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    Default Re: Official Penhaligon's Samples Swap Discussion Thread

    Oh gosh, 30R., you have given them ample time. You also have patience of a saint. Sorry.

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    SoS once had samples for over two month -- over a year ago, we were in an ingredient sampling group and I was to sniff after him. He eventually forwarded them to me, though.

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    Mr. 30R and I did a bit of dabbing and testing tonight.

    Eau de Verveine

    From the Penhaligon's website:

    "HEAD NOTES
    Lime Oil, Lemon Oil, Petit Grain Oil, Bergamot, Coriander, Clary Sage, Armoise

    HEART NOTES
    Clove, Lavender

    BASE NOTES
    Musk, Vanilla, Cedarwood

    Originally created in 1949, Eau de Verveine is a grassy aromatic, with citrus and woods. The scent of an Indian Summer, shimmering heat haze, soft metallics, crumbled herbs, spices, musk and vanilla. In the distance echoes the evocative promise of rain.

    Eau de Verveine was originally created in 1949 and has been resurrected as part of our 2009 Anthology Collection."


    Not sweet; not so lemony that Mr.30R could object (I like lemony verbenas myself, he less so.) On me this turns to pencil shavings very fast, but he likes it best of the 6 we tested tonight. I began to detect the lavender long after the cedar. After about 45 minutes I started to pick up the creamy vanilla base. I think he will want to test this further. I like this on him but would not wear it myself.

    Douro --A nice woody fragrance,a a bit soapy on me. Mt. 30R liked this second best so far. I wouldn't mind him wearing this; it has a whiff of English Fern to it.

    Castile --Bergamot, neroli (but smells to me of orange blossom), sweeter than Eau de Verveine. Easily wearable by women. I'll try this further.

    Victorian Posy -- this one has a bit of bluebell/hyacinth in it, to my nose (though the notes say otherwise.) Somethng rubs me the wrong way, though, and I could not wear this.

    Elizabethan Rose -- A peachy tea rose. Simple but nice; different from most of the rose fragrances I generally wear, which tend to be more of the Bulgarian rose or English Rose sort. Reminds me somewhat of the way the old Avon Roses, Roses used to smell. Will test further.

    Ellenisia -- The sort of sweet, cloying fragrance that I just cannot wear. No surprise: middle notes listed are tuberose, gardenia and jasmine. Which is fine if you like this stuff-- and my daughter, smelling my arm, did like it.

    Mr. 30R commented that Penhaligon's fragrances seem to be understated. I'm thinking of how different these are from, say, Bond No. 9's. Nothing screechy here.
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    Today I tested LP No. 9 (ladies), Amaranthine and Elisabethan Rose.

    LP No.9 has a crisp and somewhat masculine feel to it. It was bracing when first applied, and that is when I enjoyed it most, but as it became more muted I found myself growing tired of it.

    Amaranthine was just wonderful at first sniff! I couldn't put my finger on what I was smelling but it was marvelous! Within 5 minutes I began to feel uncomfortable as it grew sweeter and a bit powdery. As it continued to evolve, the carnation and orange blossom attracted me even as the ylang-ylang repelled me. I had mixed feelings about this fragrance. Really I could not see myself wearing it, but it is an interesting perfume for sure. It is warm and open -- it gives me a sense of opennness. An odd impression.

    Elisabethan Rose-- No surprise here, I like this scent. It's not compelling or especially interesting, just a straightforward tea rose-- not lemony, not musky, not green, but somehow it's quite pleasant anyway. It's like background music rather than a performance one really sits up and listens to. Sillage is moderate.

    I have other rose perfumes I love more, and if I could only have one rose perfume, this would not be The One--but I would not be averse to owning a bottle of this, and may buy one someday.

    Edit: Maybe I spoke too soon? There was a whiff of a urinous note in the drydown of Elisabethan Rose. I'll have to try it one more time. Maybe it doesn't interact well with skin/perspiration when applied to chest.
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    Some of the others, I have commented on before. From memory:

    Blenheim Bouquet-- My husband and I both love the top notes but also find that there is a strong black pepper note that goes on and on ad nauseum. Not for us, I'm afraid. I see not everyone gets that pepper note-- interesting!

    English Fern-- Mr. 30R owns a bottle and wears it occasionally, but not as often as his other fragrances. This is elegant, dignified and understated. Sillage is lower than some, and it is a perfect office scent. I love the smell of this on him.

    Violetta-- I own a bottle of this, and wear it occasionally also. It's greener than my other violets scents (due to the violet leaf note) and I appreciate that it is not sweet or fruity. If I want a sweet, candy-like violet, I go for AG La Violette; if a fruity one, Berdoues Violettes de Toulouse. This is easily unisex, though some men may prefer Grey Flannel for their green violet leaf note. Longevity is about 5-6 hours; low to moderate sillage. I recommend it but will not buy another bottle when it is gone, but try something else.

    Elixer -- Mr.30R rather likes this, and it may well be the next Penhaligon's he buys. But I think it reminds him too much of another scent he owns or is thinking of buying (can't recall which one; will ask and edit post.)

