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Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Noir

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Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Noir

Posted on 23 July 2013 by Eddie

The box of this new scent tells us “The iconic L.12.12 polo shirt is now captured in a fragrance collection”. I’m not sure I’d want a tennis t-shirt that I wear distilled into a bottle, so I have to guess that they are saying that this will be a timeless classic. On opening and spraying this new scent from Lacoste my first impression is that it is a dark and manly scent with sweet notes. Lacoste says that there are notes of watermelon, pineapple, lavender, basil and dark chocolate to name some of these.


I don’t have a refined nose able to pick out these individual scents, but I do know what my olfactory system likes and I like L12.12 Noir.

I’d say this is a masculine scent that reminds me of evenings out, but lively enough to wear all day. Personally I don’t often wear a scent during the day beyond an antiperspirant, but this bottle has inspired me to start. It is not overpowering, but still strong enough to enjoy for hours. From now on I’ll reach for this bottle for business meetings and special occasions.

The obligatory “girlfriend comment”: A pleasant and masculine scent that is subtle and not overpowering. It is fresh enough not to remind me of something that my dad would wear.

In conclusion: if you wear a suit to work I’d say this could be an every-day scent, but if not it would be a great evening scent that “encompasses a warm summer evening” for nights out.

Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Noir is available from www.thefragranceshop.co.uk  starting at £27.50

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Ermenegildo Zegna Uomo

Posted on 18 July 2013 by Chris Ford

Recently I have been using Ermenegildo Zegna’s Uomo fragrance and the results have been rather pleasing.
The fragrance feels very adult, this is what I use when I’m going somewhere a bit special and I think that’s a good way to think of the fragrance, ‘Special’ this is now my top shelf fragrance.

So what’s good about it other than the smell? well the smell of course is the most important part and to me it just smells of quality, you know its not cheap and the amount of positive comments I’ve had suggest the ladies like it too, all good things. I think the most impressive aspect is the staying power, yesterday I gave this a quick spray after my morning shower and while I was at lunch nearly six hours later a woman in the queue at Pret remarked on the lovely smell and asked what it was.

So in conclusion if you are looking to try something new and bored of your current choice I would most certainly give Ermenegildo Zegna Uomo a try I dont think you will be disapointed.

Starting at £38.50 for the 30ml and available at www.thefragranceshop.co.uk

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James Bond 007 Ocean Royale

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James Bond 007 Ocean Royale

Posted on 23 May 2013 by Chris Ford

Whether we like to admit it or not we all one the quiet fancy ourselves as being a bit of a James Bond,  but have you ever wondered how James Bond smells?   errm no me neither but I was recently send the new Bond Ocean Royale fragrance to try and I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised how nice it is.

Ocean Royale is the second in the series of Bond scents, its a very summery fresh scent that really reminds me of lazing by the beach sipping a cold beer, or in Bonds case a Vesper Martini?

At £24.50 for a 50ml bottle its very competitively priced but don’t be fooled into thinking this is a cheap cash in as it genuinely does smell great and the scent seems to last quite a while too, I thoroughly recommend all you budding spys check it out.


To check out Ocean Royale head over to www.thefragranceshop.co.uk for more info




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Solo by Loewe

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Solo by Loewe

Posted on 16 April 2013 by Chris Ford

I’m often sent aftershaves to try in the hope I will write something about them and too often I just cant as they just don’t do much for me, you see I know what I like and tend to stick with it and that means I mostly wear Issey Miyake L’eau D’issey Pour Homme, its a classic scent that I’m often  complimented on.

So I wasn’t sure what to think when I was sent Loewe’s Solo fragrance, for one I admit I havent heard of the brand before although it turns out they have been around since  1846 when a group of craftsmen opened a leather goods workshop
in central Madrid. Within a few years they had established themselves as one of the best names in leather goods and fashion, a trait they still hold dear to this day.
Loewe is now well established in high end fashion with Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani and Laura Biagiotti all having contributed to the Loewe collections.

Loewe launched their first scent in 1985, and has since become a market leader in Spain.


