Penhaligon's scented trail

Penhaligon's latest Trade Routes collection of scents are inspired by the commodities - such as spices, silk, tea and pearls - which were traded in London's ports in the 19th century.

There is Lothair - our pick - by renowned French perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour.

Refreshing, seductive and sophisticated, it opens with grapefruit, juniper and fig leaf. The heart is composed of smoky black tea, accented with magnolia and geranium. Vanilla, musk, cedarwood, wenge woods, oakmoss and ambergris round it off.

Empressa is floral, sensuous, sparkling, fresh and feminine. Pink pepper and blood orange first greet the nose; followed by roses and neroli; and down to a depth of vanilla, patchouli, cocoa, sandalwood and amber.

Levantium is warm, comforting and enveloping. It opens with bergamot, saffron and absinthe; and leads to rose, jasmine, violet, clove, cardamom and ylang ylang. The base comprises amber, myrrh, oud, patchouli, musk, sandalwood and vanilla.

Each 100ml bottle of Trade Routes eau de toilette costs $300. The collection is available at Penhaligon's boutiques.

This article was first published on Nov 24, 2014. Get a copy of Urban, The Straits Times or go to for more stories.