The white floral category and I, we don’t see eye to eye most of the time. Trust Bertrand Duchaufour to create one that is so different, so intriguing and so exotically sensual, I fell in love at first sniff and more importantly, stayed in love after many wearings.
Amaranthine is the most interesting and untypical perfume the traditional and very British (I love the British, mind you!) house of Penhaligon’s has ever launched.
It was created by the man who is expanding his range and our horizons rapidly and decisively – Bertrand Duchaufour – in 2009. Notes include green tea, freesia, banana tree leaf, coriander, cardamom, rose, carnation, clove, orange blossom, ylang-ylang, jasmine, musk, vanilla, sandalwood, condensed milk and tonka bean.
Amaranthine smells strikingly exotic and different, as well as eerily familiar from the first sniff. It merges a voluptuous and generous floral bouquet dominated by ylang-ylang and accessorized with rose, jasmine and orange blossom, with a streak of green and spicy notes that run through the fragrance from the fresh top, via the massive and enveloping heart, on to the creamy, sandalwood-rich and tonka-sweetened base. That green, spicy thread running through the fragrance keeps it from becoming too much, too over-the top, it balances it perfectly and renders it more interesting in one fell swoop.
A milky note, that is very prominent to my nose, manages to make the perfume at once comforting, nurturing and warm as well as sensual, smooth and languid. It is adding a naughty element. That toe-curling element, that eye-rolling element, that shiver-down-the-spine element…
Amaranthine is one of those perfumes you should probably not wear on the first date, but it would be the perfect choice on the third. Amaranthine is one of those perfumes that draw me in, that make me want to stay close to it.
What I love most about Amaranthine is that is one of those perfume that makes me swoon, makes me rave, makes me gush about it, it touches me, it engages me, it wakes emotions, it makes words rush out of me to try and describe what it can do, so you can feel what I feel.
And this ability to influence me so profoundly, to draw me out of my shell, to let me experience my sensual side, instead of the usual common sense and practicality driven persona that manages my day to day life, is what I really appreciate and what I am grateful for.
To M. Duchaufour, to Penhaligon’s, and to the lovely people who sent me samples, you know who you are! Also I would certainly be thankful to the nice person who gave me a bottle of this for my birthday.