Brilliantly British = America First ?
You may now calmly hit me or write me nasty responses under my comment.
But when I first saw the bottle and the name of the fragrance virginally in a perfumery, the kaleidoscope of a carousel of thoughts raced through my head: "Brexit, Are they crazy now?, America First, They're crazy, the Romans!..." (I'm sorry, I can't help my thoughts, they're free...).
But in all seriousness, even though I'm a total fan of the British lifestyle and think the Union Jack is beautiful, I felt a little uncomfortable stepping on toes at first. You see, I'm suffering from the Brexit. The year before last in London, the year before that from Ireland on a short visit to Belfast, a couple of years before that in Scotland and with the will to visit many more places on the island (and mainland), I suddenly feel that as an EU member I am no longer a welcome member of the UK club. So the exuberant packaging of the bottle with the Union Jack and the name "Brilliantly British" came in handy. I had to gasp, then swallow.
But since the love of the UK in general and the traditional house Penhaligon's in particular is big enough and my heart as well: what the hell - test. In the end, but always wins the pragmatist in me.
Well, now I have the fragrance and can't figure it out. Why does such a fragrance have such packaging?
Yatagan talks about the tradition of lavender in England in his commentary. And although I was already in June/July in the Cotswolds, I missed it until now. So I've learned something again. For me, lavender has always been typically French, even though traditional English fragrance houses like to use lavender. In any case, I really like lavender, especially when mixed unconventionally with other notes. And salted caramel is one of those notes for me. I smell musk here (thankfully) at the very most to stabilize the scent. Even if the fragrance seems quite one-dimensional - he is not annoying, he is not penetrating, he is quite simply Gentleman.
And so then the circle closes. And I forgive the fragrance for the beautiful but, for me, inappropriate packaging. But that makes it unusually exciting. And has kicked off with me diverse emotions.
So, now you may complain about me....