It’s has been a number of years since I’ve visited a foreign destination, but when I do, I enjoy immersing myself in the local traditions and culture as that’s the heart of the country, rather than tourist areas, which only give a glimpse. Taking in the aromatic spices and scents, which stay with you and create fragrance memories, which can be evoked and have the ability to transport you back to a particular place or time.
One country that I’ve had a life long fascination with it Egypt. I have watched many documentaries over the years about the pyramids, lost cities and the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter in 1922. I feel there is still so much to be discovered from this ancient city and it’s a place I would love to visit and explore someday.
Quite a number of gentleman’s fragrances, traditionally still include notes reflective of the exotic, discernible cargo which were traded through the busy London docks at the turn of the nineteenth century, such as nutmeg, leather, tobacco and cloves. This rich heritage is the inspiration for the Penhaligon’s Trade Routes Collection, with their latest bespoke parfums paying homage to the Egyptian luxuries imported to the British Empire.
I’ve aspired to be in possession of my own Penhaligon’s fragrance for some time now as with a heritage that spans over 146 years, shows me that their creations have been revered for many generations, as a sign of quality and excellence even by royalty. William Penhaligons original and classic bottle design is still used today to contain some of the finest, rare ingredients from hand squeezed bergamot to jasmine at twice the price of gold.
Over the past couple of years I have noticed a trend in fragrance where Oud has been prominently featured, so I was very excited to try the Alizarin fragrance which also takes inspiration from Egypt, to form part of their Trade Routes Collection.
- Head Notes – Mandarin, Narcisse
- Heart Notes – Tuberose, Orris and Mimosa
- Base Notes – Oud, Leather, Olibanum and Vetiver.
If you are looking for an intense, intoxicating fragrance then this would be a perfect match for you, from the first spritz I was immediately hit with the warming leather and oud wood base notes, which conjures up an air of mystery and intrigue that has been bottled for thousands of years to create this liquid gold essence. I am then taken on a journey along river banks of the Nile with the exuberant luxurious floral notes filling the air to compliment this fragrance experience.
It’s as though i’ve been on my own Egyptian expedition and found this wondrous golden elixir nestled between the rare artifacts. The inclusion of Frankincense (Olibanum) feels very authentic to me as this was used by ancient Egyptians as an offering to the gods and they also used Orris as a body spice as early as the 1700’s. Even the name Alizarin is in reference to the red dye used by Egyptians in their textiles and clothing.
This scent is like nothing I have tried before, it’s powerful and masculine, with an impressive staying power. I’ve been wearing this a lot lately for dinner dates and meetings, where I’ve received many compliments about this exquisite aroma, leaving a lasting impression.
If you would like to experience this magical and wondrous fragrance for yourself, it can be purchased from a Penhaligon’s store or via their online shop, retailing at £156 for a 100ml size.
Have you tried any of the Penhaligon’s fragrance range before?
What is your Desert Island scent?
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