Fragrance: Penhaligon’s ‘Alizarin’

Penhaligon's 'Alizarin' perfume fragrance review.

Penhaligon’s ‘Alizarin’

“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?”

Penhaligon's 'Alizarin' perfume fragrance review.


Top Notes: Mandarin, Narcisse

Heart Notes: Tubarose, Mimosa, Orris

Base Notes: Oud, Leather, Vetitver, Olibanum (Frankincense)

Perfumer: Christian Provenzano

Penhaligon's 'Alizarin' perfume fragrance review.

In Review….

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!

Penhaligon’s Alizarin is priced at £164 for a 100ml bottle. It is available at Penhaligon’s, and Selfridges.

Penhaligon's 'Alizarin' perfume fragrance review.


  1. September 29, 2017 / 11:27 am

    Gosh I really want to try this now!! Sounds amazing

    • fashionforlunch
      September 30, 2017 / 12:47 pm

      it’s really lovely Sue! I hope you like it! XXXX

  2. lucylovesya1974ucy
    September 29, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    This literally has every single note in it that I love!! I love their bottle design too. Very opulent X

  3. September 29, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    I love Penhaligon’s! I’ll have to give this beauty a try when I’m in London. Beautiful photographs, Kirsty. x

    • fashionforlunch
      September 30, 2017 / 12:46 pm

      oh you must! it’s just lovely!!!!!! so beautiful! xxx

  4. Erin
    September 29, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    oh that looks and sounds so nice, I haven’t head of them before either!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • fashionforlunch
      September 29, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      ah they are such a favourite of mine!!!!! I’m surprised you haven’t heard of them before, but I’m glad you have now! xxx

    • fashionforlunch
      September 30, 2017 / 12:45 pm

      aw thanks babe! I always love your comments! you are so amazing!! thank you! xxxx

  5. October 1, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    Your perfume posts always give me life! I love the sound of mandarin in a fragrance, it always sounds so refreshing!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  6. Cass
    October 3, 2017 / 4:52 am

    I love the story of this scent – so exotic!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

  7. October 4, 2017 / 9:46 am

    The bottle is so perfectly exotic and vintage. I would buy it just to have it on my vanity!

    • fashionforlunch
      October 4, 2017 / 10:16 am

      It’s a beautiful bottle, but damn, it’s a beautiful perfume too!!! Thank you for stopping by! xxxx

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