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Esprit du Roi (1870)
by Penhaligon's

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Esprit du Roi information

Year of Launch1870
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 17 votes)

People and companies

HousePenhaligon's
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group

About Esprit du Roi

Esprit du Roi is a shared / unisex perfume by Penhaligon's. The scent was launched in 1870

Reviews of Esprit du Roi

Don't get me wrong. I don't think this is the most groundbreaking work from Duchaufour. It is built along more conventional lines, but each step of the way there are little twists that keep this fragrance interesting and separate it from the rest of the generic-fresh flock. It is quite clever - not overtly so, but in its own way. I won't list all the notes, but the tomato leaf opening leading to the ylang-ylang/geranium floral heart particularly appealed to me. The drydown is more aldehydic than I would like, but it's fairly pleasant, if somewhat demure.

This is something I can wear to my (very conservative) workplace every day without people staring at me like" WTF?", all year round. Wearability is key here.
17th December, 2012
Very woody tomato leaf and geranium. Like most Penhaligon's it is fresh and clean, and a fair sillage and Projection. Nice change from florals.
06th October, 2012
This one opens up with a standard woody, citrus accord. Some tomato and raspberry leaves join in and later a littler geranium. There are some aldehydes in there and some florals join in the heart as well. In the base, some hints of vetiver, sandalwood and musk come through. There is a lot going on in this fragrance from start to finish and overall it comes through as sophisticated and easy wearing.
09th February, 2012
HEAD NOTES: Citrus Accord, Bergamot, Mandarin, Cedrat, Mint, Tomato Leaf, Davana Essence, Aldehydes, Cardamom Absolute

HEART NOTES: Clove, Egyptian Geranium, Madagascan Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Honeysuckle

BASE NOTES: Vetiver, Cedar, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Raspberry Absolute, White Musk, Ambergris, Oakmoss, Africa Stone

... and a partridge in a pear tree. So many ingredients, such wasted potential.
On me, this is a overly "bright" and quite generic fresh-spice scent. Like many drugstore scents, a heavy hand with aldehydes dominates and ruins this. It is supposed to be a "lush woody citrus" but none of those aspects really are presented.
Given the price and promise of quality which does not appear, I find this to be very poor value and I do not recommend it.
21st January, 2012
Bertrand Duchaufour's 2011 re-working of Esprit Du Roi revisits the fougère territory of the previous year's Sartorial, but with less cleverness and a diminished sense of fun. The intention seems to have been to build a masculine around the idea of sourness: there's a feisty grapefruit at the beginning, followed by a tangy, not entirely appealing herbaceous edge which probably comes from the raspberry leaf absolute (all rasp; no berry). This in turn causes the hay aspect of the coumarin to come out in goosebumps, which ultimately causes the temperature of the whole to plunge to sub-zero depths. If you get up close - and I mean really close - you can detect the faintest growl of an animalic base, but otherwise wearing this feels like being on the receiving end of a chilly glare from a boss with a distressing love of performance management.
10th November, 2011
I don't know why Basenotes states this was launched in 1870, as the Penhaligon's site states it was launched in 1983 and is now part of their re-released classic scents.

This contains 20 ingredients:

Bergamot, Mandarin, Mint, Tomato Leaf, Davana (?), Cardamom - top
CLove, Egyptian Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Honeysuckle - middle
Vetiver, Cedar, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Raspberry, White Musk, Africa Stone (?), Amber

It opens with a burst of citrus - \Mandarin and Bergamot, supported by mint. It then begins to warm and the Clove emerges, reminding me of a well-balanced Bay Rhum. After half an hour, the citrus and Clove are gone and we are left with a warm Sandalwood.

A very pleasant scent and one that would have been more appealing if the citrus/clove combo had not disappeared so quickly. Very nice but costly compared to other citrus/clove or outright Bay Rhum combos available today.
05th October, 2011

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