Thursday, September 15, 2011

Penhaligon's Eau de Verveine - What Would The Salvatore Brothers Say?

Image from Penhaligon's Website
Back when I was requesting samples from Penhaligon's of some of the perfumes I was interested in, I requested Eau de Verveine. I didn't request it because I thought I would like it, or that I thought anyone else would like it. I bought it because of one of my favorite guilty pleasures: Damon Salvatore. I mean... The Vampire Diaries!

For those of you who don't watch The Vampire Diaries, an herb called Verveine is the bane of vampires. It makes them sick, it burns their skin... lots of nasty stuff. It's like if garlic and holy water were to have a baby. But I digress...

Since tonight is the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries, I think it only fitting that I review this perfume for you. That way, should you choose, you too can be protected from vampires! But really, why would you want to be? They're all so hot!!!

What Penhaligon's Website Says about Eau De Verveine
Head Notes
Lime Oil, Lemon Oil, Petit Grain Oil, Bergamot, Coriander, Clary Sage, Armoise

Heart Notes
Clove, Lavender

Base Notes
Musk, Vanilla, Cedarwood

Originally created in 1949, Eau de Verveine is a grassy aromatic, with citrus and woods. The scent of an Indian Summer, shimmering heat haze, soft metallics, crumbled herbs, spices, musk and vanilla. In the distance echoes the evocative promise of rain.

Eau de Verveine was originally created in 1949 and has been resurrected as part of our 2009 Anthology Collection.
You can purchase 100 ml of Eau de Verveine for $140 or you can get a tiny 15 ml bottle with the Anthology Collection set (comes with 3 other fragrances) for $80.

My Experience with Eau De Verveine
I'll admit, the first time I put this fragrance on I thought it was meant for a man. It's not floral, though there are some notes in there that are. And I suppose it could be a rather androgynous scent, but the longer I wore it the more feminine I realized it was. The very clean crisp notes of the citrus oils, bergamot, sage pop right out to me. The scent is extremely clean - something I associate with fragrances for men. However when it wears down, the lavender, musk and vanilla really shine through - a combination I love and associate with feminine comfort feelings. And yes, I can smell the cedarwood too (reminds me of knitting because I store all my yarn in cedar). All together the combination the mix comes out as a surprisingly "female" scent.

I don't own anything like this scent. I only have a tiny sample and I wanted to wear it all the time. It's a great day time scent - not a "special occasion" scent. It's good for work because it's not "sexy" - but it might be in the right circumstances on the right person. I really felt "addicted" to this scent because it is SO different from anything in my collection. And I kept reapplying... all the time. I've been hoarding my tiny sample. But there's a downside...

I find most Penhaligon's scents tend to dry down quickly. They need reapplication - Penhaligon's even sells a travel atomizer for this (I own two). I expect this from them compared to other brands I find in the department stores.  I am usually willing to overlook this because the scents are different from anything else I've smelled. However, Eau de Verveine is the shortest lasting perfume that I have tried to date. And Penhaligon's does not sell any anything to layer this scent in order to make it last. The length of time before wanting to reapply is just disappointing! This is the type of scent that will have me constantly saying "Do I have anything else I want to spend that $140 on?" And the answer probably will always be yes. Until I cave, that is. 

What Would The Brothers Salvatore Say?
It's an unexpected scent, and that makes me think of Katherine. There's also a strength that comes from this crisp clean smell that I think Elena would love. And because Damon and Stephan love the doppelgangers, they might find it attractive. But I think Katherine would whip out her Lp. No. 9 and try to bowl the guys over with sexy, and Elena would counter with Artemisia... a genuine girlie scent that would make both of them melt.

Bottom Line
There is something completely irrational going on in my brain... I can't consider Eau de Verveine to be a "Good Buy" because of what I experienced in length of wear. However, it's just so darn addicting! Avoid yourself the mental anguish of rationalizing the purchase and don't seek it out - lest you get hooked like me.

I really do love it. Really I do. I'll miss it when my sample runs out. I've been hoarding it.

You can purchase Penhaligon's Eau de Verveine from 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.