Perfume: Penhaligon’s ‘Paithani’

Penhaligon's 'Paithani' perfume fragrance review

Penhaligon’s ‘Paithani’

“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

Penhaligon's 'Paithani' perfume fragrance review

In Review…

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!

Penhaligon’s Paithani is available from Penhaligon’s and Selfridges, it is priced at £164 for a 100ml bottle.

Penhaligon's 'Paithani' perfume fragrance review



  1. June 21, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    You make me want all the Penhaligons and I am totally with you on Sartorial it is incredible x

    • fashionforlunch
      June 21, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      Ah sartorial is sooooooo good!!!!!!!

    • fashionforlunch
      June 21, 2017 / 10:44 pm

      I like to think I’m just fancy!!! LOLZ! thank you so much for stopping by!! xxxx

  2. June 22, 2017 / 10:20 am

    That looks like SUCH a pretty scent – and I adore your pics x

    • fashionforlunch
      June 22, 2017 / 10:28 am

      It’s SOOOOOOO lovely!!! I love it so much! It’s rich and heady and i love it so much!!!!!

  3. June 23, 2017 / 9:52 am

    You review such interesting perfumes I’d probably never stumble across otherwise!

    • fashionforlunch
      June 23, 2017 / 10:30 am

      Ah thank you so much cxxx

  4. Dena-Jayne ? (@denajaynee)
    June 23, 2017 / 9:55 am

    Why do you have the most luxurious perfumes!!!

    Dena | Dena Jayne | Bloglovin xo

    • fashionforlunch
      June 23, 2017 / 10:30 am

      I love my perfumes!!!

  5. June 23, 2017 / 10:10 am

    This sounds lovely & I love the bottle too xx

    • fashionforlunch
      June 23, 2017 / 10:28 am

      It’s just magical

  6. Amie Cadwallader
    June 23, 2017 / 10:37 am

    That scent sounds absolutely heavenly!

    Love, Amie ❤
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    • fashionforlunch
      June 23, 2017 / 11:07 am

      Ah aime! It’s soooo beautiful!!!!

    • fashionforlunch
      June 23, 2017 / 11:55 am

      You really need to try it! It’s lovely!

    • fashionforlunch
      June 26, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      Haha! Thank you Emmy!

    • June 24, 2017 / 10:33 am

      Thank you so so much!!! You are so kind!!!

  7. Rachel Sulek
    June 23, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    I’ve not heard of this brand before, but this perfume sounds amazing!

    Rachel | Hey Rachieface

    • June 24, 2017 / 10:34 am

      It’s soooo good!!! Please please go try it!!!!

  8. June 23, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    Girl you always have the best perfumes xx

    • fashionforlunch
      June 24, 2017 / 10:30 am

      Thank you so so much xxx

  9. Laura
    July 4, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    Ooh I really want this!! Have you tried Artemesia? It’s my favourite x

    • fashionforlunch
      July 4, 2017 / 12:40 pm

      yes! I LOVE that one, but i think my fave has to be Aw Sawira or Cornubia! xxxx