Thursday, 5 August 2010

Review: Penhaligon's Zizonia

Disclosure:  Samples of both fragrances were provided by PR.

Penhaligon's have been steadily releasing vintage scents from their extensive catalogue as part of their Anthology collection.  The latest installment, Anthology Part Three, is made up of two fragrances; Jubilee Bouquet and Zizonia.  Jubilee Bouquet is described as a floral chypre, and was created to commemorate the Queen's silver jubilee in 1977, and Zizonia is an Oriental, originally created in the 1930s.

Of the two, Zizonia is the absolute stand out for me.  I fell in love with it the instant I applied it on my wrists.  I'm a confirmed fan of Oriental fragrances - I love the depth, the spice, the mystique that such a scent invariably brings.  And Zizonia is perhaps the finest and most delicious Oriental I've ever had the pleasure of wearing.

With heart notes of lavender, spices, ginger, geranium and black pepper, Zizonia is decadently rich and complex, with the earthy spice I adore.  Orientals as heady as this are often difficult to pull off as a daytime scent, but the head notes of orange and bergamot temper the fragrance beautifully, making it utterly wearable at any time of day.  The complexity of the scent makes it very distinctive; it has much more depth than the blends that come from the more mainstream fragrance houses.

I've found that it lasts relatively well on the skin; I can smell it for a good four hours after application, and applied on fabric it lasts a little longer.  Quite honestly, I have a hard time not sniffing myself while I'm wearing it.  It's a deeply comforting, glowingly deep scent which I find almost intoxicating.  In fact, even my younger brother, who doesn't exactly have an appreciation of perfume, had a couple of good sniffs, proclaiming it "really nice" (high compliments indeed!).

Zizonia is released on 12th of August in Penhaligon's stores and online, and will cost a rather hefty £95 for 100ml.  Expensive, yes, but well worth it for the complex headiness of the scent, which I rather doubt you'll notice many other people wearing - I expect I'll be picking up a backup bottle of this for myself.  Simply gorgeous.

Head notes: Orange, Bergamot, Coriander
Heart notes: Lavender, Nutmeg, Cardamom, Ginger, Geranium, Black Pepper, Cumin
Base notes: Patchouli, Amber, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Sandalwood

1 comment:

  1. Who is the perfumer for these re-workings?


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