Hi there Posse. Due to the pandemic we are getting a rush of releases in Australia that should have happened in 2019/20. Babylon by Penhaligon’s took me by surprise and I thought I’d share it with you today.
We just had the Libertine Parfumerie S/S21 launch on Tuesday. So many new fragrances, some new packaging on others and some finally released from their exclusive store contracts. We are in hard lockdown here in Sydney so it was all done via ZOOM. A box of samples and a look book arrived Monday and I was like a kid at a candy store. First thing I did was staple the appropriate samples to their page for ease of finding during the event. It was such a wonderful way to discover the new things, hosted by Michael. I could easily get used to this life.
Babylon by Penhaligon’s 2019
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Nutmeg, Saffron, Coriander
Heart: Cypriol Oil or Nagarmotha
Base: Vanilla, Cedar, Sandalwood
Babylon by Penhaligon’s smells really good to me. Woods and vanilla with a few bells and whistles added. It skirts an all out amber title very closely. I admit to loving vanilla and amber in general, woods too.
From the very first spritz I am sold, and lost in the scent. It’s so bloody good for me. I’m not even sure exactly why this particular mix of accords strikes me as so perfect. As it washes over me for the next few hours I am constantly thinking how much I like smelling like this. Don’t get me wrong. No real boundaries are pushed. In fact, it’s fairly safe within its genre. But it smells wonderful.
Smoky woods open and are quickly softened and cooled by the greenery. Nargamotha adds so much through the heart. It’s spicy, green, dark and oily all at once. What that does for me is send the wood/vanilla/amber into another realm. Such depth, shade and intrigue.
Then it’s woods, dark and creamy, drizzled with more and more vanilla till fade.
Unisex but leaning modern traditional male. Sillage and projection moderate with excellent longevity.
March had a Penhaligon’s moment a few years ago.
Do you think Babylon could light your fire?