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Tuesday, 28th March, 2017

David Beckham Made Of Instinct Fragrance

David Beckham Made Of Instinct Review

Twelve years after the launch of Instinct comes this, Made Of Instinct from the line of fragrances by David Beckham. I was lucky enough to receive a bottle of this before it’s release tomorrow, so what is it all about.

As always I have to start with the bottle. It’s the same shape bottle as the other’s in the Instinct line, with this one being a really nice blue colour which I really like. The branding is clear and to the front in a chrome silver colour, which matches the colour of the top. I really like the colour combination of the blue and silver, and it really works well. The top is a magnet style which I love, and gives a more premium feel, and comes with the DVB logo to the top.

Made Of Instinct comes 12 years after the original Instinct, which was launched by David Beckham in 2005. A range of scents from the Instinct family were then born, including Intense, After Dark, Pure, Ice, Sport and Gold, and now in 2017 the new vibrant fragrance for men is here.

The scent is perfectly timed for the Spring, and this is definitely a scent well suited to the Spring. It’s quite a green-blue-citrus type of scent, which gives it more of a fresh-citrus type of smell, rather than the lemon style which is synonymous with a citrus scent. There’s a big grapefruit presence, and it does feel like quite an energetic scent. It’s inoffensive, and will work well through the day as a casual scent, and has very light spicy tones.

Quite a good all rounder, I could wear this to work or just relaxing throughout the day, a Spring evening or casual night out.

You can get your bottle from 29th March 2017 priced at £26 for a 50ml bottle. Will you be picking up a bottle? Check out more of my men’s fragrance reviews for your favourite scent.

Best season to wear – Spring

Scent type – Citrus/Fresh/Green

Age Recommendation – 18+

Best Worn – Daytime, Evening, Casual

Top Notes: Grapefruit, Starfruit, Fennel
Heart Notes: Violet Leaves, Sage, Pink Pepper
Base Notes: Fir Balsam, Cashmere Wood, Moss


Thursday, 23rd March, 2017

Foreo LUNA Go & Cleanser For Men

Foreo LUNA Go For Men Review

I’ve seen these devices before and was always intrigued what they did and if they worked. These are made by a Swedish beauty brand called Foreo, and have several devices like this for women, but have now entered the men’s market and have launched the Foreo LUNA Go for men, including a men’s cleanser. I had the chance to try it out and see what it’s all about, so I decided to give it a go.

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Thursday, 9th March, 2017

Vince Camuto Eterno Fragrance For Men

Vince Camuto Eterno Fragrance For Men Review

Recently I got sent this scent called Vince Camuto Eterno. This is my first Vince Camuto scent, so I did not really know what to expect from this one.

As always I will start off with the bottle. This one is a large 100ml and is a nice squared-rectangular shape, and comes in a faux leather wrap around in white, with the branding in silver and the Vince Camuto logo to the front in silver. The reverse also has stitching up the back at the middle in blue, and the top of the bottle and atomiser is in a complimenting chrome silver colour.

It has a nice wide spray, and the scent is a light and pleasant one. This is definitely one for the Spring or Summer, and would work well during the day. From the first spray you get a really inviting smell which is green and citrus-like, it’s light and fresh but a fresh-citrus with a bit of a spicy kick, rather than fresh-aquatic. You can wear this throughout the day to work, college or Uni and it will be inoffensive, it’s noticeable but not too punchy or overpowering.

You can but this one at Debenhams for £36 for the 50ml bottle, or £45 for the 100ml bottle here. It’s a good choice if you’re looking for something new and different for Spring or Summer.

Have you tried this? Let me know what you think if you have. You can check out all my fragrance reviews if you’re looking for a new scent for this upcoming season.

Best season to wear – Spring/Sumer
Scent type – Citrus, Fresh, Green
Age Recommendation – 18+
Best Worn – Daytime, Casual, Formal

Top Notes – Citrus, Mint

Middle Notes – Bourbon Pepper, Saffron

Base Notes – Cedar, Patchouli


Wednesday, 22nd February, 2017

Fragrance Revisited: Gucci Bu Gucci Pour Homme Review

Gucci By Gucci Review

Gucci by Gucci was released back in 2008, I can’t remember when I got my bottle but I have liked it ever since, in fact it was one of my favourites. I liked it so much, that when I was re-buying my favourites (in fear of them being discontinued) I got myself a big bottle which remains in brand new and unused condition!

First off I have to talk about the bottle. The top is a really interesting design, it reminds me of an old fashioned door knocker, and is polished metal and silver in colour. The front of the bottle has the branding which is tastefully done, and the shape is a nice squared style of bottle, keeping it traditional and making it easy to store.

