Sartorial 
Penhaligon's (2010)

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Penhaligon's says:

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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There are 70 reviews of Sartorial by Penhaligon's.


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

Jan 22, 2021


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.
Dec 20, 2020


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.
Dec 30, 2019


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
May 28, 2019


A pastiche barbershop foguere through and through. A combination of natural lavender and oakmoss with green synthetic aldehydes and a spicy backdrop of pepper and cardamom. Given the "everything but the kitchen sink" notes listed, you would think this would be a bit of a mess: instead, the scent is much more linear and straightforward. As it dries down, the spiciness intensifies and the leather comes forward, with very gentle notes of honey and powdery vanilla.

Eau de Toilette fragrances are generally not my thing: the scent is far short-lived for me to enjoy. However, I find that they can be much sharper, more jagged and exciting while they are around. This is the case with Satorial: it doesn't project much and the longevity is 4-5 hours (2-3 as a skin scent) but it does have a lot of interesting bite.

It's a masculine scent, more retrograde than modern. I find this to be good for what it is: at $35 for 1 ounce bottle it should be in the collection of anyone who enjoys an interesting take on a barbershop scent. It's shockingly straightforward and a bit weak but it's a very nice ride while it lasts.

7/10
Mar 9, 2019


Here's my recommendation: You should have either Penhaligon's Sartorial or Maison Margiela's At The Barber in your cologne collection. These are so close that I believe one or the other doesn't add much to the mix. I'm guessing that whichever one you start with first, you'll fall in love, and then after getting the other, you'll prefer the one you've been using. I like them both, but I've had At the Barber for several months, sampled Sartorial, and concluded, based on price and scent, I'll just stick with the one I have.
Feb 21, 2019

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