Allow me to introduce a guest post from a blogger that really needs no introduction, the award winning Fiona Klonarides from The Beauty Shortlist…
Buying a fragrance for someone else, unless it’s “by special request”, can be as tricky as predicting the British weather in June. If you’ve ever been given a scent that was “so not you” you’ll be cringing at the memory (that moment when you spot the brand name through the wrapping paper…and it’s not your brand!)
But there’s still time for a quick dash to the men’s fragrance counter for some tries-before-you-buy, so here are five Father’s Day picks, all different, and all say “here comes summer”…
TOM FORD Neroli Portofino Eau Fraîche Body Splash, £85/236ml
Launched just last month, this is a lighter alternative to the original EDP (which retails at a very Portofino price tag of £170/100ml). A sparkling combo of citrus, floral and amber, it’s gorgeous – and so is the beautiful swimming pool blue bottle, guaranteed to make a statement on anyone’s bathroom shelf.
BLU MEDITERRANEO Amalfi Fig EDT £38/60ml
Aqua di Parma’s iconic Blu Mediterraneo range has been a yacht-set favourite since it launched. Amalfi Fig starts off on a fresh green fig note before it dries down to a rich, deep fig. Definitely more Sardinia than Soho, it’s even more sensual layered with Amalfi Fig Shower Cream £28/200ml.
JO MALONE Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense £95/100ml
Oud is big news at the moment. Light years from the verbena-based scents a lot of us grew up with, Jo Malone softens the sharp bergamot citrus with smooth, sultry oud. It’s very “modern Britain meets the Middle East” and if you like a cologne which is contemporary, original and has staying power, this is it.
ABAHNA LONDON White Grapefruit & May Chang EDP £30/50ml
Rumour has it The Royal Family uses Abahna, a luxury Walpole Brand but despite the exotic name, the brand couldn’t be more British. Launched last year, Mandarin & Sicilian Bergamot quickly became a beauty editor favourite, but it’s White Grapefruit – zesty, uplifting and 100% feel good – that has been winning over male fans lately. Also available in a 10ml travel atomiser (£15), Abahna’s four signature scents are available online and at Liberty London, Heals, Fortnum & Mason and independent stockists UK-wide.
DOLCE & GABBANA Light Blue Pour Homme EDT £23.95/40ml
I’m a big fan of D&G’s Light Blue and this is the men’s version – and it’s on sale at CheapSmells.com for just £23.95 at the moment. There’s Sicilian orange, grapefruit and juniper but there’s no fruit overdose as it’s balanced by heart notes of rosemary, Szechuan pepper and rosewood. Base notes of musk wood, incense and oak moss round it off beautifully, in true Italian style.