Penhaligon's (2002)

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Artemisia by Penhaligon's

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Artemisia is a women's perfume launched in 2002 by Penhaligon's

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There are 24 reviews of Artemisia by Penhaligon's.

This is a lovely powdery violet scent that I find quite hard to describe as there is a note to it that makes me feel quiet nostalgia, a bittersweet longing entering in my mind the longer I attempt to focus on what it is I'm smelling.

It is a comforting scent despite that disquiet I feel; as the reviewer below mine said, it really does feel like a warm hug though I'm not sure why it feels that way to me. Perhaps this is the scent my late brother in law wore - the kit was originally his but given to me after he passed before he had time to use more than one vial up, or perhaps there's just simply a note of my childhood buried in the formula for it. In either case, I'll definitely be buying at least a large decant of it if not a full bottle.

Artemisia is the epitome of minimalism and elegance. Doesn't come off as "cheap" at all and you're getting a lot for the price; but nothing profound going on here. An intimately powdery, soft and comforting perfume. To smell it is to be wrapped in a lover's embrace during a rainy spring weather. Mature but not too old, clean but not overwhelmingly sterile, elegant but not overstated. It's so romantic, Makes you think of that romantic movie castig richard gere and wynona rider.

Artemisia starts out with a strong burst of something synthetic, almost like cleaning products. However, it quickly morphs into something soft and powdery, almost like the scent of baby oil with a little more sophistication. Eventually, it fades into something very warm and musky, sprinkled with delucate kisses of jasmine, not floral, more like dried jasmine petals locked in wooden box.

Artemisia recalls warmth and a schoolgirl's abashed shyness. The message this fragrance sends is safe and inoffensive nowhere near approaching the bold precipice of danger. Those looking for complexity or to make a raucous statement should search elsewhere as Artmisia demands nothing of the wearer. It's perfect to use right after a shower on clean, moisturized skin.

I get absolutely nothing fruity or floral from this scent. After a hint of green and herbal/medicinal in the very beginning, it turns into something powdery and vaguely vanilla, and stays that way. It is very close to the skin, thus making it an appropriate work or yoga class scent. Nice enough, won't buy a full bottle.

As an aside, I've had two different sampler bottles form Penhaligon's, both with the very cute little stoppers--both of the stoppers have broken off still half in the bottle, making it nearly impossible to finish the sample. I managed with one, but not the other.

The opening is a very positive medical and clean scent, which goes to light and powdery floral when it settles. I like it a lot, but it could be stronger.

The opening is a sweet, peachy, fruity blast that is counterbalanced to some extent by a green undertone.

In the drydown the core note arises: a vanilla that is not badly executed, but is nothing special either. A bunch of florals gradually grows in strength, spearheaded but a strong muguet impression and a good touch of violet. A fruity side comes and goes, as is a discrete impression of Chinese tea.

With time this composition turns increasingly powdery. This is not a traditional crusty boudoir-dowager powderiness, but a slimmer and more contemporaneous type.

The base attempts to add a woodsy undertone and an attempt at some oakmoss grounding, but not particularly successfully due to their overly generic character.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and six hours of longevity on my skin.

Not without original ideas, this spring scent is lacking sone structure to convince, but its main drawback is the synthetic and often generic nature of its ingredients. 2.75/5.

I get why some people say this is boring. But it's in the same way that a clear, blue sky is boring, i.e. calm and beautiful!

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