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Sartorially = elegant
So far none of the scents of the British house of Penhaligon could warm my heart. That should change dramatically with this creation - literally.
But to begin with. As I said, skeptical of various other Penhaligon creations, I went with a negative bias to the Sartorial test. I was particularly curious about what to expect, as the description of the fragrance here at Parfumo says "woody-spicy", while many perfumers write of "sweet notes".
The start: I hear violets that soften the scent, something peppery and a bit of ginger. And then that which somehow cannot be grasped, some of the previous speakers quote the smell of ironing or tailoring. I guess that's the aldehydes spreading out. And in fact, anyone who's ever had the pleasure of setting foot in one of those super-nice tailor's shops on the Savile Row in London knows what I'm talking about. Hard to grasp, this scent, even more difficult to put into words.
A fine, soft, elegant fragrance that spreads on my wrist. A hand flatterer. And a nose flatterer in equal measure. Already after a surprisingly short time, the first notes of the heart note come to light. Above all the beeswax emerges clearly, violets I mean to smell further, the leather specified in the smell pyramid I do not recognize however, not.
And then this fine and soft scent, which envelops you like a cashmere jacket, becomes a little softer and yes, also sweeter. I blame it on vanilla, tonka, I still hear the wax and a little sweet honey.
The durability of this English gentleman is for an English brand considered almost unbelievable, with me quite loosely over 10 hours. It's all the more astonishing that the Sillage doesn't behave that way right now. This is relatively clearly perceptible in the first hour, but afterwards the whole thing coincides with me on a radius "body plus 25cm". Not at all unpleasant, after all, it is not everyone's cup of tea to tell their environment the scent of the day. Too bad a bit anyway, because the scent is a really fine one. A luxurious one. One that accompanies you from morning till night, wraps you up and cares for you. One that makes you feel good.
But - there's always a but and here it comes. As fine as Sartorial is, so round is it, so soft, so sweet, so pleasing, so without corners or edges. And that is exactly MY problem with this fragrance. I like guys who stand out, who are loud at times, who attract attention. Sartorial isn't one of those. And that's probably why he won't make it into my collection.
Nevertheless: A great, handcrafted high quality thing with many noble ingredients - and therefore an 8.5 - even if I don't buy it - it is still worth a test for everyone!