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Love the idea of air travel and then let down by the reality? Squeezed in like battery hens, paying extra for just about everything, delays/strikes/cancellations… these days it’s more like an endurance test. If you’re lucky enough to be jetting somewhere over the next two months, being stuck at the airport has one silver lining at least. It means extended browsing time in the giant fragrance hall that we typically sprint past in mild panic.

Not all the scents we’ve chosen in our edit are available airside, so that just means you use the ample time to shop them online – waiting for the gate or for eternity at baggage reclaim. When you eventually reach your destination, without your luggage, change of clothes or deodorant, you’ll appreciate having generously spritzed yourself.

Brioni Eau de Parfum Éclat

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Italian tailor Brioni has served up a very stylish summer scent, Eau de Parfum Éclat. Éclat, taken from the French, means brilliant or dazzling. This fragrance sparkles with juicy grapefruit and pink pepper over a heart of rose and patchouli, with creamy sandalwood, musk and ambroxan in the dry down.

The frosted bottle made by upscale glassmaker Bormioli Luigi adds to the chilled effect. It’s fresh, understated and invigorating.

Buy now at Brioni

Louis Vuitton City of Stars

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Indulge your dreams of steamy summer nights in Los Angeles with this fizzing lime and powdery musk confection by perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud. It give us hints of coconut tanning oil and tropical cocktails from juicy blood orange and exotic Tiare flower.

The bottle captures the tones of a pink-tinged sunset, while the outer sleeve holds a scene of the shimmering West Coast city at dusk, an original work by artist Alex Israel.

Billed as an evening perfume, just try and stop us wearing this all day, everyday. It’s pure holiday magic.

Buy now at Louis Vuitton

Dries Van Noten Santal Greenery

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As one of the original Antwerp Six, Dries Van Noten was part of a collection of visionary designers who graduated from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the early Eighties. Having left an indelible mark on the world of fashion, Dries Van Noten has always eschewed some of the commercial moves favoured by other fashion houses, including a lucrative fragrance line. So, yes folks, it’s only taken the best part of 42 years to get a fragrance collection from one of the most critically-acclaimed fashion designers.

It was worth the wait. This eclectic collection of 10 unisex fragrances has been created by a roster of top perfumers. Each perfume is housed in a crafted ceramic and glass bottle with an antique-style metal cap. They look like a hand-painted, treasure trove of heirlooms that you might stumble across in the loft. Best of all, for this amount of effort, all the bottles are refillable.

For summer, we’re into Santal Greenery: a combination of fig, bergamot and grapefruit over violet leaves, creamy fig accord, sandalwood and white musk, matched with an artisanal-style cream and green patterned bottle.

Come winter, we’ll switch it up for whisky coloured Rock The Myrrh, a deeply warming blend of smoked woods, leathery suede, patchouli and benzoin with a cypress and pink pepper top.

Buy now at Selfridges

Bentley For Men Azure

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It’s a good time to revisit old favourites, so we’re reintroducing the aquatic scent of Bentley Azure. It’s a classically masculine, herbaceous blend of citrus, pineapple, violet leaves, pimento, sage, lavender and tea, over a base of cashmere wood, tonka bean. Plus it includes an exclusive molecule, orcanox, which is a synthetic substitute for ambergris.

Buy now at Amazon

The Merchant of Venice Accordi di Profumo

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From the fine Venetian fragrance house comes a diffusion line of sorts; the Accordi di Profumo (Perfume Accords). This collection of eight simple accords is divided into four fragrance families: floral, citrus, ambery and woody. Each family has two fragrances: Neroli Marocco and Tuberose India in floral; Bergamot Italia and Arancia Brasile in citrus; Zafferano Iran and Tonka Venezuela in amber; and Patchouli Indonesia and Sandalo Australia in woody.

The idea is, if you love a bit of Indonesian patchouli, Iranian saffron or Brazilian orange, you can wear them entirely on their own, or experiment by layering your favourites together to make a custom combination that’s unique to you.

Made with local Venetian glass and using sustainably-sourced ingredients, the Accordi di Profumo clock up some decent eco points too.

Available exclusively at H Beauty stores

Edeniste Vetiver Imaginaire

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More than just a fragrance, this innovative new collection of scents is clinically proven to change your mood. As the daughter of a nuclear scientist, founder Audrey Semeraro has taken a very scientific approach to Edeniste, using early clinical trials to establish which fragrance molecules actively effect our emotions.

