Mr. 30R and I did a bit of dabbing and testing tonight.
Eau de Verveine
From the Penhaligon's website:
Lime Oil, Lemon Oil, Petit Grain Oil, Bergamot, Coriander, Clary Sage, Armoise
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.