English garden party, Penhaligon’s Peoneve

Peoneve is the latest fragrance from valued English niche perfume brand Penhaligon’s. This perfume was introduced in 2012, perfumer behind it is Olivier Cresp. At Penhaligon’s website Peoneve is described as “an exquisite portrayal of an English garden in summer, bursting with lush green foliage and heady with the scent of blossoming flowers. At the garden’s heart grows the radiant Peony flower; beloved by master perfumer Olivier Cresp for its abundant petals and velvety scent.” This description is very inviting and it made me want to discover this perfume. And here it is!

Penhaligon’s Peoneve contains notes of violet leaf, peony, bulgarian rose, hedione, vetiver, musk and cashmere wood. In the opening Peoneve is an opulent rose fragrance. It’s quite majestic, powerful and dominating. Very shortly floral tones of peony give some additional volume to rose. It smells like a huge bouquet of freshly picked flowers. This first impression lasts for around 20-30 minutes and then Peoneve starts to change. It becomes less flowery and more green.

Violet leaves used to create Peoneve carry a green and fresh feeling that has a lot of crispy charm. It smells like a garden, let’s say a garden in England, on a warm but rainy day. The smell is pure, pleasant providing the aroma of what I believe could be cut flowers and crushed leaves. Once in a while my nose caught a waft of jasmine in it’s simple and jolly form.

But it’s raining outside and the element of the rain is also captured in this Penhaligon’s perfume. Here it’s presented as a smell of earth. Warm and with some moisture to it. It’s vetiver that makes Peoneve a little bit more dirty. It also carries a woody smell which becomes more clear after few hours. It has a company of cashmere wood for a smooth and refined finish. In the drydown this perfume is equipped with musk but to my nose it’s not much present in the composition. Peoneve belongs to leafs of violets and flowers of rose and peony.

Penhaligon’s Peoneve is a vivid and lively eau de parfum dedicated to women. Personally I don’t think men could rock it on a daily routine. It’s really girly. If Peoneve was clothes element I would say it’s a dress with a flower pattern. This perfume is available in 50 ml and 100 ml bottles of typical Penhaligon’s design. Bottle cap is decorated with pink ribbon. Lasting power and longevity are fine.

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10 thoughts on “English garden party, Penhaligon’s Peoneve

  1. Dear Lucas
    What an excellent understanding you seem to have of an English Garden… right down to the inevitable rain outside.
    Being a rose, violet leaf and vetiver fan this interests The Dandy, and perhaps, though its girly, if I wore a floral shirt I might get away with it!!
    I may well pop down to Penhaligon’s to get a sniff.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • lucasai says:

      You know – I’ve been to England once in my life and I had some nice memories about the house gardens there.
      I’m sure you’ll like Peoneve, maybe that floral shirt won’t be needed as an excluse to wear it.
      Have a good time at Penhaligon’s

  2. poodle says:

    I love the smell of peony. I have yet to find a perfume that really captures it.

  3. hajusuuri says:

    Yummm, the macarons look delish! I am pretty sure I have sveral dab vials of this. I will properly test in the next few days and let you know what I think. Great review as always.

    • lucasai says:

      Yes they do, I’ve never eaten a macaroon, don’t know if any patisserie here makes them
      Several? Then you’ve got a lot of testing material, have fun.

  4. fqjcior says:

    Very accurate description of this really well made wet-rosy-green scent!

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