Neroli (Orange Blossom)
Penhaligon’s – Portraits Collection – Cousin Matthew
Encased in a grandiloquent glass flacon topped with a gold-tone duck stopper, the Impudent Cousin Matthew eau de parfum by Penhaligon’s is fresh citrus fragrance with woody depths. Announcing its presence with sparkling mandarin, it develops with patchouli for a base that is rich and darkening. Penhaligon’s background story on Impudent Cousin Matthew is as charming as ever. The brand description reads as follows: “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.”