Review: Penhaligon’s No. 33 Cleanser

I wrote recently about my decision to purchase Penhaligon’s No. 33 Cleanser and try it out.

It’s a men’s soap for facial cleansing and it’s scented with their new fragrance, No. 33.

I’ve been using it for about a week now, and here are my thoughts:

I use Penhaligon’s No. 33 Cleanser in the evening, with my shower after work and/or before bed.

The soap is clear out of the dispenser and lathers nicely on a wet face. The smell is exquisite. Like you’d expect from a luxury soap. Light, pleasant, and invigorating. It makes me look forward to the cleansing ritual in the evening.

Here’s what I’ve noticed. My face is incredibly soft and clear and looks fresh when I finish the shower. The scent lingers for a bit, maybe an hour.

But to me, the real test is the way I feel and look in the morning.

When I wake up, 8 or more hours after having used the cleanser, my face is soft and looks clean and clear and bright.

I like the confidence of starting a day feeling refreshed and knowing I look refreshed, too. I like the fact that after a week of use, my face appears brighter and my skin seems clearer.

I’m going to keep using this stuff — and I’ll let you know how it goes, but for now, I’m very, very happy with my purchase of Penhaligon’s No. 33 Cleanser.

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Penhaligon’s No. 33 Cleanser

Penhaligon’s is out with a new men’s fragrance, No. 33 and it comes in a variety of grooming products.

As I’m a fan of Blenheim Bouquet, especially in warmer months, I chose to begin my No. 33 experience with the cleanser. Should I enjoy it, I’ll likely consider a purchase of the cologne.

The cleanser arrived today and I’ll be using it this evening. I’ll be reviewing it after I’ve used it for a day or so.

Ahead of the arrival, I wanted to see what I might expect in terms of the scent. Here’s how Penhaligon’s describes it:

It opens in an aromatic burst of crisp citrus, rustic armoise and clary sage alongside a bracing lavender note. Incredibly smooth, the heart is enriched by warming pepper, ginger and cardamom and fresh, rosy geranium. Tobacco, cedar and vetiver add a dry smokiness, balanced by the restrained sweetness of tonka, amber and vanilla. A contemporary celebration of lavender in all its bracing charm.

I’m intrigued by this description and from the rather sparse reviews I found that indicate the cologne is light and pleasant and clearly masculine.

More later as I try this iteration of Penhaligon’s No. 33.

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