Good news for fans of Acqua di Parma’s Colonia Essenza: October sees the release of a special “Tuxedo” edition of the fragrance. Inspired by black tie (the bottle reflects the contrast between a tux’s matt fabric and its satin lapels) the timeless Acqua di Parma bottle gets a gentlemanly make-over. I know it’s a bit shallow to judge a fragrance by its bottle but, well, it is lovely. As is the fragrance. Great for collectors and Essenza fans it’ll be available exclusively from Selfridges from October 1st 2015, priced at £140.
I’m not sure what I was expecting from Austin Reed’s new fragrance for men but I certainly wasn’t expecting to like it quite as much as I do. Warm, woody and delightfully floral, Austin Reed Signature also has a gourmand sweetness to it but doesn’t overplay this in the crude, blunt way many men’s fragrances do so the dry down has a nice, but not sickly, creaminess. Good price point too.
Top: Sicilian bergamot, graprefruit, tangerine, pepper
Middle: Moroccan atlas rose, chinese geranium, thyme, ginger, liquorice, cardamon, orange flower
Base: Vanilla, vetiver, cedarwood
Austin Reed Signature is available via Austin Reed stores and online priced £35 for 50ml and £45 for 100ml.