Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Patchouli Fragrance Review

Posted by Dimitri on Mon, 01/14/2019 - 8:00 PM

Several years ago, fashion maestros Dolce & Gabbana unveiled their Exclusive Fragrance Blends collection which continues to grow in size today. Luxuriously packaged and boasting exceptional ingredients, this range of 18 scents to date each share the word 'Velvet' in their name; velvet being unique in its feel and appearance.  This collection celebrates the origins and history of  Italian tradition in both perfumery and couture.

Velvet Patchouli - one of the core perfumes in the range - took incense as a source of inspiration.  A tiny church in a rural Italian village whose incense meanders through its cobbled streets. With its sweet and spicy patchouli oil,  and focus on incense and precious woods, Velvet Patchouli exudes strength and confidence. A masculine perfume with a lovely chypre lilt, this fragrance also has a sensuous musk foundation with a huff of liquorice, making it intense and dominant in presence.

Velvet Patchouli has above average persistence and excellent projection. In the Dolce and Gabbana universe, it burns brighter than many others that have gone before itÉ smooth, luxurious and decisive, its perfect for work or evening wear.

Colognes for the New Year 2019

Posted by Dimitri on Wed, 01/02/2019 - 4:19 PM

When stepping across the threshold of a brand new year, we have 365 days unfurling at our feet with which we can accomplish anything! New Year’s Eve is a great chance to reset the direction of our sails so that the unexpected winds of life will carry us where we want to be!

Here are our top 5 picks for the fellas to ensure you smell great as you stride into January!

 Amouage Gold 


A shining olfactory beacon, the opulent Amouage Gold Man will draw people to you like moths to a flame… its sumptuous blend of incense, jasmine, myrrh, sandalwood, musk and patchouli is rich and enveloping, and completely unforgettable! A striking masculine floral, this is one scent that pairs well with a sharp suit jacket, open necked shirt, gold watch and shiny shoes. Bring some sophistication to the new year with this highly-regarded brand, imagined by the Sultan of Oman himself!


Emporio Armani Diamonds


With a name like ‘Diamonds’, you can’t help but feel a million bucks in this sharp Armani scent! Diamonds is crisp, invigorating and classy. It serves as the perfect balance between citrus, vetiver greens, spiced pepper, chocolate and amber! Diamonds feels celebratory, but in a relaxed, unpretentious way. With notes that become ablaze in the the cooler weather, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have this in your collection in 2019.


 Royal Bain Caron Champagne


If wild nights on the town aren’t your thing, then stay in and indulge in a well-kept scent secret. Royal Bain de Champagne has been continual in production since 1941 and is intended to be used by men and women either as a liberal splash, or generously added to your bathwater! Watch the clock tick over from the comfort of your tub whilst steeping in a luxurious broth of lilac, rose, opoponax, benzoin, incense, sandalwood, musk and vanilla! Take some inspiration from it’s champagne-shaped flask and crack some bubbly with a partner and avoid the rowdy pomp and ceremony of party night!

 212 VIP Party Fever


We all know a party animal, right!? New to the market in 2018, Carolina Herrera has launched a flanker to her hallowed '212 Men’ - 212 VIP Men Party Fever! Arguably THE perfect fragrance for the one who loves to be seen, Party Fever has a ginger / juniper berry flight, cannabis heart (yes, you read that right!), and a trail of cedar, musk and tonka. Packaged in an ombre blue-green glass column it already speaks of good times.


 Tommy Neon Brights 

With an emphasis on energy, excitement and enthusiasm, Tommy Hilfiger Neon Brights embraces the big city and celebratiojns. With its fluorescent coloured packaging and zesty blend of citrus, red ginger, coriander and cypress, it’s the ideal masculine fragrance to wear to jump start the new year. With a luminous rush of colour, it’s crisp, vibrant mixture speaks of optimism and cheerfulness, and let’s face it… who doesn’t need a little of both as we stroll into 2019? 


Happy New Year, everyone!


Top 10 Colognes to Get the Man in Your Life

Posted by Dimitri on Fri, 12/07/2018 - 2:50 PM

With the holidays approaching gift-buying mode has been activated! Don’t leave it until the last minute to buy your man the lasting gift of fragrance!

We know it can sometimes be daunting shopping for the fellas, but a good cologne can bring out his best. Whether he’s sporty, academic, adventurous or introverted, there is a fragrance for him! Here is our top 10 picks that explore all ages and personalities!

