Feeling and smelling good is hugely important nowadays. What’s equally important is also the origin of those grooming products you use. What goes into them. Where the ingredients come from. Factors more and more of us are considering. Over the past few weeks I’ve been checking out and using some wonderful products by Fyodor. A brand which produces premium, natural deodorants for men. They are indeed the perfect accompaniment for your toilet bag whilst traveling and the grooming shelf at home.
In the months of warmer weather, its time for you to exude that masculinity and get your summer scent game on par. Here at The GS we have selected five fragrances which are fresh, captivating and are sure to give you a medley of Mediterranean and spruce of sunshine in your day.
Acqua Di Parma have brought to us so many countless scents and candles of a wonderful aroma it really is hard to pick a favourite. through many hours of sampling, we select Arancia di Capri. It has light notes of mandarin, orange and lemon with essentials oils which radiate warmth and really do take your nostrils on a journey down the Italian RivIera. We also like that if you buy through the website, you get a delightful little handcrafted cap to go on top. Very individual indeed.
Acqua Di Parma Arancia di Capri: £82.00
Being that we live in a country that is rather susceptible to a cold spell, even in the summer time, we felt this scent was a wealthy balance for that very situation. You have that musky hit of middle eastern Oud, smoky yet subtle and not to dark, perfect when the weather changes, yet it is followed by zesty and refreshing bergamot with punchy orange filtering through as well. It really is a great all round scent. We also like the online purchase option of getting the bottle you order personally engraved with your initials.
Jo Malone Oud & Bergamot: £105.00
Our next selection is by no means cheap, but by god does it caress the senses. Billed as “the most popular fragrance ever created by the House of Creed” hat is certainly no lie. You will find beautiful notes of pineapple, apple, bergamot and blackcurrant. Sitting in the middle you have birch, jasmine and patchouli which then at the base you find oakmoss, ambergris and vanilla to top it off. My favourite aspect of the scent is how it lasts, it literally clings to skin and clothing alike, even after a shower you can still smell it, a true nod to how well its made, and why it costs what it does.
Creed Aventus: £200
Whilst the limited edition scent of Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue Swimming in Lipari will not make you look like David Gandy emerging from the sea in white swimming trunks, what it will give you is one of the freshest aromas available currently. You can expect notes of sea salt balanced out by grapefruit, with an injection of both mandarin, rosemary and musky based notes to truly deliver a cool summer breeze in a bottle.
Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue Swimming in Lipari: £50
As we are all aware Bottega Veneta are masters of craftsmanship with their leather goods, however what they also deliver are some truly terrific scents. Our selection here is the brands signature cologne however with a bigger, “extreme” clout. Much like Creed Aventus it has a longer lasting aura, you will find intense leather notes along with labdanum and pimento. Its a delicious fragrance to wear on a lovely evening dinner that will leave a lasting aroma long into the night.
Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Extreme: £52
It’s not so often we refer to candles in a luxury sense, however we cannot by-pass the release of a new scent from Cire Trudon truely the Rolls Royce of candles.
In a brief history lesson Cire Trudon was candle provider to the royal court of Louis XIV from 1643 and subsequently all great churches in the country of France. Also one Napoleon Bonaparte liked them so they certainly carry an historically important fan base. This then leads me on to their newest wax creation, Joséphine, named after Joséphine Bonaparte herself.
This latest release by the house of Cire Trudon encapsulates the passion Josèphine Bonaparte had for botanicals through the wonderful notes of Iris, Kaffir Lime and Chinese Camellia, scents which Josèphine grew up around on the island of Martinque from 1763.
The Gentleman Select has already experienced Cire Trudon and the beauty of these candles through the Ernesto leather and tobacco, believe me there really isn’t a bad choice, however we are very excited at this new scent which will really drag our noses towards summer time. The pale blue glass has that cool breeze about it and works in harmony with the smells thus creating a lasting aroma which drifts around your home for those long lazy days.
You have packaging which finishes off the look with designs alluding to Pierre-Joseph Redouté, the botanical painter who Josèphine asked to capture those lovely flowers around her. We feel it is an ideal accompaniment for anybody looking to create a unique talking point at a house party or a fragrance to just bask in.
Finish your display off with a vintage glass dome over it for that true 1643 look in which Iam comfident it will not be your last purchase from candlemaker Cire Trudon.
Key Details: Cire Trudon Joséphine Candle. €70 available from Cire Trudon stores.