“Like a starry night in a warm Middle Eastern desert, Alizarin has stories to tell. Stories as Ancient as the Pharaohs, and as acclaimed as their perfumers. Intense and untamed it finds a more restrained etiquette with a soft, pigment-powdery dimension….One is bound to wonder if this fragrance was not worn by Cleopatra herself?”
Top Notes: Mandarin, Narcisse
Heart Notes: Tubarose, Mimosa, Orris
Base Notes: Oud, Leather, Vetitver, Olibanum (Frankincense)
Perfumer: Christian Provenzano
I have a lot of love for Penhaligon’s fragrances, but by far my favourite collection is ‘Trade Routes’. Each fragrance is inspired by a fantasy journey around the world, importing and exporting precious goods. They capture moments of exotic lands, romantic voyages and the worlds finest ingredients. Some of my favourites from the collection include As Sawira, Empressa, Lothiar and Agarbathi. Today, I’m discussing the fabulous Alizarin.
On first spritz, I was instantly hooked. It was one of those moments when the word ‘intoxicating’ comes to mind! Alizarin opens with a punch, the instant hit of the dark, smoky, heavy oud with the sharpness of the zesty Mandarin the intense and almost old-fashioned scent of narcissus. As the heart opens up, the spices become more apparent, as do the rich florals, in particular the tuberose which seems to join forces with the narcissus to become a deep, velvety powerhouse of florals. There is also a sweetness to it, like spicy honey and almonds, thanks to the mimosa. The base is rich, deep and dark with the scent of aged leather, oud, dry grassy vetiver and Olibanum (Frankincense). It’s a real power scent and not for the faint hearted, it smells like distant lands, markets, souks and precious treasures. It’s like an Aladdin’s cave of the worlds most precious ingredients, stored away like a secret treasure trove, locked away for years and years as the scents mingle and merge and get stronger over time. What can I say, Penhaligon’s Alizarin has captured my heart! If you love the glamour and complexity of Penhaligon’s Halfeti, As Sawari or Paithani, then I’m pretty sure you will love this one too! It’s reminds me of the rich florals of Halfeti, mixed with the eastern magic of Paithani. It’s just wonderful!