Portraits - The Blazing Mr Sam 2018

Portraits - The Blazing Mr Sam by Penhaligon's
Bottle Design Marc Ange, Illustration: Kristjana S Williams
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Portraits - The Blazing Mr Sam is a popular perfume by Penhaligon's for men and was released in 2018. The scent is spicy-woody. It is being marketed by Puig. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top Notes CardamomCardamom CinnamonCinnamon
Heart Notes Heart Notes CuminCumin SaffronSaffron Black pepperBlack pepper
Base Notes Base Notes VanillaVanilla PatchouliPatchouli CedarwoodCedarwood TobaccoTobacco

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Submitted by Cincy, last update on 12.01.2023.
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From self-knowledge to fragrance ... or vice versa?
Fragrances as a mirror of the personality, or at least as a counterpart to it. A nice thought, even if firstly difficult to implement and secondly hardly encountered in practice. With the flood of mainstream hype à la Sauvage, Bleu de Chanel and, it pains me to say this as a friend of fragrance, Aventus, a hopeless undertaking, since ubiquitous presence in excess and personality are, in my opinion, only compatible to a very limited extent. So how does one go about using scents not just for the sake of courtship or morning routine, but to underpin one's character as appropriately as possible through the olfactory sense? In my case, this was done by analyzing fragrance notes, reading comments, and the overall reputation of the scent. Designer fragrances were ruled out ahead of time, as I wanted something special that couldn't be found in every drugstore. Snobbish approach, but good. Gave in to the neuroses. So I tested my way through numerous fragrance lines, from Amouage to MFK to Parfums de Marly and so on. Cedrat Boise seemed an interesting choice, Layton too, as well as Amyris, Baccarat Rouge and Musc Ravageur. I even considered Duro, but immediately discarded him, even though I would have liked to see myself as a tough, edgy guy with him in combination. Finally, I arrived at Reflection Man, which had been doing it for me for a long time. A fabulous scent, not an insider's tip, but still of rarity value in the normal, non-scent-obsessed world. The image that the best of Amouage exuded made me daydream self-indulgently about our future together every time. The gentleman, the clean-cut man, the well-heeled diplomat who is universally loved and appreciated, never gives offence and always chooses the right words and actions. That was me and this fragrance reflected this perfectly.

"Please? Wait a minute Is that really you or do you just like to be what you think is associated with this perfume?! Don't deceive yourself, you are far from those character traits! Wear the perfume because you like it, but don't bask in its glow as a white knight, which you are not (yet - editor's note)!"

Touché! The inner voice has stood up to the utopian notions of the happiness center. And right she is, I am indeed not. I have drifted from searching for a fragrance that matches my still-changing personality to searching for one whose reputation I would like to match my personality to. An important realization for me, because I didn't want something like that. Self-image and foreign image should fit together, at least in this case, that was my goal.

Nevertheless, I put my search on hold, because I was a bit disillusioned by the temporary result. But unexpected often comes and so it happened that I was recently again testing new fragrances, including some Xerjoffs, such as 40 Knots (great, high-quality fragrance). Almost incidentally, Penhaligon's The Blazing Mr. Sam was sprayed on my wrist, which I didn't pay much attention to; I was too taken with 40 Knots. As the day went on, however, I lost more and more control and was only sniffing Mr. Sam, which I had previously dismissed as an overpriced mainstreamer. More and more I liked this actually simple composition, which reminded me a bit of my favourite Spicebomb (original, not extreme). Now I started to do some research and came across the remarkable stories of the Portraits series from Penhaligon's. Highly recommended, almost comic book like. In doing so, I found Mr. Sam's story exceedingly interesting and, to my amazement, somehow applicable to my life's journey. Not the nouveau riche or playboy posturing, but the impetuous, brash, and not-always-correct-with-your-head-through-the-wall strategy. If my mother were to read the description, she would probably smile and somewhat cynically claim that this would apply perfectly to her son. The same goes for the scent itself, which according to her would be far too sweet, just like the ones I have accumulated since puberty and which she resists. But that fits yes, what else she is not used to from me.

Hm, wasn't that exactly what I actually wanted? A perfume with which one could identify me without problems? Something that stays true to my line, but still seems special? In a sense, a metamorphosis of my old familiar sweet favorites, only in niche? Yes, it was and is. The fictional storyline of the frivolous Mr. Sam on top of that an absolute win for my dimples. I just can't lie to myself, whether I dislike it or not.

As for the fragrance itself, there are no surprises as long as you've familiarized yourself with the fragrance pyramid. Is it special? Yep, a familiar to me in rudiments, spicy-sweet smell that has been refined and can be compared at least a little with V&R Spicebomb. It's particularly closely related to Penhaligon's Halfeti, but without the oud touch and rose, and a bit sweeter instead (more cinnamon?). In the base notes, the two eventually diverge further and tobacco joins in nicely, giving Mr. Sam a much more masculine face than Halfeti. Wearable for me in all situations, in all seasons. Probably more in cooler times, but that remains to be seen. I would associate Mr. Sam with younger gentlemen who can be elegant, but also like to let off steam, while remaining determined - just like his portrait. However, he also invites you to feel good and brings a certain boost to your self-confidence. Somehow also a small replacement for my Egoist by Chanel, which I like so much, but which is less suitable for everyday wear for me. Not too over-the-top like One Million or the Gaultiers, but also not as prudish as other representatives of the spicy genres. Kind of perfect, at least for me.

Can it pass for mainstream-inspired? I think so. Does that bother me?

