It is late summer and the edge of evening. Fields flecked with gold stretch out towards the horizon. The heat of the day rises up from the parched earth; a warm breath against the paling blue of the wide, cloudless sky. The sun descends, burning between the old oak trees. An owl, parchment white, emerges from the shadows. As dusk deepens, the crescent moon brightens.
The scent, held in this long dim before nightfall, is heady, rich and spiced. It carries with it traces of a verdant midsummer and the drier, deeper notes of the season’s end. It is layered and complex, belonging only to this time of year. For Summer 21, it is this scent we have sought to capture.
We began with the field and the warm, cracked earth. In recreating this we married nutmeg with vetiver; the dry, dusty sweetness of the nutmeg complimenting the woodiness of the vetiver. To add warmth and depth we introduced olibanum, with its peppery, incense-like facet, and benzoin siam, bringing a rounded, gently balsamic flavour.
For the memory of midsummer, we turned to the citrus notes of bitter orange, lime and green mandarin. These full, zesty top notes cut through with a freshness that we softened with the quiet, floral notes of jasmine and neroli. While only faint, we included the herbal, culinary notes of coriander and basil, hinting at the green growth of the hedgerows.
Though these ingredients combined to capture a distinctive scene, we continued to search for something that might embody the amber glow of the evening - that soft, mellow haze that seems to fill the air. We found it in ‘Hierochloe alpina’, more commonly known as hay. Warm and sweet, with tobacco and almond undertones (it naturally contains coumarin), the hay brought the missing element.
Summer 21 arrived today! An absolute stroke of pleasure giving GENIUS! The last two hours I’ve been inhaling it’s exquisite transformation, an absolute magical combination, so perfect for me.... I’ll have this as my signature scent from now on! It’s totally blown my Penhaligons out of the water.... Don’t change a thing... I’d buy it forever! Thank you.
I received my summer 21 and doubted if Spring 21 could be beaten as I adored it - it has been and it’s so beautiful- it’s the most exciting day when that beautifully wrapped perfume arrives - so lovely, worth every penny.
This was my third delivery with both previous having exceeded my (already high) expectations. Summer 21 is no different - it’s beautiful & embodies liquid gold.
Brimming with delight I have just received the exquisite nectar that is Summer 21. A complex and soulful synthesis that encapsulates summer solstice. A joyful meditative aroma. My heart, soul and mind are singing!
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NB: For a full breakdown of our ingredients, please refer to the ingredient list on the main fragrance page. The list below is for the identification of potentially allergenic molecules - our natural perfume oils are grouped under the term ‘Parfum’.
Alcohol denat (77%), Parfum (18%), Water (5%), d-Limonene*, Linalol*, Citral*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Eugenol*, Geraniol*, Coumarin*, Farnesol*, Benzyl Cinnamate*
* Scientific names for molecules found inside our natural ingredients.