The niche British perfume house, Penhaligon’s, never ceases to surprise me with their unique creations. One of their latest launches, Vaara Eau de Parfum, transports you to the Maharaja’s summer palace with its creamy, smooth floral scent!
The sample I received comes in Penhaligon’s Travel Atomiser, but the full-size packaging is no different from the brand’s signature bottle with a round cap and bow around its neck.
Vaara has a handful of head, heart, and base notes. However, on me it feels more like everything rolled into one instead of a scent that develops much. The head notes include quince, rosewater, carrot seed, coriander seed, and saffron; the heart notes Moroccan rose absolute, Bulgarian rose oil, freesia, Indian magnolia, peony, and iris, and base notes honey, white musk, cedarwood, sandalwood, benzoin resin, and tonka bean.
I can’t really pick any individual notes out of this one, which is curious because most of the time I can manage to recognize a couple. Vaara however, seems like a mystery. Is it floral? Somehow. Is it sweet? Somehow. But the bigger picture is a smooth and creamy scent, with an Oriental atmosphere. It is so unique that it doesn’t remind me of anything I have smelled before.
Another thing that is curious about Vaara is that while I wouldn’t call it a “light” and “fresh” scent, it is far from being a heavy one. Yes, the composition is rich and lush, but it is not one that is so overwhelming that it could induce a headache. It remains a “clean”-smelling fragrance throughout the 7 hours it lasts on me.
Because of this, I wouldn’t put a season or occasion on Vaara. It is something that can be worn all the time if it speaks to you. It is not too heavy for a day in the office, nor is it too simple for a night out. If a mysterious sweet and floral Oriental scent sounds intriguing, give Penhaligon’s Vaara a sniff!
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Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx