Trade Routes Collection - Babylon 2019

Trade Routes Collection - Babylon by Penhaligon's
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Trade Routes Collection - Babylon is a popular perfume by Penhaligon's for women and men and was released in 2019. The scent is spicy-woody. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by Puig. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Spicy
Woody
Sweet
Oriental
Smoky

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
NutmegNutmeg CorianderCoriander SaffronSaffron
Heart Notes Heart Notes
CypriolCypriol
Base Notes Base Notes
Vanilla absoluteVanilla absolute Atlas cedarAtlas cedar Ceylonese sandalwoodCeylonese sandalwood

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Chanelle

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Ancient city style
Since I'm currently in London, I thought I'd take a look at Penhaligon's newer creations, after the brand had somehow fallen into oblivion. On the 6th floor at Harrod's, the luxury perfumery department of the house, I was told that Babylon was exclusively available only there, so after a short test I made a spontaneous purchase.
I have no regrets! Even the presentation of the flacon (standard Penhaligon's glass bottle with a red bow) with an oriental "redgoldandgreen" label and the packaging are rarely beautiful and of high quality.
The first spray lands spicy and minimally earthy on the skin, I mean smelling nutmeg. And so old mesopotamian it goes on with Babylon. The spices are clearly visible, but not unpleasant, like a souk from a safe distance, a light, smoky sweetness lies over it. Resins only blink.
Little by little the earthy and smoky hints disappear and creamy sandalwood comes along, and only now I realize that I can also guess coriander. The whole thing, however, continues to be oriental-vanilla and thus quite unisex, as well as daylight-suitable, wearable.
Not breathtaking, no exuberant sillage, simply a modern, splendidly iridescent Arabic fairy tale.
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Amadea70

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Rivers of Babylon
That was one of the hits in the 70s. By Frank Farian, the David Guetta of that time. This song was played at every party. No one understood, I claim now, what the song lyrics were about. But everybody was bawling along to "By the Rivers of Babylon". And today I read that the original is by a Jamaican trio from 1970. And they're singing from Psalm 137, which is about the exiled Jews who were taken to Mesopotamia by Nebuchadnezzar - and they're weeping for their homeland of Jerusalem.
And what does Babylon of Penhaligon smell like now? Perhaps it smells like the Babylon of that time, certainly very oriental. I smell fine spices, saffron, cardamom, nutmeg and vanilla, maybe even a pinch of cinnamon. An Arabian spice bazaar could smell like this already. Through Cypriol it has for me an oudy note, may be from the combo Cypriol saffron. That's why I immediately think of "Aoud Vanilla | Mancera". Yes, I think it's very close to that. I also like it very much. I already thought at the first sniff, hm, I've smelled something similar before. And it has a fruity note. Some have written here that it's similar to Arabesque.. Yes, also. But I don't smell a plum. If it's Babylon, it's more likely to be dates. But fruit isn't listed as a scent anyway. From Golden Powder he has for me also something.
He is already sweet, the Babylon, but still within the framework. I find, the sweetness increases over time first, then he becomes warmer and towards the end again woodier and the spices and the sweetness lose again and become less.
A great made oriental fragrance with very good durability.

And what I especially love about the Penhaligon, are the atomizers. Since you do not spray, since you are befogged, so fine are these atomizers. Each sprayer is a dream for me - just like Portraits - Much Ado About the Duke - Penhaligon delivers there simply a very good quality.
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Elysium

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From Myth to History: the Tower of Babel
On the bank of the Euphrates once lay one of the ancient world's most influential cities: Babylon. It was the capital of Babylonia in southern Mesopotamia. Today, that's about 60 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq. Mentioned in the opening book of the Bible, the Book of Genesis, and often dismissed as a mythical building, they have also associated the Tower of Babel with well-known Babylonian structures such as the temple of the foundation of heaven and earth. The story of its construction appears to be an attempt to explain the existence of several human languages. The Babylonians wanted to name themselves by building a mighty city and a tower "with the top in the skies". God interrupted the work by confusing the workers' language so much that they could no longer understand each other. The city was never completed, and the people were scattered across the face of the earth.
"Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other. So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel — because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth."

However, Penhaligon's Babylon is not another Tower of Babel. Instead, it is anything but confused or scattered. It is a harmony of spicy, earthy, woody accords, all rolled into one. Babylon opens with a robust spicy deal, a fragrance for spicy lovers, a blend of the holy trinity of spices - coriander, nutmeg, and saffron. At first, I get a blast of spicy, woody, and herbal accords, with a whiff of camomile, dry flowers, hay-like nuances. Then, I perceive the slightly leathery note of saffron with a slight citrus hint of bergamot that fades quickly. I even feel notes of blanched almonds, like almond paste, not as sweet as the marzipan. I adore this mysterious fragrance because of its unique personality. Oriental notes of spicy potpourri open the door to that magical oasis that we have rarely seen before.

