Strong, smoky eyes are ruling the beauty runways.
Flapper-style shingle bobs are back on the circuit.
The fashion trends are more Brooks Brothers than a Princeton reunion.
And Baz Luhrmann’s much-anticipated The Great Gatsby is all set to open at Cannes tomorrow (finally!).
Now all you need is a fragrance to match the ’20s fever and everything is set for a 21st century revival of the Jazz era, which is all the rage this season.
Enter Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling – both cocktail and eau de toilette, in keeping with the decade of decadence.
Penhaligon’s master perfumer, Olivier Cresp (the man who brought Angel into the world), based the unisex fragrance on the scent of London Dry Gin and the “bright young things” who drank gin-based beverages in 1920s Great Britain. Don’t worry though, it won’t leave you smelling like a lush.
In fact, Cresp has come up with an intriguing yet delicate fragrance which blends head notes of orange brandy, cinnamon, angelica, and of course, juniper berry with heart and base notes of cardamom, black pepper, orris, brown sugar and leather. It’s unusual – chilling and bracing at the same time – and quite exhilarating.
I have never ever put on this scent and not had at least one person ask me what I am wearing. And it looks stunning on a dressing room table. A word of warning though: you may feel the need to hunt down a smoking jacket post-application.
Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling: The Cocktail
Penhaligon’s has now teamed up with Hendrick’s Gin and Happiness Forgets to create a Juniper Sling cocktail inspired by the notes of this intoxicating fragrance. Crafted by Bar Manager Geoff Robinson, it combines the bitter notes of lemon juice with the freshness of juniper and sweetness of sugar syrup, to provide a delightfully refreshing tipple for our palettes. Personal experience tells me that you will be making jug after jug for your friends and yourself.
And here’s how to go about doing just that!