Posted on 23 May 2013 by Mr Black
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
Posted on 16 April 2013 by Mr Black
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
Posted on 05 December 2012 by Mr Black
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
Posted on 29 March 2012 by Mr Black
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
Posted on 27 September 2011 by Mr Black
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.
Posted on 26 July 2011 by Mr Black
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