All posts tagged: new fragrance

Five of the best: autumn fragrance

As the nights draw in and mornings grow darker a new wave of fragrances are set to hit the market. Warming, spicy and perfect for long brisk walks in the part and cosy nights by the fire, this is The Spa Man’s pick of the best. BOSS BOTTLED OUD This is my favourite from the selection of fragrances. It’s long-lasting, potent and a heady mix of oud laced with smoky cypriol and gaiac wood (that’s the base) you will also experience bergamot, apple and plum rest on an aromatic elixir of geranium, clove and cinnamon, fused with rare saffron and evocative labdanum resin. BOSS BOTTLED OUD is available nationwide at House of Fraser and Debenhams RRP, £56.00 for 50ml, £76.00 for 100ml Ex Idolo Ryder Another potent spicy mix this time from Ex Idolo which has created an interesting blend inspired by the history of the members clubs of Mayfair and St. James in London. The fragrance is a juxtaposition of sweet tobacco and boozy notes against a warm woody-amber accord. The fragrance is anchored …

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

Quantum – the new 007 fragrance

The third instalment from the James Bond 007 fragrance line came out of no where. It’s linked by name to the film but not aligned specifically to capture the marketing hype of a new film launch. That aside, I have to say I’m a real fan of the 007 Ocean Royale, read my review here. It’s a fresh and bright daytime scent that has ensured many welcome compliments this summer. So, onto the newest launch – Quantum. For me it’s a slightly more sophisicated scent and one that I will reserve more for the evenings. Quantum is blended with Juniper Berries and Bergamot for a touch of  citrus but it’s the deep woody notes that give it real character – Sandalwood in particular. I’ve never smelt Violet Leaf before – but its in the mix too. Like the others that came before it, I have instantly taken to 007 Quantum, perhaps you will too. Available nationwide including Debenhams and www.fragrancedirect.co.uk EDT/30ml – RRP £20 EDT/50ml – RRP £25 EDT/75ml – RRP £32 EDT/125ml – RRP …

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 …