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Launched in 2012 by Penhaligon’s, Peoneve is described on their website as “an exquisite portrayal of an English garden in summer, bursting with lush green foliage and heady with the scent of blossoming flowers. At the garden’s heart grows the radiant Peony flower…”

An English garden in summer? I’m up for that.

Peoneve opens sharp and green from violet leaf which soon softens allowing a lush note of peony to come centre-stage. Peony and rose are one of perfumery’s BFFs, they also bloom at the same time so it makes sense that there would be a luscious, peppery Bulgarian Rose note backing up the peony. Hedione adds a whiff of jasmine while lightening and opening up the whole fragrance. Over time vetiver appears, picking up the green from the opening and adding an earthy, grassy, garden note while musk and cashmere wood give it a musky warmth at the base. The drydown is light, floral, earthy and musky-woody.

What makes Peoneve so FBW is that M. Cresp doesn’t let the Bulgarian rose or the violet dominate the peony, he just lets them highlight it so that he gets the most out of it.

I can’t speak to how accurately Peoneve represents an English garden, but I can say that it smells of peonies in bloom in my garden making it a perfect summer scent and a welcome alternative from the citrus-based scents that tend to dominate summer.

Still, I’ve worn this frag all year round not just because it’s so gorgeous, but just so I can stop and smell the peonies whenever I want to.
Notes: violet leaf, peony, Bulgarian rose, Hedione, vetiver, musk, cashmere wood.

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Olivier Cresp

Price: $5.00