Upon the first spray of the scent I was pleasantly surprised, it actually reminds me alot of my beloved Issey Miyake with its citrus tones  and spiciness but Loewe also have their own unmistakable scent here which they make their own. I’m not the best at describing scents but I know what I like and I like Solo. I wore it out yesterday to meet a friend for lunch and no less than three people enquired as to what I was wearing which is a very good sign indeed!

You can pick up Loewe Solo on the high street at  The Fragrance Shop or visit www.thefragranceshop.co.uk


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Sponsored Video – Joop! Homme  Wild

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Sponsored Video – Joop! Homme Wild

Posted on 05 December 2012 by Chris Ford

I have posted about the Joop! Homme fragrance before and I think you will agree with me if I convinced you to try it that its a real winner, in fact I wear it everyday. Well Joop! built on the success of the original fragrance and have recently introduced the new Joop! Homme Wild line,  which still has elements of what made the original great but has taken things up a notch, this should be your partying fragrance!

With that idea in mind Joop! have released a series of videos exploring the wild spots of various cities, the first being my home town London and having just watched it I can say without a doubt I will be checking out a few of these spots!  I find London is one of those cities you can live in all your life and yet still be totally unaware of an abundance of amazing things going on right on your doorstep, most tourists only see the famous landmarks like Big Ben and the Tower of London but I always urge visitors to look a little deeper and see the real London and meet the real Londoners.


So whether you live in London or are planning a visit I urge you to take a look at the video below and discover a few of the alternative places to visit in London  from the wild Bars, tattoo parlours, to the vintage clothes stores theres something for everyone who like to explore their Wild side once in a while, all of course while wearing the new Joop! Homme Wild

This post was Sponsored by Joop! Homme Wild

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Zippo – The Fragrance!

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Zippo – The Fragrance!

Posted on 29 March 2012 by Chris Ford

the Zippo lighter is a iconic item,  the look and the sound of the click when you open it ooze cool and make me think for just a moment  I’m Steve McQueen (Yeah right!)   well now you can get the coolness of the Zippo lighter in the form of a men’s fragrance  – and guess what?  it even makes the ping sound when you open it!!!!

In fact the case is exactly like a classic Zippo lighter except of course instead of lighter fluid it contains a lovely citrus based scent,  I’m sure Steve would approve.

Zippo Original is available now in 50ml EDT for £27.00 exclusively from The Fragrance Shop

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DSquared2 Potion for Men

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DSquared2 Potion for Men

Posted on 27 September 2011 by Chris Ford

DSquared2 have launched Potion, a new fragrance for men,  Potion is described as “the scent of seduction” and is fronted by model Diego Miguel.

I recently had the opportunity to  try this new fragrance and will do my best to describe my findings.

Potion is an aromatic woody amber fragrance developed by perfumer Annick Menardo; notes include mint, angelica, thyme, gentian, cinnamon, cashmere wood, patchouli, amber and musk. I think the best way I can describe the smell is that scent of a smells like a blown-out cinnamon-vanilla candle and that’s quite a unique smell which I love!

The bottle has a very retro feel which looks rather elegant in my bath room cabinet
DSquared2 Potion will be available in 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum.


DSquared2 Potion for Man (£42.50 for 50ml, £57 for 100ml) is exclusively available at Harvey Nichols  now and  nationwide  in  October 2011.

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Attimo pour Homme by Salvatore Ferragamo

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Attimo pour Homme by Salvatore Ferragamo

Posted on 26 July 2011 by Chris Ford

This latest fragrance  from Salvatore  Ferragamo is a woody-oriental scent that is fresh and sensual in equal parts. It opens with fresh notes of Marjoram, Cardamon and Mandarin,  you are hit by a  warm spice of  Saffron and a modern touch of Pimento. Whilst the woody, smoky dry down of Patchouli and Vetiver feels like a real mans scent.

I can imagine this is the sort of scent Don Drapper from Mad Men would splash onto this neck before a night out in a high end supper club, this is one to impress and be noticed.


40 ml Eau de Toilette Spray £36
60 ml Eau de Toilette Spray £47
100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray £64
150ml Shampoo&Shower Gel £21
75ml Deodorant Stick £21
100ml After Shave Lotion £42
Worldwide pre-launch Harrods July 2011
UK launch nationwide September 2011

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