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Wednesday, 17th May, 2017

Only The Brave Tattoo Eau De Toilette Review

Diesel Only The Brave Tattoo Fragrance Review

I never had the original Only The Brave from Diesel, so I can’t compare it to this incarnation, but here’s the one which I do have, it’s Only The Brave Tattoo.

As far as the bottle goes, it’s the same shape and style as the original. It’s quite innovative and original, a fist shape, but instead of a light colour, this is black-blue in colour with Only The Brave Tattoo written on it in a graffiti tattoo style and Diesel branding to the front. It can be stood up in two positions, which is quite unique for a fragrance bottle.

Contrary to the attitude and raw-ness of the bottle, the scent is something different. It’s fresh and fruity, you get a sense of greens which is strong, and a smaller hint of some spicy notes which don’t feel sharp and are quite subtle. On balance it’s a nice scent, it will work well during the day, and if you prefer a lighter scent with just a bit of punch for an evening, it will work in that setting too.

I have had this fragrance for a number of years, and while it’s never been a favourite, it’s definitely not a bad smell at all.

Best season to wear – All Rounder
Scent type – Fruity, Fresh, Slightly Spicy
Age Recommendation – 18+
Best Worn – Day, Evening, Casual, Formal

Top Notes – Red Apple

Middle Notes – Sage, Bourbon Pepper

Base Notes – Amber wood, Benzoin, Amber, Patchouli

Let me know what you think of this if you own it or have the original. You can find more aftershave reviews if you’re looking for a new scent and this one doesn’t sound like a favourite.

Thursday, 11th May, 2017

Fragrances Revisited: Calvin Klein Escape For Men Aftershave

Calvin Klein Escape For Men - A Lookback At A Classic

Hey Guys!

So this week I have been checking out another one of my old scents for fragrances revisited, and I’ve gone all the way back to 1993 and to this, Calvin Klein Escape For Men.

Actually, I did not get this in 1993, since I was only 9 years old back then. In fact I probably first got this one in around 2005, but it does bring back some memories. It’s not as iconic as CK One, which has legendary status, but as soon as I sprayed this the smell of the 90’s came rushing back.

Just by smelling Escape it reminds me of the 90’s, and what people were wearing back then. As soon as it hits you it takes you back, back to going out and wearing your first scent, the music and the times of the 90’s, it really does make you reminisce. Although this was never one of my favourite fragrances, it was worn and loved by so many people, I used to smell this on people a lot so it does bring back some good memories.

The scent is quite a light and fresh one, with citrus notes and very lightly woody. It’s not dark, but can be worn on an evening, the woody type notes are subtle and the citrus, aqua and green notes are the ones which shine through, making it perfect for Spring or Summer, either during the day or on an evening. If you’ve never experienced Calvin Klein Escape, you should really try it out.

What do you think of this one? If it’s not to you liking, check out more aftershave reviews and find your perfect fragrance.

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

Top Notes – Birch Leaf, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Juniper, Eucalyptus

Middle Notes – Clary Sage, Cypress, Fir Balsam, Rosemary

Base Notes – Patchouli, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Oakmoss

Wednesday, 3rd May, 2017

The Real Shaving Co. Shave Gel & Moistureiser

Real Shaving Co. Review

When it comes to shaving, I think it’s safe to say we all have our very own regimes and how we do things. I certainly do, and it usually involves a couple of steps, from start to finish. The Real Shaving Co. is a British gentlemen’s grooming brand who manufacturer their products in the heart of Somerset, and have been offering superior skincare since 1953. I’m taking a look at a couple of their products. They combine modern formulations with decades of experience in skincare expertise, focusing on both normal and sensitive skin. Their products are free from parabens, microbeads, SLS and SLES which is increasingly important these days.

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Wednesday, 26th April, 2017

Best Men’s Fragrance To Wear This Spring

The Best Men's Fragrances For Spring 2017

Spring is well under way, so it’s about time to get out your favourite fragrance suitable for Spring, or if you don’t have one or fancy a change, buy yourself a new scent. Smell is something you’ll instantly notice about someone, and nobody wants to smell bad. It’s a cardinal sin to smell unclean, it’s one of the worst impressions you can give a person. Over-doing it isn’t as bad, but you could end up being that guy who had that really strong cologne smell. What you actually want is something pleasant which someone will remember, and I’m going to showcase a few of my favourite scents for this season. Let’s get started!

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Tuesday, 18th April, 2017

B. Men Skincare Products

B.Men Skincare Products Review

I have been checking out the latest B. Men skincare product range which is a mid-range budget friendly bunch of products from Superdrug aimed at guys looking to keep their face and skin in good condition for a good price. Looking at the products I actually thought they were more expensive, they have a really nice look and feel to them, the design of the packaging has to be commended, it’s something I really like about these, and that’s before you get started.

So which products are in the range? There’s shave cream and post shave balm which are specifically for shaving, then there’s a charcoal face scrub, hydrating gel and finally a moisturiser. Let’s get into the details.

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Thursday, 13th April, 2017

Fahrenheit Absolute Fragrance By Dior

Dior Fahrenheit Absolute Fragrance Review

Fahrenheit is one of those scents that’s been around virtually all of my life. It’s one which everyone’s dad has worn when we were growing up, it’s one of the first scents which most people my age, including myself ever had, and it’s one which is so well known as Fahrenheit, nobody even mentions that it’s from the house of Dior.

The original was released in 1988, and as mentioned was one of the first scents I had as a teen, along with CK One and Cerruti 1881. In 2009 for it’s 21st birthday, Dior released an updated version of Fahrenheit, Fahrenheit Absolute, and several years ago I got myself a bottle to see what it was all about.

The bottle: Yes, it’s the same classic dome shaped bottle as it’s father, with the same burnt red colour and same black top and atomiser too. The spray is wide, so there’s no need for many sprays, and as you’ll know if you’ve had this or the original, it’s strong anyway, more on that below.

It’s a more intense version of the original, which was pretty intense as a scent. Extremely powerful and strong. I would not say it’s overpowering, but it’s as close as you’re going to get. It’s still got that old school kick to it, it has musky notes but rather than those being spicy and punchy, they’re more smoky and sensual.

If you’ve never had this or the original then it’s safe to say this is one for the evening, and one for the more masculine and older gentleman. If you’re going for an old, classic look, this is something to consider. If you were wearing clothing with this I would imagine a suit or definitely something smart, it just would smell unusual on you if you were trying to be a young hipster wearing jeans and a T-shirt.

Best season to wear – Autumn/Winter
Scent type – Smoky, Warm, Slightly Woody
Age Recommendation – 25+
Best Worn – Evening, Casual

Top Notes – Violet

Middle Notes – Myrrh

Base Notes – Oud, Incense

Let me know what you think of this if you have this one or the original. If it’s not to your taste, check out more men’s aftershave reviews on the blog to find your perfect scent.

Thursday, 30th March, 2017

MR. Thicker Fuller Haircare System From Jamie Stevens

MR. Jamie Stevens Thicker Fuller Review

I am always interested in trying out new hair care products, especially things like waxes and hair styling products, as there’s such a large number available. I have always had quite tough thick hair, at least that’s what my barbers and hairdressers have told me in the past, but as I am getting older I do wonder if, or when that may change. MR. is a new hair care system from Jamie Stevens which are innovative products specifically designed for thicker, fuller hair. MR. sent over a couple of products to have a try of.

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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