Simple, yet classy.
The Impudent Cousin Matthew has similar characteristics to Castile, another great fragrance from Penhaligon’s. To me, Cousin Matthew is a more refined version of Castile. If Castile were a signature scent worn day to day, Cousin Matthew would be its equivalent for formal situations. It’s less soapy and a little more citrusy than Castile, though not sharp or abrasive whatsoever. Both are linear, clean fragrances that are quite appealing and pleasant. For the price, one can do better in my opinion, especially if looking for a fragrance that’s unique and “stands out”. The current price for 75ml of Cousin Matthew is $310 USD, up $15 from several months ago, while the price for 100ml of Castile has jumped $5 USD to $170 USD. If you can find them for roughly 50% off, then they’re worth it. Otherwise, keep looking.