Parfums de Marly Habdan

One of the best fragrances you've probably never wore.  Parfums de Marly (PDM) Habdan is just one of those fragrances.

Habdan by Parfums de Marly is a Oriental Vanilla fragrance for women and men. Habdan was launched in 2013. Top notes are saffron and olibanum; middle notes are apple, woody notes and rose; base notes are ambergris, caramel and myrhh.

Posted on September 14, 2017 .

Dior Homme Instense

One of the sexiest date night fragrances on the planet.  Dior Homme Intense 2011 by Christian Dior is a Woody Floral Musk fragrance for men. Dior Homme Intense 2011 was launched in 2011. The nose behind this fragrance is Francois Demachy. Top note is lavender; middle notes are iris, ambrette (musk mallow) and pear; base notes are vetiver and virginia cedar.

Posted on September 11, 2017 .

AsK w Brock McGruff The Modest Man

In this episode of AsK I sit down with the creator and owner of The Modest Man none other than Brock McGruff.

The Modest Man helps short men dress better and feel more confident. From style and grooming to fitness and social skills, if you're under 5'8" you're in the right place! 

Posted on September 11, 2017 .

CLEAN Reserve - Amber Saffron

Amber Saffron is the sexiest and most delicious fragrance of the collection. An irresistibly fresh blend of red fruits, delicate florals, soothing musks, warm amber and exquisite saffron, it is sure to leave a lasting impression. Velvet Flora and Sueded Oud are Amber Saffron’s perfect matches. 

Each CLEAN Reserve fragrance was created to be dynamic and evoke, not memories of the past, but possibilities and experiences yet to be discovered. Each is linear without much movement from top to bottom, making it ideal for layering and blending. 

Notes: 
Bergamot Armoise Artemisia, Mandarin Oil, Rose, Lily, Raspberry, Musk, Saffron, Amber. 
Style: 
Sexy. Intoxicating. Sensual. 

What else you need to know: 
Selecting mandarin oil cultivated in Brazil allows CLEAN to provide active support to communities and their livelihoods with financial and environmental assistance, while gaining the highest quality of this prized, uplifting sensual oil.

Posted on January 3, 2016 and filed under Fragrance.

Polo Supreme Oud

The new fragrance of the Ralph Lauren Polo collection is oriental masculine fragrance Supreme Oud. The scent comes out in early 2015 in Eau de Parfum concentration. It is developed by perfumer Carlos Benaim. The fragrance offers quality, strength and longevity.

The oriental - woody composition begins with spicy accords of pink pepper and cinnamon. The heart features smoky accord of Indian oud, laid on the base of vetiver and guaiac wood.

Oud has been a mainstay in niche lines of fragrances for years now.  It's finally crossing into the designer market.  Expect to see it in everything over the next few years.

Posted on January 3, 2016 and filed under Fragrance.

Tory Burch Absolu

Tory Burch Absolu by Tory Burch is a Floral fragrance for women. This is a new fragrance. Tory Burch Absolu was launched in 2015. 
Top notes are black currant, pink pepper and lily-of-the-valley
Middle notes are tuberose, jasmine sambac and rose
Base notes are vetiver, cedar, sandalwood and vanilla.
Absolu is an amazing fragrance one of sophistication and refinement.  Perfect for day or night, office or formal, and any season.  Overall this is a must have for your fragrance wardrobe.
 

Posted on December 25, 2015 and filed under Fragrance.

Tom Ford Noir Eau de Parfum

After he introduced Violet Blonde, Tom Ford offers a masculine counterpart; mysterious, spicy, full-bodied and at the same time elegant. "Enigmatic, complex and surprising," this is Ford's most satisfying foray into perfume so far, as he reveals himself.

Top notes: Italian bergamot, verbena, caraway, baie rose (pink pepper), violet flower.

Heart notes: black pepper, nutmeg, Tuscan Iris resin, Egyptian Geranium, Bulgarian Rose, Clary Sage.

Base notes: Opoponax, amber, Indonesian patchouli, vetiver, civet, vanilla.

Available as EDP. Noir was launched in 2012.

 

This is a love or hate fragrance and sure to illicit a response from everyone you come into contact with.  That's a good thing if you want to be remembered and more so if you want to strike a dynamic Personal Brand statement.

Posted on December 25, 2015 and filed under Fragrance.

