And here he is again-
So I guess I will be popping in on Wednesdays for the foreseeable (sorry for the late post)
One of the things about Covid and all the lock-down for me has been that I have not set foot in a retail store since the beginning (even during the short time they were open.) So I have (gasp!) not been to Scentbar in years.
Let’s say that one again: NOT BEEN TO SCENTBAR IN YEARS.
Yes, I, who practically prefaced every review, if not every waking thought, with “I was in ScentBar the other day and…” The combination of closures and Covid paranoia kept (and still sometimes keeps) me out of places: my job requires that I interface with at least some of the public, so I try to keep my time out limited. It’s to be hoped that after Omicron (and Theta, Gamma, Epsilon, espadrille, or extinction) come and go we can get back to normal.
I had of course been aware of Penhaligon as a house, you would have had to have been living on the rings of Saturn not to. Weren’t a few of them the listed favorite of several Royals? Weren’t they the default gift soap of a certain set? The kind that you see in the better powder rooms across the world, smelling of orange blossoms and old money? The ones that you dared not touch when washing your hands?
So one day out of the blue I got an email that there was a winter sale at Penhaligon’s online store and I could get a two-fer on Castile the perfume and even a discount. Having been starved for retail more than oxygen during the long lockdown I went for it.
So, what does it smell like? Well orange blossoms and old money. (NST had a great take on it and a wonderful story about Bella the Bulldog) Penhaligon’s own site blathers on about “A warm Mediterranean breeze bears the scent of orange blossom down a hillside. Neroli spills sun-born freshness; a smile spreads involuntarily across one’s face. Spanish summer, in an eau de toilette.” Okay, well my exposure to a Spanish summer has been limited to lunch at the Super Rica in Santa Barbara, but we’ll take your word for it. I get simple, clean smelling blossoms, slightly sweet. I do think that over-application would be a bad thing- you don’t want to be coshed over the head with a sock full of soap, and there could be the possibility of this being the Axe Body Spray of the overbred (“I don’t need a bath, Mumsy, I used your spray!” said Chad after riding..)
Do I like it? Yes, totally. It’s a lovely (and probably original) version of a “no brainer” scent: fresh, clean, but without the cheap air freshener aspect you can sometimes find in “clean” scents. Were I appearing in front of a judge I think it would be the first thing I reached for. Will I buy again? I don’t know that I will outlive the two bottles I have, but sure. Should you? You tell me..
Castile is available at the Penhaligon website, $165 for 100ML. I didn’t pay that.
Image: Stolen from Penhaligon