Endymion is a modern style cologne from the house of Penhaligon’s. The 130-year-old perfumery has a new trick up their sleeve, and it’s named after a mythical Greek king. Top notes are fruity citrus. Underneath it is spicy, earthy, sage, bergamot, and coffee. Endymion is neck and neck with Blenheim Bouquet my two favorites from the house of Penhaligon’s.
“We will try one a day -All day- so you don’t have to.”
House of Penhaligon’s history:
A Cornish Barber traveled to London and opened up shop next to Jermyn Street’s finest tailors and received a royal warrant. It was a time when being a gentleman was the goal, and a gentlemen’s club was an honorable establishment. That sounds just like our Gentlemen’s Cologne Review Club.
The house of Penhaligon’s started in 1870, and they still run the outfit in the UK. They even use the original bottle design.
We are very excited to get started reviewing each cologne. We will tell you what the initial top note is, what visions it brings to mind, the longevity, and how it changes mid-day. Let’s get cracking.
Aoud Violet Top note: I get a substantial opening of agarwood. To me, this has the wrong aspect of aoud/oud/agarwood. I find it to be rubbery and bitter. I also get the unappealing note from sticky cannabis resin that stays on your hands after trimming weed all day. I can not detect any violet in this scent even though it is in the name. Mid-day: There is an excellent base to this scent, and I thought it would come through, but unfortunately, it did not. The top notes would not give way to complexity underneath. At the price point that they are asking for “Aoud Violet,” I would not expect to smell like the tire rack on gasoline ally. Longevity is not an issue with this. It will last into the evening. This is probably someone’s favorite cologne, but it is not the one for me. I will not be rocking this one again.
Top note: This is a very bright fruit basket with spicy, creamy cedar. This scent has a youthfulness, especially when first applied. It’s the idea of escaping the lecture going outside to the forest and running through the trees. The fruity notes contrast the seriousness of the wood notes. Mid-day: Softened to bergamot, cedar, leather. Longevity is excellent. One application lasts all day. Enjoyable and masculine.
Attaquer Le Soleil Marquis De Sade English: Attack The Sun – Marquis De Sade. Attaquer Le Soleil Marquis DE Sade is my second favorite from this house. It’s spice on steroids. It’s a holiday in a bottle only I can’t figure out which one so let’s go with all the holidays in one container. The main note is cistus need I say more? For those who haven’t experienced cistus, it is a soft, fruity smell with warm honey overtones. It has a musky, clean, dignified edge. Mid-day the same as the first. I love rocking this scent. It makes me feel proud and rebellious all at the same time. Longevity is good. Defiantly feel like the outrageous Marquis de Sade when I have this on. Who knows what I might accomplish?
This scent reminds me of remodeling old Victorian houses. It’s the pop of fragrance you get when you drill or cut into a 100-year-old redwood door molding or staircase railing. It’s wood in stereo. Not loud but soft and subtle. Mid-day: Still all of the wood notes but softened. Longevity is excellent on this one. If you love the scent of remodeling, you’re going to enjoy Rien.
This scent has an initial pop of latex rubber that you would find with fetish fashion clothing. Tom of Finland has the rubber aspect of auger-wood that is usually best to avoid, but it fades off the top almost immediately and is appropriate for effect. Very creatively combined with notes of musk and suede. That initial note fades away rather quickly and what is underneath is a sweet musky spicy men’s cologne. Longevity is ok on this although I did reapply for the evening. They have captured the mystique, fun, and fetish of Touko Laaksonen’s artwork and his legendary Tom of Finland.