Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Review (Part 3): Penhaligon's Fragrance Profiling Service - Amaranthine

The second choice of fragrance for me from Alex (which was actually the third presented to me) was a relatively new fragrance: Amaranthine

Suggested Fragrance: Amarantine
Here's what Alex had to say about this scent:
"...My final choice for you might be risky, but it is an important scent, beautifully crafted and utterly seductive.  It is compulsive and tropical with libidinous notes rising and falling as it engulfs the skin. Amaranthine was launched last year to critical acclaim and client love/hate. It is challenging fragrance, there is no doubt about it. Bu you know what, challenging is good. I love the way is dirties up the skin, I love its confrontation, from its plantation banana leaf and cardamom oil top to its fleshy ylang heart and the soothing milky drydown. Every moment of this journey is wonderful. This scent is decadent but intensely private too, everything seems to contradict and harmonise at the same time. I love its seemingly prim and proper surface and the dark sensual forces swirling beneath. It sends out a coded warning.....beware, beneath my tailored exterior, savage waters run. So clever and vibrant, shimmering with stifled emotions and unspoken desire. Amaranthine is not for everyone, it is cutting-edge fragrance at its best, but if you fall for its charms, it will sweep you away."
What Penhaligon's Site Says About Lily & Spice
Head Notes
Green Tea, White Freesia, Banana Tree Leaf, Coriander Seed Oil, Cardamom Absolute
Heart Notes
Rose, Carnation, Clove Oil, Orange Blossom, Ylang Ylang Oil, Egyptian Jasmine Absolute
Base Notes
Musk, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Condensed Milk, Tonka Bean Absolute
Created in 2009, Amaranthine is a corrupted floral oriental for those private moments when everything is anticipation. It opens with a dramatic flourish of spices and tropical green. This unsettling lick of drama is beautifully ambushed by an unctuous accord of jasmine and ylang-ylang, a heady bloom renowned for its aphrodisiac properties, and clove swathed in spices, tea, musk and the rounded beauty of tonka bean absolute.

Perfumer: Bertrand Duchaufour
Amaranthine comes in a 100 ml bottle for $125, a 50 mil bottle for $95, and a special edition bottle for $550 (pictured right). 

My Experience with Amaranthine
Like Lily & Spice, I was given a sample of this perfume. I put this scent on me and was instantly reminded of my mother's bottle of Chanel #5. I don't know if they have anything in common, but that same sense of timeless classic fragrance came to mind. This scent dried down to it's base notes really quickly on me.

Contrary to what Alex Musgrave said about this being a "risky" scent, I didn't find it risky at all. It's classic, without being out-dated. It was absolutely undeniably sexy. I kept thinking of old Hollywood, classic glamour. Not new Hollywood. I kept picturing Veronica Lake, honestly. Is it strange to associate a face with a perfume?

Bottom Line
If you're going to choose a scent blind from Penhaligons, this would be one on my list of ones you should try. It would make an excellent gift to give the woman you love if you want her to feel beautiful and sexy.

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All images are from Penhaligon's Website.