Tom Ford Grey Vetiver Eau De Parfum & Eau de Toilette

Tom Ford Grey Vetiver Eau De Parfum 

The perfume was announced as one with dominant vetiver accompanied with salty notes and sunny, woody accords. It features shiny citruses, spices, precious wood and vetiver.  Vetiver is one of the classist most masculine notes in the entire fragrance world.  Being a perfume this scent gives me 8+ hours of longevity and is great all year round.  Guaranteed winner every time.

Tom Ford Grey Vetiver Eau de Toilette

Tom Ford launched Grey Vetiver in 2009 as a masculine woody-spicy scent in Eau de Perfume concentration. In 2014, he introduced its fresher, more luminous and lighter version—Grey Vetiver Eau de Toilette. Tom Ford described it as the olfactory equivalent of a navy blue blazer, a nice watch, or brogues shoes.

"Enlivened with compelling warmth and heightened freshness, the cool nature of vetiver is revealed with new dimension in this citrus woody, eau fraiche fragrance.”

The creator of this citrus-woody composition is perfumer Harry Fremont. The fragrance opens with citrus notes of winter lemon, grapefruit, bergamot and orange blossom. The heart includes aromatic notes of Thai basil together with orris root, laid on the base of vetiver, amber wood, oak moss and musk.

The Eau de Toilette projects further out than the it's perfume brother, but it also doesn't last as long.  But 6+ hours is still great for any fragrance.  The perfume is better for the more mature man and the eau de toilette is better for someone a little more playful.

Posted on December 7, 2015 .

Versace Oud Noir

Versace Pour Homme Oud Noir by Versace is a Oriental Woody fragrance for men. Versace Pour Homme Oud Noir was launched in 2013. The fragrance features leather, agarwood (oud), oriental woodsy notes and spices.  For fans of Tom Ford's Private Blend scent Oud Wood this is a great alternative.  (My secret weapon Escentric Molecule Molecule 01) makes this thing shine even more.  Do yourself a favor and if you want to stand out from the crowd and leave a haunting impression on others this is for you.

Posted on December 2, 2015 .

Spicebomb

Viktor & Rolf present the male equivalent of the famous Flowerbomb fragrance Spicebomb.  Let me just say this now.  This is not one for the timid or tame.  It's a fragrance that grabs you and announces your presence to everyone in the vicinity.

Spicebomb came out in January 2012 as an explosive and extrovert oriental - woody and spicy composition. Perfumer Olivier Polge blended spices with sensual undertones; creating two diametrically opposed fragrant accords: 1. the addictive and fiery one and 2. the explosive and icy one. The fiery accord contains notes of chili, saffron, leather, tobacco and vetiver. The explosive one includes bergamot, grapefruit, elemi and pink pepper.

This is a must have for all grown up fragrance wardrobes.  Carnal, sexy, seductive, and unforgettable.  Additionally, you will score high in the uniqueness factor because this bad boy ii well worth the price.

 

 

Posted on December 1, 2015 and filed under Fragrance.

Harrod's Agarwood

Sex in a bottle.   Dark, deep, smoldering, brooding, carnal, lush, oud that is guaranteed to make you stand out.  Now for the note analysis.

Created exclusively for Harrods, the new fragrance by the house of Bond No. 9 was introduced, inspired and based on agarwood (oud). Dominant in the compositions. In a black flacon with golden details Harrods Agarwood announces a powerful, dark and oriental saga intertwining with hot spices.

In the game of spices, hot resins and precious wood, the composition of Harrods Agarwood highlights accords of nutmeg, black tea, saffron and violet, with dark and sensual notes of agarwood, sandalwood, labdanum and amber. The composition is deepened with notes of patchouli and the unique effect of suede lingering on the skin. Fragrance Bond No9 Harrods Agarwood arrives as 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum. Harrods Agarwood was launched in 2013.

Expensive, but well worth the money.  For the man who wants to be dominant among men this is the fragrance for you.

Posted on September 20, 2015 and filed under Fragrance.

Detail Counts - Accoutrements

From shoes to hats and everything in between it's the details that set you apart from the crowd.  Now I know this topic will send some people screaming for the hills, but try to stay with me.  Maybe you can't pull off crazy combinations for patterns and such, but you can pick 1 item and start there to begin creating your own Personal Brand.  For men I recommend it be their socks.  If you are fortunate enough to be able to wear a suit, sport coat, or blazer then I would go with pocket squares.  But above all get yourself a signature fragrance that fits the setting, time of day and season.  Trust me guys women notice far more than we can even dream of so get started today on your Personal Brand.  Give me a shout and I'll gladly help you begin to navigate your very own Personal Style.

