Signature Scents: Penhaligon’s Endymion & Voyage d’Hermes
I have struggled in the past to find a fragrance that I can wear every day, without getting a bit tired of it – you can all rejoice, for that struggle is over. I’m sure you can all get a good night’s sleep now. Said fragrance is Penhaligon’s Endymion, and since I am no perfumer (as noted in my Penhaligon’s Beard Oil post), I shall use their eloquent description of the fragrance:
“Rich resins, creamy nutmeg and cardamom impart a velvet backdrop to darkly seductive coffee, rounded by the moonlit freshness of mandarin, sage and lavender.”
Granted, some of this language may be more emotive than descriptive, but you get the picture.
They list the head notes as being bergamot, mandarin, lavender and sage; and I find the latter two come through the strongest buffered by a citrus note, particularly after the cologne has had some time to rest on the skin. It is by no means an overpowering or strong fragrance, but is elegant and subtle instead.
Penhaligon’s Endymion Eau de Cologne
Voyage d’Hermes is a wonderful fragrance, musky and woody, with some fairly heady pepper elements to it. Since it is that bit more intense than the Endymion, I tend to wear this more rarely and almost exclusively in the evenings.
It comes presented in a wonderful bottle which features a rather lovely rotating metal cover that serves both as a base or as a spray ‘cap’ while travelling.
Interestingly, fragrances are becoming increasingly androgynous, where men and women can wear the same perfume alike. Hermes specifically market Voyage as being ‘for sharing’, but I actually find this quite a masculine fragrance. By comparison, the Endymion is far less gender-specific, with its more prevalent herbal and citrus tones.
Voyage d’Hermes Parfum