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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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.
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.
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
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.
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”