This opening and heart is unbelievably beautiful, the sour and tart bergamot with the rose otto created this gorgeus sour rose scent that I’ve never experienced before. Unfortunately I’m not very enthusiastic about the base, a powdery almond-like amber, which is what prevents me from getting a bottle. But it’s definitely recommended for those first phases!
A very unique scent, almost difficult to describe. The opening is a big, in your face, spicy smack in the jaw and the nearest I can describe is walking into a steam room when someone has splashed some sort of essential oil?
Personally, I think this is a fantastic scent, easily the best I have sampled from Penhaligon. I guess it could be polarising but a huge hit from me.
Hammam Bouquet goes on with nose tingling bergamot spiked natural rose before quickly transitioning to its heart. As the composition enters its heart the rose remains sans bergamot turning dark and dull, now pairing with co-starring animalic musk rising from the base with slightly aromatic lavender and subdued jasmine support. During the late dry-down the musk laden dulled rose gradually recedes, unveiling soft, slightly powdery amber in the base that takes the fore through the finish. Projection is good and longevity excellent at just under 12 hours on skin.
When I first sprayed Hammam Bouquet on skin I was quite excited, as the bergamot laced natural smelling rose open is truly quite impressive. If I could bottle that open and make it last into the heart section this review would be much more positive and enthusiastic... Alas, things go south quite quickly, as the composition's key heart section has "mortuary" written all over it with its gothic, dulled, musky rose presentation that falls flat. The late dry-down restores things back to life in relative terms, but it is really just a quite typical pleasant amber led finish that normally would go unnoticed, save for its rescue of a perfume that was previously coffin bound. The bottom line is the approximately $100 per 100 ml on the aftermarket vintage Hammam Bouquet is a relatively disappointing offering that contains quality ingredients but gives new meaning to the words "dated" and "lifeless," earning it an "above average" 2.5 to 3 stars out of 5 rating but an avoid recommendation to all except vampires.
A classic melange that does point to a Victorian age.
It unfolds naturally through opening and heart. Rose is gorgeously presented. The whole scent is lightly painted to be a gentleman's discreet soapiness. It dries down to a babysoft amber powder.
The top and heart notes seem to blend together upon first application. Sweetish, sour, and floral all at the same time. Rose and cedar stand out. There was a brief second of citrus. After the rose and cedar appeared, an iris-like note came into play. Then, a slight, dirty jasmine adds to the rose and cedar. Notes seem to bounce around here. Rise and fall. Changing tones, as it were. Always woody floral for a time. I find HB to be very pleasant, easy-going.
Much later, sandalwood. Hints of amber & musk. Pleasant and beautiful, hours later. Easy to wear, from a woman's perspective.