Well kiddies, this one is thanks, and in response to, a comment on a post on my review of Penhaligon’s Castile. Commenter alityke mentioned that they had returned from holiday on an island off the Spanish coast (jealous, Tom? Why no, I always gnash my teeth like that..) They wrote that one of the locals turned them on to this little gem as a readily available alternative to Castile, so of course I had to investigate. They wrote that it was available likely at Latino supermarkets or drugstores in LA, which it may be. But I am no longer at The August Times (and The August Times decamped from Times Mirror Square downtown for the wilds of El Segundo years ago) so the local bodega is no longer on the way to the bus. Plus I pay for Prime, so I am going to get my last dimes worth out of it (Consolidate shipping to save packaging? No. I want each of those paper clips individually wrapped and shipped. All 200 of them. I’ll recycle the packaging, thanks.)
$30 and a few days later I had a 150ML bottle unsniffed. Heck, worse comes to worse it’s room spray, right?
Well, it’s not room spray. It’s not really Castile either, at least not a clone. It starts, and stays on me as delicious lemon: alternating from tart and juicy to almost candied. Eureka, Lisbon, Meyer: with juice, peel and pith and a sprinkling of those tart, sweet, crunchy, screaming yellow lemon candies that I adore. Not a whiff of Pledge in there to ruin it. If you love lemon then welcome to Lemon Heaven and tell them alityke sent you.
After a while the aspects of Castile do turn up with soapy lavender and spices and they’re nice, but you know what? I could have happily stayed in the lemon grove all day. Luckily, since it’s available in sizes up to nearly a quart, you won’t have to worry about respraying and running out.
Agua de Colonia Concentrada by Alvarez Goméz is available at Amazon in sizes ranging from 150 (out of stock- the one I got) to 750ML for $72. It is certainly a reason to visit your local Latin grocer, as if there weren’t reasons enough. I purchase mine from Evil Amazon.
Super thanks to commenter alityke for the tip; you guys are the best!