Blade: Gillette Blue
Brush: Copper Hat Synthetic
Soap: Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Doppelgänger Ox Blood
Aftershave: Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Doppelgänger Ox Blood Splash
Other: Thirsty Badger lather bowl
Today felt like a Fougere Friday kind of day and luckily this new addition recently hit my den. I had no experience with Penhaligon’s Sartorial, the fragrance this pays homage to, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew it was a fougere and I’d heard it was along the lines of Brut. I just love the look of the packaging, specifically the Ox Blood colour scheme so I figured what the heck. Boy am I glad I did.
PAA describes the Sartorial scent as Fresh, Spicy, Aromatic, Floral, Woody, Metallic and Sweet. I can see how people would smell this and think Brut, but I’d say this is a more sophisticated fougere, a bit more refined. I saw a comparison I really liked… Brut is like sparkling wine, Sartorial is like champagne. Brut it a bit more, in-your-face, with Sartorial is a bit softer around the edges. They play well together, both have things I really like about them, and both are perfect additions to the den.
As I work with the ck6 base more and more, I’m finding two things: 1. light touch on the loading, it doesn’t take much of a soap load and it is VERY easy to overload this soap. 2. it is very thirsty, add more water. Keep those both in mind and you are rewarded with a fantastic performing soap. My only knock on this base is that it seems to have a bit more residue than your average soap so it makes cleanup a bit more of a chore. I typically can just rinse the razor and pat dry but with this soap that would leave a soap film. Not major, a quick wipe cleans everything right up. Just something I noticed.
The aftershave is spot on for the scent on this too. Nice and strong, but not overpowering. A fantastic finish to a great shave…. all because I liked the colour of the label. haha. I also find I really like the green label, an homage to Paco Rabanne Pour Homme, another fougere I’ve yet to try. I can see another den add in the future.
Happy Fougere Friday everyone!