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Fragrant Moments on Birchbox

Fragrant Moments on Birchbox

When the temperature outside has you hot and bothered, that ahhh moment a cold shower offers is all we can think about. Hence, spring and summer scents are lighter and fresher and conjure the feeling of cleanliness.

In the fall and winter, however, we bundle up to keep warm. We also sweat less and look for scents that comfort us. That said, fall scents are generally spicier and fuller than scents worn in the spring and summer. Cinnamon, clove, rum, amber, tobacco, leather, saffron, and cognac are a few notes on full blast in the fall.

In the end your nose won’t let you down. You’ll smell the spice factor and know this is for the fall/winter months for sure.

As we settle into fall and the weather gets chillier, what sort of fragrances will you be wearing? If you’re still trying to figure that out, here are a few of my fall fragrance favorites I put together for Birchbox. Enjoy.

Good Read…My First One

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I’ve been busy, writing more about men’s fragrances and grooming than I ever have. It’s been fun and challenging as there aren’t enough hours in the day. The good thing though is I have a bunch of stuff in the pipeline to publish here at Fragrant Moments.

A recent opportunity that came my way was the chance to assist the Style Director of ForbesLife magazine, Joseph DeAcetis, in producing a Spring/Summer scent story. With the excitement of a kid in a candy factory I jumped at the chance to put my editor hat on for print and let my fragrant passion fly. What lies within the April issue is a result of sniffing this and that, fighting for some and unfortunately passing on others. It was a lot of fun stepping behind the veil and seeing how the magic happens and I hope more opportunities like this come my way.

Grab a copy if you can and let me know what you think of the selected goodies.

Thank you JD.

Good Read..Scents of Spring

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With Daylight Savings going into effect this weekend, we’re all looking forward to spring. Those extra moments of sunlight will be celebrated with outdoor cocktails, breezy strolls and flirty innuendos. As a precursor to the season of relief, LifeStyle Mirror produced a piece about the Scents of Spring. They asked me to be a part and to my surprise, I’m in the midst of great company. My thoughts are alongside Chad Murawczyk of Min New York, David Moltz of DS & Durga, Francis Kurkdjian, Christopher Cervasel of Atelier Cologne and Carlos Huber of Arquiste. Check it out when you have a moment.

Forget about the hour of sleep you lost and look forward to spring baby…it’s right around the corner.

Good Read…I’m proud of this one

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Samples Are Vital

I have long been an advocate of fragrance sampling and that was a key point I drove home for an interview I recently did for MR magazine. The article’s author, Harry Sheff (who also writes for Fragrant Moments on occasion) wanted my take on men’s specialty stores offering fragrances. I think many of them are missing the boat but the larger point I wanted to drive home was about sampling. I’m glad to see the owner of Eau d’Itale, Sebastian Alvarez Murena agrees with me.

Pick up a few samples gents and make educated fragrance decisions.

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Good Read…I’m Proud Of This (Again)

I had the pleasure of working on the Men’s Health Grooming Awards again this year. I’m humbled by the opportunity and I’m thankful to Brian Boye for making it possible.

Here’s my feeling on a few of the featured scents:
Voyage d’Hermes – Sophisticated…powdery, peppery, sweet, musky. It’s even better on the skin. Add it to your summer collection.

Azzaro Chrome Sport – I don’t usually like “sport” scents but this is not your typical sporty scent. For me, it’s a great no-brainer choice for running around on the weekend. A definite head turner at the farmer’s market.

Tom Ford Grey Vetiver - Fresh and thorny…the pepper notes give this clean scent depth.

Pickup a copy of the June issue of Men’s Health…it’s on newsstands now.

Father’s Day Quickie

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Its been a bit difficult to get back into talking about fragrances since the untimely passing of my brother. I’ve been a bit unmotivated. But I’m coming around.

This past Friday I was contacted by AOL Black Voices style writer Sonya Magett and asked to suggest some fragrances for Father’s Day. It was quite unexpected but appreciated nonetheless. Checkout the piece here.

Thanks Sonya.

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Good Read…I’m Proud Of This One, Too

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You know, life can be a funny journey. When I started this conversation, I wanted to chronicle my fragrant discoveries…and that’s it. It was personal and every now and then I told people close to me what I was doing. At first I shared it with those I respected and thought respected me. One of those people was Julia Chance. We were meeting one day and I opened up. Her feedback, upon reading several posts, was very positive. That boosted my confidence, as she is a very good writer. If I remember correctly she said, “you’re on to something.” I smiled and we moved on. We kept in touch, I shared additional posts with her and she provided honest opinions.

Jump ahead to the top of the year. I receive an email from Julia letting me know she is now the Fashion and Beauty Editor for Heart & Soul Magazine and she wanted to figure out a way to get me into the magazine. Immediately I asked myself, “Am I ready?” Then I replied with my thoughts on how women should purchase cologne for the men in their lives. That turned into this Father’s Day feature in the June issue of Heart & Soul Magazine and in many ways, is my coming out from behind the veil.

Hello everyone. My name is Barney Bishop and I am a fragrance enthusiast. Thanks Julia for hearing me out and allowing me to share my point of view with your readers.

My Father’s Day picks for the readers of Heart & Soul
Polo Black, Clean Shower Fresh for Men, Fresh’s Tobacco Caramel

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Good Read…I’m Proud Of This One

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A funny thing occurred a few months ago. I was corresponding with the Fashion and Grooming Editor of Men’s Health, Brian Boye, when he asked if I’d like to be a judge for their annual Grooming Awards. Let me just say, I was humbled. The joy of receiving bottles of cologne didn’t actually hit me until I received the box. That he would seek my opinion left me speechless. Needless to say, I said yes and was overjoyed to be contributing. I truly like the magazine as it’s always chocked full of interesting tidbits. I also like Brian. He’s a good man and my fragrance exchanges with him actually inspired me to start Fragrant Moments.

Anyhow, pick it up, its on newsstands now. Loads of great products and fragrances as well. There is a beautifully shot story about barbershops that preceeds the Grooming Awards piece that makes me want to experience a straight edged shave.

Thanks for the experience Brian.

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FragrantMoments receives mention from industry heavyweight

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The Fashion and Grooming director of Men’s Health, Brian Boye, gave me a shout out on their blog. I’m touched by this because I really respect Brian’s editorial perspective. MH, in my opinion, does a great job of balancing trends and making them applicable to everyday guys. That’s pretty much what I’m trying to do here…give you guys a perspective on interesting finds that can help you standout. Anyhow, check out the mention “Looking Good — Smelling Better”