Earlier this week, Yahoo’s Beauty site featured a story about male bloggers that write about men’s grooming and I was honored to be amongst the other seven gentlemen featured. About me, the writer Christina Valhouli said, “His blog posts are eloquent and elegant…” That touched me.
Thank you Christina. Thank you Yahoo.
Before the Elements Showcase, I didn’t know anything about the fragrance brand M. Micallef. Ever since, however, I’ve become a fan and it’s all because of its latest release, Royal Vintage.
M. Micallef was established in 1996 by Martine Micallef and Geoffrey Nejman. The brand is based in Grasse and to date has over 750 retail locations across 39 countries. That’s impressive.
To me everything about Royal Vintage is a throwback as its name conjures. Many men’s fragrance bottles today convey their masculinity through their angles, which are usually sharp and square-ish and via its weight. A men’s fragrance that feels substantial in your hand must be masculine, right? The design for Royal Vintage, however, took its inspiration from vintage cars and iconic cinema. As for the scent, it feels familiar, something I can see many men instantly liking. What we have in Royal Vintage is a masculine scent with enough panache to claim signature scent status.
Like a firm handshake, the slightly peppery opening of Royal Vintage gets your attention. But it’s also cool and confident and the juxtaposition of bergamot freshens it up while adding a touch of sweetness. As it dries down, its woody, leather and musk characteristics are where the scent blooms and it keeps on going. It has wonderful lasting power.
The men’s cologne of yesteryear exuded a bravado that led me to reject them when I was younger. Their masculine quotient was on overdrive. While Royal Vintage reads unequivocally masculine and traditional, it’s quite mellow and possesses a quiet elegance. It reads suits and ties but I can also see it giving a t-shirt and jeans weekend an entirely new life. It’s timeless and can be worn anywhere and I suspect many will add this to their scent wardrobe for years to come.
Royal Vintage – 100ml EDP goes for $185 at Lucky Scent.
A sample of Royal Vintage was sent to me but my opinions are my own.
A funny thing happened last week, as I was on my way to the Today Show, a clan of men in suits greeted me. One handed me a folded up newspaper that I accepted and I went on about my business. Later that day, I saw them riding around in another pack, but this time they were driving pedicabs. All of this creativity was for the promotion of USA Networks show, Suits. Continue reading
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Tagged Christian Dior, Maison Francis Kurdjkian, Men's Colgone, Men's Fragrances, Men's Scents, Mr. Porter, Nassomato, Penhaligon's, Power Scents, Suits, Tom Ford, USA Network
Every now and then we need a go-to, no fuss cologne. When the guys gather up for some brews, an impromptu barbeque gathering develops or something as simple as your new neighbor rings your bell. The latter might be wishful thinking but you get the point. You don’t have to be dressed to the nines but you should at least smell good and sometimes you just want to grab a fragrance without thinking about it. For times like these, you want something relaxed and clean with no pretense. In simple terms, something that just works. Continue reading
Posted in Fragrance Review
Tagged best cologne, best mens cologne, Clean Scents, fresh scents, John Varvatos, Kiehl's Musk, Men's Colgone, Men's Fragrances, mens cologne review, mens top fragrances, summer cologne, Thierry Mugler Cologne
Top L to R: Chad Murawczyk, Harry Sheff, sipping Macallan 12 and talking scents, Amouage’s Attar, Tribute
Life has a way of getting in the way at times and the last few months have been intense. In addition to moving, I was deeply involved in completing a research paper for my Masters degree. Needless to say, there wasn’t enough hours in the day to get to blogging…but I’m back! Continue reading
The men’s apothecary, Min New York is having a sample sale. Here is your chance to purchase some amazing fragrances at a fraction of their original cost. If you’re walking around NYC this weekend, stop in and give your nose a treat.
Details: 20% off storewide + further reduced items at 30-70% off
117 Crosby Street between Houston and Prince
Sat. 11AM – 7PM and Sun. Noon – 6PM
At the end of this month, another installation of the Elements Showcase will be upon us. As the show continues it expansion, it has partnered with the Fragrance Foundation to present an award to Independent fragrance companies. And on January 30, 2012, the winner of the 2012 Fifi Indie award will be announced and given a check for $10,000. For a small company, that’s a lot of bills paid, ingredients bought, etc. A field of 36 entries has been narrowed to five and it’s an impressive list. They include:
In a press release about the annoucement, Cos Poliscastro, Executive Vice President Fine Fragrance at Giviaudan said,
“Congratulations to these five finalists who distinguished themselves from among so many worthy entries. “This is a true achievement and we wish all the “Indie” brands continued success in the future. Indie brands play an important role in our industry by engaging the consumer with their unique stories. Their creativity and innovation inspires the fragrance world and should be recognized and rewarded. Givaudan is proud to sponsor this award as our company is defined by these same attributes. We look forward to the announcement of the winner and to present them with a $10,000 check to encourage them to continue to push the boundaries of olfactive creativity. ”
Good luck to each of these brands.
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Tagged 06 Amanu, Bois 1920, Carner Barcelona, Come L'Amore, Cuirs, D.S. & Durga, Elements Showcase, Fragance Foundation, Indie Award, La Fumee, Men's Colgone, Men's Fragrances, Miller Harris, Odin New York, Siberian Snow
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.
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Tagged Amouage, Antenna Magazine, Atelier Colgone, Carner Barcelona, Cuirs, D.S. & Durga, Diptyque, Duro, Fall Fragrances, Good Read, Jim Parsons, Joya Fragrances, Liz Zorn Perfumes, Men's Colgone, Men's Fragrances, Nassomato, Oolang Infini, Rivertown Road, Staghorn Sumac
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
Penhaligon’s, the English perfume house founded in the 1860’s, has released its newest Eau de Toilette, Juniper Sling (that’s a slick name). Inspired by London Dry Gin, it was created by the perfumer Oliver Cresp and is meant to pay homage London’s roaring twenties. Continue reading
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Tagged best mens cologne, Juniper Sling, London Dry Gin, Men's Colgone, Men's Fragrances, mens cologne review, mens top fragrances, New Fall Scents, new mens fragrances, Penhaligon's