Portraits - The Impudent Cousin Matthew (2019)

Portraits - The Impudent Cousin Matthew by Penhaligon's
Bottle Design Marc Ange, Illustration: Kristjana S Williams
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Portraits - The Impudent Cousin Matthew is a new perfume by Penhaligon's for men and was released in 2019. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is being marketed by Puig.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesMandarin
Heart Notes Heart NotesPetitgrain
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli



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The problem with Matthew, the time and the pressure pain
"I noticed right away it's a pressure pain when you press on it." (Lothar Matthew)
There are wisdoms in life that hardly lack a certain logic. With supposedly simple knitted scents, such as those from the Portraits series, this is often similar: you get what is written on it in such a way that you can clearly identify the individual components. "I always liked simple songs" I quoted John Lennon for "Radcliff" from the same series. At times this also applies to "Matthew", but as far as the logic and recognizability in the structure of the components is concerned and especially its endurance, he doesn't really want to convince me. He doesn't really touch me. "The problem with Matthew seems to be only a problem of time and place[...]" begins the official characterization at Penhaligon's. I would reduce the sentence to: "The problem with Matthew is the time."
The opening is furious. The two tones of mandarin and petitgrain have a wonderfully tingling effect, here the leaves, twigs and unripe fruits of the bitter orange seem more dominant, the mandarin gives the whole thing at best a little lemon pulp. This is British and noble and actually a bit youthful nonchalant. Within the first hour this initially strong citric impression turns into a vetiverhaft green. The leaves and twigs seem to take command. Far off off I think I'm hallucinating a light leathery touch, I blame it on a certain resemblance to "Agua Fresca Vetiver" in this phase. And then, after about one or two more hours, the boy runs out of breath with the duck head. Wasn't there something about Patch as a base? I'm afraid not at all. But even if it was only used as a fixative, it didn't do a good job in the long run.
That would be all well and good, but sorry, not for the price. This causes a pressure pain with regard to the spray head every time you press on it.
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MrHonest 11 months ago
Lovely bright and soapy petitgrain that hints at neroli in the opening, but more metallic in the heart. Very simple, subtle and understated.+1

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