Posted on September 2, 2015 and filed under Accoutrements.

Creed Millesime Imperial

Imperial Millesime by Creed is a warn and romantic unisex fragrance, evocative of the citrus groves and beautiful seaside landscape of sunny Sicily.

This citrus marine scent opens with a top notes of fruit and sea salt. Middle notes include lemon, bergamot, iris and mandarin orange. The base includes musk, woody and marine notes. Imperial Millesime was launched in 1995. The nose behind this fragrance is Olivier Creed Sixth Generation.

Summertime masterpiece.  Stunning!

Posted on August 6, 2015 and filed under Fragrance.

PHI--Une Rose de Kandahar - Andy Tauer

Andy Tauer is, in my opinion, a self taught perfume genius.  His work should be classified as high art then perfumery.  Masterpiece of composition is what comes to mind when I was first introduced to this.  

Phi is a luxurious scent, inspired by a natural extract of roses produced in Afghanistan's rose region, Nangarhar. This rose oil is extremely rare and of highest quality. Inspired by these roses, growing in a dry and rough land, Phi is a rare gem, complementing contrasting lines, rich in natural raw materials that add depth and authenticity. Due to the limited amount of the rose oil, une rose de Kandahar is not guaranteed to be available all the time.

PHI Une Rose de Kandahar by Tauer Perfumes is a Floral fragrance for women and men. This is a new fragrance. PHI Une Rose de Kandahar was launched in 2013. The nose behind this fragrance is Andy Tauer. Top notes are apricot, cinnamon, almond and bergamot; middle notes are Bulgarian rose absolute and rose from Kandahar, Bourbon geranium and tobacco leaf; base notes are patchouli, vetiver, vanilla, tonka bean, musk and ambergris.

I could labor and write a long review, but that would only serve to complicate the matter.  This is not a fragrance for the timid or shy.  It's a bold, brash rose that screams "I'm here and I'm incredible!"  Not for everyday wearing by the masses that suits me just fine.  Wear.  Love.  Live

Posted on July 2, 2015 and filed under Fragrance.

Tom Ford Costa Azzurra

Today was another adventure with Tom Ford's most recent summer editions launched in 2014.  Costa Azzurra by Tom Ford is a Woody Aromatic fragrance for women and men.  This one was middle of the road at best.  As usual with Tom Ford the presentation is flawless, but that's where the mystery ends.  Top notes are seaweed, driftwood, agarwood (oud), ambrette (musk mallow), celery seeds and cardamom; middle notes are juniper, myrtle, lavender, lemon, yellow mandarin and artemisia; base notes are mastic or lentisque, olibanum, incense, vanilla, vetiver and oak.  A very solid construction, but utterly uninspiring.  As with all fragrances I look at what I'm getting then the price point and honestly for the price there are far better options.  

Posted on July 2, 2015 and filed under Fragrance.

Tom Ford Mandarino Di Amalfi

Today I tried Tom Ford's Mandarino Di Amalfi from his Private Blend collection and I have to admit that was pleasantly surprised.  Having read reviews from follow fragrance lovers the reception was mixed at best.  Most agree that presentation and packaging were stellar, but the perfume itself left something to be desired.  But, like all things I suggest you try them for yourself and at different times before casting final judgement.  Now we all know that Tom Ford is the genius behind bringing Oud to the mainstream western market with M7 while with Yves St. Laurent.  Since then he has continued to be a trailblazer in the fragrance arena.  Mandarino Di Amalfi is no exception it's even recently won Men's Luxury Fragrance of the Year.  Let's get into it the notes.  

Mandarino di Amalfi by Tom Ford is classified as a Citrus Aromatic fragrance for women and men.  Launched in 2014 the top notes are tarragon, mint, black currant, grapefruit, lemon and basil; middle notes are black pepper, coriander, orange blossom, clary sage, shiso and jasmine; base notes are vetiver, amber, labdanum, musk and civet.   

To my nose it opens with a refreshing citrus blast that is spot on and develops as expect into the and proceeds to a very quick drydown.  As with most fresh scents the longevity tends to be an issue meaning you will likely need to reapply in 2 - 4 hours.  My suggestion is to overspray after you applied a good unscented moisturizer.  Longevity aside this is a great, fun summer scent that's at home day or night, office or out on the town.  Bravo, Mr. Ford you've done it again.

 

Posted on July 1, 2015 and filed under Fragrance.