Sartorial 
Penhaligon's (2010)

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A fragrance for a new generation of gentlemen, inspired by the scents of the workroom at Norton & Sons, bespoke tailors of Savile Row.

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A lush, lavender forest that is both slightly harsh and fresh out of the shower clean. Sartorial has strongly vintage vibe, and authentic barbershop smells you can find, and it's aromatic qualities, sweet and wet talcum powder vibe, subtle herbals and smooth over all effect declares it one of the best of it's genre.

Sartorial opens up sharp lavender with a hint of metallic and sweet notes, and goes ahead taking along it's sweetness of the opening, but never forgets to get rid of that sticky syrupiness, and dries down to a simple yet comforting and alluring aroma with oakmoss and leather. I also find ylang ylang and some sweet vanilla like fresh note ( which i think is coumarin) the dominant notes. A well done modern take on a classic formula.


I disagree that At the Barber and Sartorial are so similar that you don't need both. You probably DON'T need both, but I felt At the Barber was an oily barbershop tonic which, while pleasant, is 100% being at an old style barbershop, while Sartorial is the amazing and wonderful smell of steam-pressed high end linen shirts; metallic, starchy, slightly chemical, clean. Then the dry down brings the smooth barbershop scent, with green wood, soap, and that faint metallic note still. Sartorial is somehow outdoorsy and soapy at the same time. While it is arguably very very masculine, in the starched white dress shirt and barbershop way, I adore it and wear it myself. Not unisex, but easily enjoyed by anyone. And to some degree, soap is unisex so the clean starchy soap metals of this melange are sure, unisex. Why not?


After a brief aldedydic-metallic blast, a violet leaf, a neroli note (soft and smooth), some cardamom and a pepper note combine to a rather unique impression that is full of discreet fresh and slightly herbal spices. at times touches of ginger give it a slightly crisper touch. An intriguing start.

The drydown brings out floral elements, mainly a pleasant lavender, with linden blossom and tins of beeswax, which all contribute a discreet background sweetness.

The base adds a smooth leathery undertone together with wood notes, mainly cedar and a touch of gurgum presumably (it is rather weak), with the herbal-spice note being enhanced by a myrrh impression that combines with a darker patchouli. This patchouli is rather soft without any harshness or edges. The sweet side is further affirmed by a discreetly honeyed tonka together with a set of white musks, but these find a counterbalance in the emergence of a restrained ambery oakmoss with an underlying carpet of white musks underneath. Towards the end I get a bright and somewhat soapy background impression.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection, and eight hours of longevity on my skin.

The first half of this spring scent presents an interesting and quite various array of a combination of elements, with the softly spicy character the main constant that holds it together. It is only in the base that the name appears more relevant, with the leather and woods alluding to the tailoring profession's premises.

The first part is the more original part with its interesting twists, whilst the second part, which displays the sartorial theme, is the more predictable, traditional, and also the more generic one, with many of the vast array of ingredients unable to develop fully - "the more the merrier" appears to be the motto here. Some of the base ingredients are of good quality though. Overall though an nice creation. 3.5/5



If you like classical fragrances you might like this. It smells similar to how some classical smelling white soaps are scented. That's in the opening. More or less an everything but the kitchen sink thing.

In the drydown the beeswax becomes more and more prominent. The honey is background only. It does steer things away from the kitchen sink combo.

A muskiness as can be found in Grey Flannel also joins in.

That does make for a nice enough scent all in all but it's definitely not for me.


The old reliable

Sartorial is a pleasant fougere that's one of the stronger offerings from Penhaligon's. Its spicy, peppery opening gives way to a warm amber drydown lightly dusted with tonka. The fragrance has a lovely depth and maintains a dark and bitter edge so that it does not collapse in the dry down, nor succumb to becoming overly sweet.

Its longevity on my skin was surprizing. I gave myself one spray to the wrist in the late afternoon and this lasted until the next morning.

This is a great fragrance for daily wear that is neither obtrusive nor boring. It also, for lack of a better, more analytical explanation, just smells very good to me.


This is a beautiful gentlemanly barbershop fougere scent that smells like a niche version of Brut aftershave. The dominant notes in this are a mix of lavender, the scent of metal, green herbal notes that smell of oakmoss, and a splash of honey. The mix of the 4 notes is extremely pleasant. I especially like the herbal green notes in this, and in fact I prefer this to Houbigant's Fougere Royale (another barbershop fougere that I used to own). Performance is also pretty great with this fragrance. Maybe the best of the Penhaligon's lineup, along with Castile.

5/5

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