The scent itself is a very masculine fragrance. It’s woody and spicy, and reminds me of an older style aftershave, but a more refined and elegant style. There’s a lot of woody notes, as well as pepper, but the other notes leave it smelling warm and refined, rather than too overpowering. It combines that traditional musky aftershave style with a more modern tone. Great for date night, evenings with friends and Autumn and Winter nights.

Let me know what you think of this one! Check out more of my aftershave reviews before buying your next scent and get some tips and advice.

Best season to wear – Autumn/Winter
Scent type – Woody, Spicy, Tobacco
Age Recommendation – 21+
Best Worn – Evening, Casual, Formal

Top Notes – Bergamot, Cypress, Violet

Heart Notes – Jasmine, Tobacco

Base Notes – Patchouli, Olibanum, Amber, Leather, Elemi Resin


Wednesday, 8th February, 2017

Dior Homme Intense Review

Dior Homme Intense Review EDP

A fragrance which I have had for a couple of years is Dior Homme Intense. It was released back in 2007, and I’ve had it in my collection for around 5 years. As the name suggests, it’s a masculine style of scent, and I think it’s quite a nice, underrated one for men. It’s an EDP, Eau De Parfum, so has a higher concentration of scent than your usual EDT would have.

First off let’s talk about the bottle. It’s a real clean and simple bottle, which keeps the style to a minimum, but does feel quite elegant with the bottle being more of a cube type of shape, chunky glass, and the fragrance sitting in the middle of it. The top is a heavy black plastic, with the atomizer also being black plastic, and has quite a wide spray, so only a few sprays are required for good coverage.

As for the smell, it’s perfect for an evening, especially in the Autumn or Winter, as it’s quite a warm manly smell. You get a real sense of the woody nature, as you can tell from looking at the colour, however it’s not overpowering, and the vanilla calms it down, with the lavender also toning it down with some powdery tones.

It’s a good choice if you’re looking for something masculine and woody, but something which is not too musky. If this is not for you try checking out more of my aftershave reviews and see if there’s one you can find.

Best season to wear – Autumn/Winter
Scent type – Woody, Aromatic, Floral
Age Recommendation – 23+
Best Worn – Evening, Casual, Formal

Top Notes – Lavender

Heart Notes – Iris, Ambrette seed

Base Notes – Virginia cedarwood, Vetiver, Vanilla


Thursday, 26th January, 2017

Zadig & Voltaire This Is Him! Fragrance Review

Zadig & Voltaire This Is Him Review

A scent which has been talked about a lot in 2016 is the latest from Zadig & Voltaire, called This Is Him! I had to grab a bottle to add to my collection, but what’s this one all about?

The packaging and bottle is all about monochrome, it’s black and white. From the box to the bottle, it carries the same style over, a sleek all black style with clean white text. The bottle is a translucent black colour and is an irregular cuboid shape, with a straight edge on one side and a cracked jagged edge on the other. The atomiser spray is wide for good coverage, and the design of the bottle is finished with the top sporting the Z&V logo to the top.

The scent itself is quite a dark and mysterious one. It’s fairly smoky and warm, slightly woody and inviting, definitely one for the evening. After a while you get a sense of the sweet type of notes coming through, vanilla, and pleasant. This fragrance is best suited for the Autumn and Winter, the warm and dark notes will work well for this time for year on a night, it’s fairly seductive so would make a good scent to wear on a night out; Probably not a one for work, Uni or College.

Best season to wear – Autumn/Winter
Scent type – Aromatic, Smoky, Sweet, Slightly Woody
Age Recommendation – 21+
Best Worn – Evening, Casual

Top Notes – Grapefruit, Black Pepper

Middle Notes – Vanilla, Incense

Base Notes – Sandalwood

What do you think of this scent? Check out more of my fragrance tips over on the directory.


Thursday, 12th January, 2017

MR Burberry Review

MR Burberry Fragrance Review

One of the most acclaimed fragrances of 2016 is the first to be reviewed on Michael 84 in 2017. For Christmas I got the latest scent from the house of Burberry, simply called MR. Burberry, and it’s a good one.

Let’s start as always with the bottle, and it’s a plain and simple rectangular shaped bottle, made with clear glass, a plastic top and with the added touch of decoration in the way of a fabric fashioned bow. There’s the branding to the front of the bottle, the logo which consists of the wording in both a script and plain style.

The smell is a very pleasant one, and one which I like. I think it’s more of a fresh and citrus type of scent, with the grapefruit really coming through. It does have woody accords, however they’re not overpowering and it’s not musky, nor it is necessarily an evening-only dark fragrance. This makes it quite an all round scent, something which can be worn during the day as well as a night, in both formal and casual settings. It’s subtle and soft, and definitely not sharp however I’d still say this is a masculine fragrance, a modern one rather than the old school musky type.

