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Portraits - The Impudent Cousin Matthew by Penhaligon’s

Portraits - The Impudent Cousin Matthew by Penhaligon's
Gender: Men
Release date: 2019

Key Notes of Portraits - The Impudent Cousin Matthew

What Does Portraits - The Impudent Cousin Matthew Smell Like

The Impudent Cousin Matthew by Penhaligon's perfume begins with a stimulating aroma of mandarin orange, delivering a crisp, juicy, and tangy sensation that is both bold and inviting. It offers a genuine freshness, reminiscent of peeling a ripe, sun-warmed orange. This bright citrus scent then gently transitions into the heart of the fragrance, revealing a dominant petitgrain note. Petitgrain, derived from the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree, introduces a distinct, green, leafy aroma. It combines a subtle hint of bitterness with a floral character that gives the perfume a fresh, verdant signature.

As the perfume settles, it unveils a foundation of earthy patchouli, grounding the vibrant citrus and green notes. The patchouli is not overwhelming, but adds a certain groundedness with its natural, slightly woody and musky undertone. Together, these three key notes - mandarin orange, petitgrain, and patchouli - intertwine to create a fragrance that is citrus-forward, green-tinged, with a touch of earthiness. The Impudent Cousin Matthew by Penhaligon's ultimately presents a scent profile that is fresh, lively, and gently rooted in nature's essence.

Review of Portraits - The Impudent Cousin Matthew

The Impudent Cousin Matthew by Penhaligon's is a fragrance that captures a distinct personality, one that is both audacious and playful. As you might guess from the name, this is a scent that doesn't take itself too seriously and it's all the better for it.

Rooted in a citrus-forward profile, it carries an unmistakable freshness—a burst of mandarin orange that is lively, invigorating, and unapologetically bright. This fresh and zesty kick is then grounded by the slight bitterness of petitgrain, offering an interesting contrast and a balancing act that keeps the scent from leaning too heavily on the fruity side.

This fragrance shines its brightest during the warmer months of spring and summer, where the fresh and green facets of the scent can truly come alive. It's the kind of fragrance you'd want to wear to a casual outdoor brunch, a day at the beach, or simply during your everyday routine. It's versatile enough to transition from a laid-back leisure setting to a more formal business environment, though its playful character may feel out of place in a strictly formal setting.

The longevity of Cousin Matthew is decent, but it's not a scent that will last from dawn till dusk. The sillage, or the trail it leaves, is moderate and won't overwhelm those around you.

One possible downside is the value factor. While the quality of the scent is commendable, some may find the price point a bit steep. It's a matter of personal preference, of course, and whether you find the invigorating charm of The Impudent Cousin Matthew worth the investment.

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