Kensington Amber 2018

Kensington Amber by Penhaligon's
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Kensington Amber is a popular perfume by Penhaligon's for women and men and was released in 2018. The scent is spicy-gourmand. It was last marketed by Puig. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top Notes BergamotBergamot
Heart Notes Heart Notes CinnamonCinnamon
Base Notes Base Notes Tonka beanTonka bean CedarwoodCedarwood VanillaVanilla BenzoinBenzoin LabdanumLabdanum

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7.966 Ratings
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7.756 Ratings
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6.811 Ratings
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 18.10.2022.
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Top Review 21  
Kensington: the best place for lemon greenhouses
A lemon has moved into the apartment of my nephew and his not-wife. It lives with them now. A small round lemon, at least for the moment, which in the next few months will at least grow to the size of a honeydew melon, hopefully not reach the weight of a watermelon, and then eventually shed its lemon identity as a good-smelling, soft, delicate little something and become a real Londoner or a real Londoner (?). Until then, it's still a few months away. The little lemon will have four citizenships: her father's German and English, and her mother's American and Caribbean. That's how blatant it is with the British. Lemons, once they make it to the surface of the fruit salad, get ALL the citizenships available right away. And because the lemon dad works for a posh law firm and the lemon mum has just done her weather doctor, they will then give up their cool lemon dorm in the hipest part of town (ok, I'm not mentioning that one for anonymity's sake, but what do you think is the hipest in London? ) and move to Kensington. Because Kensington is the lemon hothouse of London, so to speak: there are little gardens and garden fences, Laura Ashley sofas and nannies. It's just beautiful here. But not in a silly, stuffy way. It's fine, English. It's a place where you can make a home for the little fruit. And if you're ever house-hunting in Kensington, you should definitely do it now, in winter: That's when you can wear Penhaligon's Kensington Amber. This dream of cinnamon and amber. This wonderfully soft, unobtrusive, understated semi-gourmand. Semi, because:

Kensington Amber is not a true gourmand, heaven forbid. Upon spraying on, a light citrusy radiant cloud of cinnamon escapes the gorgeous bottle, which after a few minutes is soft and round, not sharp and pungent, spicy but gentle, and hardly sweet at all. No rice pudding associations, no roasted almonds. This is pure spice, the same as used in Indian curry, and no one thinks of rice pudding. It's a magical cinnamon, I love this prelude that lulls me into a spicy winter dream. Perfectly suited to the chill of this time of year, I use it first thing in the morning - just so I have the opportunity to enjoy its fantastic progression throughout the day. Because the radiant cinnamon opens up to other notes after a while: the resinous, soft, woody, and sweet ones.

The finest suits the cinnamon is the amber note caused by the labdanum, and surely that is why the fragrance bears this name: This Amberton namely carries the cinnamon in the truest sense of the word; he joins after about twenty minutes and then no longer leaves the cinnamon out of sight. It takes the childishness out of the cinnamon, and what the cinnamon pleasantly lacked in gourmand sweetness is now added by a light base sweetness of vanilla and tonka - you can already feel it: not a flat sugar sweetness, but a deep, many-facetted spicy sweetness. Everything fits together perfectly. It's simply an extraordinary and yet, I must clearly emphasize, very, very understated and unobtrusive fragrance: British understatement incarnate. And come to think of it, the minimal tangy-citrusy opening is caused by a cute little bergamot, I think to myself that this little citrus would probably get along perfectly with my nephew's little lemon. I'm seriously considering having Penhaligon's send Kensington Amber directly to them as a gift. That would close the Kensington lemon circle beautifully, wouldn't it?
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When it's raining and snowing outside, you can snuggle up with the scent here in front of the fireplace!
Hello, snoopers. Welcome to my latest comment. Today I describe Kensington Amber of Penhaligon's. It seems to belong to the category "I nerve you until you comment on it" and since I have no other choice but to try the scent, I try it,... and of course describe it :)

But I have to say, I pretty much like Penhaligon's. They have a lot of great scents in their repertoire, so that I always stop at these scents when I'm sniffing around with freaky perfumes to smell one or the other of them again. I myself own the great Lothair from Penhaligon's Trade Routes Collection for the autumn, which I would also highly recommend for a test (and yes, Lothair has tea in it, what did you expect from me?? :DD).

