Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Notting Hill For Men description
English Laundry’s Notting Hill is a fresh and clean citrus scent with a daring heart. Top notes of bergamot, lemon and lime energize the opening with a crisp, bright, and acidic energy that’s both sweet and zesty.
And it’s this bright beginning that makes the jasmine and peppercorn heart so original and masculine. Soon after the citrus fades away, Notting Hill enters a new, rich, and spicy phase. But the acidity from the opening citrus paves the way for your senses to appreciate the sharp attack of the peppercorn note. Which in turn has its more intense edges rounded off by a light, smooth jasmine underneath, and the heart of Notting Hill becomes a sophisticated but spicy exchange between white florals and black spice.
This pairing of jasmine with peppercorn has wonderful effects on how the nose experiences both notes. The jasmine acquires a buttery instead of creamy feel, and the peppercorn ‘s tart floral side comes into the foreground to accent jasmine’s natural floral exuberance. An inner complexity develops in the heart of Notting Hill that is worth returning to as it continues into the dry down – there are simply too many hidden facets in both notes not to pay attention to how they play together on the skin.
The base is made up of bright cedar, metallic musk, and smooth nuances of warm amber and sandalwood. The high tenor cedar note fashions a harmonic bridge between the buttery jasmine and the sweeter notes in the dry down, while keeping the dry texture of the peppercorn intact.
And it’s this combination of the sweet, full texture of jasmine, sandalwood, and musk against the brightness of cedar and peppercorn spice that drives the allure of Notting Hill. It’s a rare feat to experience a fragrance that can amply display two very different textures simultaneously without losing focus, but this scent manages it quite well.
Notting Hill will appeal at once with its velvety, crackling confidence and bright citrus. It’s also a very versatile scent that will transition well from day to night and wearable to the office, the gym, or for a romantic night out. The jasmine and peppercorn heart alone is worth sampling this fragrance, along with its other finely-textured charms.