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Inspired by the Royal House of Marwar-Jodphur in Rajasthan. Vaara started life as the passion of His Highness Gaj Singh II who wanted to reflect his family’s deep love and connection with Jodhpur. Vaara offers a unique and beautiful glimpse into this aromatic world of the Maharaja. Perfumer Bertand Duchaufour’s journey to Jodhpur provided him with an abundance of inspiration for the fragrance and the end result, Vaara, cleverly captures the spirit of this fascinating part of India.
The fragrance begins with a delicious blend of coriander and carrot seeds, creamy saffron and juicy quince: ingredients discovered during his trips to local markets in Jodhpur. The heart of Vaara belongs to the gardens of Balsamand, the Maharaja’s summer palace, with two glorious roses blended elegantly with a billowing white note of Indian magnolia, a touch of freesia and a whisper of iris. The fragrance settles into a luscious combination of honey, white musks and resins dripping over an aromatic base of tonka, cedarwood and sandalwood.
Top Notes : Quince, Rosewater, Carrot Seed, Coriander Seed, Saffron
Middle Notes: Moroccan Rose Absolute, Bulgarian Rose Oil, Freesia, Indian Magnolia, Peony, Iris
Base Notes: Honey, White Musk, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Benzoin Resin, Tonka Bean
Penhaligon's fine fragrances are made in England using the finest rare ingredients; from hand-squeezed bergamot, to jasmine at twice the price of gold. The signature Penhaligon’s fragrance bottle is to William Penhaligon's original design: clear glass with a distinctive ribbon-wrapped top.
Fit for a Maharaj! Inspired by a trip to India, Vaara is a very different and interesting fragrance ; a complex fragrance that with many exotic notes that continually surprise and delight the nose. Penhaligons describes it as: " Vaara started life as the passion of His Highness Gaj Singh II who wanted to reflect his family’s deep love and connection with Jodhpur. Vaara offers a unique and beautiful glimpse into this aromatic world of the Maharaja."
- that it is . this scent captures India, to my mind. The opening notes of quince and rosewater set up a gentle floral mix, that is tempered wonderfully by the warm spiciness of coriander and saffron. As the fragrance develops, wonderful florals start to emerge, rose, peony and magnolia, not overpowering, but stated nicely in balance with the spices, still at this stage a very warm scent. After about 40 minutes, the base notes begin to come into play, lovely woody notes of cedar and sandalwood, with a slight hint of sweetness from a honey-like note. The really interesting thing is that the florals still sneak in even here in the drydown, slight hints that never really come to the fore, but come and go like butterflies in the summer.
Projection is quite good, as is longevity. Did I mention the packaging? All Penhaligons boxes are delightful, but this one is simply gorgeous.
It has been said that the Raj was the crowning glory of the British Empire. Vaara captures that well.. this one's fit for a Maharaj!
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