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The Best Autumn Fragrances For Men

Friday, 21st September, 2018

The Best Men's Fragrances For Autumn 2018

Leaves are falling, it’s starting to get cold, it must be Autumn! We’ve long left the Summer behind, and now you’ll be thinking about what are the best fragrances for Autumn.There’s so many scents which can work for this season, but I’ve picked out those which are specially suited to this time of year.

The colour most associated with Autumn is brown, we think of leaves falling and so woody scents are the perfect choice. We don’t need the heavy hitters of super warming scents more suited to Winter, but something to warm you up nontheless.

Notes to look out for when choosing a fragrance are woody, masculine, musky, spicy, aromatic and floral types of scents. Best avoided are the citrus heavy, sweet, aquatic or fresh scents which are better suited to the Spring or Summer.

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The Best Men’s Shower Gel And Body Wash For Your Daily Grooming Routine

Friday, 14th September, 2018

The Best Men's Shower Gels And Body Wash You Can Buy Right Now

When it comes to looking after yourself and having a daily grooming routine, there’s nothing more basic than a body wash or shower gel. It can be a case of anything will do, and sometimes selecting the best, or the correct product can be overlooked. We’ve all got our go to bottle for when we get washed, and there’s plenty of choice, from budget to mid range and even expensive designer brands.

With such a large selection, I’m going to go through which ones I like best, what are my go to shower gels and why I choose them.

Let’s take a look.

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The Best 11 Cheap Aftershaves – Smell Good For Under £20

Thursday, 6th September, 2018

Cheap Aftershaves For Men - The Best Under £20

Men’s fragrances are hugely popular right now, and we’re all spending lots of money on them. There’s a large range, not only designers, but specialised perfume houses, along with different strengths such as eau de parfum. But if you’re on a budget or don’t want to spend a whole lot of cash, there’s plenty of bargains to be had.

One reason why they’re cheap can be because they’re now old. This doesn’t mean they smell bad, it just means that in terms of marketing, they’ve reached their peak, and are now being discounted. There’s also plenty of newer budget friendly scents you can get, it’s all about getting a scent you like, and not being a perfume snob when you’re looking for cheaper fragrances.

Here’s the best cheap aftershaves you can get right now. You should be able to pick these up for under £20.

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The 10 Best Men’s Fragrances For The Summer In 2018

Thursday, 19th July, 2018

The Best Men's Summer Fragrances This Year

There’s no secret that Summer is my favourite season, I love it for so many reasons; There’s so much fashion out there for the Summer which I love, you can be as bright and colourful as you like with your clothing and style options, there’s the weather, which is sometimes sunny and at least a bit warmer 😉 and of course Summer football with the Euros or World Cup at least every other year.

Getting your scent right for the summer is possibly more important that other seasons, as everyone is out and there’s probably more socialising going on in the Summer than other seasons, as everyone wants to come out and play. There’s everything from the Summer BBQ to nights out and holidays abroad, so picking out the right fragrance is crucial.

I always separate my scents into seasons and times; Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter, as well as night or day. Autumn and Winter scents are all about the dark, musky, warming scents, ouds and woods play a big part. When it comes to Spring, and more importantly for this guide, Summer, it comes down to citrus, floral and fresh styles of scents, which can be pungent but subtle and not overpowering.

Here are my favourite Summer colognes which any guy can wear.

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Bleu De Chanel Parfum Review (2018)

Thursday, 31st May, 2018

Bleu De Chanel Parfum Review 2018

Chanel has released a new version of it’s much acclaimed Bleu de Chanel fragrance line, and for 2018 we have Bleu de Chanel Parfum. The original is loved by virtually everyone, and it’s definitely a modern classic, making most people’s “best scent” lists. I have owned the original eau de toilette since it’s release in 2010, with an eau de parfum being released in 2014, this is the latest in the collection, and is a full parfum.

I heard about the parfum version, and since I’m a fan of the original I was excited to try this one out. This one was created by Olivier Polge in cooperation with the Chanel Laboratory of Fragrance Creation and Development, and is said to adjust the proportions of the woods and citrus of the previous two incarnations.

