What I love about our sense of smell is that it never lies. It knows what it likes and there’s no denying it. Case in point – sometime ago, I featured a bottle of Prada’s Amber Pour Homme Intense in a piece I wrote for Complex magazine and while I liked it very much, I didn’t wear it with any regularity. Every now and then I’d spray it on and go about my business.
One particular day, perhaps a day when I wasn’t rushing out of the house, I noticed its scent five or so minutes after applying it and I said to myself, “man this is good.” Later in the day, I wondered what smelled so good and remembered what I was wearing and realized it was only getting better. In that moment I wondered why I wasn’t wearing it more often and it dawned on me, that when I was in a jam on what scent to wear for the day, Prada Amber Homme Intense had become one of my go-to scents.
In its simply designed, dark colored bottle, Prada Amber Homme Intense is slick. It opens with a fresh, zesty punch, which is perhaps where the intense part comes in. It quickly settles down but the brightest parts of the opening remain…that’s slick. It also possesses a honeyed sweetness that balances out those spices, which I quite like. It’s smoky and resinous and to my surprise, as it develops, I begin noticing its fougere characteristics. What I really like about this one is how close to the skin it sits. Its dry down whispers leather with just a touch of sweetness.
Prada Amber Homme Intense is polished with confident subtly and I appreciate that. It has a familiar masculinity that reads a bit traditional and I suspect most men will appreciate that.
In the West Indian community when a person is departing, they are often told to Walk Good. Gents, you’ll walk good and confidently with Prada Amber Homme Intense.
I recently ran into a friend at Min New York while he was in the process of contemplating his next fragrance purchase. This gent has discerning taste, so I was eager to see how this would play out. He talked about not really having a fragrance palette and that once he buys a fragrance and it’s done, he won’t purchase it again. (oooookay) That was the first time I ever heard that one and it left me intrigued. As we continued talking, he said something that made me think that sometimes only experience can produce that kind of aha moment. Continue reading
A few years ago, I had the fortune of visiting Paris for the first time. When I begun planning my to-do list, I knew a trip to the hip boutique Colette was a must. At that time, it was the only place anyone could get their hands on Le Labo’s Vanille 44. After Labo’s Rose 31 made me a fan for life, the thought of snagging something I couldn’t get in NYC was thrilling. I don’t collect sneakers or much else, so this is my participation in the collector’s fanaticism thing. Continue reading
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
Posted in Good Read
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
A few months back, Birchbox Man reached out and expressed interest in having me talk about fragrances on their recently launched site. Naturally I was excited by the opportunity and then life stepped in. With the perfect storm brewing, every possible obstacle got in the way of making this a reality. Fortunately they didn’t lose interest and it’s now live.
This particular posting really touched me. My brother, who is no longer alive, is mentioned in this piece. It almost brought me to tears when I read those few line because it instantly took me back to my childhood. Then I realized, it’s a form of thanks to him for recognizing how in tuned I am with my sense of smell. Anyhow, here’s my interview…it’s a good (quick) read.
For men’s magazines, March and September are big issues. It’s usually when you’ll see the most fashion coverage and they distill seasonal trends. Its a must read if you like to be in the know about that sort of stuff. I, however, look forward to the June issue of Men’s Health as it’s when they conduct their annual Grooming Awards.
Each year, Men’s Health consults a panel of grooming and fragrance aficionados to seek out the best products in myriad categories. What you’re left with is an excellent list products worthy of your consideration.
For the past few years, Brian Boye has asked me to contribute to the fragrance category and I look forward to it. Where else are you going to get all of these products in one issue? This year, he sought out my opinion on how much fragrance one should apply, in addition to other topics, and I’m quoted in the issue.
The June issue is on newsstands now. Pick it up. It’s a good one.
Posted in Good Read
Tagged Boss, Brian Boye, Cologne, Eau D'Italie, Grooming Awards, John Varvatos, Men's Fragrances, Men's Health, Men's Scents, Montblanc, Nautica, Thierry Mugler, YSL
For many guys, certain aspects of the daily grooming regimen can be a burden. Anything falling out of the basics, the three “S’s” is frowned upon. And most are still averse to the idea of body wash. It’s looked upon as girly and real men use bars of soap. Well, if that’s how you see it, allow me to introduce to you, the Portland General Store’s Hunting Camp Deep Exfoliating Soap. Continue reading
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.
Posted in Good Read
Tagged Apothecary, Bulgari, Details Magazine, John Varvatos, Men's Fragrances, Men's grooming, Men's Scents, Men's Shower Gels, Original Penguin, Tom Ford, YSL
A few years ago, I went to Paris for the first time and I recall thinking these people look good. Lapels flapped in the wind differently, stilettos were paired with everything differently, and even a drag from a cigarette was different. It all seemed sexier. Was it a figment of my imagination, perhaps? But the scenery didn’t help either. Continue reading