Empressa EDT 100ml

Fragrance Family

Floral, Gourmand
(1 customer review)

Empressa is a part of Penhaligon’s Trade Routes Collection. In this fragrance, Empressa tells the story of the silk trade. An opulent and feminine scent that bewitches those around it, like one would expect of any Empress. This fragrance is gentle, soft and layered – inspired by the silk trade. At the turn of the 18th century silk merchants realised the benefits of gently wrapping their silk in dried patchouli leaves to ensure that their precious cargo would arrive in the Middle East undamaged and ready to trade. As an ode to this practise, Empressa features the soft earthy tones of Patchouli blanketed with bright fruits, then softened by the precious Damascus Rose. The seductive and smooth base is warm, rich and full bodied just like the finest of silks.

Top: Blood Orange, Bergamot, Mandarin, Peach, Cassis, Pink Pepper
Middle: Cassis, Dewberry, Rose, Neroli, Geranium
Base: Nutmeg, Vanilla Pod, Frankincense, Cocoa, Amber, Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood

Christian Provenzano

This Eau de Toilette version Empressa will fade off a little quicker than its Eau de Parfum counterpart, as is always to be expected, we find this scent tends to last around the 5 hour mark, giving hints of its mesmerising fresh, fruity floral scent as the wind brushes past throughout the day.

We love how delicious and bright this floral is. With touches of Mandarin, Peach and Cocoa it is no wonder this fragrance falls into the Gourmand category, we get a little hungry just talking about it! Add in the Juicy and intriguing note of the Blood Orange and mix that with the classically fantastic Rose and Patchouli pairing, and Empressa speaks volumes of classic sophistication, with a fun and perhaps even flirty side to it. Just in case things weren't interesting enough, there is even a touch of Frankincense and a blend of Peppers in this delicious concoction to add an Oriental point that cuts through the richness of the fruit and floral. A gourmand delicacy that just keeps giving and is only ever pleasing. This fragrance somehow, with all of this and more, remains to be light, bright and oh so inviting.

A classic English perfume house, William Penhaligon owned a barbershop, which became a perfumery in 1870, launching his first fragrance in 1872. This fragrance was created regularly for its many fans until the store was destroyed in The Blitz of 1941. Despite the store being destroyed, the fragrance house endured and was honoured with a Royal Warrant by the Duke of Wellington in 1956 for manufacturing toiletries. Many of the classic scents in Penhaligon's collection remain to this day, while many modern scents have been added. Penhaligon's remain true to William Penhaligon's vision of fine, traditional perfumes and techniques.

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"This lady is not only aptly named, she reeks royalty. For me, the strong heady notes are just the fragrance I’d expect to leave a waft of elegance in its wake when worn by an “Empress”. Find a quiet place, close your eyes gently then spritz a little Empressa in the air just across the front of your nose (DO NOT insert IN the nostrils). This is not so silly because as soon as you smell these powerful notes they draw you in. Then the dry down happens and you experience yet ANOTHER beautiful, feminine aroma. This is definitely for a more mature woman and I think a perfect “date night” perfume. If you’re lucky enough to have them of course. After 48 years with one man I could spritz with White King and go to McDonalds and he’d be happy in his own little world. Sad isn’t it? You’ll definitely impress with Empressa. Dare you to try it!! Gayle"