Fragrance Mens

No Sauvage

September 16, 2015

How do you think Johnny Depp smells? I only ask because the mercurial character actor, now in his early Fifties, has a new starring role as the face of Dior’s latest men’s fragrance Sauvage. Mostly known for his Keith Richards-channelling, campy pirate Captain Jack Sparrow it might be Rum, Sodomy, and chewing Tobacco, or a […]

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Faces’ Long Player – Penhaligon’s No. 33

September 8, 2015

We all eventually reach an age where every birthday feels like a landmark occasion. With that in mind, storied British fragrance house Penhaligon’s chose to launch their new release No. 33 this summer to coincide with its 145th anniversary. The name harks back to Penhaligon’s spiritual home of No. 33 St James’s Street, where William […]

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Guerlain’s L’Homme Ideal Cologne

June 24, 2015

One of Guerlain’s best releases of late has been its gentleman’s L’Homme Ideal. A woody aromatic that’s so charming and pleasant to be around, with it’s balanced approach and suave sexiness it’s the epitome of a male escort in fragrance format. Based on the premise that the ‘L’Homme Ideal’ (the ideal man) does not exist…a […]

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So Fresh, So Clean – ARAMIS DEVIN

June 22, 2015

After a couple of months of disappointing summer releases (and I’m looking at you, that less Extreme Spicebomb, and the not-so-intense Intenso) I’ve decided to go back and review a fragrance that, whilst not new, is going to be a revelation to some. I can’t recall when I first discovered Devin by Aramis, but I […]

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Atelier Cologne release Oud Saphir

May 18, 2015

Atelier Cologne is one of those classy little perfume houses that you stumble across in the better dept stores and perfumeries in London. I say London as currently distribution seems to be with the bigger, known, perfume specialist dept stores such as Selfridges and Liberty etc. It’s the chic choice for minimalist lovers in the […]

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Acqua di Parma releases Ambra

May 8, 2015

You only have to say the name Acqua di Parma to most men of taste and they’re salivating. It’s one of the few niche brands I know that all men of a certain standard seem to drool over. A bit like Charlize Theron in fragrance form. There’s the irresistible and distinctive Colonias in differing degrees […]

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Dolce & Gabbana’s Intenso. More than a little surprising.

May 3, 2015

During the EltonGate brouhaha, I felt for those Dolce & Gabbana PRs, I really did. An awesome brand of fashion, fragrance and beauty, as a PR,  I, too, would have felt like getting on the first flight to Milan and confiscating Stefano Gabbana’s phone, PC and tablet while destroying his login details to all social […]

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Hermes’ Le Jardin de Monsieur Li

March 14, 2015

It’s new and from Hermes so already the hint is there that this will be ‘plus elegant, plus classy’.  Though designer-perfumer Christine Nagel joined in 2014 (a brilliant contemporary appointment to this classic house), the indomitable grey fox and taste-maker of all that is Hermes fragrance, Jean-Claude Ellena’s handwriting is strong in this devastating new […]

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New – Fornasetti’s Giardino Segreto

April 27, 2014

What’s more beautiful? The unique scents or the packaging? It’s a toss up. Fornasetti is surely the chicest of the ‘profumi per la casa’. From the enigmatic wide eyed, often winking faces of Italianite beauties to the classical architecture, trompe l’oeils, owls (which signify good fortune in Italy), soleil and flora, Fornasettis’ magical dream world […]

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Jasmine Awards 2013 Nominees Announced

February 3, 2014

As many of my loyal readers will know, I’m as passionate about perfume as I am about fashion. And, if I can combine the two, then excellent indeedy. My sole reason for blogging is to write about subjects that totally captivate and thrill me. None more so than when a new perfume arrives in the […]

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