The Impudent Cousin Matthew Eau de Parfum by Penhaligon’s
Olfactive Family – Citrus
Perfume Author – Alberto Morillas
The trouble with Matthew seems to be just one of location and timing; wrong place, wrong time. He is, it’s true, never far away when things go awry. Educated, he gallantly takes the blame without contestation and is mildly surprised to cause such a nuisance for the actions of his delightful twin sister. And so he contemplates the sky, a dandelion, or a muddy gate for hours, to forget the latest bother with Nanny. He really can’t remember putting dead frogs in her bed, but if Flora says he did, why argue?
First appearances can be deceptive. This eau de parfum has a pedigree that is unexpected. Mandarin is open and fresh and sparkling, patchouli gives a base that is rich and darkening. In between it’s also breezy, dazzling, vibrant, a lesson in the very best of modern refinement. Easy-going and confident, this is a fresh fragrance of consequence.
Head Notes – Lemon, Mandarin, Petitgrain
Heart Notes – Cardamom, Juniperberry, Cypress
Base Notes – Guaiac Wood, Musk, Patchouli
Penhaligon’s is the story of a Cornish Barber who traveled to London and opened up shop next to Jermyn Street’s finest tailors. Who received the royal warrant and trimmed the Shah of Persia’s beard. At a time when one’s toilette was of primordial concern and to be a gentlemen was an affair of great application. Victoria was Queen, antiseptic was making its first appearance – and ankles were considered titillating stuff. It was 1870.
Penhaligon’s today consults his recipe books, and still produces in the UK, in the original bottle design.