I knew that I loved Penhaligons Castile at the first spritz. Penhaligons is a beautiful, refreshing orange blossom cologne. An elegant and well-crafted neroli. It isn’t ground-breaking but it is a wonderful example of a very wearable citrus floral cologne.
The opening of Castile is triumphant. It’s bitter neroli with enough greenness to remind one of sunny, early summer days before it’s too steamy hot. Wearing Castile is like being under a shade tree. To say it in the fewest words possible, the opening of Castile makes me happy. It is so well balanced. It’s less choppy and harsh than 4711. Castile wears smooth, especially for a neroli/orange blossom cologne. The blossoms are white, elegant and there is enough citrus juice in Castile to round it out. It’s one of those scents that I can’t stop sniffing. Like all neroli scents, Castile’s jubilance declines; the staying power is adequate. Castile is still a thrilling, citrus blossom heavy scent but with more spice (not foody spice, herbaceous/green spice). The spiciness and greenness of bergamot and orange tree leaves becomes more apparent. With time the dewy rose is evident. It wears so agreeable on me. It reminds me of warm Southeastern nights at this stage. The dry-down is warm and musky, like I said before. Castile wears like an EDT, so I bet in the summer one barely notices the subtle skin-like dry-down. It probably evaporated before it hits the dry-down! I’m wearing this, oddly enough, in the middle of December and I pick up on warm musk. Not a white musk or anything frou-frou like that, but something rich like a super watered down Kiehl’s Original Musk, slightly woodsy too, but not overly animalic. It’s smells like warm skin in the sun. Throughout the wear, Castile is clean and fresh and always sophisticated. You guys know I love a good neroli cologne! And my nose right now thinks of Penhaligons Castile as the epitome of the “good” neroli cologne!
Notes listed include neroli, petigrain, bergamot, orange blossom, rose, precious woods, and musk.
Penhaligons Castile isn’t a ground-breaking, run-out-and-bu- it-right-now kind of fragrance, but Castile is on my wishlist. I’d go buy it right now if I didn’t have a generous amount of Tom Ford Neroli Portofino left. I see Castile being my summer purchase (I go through 1 neroli perfume every summer). It’s a lovely everyday scent and I see myself wearing it frequently on 65º+ days. I would get lots of millage out of Castile in the summer (and the rest of the year). It’s so easy to wear and “work appropriate” in my opinion. Like most orange blossom colognes, Castile is unisex. However, I feel that it wears much more feminine on me than I expected. The white floralness of orange blossom and dewy floralness of rose is emphasized by my chemistry. Slightly spicy, white florals are dramatized on my skin anyways, so this isn’t much of a surprise. Most of the wear of Castile smells very “girly”/flirty on me. The rest is a perfect balance of fresh/green, spicy, and tart. Castile is just playful enough to not be boring 🙂
Give Penhaligons Castile a try if you are a neroli fan or if you like scents like Tom Ford Private Blend Neroli Portofino, Serge Lutens Fleurs de Citronnier, Diptyque L’Eau de Neroli, Annick Goutal Neroli, Guerlain Imperial, and/or Kilian Prelude to Love.
A 3.4 oz bottle of Castile retails for $120 at Beautyhabit.
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