Gardenia by Penhaligon’s
What Does Gardenia Smell Like
Gardenia by Penhaligon's is a bold, floral fragrance that welcomes the senses with the fresh, crisp scent of green leaves and the bright, zesty hint of bergamot, complemented by the sweet and sour undertones of rhubarb. This is amplified by an invigorating layer of hyacinth that introduces an unexpectedly delightful undertone of powdery violet leaf and soft magnolia.
As the perfume evolves, the intoxicating heart of gardenia and tuberose unfold with a certain robustness, characterized by a sweet, potent, and heady scent reminiscent of an exotic garden in full bloom. Laced within this floral bouquet are the delicate whispers of lily of the valley and jasmine, each contributing their own layer of sweetness and warmth. Subtle hints of ylang-ylang, cinnamon, and clove add a complexity to the scent, while the gentle breaths of orange blossom and rose lend a more familiar, comforting quality to the scent.
On dry down, a sophisticated base of musk and sandalwood provides the perfume with a depth, enhancing the floral notes with their creamy, slightly earthy nuances. Subtle touches of benzoin and the comforting softness of vanilla linger on the skin, ensnaring you in a powdery, slightly sweet cocoon, making Gardenia by Penhaligon's a truly memorable and lush olfactory experience.
Review of Gardenia
Gardenia by Penhaligon's, released in 2009, perfectly encapsulates the essence of a garden in bloom. It begs to be worn during the spring and summer months, when the air is fresh, and the earth is alive with flora. However, don't limit it to just those seasons. The floral heart of gardenia and tuberose, with a noticeable green twist, has a way of making even a dreary fall or winter day feel like a walk in the park.
Aimed mainly at women, this perfume leans towards those who appreciate a mature and timeless scent. It's a fragrance that speaks volumes about its wearer – a woman of elegance and grace who values tradition but isn't afraid to embrace the modern. The scent is not overpowering but has enough projection to make a subtle statement. The longevity, while not groundbreaking, is decent enough to last through a workday or an evening out.
The perfume opens with a beautiful floral arrangement, led by the unmistakable scent of hyacinth, magnolia, and green leaves. The powdery undertone adds a certain softness to the otherwise fresh and green fragrance. This isn't a perfume that screams for attention, rather it invites you in with its gentle allure.
However, the sweetness and spiciness that some may expect from a floral perfume are quite subdued here. Those who prefer a bolder, richer perfume might find Gardenia slightly lacking in this aspect.
In terms of value, the price point might seem hefty for some, but considering the quality, it's not unwarranted. All in all, Gardenia by Penhaligon's is a worthy addition to any perfume collection. It's a beautiful ode to nature's splendor, and a scent that encapsulates an inherent femininity.
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