A fragrance fit for a Maharaja: Vaara, Penhaligon’s new eau de parfum, was originally created as a private commission for His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II. The fragrace is named after his granddaughter. How lovely for a little princess to have a fragrance named after her!
Vaara was created by French perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour. “We chose him because he has the incredible skill of painting a landscape through his perfumery”, says Sarah Rotheram. “He picks up parts of a landscape or a city and produces an olfactory portrait of the place.”
Sarah and Bertrand stayed in the royal palaces in Jodhpur, spent time in the royal gardens and worked with the head gardener in order to understand the fauna. They also went back in Monsoon season to smell the rain hitting the earth after a dry period. They also spent time in the desert to fully understand Jodhpur.
“It’s a very unusual portrait of India”, says Sarah Rotheram. “It’s not a typical Indian perfume. Cedarwood and sandalwood are among the base notes, but there’s a combination of rose and florals to the heart of it that gives it a breath and a lightness. The Indian magnolia gives it a very elegant note.”
VAARA, THE MAHARAJA’S PERFUME
Photos: Courtesy of Penhaligon’s
VIDEO: VAARA LAUNCH EVENT IN LONDON
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