Bentley Beyond - a New Trio of Fragrances
Bentley, the luxury car manufacturer, has previously launched a number of quite popular mainstream perfumes under their brand name, however recently they have introduced their first collection of exclusive fragrances named Bentley Beyond – The Collection; a trio of niche scents that matches peerless ingredients with exotic destinations, housed in beautiful Lalique crystal bottles.
Bentley Beyond – The Collection aims to become a luxurious addition of scented accessories to the people that love journeys and explorations and enjoy the thrill of independent travelling. The evocative campaign sets the three precious fragrances in spectacular scenery of sea, mountains and jungle.
Composed by three rising young female master perfumers, the first trio of the collection takes us to three different countries, each associated with an olfactory note and a color theme inspired by Bentley Motors’ exclusive palette.
The first one takes us on a trip to Acapulco, Mexico. Exotic Musk, an ambery musky composition by Mathilde Bijaoui, uses tonka bean, the seed of the cumaru tree that's native to Central and South America, to create a scent that evokes the sensuality of Acapulco nights. Silky, rich, velvety and creamy, with a hint of almond and tobacco, the scent is wrapped in a thick blanket of musk. It's a comforting scent with a mysterious touch that is enhanced by a surprising dry vetiver note that makes a a brief appearance and plays a game of contrast with the tonka bean.
The second ones takes us exploring in the rain forests of Java, Indonesia. Wild Vetiver, an aromatic woody scent by Sidonie Lancesseur, uses as a main ingredient the precious root of vetiver that grows abundantly as a bush in Indonesia. In Wild Vetiver, it's citrusy and sparkly thanks to the top notes of bergamot and pepper, while verbena adds a dash of green. The dry down is smoky, earthy and deep with a slight leathery / mineral feel thanks to birch and amberwood. It's a true celebration of this precious raw material that I love so much and when I smell it I visualize the moment the plant gets pulled from the earth and the release of scents that it brings.
The third one takes us on a voyage to tropical Goa, India. Majestic Cashmere, a woody fragrance by Julie Massé celebrates the lush tropical beaches and striking architecture of the once Portuguese colony. Created around a trio of notes that celebrate India, earthy patchouli, resinous incense and smoky vetiver Bourbon, the scent goes off the usual oriental track and starts off abstract with cashmeran and mineral notes, while powdery orris and ambrette soften it's heart before tonka bean, musk and ambery labdanum warm up the whole composition. It's a powerful scent, beautifully balanced, deep and lush.
*Samples were provided from the company for my review; views are my own.