All posts tagged: men’s summer fragrance

Licence to…smell 007 Ocean Royale

THE STORY: As Bond movies have grown in budget and popularity, the inevitable brand extensions have come flooding out. I was a bit sceptical of the fragrance line (call me cynical), but I gladly put my hands up and say – it’s OK. In fact the most recent addition to the line, 007 Ocean Royale, has impressed me so much it’s coming on holidays – my summer scent of choice. It’s fresh and light – won’t last all day – but great for a holiday by the sea. THE SCIENCE: It’s got a touch of refined teak wood at the heart of the scent. It’s base notes are again quite woody – guaiac and cedar wood and there’s a touch of sandalwood. I really picked up the tonka bean, not so much of the Jamaican coffee – but hey, everyone’s got a different nose. THE VERDICT: Love it – a great day time fragrance. Spray it on, sit back and enjoy the ocean views. THE DETAILS: £19.50 for 30ml www.thefragranceshop.co.uk  

Versace Eros

THE STORY: There’s something about Versace Eros. I’ve seen it described as ostentatious, you could even say it’s a bit over the top. You certainly know you are wearing it. It shouts (fairly loudly) then settles down quite quickly into a scent that’s got a summery feel. I could imagine wearing this on holiday overlooking the  sea – Santorini maybe? Donatella designed Eros for a man who is like a Greek God, so maybe I’m channelling a bit of that! Eros is, after all the God of Love. The marketing material says Eros is a fragrance for a strong man, passionate and master of himself. Hang on a minute, lets get back to reality. Back in dreary old London Town – does it work? In my household – it certainly does. There’s an instant citrus zestiness which then settles into a creamy vanilla. But somehow marine-like also springs to mind every time I spritz it (that’s the only way I can describe it) with a subtle note or two of tonka bean. THE SCIENCE: It …