Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The revival of spring with daffodils… Introducing Ostara by Penhaligon's

Press Sample

March is the start of spring for many countries, and daffodils are the perfect flowers to symbolise a new start of this season. If your nose tends to be drawn towards floral scents, you definitely don't wanna miss out on Penhaligon's latest fragrance - Ostara.

"Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils."

How much more light-hearted and relaxed can this poem make one feel? Seeing it on the outer packaging of Ostara brought me back to a super windy day in February when my best friend and I walked pass a huge grass field, and decided to twirl around / lay down / take #OOTD shots… except without flowers. Imagine how pretty our pictures would have looked if there were colourful flowers surrounding us!

Created by Master Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour and inspired by the daffodil, Ostara is a modern interpretation of this incandescent and cheery-looking flower.

Daffodils are unfortunately rare or priced heftily in Singapore (maybe not even sold here?), but they are very common in United Kingdom during spring time - it is also the national flower of Wales, United Kingdom.

Notes in Ostara

Here's a breakdown of the notes used to create Ostara:

Top Notes: Clementine, Bergamot, Red Berries CO2, Juniper, Spearmint, Blackcurrant Bud CO2, Violet Leaf Absolute, Leafy Effects, Aldehydes

Heart Notes: Hyacinth, Narcissus Absolute, Beeswax Absolute, Cyc amen, Ylang Ylang, Hawthorn, Wisteria

Base Notes: Styrax Resinoid, Vanilla, Benzoin, Musk, Amber, White Wood Effects

As described and explained by Penhaligon's about their concoction:

"Ostara opens in an affirming burst of green and yellow: (top notes) Juniper, Violet Leaf Absolute and Spearmint are layered against vibrant notes of Aldehydes, Blackcurrant and Clementine. (heart notes) Narcissus Absolute leads the sun-drenched floral bouquet, gathered with Hyacinth, Hawthorn, and Cyclamen, which are given depth by the humming warmth of beeswax. The fragrance then settles into a powdered, resinous base of (base notes) Benzoin, Vanilla, Styrax, Amber and White Wood effects."

$ Price $

A 50ml bottle of Ostara retails for S$205, and a 100ml bottle costs S$290.

Prices vary with other Penhaligon's perfumes.

P.S. They are totally getting you to purchase the 100ml bottle - only a top-up of S$85 for double the volume!

My thoughts

According to Caroline, brand manager of Penhaligon's, the scent of Ostara lingers a little differently on everyone's skin. I love floral fragrances in general so I already knew I wouldn't dislike the smell of this. I have to say that at first spray, I wasn't the biggest fan of the smell; I do like it, but it's not "the one", if you know what I mean. However, as the clock ticked by and I kept bringing my arm to my nose to have a sniff, I actually found myself liking it more and more.

Here's a perfect illustration of the Ostara packaging and bottle by Melissa Bailey, a freelance illustrator based in London with a first class degree in Illustration & Design:

Melissa used gentle brush strokes to recreate this fragrance in her own distinct style -
a combination of watercolours and inks

My blissful Monday morning with Penhaligon's; can every morning start off like this?

If you have never checked out Penhaligon's before, you really ought to because the interior design itself is already worth a visit. It is safe to say that everyone present in the store was in awe - I felt like I was being transported to another location the moment I stepped into Penhaligon's. If you're into #OOTD shots, you won't be able to resist leaving the store without snagging a picture of yourself in it!

Pardon my tired eyes, this was in the morning after all; thank you dear Roanna for this shot! <3

Side note: I can't end this post without mentioning that Vaara is my absolute favourite scent from the brand!!!!! I am seriously obsessed and thinking of getting it. If you decide to go Penhaligon's and have a look, please give this baby a sniff too!


Penhaligon’s Ltd is located at:

2 Orchard Turn #03-16 ION Orchard Singapore 238801
10 Bayfront Avenue #01-34 Marina Bay Sands Singapore 018956


Instagram: @penhaligonssg

With love,

Jolynn Lim
My Beauty Road

"Don't forget to love yourself."

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