Fragrance Mens

GoldHart Scotland candles. New, Niche & Scottish…without even a hint of tartan.

April 23, 2018

I first came upon Goldhart Scotland luxury candles at a Scotland Re: Designed event held in Glasgow at the end of last year. Apart form the plethora of new young designer names showing their collections, there was a lone luxury candle stall which stood out, as much for the product in this setting but also […]

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LM Parfums Veleno Doré

November 30, 2017

Laurent Mazzone’s talent is undeniable. Expert in luxuriously relaying the sensory qualities of sensation, colour and pattern into his premium perfumes, Mazzone’s creations are resultantly addictive and sumptuous as any true indicator of luxury should be. These vials convey premium at a price, rich in expensive and rare ingredients with the perfumer’s artistry foremost relaying […]

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Zarko Perfume Cloud Collection

November 29, 2017

Zarko is a new name for me. It seems that more and more niche perfume houses are developing ground-breaking fragrances and combinations to take on the big players. Smaller quantities produced, exclusivity to certain retailers and price (an all important niche factor) ensures that the general populace may not ever come into contact with these […]

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Mugler’s Hot Cologne – Striking and Off-kilter

February 5, 2017

Mugler’s Les Exceptions range had completely bypassed my radar until I caught sight of an artfully minimalist  yet chunky bottle on social media a few weeks ago and tracked them down. These, I have to try, so I’m kicking off in reverse order with the 8th member of the range, Hot Cologne. A smooth, fresh […]

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Carven’s L’Absolu and L’Eau Intense

January 9, 2017

One of the rubbish things about no longer being in the epicentre of the world (ie London) and moving to the cold hard North is that one tends to drop from press lists like an X Factor contestant dropping their inhibitions and their conscience. Throw in the constant turnaround in agency PR staff and your […]

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CK One’s Summer is a Verdant Tropical Splash

May 18, 2016

CK One owns Summer. Its blast of aquatic fruity or floral freshness, depending on the latest limited edition flanker is oft a welcome antithesis to the overt bergamots or rose layers that remain, quite rightly, ever popular when it gets mid way through the year. Since the mid 1990s, CK One’s distinct appeal was its […]

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Acqua di Parma Colonia Sandalo (exclusively for Harrods)

May 13, 2016

He bounded into my flat like an over excitable red setter, darting around me as usual, all beard whiskers and warmth with embraces, exclamations and gossip to relay. Clunking around the various bottles that lay forlornly on my kitchen table awaiting review, he sniffed and smelled like his canine spirit animal. He settled on one […]

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Cedro di Taormina–The 7th Release to the Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Range

March 2, 2016

It’s that time of year again when certain premium houses decide to tempt us willy-nilly with gorgeous zesty Mediterranean based fragrances that make Brits pine for warmer climes and have us clamouring for the nearest (sl)Easy Jet departure to the South of France or better, Italy. And then we mindfully counter-check this notion with the […]

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Frapin’s The Orchid Man. A Punch That Feels Like A Kiss

February 18, 2016

Reading the notes and inspiration behind Frapin’s The Orchid Man, as well as its name, lulls one into a false sense of security. My first thoughts, cased in its masculine, rich burgundy sleeve with bold typography, is that this will be a beast of a scent. Throw in the formidable hot-as-hell perfumer/creator David Frossard (pictured […]

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No.12 Lacha by ODIN New York

February 3, 2016

No.12 Lacha by ODIN is as sumptuous and narcotic with a deep masculine thrust as ever a perfume is likely to get. This is the essence of luxury masculinity in fine tailoring, measured and with good taste, kicking back in a Mayfair or St James gentleman’s club – aged Chesterfield Oxblood leather, sandalwood, crackling fires, […]

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