Just over a year ago, I learned that my fine fragrance Holy Grail had been deleted from the Penhaligon's perfume portfolio. Launched for Valentine's Day in 1999 along with it's female counterpart, LPNo:9 for Her; this unique men's scent is distinctly British. And it is a scent with some dramatic contrasts.
Shimmering citrus top notes veil deep, rich, spicy heart and base accords... zesty bergamot, lemon and mandarin merge with a humming blend of rosemary, black pepper, warm cinnamon and smokey amber - the total sum of which tends to prickle at the back of your nose. The opening sensation is rather like inhaling the aroma of scotch and dry ginger ale. But with time, one can detect the delicate blend of warm clove, mint-like geranium, dry vetiver and fragrant sandalwood. This is a scent to be cherished as something timeless, sophisticated and elegant.
One cant help but feel transported back to Victorian England when wearing this abandoned treasure... dressed in top hat and tails, stepping out of coal-black carriages with white gloves and silver-tipped ebony canes; Love Potion No:9 hanging in the air overhead like a shiny black raven. Sadly, with time, this scent will also vanish, much like those vivid Victorian years.
As a result, I am on the hunt for ANY LPNo:9 cologne, samples, candles and bath oil. Kindly contact the author if you can help.