Eau Sans Pareil was originally created in 1988. Reformulated by Beverley Bayne the scent has been transformed into a ‘shimmering chypre.’ The unusual combination of succulent fruits with liquorice and sweet woods give the fragrance a sweet and powdery drydown. For me the scent embodies a British summer, a warm glorious day on the coast, striped deck chairs, beach huts, and ice cream. I can imagine the heat of the sun as the notes sparkle and linger on my skin. Comforting, mourish and addictive.
Esprit du Roi is dark and mysterious. Perfumer Bertrand Duchafour (who has previously created Orange Blossom and Amaranthine for Penhaligon’s) has once again created a scent of contrasts, reformulating the scent since it’s creation in 1983. The complex and perplexing formulation takes you on an exhilarating journey of endless twists and turns. The fresh citrus notes of tomato leaf and mint dissipate into rich and heady florals with a rich and woody base replete with ambergris, musk and raspberry absolute. Each aspect of the dry down transports me to a different and magical place; the lush green banks of the River Nile, exotic spice markets in Marrakech and the dense misty forests of northern Laos.
Which scent do you think you’d prefer? I know I still can’t make a decision.