Today and yesterday I have been wearing Penhaligon’s Sartorial. Inspired by the tailors of Savile Row, Penhaligon’s Sartorial is outrageously good and it comes as no surprise that the nose behind it is none other than the prolific Bertrand Duchaufour.
Sorry, I couldn’t help the flippant title. If any UK readers remember the Fast Show with the overly familiar tailors you will understand why I couldn’t think of Savile Row without thinking of their catch phrase. I especially liked the Johnny Depp episode! But I digress.
Sartorial opens with woods: both vintage and polished. There is beeswax in there, and some light gentlemanly spices. There is a blast of green aldehydes on first applying this, which beds down into a manly middle phase, which makes you want to see the hairy chest under the shirt button.
In the middle there is lavender and leather and a hint of Spring time linden blossom, but it’s the base notes that do it for me and which hang around for about seven hours on my skin. (This is intended for men but I think it is excellent on me, even if I say so myself).
The finish of Sartorial does indeed smell like a posh tailor and very much makes me want to go and get fitted for hideously expensive trousers. There is Oakmoss in abundance, and lots of prickly patchouli, and balsam, and Myrrh, and brand new leather belts and more rich antique wood and oh…it does what it says on the tin to the power of a hundred. Penhaligon’s Sartorial is terrifically good and deserves to become a classic.
Over on Fragrantica, at least 14 readers have decided that it smells like Brut. I can’t say they’re wrong, it may smell like Brut to them and I cannot argue with a subjective response. However, in my opinion, if Brut smelled as good as this and was as woody and rich then I would be wearing it every day. And so would my husband.
Now although I like to champion inexpensive perfumes, I also think its worth stating a case about pricing sometimes. Penhaligon’s may look expensive but actually a 50ml bottle of Sartorial is £52 on allbeauty.com at the moment. When you compare that to a lot of mass market High Street stuff, Sartorial becomes pretty competitive but the quality and longevity is far superior.
Stockists: You can buy Penhaligon’s Sartorial from the website Penhaligon’s, or try the lovely sample tin of 10x2ml samples before buying blind. In the USA and Canada, you can buy in person from branches of Saks or Wilkes Bashford or LuckyScent in LA, or online from Amazon.com and Amazon.ca, where Sartorial is just over $90.