A lifetime ago, I had the ridiculous good fortune to stay at the iconic Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong. I’d travelled in Asia before but it was the sweaty, hut-on-a-beach, ladyboys and night markets kind of experience.
This was sooooooo not that. If there are ladyboys at the Peninsula they are very, very good ones and probably have designer wardrobes I girl like me could only dream about and certainly never squeeze into.
Anyway, I was completely unprepared for this new (for me) clash of imperial opulence, languorous humidity reminiscent of tiki bars and backpacker’s inns (for me), and the straight-outta-Blade-Runner Hong Kong city vibe. From the eighth floor of the artificially cool, marble lined interior of the hotel, I stepped onto the pool deck into air so warm and wet that steam swirls around my limbs, and gazed out to the incredible skyline of Hong Kong island as I submerged myself in water only slightly cooler than the moist air.
When I first spritzed Deep Euphoria, somehow I was back at The Peninsula, pinching myself (not literally, I would have sunk) as I lazily floated in a pool I will probably never manage to tip a toe in ever again. The basic notes of the scent themselves are classic (you might say conservative the same way you might, erroneously, call Calvin Klein conservative). A spark of pink pepper that opens up into a dark rosy core of peonies settling on a hazy, open base of musk. The mix is thrown slightly towards the oriental with wafts of savoury mandarin leaf and the earthy spice of patchouli, but then, then, the whole thing is draped luxuriously, languorously, in a synthetic molecule fragrance junkies will know well. It’s cascalone. For newbies, cascalone is the ingredient that’s added to mainstream scents like Acqua di Gio and L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme to create an aquatic effect, not beachy at all but cool, calm, still.
This light watery effect is just lovely to me. (Why they called this “Deep” Euphoria I don’t know, I guess “floating in a posh pool in Hong Kong” wouldn’t fit on the stopper). It’s not long lasting at all, and drifts off my skin within an hour, but personally I’m OK with that, it’s enough for an evening, or a day-dream, to just float away for a little while.