All posts tagged: scent

Penhaligon's Savoy Steam - The Spa Man

Penhaligon’s Savoy Steam: inspired by the steam baths

Penhaligon’s Savoy Steam has a great story. The idea and resulting Eau de Cologne and Eau de Parfum were inspired by the steam baths that were once adjacent to the historic Savoy Hotel in London. Long gone and almost forgotten, the chance discovery of a poster of the steam baths led to a journey by the fragrance and development team at Penhaligon’s whereby they created something brand new. Long story short, this chance discovery led to these new blends. There’s also a nod to a very early fragrance: Hammam Bouquet, 1872 which also provides a stepping point for these delightful fragrances. They are designed to evoke the scent and sensation of steam. Now, quite how you truly capture that in an essence is beyond me. But it’s an excellent inspiration for the fragrance that you now find win these smart bottles. It’s fresh, refreshing and gives you a sense of purpose. I like this on hot steamy days when the air is heavy and you need a light refreshing boost. But you really do need to apply this …

ESPA Winter Spice Reed Diffuser - The Spa Man

Five of the best: reed diffusers

Reed diffusers are like a grown up’s version of a scented candle. They infused the air with a gentle scent and aroma that can be calming and soothing or fragrant and uplifting. The old saying that you get what you pay for rings very true in this segment of the beauty industry. I have put my nose to many a reed diffuser only to draw back in horror. Sweet, sickly, cheap and nasty. Gift shops are the worst culprits. Hideous. Reed diffusers in the spa market are definitely worth the investment and give a rounded fragrance for the home that can enhance the mood because they are generally based on a blend of high quality essential oils. They last for weeks and weeks so it’s definitely worth upgrading to quality reed diffusers. Put one on your Christmas gift list now. Five of the best: reed diffusers     AromaWorks Serenity Reed Diffuser Uplifting and energising, the citrus, warm fragrance of lemongrass promises to energise the mind and body. Neroli calms and emotions and soothes stress. It’s a fabulous blend and one …

Thierry Mugler launches A*MEN Ultra Zest

Bright, vibrant and in your face, the packaging for the new A*MEN Ultra Zesty Eau de Toilette sets the tone for what you get in the bottle. It’s bursting with citrus, but has a sweetness to it that makes it a great spring/summer scent for any man. Quite quickly the citrus notes give way to woody tones and it has a spicy-ness that is reminiscent of previous limited edition fragrances from Thierry Mugler. A*MEN Ultra Zesty Eau de Toilette is a limited edition launch for spring, and is the perfect cocktail of woody, spicy and citrus notes. You will instantly pick up on the fresh scents of mandarin, blood orange and ginger which are my favourite of the blend. Read the blurb and there’s a touch of cinnamon, coffee and black pepper. Now I couldn’t pick these out individually – but they come across with a pleasing spicy touch. When the fragrance settles there is a fine mix of vanilla, patchouli and tonka bean which ensure that this is a sophisticated and sensual scent. I …

Versace Pour Homme Noir Oud

Black and gold set the scene for the latest Versace men’s fragrance. I know that a number of oud scents have hit the market this year, but they have all largely passed me by. I’m a big fan of Versace Eros, it was my summer favourite and you can read about it here. The new Versace Noir Oud is potent, it packs a punch on the olfactory senses and lasts and lasts – all day and into the night. The Spa Man 2 is a bigger fan, for me it’s more of an evening scent. It begins with citrus notes, but these are quickly overtaken by the spicy elements and that’s where it stays. You might get a hint of the bitter orange and neroli but for me it’s all about cardamom, black pepper and of course the intense notes of oud. This is one that you will either love or hate. I love it – but only, in the night. £110 Available exclusively from Harrods  

circa 1973

40 years is a long time in any game and this year, Molton Brown is celebrating that very milestone with a Limited Edition Patchouli & Saffron Collection. A fitting tribute to the 70’s, the blend itself harks back to the year that ABBA first hit the airwaves with Ring, Ring. We are talking – 1973. I’m a huge fan of Molton Brown and the journey from hand mixing products above a salon floor in South Molton Street to the present day where you’ll fine it in high-end department stores and 5 star hotels is impressive. I have to say that on first impressions, I had to reserve my judgement on this scent. It’s quite floral and the inclusion of rose is fairly prominent. The Body Lotion is way too feminine for a guy (in my opinion), the shower gel – that certainly has a summery appeal and wouldn’t be out of place on a summer holiday – when the sun is shining, it’s hot outside and cocktail hour is drawing near. Patchouli and Saffron does …