Me + Atelier Cologne

Atelier Cologne

It’s been a while since I’ve pressed publish on FragrantMoments.net and with good reason, life has been getting in the way. I’ve thought of the words to throw down to explain it and the time has come.

Back in February, I accepted a full time gig at a global PR firm. The freelance thing was great but life was pressing for a steady check.

On June 10, 2014, my wife gave birth to a beautiful boy. We named him Mateo Lamont Bishop. We chose that middle name after my deceased brother. I wish with all my heart Lamont was here to meet my Prince and have brunch with us, cut his hair, and impart advice on him but a las the universe had a different plan.

When you add these two up, there leaves little time for blogging. I’ve been exploring another passion, photography, as a part of a campaign I’m fortunate to be a part of with Samsung, and you’ve seen some of that shared via Wordless Wednesdays. (Check my flickr feed when you have a moment).

Throughout all of this, however, the fragrance community has been really supportive checking in on me, inviting me out to events, etc. For that I’m thankful.

A few months back, one of those check ins, brightened my day. I received an email from Atelier Cologne asking me to participate in a newsletter they were putting together. With all I had going on, even that was iffy for me. Nevertheless, I have so much respect for the brand, I couldn’t turn it down.

What you see here is my part in that newsletter. Even more exciting, I’m in the midst of some well regarded fragrance aficionados.

Look for me in the November issue of Men’s Health magazine. I’m quoted on the topic of men’s fragrances.

I think the fragrance universe is pulling me back in. I’ll just have to add another ball to the juggling act.

I’m back baby!!! (Sort of ;-))

Wordless Wednesdays

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Wordless Wednesdays

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Dove Men Care Expert Shave Cream

Dove Men Care Expert Shave Cream

 

Now that we’re in the thick of summer, shaving can be a real chore…umm add to that grooming in general. While we’re taking off layers of clothing, the last thing we want to do is put on extra lotions, etc. I recently gave Dove Men Care Expert Shave Smoothing Shave Cream a test run and out the gate, it felt incredibly light against my skin – a win for the brutal summer months.

The Dove Men Care Expert Shave Cream is a partnership between Dove and leading barbers and dermatologists. It’s been formulated to give shavers adequate moisture, protect the skin and provide a smooth glide. Sound familiar, you bet. Does it deliver, indeed it does.

The first thing that caught my attention about the shave cream was it’s scent. It’s beautifully masculine without being being overly bravado. It smells like you’d want to smell all day. Next, the cream does produce a very good lather but it felt more foamy rather than creamy. I like a good lather and with just a tap into the shave cream, you can work up a good one. The more I worked it in, the frothier it became. The best part, and I suspect most men will appreciate this, it didn’t weigh down my face; it barely felt like it was there. In the summer time, that’s a beautiful thing.

On some occasions while testing the shave cream, I felt like it could have produced more glide. Some of the best shave creams I’ve used, after the first pass, while there maybe little visible shave cream left on my face, what remains is a slick enough surface that allows my razor to glide with ease. That’s usually when I run my hand cross grain to find spots I missed. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a big deal. You can always reapply more shave cream with what’s left over on your badger brush and doing so with this shave cream gave me the extra glide needed for subsequent passes.

Overall, the shave cream performs well. Even with its scent, which could be an issue for some, my face never felt dry.The collaborators also know a thing or two about packaging. My wife commented that it looks high end. It’s very well done.

Dove Men Care Expert Shave Cream – 150ML – $21.99

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Wordless Wednesdays

Central Park Saxaphonist

Taylor of Old Bond Street Review for Customshaving.com

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While life has been extremely hectic as of late, I’m never to busy to shave. I might rush every now and then but I always manage to give my grooming regimen the time it deserves.
My latest review for customshaving.com had me trying out Taylor of Old Bond Street. These guys have been around and thriving since 1854 for a reason.  An exceptional shave is achieved with quality products. Read my review here.

Old Spice Body Spray Contest Winner Announcement

Old Spice Infographic

In my last post, I reviewed Old Spice’s New Body Spray Collection and mentioned their effort to stop overspraying. I told you how good I thought it was and held a contest so one lucky winner could experience their new technology, which slowly dispenses the scent over the course of the day. That lucky winner is Robert. Congratulations. I’ll be contacting you via email.

Above is an interesting but very telling infographic by Old Spice. Some interesting things to note are why overspraying happens and how to scent responsibly. Enjoy it and calm down. Worry less about if he or she will like how your smell and worry about not being “that guy.”