This past weekend ScentBar decided to celebrate the upcoming Royal Wedding by having a little gathering celebrating all things Brit, with Penhaligons, Pimms Cups and, well.. something else Brit that begins with “P” that would complete that sentence. Rarely one to pass up free booze (and I love Pimms) of course I showed.
Penhaligons was of course front and center and smelling more of them I appreciate them more and more. There’s something so veddy British about all of them; you can imagine that every character in “The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side” would wear these, as would a good share of the readers.
Sitting in front of the digestive biscuits, where I was guaranteed to find it, was Azagury. Morroccan-born Jacques Azagury first came into the fore with his “New Romantics” collection in the 80’s and opened his shop in the hyper-fashionable Knightsbridge district of London.
His eponymous scent is all about the white flowers, but in a lovely, muted British kind of way. According to LuckyScent, it’s based upon something called the Mogra flower, a sort of Jasmine grown in Tibet. It’s clear and sort of sweet rather than being heady, and a decent slug of aldehydes, rose and cyclamen make the opening as delightful as a draught of my icy-cold Pimms Cup. It gets peppery as it develops into soft woods warmed with a hint of ginger and amber.
There’s something demure about this that seems entirely British to me, but in a totally modern way. As much as I adore scents that reach out and grab you by the throat, there’s something to be said for ones that are content to just caress your cheek.
$185 for 50ML at LuckyScent, who provided me with a sample. And cookies.