Empressa by Christian Provenzano for Penhaligon`s 2014


Post by Portia


My mate Nick from Libertine Parfumerie sometimes gives APJ product for giveaways. A package from Nick is ALWAYS a sweet surprise and he is a lovely guy who wants to have the best range of niche fragrances for Aussies to choose from. Please Aussies, even if you don’t enter today’s competition, go and have a look at the amazing fragrant beauties that Libertine Parfumerie has for sale, you will be astounded. Lately Nick’s buying power has become so good that some (not all) of his products are the same numerical value as you would buy them for in the USA, that means with the current Aussie dollar that they are in fact 20-30% cheaper!!! AMAZING! Currently €195 is AU$309!

So today we have a FIRST DAY OF SPRING DOWN UNDER GIVEAWAY! Thanks Nick.

Empressa by Penhaligon`s 2014

Empressa by Christian Provenzano

Empressa Penhaligon`s FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Blood orange, bergamot, mandarin orange, peach, pink pepper
Heart: Rose, geranium, neroli, dewberry, cassis
Base: Vanilla, cacao, olibanum, amber, musk, patchouli, sandalwood, brown sugar

OK! So yes, I can see why people are likening Empressa to Coco Mademoiselle but I think that sells it short. Yes,  zingy fruits & citrus open the mix but I think the pink pepper gives it a sizzling lift. The heart is not as creamy in Empressa but sharper, and more interesting for it. Maybe I just want to like it better because I love the mother-of-pearl packaging, the acid green ribbon & box liner and think that Penhaligon’s have done a terrific job on the production. But like it better I do. It reminds me more of Enchanted Forest with that supersonic berry/ivy combo.

Empressa sparkles and scintillates in a way that CHANEL’s CM never did on my skin. It’s young and frothy, vibrant and fruity and not too far removed from the mainstream aimed at under 25s. Yet somehow it manages to be above them. The blending seems really smooth which surprises me given the high octane nature of Empressa, there really doesn’t seem to be a baseline till well past the heart. It’s all sugar coated fruits and a fluorescent bouquet only cut through slightly by the squeaky green of the ivy. Then on my skin it kind of fades away, very little base at all.

Great party frag.

Further reading: Sophie Says and Candy Perfume Boy
Libertine Parfumerie has $279/100ml with FREE Australian Postage
First In Fragrance has €195/100ml + samples

Want to try it? See below,
Portia xxx

AllSteele giveaway 1Photo Stolen AllSteele

Empressa: Penhaligon’s GIVEAWAY


This week we will have 4 winners who will receive:
1 x 10ml Empressa by Penhaligon’s (decants from my bottle)
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me (portia underscore turbo @ yahoo dot com dot au) so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ


Please go to Libertine Parfumerie<<JUMP and pick a fragrance from the Penhaligon’s line and one of it’s notes there NO DOUBLE UPS!!

Extra Chance?
Tweet: Empressa by @PenhaligonsLtd GIVEAWAY http://wp.me/p3PURw-4e4 #Perfume #Giveaway @giveaway


Entries Close Thursday 3rd September 2015 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winner will be chosen by random.org
The winner will have till Sunday 6th September 2015 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

27 comments on “Empressa by Christian Provenzano for Penhaligon`s 2014

  1. willa says:

    ELLENISIA. Gardenia. Email. x

  2. Nikki R says:

    I follow via email

    Opus 1870 – Yuzu

  3. vivian says:

    I folow APJ by email
    Lily of the valley is always a favorite. I love the top note of bergamot in it.

  4. Jaybee says:

    Yay spring! Yay for Nick! Juniper Sling, cinnamon. Follow by email. 🙂

  5. Annet says:

    CORNUBIA – Jasmine

    Annet via Bloglovin

  6. Patty Pong says:

    Quercus, lime. By e-mail 🙂 *oh how I hope that’s not a double up*

  7. Hiya, I follow via e-mail. Vaara, Quince!

  8. gina says:


    Elixir due to cardamom

  9. Ellen says:

    I follow by email. Ostara-Narcissus. I hope I’m getting this correctly as I’d really like to try it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Lilo says:

    olaaa .. I follow by email and facebook.
    Opus 1870. Thank you G.. 🙂
    Lilo recently posted…Empressa by Christian Provenzano for Penhaligon`s 2014 + GIVEAWAYMy Profile

  11. Michelle U says:

    I follow via e-mail,Facebook and I also Tweeted!

    I picked Vaara with the creamy saffron note (always wanted to try this one), I would have picked Victorian Posy which I love but it is discontinued.

    Thank you for this amazing opportunity! Wish you all the best!

  12. Rene Groyer says:

    I follow by e mail and choose Artemesia which has green apple notes

  13. Robert H. says:

    Hi Portia,

    Email follower, and I went to the Libertine website and actually went through the Penhal line and picked out Violetta with its heartnote of violet. I hang my head in shame when I say that I’ve never tried this scent that has been a touchstone for Penhal for so long!

  14. Lindaloo says:

    Following by email.
    I’ll choose Juniper Sling with its Brandy topnote.
    Thanks to Libertine and you for this generous draw opportunity.

  15. zaza says:

    By email and Facebook. Thanks for it. I choose Vaara- saffron.

  16. DebB says:

    Endymion. Coffee.
    I follow by email.

  17. Fazal says:

    I would choose LP No.9 for men and the note Orris since i already have and like this perfume. I follow APJ through email.

  18. Trish W says:

    Email follower – I choose Iris Prima, with Iris Absolute & Green Amber +++

  19. BB Mc says:

    Hi Portia, I follow via email and I very much enjoy Violetta. Love the violet note 😀

  20. Morrigan says:

    Ostara – appropriate for us in the southern hemisphere! And the note is hawthorn for its lovely little clusters of flowers.
    I follow by email, and I wish I could update it to alert me each time you update as opposed to once a week.

  21. Nemo says:

    I follow by email! Gurgum wood (what IS that?), Sartorial. Thank you!

  22. flowergirlbee! says:

    i follow by email.bluebell.hyacinth.

  23. sharon says:

    Peoneve – Hedione

  24. Pats says:

    Hi Portia, I follow you by email and blog.
    Penhaligons dont do things by halves…. perfumes and packing are impeccably British, don’t ya know! A favourite fragrance is Bluebell and Bluebell! So beautiful. I gotta try this Empressa – the supersonic berry/ivy combo sounds fascinating! thanks a lot. 🙂

  25. lena says:

    It has to be Violetta for me – I can’t go past a violet scent (I do wander sometimes, but find I always return to my favourite note). And I follow by email.
    Thanks Portia, such a generous giveaway 🙂

  26. Scott says:

    Sartorial. Ginger!
    folow via email

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