Back in 2014 the British luxury perfume house Penhaligons (founded in 1870, hello national treasure!) released a line of scents inspired by the decadent commodities of the 19th century, traded at the London docks. Four scents delivering the feel of exotic spices, luxurious fabrics and the blackest of tea (slavery and blood money aside?). Lothair has been my best companion through December, I have worn it all throughout the month and it just keeps delivering.
Inspired by the famous Tea Clipper Ships that navigated the globe to bring exotic wares to British shores, Lothair opens with the salty tang of grapefruit and juniper, and a brilliant green sensation from fig leaf. The smoky heart of black tea is softened by fig milk and magnolia, sailing into an ambergris, cedar and wenge woods base, reminiscent of the varnished decks of these elegant ships.
On me Lothair starts off with a burst of dry citrus wrapped in a chilly herbal juniper, super fresh and vibrant. Within moments it starts drying down to a black tea with fig, imitating a dry assam with a splash of creamy milk. All rounded off by a soft salty ambregris and that hugs my skin so close it doesn’t even feel like a perfume, more like actual sun warmed skin.
Overall a sheer and fresh composition that manages to deliver depth and dimension, not heavy or rude at all as it stays close to the skin. The soft appeal gives it lesst lasting power, but a second spray after five hours to top it up is totally fine by me.
Available through penhaligons.com, 100 ml EdT for £128.