Halfeti by Christian Provenzano for Penhaligon`s 2015




Heya Niche Nerds,

I done’t remember this little beauty being released. Clearly I must have read about it somewhere but the name rings zero bells at all. Nick, my mate from Libertine Parfumerie sent me a sample to try and he usually knows what I’ll like so let’s give it a test run together.

Halfeti by Penhaligon`s 2015

Halfeti by Christian Provenzano

The Penhaligon’s story goes: All respectability forgotten, we have travelled far, as far as Turkey! And here in Halfeti, the red roses appear black so intense is their magic. Here, the British Levant Company traded in the opulent treasures of the Ottoman merchants to secure the pick of the crop.

Libertine gives these featured accords:
Top: Grapefruit, Bergamot, Green notes, Armoise, Cypress
Heart: Cumin, Nutmeg, Violet, Saffron, Rose, Jasmine, Muguet
Base: Leather, Oud, Amber, Resins, Tonka, Vanilla, Sandalwood

Dry leather, nutmeg, oud and some sweet resinous funk open Halfeti. I know that Val the Cookie Queen would not enjoy wearing it because the familiar oud/woods/leather trope is front and centre. Here it’s dark, sharp, smoky and animalic. A very masculine leaning woodsy concoction. So nothing incredibly groundbreaking but expansive and powerful for a Penhaligon’s scent, who are usually so quietly reticent.

Obviously I can imagine this on a man but in my head I wonder what sort of woman would wear Halfeti? She would have to be strong willed, happy to break the mold, probably unknowingly walking through life causing change and creating new roads for people to follow. Halfeti strikes me as a comfortable fit for a woman unafraid of being judged, happy in her choices and able to command. There you go, some scent inspired ramblings.


Longevity is excellent and once the fireworks burn off a sweet, soft and comfortable woodsiness encapsulated within a soft focus vanilla/amber will hum above your skin for hours.

So, do I like it? Yes, I like it a lot but I have something quite similar and I can’t pinpoint what it is, or was. Don’t worry, it will come to me at 4am.

Further reading: Now Smell This and Fragrance Daily
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What fragrances do you think of for people who break the traditions?
Portia xx



7 thoughts on “Halfeti by Christian Provenzano for Penhaligon`s 2015

  1. I am madly in love with Halfeti. If you love that one, you will also like Levantium, I think. I have full bottles of both. A few other frags remind me of Halfeti, like Atelier Cedre Atlas, John Varvatos Dark Rebel and Polo Supreme Oud (weak versions). Enjoy your find!!!!


  2. I agree with Gina. I bought Halfeti in December. It has been my most worn for winter here. I sniffed Levantium in London last week, and they are brothers/cousins. Halfeti is sumptuous and warm.

    Fun story…my 15 year old daughter has a cold and cannot smell well this week. I put Halfeti on her for school yesterday. She said two girls and a boy asked her about it because it was nice. She is not a perfume lover, so this was exciting for her. She asked if she could have the bottle. I said no! She can share it with me.


  3. I absolutely love Halfeti. It’s the only perfume I wear and people are always commenting on it – always positive and usually wanting to know what it is. It’s intoxicating. I thought it may be too heavy for wearing in the far northern tropics of Australia, but no. I hope they forever make this scent, otherwise I’ll be buying a minibar fridge and stocking up.


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