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Full speed ahead, Captain!
Since there was no comment on this fragrance for a long time, I thought I breathe this fragrance times again a little new life, because he has definitely deserved.
To preface it - Halfeti by Penhaligon is a very special fragrance. Classically, you would probably describe him as a rose oud fragrance, but Halfeti can do so much more. Originating from the Halfeti district in the province of Şanlıurfa in southeastern Turkey on the banks of the Euphrates River, Penhaligon drew inspiration here from the abundant goods that Britain traded with Turkey. There are said to be roses here, so dark and mysterious with an intense crimson hue that they appear black.
Thus Halfeti belongs also consequently to the "Trade Routes Collection". Here Penhaligon tries through five different fragrances the Riecheden back to the time when London was booming and quickly became the trading capital of the world and was one of the largest ports in the world with a fleet of polished mahogany ships stacked with fine fabrics and rare, exotic foods. Halfeti is the fifth and final throw of this fragrance house on this occasion. And what can I say, I personally think this one has succeeded beautifully.
To the fragrance
Halfeti starts explosively with all kinds of fragrances, so that you could really think you're in the middle of a fully loaded ship full of herbs and all kinds of exotic goods. It's difficult to discern clear scents here, but I'll try anyway: the scent starts slightly fresh, but at the same time herbaceous and tart. Certainly due to the mountain moth in combination with the mugwort. At the same time, you can perceive something "green", for me still most straw, as strange as it may sound. In the heart note, which starts relatively quickly, it gets really difficult. Certainly floral (the above-mentioned rose), slightly spicy and bitter (cumin) as well as some sweetness (cinnamon). Where I really can not smell the individual fragrances in detail, but rather in the total amount guess. Over time, the oud then comes more and more to the fore and pairs with pleasant woody scents.
So the fragrance then remains for the next 7 to 8 hours on the skin. The sillage is strong, but not too strong and the bottle comes fine "gentleman-like" with a light green bow tie therefore.
For me, Halfeti is a fragrance that is very dense and can score with a variety of fragrance notes at the same time. Yet, despite the rose, it is an epitome of masculinity. The scent is labeled as a unisex fragrance, but to me, it's clearly a men's scent. Imagine the captain and his men on said ships, sitting together in the midst of their cargo, planning the route and smoking cigars. That's why I think the target group is over 30 and the seasons are winter and autumn. Incidentally, I think that Europeans in particular, not just people from the Orient, can wear this fragrance. Finally, the fragrances came yes on Turkey to England to be used there.
So who wants to be transported back in time, can imagine on a big ship together with his crew on deck to transport these great smells over the sea and at the same time masculine, complex and sensual smell, I recommend once Halfeti try. Certainly not a bargain, but it is worth trying out. From me a clear "full speed ahead, Captain!"