D.S. & Durga Burning Barbershop

A breathtaking marriage of smoke and woods melds with delicious turkish delight, resulting in a head-turning scent that always grabs attention! Said to have been inspired by a barbershop which burnt down in NY in 1891, legend states that their lavender, vanilla and and spearmint hair tonics were ruined in the fire. A charred bottle was found in the ashes, and it is said to have smelled like this! Mysterious AND with an interesting back-story, it’s a great talking point these holidays!


Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Essence Aromatique


For the gent who is meticulously well groomed, one can’t look past the understated yet classy Essence Aromatique by Bottega Veneta! A sophisticated, easy to wear cologne, this fragrance speaks of casual male elegance, but in hushed tones. Italian bergamot, citrus, pine, woods and patchouli feel fresh and luxurious when sprayed from the tactile frosted bottle. A fantastic, lightweight cologne for daytime or after-bath rituals, it feels instantly completing.


Ck One Platinum Edition


Besides looking the business in it’s tidy (and covetable!) new mirrored flacon, CK One Platinum edition is a great new twist on a 90's classic! Launched this past August, this scent is devoutly unisex (although leans slightly more masculine) and is a great counterpoint to it’s 1990’s older sibling. Where the older version was crisp and fleeting, Platinum Edition is strong, dynamic and luminous. Its blend of apple, cardamom, cinnamon, amber, vetiver and cashmere steer it firmly into a new territory. It fells warmer and more enveloping on skin. Great for brisk holiday nights on the town!


Mr Burberry Indigo

A sonnet from master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian (responsible for Gaultier’s Le Male, amongst others), Mr Burberry Indigo is brisk, sharp and commanding; the kind of fragrance that might appeal to a sporty guy or man on the go! Inspired by an English sea breeze, it is brimming with citrus, violet, mint, lavender, rosemary and aquatic accords. Fresh and spicy, but not cloying or heavy… a must for every man’s cologne line up.


Boss The Scent Private Accord

The latest in Boss’ “The Scent” series, Private Accord raises the bar with sophistication and intrigue. A woody, oriental scent for men, Private Accord has hearts hammering with its delicious ginger, mocha and cacao accords. Dark, woody and chocolatey, this masculine fragrance comes alive in the cold weather! It reveals a mischievous and playful side of a man. Definitely a date-night go-to!


Terre d'Hermes Eau Intense Vetiver



Vetiver - rooted in Terre d’Hermes since it’s origins - is now the main player in this brand new composition 'Eau Intense Vetiver'; underpinned by simmering Sichuan pepper and sparkling bergamot. Where Terre d’Hermes was woody/mineralic, the Vetiver version is woody/vegetal… the kind of scent that embraces an outdoors/sporting lifestyle. One comes to expect only the best from a house like Hermes, and this one delivers on all counts!


Manrose Etro

There’s no good reason why a self-assured man should shy away from florals, and this is why Italian fashion giant Etro has furnished us with Manrose: a manly take on this famed flower! Coupled with bergamot, pepper and cardamom, it adds a spiced nuance, whilst incense, patchouli, amber and musk, a sense of earthy roundedness. A great compliment-catcher, Manrose only reaffirms that daring, confident men should always take chances!


Angel Men Pure Leather 

The masculine scent that partnered ‘Angel', and helped shoot Thierry Mugler to stardom in the 90s was the gruff gourmand Angel Men. It has had a fair share of flankers, but none come quite as close to perfection as Pure Leather! Fashioned on the original blend of coffee, patchouli, and (would you believe it?) burning rubber tires, Pure Leather is an intensely good, comforting scent for men! 


Caron Pour Homme Sport

Launched off the success of Caron’s pillar masculine 'Pour Un Homme' (created back in 1934, and still around today), Pour Homme Sport is a refreshing and vibrant reboot of this smooth men’s classic! Shimmering with citrus, verbena, lavender, ginger, and a scattering of nutmeg, cedar ambergris and musk, this fragrance packs punch; always feeling bright and aloft! This top pick should be thrown in every gym bag for that post-workout refresh!


Bond No. 9 New York Amber

With a bottle that has all the bling of a Christmas bauble, New York Amber is perfect for guys and girls, and is even great shared between the two! A rich, dense scent that unfurls all day, New York Amber is laden with musk, sandalwood, amber, saffron, nutmeg, benzoin, myrrh, rose, oud and pepper! If this blend won’t stoke the winter fires, I don’t know what will! Its a gem that the special guy in your life will always wear and look back on fondly!