Hanbury by Maria Candida Gentile
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Hanbury is a perfume by Maria Candida Gentile for women and men and was released in 2010. The scent is floral-fresh. It is still available to purchase.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBrazilian bitter orangeBrazilian bitter orange
Sicilian limeSicilian lime
Sicilian orangeSicilian orange
Heart Notes Heart NotesAcaciaAcacia
Calycanthus
HoneyHoney
Base Notes Base NotesBenzoinBenzoin
OakmossOakmoss

Ratings

Scent

7.473 Ratings

Longevity

7.059 Ratings

Sillage

6.456 Ratings

Bottle

6.856 Ratings
Submitted by Inala, last update on 19.07.2021.
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7
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7
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
Karenin

39 Reviews
Karenin
Karenin
Helpful Review    2  
Maria Candida Gentile "Hanbury"
Most of you will agree with me that these are trying times we’re experiencing at the moment. To escape the never-ending flow of (mainly) negative news, occasional bouts of anxiety as well as the drag of isolation, I’ve found great comfort in long walks on footpaths along fields, in forests and parks. They’ve had a therapeutic effect on me and helped me unwind, get all the troubles and worries out of my head and, most importantly, stay sane. My collection of perfume samples has assisted Mother Nature in this effort and the extra free time I’ve had on my hands lately has enabled me to rediscover a couple of interesting scents in my collection. Enter “Hanbury” by Maria Candida Gentile. Let’s go on a short trip, shall we?

The ambition behind “Hanbury” is to evoke an aroma of a garden, more specifically the Giardini Botanici Hanbury in La Mortola, Italy. The gardens themselves have a rich history dating back to 1867. Perhaps the person they owe their present state and esteem to the most is Lady Dorothy Hanbury, another muse for the eponymous fragrance. Unfortunately, I have never been to the botanical gardens, but from what I’ve seen in the photos, they look like a place right up my alley: a green oasis, a sanctuary for regaining the inner peace and balance. And thanks to Ms Candida Gentile’s talent as a perfumer, I now have some idea what the gardens smell like. The air is permeated with a soft melange of citruses that marries an aroma of white flowers (dominated by what to this reviewer seems to be jasmine) in full bloom, sprinkled with a few drops of honey. The base contains white musk, one of my least favourite notes in perfumery. Though it is true that instead of detergent-like freshness my nose hankers after a dirtier, earthier smell to round off this aromatic excursion, the presence of the dreaded note does not spoil the overall result.

Being a sweetish, white flower-centred fragrance, it's undeniable “Hanbury” leans feminine. Yet the more I wear it, the stronger I’m convinced that it could actually serve as an interesting (and longer-lasting) alternative to the traditional eau de cologne. All you daydreamers out there (female and male), give “Hanbury” a sniff, will you?
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ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
Helpful Review    4  
Charming and romantic
Surely among the nicest fragrances by Maria Candida Gentile, Hanbury opens with a really graceful and romantic bouquet of orange blossoms, mimosa, a drop of citrus, other powdery floral notes (I think I get something similar to muguet and some smooth white flowers) gently surrounded by a dusty, sort of grassy and waxy sweet accord of, I guess, amber, maybe vetiver, beeswax (imagine dry honey) and musk. Overall this is an extremely soft, yet vibrant blend decidedly evoking an “arcadian” imagery to me, more than Mediterranean as you would expect from this South-Italian based brand – it’s warm, pastel, at the same time quite natural and with a palpable sort of crisp, bitter-sweet crunchy feel of grass perfectly giving a hint of realism to flowers and orange-resinous notes. Also both mimosa and beeswax give a really peculiar earthy-honey feel, which also enhances a slightly decadent side. Shortly a really well-balanced and charming fragrance perfectly ranging from bright lights to darker-earthier shades, smelling luscious and innocent at the same time – or, if you prefer, “carnal” and naif, or natural and dreamy at once. And also quite unique. Finally I also share the feel of “abstractness” other reviewers mentioned, a sort of simplicity and cleanliness with just the right touch of “syntheticness” giving Hanbury a contemporary shade, a sort of transparent consistency despite the realistic thickness of some notes. Great quality, great concept and perfect execution. Somehow just a little flat and linear, but tremendously pleasant and refined.

7,5-8/10
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7.5
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10
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Tar

261 Reviews
Tar
Tar
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Hurry-scurry
The captivating HANBURY is so changeful on my skin! It really demands for attention.

It has the face to begin with a chewing-gum aroma, before it turns into a charming currant / sour cherry / violet scent. This stage is the most adorable for my nose, I would like to enjoy it longer. I know that these notes are missing from the list, but I could not describe it closer than with them. How can this cavalcade lock itself in so pugnacious metal fragrance later – I do not understand.
The synthetic end is almost unwearable for me, as musty yet dry paper, very powdery, it scratches my throat – and this is the longest period of HANBURY of course.

Top and base notes approach the feminine end of the line, the base is opposite, so we could say, it is a real unisex perfume, but not in equipartition.
It lasts minimum 8 hours long.
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Coutureguru

223 Reviews
Coutureguru
Coutureguru
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An Eau with a bit of 'Oomph!!
I'm reviewing MCG's Hanbury from a sample received recently and I am suitably impressed!!

Hanbury is an EDP, which is evident from it's superior longevity. It's constructed in the image of a classic Eau de Cologne, however, the citrus notes at the top bouncing on to the skin and creating a heavenly freshness. They stick around for a while too ... a new experience for me!!
A nutty wood note follows which I can only believe is the Acacia ... smoothed out by a gorgeous but only faintly sweet Honey note ... very much like honey tastes rather than smells. The Benzoin creates a superb resiny feel to the whole composition, while I believe the White Musk here to have more of a fixative role, as this fragrance is devoid of the 'screechiness' that this note sometimes brings.

If you are a fan of the Eau de Cologne genre, I would highly recommend this. It's simply the best one I have ever tried!
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MiaTrost

9 Reviews
MiaTrost
MiaTrost
Helpful Review    4  
Superb Simplicity
The name of the fragrance derives from the Giardini Botanici Hanbury, a botanical garden located in northern Italy. Established on a small, steep peninsula jutting southwards into the Mediterranean Sea, the garden is home to a wide flora that thrives in this mild climate. Hanbury is Signora Gentile's take on a fragrance profile of the garden in springtime, when its bouquet is blended by a soft and warm sea breeze. Trained in Grasse, she uses a very high ratio of natural essences in her creations.

Hanbury opens with sweet yet fresh lime, making for a green and succulent entrance. Swiftly neroli and orange fuse into it, adding a bright, warm and velvety facet. As the lime slowly fades from the spotlight, greenish and shimmering-sweet accents of acacia blossoms emerge, leading into the core. Next, I believe, is calycanthus. It smells intimate, a little herbal with a twist of dried fruit. As mimosa tunes in, beaming and reminiscent of honey, the impression becomes more profound and glowing. A balsamic, slightly burnt benzoin delicately shores up the base but Hanbury keeps the floral character, well into a subtly musky finish that persists for a very long time.

Altogether Hanbury is a chamber ensemble, rather than orchestra, and never fails to please me. It moves effortlessly from note to note, lingering on each one but never losing its guiding theme. It made me understand what classic Italian perfumery is about: simplicity, in this instance elegant and superbly done.

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