Soon, the warm spicy nuance twists into something smokier, and I think it's cypriol oil. The effect is intensely dry and smoky, like a burning brazier on which spices are roasted. The aroma converges into the earthy notes of cypriol in the heart, which is very dominant here. Cypriol oil blends with cedar and sandalwood, reproducing a picture of ancient times, hanging gardens, making rugs and oriental beauty. Although the cypriol adds a slightly leather nuance, the cologne never takes the leathery way. At a certain point, the perfume takes on a scent that recalls the smell of dried figs from Turkey. It is a nuance that does not resemble the classic milky fig, but is much closer to the caramelized fruit, cooked and dried in the sun. This is a nuance that I like and did not expect.

Wrapping the wearer at the base is a decadent blend of coumarin and creamy woods. I get good deep and lasting base notes of warm vanilla, sandalwood and cedarwood. It is like an amber veil that covers my skin for many hours. It might be me; however, I perceive little vanilla. Yes, there is, but it's not a keynote, as many others have said. I don't find it a vanilla scent. It's not the edible type, at least on my nose and on my skin. This is a very welcoming and comforting spiced vanilla. No sugar sweetness here. I get a lot of spiciness at the beginning, then a dry smokiness in the middle, and finally a woodiness with amber reflections. The creaminess of the sandalwood blends with the dryness of the cedar shavings, and the result is impressive.

Babylon is a fragrance that slowly grows on me, and my skin is pleased with this elixir. The formula and scent are simply divine, and I love the warm amber note combined with the woody base. It feels like a long, warm, comforting hug from a loved one. I rarely like gourmand vanilla on my skin. Still, the spice and bittersweet undertone similar to caramel and almond come together in beautiful, sweet harmony. I find it a perfect choice for fall, and as we're heading into winter, I feel this is an excellent addition to the winter rotation. The duration is ideal, while the projection is a bit contained.

I base the review on a decant I have owned since November 2021.

P.S. After wearing the perfume a few times, I can say that in my opinion, Babylon differs a lot from Horizon Extreme, in which the aromatic tones of rosemary prevail. Instead, I noticed a certain resemblance to Lalique Le Parfum Eau de Parfum, especially in the drydown where they bestow the same spiciness and creaminess. While not clones of each other, the two perfumes share some sensations and vibrations.

-Elysium
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PeteRalon007

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Cherry cream tartlets with....
.... Oud! Uiuiui, I wasn't expecting that at all. There's a slight smoky smoulder under the aromatic bell, but it's really only minimal. Nutmeg and saffron slowly float by at the speed of light, as it were, and clear the way for the main course: today we have cherry almond a la L'homme ideal extreme by Guerlain, but stirred creamy and with a tiny splash of light oud on top. It's actually also suitable for diabetics, as the eagle wood adds depth. Superb! A really successful fragrance that loses its oudiness in the dessert zone and drifts off into the flavor of warm vanilla ice cream with a few rasps of sandalwood. Well, maybe there's a little pickled sweet cherry on top. Bon appetit! Please only take one spoonful at a time and don't get greedy, otherwise the good Lord will send you a headache because you've had too much.

The tart stays fresh for at least 8 hours, so always take it easy, even if you have to move the sniffing piece about a hand's breadth away after about 4 hours.

(In addition, the tartlet costs about 180 thalers and needs to be well divided.)

And when? Good question. More like a dessert to enjoy while cuddling or snogging. Or in the evening on the terrace, unless it's 56°C again and you're trying to survive. Otherwise very gourmand, with the crystal-clear advantage that it doesn't make you fat, isn't immoral or will affect your lifestyle for the next 18 years.
Overall unisex, tending towards female, but of course every creature can decide for itself whether it wants to be a squirrel or a caiman with glasses.

The bottle, as always at Penhaligon, is flawless, classic, functional, stylish and with a pretty label and bow.

I like the tartlet. Fine and delicate.
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Dennis1104

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Beautiful sweet oriental with strong parallels to the Oud Save The King
The Babylon is really really nice. A sweet Oriental with great spice, woody facets and a good performance.

The fragrance starts for me even a little smoky and for one or the other possibly slightly exhausting. Otherwise, you get here a great nutmeg spice and super finely processed saffron. The smoky or even slightly scratchy goes away very quickly and after two minutes at the latest you have the above-mentioned spice.
The spice is from the beginning with a nice sweetness underpinned.
One feels here a fine vanilla which, in my opinion, pulls like a thread through the whole scent.
Furthermore, I have the impression of perceiving a very soft trimmed oud note, just as with the Oud Save The King mentioned in the title. The two fragrances have quite obvious parallels.

Towards the end, the fragrance becomes woodier and woodier. This vanilla sweetness is but there to keep the whole still really soft and pleasing.

Overall, a really great fragrance.

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HugoMontezHugoMontez 1 year ago
Saffron and vanilla. A spicy, oriental scent with smoky nuances from cypriol. Nothing new or remarkable. just a nice oriental fragrance. 3/5
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PedroCabralPedroCabral 2 years ago
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Balanced, delicious and exquisite. Excellent blend of cedar and vanilla!
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ElysiumElysium 2 years ago
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A bracing opening of the holy spice trinity, before focalizing on the earthy core. Covering, the base is decadent vanilla and creamy santal
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