Penhaligon’s Clandestine Clara Fragrance Assessment

Penhaligon's Clandestine Clara Perfume Review
Penhaligon’s Clandestine Clara Fragrance Assessment

Penhaligon’s Clandestine Clara Eau de Parfum opened with boozy rum and vanilla with an alcohol chew earlier than changing into a extra vanillic, honeyed amber spiced with cinnamon. The opening was extremely short-lived and there was little development after, so it ended up being a extra linear scent (which isn’t a nasty factor, merely a attribute of a perfume!) because the amber and vanilla turned extra balanced and bought barely musky over time. The model described it as a “true gourmand, spicy and candy in equal measure,” with the next notes:

  • prime notes: rum, vanilla
  • coronary heart notes: cinnamon, musk
  • base notes: amber, patchouli

The opening was decadent; boozy rum and vanilla, precisely as listed for the highest notes with a robust, alcoholic chew that dissipated after a couple of minutes a richer, thicker rum with candy vanilla curled alongside the sides. The vanilla intensified over the rum, after which it tangled with the spicy cinnamon simply earlier than honeyed amber wafted in.

It had a lightning quick opening, after which the projection and depth of the notes subdued: it bought misplaced in vanilla haze of honeyed amber with average richness and depth however was nonetheless an airier, lighter-weight scent in comparison with different honey-heavy amber scents I’ve tried up to now. The cinnamon spice got here out and in of focus, whereas the vanilla was most noticeable at a distance (the amber was extra current nearer to my pores and skin). The drydown was barely musky amber-vanilla and was laborious to detect on my pores and skin after eight hours of wear and tear.


For testing, I used two sprays from a 2ml pattern utilized to the underside and topside of my wrist space on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer previous to making use of the scent as that is additionally my swatching arm (aka, extremely parched at any given second) as I discovered scent didn’t maintain effectively right here in any other case. 


It had average projection for the primary half hour with mild sillage, nevertheless it hovered just a few inches above my pores and skin after an hour of wear and tear. I may detect it on my pores and skin for about eight hours.

Private Ideas

I made a decision to attempt Clandestine Clara after in search of extra boozy fragrances, and it turned up with its rum word, which was additionally paired with notes like amber and patchouli that I are likely to take pleasure in. It’s not as closely spiced because it could possibly be, given the cinnamon in it, and the honeyed facet of the amber actually got here by way of. I didn’t get any distinct patchouli, and I feel if I had, the scent would have appealed to me total. It was a pleasing expertise, and it’s a scent I’d put on once more if I had a bottle, however I received’t be shopping for a full bottle!

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