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Penhaligon’s Clandestine Clara Fragrance Overview

Penhaligon’s Clandestine Clara Fragrance Overview

Penhaligon’s Clandestine Clara Eau de Parfum opened with boozy rum and vanilla with an alcohol chew earlier than changing into a extra vanillic, honeyed amber spiced with cinnamon. The opening was extremely short-lived and there was little development after, so it ended up being a extra linear scent (which isn’t a nasty factor, merely a attribute of a perfume!) because the amber and vanilla turned extra balanced and obtained barely musky over time. The model described it as a “true gourmand, spicy and candy in equal measure,” with the next notes:

  • high notes: rum, vanilla
  • coronary heart notes: cinnamon, musk
  • base notes: amber, patchouli

The opening was decadent; boozy rum and vanilla, precisely as listed for the highest notes with a powerful, alcoholic chew that dissipated after a couple of minutes a richer, thicker rum with candy vanilla curled alongside the perimeters. The vanilla intensified over the rum, after which it tangled with the spicy cinnamon simply earlier than honeyed amber wafted in.

It had a lightning quick opening, after which the projection and depth of the notes subdued: it obtained misplaced in vanilla haze of honeyed amber with average richness and depth however was nonetheless an airier, lighter-weight scent in comparison with different honey-heavy amber scents I’ve tried prior to now. The cinnamon spice got here out and in of focus, whereas the vanilla was most noticeable at a distance (the amber was extra current nearer to my pores and skin). The drydown was barely musky amber-vanilla and was arduous to detect on my pores and skin after eight hours of damage.


For testing, I used two sprays from a 2ml pattern utilized to the underside and topside of my wrist space on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer previous to making use of the scent as that is additionally my swatching arm (aka, extremely parched at any given second) as I discovered scent didn’t maintain effectively right here in any other case. 


It had average projection for the primary half hour with gentle sillage, however it hovered only some inches above my pores and skin after an hour of damage. I might detect it on my pores and skin for about eight hours.

Private Ideas

I made a decision to strive Clandestine Clara after in search of extra boozy fragrances, and it turned up with its rum observe, which was additionally paired with notes like amber and patchouli that I are likely to take pleasure in. It’s not as closely spiced because it might be, given the cinnamon in it, and the honeyed side of the amber actually got here by. I didn’t get any distinct patchouli, and I believe if I had, the scent would have appealed to me total. It was a nice expertise, and it’s a scent I’d put on once more if I had a bottle, however I received’t be shopping for a full bottle!

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