Paul Smith Essential puts affordability at its heart

paul smith essentialThe history of Paul Smith fragrances is a bit of a chequered one and I must confess, I have a nasty habit of liking the less succesful ones like Story (a fragrance that was ahead of its time in terms of its bookish, geek chic imagery) and Portrait which, alas, was more of a critical success than a commercial one.

PAUL-01Coming two years after Portrait and a year after Extreme Sport, Essential is an altogether safer fragrance that leaves nothing to chance by covering all the commercial bases: it’s woody, it’s spicy and it’s aromatic, making it familiar, inoffensive and versatile. Slightly reminiscent of Gucci’s Guilty Pour Homme, with which it shares several key notes, it’s probably not going to set the world alight in terms of originality, but with its low price point (under £30 for 50ml) and wearability I suspect it will do pretty well commercially.

Paul Smith Essential is available now from boots.com

Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male summer fragrance goes all Maori

Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male isn’t just a fragrance phenomenon. Thanks to the continual supply of limited edition versions (and bottles) it’s become a collecting phenomenon, too, with many fans desperate to snap up the latest quirky bottles for their collections.

Latest in the line up is this Maori motif tattooed torso for the Stimulating Summer Fragrance – a seasonal version of Le Male. Unlike many fragrance repackages Gaultier’s work because they’re always clever, fun and playful – a bit like the man himself I guess.

As for the fragrance (yes, that’s important too) this summer version isn’t quite as sweet and heavy as the regular version and is perked-up with summery notes of lavender and mint, making it perfect as the weather starts to warm up.

Available now priced £37.50 for 125 ml.