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Portraits - Terrible Teddy by Penhaligon’s

Portraits - Terrible Teddy by Penhaligon's
Gender: Men
Release date: 2019
Perfumer: Quentin Bisch

Key Notes of Portraits - Terrible Teddy

What Does Portraits - Terrible Teddy Smell Like

Portraits - Terrible Teddy by Penhaligon's opens with a prominent aroma of frankincense. Immediately noticeable, the frankincense wafts forward with a complex, slightly sweet yet spicy scent, evoking memories of burning incense in an antique church. It has an earthy and somewhat mystical undertone, exuding an almost meditative vibe. As the initial scent fades, it gives way to the mid-note of leather. Unlike the sweetness of frankincense, the leather comes forth with a robust, raw and slightly bitter aroma, reminiscent of a newly purchased, top-grade leather jacket. It adds a distinct masculinity to the scent profile. Finally, the base note of ambroxan emerges in the dry-down. Derived synthetically, ambroxan imparts a rich, warm scent, akin to the pleasing smell of clean, sun-warmed skin or the salty smell of a sea breeze. It lends a soothing, subtly musky and woody undertone to the perfume, rounding out the smoky and spicy aroma of the frankincense and the rugged scent of leather. All in all, Portraits - Terrible Teddy by Penhaligon's offers a smoky, spicy, and woody fragrance with evident resinous and leathery tones.

Review of Portraits - Terrible Teddy

Terrible Teddy by Penhaligon's is a perfume that truly embodies its name; it's not for the faint-hearted, but rather it demands a bold personality that resonates with its strong, woody-spicy scent profile. This is a perfume that caters heavily to a masculine audience, especially men who revel in making a statement with their fragrance of choice. It's worth noting though, that despite its robust fragrance, it doesn't impose itself on others around you, maintaining a subtle sillage that allows for a pleasant experience for both the wearer and the bystander.

The scent is predominantly woody and spicy, with a smoky undertone that adds a certain mysterious allure to it. The prominence of frankincense and leather adds an exotic richness that would likely attract men who appreciate a fragrance that deviates from the norm. Invest in Terrible Teddy if you're looking to make a statement, but remember, its uniqueness might not appeal to everyone.

The perfume seems to find its stride during the colder seasons, especially during fall and winter. It's an ideal choice for evening affairs and leisure occasions, or a special night out. It might be a bit too bold for daily use or business settings, so use it sparingly to maintain its special touch.

In terms of value, it's a fair investment for the quality and uniqueness of the fragrance. However, bear in mind that its distinct scent might take some getting used to. All in all, Terrible Teddy is a perfume that caters to a niche audience. If you're someone who loves to make a bold statement, this might just be the perfume for you.

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