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Versace Pour Homme Dylan Blue Fragrance Review

Thursday, 24th May, 2018

Versace Pour Homme Dylan Blue Review

There has been a men’s fragrance which has been around since late 2016, it’s one which a lot of people have been talking about and you have all asked me about this one a good few times, well it’s finally on the blog, Versace Pour Homme Dylan Blue! The question is, how good is the award winning fragrance, and is it worth the hype? My friends at Versace have sent over a bottle, and I can now reveal everything you need to know about the scent.

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Best Men’s Fragrance To Wear This Spring

Thursday, 26th April, 2018

The Best Men's Fragrances For Spring

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. What is the best men’s fragrance for Spring?

When I think of a scent for spring, I think of a couple of things. These are: Citrus, green, aquatic and fresh. I think these are the best qualities to look for when it comes to a fragrance for this season. You want something which is noticeable, but not heavy. I love the masculine, woody and spicy bottles, but these are best served for the colder months or for an evening. Here I’m going to showcase some of my favourite lighter bottles, perfect for Spring.

Let’s get started!

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The Best Men’s Hair Products: Wax, Clay, Putty & Pomade Guide

Tuesday, 24th April, 2018

Men's Hair Product Style Tips And Advice

Should I buy clay or wax? What is hair pomade? What hair product do I need for a low shine look? If you’ve got questions like this, you’re not alone. If you’re wondering what is the best men’s hair products which you should be buying, this guide is for you.

For the vast majority of my life I had my head shaved, and it was only when I was when I was around 25 I decided that I wanted to grow it just a little bit, so it was a style, but not too long, but simple and manageable. It would mean using hair products, but since I spent most of my life never using them, I was thinking what should I use; There were so many on offer, from gel to wax, putty to clay and a whole lot more.

But what type of hair product should you be using? With so many different types to achieve different styles and finishes, not to mention the many different brands, buzzwords and variations of each type.

Whether you’re confused or just looking for some tips or advice, here’s everything you need to know about grooming and men’s hair care products.

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Paco Rabanne One Million Men’s Fragrance

Thursday, 12th April, 2018

Paco Rabanne One Million Review

I was having a look at the fragrances which I’ve featured on the blog, and I can’t believe that I’ve never given this one a feature of it’s own, it’s One Million from Paco Rabanne.

It was released back in 2008 which is when I got it, and so many other people did too. If this isn’t a favourite of many, it’s certainly one of those scents which has been bought by almost every man in the past 9 years.

I remember a girl saying that all men smell of 1 Million like it was a bad thing, because all guys smell the same. The good thing about that is guys were wearing it because it was such a nice fragrance. It was heavily marketed, so a lot of the mainstream bought into it, and still do, which isn’t really a bad thing, after all it is a nice scent. But for the fragrance lovers like myself, it’s never a good thing to smell like someone else or go with the crowd, so I haven’t actually worn this in years.

I’ve had another go of this, the first time in I don’t know how long, and it hasn’t lost it’s touch. It still smells as good as ever. It’s inviting, and has just enough of a masculine kick to it to make it manly, while having a few lighter notes toning down the spicy nature just that right amount. It’s definitely one for the night, out with the boys or with a girl, it’s perfect for Autumn or Winter, and the cooler conditions.

I can’t not write about the bottle…It’s obviously modelled on a gold bar, and it’s really striking and distinctive. It looks good on a shelf, and you’ll easily be able to pick it out.

Best season to wear – Autumn/Winter

Scent type – Spicy/Warm/Citrus

Age Recommendation – 18 – 30

Best Worn – Evening, Casual, Formal

Top Notes: Grapefruit, Mint, Blood orange
Heart Notes: Rose, Cinnamon, Spice notes, Blond leather
Base Notes: White woods, Amber, Patchouli

What do you think of One Million? Let me know in the comments, and if you’re looking for a new scent remember to check out more men’s fragrance reviews here to find your perfect scent.


Ormonde Jayne London Travel Lab 2

Tuesday, 27th March, 2018

Ormonde Jayne Travel Lab 2 Fragrances Review

Ormonde Jayne London is a British perfume house which began with humble beginnings but was driven by passion to create luxury fragrances for men and women. I have been lucky enough to give some of the scents a try, with their Travel Lab 2, a collection of the finest men’s fragrances. The Travel Lab 2 contains 8ml bottles of 5 different scents, which are Ormonde Man, Isfarkand, Zizan, Montabaco and Nawab Of Oudh.

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