Dior’s reworked Homme Sport fails to qualify for me

You know the pain you feel when a really good friend lets you down or does something so out of character it shocks you to the core? Well, this is how I felt when I first got a whiff of the new edition of Dior Homme Sport.

Two of my all time favourite fragrances (Eau Sauvage and Fahrenheit) come from the house of Dior) and whilst I’ve never worn Dior Homme Sport I can appreciate its appeal.  This “modulated” version introduces Tuscan Iris as a new note and to my nose the whole thing is quite horrible. It’s acrid, powdery and definitely not a fragrance for confined spaces, which may explain why the ad features Jude Law careering around the south of France in an open-top car (any passengers would surely have passed out if it wasn’t a convertible).

In this Olympic year there are so many sport variants out there and many of them, like Givenchy’s Play Sport, are real winners. I’m afraid that, for me at least, this one doesn’t even make the qualifiers.

Dior Homme Sport is available from 28th May, priced £44 for 50ml eau de toilette.

this week’s grooming essential

farenheitSometimes re-discovering a classic fragrance is a bit  like bumping into a friend  you haven’t seen for ages. They might have been in your consciousness for ever but with the passage of time you’d forgotten how much fun they can be or how important they were to you.  And so it is with Christian Dior’s Farhenheit. With me anyway. Launched back in 1988, it has almost become the Marmite of men’s fragrances – instantly dividing the world between people who love it and those who think it smells faintly of, er,  creosote. 

 

Personally, I loved it back then (I wore it during my ‘year off’ after university) and, smelling it today for the first time in nearly 20 years, I love it just as much now. An unusual and distinctive blend of hawthorn, honeysuckle, sandalwood and lenstiscus (from an evergreen shrub) it’s fantastically warm and leathery and hails from a time when men’s fragrances actually dared (or bothered) to be different.  Now, how radical is that as a concept?

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noble Sauvage

Eau Sauvage Group ShotAs much as I try to remain bright and optimistic about male grooming, it’s true to say that I’m left cold by a lot of the stuff that lands on my desk of a morning. But today is different because right now I’m savouring the newly revamped and reformulated Eau Sauvage bath and shaving line from Christian Dior.

One of my all-time favourite fragrances, Eau Sauvage is a true (and deserving) classic when it comes to male scents. It’s popular too, so much so that over 80 million bottles of the stuff have been sold worldwide since its launch back in 1966. It’s not difficult to see why though – a fantastically crisp, fresh and masculine blend of citrus and woody notes, it’s brilliantly wearable day or night and is so spot on for a male fragrance that I’d be happy to bet good money on it being around in another forty years time.

Soap - SavonAvailable from 2nd June, the range includes a clever multi-function before-and-after shave balm, shaving cream, shower gel and – my absolute favourite – a chunky, fragranced soap. A good quality bar of soap is harder to find than an MP without a two-grand TV and a moat  thesedays, so I am thrilled one is included in this range. Go buy!

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