Category Archives: Good Read

A Fragrant Elements Showcase

On a leisurely Saturday afternoon driving around Brooklyn with my wife in late December, searching for some Jack Purcell’s, I stumbled into Ouigi Theodore’s The Brooklyn Circus and chatted up the Bearded Man himself. I’ve known him for a few years and we’ve talked about collaborating for a while. With the Elements Show quickly approaching, he asked if I was interested in contributing to the show’s magazine. What follows is just that, A Fragrant Moment with The BKc.

Good Read…Antenna Magazine Winter Issue

A few months back, the Editor-In-Chief of Antenna magazine contacted me about writing a piece on scent. We talked about this a few years back but the stars finally aligned. Part of that delay was my own. I really like Antenna’s editorial point-of-view and wanted to be sure I was ready with my own. When that email finally made its way into my inbox, I was ready.

To me, scent is a detail more men should pay attention to. We make conscious choices about the clothes we wear, how we style our hair, yet for some, when it comes to scent, we couldn’t be bothered. Well, this piece in Antenna is my attempt to reverse this thinking. I hope you enjoy it and if you do, let them know.

Thanks to Kaity and Sarah for making this dream of mine a reality.

Good Read…I had fun with this one


The last few months have been kind to Fragrant Moments. First there was Complex magazine, and now Men’s Health. When its Fashion and Grooming Editor, Brian Boye, gave me a call and said he wanted my contribution on this story he was working on for the November issue, I was awe-struck. I’ve known him for years and I admire his work and I read the magazine, regularly. And while I’ve worked with him on the yearly Grooming Awards, it still felt special. I’m passionate about fragrances and opening my readers eyes to the many options out there. So its nice when I’m asked to contribute elsewhere. Anyhow, I hope you guys learn something but the bottom line is you’ve got to get in the stores and sample.

Thanks for the opportunity Brian. Let’s do it again.

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.