A very promising opening of citrus containing elements of lemon, lime, bergamot and petitgrain. After 30 minutes to an hour the cirtus notes fade and you are left with something floral with really the only prominent note to me is a heavy sage one. This persists for a couple hours before everything disappears. Overall it really isnt a bad fragrance, but doesnt really have a wow factor or longevity. Probably pretty reminiscent of the time period it is from.
Eau De Verveine by Penhaligon's, 1949
Rated #4501 in Fragrances
Great start. A masculine dry down. I noticed a pencil shaving scent. Is that the sage? Did not even make it in to work from morning commute and it was finished (45 mins) Glad it was a free sample
This begins with a burst of citrus, the lime and lemon. The petitgrain soon takes over, but after an hour, it too disappears. What we are left with is a soft, non-descript, seeming floral. Perfectly pleasant, but in no way unique or special. Very much of its period, the late forties and early fifties. The floral drydown is very old-fashioned, the effect of potpourri or a drawer sachet. Once again Penhaligon's names a cologne for an ingredient this is not in it. They did the same for their Night Scented Stock. Why call this Verveine, when there is none in it. Totally illogical and very misleading.
I love most verveine (lemon verbena) fragrances and own four of them along with the complementary products deodorant, lotion, and talc. The thing I love most about Verveine fragrances is, not surprisingly, the verveine. When I encounter a verveine fragrance that does not contain very much verveine, I am disappointed no matter how nice the fragrance is. I find Penhaligons Eau de Verveine EDT disappointing because I just cant be sure Ive found the verveine in it. EdV opens deeply citrusy with strong elements of petit grain and coriander. Then it develops a tinge of sage Im ok with sage, but it is not what I want to smell when Im expecting verbena. The citrus accord of the opening has body and substance, and is not strong or overbearing. The sage adds a pleasantness to the movement from the opening to the somewhat spicy middle a middle composed of soft clove / lavender accord: a lavender that I enjoy because of its quality and discretion. Im not sure that I can find much of a base because I seem to simply experience the remnants of the opening and middle accords for the rest of the run of the fragrance except that a musky aura is added toward the end. Its not a bad fragrance. It's hard to know what to think of it because it is a rather strange fragrance... a strangeness which begins with its name, and ends with its being labeled an EDT I dont find the verveine and I find it has no more longevity that a traditional cologne. Still, its pleasant and clean and refreshing
I got a tester of this one, because it smelled quite interesting in the shop, and I was not aware that it was a revived scent from 1949 as I tried it out, but through out the whole evening I kept getting the feeling that I was wearing my grandfathers perfume, which was not entirely pleasant... By the end of the evening I was very annoyed.
After an initial blast of sharp green accord that sillages nicely but lasts just a few minutes a much more subtle sage phase arises, the green virtually disappearing. This phase is also reminiscent of the wood of a freshly shaved pencil and almost reticent it is so laid back. Within 45 minutes of application a hint of vanilla and cedar wood is all that is left. Not exactly a stellar performer. If you are into explosive green then Geoffry Beene Bowling Green would be a longer lasting and far less expensive choice.
This has three stages. First is a good citrus opening, lemony and green. Dusky green notes from clary sage and herbs augment this stage. Everything is nice and clean-soapy. The second phase has aromatic notes of clove and lavender. These are quite accurate and evocative, and are as pleasant as the notes of the first phase. Finally there is a lovely musk, which recalls some of the lemon-verbana notes of earlier. In summary, this is a very attractive scent which wears well.
I get all of the listed notes; after an hour or so they're all at play together, which for me isn't necessarily a good thing. I find this combination of sage, lavender and cedar quite difficult to enjoy and the adding of musk and vanilla just seems to make a silk purse of what I think for me is, I'm afraid, a bit of a sow's ear. I'm giving it a neutral because it keeps my interest through its disharmony and doesn't particularly offend. I won't be buying a bottle though.
It certainly was a queer pitch from Penhaligons to revive this one. This is not really a classic eau, but a fusty, medicinal melange, with a rather ambivalent citrus presence. The herbal sharpness reaches its apogee in the heart notes, with the dominant green herbs being decidedly harsh and disagreeable. I found it quite difficult to warm to Verveine, this is sort of blend is really more at home in a Bolognese sauce than a wearable fragrance. All things considered, its rapid disappearance from my skin was less than disappointing.
Eau de Verveine starts with a sharp, almost raspy citrus, herb, and spice dust-up that seems like it's out of place in today's fragrance market. So far, so good. However, as it enters the middle notes, coriander comes to dominate the fragrance for a couple hours. This is not an entirely pleasant phase, as the coriander is pungent, only a small step away from cumin, and seems to be almost on its own for quite a while with the exception of an occasional whiff of sage. For this uncomfortable stretch, it reminds me of Diptyque's L'Autre and the lack of balance becomes annoying. Finally, the base starts to emerge and the coriander blends into what I'd term a generic men's woody-ambery base. There's nothing much exciting about this last phase. Overall, it's an oddball scent, and for me, following my very positive experiences with Blenheim and Racquets, it's a let down as well. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless they like curry-like spiciness in their fragrances. Neutral rating because it doesn't smell awful or cheap; it's just not really something I enjoy wearing or smelling as a personal fragrance.
Eau De Verveine by Penhaligon's, 1949
|Top Notes||lime, lemon, petitgrain, bergamot, coriander, clary sage, armoise|
|Middle Notes||clove, lavender|
|Base Notes||musk, vanilla, cedarwood|
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