I don’t recall having a scent like this one, I don’t really think it smells like anything else, which is a good quality to have. It does not blow me away like my loved scents, however it’s a really nice and attractive inoffensive smell.

Best Season To Wear – All Rounder

Scent Type – Fresh, Citrus, Woody

Age Recommendation – 18+

Best Worn – Evening, Day, Casual, Formal

 

Top Notes – Grapefruit, Tarragon, Cardamom

Middle Notes – Birch leaf, Nutmeg, Cedarwood

Base Notes – Sandalwood, Vetiver, Guaiac wood

Let me know what you think of MR Burberry! If it’s not for you have a browse through the other men’s aftershave reviews and find another fragrance.


Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016

The Best Men’s Fragrances For Christmas 2016

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If there’s one easy gift to buy for virtually any man, it’s a new scent, or a favourite fragrance. If you’re looking for aftershave ideas, then I have come up with this very short list of my favourites which I think will be big hits. It’s really hard to narrow things down, as you’ll know if you’re a regular reader, I have lots of scents which have been featured on Michael 84, you can see them all over on the fragrance reviews page, so it’s hard to narrow things down to a manageable level. But I have tried to take on the task, and have selected seven of my highly recommended scents, along with some which deserve an honourable mention too.

I only personally recommend fragrances which I either own or I’ve tried, and there’s obviously plenty others on the market too. With that said, here’s my favourites.

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Thursday, 10th November, 2016

Fragrances Revisited: Narciso Rodriguez For Him

Narciso Rodriguez For Him Review

When I first properly got into fragrances and scents as I have done, one of the first ones I got was Narciso Rodriguez For Him. This was released in 2007, and I believe that I got this for Christmas of that year, possibly a year later. It was quite a mysterious scent for me to get, it’s not the huge name that everyone in the world outside of fashion or perfume knows, and the bottle gives nothing away either since it’s dark and opaque. However once you open it and try it, you’ll know why it’s called, For Him.

Obviously For Him implies a masculine type of scent, and it surely does deliver. But it’s not that woody, dirty, musky, old school type of man smell, and is a more spicy aquatic and warm notes which instantly hit you. Masculine scents usually say one of two things to me: Musky or sophisticated. This one is definitely the sophisticated gentleman, which is inviting and edgy, but has a sensual aura about it. You really do get a sense of the woody undertones, but the warmth of the spices are what shine through. You can see wearing this scent with a smart suit or shirt, it would work well on a date night or night out with the boys.

If you’re looking for something which screams refined and gentleman, and you want something which your friends may not have, this is definitely worth a try. Remember to check out more of my men’s fragrance tips over here which has plenty of reviews of the best scents for guys.

Best season to wear – Autumn/Winter
Scent type – Spicy, Woody, Musky
Age Recommendation – 23+
Best Worn – Evening, Casual, Formal

Notes: Violet Leaf, Patchouli, Amber, Musk


Friday, 28th October, 2016

Fragrances Revisited – Bulgari MAN

Bulgari MAN Fragrance Review

Bulgari MAN, or Bvlgari MAN as it’s stylised, has been one of my favourite fragrances since I first got it. It was launched in 2010, and I probably got it around that time, and since then, I fell in love with it.

People who like scents like me will tell you it’s not just about the smell, it’s the memories they creates. Since this is one of my favourite scents of all time, I’ve used it so many times and had so many great times while I was wearing it, usually on nights out. Not only that, it’s been a scent which I’ve taken with me when travelling for years. It’s been to Barcelona, Stockholm, Iceland, Copenhagen and Madrid.

The fragrance just smells really elegant and sophisticated, but it has an edge of spice to it, and the woody notes come through. It really does do a very good job at being everything you’d want in a masculine scent without being over-powering. That makes it perfect for any occasion or season, the green and fresh style is cool, but then warmed up with a spicy punch, it really is a fantastic fragrance for any guy.

There’s been some newer variants which I’ve got, such as Bvlgari MAN In Black, and although that is nice and I do like it, I don’t think anything from Bvlgari will beat this in my opinion. Remember to check out my men’s fragrance reviews if you’re looking for a new scent, there’s some great advice and tips.

Best season to wear – Autumn/Winter
Scent type – Woody/Spicy/Floral
Age Recommendation – 21+
Best Worn – Evening, Casual, Formal

Top Notes – Bergamot, Violet leaf

Middle Notes – Lotus blossom, Vetiver, Cypriol

Base Notes – White woods, Sandalwood, Cashmere wood, Vegetal amber, Benzoin, White honey, Musk

What do you think of Bvlgari MAN?