Salvatore Ferragamo Attimo Pour Homme reviewed

Ah, another day and another fragrance to pass my nose over. This is the fourth post in a row in which I’ve discussed new ones and if you’re not a fragrance fan I must warn you there are even more to come. You can blame the run up to Christmas, of course, with a raft of new fragrances hitting the shelves in time for the the festive season.

So today’s offering, launching nationwide this month after an exclusive few months at Harrods, is Salvatore Ferragamo’s Attimo Pour Homme – described as a ‘fresh and sensual woody oriental’ fragrance and featuring notes of cardamon, marjoram, saffron and mandarin, with a dry down of patchouli and vetiver and white musk. On paper this sounds all very well, the chunky bottle’s lovely and the cardboard packaging is ecologically certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, but the fragrance itself is, well, a bit nondescript, sweet and fruity rather than spicy and  well, a bit generic. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not offensive but it simply reminds me of so many other men’s launches out there and whilst there might be safety in numbers there’s really no honour either is there?

Attimo Pour Homme is available now, priced £47 for 60 ml eau de toilette.

Grooming Guru essentials: Mark Birley For Men Charles Street – this Autumn’s sexiest new fragrance for men

Though I lead a charmed life (come on, I sniff fragrances and test moisturisers for a living) it’s remarkably rare that I come across products I’d actually use myself and those that I do are documented in the Grooming Guru Essentials part of this blog. It’s rare too that I’m instantly captivated by a product. Yet, this is exactly what happened the other day with Mark Birley’s Charles Street fragrance, which was only recently released.

Birley, founder of clubs like Annabel’s, Harry’s Bar and Mark’s Club (on Charles Street , Mayfair, hence the name) has come up with just the kind of fragrance I love – leathery, smoky, musky and uncompromisingly masculine – and one which includes some of my favourite notes, including patchouli and tuberose. It’s also as sexy as hell (a quick straw poll of my friends revealed that both men and women loved it).

Call me old-fashioned but to my mind, Charles Street is how men should smell. Sure, it’s not the kind of fragrance you’re going to wear if you’re a 23-year-old clubber but if you’re a man of the world and a bit of a fragrance connisseur you should definitely give it a whirl.  In fact, if you’re only buying one fragrance for yourself this Autumn, I’d suggest you make it this one.

Mark Birley for Men: Charles Street is available from Harrods, priced £48.50 for 75ml eau de parfum

Grooming Guru Essentials are the products I genuinely love and have used as part of my own routine.