Penhaligon’s Tralala is the brand’s latest release which is inspired by fashion designers Meadham Kirchhoff, which makes sense considering Penhaligon’s have scented the past nine seasons of the fashion brand’s shows. It’s worth Googleing Meadham Kirchhoff to get an idea of the sort of designs they create as it’ll give you a really good idea of what this scent is like; I think it’s spot-on in terms of translating a visual into a scent. I’m using press shots as I was sent an atomiser, but as you can see, the level of interpretation has been taken literally to ensure every aspect of the perfume matches the image of the designers’ creations.
This is probably the most complex and intriguing scent I have ever had in my collection; it’s truly fascinating, and whether it meets your personal standards on what you feel smells nice or not, there has to be a level of credit and admiration given to the brand for creating something so interesting. The heads notes are – Aldehydes, Saffron, Whiskey, Ambrette Seed Butter, Galbanum, Violet Leaf Absolute; the heart notes are – Carnation, Leather, Tuberose, Ylang Ylang, Orris, Incense; and finally the base notes are – Base Notes: Myrrh Resinoid, Opoponax Absolute, Patchouli, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Heliotrope, Musk, Vanilla…see? Complex! It’s quite a shock on first spritz as you’re really hit by the dominant notes of the Leather and Whiskey, and I’m glad this wasn’t around when I was pregnant as there’s a chemical hit that would’ve resulted in me inhaling this in moments, but, surprisingly, it all winds down into a slightly pretty but still quite punchy scent. I think the base notes of musk and vanilla allow this to stay the right side of quirky; I love something a bit different but I still want to smell nice at the end of the day and Penhaligon’s Tralala bridges the perfume gap between quirky and pleasing. In conclusion, if you’re a fan of punchy, vibrant fragrances then this is a worthy contender, but stay away if you’re a fan of traditional crowd-pleasers. Tralala is available at Harvey Nichols and Penhaligon boutiques for £150 for 100ml. It can be purchased online here – link.