Vaara by Penhaligon's
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Vaara is a perfume by Penhaligon's for women and men and was released in 2013. The scent is floral-fruity. It is being marketed by Puig.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesQuince, Rose water, Carrot seed, Coriander seed, Saffron
Heart Notes Heart NotesMoroccan rose absolute, Bulgarian rose, Freesia, Indian magnolia, Peony, Iris
Base Notes Base NotesHoney, White musk, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Benzoin, Tonka bean

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Scent

7.5 (145 Ratings)

Longevity

7.2 (105 Ratings)

Sillage

6.4 (107 Ratings)

Bottle

7.9 (117 Ratings)
Submitted by Cassandra, last update on 06.10.2019
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Anthology

18 Reviews
Anthology
Anthology
Helpful Review    2
Nice and quiet
The perfume opens with a loud bitter smell where I can detect saffron, coriander and a bitter fruit. The opening is sparkling and bitter. It is like feeling orange blossom but I don’t see the note listed. The same bitterness is here.
The heart is still bitter but mixed with a floral odour. At this point is a bitter-sweet fragrance with a wonderful rose note.
The dry-down is sweet, with honey, benzoin and tonka. Now the oriental facet of the fragrance appears. Only a hint of bitterness left behind can be felt now. The sweetness of the honey gives a warmer and pleasant touch.
Vaara is a nice perfume that says close to the skin. Nice and quiet.
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Drseid

671 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Helpful Review    2
When Traditional History Couples With Modern Day Tweaking...
Vaara opens with a mild saffron spiced slightly dewy, airy rose. Moving to the early heart, the spiced airy rose remains as star, deepening, while adding in supporting moderately sweet honey, slightly sharp floral peony and well-integrated subdued cedar wood. During the late dry-down, the honeyed spiced rose considerably recedes, leaving its remnants supporting emerging slightly sweet sandalwood from the base. Projection is average but longevity very good at around 11 hours on skin.

Penhaligon's is a house that tends to offer up mundane, safe traditional perfumes. While there is nothing wrong with traditional, per se, it is the mundane that has generally disinterested me and many others. That said, the house while not veering too far from its roots has in recent years added some real character to its releases, beginning with the sublime Duchaufour-like As Sawira, and now with Duchaufour's own Vaara. Vaara starts things off on a high note with an outstandingly transparent and natural smelling watery rose. When the rose turns airy, adding the supporting peony floral, the mild, natural smelling cedar and fine saffron spice to the mix I knew Penhaligon's had another winner on their hands. The combination is extremely complex, and it took several wearings to really appreciate all its subtle nuances, especially the initially faint cedar that grows in strength as time passes though never calling attention to itself. If there is a mild weakness, it is in the late dry-down as the rose recedes and sandalwood takes the fore. This combination definitely works, but it lacks the complexity of the composition's mid-section. I suppose when one can only fault a late dry-down being "less complex" than the heart, it is not much in the way of criticism at all, and indeed in the case of Vaara there is little to criticize. The bottom line is Penhaligon's may have a stodgy release history, but the house is making subtle strides to change this and the $160 per 100ml bottle Vaara is yet another "excellent" rated 4 stars out of 5 success. Vaara may not be quirky or particularly innovative, but it does smell *darn* good!
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CarlMacau

26 Reviews
CarlMacau
CarlMacau
Helpful Review    2
Generic Flower/Honey Scent
If u like roses. Go with it. I think it is very feminin scent. Sillage and longevity are more then moderate. For young girls to heavy. Changes after 2 hours into a soft balsamic/honey floral drydown. For me it is not special enough and to generic. Predictable in his Drydown. Sorry Penhaligon's.

You should try Kings Road by Boadicea the Victorious or Amouage - Hommage to sniff real perfection compared to this one.Amen.
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SchaumB

10 Reviews
SchaumB
SchaumB
Very helpful Review    4
fruity & sophisticated
Having read the notes of the fragrance I was really intrigued as to how a quince top not blended with rose and fairly creamy base notes such as honey and tonka bean would work. The outcome is really beautiful, Bertrand Duchafour has created a fabulous soft fruity sophisticated and elegant fragrance. Not at all sweet or cloying just fresh, fruity and creamy.

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Rosenabsolue...mit indisch-orientalischem Flair
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