The Perfume Society launches second ‘Scent of a Gent’ discovery box

the-perfume-societyWhen I was an impoverished student, back before the dawn of time, one of the few ways to get hold of fragrance without blowing a fortnight’s food budget was to coax free samples from (sometimes) generous department store sales assistants. It was a harder task than one might think and my storytelling skills probably originated from the yarns I used to conjure up to get them to part with their goods. I was always ‘looking for gift ideas for my (non-existent) brother’ whose birthday was only ever a week away and I always required a few different samples to compare against each other because he was ‘really fussy when it came to fragrance’. Once I even made out I had a house-bound relative who was looking for a new fragrance and couldn’t get to the shops (I know. God forgive me).  Then, when I got home, I’d study my haul of fragrance phials as if they were diamonds I’d found in the street.

I’ve no idea how difficult it is to get samples today (still tricky I suspect) but thankfully The Perfume Society has made things a whole lot easier with their men’s fragrance boxes – the second of which has just been released. Their ‘Scent of a Gent’ discovery box is the perfect way for the fragrance lover to sample some of the best new releases without having to resort to desperate ruses like mine.

Featuring a mix of big-name commercial fragrances like Davidoff Horizon and Azzaro Wanted and more boutique offerings from the likes of Miller Harris and Shay & Blue, it’s a great way to road-test what’s out there in your own time and without enduring the hard sell. The big plus of this particular discovery box, though, is that you also get a few other enticing little extras, such as a sample of Molton Brown’s Bushukan Body Wash and a Refinery Hydrating Refreshing Eye Gel, which by itself would set you back £31. Result? A better-smelling you and, potentially, a better-looking one too – and no begging required.

The Perfume Society’s ‘Scent of a Gent’ discovery box is available while stocks last from perfumesociety.org priced £19 + P&P (£15 + P&P to Perfume Society VIP subscribers).

Look good (and do some good) with Nik Thakkar’s new grooming box

nk_11199The problem I have with many grooming boxes is that they don’t represent good value for money, the product sizes are stingy and the brands uninspiring. Thankfully, none of those things can be said of the new ‘Grooming Adventurer’ box from All Boxed Up and artist/designer Nik Thakkar (above).

212-heroIt features eight, full-sized products, worth £150, for the bargain price of just £39.99 (+ p&p). There are some superb brands in there, too, like Cowshed, The Refinery, Recipe For Men and, one of my personal favourites, Polaar. What’s more, 10% of the profits go to The Albert Kennedy Trust, a great organisation that helps support young LGBT  people who find themselves homeless, so by buying a box you won’t just look good you’ll be doing some good too. There are only 500 boxes available, though, so be quick!

The Nik Thakkar Men’s Grooming Adventurer box is available here.