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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.


iPerfumer by Givaudan

When I was speaking with Chad Murawczyk of Min New York, one of the things I told him I admired about his store was its openness and how it was refreshing given the fragrance industries close door policy and the snootiness of retailers. I truly feel social media has begun tearing these walls down and consumers are becoming more educated about their preferences. It is for this reason I’m excited about the launch of Givaudan’s iPerfumer.

So how does it work? Users, down load the app and are run through a series of questions ranging from gender, age, geographic location, etc and then rate their favorite fragrance families, Oriental, Chypre, Citrus, Woody, Floral, and Fougere.

I’m curious who will download this app more, men or women. Women have no problems sampling but guys still seem to have issue with walking into stores and openly spraying themselves or engaging anyone from the sale staff without being nudged. Perhaps this will change that.

For a first hand review of iPerfumer, check out Harry Sheff over at Cocktails & Cologne.


By Kilian Travel Candle Set


Some names just ring legacy. Case in point, Kilian Hennessey – who is heir to a long line of cognac makers and the grandson of the founder of the LVMH group. Maintaining that legacy would be enough to keep many of us busy for a lifetime but not so for Kilian. In November of 2007, he launched a high-end fragrance collection By Killian, which as his website says, “reflects his personality and achieves a perfect alliance between elegance and absolute, uncompromising luxury.”

Since then, he has expanded his collection to include luxurious candles as well as gorgeous, monolith engraved travel sprays, available in all seven By Kilian scents. Unlike the names of the fragrances that attempt to reveal personality traits (Typical Me / Tempt Me), beckon us to succumb to forbidden desires (Absinthe Verte / White Cristal) or encourage us to overcome our inhibitions (Don’t Be Shy / Prohibited), the names of the candles emphasize the essential raw materials used in the composition alongside its origin. Just this month, Kilian has released a traveling candle set which brings three candles protected in a box closed with a black silk ribbon. Pictured here is floral harmony and this collection is made up of Tuberose from Bangalore, Lavender from Barrême and Rose from Damas.

The By Kilian Travel Candle set is $125 and is available at Saks.com or ByKilian.com