English perfume house Penhaligon's will launch a new unisex fragrance from June 2019 called Cairo, which aims to be an olfactive interpretation of both the antiquity and modernity of the city on the Nile...
French perfumer Christophe Raynaud of Firmenich reportedly travelled to the place to gather first-hand impressions, but also took inspiration from the treasures of the department of antiquities at the Louvre museum.
The resulting opus is a rose composition said to have been infused with a wealth of spices and woods. The varietal chosen is Rosa Damascena known for its sweet, honeyed overtones. The eau de parfum is meant to make an instant "fascinating" impression on the wearer, while at the same time releasing gradually and slowly all of its "intense" olfactive nuances.
The historical Spices Road was for Raynaud a starting point for imagining adding saffron and woods to the mix.
As far as the olfactory pyramid goes, the brand mentions top notes of Damas Rose, saffron and incense leading to heart notes of labdanum, Cypriol - it smells of papyrus - and vanilla, while the base rests on Sri Lanka sandalwood, Atlas cedarwood and patchouli.
Available from June 1, 2019 at the Penhaligon's boutiques and sites.
SRP is 199€ for 100 ml of EDP.