Definition: Relating to tailoring or style. “Sartorial elegance”
Penhaligon’s marketing description: “A fragrance for a new generation of gentlemen, inspired by the scents of the workroom at Norton & Sons, bespoke Tailors of Savile Row”
Top notes: Spicy moss, steamed fabric with a slightly honey pop. Underneath: Beeswax, chalk, spice, herbs, and a metallic vibe.
Brings to mind an old tailors shop I visited in Venice Italy several years ago where you pick the material, and they make a custom fit suit. Classy and refined. Sartorial would be the ideal cologne for special occasions, always keeping in mind that for a true gentleman every day should be a special occasion.
This was the second cologne from the house of Penhaligon’s first produced in 1902. The best information we have suggests it was made for Lord Randolph, Winston Churchill’s father, whose residence was Bleinheim Palace. Sir Winston Churchill was a fan of Bleinheim Bouquet. Top note: Lemon, lavender. Underneath I get pine and wood notes. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. This scent takes me to the turn of the century in London. If you close your eyes, you can almost hear horses clopping and boats on the Thames announcing their arrival. I also had a flashback of a hotel concierge. It was at the London County Hall hotel on Westminster, and they know how to care for a gentlemen traveler. Every morning when I arrived in the lobby, I would be greeted with a newspaper, fresh-squeezed orange juice a scone and a pleasant “What would you like to do today sir.” Wow, so many memory’s from one scent. That’s why I love reviewing cologne. Longevity is an issue with this one, so put it on heavy or reapply throughout the day. You should try Penhaligon’s, Bleinheim Bouquet. You will be glad you did.
Top notes: Citrus mandarin, tangerine, and lemon. Underneath: Mossy spice and clean, fresh linen, black pepper and lavender. Bayolea has a crisp freshness. It reminds me of walking through gardens at Versailles on a warm afternoon with all of the scents of the gardens combined with orange blossoms in bloom.
Top Notes: Gin and juniper. Underneath: Citrus and cinnamon. Very clean, pure masculine cologne. It has an old-time edge to it. It is something straight out of the 1920s. Juniper Sling is the scent I would expect on a gentleman who just motored up in a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost wearing the leather driving hat, goggles, long leather jacket, and gloves. If you’d like to give off the impression that you just stepped out of a time warp from the roaring twenty’s, this one is for you.
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.
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.