CATEGORY: Editorials

Bracken Man by Amouage

With days to go, this is the one for him this Christmas. Bracken Man by Amouage is a modernised fern fougere that’s long lasting and fabulously unique. It’s notes are  bergamot, lemon, cypress, lavender, nutmeg and cloves; a heart of geranium, sandalwood, cedar and cinnamon; finally a base of patchouli and musk.

The Mankind Christmas Collection

Firstly, I haven’t been paid to talk about this gift and it isn’t a sponsored post. I’ve worked with Mankind since the early days of MANFACE and I also know a devilishly good bargain when I see one. Lastly, this isn’t a Black Friday deal – I’m English and don’t observe Black Friday because I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving *grumble grumble*. I actually heard a radio advert say “Our Black Friday offers are on from the 22nd to the 28th November”…

There haven’t been many mainstream fragrance launches this year worth writing about. The biggest heroes have been in the world of niche fragrance. However, L’Envol de Cartier by Mathilde Laurent has single-handedly redeemed the industry’s shortcomings with something familiar, yet totally new.

Cartier L'Envol de Cartier 80ml Eau de Parfum Fragrance Gift Set. £84. John Lewis

Cartier L’Envol de Cartier 80ml Eau de Parfum Fragrance Gift Set. £84. John Lewis

The notes of L’Envol are simple, and it opens with a relatively standard violet leaf and iris head; nothing wildly notable. But then the dry down starts! Notes of honey, woods, musk and patchouli take you on a journey darting from gentle, to strong, sweet to metallic, feminine to masculine.

L’Envol is warm, slightly boozy and undeniably comforting for the autumn and winter months.

Cartier L'Envol Eau de Parfum Spray. £57.60. Escentual

Cartier L’Envol Eau de Parfum Spray. £57.60. Escentual

The violet, iris, and to some extent the honey, are slightly familiar and not that adventurous, but that doesn’t make L’Envol any less of a unique addition to your fragrance collection.

Then there’s the L’Envol bottle. The one in the photo is the rechargeable flask that takes inner glass capsules of fragrance. The outer is also made of glass which although looks and feels beyond stunning, renders it useless when travelling – just take the center section out if you do.

Cartier L'Envol de Cartier Refillable Eau de Parfum. £97. John Lewis

Cartier L’Envol de Cartier Refillable Eau de Parfum. £97. John Lewis

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