Fantastic scent, love it!
Thread: Hammam Bouquet
I got a sample of Penhaligon's Hammam Bouquet recently. I tried a drop on my wrist, and I couldn't really decide, so this evening I went for a full wear of it...
And, oh dear - I really don't want to smell like this again until I'm laid out in a coffin!
Fantastic scent, love it!
Stuffy overwhelming stale rose petals and cedar wood was what I got when I tested it, imo a fragrance from another age.
I think it is fantastic, given the low grade materials Penhaligons uses. If this were made with a total commitment to quality it would rival Shalimar and the likes.
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Something like it could perhaps be good with a fresh rose fragrance, but the rose in this smells dying and musty to me - once it's been on me for a few minutes it just makes me think of dead things.
One of my favorites from the Penhaligon's line.
Sometimes I like wearing fragrances which evoke another time. Hammam Bouquet can inject a surreal note into an otherwise humdrum day.
It definitely reminded me of a 'turkish bath' in Victorian England, but I couldn't cope with it on me. I do remember getting a compliment by a female co-worker at the time "something smells like soap. Did you use some sort of new soap?". Well, I took it as a compliment.
Can't say I've ever been to a Turkish bath in Victorian England myselfIt definitely reminded me of a 'turkish bath' in Victorian England
I love HB and am thankful it doesnt evoke any negative associations for me.
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To me HB smells like rose petals soaked in urine. Just gross!
Hammam Bouquet is a fantastic fragrance.
Lavender, Rose, Musk.
What's not to like?
I think of it as the Exile on Main Street of fragrances. It takes a few wearings to realize the complete genius of it. Add to that, it was also probably created under the influence of opium as was the afore mentioned album.
Good stuff. Contact me with unwanted bottles.
I've always suspected that Penhaligons longevity problems might be to do with quality of materials - the_good_life, where does your info re. "low grade materials" come from?I think it is fantastic, given the low grade materials Penhaligons uses. If this were made with a total commitment to quality it would rival Shalimar and the likes.
Enjoy it quite a bit. Def can see why it wouldn't appeal to everyone though.
It's very interesting to see how polarizing this one is - lots of lovers and lots of haters, by the looks of it.
The conditions have to be right for me to enjoy Hammam Bouquet. In warmer weather, HB is a little flat and lifeless, and very little shines. However, once the temperatures start to drop, HB becomes quite splendid.
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I detested this the one and only time I sampled it. Which...usually means that later on I will fall in love with it.
Reminder to self: Test this again one-of-these-days.
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This scent is not for everyone, and I put it in the catergories of 19th century and Belle Epoque scents like Apres L'Ondee and L'Heure Bleue or Floris Edwardian Bouquet.
These are herbal/floral scents and removed from most modern fare.
Count me in as one who enjoys this.
"No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.
Regarding Hammam Bouquet's ingredients, I believe the rose is Bulgarian, and the lavender is English. At least, they used to be. These seem to be of good quality, and they smell superb to my nose. I've no idea about the jasmine (and some of the other supporting notes), but I find the jasmine often seems to outlast the rose, clinging to the musky amber base. That base is the problem, at least for me; for I feel it isn't a very good synthetic musk at all. The accords of the first three hours are sublime, until the skeleton is bared.
Floris' Edwardian Bouquet sounds promising, Primrose. I shall look out for it.