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Good Read…My First One

ForbesLifeSpring13

I’ve been busy, writing more about men’s fragrances and grooming than I ever have. It’s been fun and challenging as there aren’t enough hours in the day. The good thing though is I have a bunch of stuff in the pipeline to publish here at Fragrant Moments.

A recent opportunity that came my way was the chance to assist the Style Director of ForbesLife magazine, Joseph DeAcetis, in producing a Spring/Summer scent story. With the excitement of a kid in a candy factory I jumped at the chance to put my editor hat on for print and let my fragrant passion fly. What lies within the April issue is a result of sniffing this and that, fighting for some and unfortunately passing on others. It was a lot of fun stepping behind the veil and seeing how the magic happens and I hope more opportunities like this come my way.

Grab a copy if you can and let me know what you think of the selected goodies.

Thank you JD.

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Eau d’Italie Acqua Decima

AcquaDecima

When you feel a brand has done right by you, anticipation builds when you learn a new release is coming. If you’ve been following Fragrant Moments, you know I’m a fan of Eau d’Italie. Several of their fragrances are a part of my collection and I suspect Acqua Decima will be too.

With notes of lemon, mandarine, mint leaves, neroli, petitgrain white wood and vetiver to name a few, this sounds like it’s beautifully built for the dog days of summer. This is the tenth fragrance in Eau d’Italie’s collection (Acqua Decima means Tenth Water in Italian) and its inspiration comes from a stretch of land that links the Amalfi coast with the Bay of Sorrento called The Path of the Gods.

Acqua Decima launches in the U.S. in July 2013 and will retail for $140.

 

Balenciaga L`Essence

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer. For some of you reading this, you’re probably asking yourself, where is the sun? Keep the faith, it’s coming.

With summer on the horizon, we can look forward to sticky days and stickier nights. During those times, having a fragrance cling to your skin is the last thing you want to even think about. It’s the reason we typically reach for lighter scents. But when perusing men’s fragrance offering this time of year, I’m usually bored. They either contain too much citrus or they’re too sporty or aquatic.  So what’s a guy to do? This guy ventured to the other side of the isle. Yup that’s right, I went looking in the women’s section and I discovered a gem. Continue reading

Good Read…

Last summer in New York City was brutal. I often felt I needed another shower shortly after taking one. That’s why in anticipation of what may be another scorcher, this “Orange Blossoms” article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal particularly interested me. Most, if not all, summer scents are citrus based and their fresh, vibrant appeal softly kiss the skin to complement the harsh heat. It’s one of the reasons why Nautica’s Pure became a favorite of mine. Anyhow, give this article a read and get out there and test a few. You just might find your summer savior.

Otto by Malin + Goetz

If you’ve been following me on twitter (@fragrantmoments) you know I’ve been raving about Otto by Malin + Goetz. That’s because when I purchase a fragrance, I desire something that smells great, has some lasting power, and is reasonably priced (but I will splurge in some cases). Otto has all three and then some.

I don’t buy fragrances looking for compliments. I seek to please myself first. Sometimes I’ll get the occasional, “that smells great.” But most times I don’t receive any and that’s Okay. With Otto, however, I have experienced more interest than I can recall. I’ve heard everything from delicious to “Jesus that smells good.” I take it all in stride, smile and keep it moving.

I remember when I first sampled it at their shop on 7th avenue here in New York City, I applied a few drops and couldn’t stop smelling my hand as I spoke with the sales attendant. She was extremely helpful and we exchanged information about scent layering. But Otto’s “so fresh and so clean” appeal had me hypnotized and when I found out it was only $55, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. I left with a bottle. Heck, I’ve bought more expensive scents in the past and have regretted it. Not this time.

Otto has Top Notes Of Grapefruit And Lavender; middle notes Of Geranium, Cardamom, and Rose; and base notes of Oakmoss and Vetiver. Because it’s an oil and much more concentrated than your typical cologne, you only need a few drops and it lasts all day. With the heat we’ve been experiencing and we still have quite a bit of summer, at this price, Otto is a steal…and you just might get noticed.

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Montauk by Bond No 9

It’s that time of the year folks-summer scents are dropping. Bond No 9 is launching its latest in the Andy Warhol series, Montauk. Named after the little town on the end of Long Island and the place Warhol loved to retreat to when escaping downtown New York, it will make its debut Memorial Day.

This by far is my favorite in the Warhol series. From the sunset bottle design, which is from a series of screen prints he created in 1972, to the bright, slightly sweet and salty opening, this unisex scent is an ideal accessory for a summer’s night of fun. It’s not to heavy, citrusy or aquatic like other typical summer scents. There’s a nice balance and the dry down is where the sensuality begins.

Montauk by Bond No 9 – $220 for 100ml; $145 for 50ml

John Varvatos Artisan Black

If there is one thing about John Varvatos’ fragrances I can appreciate, it’s the packaging. Artisan Black, which is his latest limited edition offering, is a continuation of Artisan’s hand-woven theme. It has a black lacquer finish that gives it an air of sophistication. Gents, this is definitely one for the mantle (or front and center on your dresser).

As with previous scents under the JV Fragrances and Skincare collection, Rodrigo Flores-Roux is the perfumer responsible for this creation. The accompanying press materials describe the scent as a masculine contemporary with a refreshing uncomplicated theme. It evolves into a deep woodsy structure, revealing a chyre backbone of sensual woody and leathery chypre accents.

I personally like this scent for those summer nights when the “anything can happen vibe” is in the air. The opening is fresh and a tad on the sporty side for me. But it quickly settles and its dual personality becomes apparent. The leathery and woody notes come to the foreground but the citrus notes never quite dissipate and that keeps it sprightly.

This will sell well for JV and it should. It’s a straightforward scent that can easily transition from day to night. If you’re looking for a go-to scent, this is it.

John Varvatos Artisan Black – Eau do Toilette, 4.2 fl. oz – $78 Available at retail NOW

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