Fragrance: Penhaligon’s ‘Vaara’


Penhaligon’s Vaara

Vaara begins with a delicious blend of coriander and carrot seeds, creamy saffron and juicy quince: ingredients discovered during our Master Perfumer’s trips to Jodhpur. The heart of Vaara belongs to the gardens of Balsamand, the Maharaja’s summer palace, with two roses blended elegantly with a billowing note of Indian magnolia and a whisper of iris. The fragrance settles into a luscious combination of honey, white musks and resins dripping over an aromatic base of tonka, cedarwood and sandalwood.


Head Notes: Quince, Rosewater, Carrot Seed, Coriander Seed, Saffron

Heart Notes: Moroccan Rose Absolute, Bulgarian Rose Oil, Freesia, Indian Magnolia, Peony, Iris

Base Notes: Honey, White Musk, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Benzoin Resin, Tonka Bean

Perfumer: Bertrand Duchaufour

My Thoughts

I am a huge fan of Penhaligon’s and I have been meaning to blog about Vaara for a while now. Vaara is a fairly new fragrance (around 12 month old which is very new considering the history of the brand), however, already it has become a classic and a favourite amongst fans of Penhaligon’s. Vaara was inspired by the master perfumers visits to Jodhpur, the sights and smells, as well as the rare ingredients he found along the way. I have a thing for complex exotic fragrances filled with rose, woods, resins and spices, so of course Vaara is a favourite of mine. The beautiful thing about Vaara, is it a deeply complex fragrance, filled with so many rich, warm and exotic notes, however, there is a wonderful softness to it, like each note has a translucancy to it which makes it perfect for this time of year. Vaara contains a lot of heavy, textured notes, however, it also has a lot of fresh notes too; the peony, iris and magnolia particularly stand out, these note really fresh and lift the fragrance and contrast beautifully with the sharp saffron, citrus quince and spicy coriander. What can I say, Penhaligon’s Vaara has it all, sweetness from the Honey and Tonka Bean, depth from the Benzoin Resin, heady florals from the Rose Absolute, fresh florals from the Peony and Iris, warmth from the sandalwood and spice from the saffron and coriander. Each note bounces beautifully off each other and exposing different parts of the fragrance as the day progresses. Stunning for Summer, lightweight, airy, exotic, fresh, but also mysterious, sensual and rich! 

Penhaligon’s Vaara is available from Penhaligon’s, Selfridges and Harrods

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