“When travelling through India one is confronted with the jewels of Nature and recurring moments of beauty that touch the Divine. Our mountain train’s arrival into Bombay was greeted by an explosion of sound that dazzled our reverie and shook us awake. Vivid colourful saris, Paithani, swirl all around, and to complete the sensory overload, before long there is the welcoming smell of spicy hot tea! Added to it, as tradition dictates, an agreeable explosion of spice (cardamom, nutmeg and pepper – the fragrant holy trinity). The soothing aspect of a silky, milky rose, serves as a rousing caress. Soon there is the famed cedar from Himachal Pradesh that blends with the smell of leather trunks. Because travel has always been the greatest feat of independence. And to best capture the feeling of our faithful companion, the sun – bountiful, low and full – rich amber infuses and illuminates the end of the day.”
Top Notes: Cardamom & Black Pepper Pure J.Ess™, Nutmeg Essence
Heart Notes: Milk Accord, Rose, Maté Absolute
Base Notes: Cedar Essence, Labdanum Resin, Leather, Amber Wood
I am a huge fan of Penhaligon’s fragrances, in particular the Trade Routes collection which I just adore for fragrances like Empressa, Halfetti, As Sawira and Lothar. The collection is inspired by fantasy journeys around the world, imagine huge ships importing and exporting precious fabrics and ingredients; Teas, silks, spices, perfumes, incense, antiques, all wrapped up in a tale of a romantic voyages, filled with adventures on the high seas and hot sands. The latest fragrance release from Penhaligon’s is part of the Trade Routes Collection and I am so excited to share it, as I just adore it!
Penhaligon’s Paithani is inspired by a travelling through India and in particular, Bombay. It’s a hot, exotic fragrance filled with notes of spice, cream, florals, leather, woods and amber. Imagine being served tea in a small cafe in a market, surround by antiques, leathers goods, craftsmen whittling away at precious trinkets and spices being sold from giant hot metal vessels all around. The air is warm and dry, the tea is hot and fragrant and all around there is colour, fabrics and incredible sights and sounds which feel a million miles away from England. It really is the most incredible fragrance, I am absolutely smitten with it and I think it is my favourite new release from Penhaligon’s for the longest time and also I’m tempted to say it’s fast becoming one of my favourite ever Penhaligon’s fragrances, it’s up there with As Sawira (the two are actually fairly similar if you know this fragrance), Sartorial (which is the most incredible mens fragrance inspired by a London tailors) and Cornubia (which is a perfume I wore solidly for about 5 years, it’s absolutely fabulous, I really need to buy a new bottle, I have run out and it’s divine!). Penhaligon’s Paithani is really fabulous, I love it so much and if you are a fan of the richer, heavier and more complex fragrance, this is one you need to try, it’s so good, I just love it!