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

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!

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

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.

Acqua di Parma expand Collezione Barbiere range

New Acqua di Parma Collezione Barbiere - Face SerumI love Acqua di Parma‘s premium Collezione Barbiere shaving and skincare range and this Spring the family of products gets a little bigger thanks to the addition of a brand new Shaving Gel (featuring hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated during your shave and pomegranate oil to soothe irritation) and a Revializing Face Serum (above) which aims to give skin a potent anti-oxidant boost, leaving it revitalised and fortified against the ageing process. Serums are increasingly becoming part of men’s grooming routines and this one is well worthy having in your grooming arsenal.

Both products will be available from March.