Perfume Directory

Cairo (2018)
by Penhaligon's


Cairo information

Year of Launch2018
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 13 votes)

People and companies

Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group

About Cairo

Cairo is a shared / unisex perfume by Penhaligon's. The scent was launched in 2018

Cairo fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Cairo

A very sweet, vanillic rose over a woody backing. A forgettable entry in an overcrowded genre, this is outdone by many lower-cost options (S.T. Dupont Perfect Tobacco, for one, which at least adds some juicy tobacco and spices for interest).

Egregiously overpriced.
03rd May, 2021
Christophe Raynaud knows his way around a no-oud oud; witness his booming L’autre Oud for Lancôme, which stands sturdily at the focal point of what many perceive to be essential attributes of any oud accord – a dizzying, hypnotic rendition of dark, earthy and, yes, sweet woodiness. Here he goes for a more muted, dusky, bittersweet affair, which starts life as a reduced-sugar Oud Satin Mood, but soon goes its own way by means of a clever blend of a pink and fluffy rose with dark, somewhat charred, woody notes which have gone through the shredder, emerging as a semi-poisonous powder. Sure, there’s a bit of saffron thrown into the mix but it seems gestural and synthetic, its voice fading from the central rose-woods duet quite quickly. The main point of interest here for me is how the overall soft-focus feel so skilfully incorporates the darkness. And, of course, the rose and woods combination is a crowd-pleaser. The materials used, however, seem modest – or perhaps are modestly used – making me think that in playing the discretion card, Cairo misses a trick.
06th February, 2021
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Rose and saffron me straight in the opening blast. A Damascene rose of medium brightness and a woodsy touch, and a somewhat plain saffron a with a restrained spiciness. The latter spiciness is extended and takes on incense character in the drydown when a soft and fairly light patchouli emerges. At times the incense has the aroma of the synthetic oud-like woodsiness.

The base adds a restrained vanilla impression, that remains until the end. This vanilla is not particularly sweet on me.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and six hours of longevity on my skin.

This scent for cooler spring or for warmer autumn days strikes me on one thing in particular: a laboratory fest of such egregiously synthetic as well as generic ingredients that this could be heralded and a paradigmatic example of how to compose a fragrance that lacks any true connection with nature. Alas it is also not really original or creative. Just mediocre. 2.5/5.
15th January, 2020
When I first sprayed this it seemed really familiar. A lovely sweet and spicy Saffron, Rose and Oud combo... then within a second or two it came to me. This smells exactly like Monotheme Black Oud available from Marks & Spencers for £17.00. I'd go as far to say that MBO is actually more potent and better in the dry down too.

Penhaligon's are infamous for overpricing what in effect are designer fragrances that should sell at £60.00 but in this instance they really are taking the mick. At £170.00 this is ten times the price of Monotheme Black Oud. I'd recommend that you pop into M&S and save yourself £153.00. You can thank me later too! ;)
03rd December, 2019
Listen.... you like Saffron & Rose combo... Just get this and thank me later... intence, strong and Mysterious... ever so magical!!
19th September, 2019

Add your review of Cairo

You need to be logged in to add a review

Shop for Cairo products online

Some of the links we use are affiliate links, meaning if you click the links and make a purchase, we may receive a commission, which helps us keep the site running

Search on ebay

Penhaligon's Cairo 2ml Sample

US • Buy it now: USD 10.00.

Penhaligon's Cairo EDP 3.4oz, 100ml, Sealed Box

US • Buy it now: USD 219.00.

Penhaligon's Cairo EDP M 100ml Boxed

CA • Buy it now: USD 248.77.

Member images of Cairo

There are no member images of Cairo yet. [Image Uploads Currently Unavailable]

Private Notes

You need to be logged in (or register here) to use Private Notes.