Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Trying out Penhaligon's Malabah is a Drool Worthy Experience

You have heard me say it a million times: I can't stand "Rose" scented stuff, right? Well, browsing Penhaligon's site I was put of by Malabah because the heart notes included "Rose". I usually start sneezing the second I put something rose on. But I requested a sample from my dear friends over at Penhaligon's LTD because I was curious what a perfume that had such savory notes like "Earl Grey" and "Cilantro" might actually smell like. I mean really, who puts that in perfume? Well I'm so glad Penhaligon's did!

Penhaligon's Malabah (from their Website)
What Penhaligon's Website Says about Malabah

Head Notes
Lemon, Earl Grey Tea and Cilantro

Heart Notes
Ginger, Nutmeg, Cardamom, Rose and Orris

Base Notes
Sweet Amber, Sandalwood and Musk

Created in 2003, Malabah was inspired by an imaginary journey along the East Indian spice route. The opening notes of citrus, green coriander and smoky earl grey tea give way to a heart of sublime rose, ginger and aromatic spices. The soft base introduces orris, sweet musks and amber to create a luscious and sensual experience.
Malabah comes in a 100 ml bottle for $135 or you can get a 50 ml bottle for $95. It also comes in a Solid Fragrance, Bath Oil, Bath and Shower Gel, Hand Cream and a Candle. In other words, to create so many corresponding product's it's probably pretty popular.

My Experience With Malabah
Upon application I immediately was able to pick up Lemon scent and something flowery, but not overly "Rose". The Ginger presence is strong in the beginning, giving this a fresh and exotic smell. The savory notes were there, but not in a grassy way. They were much more sweet (I think tempered by the jasmine and rose). As it dried down the Jasmine scent became more prominent, mingled with a slight Rose. After about an hour or two's worth of wear the Amber, Musk and Sandlewood start to take over becoming something much more comfortable (to me). I wear perfumes with those notes quite often. I found wearing this made me feel slightly more sensual than some of the other perfumes I wear, and pretty (even though it was laundry day).

By the way, this perfume is "husband approved". I made Mr. Styrch take a whiff of it and he did NOT wrinkle up his nose, as he does quite often and said "That's very subtle! I like it!" That's high praise from my most harsh critic when it comes to smell.

Bottom Line
Whether you're pampering yourself or a friend, Malabah is a great scent. It's not overly flowery, and I think it could appeal to a very wide audience. It is undeniably feminine, but not overly sexy too.

And by the way, I think it just replaced Lily & Spice as my next perfume to order from Penhaligon's.

Penhaligon's Malabah can be purchased on their website.

The product in this review was provided by Penhaligon's LTD for my consideration. I am not affiliated with Penhaligons LTD and I do not sell their products.