Think back to your last foreign holiday (we know it seems like decades ago). What do you remember most about that trip? The sight of clear blue azure waters? The warmth of the sun? The smell of exotic spices and unfamiliar fauna?
Thanks to the small matter of a global coronavirus pandemic, there’s little anyone can do to provide you with the first two right now. However, when it comes to the olfactory excitement of exploring a new destination, Penhaligon’s is on hand with a new fragrance that will instantly transport you to one of the world’s most popular holiday spots: Turkey.
Halfeti Leather harks back to opening of the country, when the British Levant Company would trade with Ottoman merchants to bring home the finest ingredients and most valuable epicurean luxuries for the eager British consumers just beginning to experience the delights of eastern nations.
Named for a small fishing town on the banks of the Euphrates which, legend has it, is the only place in the world where black roses grow, Halfeti Leather opens with suitably fresh and bold notes of bergamot and aromatic Artemisia imbued with the sweetness of lavender, cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon for the quintessential Middle Eastern fragrance.
Mid-notes of spiced rose and jasmine blend with an evocative, elegant finish of vanilla, sandalwood and leather while tones of traditional Oud, amber and patchouli linger on the skin all day, offering an olfactory reminder of adventures past and present.
So, while your plans of sailing off in to the sunset on a gulet or soaking up the sun in Gocek may be cancelled this year, investing in a new summer scent may just be the next best thing.
Penhaligon's Halfeti Leather