Ellenisia (2004)

Ellenisia by Penhaligon's
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Ellenisia is a perfume by Penhaligon's for women and was released in 2004. The scent is floral-fresh. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Steve DeMercado

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesMandarin zest, Violet leaf
Heart Notes Heart NotesGardenia, Jasmine, Rose, Tuberose
Base Notes Base NotesPlum nectar, Vanilla

Ratings

Scent

7.3 (115 Ratings)

Longevity

6.6 (83 Ratings)

Sillage

5.7 (80 Ratings)

Bottle

7.8 (86 Ratings)
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Anthology

18 Reviews
Anthology
Anthology
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Hello white flowers!
Hello white flowers! Ellenisia opens with jasmine and sweet tuberose, followed by rose. Maybe a hint of orange, but just a hint. A wonderful mix of flowers with a sweet, honeyed facet. Nice, bold and full of life. It gives you a joyful mood. It feels like you are in a garden full of white flowers where their fragrances intertwine and create a divine odour. An odour of joy, a life full of happiness.
The base has a bitterness probably due to the plum, but is still very nice and sweet.
If you are into florals, especially white florals, this one is a try. It has good projection and longevity.
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
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Victorian leaves
Ellenisia by Penhaligon’s is a rich yet discreet floral scent quite on the white-green-sweet side with a watercolour rose heart, somehow quite conventional but really pleasant and pleasantly “British” as regards of its soapy, slightly nostalgic sense of refinement, as much classy as restrained. Plus, it also feels quite youthful and lively, albeit a bit melancholic – shortly nothing outdated or too formal/mature. Some metallic-camphorous nuances “ruin” a bit the romanticism here, but they’re subtle: what you get is mostly jasmine (quite clean, nothing indolic), sandalwood, something greenish providing a crisp and crunchy “leafy” feel (think it is that “violet leaves” note), resins, and a really quiet but dense tuberose note - don’t expect any headache-inducing note, it is there more just to add an earthy stout vein to the floral accord. The evolution is quick and well, much “evolving”, as it passes through different stages – at some point it almost feels an osmanthus-fruity-tea note emerges, then it all goes back to greenish-white territories, finally drifting towards earthier-camphoraceous nuances. Overall a totally solid and compelling fragrance, really elegant, clean, sharp and to me, perfectly composed and with totally good materials, as far as I can tell. The persistence is good and vibrant, with a subtle “carnal” feel but with a Victorian mood – a pale, restrained, pulsating yet “bourgeois” kind of carnal (shortly, a bit frigid, no offense). Cold and luminous like a London garden in mid-March, with clouds coming and going. Nice!

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Missk

1165 Reviews
Missk
Missk
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A beautiful and elegant gardenia fragrance
Penhaligon's Ellenisia is one of those beautiful, Spring-appropriate florals. It's mostly a white floral, however there are some subtle, zesty fruit accords which add to this fragrance's freshness and complexity.

Luscious, green and dewy gardenia blossoms feature as the headline act in Ellenisia. Sweetness and a subtle hint of creaminess is also provided by the jasmine and tuberose. At first sniff, I swear I could detect a juicy pear accord intermingling with the white florals. I stick by that assumption as I am still able to smell it alongside the zesty mandarin note.

On paper, Ellenisia smells very pure and watery, however on skin, (mine in particular), this fragrance is much greener and sparkling. It's a scent that bursts with life and vivacity.

Ellenisia is a rather polite and elegant fragrance, nothing overtly sensual or bold. Penhaligon's has a certain style and feel, which conjures up an image of refined English ladies at a tea party. I quite like its quaint and traditional approach, and while I can't say that Ellenisia is entirely original, it certainly does stand out amongst the modern fragrances of today.

The longevity could have perhaps been a little more lasting on the skin, as I had been really enjoying the beautiful bouquet until its premature departure. I'm surprised to see that Ellenisia is an EDP, as the way it sat on my skin was more like a less concentrated and subtle EDT.

If you are in search of a natural smelling white floral, one with a dominant gardenia accord, I do highly recommend Ellenisia. However for better longevity and more bang for your buck, I'm afraid I will have to point you in the direction of either Kai or Chanel Gardenia.

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