Fragrance family: Oriental

Collection: Trade Routes


The sun rising over Cairo brings warm saffron spice. Soon, all is life. Damascena rose and labdanum bloom above sensual patchouli. This city’s eau de parfum is ancient, but born anew each day.

16 reviews


Size 100 ml
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16 reviews


Cairo is beautiful. I’m no good at poetic reviews, neither have I been to Cairo or a dry dessert, but I imagine this amazing, warm notes of rose, vanilla and saffron give me that sense of being right there! It has such a powerful, irresistible warm feeling of spice when you wear Cairo. The longer it’s on your skin the better it gets. It makes you feel like you can face the world smelling amazing and it lasts all day if not more. I love Cairo and anything with Rose in, I’m sold!

by Sarah Carter

03 Aug 2021



by Arun Dubb

16 May 2021


great product much loved !!1

by Arun Dubb

16 May 2021

Warmly enticing

I was looking for a warm, long-lasting, and slightly sweet fragrance for the Winter. My other Penhaligon's favourites are Vaara, Equinox Bloom and Luna. So I went to my beautiful local shop and I tried various fragrances, until... Cairo hit my senses. It was like the most wonderful breeze of sweet warmth from a sun-drenched country, reminiscent of frankincense, so reassuring and comforting! Now, the more I wear Cairo, the more I love it. I have just noticed it on the collar of my wool jumper... It is absolutely wonderful and captivating on wool. On my skin, it is subtle, perfectly balanced, and very original. A warm embrace. This is a fragrance I will keep for a very long time.

by Marie Lucchetta

30 Dec 2020


The sight of dry desert sand dancing on a warm breeze woody breeze.The sound of the passionate call toprayer from a mineret.The taste of a Saffron Martini in a wood panelled hotel bar.The feel of being drenched in a shower of rose petals warmed by the desert sun.The smell of incense wafting through dry, sandy air. Close you’re eyes and envelope yourself in the delights of Cairo. Readers, do yourself a favour, buy this sent and take yourself won’t be disappointed. There are adventures in the air!!

by Oonagh Cassidy

01 Jul 2020

A Middle Eastern Escapade

This scent travels up the nose like a whimsical cloud of decadent sand, transporting you to lands long forgotten. Like a fine wine, it gets better with time. Inside the shade of your nostrils, the markets are bustling, sheltering from the midday sun. Spices tingle the senses. Tastes and textures flare. Tradesmen haggle their beautiful, ornate wares. Remnants of leather cling onto your every fibre. The pyramids rise up from the dunes on the horizon, the golden sunset dripping off them like sweet honey. What a beautiful world we live in - and this scent encapsulates all of it. @_tomdavies95

by Tom Davies

01 Jul 2020

The Pharaoh’s Elixir

Dusty sand cloud wraps a shining, golden figure. From the top of the dune, descends the Pharaoh, makes the glare bigger. Palm trees, camels, jewels and rivers, his sparkling diamonds and rubies doubled in a perfect mirror. A sudden breeze in the stillness of the desert turns the Pharaohs head towards a single rose, the gods present. It’s Cairo, the essence of Egypt, of love, of pleasure. My favourite fragrance, my scent forever. Instagram: @sergio_ruaa

by Roberto RR

30 Jun 2020

Middle Eastern Promise

This fragrance delivers on the title itself, from the moment you spray this onto your skin your instantly transported to the middle eastern Souk Markets and into a world of enchantment, I have to say i was an absolute lover of Mr Tom Ford and although i will still purchase his products Penhaligon's fragrances are in a world of their own, unique and very opulent without being over powering utterly magical...

by Claire Hall

30 Jun 2020

Fantasy "desert rose"...

This sumptuous (yet impressively versatile) scent at once brought to my mind the ancient Egyptian perfume-making method of macerating spices and resins in fragrant wine: Cairo's dry, spicy "desert rose" feels like it's been infused in a plethora of Middle Eastern aromatic treasures. A chameleon of a scent, Cairo can feel warm/spicy, smokey/leathery or minty/oudy - depending on the wearer, the season, the climate. With its radiant, energetic opening, and its vanillic, sensual drydown, this restless fragrance amazingly evokes the dawn and dusk in the “City of a thousand minarets"... @despinavnt

by Despoina Veneti

30 Jun 2020

Truly The Best Fragrance

Close your eyes and you are transported back to the world of Ancient Egypt. The deep intenseness of the aromatic wood and saffron, give a sense of wealth and power, like its the perfume of the Gods. Echoes of vanilla engulf the noble gentleman and awaken the senses. The spices from the Middle East and North Africa ooze with every spray. It is most definitely the epitome of aristocracy.

by Michael Robinson

29 Jun 2020

The Immaculate Gentleman...

Close your eyes and you are transported back to the world of Ancient Egypt. The deep intenseness of the aromatic wood and saffron, giving off a sense of wealth and power, like its the perfume of the Gods. Echoes of vanilla engulf the noble gentleman, awakening all senses. With its dark and sultry notes, riches of the Middle East and North Africa are released. It is truly the epitome of aristocracy. Instagram handle : mia.rae_1

by Michael Robinson

29 Jun 2020

Luxurious scent

Imagine yourself along the Nile River, you slowly start hearing the noise and the hum of the city. The sun is almost ready to set down and the light is just gorgeous, the heat is heavy, almost unbreatheble, but you love it. Cairo is about luxury and opulence, an extraordinary blend of precious ingredients ready to indulge you. Did you ever think to have some gold in a bottle?

by Adelina Matei

29 Apr 2020

My first love from Penhaligon’s...

When Cairo Launched, my good friend took me into a store to try Halfeti as it was her favourite. I was attracted instantly to the gold and black packaging of Cairo, I smelt it on a beautiful Penhaligon’s scarf and I was sold! I remember spraying this on my skin and instantly falling in love with its warmth.

by Surita Dass

27 Apr 2020


Beautiful scent. Love it.


18 Mar 2020

Strong Rose But Not Too Sweet!

I bought this fragrance in store after testing and comparing with Halfeti. Halfeti was a little woody for me so I went for this one which I absolutely love along with the visual and olfactory story it tells. The rose does come off strong but this isn't really a deterrent as it blends so well with the other notes. Moderate longevity - Halfeti stayed on my jumper after testing and this didn't which I consider a good thing as I like to wear a variety of scents on different days and that would probably clash. Not sure about sillage yet but would recommend to anyone (although the slight sweetness might put some men off if they're more inclined to a Halfeti style of strong wood and spice).

by Max Chesnokov

10 May 2019


A drop of it transport you into a journey to exotic lands, a thousand Arabian Nights evoked in one single instant, one of the most captivating fragrances ever, totally addictive.

by Maurizio Fantato

11 Apr 2019


Orientals are some of the richest and most sensual in perfumery’s canon, defined by warm notes of vanilla, amber, balsams, incense, precious woods and musks. Bold and personal – for those who wish to make a statement.

Trade Routes

Journey to a bygone era of exploration and daring discovery with these exotic perfumes. Trade Routes is infused with the vast array of decadent ingredients that arrived into the London docks at the end of the 19th century.



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