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Windsor pour Homme (2016)
by English Laundry


Windsor pour Homme information

Year of Launch2016
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 24 votes)

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HouseEnglish Laundry

About Windsor pour Homme

Windsor pour Homme is a masculine fragrance by English Laundry. The scent was launched in 2016

Windsor pour Homme fragrance notes

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Reviews of Windsor pour Homme

English Laundry Windsor has no right to be as good as it is. Its ersatz Parfums de Marly packaging, tacky "bro"-ish brand posturing, and astonishing cheap pricing all indicates that the juice contained inside is bound to be a chemical nightmare. But what you'll actually find inside this bottle is a clever and unique exercise in scent engineering.

Many entries in the English Laundry line appear to be clones, but while Windsor draws from many predecessors, it offers a unique olfactory experience, as though you dumped a grab-bag of notable masculines into a petri dish and it developed sentience. As such, Windsor offers a bit of everything: there's a bit of "scented candle" spiced gourmand tobacco here, a bit of contemporary "going clubbing" synthetic sweet fruit blast (especially prominent in the opening), and, most increasingly, the ghost of an old-school barbershop fougere that comes to the forefront the longer it sits on skin. The dominant impression I get is of mulled wine with some green undertones.

If this hybrid sounds odd, well, it is, but Windsor has been crafted with skill. Windsor may be essentially linear, but it's well-structured, so that it all feels focused and intentional even though its notes are densely layered. Windsor remains pleasing through the drydown, avoiding the thin, abrasive chemical drydowns that infest so much of the current fragrance market. Performance is commendable, with tasteful projection and good longevity.

All in all, a fine offering that successfully offers "luxe" ambiance at budget prices paired with a unique scent profile. Windsor may be less likely to appeal to seasoned collectors unless they have a particular fascination with this kind of spicy-sweet masculine with an autumnal edge, but at current prices, it doesn't require much financial investment to try out.
02nd September, 2019
Christopher Wicks is something of a behind-the-scenes fashion designer whose self-professed "child of the 60's" vibe sort of places him in a real-life Austin Powers sort of role, especially with the shoulder-length hair, campy pin stripes, big-rim glasses, pearl buttons, and poet sleeves he sports on coats that go down past the thigh. However, whether or not you've heard of him or his contributions to fashion bear little impact on his English Laundry venture, which has putted around almost in the background of the perfume world since 2010. English Laundry has been quietly releasing well-crafted and well-performing fragrances with an affinity for English pomp and circumstance, delivering styles both classic and contemporary, but seemingly focusing more on men, which is a tactic they learned from the French-but-once-English house of Creed. Indeed, English Laundry sets itself up like a luxury prestige house aimed predominantly at white collar upper middle-class men that want something a cut above the department store din, packaging most of its scents in monolithic bottles adorned with crests and labelled with hyperbole like "Elegant, Arrogant, English", and delivering most things as an eau de parfum. Density and performance seem to be favored by the house as with many luxury brands over the $300 mark but there is just one problem: English Laundry retails directly from the house at $60US and often ends up in discounters for $20. Hmm.. quite the conundrum eh? Windsor Pour Homme (2016) leans more towards the classic end of the style spectrum for the house, and delivers a nice mature vibe for guys looking to smell like something other than clean citrus and synthetic ambergris, presenting an astonishing value for what it is.

Windsor Pour Homme is set up almost like a cross between something like Pasha de Cartier (1992), L'Occitane Eau des Baux (2006) and Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb (2012), competing in the same heavy olfactive space as Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille (2007), the concurrently-released Parfums de Marly Layton (2016) and future Creed Viking (2017) but costing pennies in comparison. Windsor Pour Homme comes in with apple, grapefruit, and bergamot, treading familiar semi-oriental fruity fougère territory like the aforementioned Pasha and Layton, but adds in some peppercorn mid-stride to recall comparisons to both Eau des Baux and Spicebomb. The lavender, cardamom, cinnamon, and clove keep Windsor Pour Homme squarely in the spiced barbershop fougère sector the future Viking would also visit in the heart notes, so if this kind of "classic dad smell" isn't your thing, you might want to skip out on Windsor Pour Homme. The base takes a left turn at what would normally be a traditional oakmoss, vanilla and tonka foundation by adding in tobacco and vetiver, sharpening up the finish to be more along the lines of Tobacco Vanille but without all the cloying richness and tonka overload that scent contains. In the end, we get a restrained and balanced cross between a modern "tonkabacco" tobacco-style and an 80's/90's semi-oriental barbershop fougère similar to Jazz by Yves Saint Laurent (1988) or Avon Mesmerize for Men (1992). Mulled and spiced fruit, lavender, oakmoss, and tobacco thoroughly convey the traditional masculinity a name like "Windsor" conjures, perhaps even better than any other house which has borrowed the name for a masculine perfume, with outstanding all-day performance and tight eau de parfum sillage that won't part the Red Sea on your morning commutes. I'd keep this to cool or cold weather due to the spiciness, but otherwise Windsor Pour Homme is a pretty generalized kind of shindig.

What's interesting is the sheer number of comparisons it gets to scents it smells nothing like all over the internet, including everything from Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent (1981) to Bvlgari Man in Black (2014), but Windsor Pour Homme does seem to net in a lot of people who don't have much experience nosing fragrances due to most finding it in discounters and casually scooping it up for the attractive packaging. The same can really hold true to other members of the English Laundry line, and I have read thoughts of X English Laundry smelling like Y designer, only to conclude that they likely sit too snugly in the middle of several popular styles to really stand out on their own for the general public, which may be the only point of fault here for the house. So too is the same criticism I lob at Windsor Pour Homme: if you own pretty much anything I've named above, you really don't need this scent at all since it just crosses between them and straddles cheekily. But, if you don't own anything I have named above, and especially don't like the idea of paying $300-$500 to smell like some of the same ground this English Laundry covers (particularly with the Creed or Tom Ford), then snapping up a bottle of Windsor Pour Homme can save you a boat of cash. I wouldn't say Windsor Pour Homme is necessarily a clone of anything, but it does ride in a well-worn groove within masculine fragrance tropes, but just adds a dash of this or that to distinguish itself, but lack of originality aside, it punches way above its weight and earns its keep in my book. If Christopher Wicks manages to bring this kind of quality at this price, plus can somehow pull off something semi-novel, his English Laundry line may yet sneak out of the shadows and into the spotlight. Thumbs up.
23rd June, 2019 (last edited: 24th June, 2019)
Sweet cinnamon and clove opening, kinda like Spicebomb but more mature. Has something like an old aftershave smell. I'm blaming the oakmoss because that's the only note that seems to feel old school. There’s definitely things I like about this in the modern fragrance sense but it’s very grounded in old school, mature.

Average projection but really good longevity. Lasts all day.
13th November, 2018
Windsor is what Creed's Viking could have been.

I sampled both on the same day and was blown away by the similarities in the drydown. Both rely on cinnamon and spice. The major difference is that Viking goes immediately back into Creed's 'safe zone' ambergis - and Windsor somehow gets richer with a great tobacco like note.

I respect the EL line, and this one is the best of the bunch.
08th January, 2018
This one is great. On the opening you get some sort of gourmand Spicebomb but more refined. The drydown was a real surprise as it smells 90% JPG Ultra Male. Great performance 12+ hours. Hidden gem for sure, i will rock this one a lot this winter.
25th November, 2017 (last edited: 27th November, 2017)
Absolutely am falling in love with most of English Laundry's line. This one doesnt disappoint either. Does anyone get spicebomb from this? I do but a more refined version
18th June, 2017

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