Hey there Perfume Posse,
Recently I was given this bottle by my mate Nick at Libertine Parfumerie in Australia to use in giveaways. I wore it once during a seasonal showing and was so impressed with other stuff that it didn’t really register. Now though I have grabbed it from the bag, and to be honest I’m surprised Nick put it in. He must have thought I’d really like it……
Levantium by Christian de Provenzano for Penhaligon’s 2014
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, artemisia, saffron, wormwood
Heart: Rose, jasmine, violet, cloves, cardamom, ylang-ylang, peach
Base: Amber, myrrh, guaiac wood, sandalwood, cedar, agarwood (oud), patchouli, musk, vanilla
Levant: Name for the nations on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea : Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey
One word, so many meanings. Don’t you love it? It all comes from raising, or rising like the sun and leaving, or going. Words are like fragrance, sometimes it’s hard to pin down exactly what’s going on.
Photo Stolen Pixabay
Levantium by Penhaligon’s is a total surprise. Not at all what I expect from this cool, calm and collected house of charming but safe fragrances. Levantium has something to say, a story to tell and you need to wear a few spritzes of it to get the whole shebang. Wood, spice, leather, balms and a green herbaceousness open Levantium, not sugared sweet but sweet and smooth that is then overtaken by creamy ylang and a sensual bouquet which keeps interesting and piquant through spicy clove and I get a soft booziness too. The oud accord that they’ve used is subtle and plays through the whole scent as a low background hum. Towards the dry down it’s a woodsy/amber melange. I don’t get stand out notes but a very wearable and attractive wash. Nothing new or surprising but lovely, I think you could easily gift Levantium.
In Australia we have some recreated sea faring ships from our earliest settlers, sometimes you can book a berth for short voyages or on special occasions like Australia Day you can book a day on the boat and get dressed up but with all the mod cons like toilets and a kitchen. It’s luxury reenactment, armchair stuff but fun nevertheless. Perfect if you’re after a very small insight into the size and shape of an old ship of the kind in which these enormous journeys were undertaken. Levantium smells like these ships, a perfectly manicured, shorn of all nastiness, clean and waxed version of a memory. A dream of old time sailing, a hint, a wish.
Nick was right, I love it…..
Do you love the idea of recreating old time marine experiences in scent? Do you have a marine or nautically inspired fragrance that you love? Tell me in the comments below, I get excited when we chat.
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