When I think of spring I think of the fresh scent of flowers and crisp air. Spring is very much associated with scent and Penhaligon’s have really hit the nail on the head with a perfect springtime fragrance launching in March – a fragrance called Equinox Bloom.
The gourmand fragrance (the first from Penhaligon’s), is absolutely gorgeous and inspired by the very English tradition of afternoon tea, along with the ‘heady bouquet of the first sweet Spring flowers.’
Afternoon tea and flowers go hand-in-hand because often we think of afternoon tea in a fancy hotel (with expensive bouquets of flowers everywhere) or afternoon tea in a garden setting.
Equinox Bloom is very distinctly feminine – it’s sweet and floral and I can really smell the jasmine coming out. Also a great thing about this fragrance is that it lasts. Being an Eau de Parfum, the scent remains around 6 hours on the skin I found. The scent is beautiful and a brings the luxury and joy back to simply spritzing yourself with perfume. And as scent is so intertwined with memory, this is a perfect scent to get you in the mood for spring. A great gift for yourself or for Mother’s Day.
The fragrance notes are as follows:
Head Notes: Neroli Bigarade Essence, Violet Leaves Absolute, Chantilly
Heart Notes: Frangipani, Orange Blossom Absolute, Jasmine Sambac Absolute
Basenotes: Ambrox, Benzoin Siam Absolute, Brown Sugar
I also wanted to try from Penhaligon’s a fragrance that I had scent tested at one of their stores: Juniper Sling. This is a brilliant Eau de Toilette that reminds me of a crisp Gin & Tonic. I found this a scent that would appeal to either a man or a woman – it’s crisp, fresh and vibrant. The packaging of Penhaligon’s fragrances are really beautiful and look amazing on a vanity table.
The fragrance is indeed inspired by London Dry Gin. Created for Penhaligon’s by Master Perfumer Olivier Cresp, Juniper Sling is ‘a playful, chilled and mysterious homage to the Bright Young Things of London’s roaring twenties.’
This is fresh and perfect for daytime. In fact, it really invigorated me in the morning! The notes of juniper, angelica, brandy, black pepper, cardamom, soft leather, orris, brown sugar, black cherry and amber add a bit of spice to the scent as well and round it out so it’s not too sharp.
I love the 30ml size as well – perfect for the handbag!
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