When we held our press event for Ostara last November, we were lucky enough to have Bertrand explain the inspiration, effects and secrets that make Ostara so unique.
Last Spring we took Bertrand to Kew Gardens to experience the seas of Daffodils, which reminded him of his childhood in Auvergne, the region of France where Narcissus (the fragrant sister of the daffodil) is grown for the perfume industry. Narcissus therefore became the heart of Ostara - needed to create the illusion of daffodils, as there is no essential oil to extract from daffodils themself.
The illusion of daffodils is completed with a floral bouquet: ylang ylang is present to add yellow, cyclamen brings the suggestion of morning dew, hyacinth for green freshness, wisteria as another narcotic spring flower, and hawthorn for its hedgerow effect.
But daffodils are not just a sunny yellow flower - they sit atop a stem of verdant green. Bertrand plays with the “happiness from the green effects we get in spring flowers” adding violet leaf for a gentle leather effect, a green leaf effect (described by Bertrand as "just like poison ivy") alongside juniper and spearmint bring the sappy green quality to the fragrance.
Bertrand describes Ostara as “a bouquet of golden daffodils, wrapped in delicate white satin”. The effect of white satin comes from the combination of balsamic notes and musks, which plays a very important role in creating haziness in Ostara. Bertrand explains that a hazy solar effect is needed because “in springtime, there is sun, but it’s not the same sun as summer when it is intense”. Blackcurrant and clementine are included to bring further sunlight to the fragrance, as well as unprecedented overdose of pink pepper for a colourful and sparkling effect.
This combination of effects makes Ostara such a radiant springtime soliflore.
14 April 2015
It's marvelous, divine!!! Just spring all around! Thank you for composing such a magical scent !
Usually I don't consider floral perfumes for myself and my favorite Penhaligon's is Malabah. However,I'll definitely get this one!
16 March 2015
by Denise Greenwood
I am looking for a new fragrance for spring can you please send me a sample
15 March 2015
I too would like a sample please
12 March 2015
This is one of the best fragrances you've made in years. A spring fragrance that's complex, and intense without being cloying. Different than anything else out there, that I can think of anyway. As unique for today as Bluebell was when it first appeared.
09 March 2015
Trying Means Buying!
by Gail Simpson
I love the idea of your new fragrances... they all sound so wonderful! I have yet to find one to rival my favourite though - Cornubia is absolute heaven to me. Unfortunately my closest Penhaligons is over half an hour away which is a long way to go to try them. I wish you would make samples available to buy online or perhaps update your fragrance library to include the new ones. If I can't try them... I can't buy them! But I would gladly pay for samples and delivery in the hope that I might discover a new favourite.
04 March 2015
J'aimerais recevoir un échantillon
03 March 2015
I Need A Sample Please !!
by Heath Needles
Since you withdrew my chosen perfume - Spiced Lily I have been searching for a new scent . This might be it and I am very excited ! Is this possible ?