No, not at all. Why? Because it doesn't exist in mainstream like that, period. Plus, it seems high quality, projects perfectly, and lasts easily 8 hours on up. Does it bug me when scents from niche brands are denigrated because they probably smell mainstream? Absolutely. Why? Because fragrances are fragrances and they just smell the way they smell. More important to me is the fineness of the composition and naturalness of these, which for me have a high level. It can and should not contain now times every perfume Oud, the best sandalwood or other to act extraordinarily own. So that is now times.

I have found my Buddy and my Buddy probably me - Completely without having to pretend me. In a few years, it will then maybe still Reflection Man, when the stormy times are over and I have dedicated myself to respectability. For the moment, however, I am very satisfied with my horned beast, which may accompany me from now on.
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Proud bull meets landed gentry
I have to admit, Penhaligon´s has captivated me with this family history. Mr. Sam, a proud, self-confident new rich man, enters the noble house, begins a love affair with the young Duchess Rose and fits like a bull into a porcelain shop or even into the ducal gallery of ancestors.
For me the character is well implemented. Mr. Blaze is there right away, not quietly stepping, not reserved, yet charming and not still....Winter spices are sharpened by pepper and enter into an interesting composition with a relaxed wood note. I also like the tobacco breath, no burnt ashtray, no cold smoke, rather noble flavoured tobacco mixture from the Bruyere-pipe. Not obtrusive, but the smell still hangs in the salon or in the suit of Mr. Sam.
Since I smoke a pipe myself, I can trace the smell of tobacco a little. My environment certainly perceives it even more consciously when I myself smoke a gourmand tobacco mixture
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The motivated rookie in the shark tank!
I honestly don't even know where to start here?!
The description that the portrait is of someone in the fast lane is as accurate as a fist in the eye.
I can't even say why exactly, but it just is.
What's that smell like now?

The start: pleasant, aromatic, slightly cigar-like tobacco with a light boozy note, to which a little cinnamon, saffron and vanilla is added.

After the Dry, the whole thing simply becomes a bit more supple and rounded.

According to my nose, this fragrance does not offer much change at the beginning, which will not happen in the next few hours
Does he have to? Definitely not. Sometimes less is more, and that's what has been perfectly erased in this case.

Where is the best place to wear this fragrance? A question that is quite easy to answer.

At a business appointment to radiate Confidence and to bring the last persuasive power with you. Or at a wedding to become the compliment magnet of the evening
In other words, you should get dressed up for it rather than just being dressed up in loose clothes. This noble drop should be used in style!

Season? Apart from the above scenarios, probably more suitable for autumn, winter and spring.
However, it is not for the summer.

Age group? I would say, as Penhaligon's already described or rather it leaves the impression, rather for the younger and wild as well as aspiring star on the walk on Fame, who writes "I am here, I am here".

Conclusion: even though I don't use this fragrance too often, it is clearly one of my absolute Top 3 fragrances in my collection!
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I am Blue
A fragrance that falls into the house with the door and makes it cosy. On a slightly rainy autumn afternoon.

Just a moment ago we took a leisurely walk and watched the leaves fall. The ground was dry and the air filled with spices. Must have been a city park and somewhere on the corner someone was apparently selling waffles and spicy tea.
But slowly the sun went down and you went home again. Once there, the stove was loaded with wood and a warming fire was lit.
Outside it suddenly began to rain lightly, yet unpleasantly, and just as suddenly a storm rang at the front door. There he is. Sam. Agitatedly brings the dry, warm spice from outside and apologizes for his unannounced visit. But Sam seems to be a friend from the old days. But he is also a bit rushed, because cumin and pepper are stirring and add to the autumnal serenity. Under his coat he brings out warm waffles. They fill the room with a cinnamon-spicy sweetness and merge smoothly into the warming living room, where a wonderful fire radiates comfort.
One sits comfortably together and enjoys the tender waffles and the company on this slightly rainy evening.

Even though Sam is described in the history of portraiture as being quite indignant, he comes across as a sensitive gentleman. Of course, there's nothing to say about the gracefulness of the flacons.
Sex of the wearer? It doesn't matter.
Occasion? All the time, actually.
Haven't tried it yet? Then it's about time
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I think we met before, mister
You know that nice feeling which we have sometimes for a few minutes when something seems familiar to us but we do not know from where and what is it?

This is how Mr. Sam started the acquaintance with me, leaving me confused for a few minutes .. but then, I realized that we met before, in another context - I will explain.

Penhaligon´s, which is a company owned by PUIG is one that can be called many names but for sure not boring or bland -> they have the lovely portraits collection with esquisite bottles, they have the history and they have an interactive website which can take you to the history of the brand.

Mr. Sam here is the twin brother of Halfeti, also created by Penhaligons under the crafted hand of Mr. Provenzano, I would not wonder if Mr. Sam is also his creation, even if the perfumer´s name is not present here nor on Fragrantica.

If you know and like the spicy character of Halfeti, with its notes - then Mr. Sam is the same, and if you do not know them, I can tell you that they start very strong with cardamom and almost cake like cinnamon, followed by a peppery feel and then they follow into a goodness of sandalwood with aromatic notes.

And the longevity is better on Halfeti, for some reason. Enjoy my long video :) !
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EstbienlaEstbienla 7 months ago
Indeed, it's almost the same perfume Trade Routes Collection - Halfeti less tenacious and less powerful than the latter
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HermeshHermesh 4 years ago
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Saffron and cumin push themselves to the fore and overlap woody-oudy background. Cinnamon-vanilla sweetness can only partly restrain them.
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