Fragrance

Valentino’s Valentina Poudre. Classic Powdery Heaven

February 25, 2016

Sometimes, new releases and even flankers can surprise you. I’ve always been a fan of the pretty and classic Valentina by Valentino range so was delighted when a new incarnation was recently released. Valentino Poudre is all that good releases to market should be: in keeping with the designer, true to the brand heritage and […]

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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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Byredo’s Casablanca Lily is Lush with Eastern Promise

February 2, 2016

Byredo, with its distinctive modernist rounded flacons and its air of Scaninavian haute class, has its legions of followers. They buy into the essence and the style of the brand and of its quirky perfumer-creator, Ben Gorham, (half Indian, quarter Scottish, quarter French Canadian) who grew up in Sweden and then, fittingly created and grew […]

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Heeley’s Contemporary Chypre 21

January 25, 2016

I’m a pushover when it comes to chypres. The most sophisticated (to my mind) perfume type that soon divides the girls from the women or the men from the boys, chypres have an old world allure: A mystery and hard-to-define womanly aura that’s pre the pushover days of sweetly sick, over ripe and over used […]

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Narciso EDP–Contemporary Seductiveness

November 27, 2015

Narciso Rodriguez’s reason for creating this fragrance (released last year) was “I wanted to create an extremely sexy fragrance that would turn a man’s head.” And whilst wearing this, though I’ve not had this kind of reaction whilst others in my private arsenal of faves elicit  such response, Narciso lies firmly in the entrapment school […]

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L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Rose Privee

November 26, 2015

Yes, I know we’re about to hit December and this overtly pink, rose fuelled hysteria isn’t the first choice when we’re in heavy winter fragrances but, hear me out and stay with me. This beauty appears to have got lost in my banal daily tasks of life and re-discovering it was pure joy. Was it […]

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All Aboard Aesop’s Marrakech Intense

November 20, 2015

Well this was a sweet and murky surprise. Feted skincare brand Aesop released Marrakech Intense last year but it had flown over my head in the midst of moving city, country, life. So, being chatted in-depth through the range at Aesop’s latest store in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, this was a revelation. Devised in conjunction with perfumer […]

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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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Sisley’s Soir d’Orient

November 14, 2015

Classy Sisley always quietly releases new make-up, skincare and perfume to the market with assurance and quiet confidence as is befitting of this superior brand. Earlier this year, Soir d’Orient appeared on Sisley counters with its striking black and gold appearance and distinctive sculptured gold head top. But it’s the contents that wow, for Soir […]

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