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Castile (1998)
by Penhaligon's


Castile information

Year of Launch1998
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 207 votes)

People and companies

Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group
Parent Company at launchGlynn Manson and Peter Kedge

About Castile

Castile is a masculine fragrance by Penhaligon's. The scent was launched in 1998

Castile fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Castile

Castile has one of the best neroli openings out there - strong, fresh, vivid, supported by petitgrain and soon augmented by orange blossom. It's quite soapy and refreshing. This is essentially a classic neroli eau de cologne recipe, with some synthetic white musks added to make it tenacious. Sillage and duration are adequate considering the style of composition.

Unfortunately I don't quite get along with the base here - mostly white musk plus some vague woody nuances. The base comes across as a bit synthetic, and a notch below the rest of the composition in terms of material quality. It also smells a bit generic and unremarkable, especially after what goes on before. This one would have been great with a better dry down.

08th July, 2021
I can see why others like this, but it did not work for me. This frag has 3 distinct stages. The opening does have that neroli and fresh green/soapy vibe, followed by a distinct powdery middle stage, followed by a vetiver drydown and skin scent. The neroli only lasts an hour, maybe 2 at most, so if neroli is what you desire I would skip this one. It's more about the powdery vetiver finish, which will linger for many hours. It is very reminiscent of Tom Ford Grey Vetiver by the end, with almost none of the neroli remaining. Oddly if you spray this on a piece of paper and smell it directly, you get 90% powder and almost none of the other notes. So my recommendation is you really need to sample it on the skin over a period of hours to get the full effect. If you are a fan of scents that evolve over time you may like this, but unless you like all 3 of the stages described above, I would skip or sample only. It becomes a skin scent by hour 4-5 so overall I would not consider this a strong performer.

There are much better neroli frags out there, and I would steer you toward Profumum Roma Neroli and Zegna Essenze Mediterranean Neroli first, followed by Tom Ford Sole di Positano and Neroli Portofino.
30th May, 2020
A nice clean neroli cologne - very similar to AdP Essenza but less intense and with more citrus that makes it overall more balanced, refined and interesting. There’s lots of neroli fragrances out there but it’s the blend with the citrus that sets with one apart. It’s become a real favourite and daily go-to for the office. I’m a big fan! Don’t over spray though - it looses all the subtlety that makes it special!
14th January, 2020 (last edited: 17th February, 2020)
In the style of neroli based, classic "colognes", Castile is a sure winner. What makes it special is the twist of rose in the middle, that I feel is what prolongs performance for the better. Castile is an extremely long lasting freshy, with at least 8 hours, and 6 of those house going strong, and 4 of those hours projecting like a beast.

I disagree that this will not fill a room, because it absolutely will. Be careful on the trigger. I over-sprayed with 6 sprays the first time (I had expectations of most of neroli fragrances with poor performance), I think 2 would have done the job well.

Well done Penhaligon's but a bit overpriced. This should cost no more than $70 a bottle imho.
19th November, 2019
A wonderful barbershop neroli scent, this actually smells like Castile soap from Spain. It is a simple combination of orange blossom, petitgrain, musk, and rose, and reminds me a lot of both Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza and Acqua di Parma Colonia. Longevity is also fantastic, with good projection for over 4 hours. I've smelled most of the Penhaligon's line, and this one was my favourite by far. There isn't really much more to say about it other than that this is one of the best masculine neroli scents out there.

19th April, 2019
Similar to other cologne style fragrances with its fresh, citrusy neroli and petitgrain opening that drys down to a soapy musk. There is, however, a nice deviation that happens shortly after the fresh, green opening...some nice, dry sweetness from the orange blossom appears and starts to build a bridge to the clean musk finish.

While it does have better performance than most in the genre, it’s not something that will fill a room or only needs to be sprayed lightly. This can be sprayed quite liberally due to its pleasant nature and light-handed projection. Longevity is fine on my skin, pushing into them 6-7 hour range.
08th February, 2019

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