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Good Read…

A round of applause for the increasing fragrance and grooming coverage in men’s magazines. The more men paying attention to these details, the better. I cannot tell you how many women I speak with who are in favor of guys putting more effort into how the smell and look. Anyhow, here’s a quick roundup. Continue reading

Good Read…

I can never get a enough of men’s fashion. So when the New York Times Style Magazine focuses its attention on us, it’s even more of a reason to grab the Sunday paper. Continue reading

Good Read…Props Due

If you pay attention to fashion and lifestyle magazines, then you look forward to September issues. They’re usually jammed packed with new products they’ve christened as “the” must have items for the fall. As I perused through Men’s Health, I came across a particular article of interest titled, “Kick The Tires Before You Buy A Cologne.”

I’m often asked to give advice to men about cologne and I always start with the importance of sampling. After all the reading and research one can possibly do, it is the most important part of the process. We tend to be rushed when making grooming purchases because for some of us, it’s the last thing we want to be doing at that moment. When purchasing a fragrance, however, it can be a costly mistake if you don’t exercise patience. That said, I was thrilled to see Men’s Health echoing the same sentiment. It’s a quick read, but loaded with good advice.

As if that wasn’t enough to be happy, my September issue of Details finally came. (I was just about to go out and buy a copy when I saw it looking up at me one night on my bar.) As I flipped through its fashion editorial, I stumbled upon, “Find Your Fall Fragrance.” The story highlights six scents it deems the seasons finest, and I’m not mad at the selections. I must say, Details has really impressed me with its fragrance coverage. I featured one its stores back in June and here again, its back with a good collection for the September issue.

Go forth and sample gents until you find a scent that pleases you. The fall has some good ones to choose from. Keep a lookout for my Fragrant Night Out. It’ll be here before you know.

Good Read…Details Special Grooming Guide

I’d like to tip my hat to Details for, yet again, placing a spot light on men’s grooming and fragrances. You may remember I posted a Good Read from its April issue, a little late I might add. This time, I received my issue on time and I was floored by fifteen pages of editorial coverage.

Of course its fragrance editorial interested me most. Featured brands included, Bulgari Aqva Pour Homme Marine Tono, YSL L’Homme Cologne Gingembre, Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau De Cologne, Original Penguin For Men, and John Varvatos 10th Anniversary Fragrance.

Pick up the July issue and find out the where you should get your hair cut, shower gels you should check out, a list of Apothecaries worthy of visiting and more. Well done Details.

Belated Father’s Day Gift Recommendation


If there is one thing about dad, he’s understanding. If you couldn’t find the time to get him something, here’s a quick two piece I put together for the gents over at Be Better Guys. But in the vain of repurposing, dad might have a birthday coming up and this could certainly fit there as well. Enjoy.

Good Read – Scented Razors…Money & Sex


If you’ve been somewhat paying attention to the news, perhaps you noticed an uptick in the number of articles discussing men paying even more attention to grooming and their overall appearance. Whether the economic downturn caused them to want to set themselves apart from their colleagues to avoid pink slips or this is a trend, marketers are catching on and paying attention; big time.

It’s not enough that shaving products are scented, now there’s scented razors. You didn’t know? Read about it here. I’m not the straight razor type but a fragrant moment is always welcomed.

Check out another good article I came across about more men getting makeovers.

All in all, more men paying attention to their appearance is ok by me. I, however, refuse to accept the metrosexual moniker. But hey, that’s just me. Enjoy the articles.

Good Read…Props Due

It’s May already and I don’t even know where April went. I was thumbing through some of my piled up mail the other day and came across the April issue of Details magazine. I don’t even know if I missed it or if it just came. (The beginning stages of a new subscription can be a little tricky.) What I do know is it features on all-star lineup of men’s fragrances. I was particularly happy to see Atelier Cologne in there. I posted about its Oolang Infini earlier this year and I’ve heard nothing but praise for Vanilla Insensee, which Details chose to feature. All of the other fragrances are worthy of your consideration.

But wait, it gets better. A few pages later, they bless readers with a nice selection of “guy appropriate” candles. I can’t remember ever seeing a men’s magazine this stocked with scent related stuff. Well done Details.

Good Read…

Last summer in New York City was brutal. I often felt I needed another shower shortly after taking one. That’s why in anticipation of what may be another scorcher, this “Orange Blossoms” article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal particularly interested me. Most, if not all, summer scents are citrus based and their fresh, vibrant appeal softly kiss the skin to complement the harsh heat. It’s one of the reasons why Nautica’s Pure became a favorite of mine. Anyhow, give this article a read and get out there and test a few. You just might find your summer savior.

Good Read…

The March issues of your favorite men’s magazines are on newsstands now. Each possesses great style tips but the fragrance coverage was thin, for my taste. The cover of Esquire’s UK edition dared me to pick it up and I’m glad I did. Not only was the fashion on point, but it featured scents from Heeley, Oranges and Lemons Say The Bells of St Clements, Jo Malone, Earl Grey and Cucumber, and a rising fav of mine, Diptyque’s 34 Boulevard Saint Germain. This issue is worth the import price. Continue reading

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With the Kardashian clan releasing yet another fragrance, the topic of celebrity fumes has been in the news lately. For the record, I’m not a fan of celebrities expanding into perfume; although they are cash cows, so what do I know. I, however, feel like the back-stories are weak. But I’ve got to give it to Kate Walsh and the release of her scent, Boyfriend. She appeared on the Rachel Ray a few weeks ago and it happened to be on in the background when she was discussing its launch and her story stopped me dead in my tracks. It was genuine and original. Check her out on the show here…she starts talking about the fragrance around 3:10. One of my perfumista homies, Ashleigh also conducted an interview with her. Check it out here. On the other side of the spectrum, but still taking cues from the celebrity craze, Joel Stein created his own scent and wrote about it in Time. It’s pretty funny. Continue reading