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Launched in 2015, by English fragrance house, Penhaligon’s Ostara, is a fragrance inspired by daffodils.

Daffodil is the common name for the narcissus plant. Part of the amaryllis family, narcissus has been cultivated since ancient times. In fact, the word narcissus comes from the Greek word ‘narke’ which means stupor or numbness – a reference to the heady, narcotic, sweet, green-laced scent of the flower. To me, daffodils smell the way spring feels.

Ostara is an Old English name for the goddess who reawakens life from the death of winter. Her festival celebrates rebirth and renewal and takes place at the spring equinox, so she is the namesake of Easter.

Ostara opens with a burst of spring green from juniper, violet leaf and spearmint tempered by sweet, succulent clementine, tart red berries, aromatic blackcurrant bud and aldehydes. As it blooms narcotic, sweet narcissus appears and lingers before leading to a bouquet of spring blooms: deep, luscious, hyacinth, sweet hawthorn, spicy, lilac-smelling wisteria and fresh, green-nuanced cyclamen. Beeswax absolute gives the flowers a warm, honeyed depth. Ylang-Ylang, sweet and narcotic, echoes the narcissus, while its banana and jasmine nuances hint at the summer to come. The base is resinous, dark and deep from styrax and benzoin, beautifully sweetened by vanilla and amber, balanced with a wonderful woody note and smoothed by musk.

The drydown is bright and soft yet surprisingly deep and complex at the same time.

I could say that Ostara is spring in a bottle – the juice is a lovely sunny yellow - but clichés are for lazy minds and besides, there is nothing clichéd about Ostara. It smells like no other fragrance I know. It smells the way I want spring to feel.

Notes: clementine, bergamot, red berries CO2, juniper, spearmint, blackcurrant bud CO2, violet leaf, leafy effects, aldehydes, hyacinth, narcissus, beeswax, cyclamen, ylang ylang, hawthorn, wisteria, styrax resin, vanilla, benzoin, musk, amber, white wood effects.

Type:  EdT

Parfumeur: Bertrand Duchaufour

Price: $6.00