Rose, May, Tea
Patchouli, Cistus (Labdanum)
Penhaligon’s – Hidden London Collection – Belgravia Chypre
Proudly located between Buckingham Palace and Sloane Square, the affluent neighbours in Belgravia are rarely seen. The cream-coloured, stuccoed, Palladian-inspired mansions typical of Eaton or Belgravia dot the wide streets, standing stoutly shoulder to shoulder, as if in good old-fashioned British solidarity. Belgravia is home to an eclectic mix of folks, from ambassadors and aristocrats to dandies, traditionalists, snobs, and the odd Bohemian wild child, perhaps a scion of a noble family. A distinguished, hidden district in the heart of the metropolis of London. A world of privileges, traditions and etiquette.
Belgravia Chypre is a scent that captures the dichotomy between the classic, old English reserve of the aristocracy and the slightly wild, extravagant Bohemian flair that one senses in the air there. Inspired by this world, Belgravia Chypre is correspondingly rich and demanding. The fragrance reveals itself to be a chypre of traditional structure. Notes of patchouli, labdanum and oakmoss form the earthy, slightly inky, mossy base one expects from a chypre. But the perfume surprises us with a hugely bright, sour raspberry note up top, bracketed by a boozy, sparkling pink pepper, a combination that gives the chypre a very modern, youthful twist that brings us into the 21st century with a bang. Soft pink roses in the heart ease us back into tradition, while a dry, grassy mate tea note helps retain that modern edge. This dance between tradition and modern flamboyance is intoxicating.