A Scent-imental Journey by Jessica A. Volz

  • Posted on 23rd November 2016 by Jessica

  • When facing the conundrum of packing for treks by train and by Tube, the scent-imental need not be sacrificed for the so-called practical. Shedding kilos may help when tasked with whisking yourself and your bags up flights of stairs without falling head over heels, but at the end of the day, regrets are regrets. And there is one article that I would never dream of embarking on a voyage without: a well-cushioned bottle (or travel atomiser) of Penhaligon’s Gardenia Eau de Toilette.

    While some fragrances in Penhaligon’s repertoire have a flair for ostentation, Gardenia has that delicately demure quality about it that makes it all the more irresistible. Its petal-perfect essence lingers for hours, showcasing a romantic cocktail of heart notes that never fade.

    One particularly dreary Sunday – before the climactic return of Poldark and the resplendent rise of Victoria – I happened to find myself wandering around London, with my thoughts several thousand kilometres away. I was basking on a sunbathed island where birds of paradise are not the only flowers that reign. As I passed by Penhaligon’s in Burlington Arcade, I stumbled out of my reverie and into my favourite boutique. The tiniest ray of sunshine appeared, projecting a fortuitous spotlight on a bottle of unmatched elegance. Unable to make out the name, I tiptoed towards it, sneaking past bottles of Vaara and Artemisia.

    ‘I thought you would be the sort of young lady who would ultimately go for Gardenia’, said a petite woman, whose eyes sparkled like sapphires and whose intuition rivalled Mr Ollivander’s. ‘Well, I tend to follow my nose’, I confessed.

    ‘Your taste is indeed impeccable’, my companion continued. ‘You must be well-versed in Austen and an admirer of pink champagne truffles topped with sugared violets. Your consumption of tea must be considerable’.

    Such an accurate conclusion steered me away from the path of vacillation, and I found myself leaving Burlington Arcade with my weathered umbrella dangling from one arm and a bottle of exquisitely packaged Gardenia from the other.   

    Wherever in the world you may find yourself, Gardenia extends this humble promise: to drench you in a glamourous glow that is reminiscent of the silver screen. Its wistful overlays of jasmine, violet, rose, hyacinth, musk and vanilla make for a sumptuous bouquet with just the right sprinkling of spice. A single spritz has the potential to transport you to the place where you truly belong – whether it’s in Fragonard’s The Swing in The Wallace Collection, marooned on Bora Bora or on the set of a period drama.

    Relaunched in 2009, Gardenia is a timeless classic that, like a strand of pearls, is certain to give you the aura of confidence and effortless grace that is perfect for any and every occasion.

     
    • Comments
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    • by susan daglian
    • Childhood memories of picking spring flowers and being gloriously happy. Ostara captures the hope, triumph and aspirations of a new spring day! Daffodils have many layers and are very complex. I feel that nothing is impossible and that Ostara is the most fabulous Penhaligon's fragrance of them all! Of good taste there is no disputing.....Ostara has it all!!!!!
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    • by Manuel
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    • by Heather
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    • by Kofi
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    • by David Saint
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    • by Anja
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    • by Jay
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    • Miss
    • by Charlotte Harrison
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    • by Cheryl
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    • Sun Kissed Ostara
    • by Tracey
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    • Mr
    • by Kevin Partridge
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    • by Ina Hacksteiner
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    • Comment
    • by Gareth Jones
    • To purchase a quality scent is definitely money well spent I buy mine for the reason That I like to match them to the season Which means in a year I am capable Of experiencing all of the fragrances available. Blenheim Boquet, English Fern and Juniper Sling All of these I like for for Spring Leventium, Douro and Elixir are warm and bold So suit the damp winter, when it is cold. Where I live is mostly hot and equatorial So my recent purchase was Sartorial A generous spray in the morning When the sun is still dawning Is a great way to start my long and busy day whether I be off to work or out to play After hours spent toiling in the heat The uplifting freshness of this fragrance is hard to beat. So of the elegant Sartorial I am the proud owner However I who knows in the summer - maybe Vaara, Castile or Zizonia PS I recently treated myself to the adventurous Lothair But my son loves so much that he is reluctant to share!
    • Je Regret Rien!
    • by Anne Cartwright
    • Bonjour! I have lived in France for a long time, but having found my dream fragrance in Quercus have not wavered. The allure of others means nothing to me, it's simply love and, I don't regret remaining faithful for a moment. I know I am well dressed when I wear it and I have even been persuaded to let my French friends into my secret! More than a walk in the woods Quercus has been for me a walk through my life and my love. Don't ever change it.t
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