Paco Rabanne lighten up with 1 Million Cologne

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PACO RABANNE_ 1 MILLION COLOGNE_ PACKSHOTS_2Love it or loathe it Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million is a fragrance phenomenon. It’s a heady cocktail, though, so if it’s a little bit too ‘in-your-face’ for you maybe you should check out 1 Million Cologne. Sharper and fresher than its best-selling brother it has a slightly bitter, cocktail feel (the result of mandarin orange and a fresh marine accord) which makes it a much better option for summer. It’s spikier and not quite as rounded and creamy as the original 1 Million fragrance but is just as ferociously commercial and has lost non of its tenacity – when I tested it out on my skin I could still smell it 12 hours later.

Paco Rabanne 1 Million Cologne is available now. 

Bulldog get protective

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bulldogI’ve said on countless occasions that I’m a big fan of mass market brand Bulldog Skincare For Men and funnily enough, after mentioning their Original Moisturiser in a piece for Fashionbeans.com someone complained that they didn’t do a moisturiser that contained a built-in sunscreen. And lo and behold, what lands on my desk this week but their soon to be launched Protective Moisturiser which features a broad spectrum SPF15 sunscreen?

Even low-level sun exposure outside of summertime can lead to premature skin ageing so this lightweight, quickly absorbed and affordable daily moisturiser is a great way to protect your skin from sun damage –  from January to December.

Bulldog’s Protective Moisturiser will be available from nivenandjoshua.com from May. RRP £8.99.

The 2015 Aramis umbrella is here!

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Aramis Great Scott Umbrella Low ResARAMIS UMBRELLAFew companies can say that their GWPs (Gifts With Purchase) are collectors’ items (usually they’re they kind of old tat that makes you seriously question your purchase) but the Aramis umbrella has become something of a  legend freebie-wise. Excellent quality and genuinely useful, it’s available with any purchase of an Aramis fragrance over 60ml in size and this year’s version comes in a delightful tartan and with a handle that makes it,  quite literally, ‘the dogs’.

Grab one during April, while stocks last. For stockists call 0870 034 2566

Lacoste add a little bottled sunshine to their Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 collection

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lacosteWhen it comes to mass market men’s fragrances the ones that form the Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 collection are some of my favourites –  in part because I like the simplicity and honesty of the fragrances. In particular, I’ve always loved the bottles, with their smooth curves, polo shirt fabric-inspired sides and iconic croc logo.

Sunny, cheerful and exuberant, Jaune, is the nearest the Eau de Lacoste L.12.12  collection has come to a bona fide summer fragrance. Fruity and juicy, with the vibe of sharp and tangy cocktail, it’s big on bitter grapefruit and coriander and there’s an apple note in there too.

Like all the fragrances in the collection it’s unashamedly commercial and is unlikely to win any awards for off-the-wall originality but for an accessible fragrance a guy in his 20s is going to wear day-in-day-out it’s certainly as good as anything else in its price range and is great for your summer hols.

Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Jaune is available from April priced £35 for 50ml eau de toilette. 

PS. Fans of Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Vert take note – it’s now been dropped from the range so if you have a bottle use it wisely!

Aveda light the way for Earth Month

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AVEDA Light the Way CandleBeing a cynical and decidedly curmudgeonly old fogey I’m always rather suspicious of brands’ charity initiatives – especially brands who say they’re giving an undisclosed percentage of their profits to a good cause. Aveda, however, are one brand that have always had their heart firmly in the right place when it comes to giving and in an admirable act of transparency (not to mention generosity) they’re donating 100% (yes, all) of the £16 RRP of their new limited edition Light The Way scented candle to the Global Greengrants Fund –  a non-profit organisation that funds groups working to solve pressing environmental problems.

Aveda have been working with the fund since 2007 so you can safely say they’re not bandwagoning either. The initiative comes as part of Aveda’s support of Earth Month this April and the candle –  a mix of warm, sweet Madagascan spice –  smells lovely so check out the Aveda site from April to grab one and to do a whole lot of good in the process.

Big is beautiful. Well, it is when it’s ‘Givenchy big’.

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GIVENCHY OVERSIZEIf you’re a fan of Givenchy Xeryus Rouge, Play Intense or Pi then smash open your piggy bank because April sees the launch of ‘Oversize’ editions of all three classic fragrances. Shown here against the 50ml version of Givenchy’s brand new fragrance Gentlemen Only Casual Chic, you can see just how big these oversized bottles are. Released as 150ml versions, priced £75, they’re the perfect way to ensure you never run out of your favourite fragrance.

Well, did you evah? It’s Iggy & Debbie for Paco Rabanne

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IGGY POP DEBBIE HARRYI’m not much of a fan of celebrity endorsements when it comes to fragrance – except, that is, when the celebrities in question just happen to be people I adore. Which is why I absolutely love Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry getting together to front the new, limited edition “Be a Legend” versions of Paco Rabanne’s perennially popular Black XS. It’s a marriage made in rock ‘n’ roll heaven, they both look fantastic and hey, isn’t it nice to see a couple of legendary rockers-of-a-certain-age for once, rather than some vacuous up-and-coming actor with his heavage hanging out and a woman clinging to his arm like she’s a Titanic survivor clinging to a piece of stray wood? I certainly think so.

Paco Rabanne Black XS Be A Legend Debbie Harry and Be A Legend Iggy Pop are available from Feb 16th. 

Planning a Valentine break? Then make sure you’re packing this Anthony Logistics Travel Kit

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner (how did that happen?!) a few of you may be whisking off your other half for a romantic break somewhere. And if you are here’s the perfect way to ensure you look your best while you’re there. This handy Traveler Kit from cult US brand Anthony Logistics features a raft of grooming essentials including a Glycolic Facial Cleanser,  Shave Cream, Invigorating Rush Hair & Body Wash, All Purpose Facial Moisturizer and, because you’ll (hopefully) be playing a little tonsil tennis,  an Advanced Formula Lip Balm too. What’s more, everything’s airline compliant so there’s no need to do a last-minute dump before security. Oh hush now! You know exactly what I mean…

Available from SpaceNK.

Ahoy there! There’s a new limited edition of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male on the horizon!

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JPG_LE MALE_2015 Ltd Ed_IMAGE 6BGenerally speaking I’m very suspicious of limited edition versions of popular fragrances (at the end of the day they’re essentially a way of shifting more units) but I’m always rather excited whenever there’s a new edition of Jean Paul Gaultier’s iconic Le Male because they’re always such fun and so well executed. And since a new one emerges every spring I can’t be the only one who enjoys them. This year, the fragrance takes on a pirate theme, with a crimson skull and a pair of crossed sabres emblazoned on a sailor’s jersey. If you’re a collector you’ll no doubt want to add it to your swag but if you’re just a fan of Le Male and are running low this is the perfect time to replenish your stock. And I know it has a pirate theme but do me a favour and pay for it rather than just ‘appropriate’ it, ok?

Available from Feb 2nd while stocks last.

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