So, but back to Kensington Amber. This fragrance belongs to the Hidden London Collection and is therefore dedicated to this part of London. It lies west of the world-famous Hyde Park and is best known for its streets lined with royal or noble opulent Victorian-style houses. One can imagine that the place belongs to the upscale places where one would have to earn a little more in order to be able to live there at all. But apart from the probably horrendous rents for the average person, there are also "normal" cafes that can be visited by visiting the beautiful place there. So, let's see how the scent goes with it.

The fragrance:
The fragrance begins with an excellent note of cinnamon. It smells sweet, of course, cinnamon, but it is also slightly spicy. The sweetness of the fragrance is further enhanced by amber and vanilla, but without becoming too sticky, sweet or even overwhelming. After all, the soft and gentle notes of the fragrance, such as the powdery vanilla or above all the benzoin, make for a very pleasant feeling. By the way, the bergamot at the beginning I could not perceive at all.
A little later more resinous notes are added and together with the now also appearing woody scents like cedar one has a very warm feeling, like sitting in front of a crackling fireplace.
A little later the amber fragrance gets a little weaker. Maybe this is because the vanilla then radiates a little stronger and now also Tonka bean is added. The cinnamon also becomes weaker at the end, while the vanilla and the tonka bean become stronger. Oh yes, maybe the following can only seem like this to me because of the mix of all the scents, but every now and then I had the feeling of perceiving a very light aniseed note.

The Sillage and the shelf life:
The Sillage is high, not a real blast, but quite good with one or with one smellable. The shelf life of over ten hours is also very long.

The bottle:
As always, the bottle is cylindrical and seems to widen slightly in height. On the label you can see the drawing of the houses from the Kensington district, which I think is beautifully done. The round lid is cylindrical on the lower side and carries, as usual for Penhaligon's, a silk bow, which is wine-red here. A very nice bottle.

Well, Kensington Amber is a very good fragrance for me. It smells wonderfully of cinnamon and other sweet notes like amber and is also very soft and gentle. The perfume I got this sample from said she could comfort herself through the cold winter days with such scents. And yes, I can agree with that, if the cold days should also matter to you. Although... the perfuma's actually complaining all the time. In summer it is too hot for her and in winter too cold... she is never satisfied and complains and whines and whines :D
Just as she also complains when I don't find the fragrances she finds great just as great or don't try them at least once! Yes, it's hard to write comments here :DD

Of course you can use the scent not only for comfort. Its charisma, however, simply makes it suitable for autumn and winter, and its deliciously beautiful scent makes it very socially acceptable, so that it could be used for many occasions, including going out and celebrating. I would definitely test the scent.

That's it again, you snoopers. I wish you all a nice evening, until then :)
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Top Review 19  
Between Holland Park, Knightsbridge and Brompton Road...
...is Kensington, the second London district to which Penhaligon's has dedicated a perfume this year - and my favourite quarter among the three. But Kensington Amber is just behind Belgravia Chypre and Marylebone Wood on bronze, which is less due to his quality than to my personal preference - and that quite monochrome gourmands like him bore me quickly.

Kensington is the UK's highest average income constituency - a thousand pounds weekly (!) rent for an apartment in the basement is not uncommon. Nevertheless, Kensington is a relaxed, at times almost village-like area with chic boutiques and cafés, beautiful parks and museums - and an almost provocative carelessness.

From wealth, abundance and dignified decency, the way is not far to Kensington Amber, a fragrance that seems at least unusual within the Penhaligon fragrance portfolio. He is a full-bodied gourmand without any shyness for his sweetness. Amber appears here as hardly more than a chord added to vanilla - darker, but hardly less sweet - and without the sometimes bilious bitterness that amber is able to bring in - the amber here is soft and tame. And even cinnamon varies its expansive opulence only by one more nuance, but it does not change or tame it, does not even try it. This may be a celebration for all those who lose themselves in such melting scents - for those like me who always expect something - British or otherwise - refined at Penhaligon's, its appeal is nevertheless limited. But if you just want to buy a little something in Kensington's streets, because it's much nicer to stroll around with a bag in your hand - here we go!

Conclusion: on one of my favourite shopping and strolling streets, the King's Road, there is - not far away from the Penhaligon's Boutique there by the way - a small café where one can buy some wonderful patisseries. It always smells a bit like Kensington Amber - a bit better even.
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ModestMourekModestMourek 3 months ago
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Velvety cinnamon bark, refreshed with apple slices in the beginning, slowly warms up with labdanum and sweetens with vanilla.
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