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Good Read…I’m Proud Of This One, Too

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You know, life can be a funny journey. When I started this conversation, I wanted to chronicle my fragrant discoveries…and that’s it. It was personal and every now and then I told people close to me what I was doing. At first I shared it with those I respected and thought respected me. One of those people was Julia Chance. We were meeting one day and I opened up. Her feedback, upon reading several posts, was very positive. That boosted my confidence, as she is a very good writer. If I remember correctly she said, “you’re on to something.” I smiled and we moved on. We kept in touch, I shared additional posts with her and she provided honest opinions.

Jump ahead to the top of the year. I receive an email from Julia letting me know she is now the Fashion and Beauty Editor for Heart & Soul Magazine and she wanted to figure out a way to get me into the magazine. Immediately I asked myself, “Am I ready?” Then I replied with my thoughts on how women should purchase cologne for the men in their lives. That turned into this Father’s Day feature in the June issue of Heart & Soul Magazine and in many ways, is my coming out from behind the veil.

Hello everyone. My name is Barney Bishop and I am a fragrance enthusiast. Thanks Julia for hearing me out and allowing me to share my point of view with your readers.

My Father’s Day picks for the readers of Heart & Soul
Polo Black, Clean Shower Fresh for Men, Fresh’s Tobacco Caramel

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Meet Seth Plattner

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I recently met Seth through a mutual friend who revealed he is a fragrance enthusiast. We met for a chat and I was immediately drawn to his energy. While he’s extremely busy (it took a minute to pin him down), once we met there was a gentle calmness to him that led me to ask him if he was a New Yorker. I wasn’t surprised when he said he wasn’t. He was even kind enough to introduce me to twittterberry.

I love this part of the fragrant conversation I’m conducting. It’s proof-positive we love our scents.

What’s your earliest recollection of fragrance?

It has to be my mother’s pefume, Clinique Elixir, which she has worn for as long as I can remember. To this day every time I smell her it reminds me of my childhood, but also it has come to be a smell I associate with power, because my mom was a single mother who raised me and my triplet brothers plus my older brother (you read that right) alone while also establishing herself as a successful business woman.

What fragrances are currently in your rotation?

During the colder months I wear Ralph Lauren Black (Polo Black) and in warmer months L’Homme by YSL

How often do you go out looking for something new? What specifically do you look for?

I would say rarely. I am pretty attached to my fragrances not only because I like them but also because I think it is important for a man to have a specific scent that. Scent is a very powerful motivator for emotions, whether it’s lust, love, pain, regret, etc.

Have you ever purchased the same fragrance more than once? If so, what was it and what about it made it worthy of a repeat buy?

I basically become attached to a scent for a number of years until I feel like I need a fragrance change that goes along with a change in my life — my scents are transitional with the transitions in my life. Like I said, I wore Abercrombie & Fitch, then Estee Lauder Pleasures and now Ralph Lauren Black and YSL L’Homme. All of them I have bought repeatedly. All of these scents have a similar sensibility — they aren’t over powering, or too musky or too spicey. They are a perfect balance of sweet and spice. That’s what I like.

How do you apply cologne?

I always do a spray on the front of my neck, back of my neck (for when people hug you) and then a spray below my belt because scent rises up and therefore hits the nose of whoever you are talking to (or so I’m told).

How would you finish this statement. “My most memorable fragrant moment would be…?

I guess it’s memorable only because it’s sad — I’d recently had my heart broken by a guy and I was walking down the street, caught a drift of the same cologne he wore and immediately started crying. It was sort of embarrassing but completely sincere. See what I mean about smell being a motivator of emotion?

Keep an eye on Seth. He writes great pieces for Out Magazines style blog, Stylist.

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