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Banana Republic Classic

Often times, packaging can make all the difference in the world. Case in point, this weekend I went to a Pinot Noir tasting and it came down to two from different regions but both were quite tasty. As I stood conversing with the attendant, I openly said this one is going to come down to aesthetic. He chuckled! But think about it, you’re entertaining friends and you’ve gone through the trouble to decorate as uniquely as you can, you certainly want your wine presentation to be up to par. To wine aficionados, this would be considered downright dumb. But these two wines were so closely matched that I needed something to push me over the edge. The bottle I picked, which was actually also picked by about 95% of the other customers that attended the tasting, possessed a sophisticated looking label while the other seemed a bit playful…either my palette was in tuned with the other patrons or the labels beauty nudged some decisions. All that to say that when I received my sample of Banana Republic’s Classic, it was in the most unassuming bottle…downright plain Jane so I couldn’t be persuaded by anything other than the scent. All I had running through my head was my own skepticism. Fragrance is the last thing I associate with them. If I need a reasonably good priced sweater, jacket or shirt, I’ll see what they have to offer because they have great staple pieces and every now and then, they produce a winner. Well, one of those winners for me this season is Classic.

As part of Banana Republic’s 30th Anniversary, they decided to reintroduce an updated version of Classic. Originally launched in 1995 as an Eau de Toilette, the limited edition remixed version is being offered as an Eau de Parfum. From the moment I sprayed this on myself, I felt refreshed. The scent has a sweet crispness to it that one would associate with a summer scent but is being offered August-December. That makes me like this even more as its a bit unconventional. As fall rolls around so do the scents that are heavily woody and spicy and this is far from that. While cedar wood, ginger musk and teak wood make up the dry down notes, the freshness of the top and middle notes, which include grapefruit zest, bergamot mandarin citrus, lavender and honeysuckle, really dominate. So while your compadres will be smelling like burnt wood, or leather or a bunch of spices, you’ll have the cool, crisp edge of Classic to set you apart.

By the way, the bottle looks good too.


Maintain the Freshness

The last few days in New York City have been brutal. We wake up and its damn near 80 degrees. We jump in the shower to start the day off fresh and before we head out, we need to take another. That is the way it goes in the summer, unless you miraculously spend your every waking moment under an AC, in which case you’re a luck son of … However, for most of us, we do everything in our power to beat the heat. We drop the dark wintery colors for lighter tones, textures become more breathable, and we keep our bodies hydrated are just a few that come to mind. I know for me, as a young boy growing up, my father once told me, “never let them see you sweat” and he went on to instruct me to wear an undershirt, even in the summer. It may seem counterintuitive when the birthday suit is seeming like its the best option but it keeps your look fresh. Have you ever seen a man who has it all together but then you notice that unattractive sweat mark on his back in the shape of Texas, or the huge underarm ring? It just ruins it. Yeah we all sweat but do we have to see it?

If you plan on maintaining your “freshness” this summer, I have two more tips for you:

1 – Eau D’Italie’s, Paestum Rose
2- Reverie au Jardin by Andy Tauer

I discovered these two gems one Sunday at Aedes de Venustas. After smelling them, I couldn’t make my mind up so I bought both. They encompass just what you want in a summer fragrance, something fresh but not in the usual suspect way. After wearing both for sometime now, I’ve developed a wearing method which highlights their differences.

For those moderate summer days, early 80’s-ish, I’ve found that I wear Reverie au Jardin. On the Tauer Perfumes website, it’s described as, “A Classical Fragrance, twinkling like a star, caresses your journey, through green lands.” I finds it’s very well-balanced and both fresh notes and spicy/woody notes come through, and that’s what attracted me to it. As your body’s temperature rises, woody notes come out just a tad bit more but those fresh/green notes, most notably Lavender, are right there to keep it in check. Overall, it comes across as a clean, sweat, woody composition – just what you need to fight the funk.

For those scorchers, when the feeling of anything touching your skin is too much, try a kiss of Paestum Rose. It starts off peppery and it should considering some of the notes include black and pink pepper. But it’s the dry down that really sells it. I liken it’s appeal to a cold shower after a long sweaty day. There’s an initial shock but then comes the ahhh factor. It hugs the skin nicely and as your temperature rises, you receive an airy rosey reminder. It doesn’t have the sweaty factor that I like about Le Labo’s Rose 31 but its just as potent. There’s some woody notes in there for those that need them but they’re masked well and the presentation isn’t overly manly…its right in the middle, hence the unisex billing.

If you can’t escape the heat, don’t lose your swagger. Maintain your freshness with these two scents.