executive board room than to a title of "Love Potion #9." I can't imagine this turning on anyone, just getting someone to notice you. The first step, not the entire process of seduction.
02nd February, 2009 (last edited: 13th July, 2011)
Even if you were to use an Electron Microscope, you still would not be able to locate my interest in this bland concoction. The top notes are bearable, fresh and full of promise of future treasures. Sadly, it was a quick descent into what one can only describe as Deep Heat meets vanilla. In fairness, the drydown is a muted version of this, but it is a trite piece of chemistry that is on offer here.
26th January, 2009
CoL Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Wowsers! Why on earth did they discontinue this beauty?! Thank goodness its back! I must say I only get a "suggestion" of Opium PH, as in along the same lines. This is far better IMO. I really don't like Opium PH, but this has a wonderful spice that Opium is missing. A far better fragrance IMO.
07th December, 2008
if you are looking for a a version of Opium/YSL which is not as intense and dense, then LP no.9 is just the right one for you. openin accords throw some minty bubblegum note for you to chew upon, the same note which was earleir made famous by opium. this progresses the very same way ,except this is much for "cleaner" than opium and is easily a daily wear as opposed to the mighty YSL.

it has the very same peppry accord and the Tolu Balsam accord which makes this one a strong contender for beinga release which is quite obvious, a balant rip off.

However, given that no two scents could be made exactly the same way, give this one a try if you feel Opium is not refined enough for you to take. a thumbs up coz this ones a rip off well done.
13th June, 2008
Absolutely vile, they created this as a joke, so I heard. Ungaro III blows this out of the stratosphere.
17th June, 2007
zztopp Show all reviews
United States
(C)love Potion No.9 starts off in a promising manner with smooth citrus notes. However these are fairly short lived and what you experience next is what this fragrance is all about - clove, clove, clove, which I dont love, love, love, at all. The notes pyramid is quite varied and on paper/webpage sounds dynamic. However in actuality, this is a clove-based fragrance, with a bit of cinnamon thrown in. Heavy, slightly cool, clove. All other middle and basenotes are hardly perceptible to the nose.

If you like clove, you will love this; if you dont, well then this will be too much of a one-note fragrance for you to handle since it has monster longevity and sillage. Depending on your love of clove, this is either a 5-star or a 1-star fragrance. I know which camp I am in.
14th September, 2006
Far, far too much going on in this fragrance for my liking. Nothing harmonizes or flows. It's a droning buzz of cinnamon and cloves and God knows what else. Maybe for a breathmint, but not for skin. I admit I cannot judge on the drydown. I couldn't stand it long enough for that before scrubbing it off.
16th August, 2006
Suave. LP No. 9 flows into being rather than 'opens.' It is a smooth, not sharp, citrus opening – somewhat opulent, deep and mellow — I find no individual note taking precedent over another — simply an excellent, sophisticated, unified accord. Then, just as smoothly, the heart notes begin to take over from the citruses, and I find myself savoring its mixed spice / herb accord. I can somewhat understand that there is cinnamon and clove and nutmeg in the accord, but again, the composite is presented as a unified and sophisticated package — and that’s what is delivered with grace and elegance. When the warm wood tones of the base move in, the spices simply move over and make room for them—they don’t disappear but rather establish a sophisticated contrast of opposites that interplay with each other’s complementary natures. I must admit that I don’t smell what several of the other reviewers experience. I don’t find an excess of notes – rather I find a counterpointal symphony. I don’t find an excess of clove (a note I am usually oversensivtive to). I also don’t find Love Potion Number Nine so much sensual as graceful, elegant, and sophisticated. However, I DO find it a try- before- you- buy fragrance.
20th May, 2006 (last edited: 23rd May, 2008)