Penhaligon’s Artemisia – my undercover business perfume

And when I say undercover, I mean that it works for me without anyone noticing anything. šŸ™‚

Because, where I work, no one ever comments on perfume (two comments in 5 years don’t count). But I noticed people tend to smile more and feel helpful toward me when I’m wearing Artemisia. So now, I count it as my undercover perfume when I need business situations to go my way.  šŸ˜‰

The strange thing is, I know this perfume and can recall its smell without wearing it, but trying to put it into words – no deal.
I’ve been meaning to review it since I started my blog (which was 3 years ago) but the words i.e. notes eluded me. They still do, but I’ll give it my best (people should  be aware of this little gem).

Head Notes: Nectarine and Green Foliage
Heart Notes: Green Apple, Lily of the Valley, Jasmine Tea, Violet and Vanilla
Base Notes: Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Musk, Amber and Vanilla

I would be lying if I said I can smell the fruity notes. The only way for me to know there is some fruit in there is by taking into account the whole I’m smelling – which is florally, powdery sweet with a hint of bitterness and something not letting it be dry and powdery but giving it warmth and joyful sweetness (at points interspersed with fresh burst of an orchard fruity smell).

Oh, I don’t think I’ll get it right this time either.

On the whole, the perfume doesn’t change much, which is completely fine with me, as I love the calming effect it has. And for a perfume that seems so very mellow to me, it has some serious longevity.

My best description of it could be summed up with a creamy, lightly powdery, intricately floral, charming little minx of a perfume.

And for some reason, it reminds me of Paris. The smell of Artemisia never fails to conjure Paris in my mind.

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14 thoughts on “Penhaligon’s Artemisia – my undercover business perfume

  1. karen! April 16, 2012 at 23:50 Reply

    I love this undercover concept and how people don't comment on it, but unintentionally (positively) respond to it. I'll add Artemisia to my to-try list because it sounds like something I'd like.


  2. Suzanne April 17, 2012 at 02:59 Reply

    Gosh, Ines, it sounds like a charming scent just by the list of notes. And I think you gave a pretty good idea of what to expect, smell-wise.I really like the idea of undercover anything — I must have been a spy in a previous life. šŸ™‚ And since you said the smell of it somehow reminds you of Paris, I'm doubly intrigued. Will put it on my to-try list, too, like Karen.


  3. Beautiful Things April 17, 2012 at 12:47 Reply

    Ha, ha! I love the idea of an undercover perfume! Penhaligon's is always good…


  4. Ines April 17, 2012 at 14:06 Reply

    I keep thinking it is a widely known perfume as I find it so likeable and wearable and enjoy it a lot, but it turns out many people seem unaware of it.I hope you'll like it! šŸ™‚


  5. Ines April 17, 2012 at 14:09 Reply

    Suzanne, if you were a spy in a previous life, I feel sorry for whoever crossed your path. šŸ™‚ You were probably a femme fatale type of spy.Btw, this is my only Penhaligon's bottle and it's practically empty.


  6. Ines April 17, 2012 at 14:11 Reply

    I have no idea how that notion appeared in my head connected to this perfume, but once it did, I liked it.I'm not very familiar with the Penhaligon's range, what I've tried so far didn't wow me, except for Artemisia and the gin-tonic one (I am so lousy with names!).


  7. Anonymous April 17, 2012 at 16:02 Reply

    You make it sound absolutely yummy, I am so intrigued to try it. Perhaps I should ask DH for my wedding anniversary gift a little earlier this year?—Marianthi–


  8. Ines April 18, 2012 at 09:15 Reply

    Marianthi, a perfume for a wedding anniversary? A great gift if you ask me. :)It would be great if you liked it enough to decide to go for a bottle.


  9. Undina April 20, 2012 at 07:31 Reply

    It's the second review for this perfume in the recent month. Is Universe trying to tell me something? šŸ™‚


  10. Ines April 20, 2012 at 14:19 Reply

    I'd say the message is quite clear. ;)Who did the other one (I missed it)?


  11. Undina April 21, 2012 at 08:33 Reply

    Birgit, three weeks ago (approx.)


  12. Ines April 21, 2012 at 14:09 Reply

    I remember reading Birgit's thoughts on Artemisia but it seems quite a while ago. Then again, I really have cannot place many events in their proper time. šŸ™‚


  13. Vanessa April 26, 2012 at 19:22 Reply

    Yes, I got out my sample of Artemisia when I read B's review to see what I made of it again, and whether I could put my thoughts into words. With difficulty it must be said, though I got some fruit and some sharp greenness which is the minxy quality of which you speak! And yes it is floral and powdery to me too. Love the idea of an undercover business scent, by the way. I am not sure what I would pick for that… : – )


  14. Ines April 27, 2012 at 10:17 Reply

    Vanessa, I think undercover (business or other) scents only let you know that when you stumble upon them. šŸ™‚ You cannot discover them by considering which might work – I think the situations make them uncovered. šŸ˜‰


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