They say a scent can hold a thousand memories and evoke a number of emotions. Penhaligon’s understand the power of a scent and have been on a fragrant adventure since the Victorian era. Their decadent scents are so good, that they have been awarded two Royal Warrants, recognised for their personal service and true dedication to perfume. When I first sprayed the Oud De Nil, I was taken aback by how unusual and beautiful it was. It’s nothing like I’ve ever smelt before and really did remind me of the middle east, with their exquisite bustling markets and woody desert wind.
Oud de Nil parfum is in Penhaligon’s new trade routes collection, each inspired by luxurious commodities which were traded through the busy London’s docks in the 19th century. Various decedent food, fabrics and spices helped to describe London’s docks as the hub for World trade. Taking inspiration from this, Penhaligon’s created Oud de Nil parfum focusing on the Egyptian luxuries that made their way to Britain.
First of all, you only need to take one look at the Oud de Nil perfume to fall in love. The packaging is exquisite, just like the commodities traded throughout the nineteenth century, the gold and amber packaging just screams luxury. Not only is the box heavy but the beautiful bottle looks and feels expensive.
Although I’m not a perfume connoisseur, I wish, I thought I would include a detailed breakdown of the Oud de Nil parfum:
Bergamot and grapefruit
Jasmin, rose, orange blossom and geranium
Oud, papyrus, amber, guaiac wood and resins
I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve had with this perfume, I even had a man stop me in the street and ask me what fragrance I was wearing (it was in the most non creepy way!). It’s sweet with a woody undertone, the type of fragrance I adore. Unusual and sensual at the same time. Honestly if you find yourself in Regent St, please go and give this a smell.
This looks perfect in my perfume collection and can be used both day and night. I like the fact it’s wearable in the day but can be intensified for nighttime wear. I genuinely cannot recommend it enough, this would be perfect for a luxurious present for that special someone. Oud de Nil is £154 (100ml) but would last anyone ages and if you’re looking for something other than Jo Malone, Penhaligon’s is certainly a brand to consider.
Image credit for the 3 Egypt images below:
First image – Marrakech Market
Middle image – Resting camels, Cairo, Egypt
Last image – Nile, Aswan, Egypt