A soliflore, Gardenia is a translucent watercolour in soft washes of tuberose, jasmine, gardenia, ylang-ylang, spice and vanilla. A radiant magnolia-tinted portrait of one of nature’s most sensual blooms. Gardenia was originally created in 1976 and has been resurrected as one the brands bestsellers.
Head Notes: Violet, Rhubarb, Bergamot, Hyacinth, Magnolia & Green Leaves
Heart Notes: Gardenia, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Orange Blossom, Tuberose, Jasmine, Clove, Cinnamon, Lily of the Valley
Base Notes: Benzoin, Sandalwood, Musk & Vanilla
Penhaligon’s Cornubia is one of my favourite fragrances ever, it’s not the most well known, but it’s my favourite! I have been wearing for years and I think I am on my third of forth bottle of it. The day I discovered Cornubia, my friend discovered Gardenia. This perfume always takes me back to that day. We spent ages sniffing our way around the Penhaligon’s collection and finally we both found out favourites, Cornubia for me, Gardenia for her. We both laughed at how different the perfumes were, Cornubia is a glamorous oriental evening fragrance, where as Gardenia is more of a day perfume, fresh and floral. The friend in question is one of my favourite people in the world, she’s full of life and light, she loves flowers, music and beautiful things. She’s got so much joy inside her, and that’s the best way to describe this perfume, it’s full of joy! The fragrance is fresh and warm, it seems to sparkle with florals of Violet, Gardenia, Orange Blossom, Tuberose, Jasmine which meet the zesty Bergamot and tart Rhubarb. It’s beautifully balanced with a hint of spice and on a base of amber, sandalwood, vanilla and musk. It is quite a complex perfume, there are so many flowers, as well as spice, citrus, woods and sweet vanilla, but somehow each note is gentle so the overall perfume isn’t too overwhelming. Even though Cornubia, is my favourite, I also love Gardenia, because like my friend, it’s full of life, colour and joy!