All posts tagged: how to choose a fragrance


Summer scents are my favourite as they can evoke memories of beach holidays, days in the sun and evenings at the beach bar. I have trialled a few recent releases with a pointer of two about where they are “best-for”. Best for: summer picnic CREED Vetiver Geranium This is quite classic and rather grown up scent and perfect for a picnic with Pimm’s. Combining Vetiver and Geranium it’s not overpowering and not overtly maculine as it’s marketed as a unisex fragrance. I wouldn’t wear it everyday – especially with its price tag. Top notes or Lemon, granny Smith apple and Bergamot make way for heart notes of Rose, Geraminum and Cinnamon. Base notes include Cedar, Vetiver, Patchouli and Amber. £165 (100ml) from Liberty and John Lewis Best for: date night A*Men Pure Wood by Thierry Mugler A limited edition woody entry from the classic A*Men by Thierry Mugler. I was never a great fan of the original, but have to say I love this. It possibly better suited to Autumn and Winter as its woody and …

Givenchy presents Gentlemen Only Intense

Fragrance is one of those parts of the grooming regime I thoroughly enjoy, but understand very little about the nuances of the blends. I know if I like a scent or not but can’t always say exactly why, what is the trigger, the pull factor. I vary from spicy and woody to more citrus and summery. Leaning toward the darker, woody and spice scents for evening wear and citrussy based during the day. So with Givenchy’s Gentlemen Only Intense, it’s the woody notes and touches of amber that appeal. I feel rather grown up wearing it, adopting its fragrance for important meetings and evening events. Top Notes: Green Mandarin Oil, Pepper Trio, Birch Leaf Heart Notes: Patchouli Oil Heart, Cedarwood Oil Texas, Leather Accord Bottom Notes: Tonka Bean, Incense Oil, Skin Accord It’s elegant and refined, but I wish it maintained its presence just a little longer. Eau de Toilette 50 ml – £47.50 Eau de Toilette 100ml – £64 Stockists : department stores nationwide including John Lewis and Boots