Penhaligon’s Sartorial Fragrance
It can be difficult to find a fragrance that takes you effortlessly through the seasons – like your wardrobe, your scent can date. With light, citrus scents being the fragrance equivalent of summer espadrilles and warming, spicy aromas of jasmine and incense acting as a Fair Isle for your dressing table, a timeless fragrance can be difficult to come by.
However, Penhaligon’s latest fragrance, ‘Sartorial’, is bridging the gap between summer and winter as we edge into July. Tellingly inspired by the scents of the workroom at Norton & Sons, part of the infamous elite bespoke tailors of Savile Row, the fragrance was created by French master perfumer, Bertrand Duchaufour – previously of Comme des Garcons, Givenchy and Christian Dior, as well as Penhaligon’s 2009 fragrance, Amaranthine.
Created as a modern interpretation of a classic Fougère – the name given to a certain branch of fragrance, often consisting of sweet and woody scents that are particularly popular in male perfumes – Sartorial combines the classic base notes of oakmoss, tonka bean and lavender with honey and spices, along with more unusual leather and metallic effects, so as to perfectly emulate the illusion of standing within a tailor’s workroom.
Continuing the innovative choice of ingredients, the Sartorial scent also integrates beeswax, emulating the traditional process used by tailors as they run each thread across blocks of wax before stitching.
Overall, Penhaligon’s Sartorial fragrance combines traditional perfumery with the story of classic bespoke tailoring, creating the perfect scent for the modern, style-conscious gent.