Penthus Excolo; discontinued: 1/24/08
Posted 09 November 2004 - 05:47 PM
This is a light, fragrant scent of water notes and florals. It is very similar to the discontinued scent Tears (as one might think), so if you are broken up about Tears going bye-bye, you might give this one a try. In fact, I am wearing both right now, to compare.
Wet, Tears is saltier smelling, and Penthus has a light floral floating over the water notes. Dry, however, I can barely tell the two apart!
Posted 16 November 2004 - 12:20 AM
Freshly applied, this is sweet, white roses growing across a cottage fence by the sea. The lovely bloom of the rose mixes perfectly with the sharp tang of salt...these two notes balance each other so beautifully. The salt gives you that familiar feeling of sadness in the midst of beauty.
As it dries, the saltiness moves back and is replaced with a serene herbal coolness. The innocence and sadness of the rose slowly develops into a slightly more pungent incense-y sweetness.
Penthus is surprisingly long-lasting, and is a truly gorgeous and interesting rose scent.
Posted 22 November 2004 - 09:58 AM
I think this is a really interesting scent but not sure if I like it enough to buy a 5ml. It might be better as a summer scent as it's so light and soapy (not meant as a bad thing).
Posted 23 November 2004 - 04:10 AM
kind of makes me want to go swimming, actually..
Posted 25 November 2004 - 06:57 AM
This also happened to me with Dragon's Tears, so it looks like my screwy body chemistry won't let me wear any BPALs with salty aquatic notes. :P
Posted 25 November 2004 - 05:49 PM
Posted 30 November 2004 - 03:48 AM
On my skin: It briefly smells sharp and green. Then, Penthus becomes soapy.
I don't know what my body chemistry did to brutalize this perfume but after a minute it smelled exactly like Irish Spring soap.
Luckily, it faded quickly or I would have had to wash it off.
This post has been edited by darkling: 30 November 2004 - 03:50 AM
Posted 02 December 2004 - 04:20 AM
I like this a lot. I also liked Tears, but it doesn't remind me of Tears much – the rose makes a significant difference on me. I like rose, though, and I really like the melancholy saltwater overtones of this white rose. It's beautiful.
Posted 02 January 2005 - 09:26 AM
On my skin the salty notes are most prominent, leaving next to no space to the rose to express itself. I am not surprised; I usually can't do salty scents, Dragon's Tears being the only exception so far.
Upon drydown, Penthus suddenly changes personality and goes from sharp and salty to soapy without warning.
Hopefully this imp will find a home with someone who will wear it better than I do.
Posted 06 January 2005 - 08:47 AM
I don't know how to describe it, but this smells...tall! It's not thick, it's not heavy, and not really deep, but tall! It reminds me of getting a package with soap in it, opening the package and getting a face full of soapy goodness.
This post has been edited by tart: 06 January 2005 - 08:53 AM
Posted 12 January 2005 - 01:02 PM
On Me: A sharp note has been added to the aquatic florals, giving this oil an incense feel to it. I can see why this scent is named after the god of mourners. There is real sadness here, a melancholy scent that makes one think of black veils and tears, flowers thrown on a grave, and the sharp taste in your mouth from crying too long. Its very, very faint, but that adds to the charm.
A keeper, and maybe even a big bottle later.
Posted 14 January 2005 - 05:25 AM
Wearing: It’s much lighter on my skin, a fresh burst of … citrus? Very pale citrus. I like this scent quite a bit more than I expected to… so far the rose is a no-show (which is good because rose isn’t my favourite and my skin always amplifies it) and the incense hasn’t gone funky.
Posted 22 January 2005 - 03:57 AM
Posted 22 January 2005 - 05:39 AM
On me: More floral, the roses definitely start coming out on my skin. Less masculine than I'd expected it to be, but also more perfume-y. Has a bit of an outdoorsy smell to it, like being in a garden lined with cypress trees. Goes from being lighter and outdoorsy on my skin to being more close, evoking a darkened parlor-turned-viewing room. Starts smelling wridly citrusy after a while.
And so... I like it, it agrees with me, but it just doesn't send me. Not high on my priority list, but it's okay.
Posted 17 February 2005 - 06:19 PM
Wet, it's a bracing ocean breeze that comes across a meadow. It's a very nice mix of sunny freshness and stinging bitterness.
Dry, well, I cannot tell. It fades quickly on my skin.
This was very masculine. So much so that even if it did not disappear, I would not wear it (I'm a girly girl, I guess). I am very eager to have my husdand give it a go, though.
Posted 18 February 2005 - 09:16 PM
but the rose saves this one, it is a beatiful scent very "white" to me the rose is the strongest note, the salty smell is barely there which perchance is why i am liking it :P nice, is more of a summery rose, i do not get teh negative funeral association but then i avoid funerals so that could be why.
Posted 08 March 2005 - 11:43 PM
There is a sorrowful, hollow quality to this; the sort of chest-heavy feeling you get after hours of bearing your own grief and being strong for others. The scent anticipates the moment when you can finally weep and set free that part of the other person you were holding to earth.
It's interesting in comparison to Loralei, which feels like a more "embodied" sorrow, if that makes any sense.
Posted 12 March 2005 - 03:25 AM
It melllows pretty quickly and becomes soft and very much like an expensive perfume on me.
It morphs into a dry thin scent pretty quickly, similar to the way sepulcher did, only no incense, so that must be the rose I'm smelling. If this were a white wine, I'd drink it, but as a perfume it's too refined for me. I like mine a little bit dirty, a lottle sexy, this one is all high class, don't touch.
2 hours and it's almost completely gone. I thought I'd love this scent, and now I'm wondering if the white rose is an ingredient for me to avoid as much as I love rose?
Posted 16 March 2005 - 06:17 PM
The calla lily of Penthus is just too strong for it to substitute for Tears, though it is a beauty in its own right -- high and piercing as a mourning wail. Maybe too strong for me in the long run, though.
Posted 18 March 2005 - 12:32 AM
This is really an intense floral for me. It's strong at first, but then fades out to nothing after awhile. I feel like I say 'interesting' in every review. But that's what it is, it's really interesting and intense and cold white floral and crisp humid air.
This post has been edited by Julilla Regina: 18 March 2005 - 12:33 AM
Posted 05 April 2005 - 08:49 AM
Posted 05 April 2005 - 10:32 PM
This is probably totally the lab description influencing me, but the vision I get from this one is an ancient chamber made of pristine white marble, with red rose petals strewn around. The site of intense grieving, where someone (probably young and unexpectadly) was recently lain to rest. All is quiet, except for the faint gurgling of fountains in the distance, and the soft echo of a procession of footsteps sadly walking away.
Penthus makes me feel reflective and a bit somber. Not my usual reaction to rose scents, but something I really like.
Posted 22 May 2005 - 03:56 PM
Final Impressions: As my reviews for rose scents are all the same, perhaps I should just stop reviewing them. *sigh* :P
Posted 30 May 2005 - 05:37 AM
Posted 10 June 2005 - 01:06 AM
I smell a complicated cool (not sweet or cloying) rose, sharp out of the vial but softening quickly that stays true to this softened scent throughout. It lasts a long time and has a good throw. I've never tried a salty/aquatic blend so I'm not sure what I should be expecting from that. I have read though that calamus is an aphrodisiac so maybe that is one reason I like this so much --- I'm falling in love with myself! :P
This is a sophisticated, adult, summer scent. If you like rose at all, try it.