Coming next year…a brief taster of three fragrances heading your way in Spring 2013

DAVIDOFF THE GAME - OPENED AND CLOSED BOTTLE+PACKDavidoff The Game

The vibe: Mining the Paco Rabanne 1 Million vein, this sweet, aromatic woody fragrance with its novelty casino chip bottle is clearly aimed at young, single lads looking for a punchy, accessible, not-too-scary, night-out fragrance. And in that respect it ticks all the boxes.

Key notes: Iris, blackwood and juniper to give it a “gin fizz” accord.

Verdict: it’s not going to stun anyone with its originality but has huge mass-market appeal. Expect to see it in The Perfume Shop’s best seller list.

versace-eros-profumo_650x478Versace Eros

The Vibe: Fresh, sweet, woody oriental fragrance with a slightly bombastic Eighties feel (and name).

Key notes: Mint, Green Apple, Tonka bean, Ambroxan, Geranium flowers, Vanilla, Vetyver, Cedarwood and an oak moss accord.

Verdict: with Eros as the name it’s positively tumescent with potential but alas, the juice is surprisingly pedestrian and though appears sexy initially (in a sweet, Thierry Mugler kinda way) it matures into something my nan might have worn. Fab bottle though…

gaultier le beau

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Male

The vibe: Fresh, herbaceous and uber-commercial new Gaultier fragrance created taking a few cues from the original Le Male fragrance and housed in a reworked version of the familiar torso flacon. After the commercial disappointment of Kokorico it seems they’re taking no chances this time.

Key notes: mint, absinthe, lavender, orange blossom, sage, musk

Verdict: Refreshingly different from Le Male (a fragrance too heady for me) the hint of absinthe is lovely, as is icy freshness of the mint and slight soapiness of the sage. The signature Le Male lavender and orange blossom are still there at the fragrance’s core but thankfully the vanilla is barely noticeable in this incarnation. Wearable and not nearly as polarising as Le Male, which is both its biggest asset and biggest drawback.

 

The Perfume Shop’s best selling male fragrances

If you’ve ever wondered what the most popular fragrances for men are wonder no more. At a brilliantly organised event to celebrate The Perfume Shop’s 20 years in business and to showcase upcoming launches and the best of this year’s summer fragrances, I came across this display, featuring the shop’s perennial best sellers. They’re in no particular order but what resides in this case gives you a great steer on what British men are using and includes some of my own personal favourites.

From top left: Chanel Allure, Armani Code, Terre D’Hermes, Joop!, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, Boss Bottled, Dolce & Gabbana The One, Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male, L’eau d’Issey Pour Homme, Davidoff Cool Water, Paco Rabanne 1 Million.

For more info on the fragrances go to www.theperfumeshop.com

New Hugo bottle is worth bottling!

Bottle shot 2If you need proof that the bottle is almost as important as the ‘juice’ when it comes to fragrances, you only have to look at the continuing success of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male, the popularity of Diesel’s quirky ‘fist’ flacon and  last Christmas’ surprise seller, Paco Robanne’s  1 Million (a true example of style over content if ever there was one).

And like anyone else I get excited over nice bottles too. Most desirable one at the moment has to be the newie for Hugo Man, artfully designed by Karin Rashid – creator of the Garbo Waste Can and a man with almost as many awards as tattoos.

To make things even more exciting there are only 1,000 of these limited edition lovelies in existence (with only 70 individually numbered bottles in the UK!) so the only question you have is wether to use it or lock it in a safe at your bank.

HUGO Man Exclusive Limited Edition bottles will be available in Selfridges from 4th November priced £95 for 150ml.

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