Liz’s fragrance picks for the season for men.

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Gucci Guilty

Gucci Guilty Absolute for her & for him

After a successful launch of Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Homme, Gucci launches Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme Eau de Pafum.

I am really pleased that they launched a feminine version & like the scent from the minute I spray it, to when it settles down on my skin. I find that I am constantly sniffing my skin during the day when I have used the scent (this must be a good sign that I love the juice) The fragrance merges with Blackberry, Patchouli, Bulgarian Rose, Golden Wood & Bergamot. A non traditional Chypre/Fruity fragrance for a contemporary woman.

I can only describe the scent as a romantic feminine fragrance for any time of the year & for any occasion whether you are dressed up or dressed down.

Available at Edgars now & all other retailers from 19 February 2018.

30ml R995, 50ml R1 385 & 75ml R1 825

If you are looking for a woody fragrance then Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Homme is the answer, launched last year.

This male version is bold, earthy & definitely masculine with Leather, Patchouli, Cypress Golden Wood & Vetiver. If you looking to make a statement when entering a room then try this ultra dry woody fragrance you will be pleasantly surprised.

Please let me have your thoughts once you have been in store to test the fragrance.

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DIPTYQUE

What is it about warmer weather? It really does lift our spirits, we wear less clothing in beautiful colours, sandals, hats & sunglasses. All we want to do is to be outdoors to enjoy this special time of year. I just love it when the colourful buds come out on the plants & trees get their leaves & things all of a sudden seem to be greener. With all of this in mind it is time to put away those darker deeper scents & choose lighter, refreshing, brighter scents.

I have started a love affair with the French brand Diptyque which has been around for over 50 years. Thrilled that it’s available at Skins on the upper level on Sandton City near the WW ladies wear entrance & soon at Edgars Mall of Africa

I adore that their scents are unusual, they make me feel refreshed at the same time brighter. I am often asked by both men & women what fragrance are you wearing. Its also great that their scents are gender free.

Diptyque Philosykos EDT has been around since 1996 & continues to be one of their top sellers. Can only be described as a Greek sun kissed scent & almost like ripe figs. Its a Chypre fragrance for those beautiful Spring & Summer days. Top notes of fig leaves & figs, the heart of the scent has coconut & green notes & the base has cedar, woody notes & fig tree. I really love this scent & will wear it often during Summer.

 

Lets talk scented candles. I have about 25 at the moment & yes there is nothing nicer than the beautiful smell that a scented candle leaves in your home. I received this fabulous Diptyque Baies scented candle. All I can say is that this candle blows the other brands out of the park. The scent when opening the box is powerful, so powerful that I placed it in my lingerie draw first before taking it out & burning it. I love that the room is scented for hours after burning it. It contains Bulgarian roses & black current leaves. I would like to describe the scent as a bouquet of roses, green yet fresh. It’s wonderful. Diptyque carries a wide range of products, scents, candles, room diffusers, room sprays, body care to name just a few products available in the range. I suggest you explore the brand & let me know your thoughts.

 

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Men’s Shaving advice

Here are a few thoughts about a man’s shaving routine

A man spends about 22, 000 hours in his life time shaving & shaves about 8.5 meters of beard in his lifetime.

The fact is that Mom’s spend time with their daughters teaching them about taking care of their skin & applying make-up. I guess Dad’s don’t give lots of advice on shaving as they weren’t given much advice from their Dad’s. My suggestion is that Mom’s take over if Dad doesn’t want to as your son’s need your attention & advice on shaving before they get into any bad shaving habits.

Here is some advice about shaving.

  • It’s better to shave after showering as the beard will be softened by the hot water & steam
  • Shave with the grain of the beard as this will prevent ingrown hair, don’t shave against the grain of the beard to avoid inflammation
  • Wash your face before shaving to remove any oil on the beard hair
  • Use a quality shaving product & quality razor
  • Fill your cheeks with air to expand the skin when shaving your most sensitive part of your face the lips
  • Use short stokes when shaving rather than long strokes
  • Rinse your face with cold water immediately after shaving to get rid of any shaving product & to tighten the pores
  • Use an aftershave or aftershave balm on your face & not an Eau de Toilette or Eau de Partum both fragrances which is meant to be strayed on the pulse points of your body.

After shave & aftershave balm is great for your face after shaving. After shave has less perfume oils & contains soothing & cooling ingredients. It acts as an astringent & antiseptic to help tighten the pores & helps to kill bacteria. Aftershave has less fragrance than a EDT or EDP.

The bad news is that not many brands have aftershave available in SA, here are a few that are available in SA, I recommend these three. Tabac has a fairly new fragrance Gentle Men’s Care a fresh scent & different to what your Granddad & Dad wore. Boss Bottled After Shave Lotion is an oriental/fougere scent & Issey Miyake L’eau D’Issey After Shave Lotion is a fresh/spicy scent. Remember that after shaves tones, soothes & softens the skin with less scent which will last between 2 to 3 hours.

 

Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Pure XS EDT, an untamed Oriental on fire & fresh fragrance for men.  With mouth-watering ginger, hot vanilla an excess in the purest state.

Launching in South Africa on Monday 14 August 2017, so this is really hot off the press.

At Paco Rabanne, creation is a shock & always breaks away from the norm.  Their fragrances say no to conformity & yes to all fantasies.

This fragrance is for a man that has it all. He is a good-looking man with fine taste & sharp wit who isn’t afraid of speed in his Aston Martin. He has a good physique, a calm composure & beautiful face. He has a gift of attracting women, effortlessly.

The name of the fragrance indulges in extremes. Paco Rabanne Pure XS builds up tension to the senses. An overdose of ginger, an explosion of vanilla & myrrh & a fresh, smouldering & fascinating oriental.

This fragrance can only be described as a vibrant, magnetic fresh oriental. It has two sensations on the edge, brushing, attracting & echoing each other.

The juice can only be described as an amazing masculine scent & the ginger is really special & love the vanilla, leather & sugar.

Top notes              Ginger, green accord & thyme

Heart                      Vanilla, cinnamon, leather & liquor

Base notes             Cedar, myrrh & sugar

Myrrh has been used in fragrances for many years. It’s a natural gum or resin & can be described as luminous & golden. It’s almost moist & earthy, almost leathery with the tiniest spicy aspect.

The face for this fragrance is Francisco Henriques, he comes from Lisbon Portugal & is 22 years old. He has a great sense of humour & his hobbies are football & gym. He has modeled for brands like H&M, Emporio Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Balmain, DSquared & Hermes. The latest is this Paco Rabanne Pure XS assignment. Isn’t he gorgeous & perfect for this launch.