With Daylight Savings going into effect this weekend, we’re all looking forward to spring. Those extra moments of sunlight will be celebrated with outdoor cocktails, breezy strolls and flirty innuendos. As a precursor to the season of relief, LifeStyle Mirror produced a piece about the Scents of Spring. They asked me to be a part and to my surprise, I’m in the midst of great company. My thoughts are alongside Chad Murawczyk of Min New York, David Moltz of DS & Durga, Francis Kurkdjian, Christopher Cervasel of Atelier Cologne and Carlos Huber of Arquiste. Check it out when you have a moment.
Forget about the hour of sleep you lost and look forward to spring baby…it’s right around the corner.
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Do not check your browser, you’re seeing correctly. That is Elle magazine and that is Sarah Jessica Parker on the cover. Allow me to explain. Continue reading
I was recently asked to participate in a fun assignment for Lifestyle Mirror. They wanted me to suggest a scent based on what the weather would be for a particular day. I thought to myself, “I love this one.” The twist though, the site caters to women. Could I pull it off? Whenever I walk into a store, I’m all about finding the men’s section and seeing what’s being offered to us. Nevertheless, what I ended up suggesting was a new scent by Atelier Cologne called Rose Anonyme. It is simply fantastic and the best part, it can be worn by either men or women. Continue reading
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Tagged Atelier Colgone, Elena Vosnaki, John Pegg, Kerosene Fragrances, Lifestyle Mirror, men's cologne, Men's Fragrances, MIN New York, Mindy Yang, Patty White, Perfume Posse, Perfume Shrine, Rose Anonyme, Women's Fragrances, Women's Perfume
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
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
A few months back, I mentioned one of the standout fragrances I discovered at the Elements Showcase was Carner Barcelona’s Cuirs. It’s spicy, virile and unmistakably masculine. Continue reading
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Tagged best mens cologne, Carner Barcelona, Curis, Fall Fragrances, Leather scents, Masculine scent, Men's Fragrances, mens cologne review, mens top fragrances, MIN New York, new mens fragrances, Sara Carner
I can never get a enough of men’s fashion. So when the New York Times Style Magazine focuses its attention on us, it’s even more of a reason to grab the Sunday paper. Continue reading
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Tagged Art of Shaving, Baxter of California, Bumble and Bumble, Edwin Jagger Razor, John Allans, Kiehl's, Lab Series, Men's grooming, MenScience Androceuticals, MIN New York, New York Times, Ren Tamanu, The New York Shaving Company, Woodley & Bunny
When I was a teen, I owned a Brooklyn Dodgers baseball cap and it was one of my favorite possessions. It was royal blue with a white B emblazoned on the front. Barney Bishop wearing a B on his cap. Need I say more? What I remember most, however, was the quest to have the perfect bend in the brim. You see, back then a well bent brim signaled the cap was lived in it. Its weathered appeal was what we sought. I spent hours bending it just to get it perfect. Continue reading
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.
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