Fragrance Mens

Just Desserts–Valentino Uomo

November 16, 2015

One of the more dramatic turnarounds in recent seasons is Valentino’s menswear proposition, which has been given a reboot in terms of relevance and repositioning. Now much younger and streetwear-driven, the collections follow some fairly stereotypical menswear conceits; £500 sweatshirts, recoloured camouflage, heavy trainers completely unsuitable for any sporting pursuit. The ubiquitous bomber. I could […]

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Tom Ford’s Venetian Bergamot

October 13, 2015

An interesting addition to the Private Blend stable at Tom Ford, where other fresh fragrances  lie (such as the great Neroli Portofino and Costa Azzura) that cross the divide and are worn equally well by men and women. It’s obviously a winning formula, for Venetian Bergamot smacks of success with its spiced back notes to […]

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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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