    Bluebell-- Bluebells are related to hyacinths (Google some images and you will see) and this does smell of hyacinth, but not on my skin. On skin it very rapidly becomes a loud clove. Ugh! I've found the only way I can wear this is by dabbing it onto a paper blotter in my aromatherapy-type locket (I have another locket so I can wear Une Rose ; it makes the top notes linger much longer.)

    Lavandula-- I find this a soft lavender, not as pungent as I prefer my lavenders to be. But it is very nice all the same, and unisex.

    Lily of the Valley-- I need to retest this, maybe tomorrow as I'm currently wearing Evelyn. I do recall that the last time I smelled this, it was more complex than a simple LOTV scent-- there is rose in there for sure, which comes up as the heart notes appear. I would have liked it more had the top notes of LOTV lingered longer. Next time I will test it by applying it to chest and see what wafts up. I find the fragrance impression tends to be more complex that way-- the top notes linger in my clothing even as the heart notes appear on skin.

    I have to retest Artemesia as well.

    I have mailed packages of samples to the 4 people who were waiting to test/retest some of these, and they will keep the packages. Only one of the 4 boxes was returned to me (thanks, Evangeline!), so I could not send every scent to each person, but had to divide them up, augmenting somewhat with the few extra samples I had set aside from my last visit to the museum gift shop.

    I am still hoping to hear from/receive a box back from jdnba whom I messaged a couple of days ago, and it is not too late for SculptureofSoul and portzblitz to return their boxes before I leave them feedback.
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    Default Re: Official Penhaligon's Samples Swap Discussion Thread

    Thank you for your impressions, it is nice to see things in perspective.

    I also appreciate your patience with not so compliant people. I actually marvel it and hope to be like you in this regard one of these days.

    Would have thanked you, but can't , no button. Hugs instead?

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    Hugs appreciated!

    Honestly, I don't have a clue what is going on with SoS and portzblitz. Maybe they have valid reasons. The return receipt hasn't come back to me so maybe portzblitz is not at home and hasn't even gotten my messages or letter. And SoS may not even be reading BN-- BN could be his home page for his browser for all we know. I just hope he is all right.

    Edit:

    I received back the certified letter sent to portzblitz. It was marked unclaimed and unable to forward.
    Am leaving neutral feedback for both members.

    Edit 6/3/11: SoS contacted me and explained all. Box is being returned.
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    Default Re: Official Penhaligon's Samples Swap Discussion Thread

    I'm retesting Lily of the Valley as a full wearing today, having decanted part of one of the leftover vials into a small atomizer. 4 or 5 spritzes to chest and upper back under clothing-- and a bit on the clothing as well.

    I cannot think of this as a soliflore lily of the valley fragrance; it is more of a floral blend with accent on LOTV. Bergamot and lemony notes are prominent, rose is detectable, and I don't know what else. I neither love it nor dislike it. It's meh.

    Luca Turin called it a "failed muguet", saying because of the restrictions in hydroxycitronellal and Lyral, "it is...no longer possible to do a good lily of the valley" (Perfumes: The A-Z Guide pp. 354-355.)

    But here is the thing: Despite the restrictions, Guerlain managed to produce a very nice Muguet for 2011, which actually smells like lilies of the valley. If Guerlain did it, it seems to me that others should be able to as well.

    Edit 5/19/11: Have heard back from jdnba who was away; he is returning the box from his group.

    *Received box from jdnba. Samples sent out to cbstarker for further testing.

    Edit 6/3/11: Have also heard back form SoS who had a family situation; box is on its way back to me.

    Edit 6/6/11: Box received back from SoS. I will now offer the leftover samples to several other Basenoters. They are welcome to post reviews if they wish but have no obligation to do so; this group is finished.

    Edit 7/223/11: I received the box of samples back from Portzblitz today.

    All boxes have now been returned.
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    Default Re: Official Penhaligon's Samples Swap Discussion Thread

    Wow 30 Roses,
    You really turn sampling into a true event. Very well done. I'll need to take more notes from you before I send out another PuPu Platter. Your generosity is contagious.

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    Default Re: Official Penhaligon's Samples Swap Discussion Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Schilling View Post
    Wow 30 Roses,
    You really turn sampling into a true event. Very well done. I'll need to take more notes from you before I send out another PuPu Platter. Your generosity is contagious.
    The SA at the gift shop was amazing -- I nearly fell over when she brought out 111 samples for us to pass around.

    The problem with this pass and the one with 30 rose perfumes was that they took too long-- there were just too many samples for members to test. The box of samples had to stay a month with each member. This slows down the pass and also tends to cause people to lose interest as they have to wait so long for their turn to come around.

    These days I favor sampling passes with fewer total perfumes to test, and ideally several groups running concurrently with fewer members per group. To do this one has to have enough mls of each perfume to be able to make up multiple vials or sample size atomizers. There is a larger cost outlay for the originator of the pass, but the pass is concluded more quickly and there is more back and forth discussion about the scents as people compare their impressions.

    I wrote a few blog posts to help people who want to do a sample pass-- take any suggestions that are useful and leave the rest. :

    1. http://www.basenotes.net/entries/201...p-for-Perfumes
    2. http://www.basenotes.net/entries/202...-Avoid-Mishaps
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