Friday, October 22, 2010

Review (Part 5): Penhaligon's Fragrance Profiling Service Part 5 - Night Scented Stock

Here is the "risk" I took in my Fragrance Profiling journey. Alex Musgrave suggested in follow up conversation that if he had to pick one fragrance for me it would be Night Scented Stock.

Suggested Fragrance: Night Scented Stock
Here's what Alex had to say about this scent:
"For that gasoline note I want to suggest Night Scented Stock, edgy and hazy with an arresting, uncommon beauty. I love it. Wore it all last summer. Reminds me of clean linen, leather, powder and petrol all in one scent. Ylang, jasmine & benzoin make is so deeply sensual, sometimes it feels like a feverish, the night threaded with unease and expectation. The flower itself blooms at night, so the scent has a delicious laid back evening feel, but works beautifully as a statement day scent. Night Scented Stock is very special, unlike anything else we do. When I first smelt it I imagined a 1930s lady racing driver in fitted leathers, fresh from the podium, arms full of victory bouquets, the scent of fuel and transgressive glamour in the air. This masterful re-orchestration of the 1976 original by Bertrand Duchaufour respects the heritage feel of the original but imbues the new version with a dynamic and utterly modern resonance."
Alex went on later to say...
"I was wearing the Night Scented Stock today, writing to you about it made me want to drench myself in it. I have to say it still a scent that really floors me, so fabulously druggy and petrolic. The leather note is suggested by the amazing benzoin base as it settles down with all the spices and woods. If you have a space for something new, give it room. Wearing it is like wearing very fine mauve tinted mohair. Comforting but with edge."
What Penhaligon's Site Says About Night Scented Stock
Head Notes
Clove, Cinnamon
Heart Notes
Lily, Ylang, Violet, Jasmine, Heliotrope
Base Notes
Musk, Vanilla, Benzoin, Vetiver, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean
A soliflore, originally created in 1976, Night Scented Stock is an edgy unfolding of pungent floral enchantment, deep with clove, heliotrope, violet, vanilla, musk and tonka bean. Hazy with arresting uncommon beauty.
Night Scented Stock was originally created in 1976 and has been resurrected as part of our 2009 Anthology Collection.
Night Scented Stock Eau De Cologne comes in a 100 ml bottle for $120, or you can get it in the Anthology Fragrance Collection in a 15 ml bottle (you get four Fragrances) for $95. (Pictured Right). I must admit it's tempting - I sort of want that collection of little bottles!

Trying to Get My Hands On The Fragrance

Of course, as fate would have it, out of Alex's choices for me this was the only one not in stock on the US via the website. It's available now, but at the time I was calling all around trying to get it. The lovely Nicky at Penhaligon's Headquarters suggested I call the US Penhaligon's Customer Service. The representative I spoke with there gave me the names of the stores in the US that had Night Scented Stock available but told me I'd have to call them myself. I ended up calling Saks in New York City, who said they'd send it to me the following week. Well the following week came, no charge and no package. So I called again. Same thing: "Oh it will ship out next week!". Apparently they decided to hold my order for "A Special Saks Event" without telling me so I would get some free gifts. When the end of the following week came, I called a third time "Oh don't worry! It all went out today!" Grrrrr.

I did get a free Penhaligon's Travel Atomizer out of it as well as a few samples from other brands but I'm not happy about the lack of clarity on the part of Saks. If they intended to hold my order for about 3 weeks, why not just tell me up front?

My Experience with Night Scented Stock
When I first tried on Night Scented Stock I was slightly reminded of Amaranthine, but this scent is a little more dirty. It's like classic glamour gone edgy. I must admit I didn't catch the Jasmine notes at all until about the third day trying this fragrance. But like the other suggestions, this one dries down very musky. 

Do I like it as my primary suggestion? Given my responses to the questions that I sent to Alex Musgrave, yes I do think this fits. My husband hates it and I don't care. When I slip into my boots and my leather jacket for fall this scent makes total sense for me. But Alex was right in his initial assessment of my fragrance needs - I will need a fragrance wardrobe, as opposed to a signature scent.

Bottom Line
Night Scented Stock is a great choice for the girl who likes glamour with a bit of an edge. If you're overwhelmed by the clean smelling Amaranthine but like the idea, try this one.

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All images are from Penhaligon's Website.