Working with top fragrance creators and two established neuroscientists, together they have created a line of Eaux de Parfum and a complementary line of Lifeboost Active Essences, or mood enhancers, that can be worn together.

The Lifeboosts are Happiness, Energy, Wellbeing, Relax and Seduction, which are proven to enhance and stimulate areas of the brain. These perfumed pick-me-ups are designed to blend harmoniously with the fragrances and should be used whenever you’re feeling sluggish, sleepy or stressed.

We like to wear Vetiver Imaginaire and top up with the invigorating Energy Lifeboost throughout the day.

Buy now at Harrods

Tom Ford Costa Azzurra Parfum

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Giving strong Liberace vibes of glitz and glamour, this pure gold edition of Tom Ford’s popular summer scent will look the business in your bathroom. A more intense version of the original, it captures the salty air and pine trees edging the beaches of the Italian coast using key notes of cypress oil, oakwood and salty amber.

It also contains lemon, mandarin, juniper berry, basil, lavender and agarwood, over cistus. It’s the scent of having a dip in the sea and drying off on the sun deck of a private yacht.

Buy now at All Beauty

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Cologne Forte Discovery Set

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Channel your inner boy scout and be prepared for any occasion. This indulgent trio of Aqua Cologne Forte scents is ideal for people who like to have the options of a fragrance wardrobe, wherever they may be.

A limited edition set of strengthened 35ml colognes, it contains: Aqua Vitae Forte, a citrus scent underpinned by spicy cinnamon and sandalwood; Aqua Celestia Forte, a floral green scent containing green citrus and soaring blackcurrant blossom; and Aqua Universalis Forte, a cool woody musk that conjures the soapy cleanliness of line-washed linen.

Day or night, there’s an Aqua Cologne Forte for the occasion.

Buy now at franciskurdjian.com

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Pride

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Pride season is here so prepare for random brands to plaster the LGBQTIA+ rainbow over products. Thankfully, at Jean Paul Gaultier we know it comes from a place of genuine solidarity. For this year’s Pride edition of Le Male, the torso wears a striped sailor top bearing the French words liberté, égalite and sexualité, while the scent is a juicy, non-binary blend orange blossom, orange blood, blond wood and zesty yuzu.

The Fragrance Shop and Jean Paul Gaultier will donate all proceeds from this limited edition to Akt, a charity who work to provide safe homes for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people and those living in hostile environments.

Buy now at LookFantastic

Roja Parfums Apex

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The launch of Apex was held at Amazonico in London’s Berkeley Square, where we were transported to the lush greenery of the rainforests. Here we sampled all the notes that make up Apex – and there are a lot.

This is a maximal scent with top-line notes of lemon, bergamot and red mandarin in the opening; jasmine, cistus and pineapple in the heart; with fir balsam, frankincense, sandalwood and a leather accord in the base. But it doesn’t stop there. Galbanum, elemi, patchouli, oak moss, rum, tobacco, cypress, juniper berry, casmir wood, benzoin, amber, labdanum, ambergris and musk are all part of the base accord.

It’s a super-smooth chypre, inspired by the natural world, majestic predators and primal urges. It takes a special kind of chef to be able to throw everything in a pot and produce magic, but master perfumer Roja Dove is an alchemist.

Buy now at Roja Parfums

Comme des Garçons Zero

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In a first for the house, Zero is a certified carbon neutral perfume. Composed by perfumer Fanny Bal it offers a vision of less is more. Using few ingredients, it has a top note of bergamot with a heart of Haitian vetiver, rose oxide and a varnish accord, layered over a base of cashmere, musk and cedar.

Along with conserving resources, the cedarwood is hand harvested and extracted using hydroelectric power. The packaging is entirely plastic-free using part-recycled glass for the bottle, an aluminium cap, recycled FSC cardboard outer packaging with single ink printing and interior paper wrapping.

Smelling good needn’t cost the earth.

Buy now at Dover Street Market

Montblanc Legend Red

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This crimson edition of Montblanc’s leading scent is infused with blood orange, grapefruit and a prominent cardamom note, layered over cedar, juniper berries and a woody base of mahogany, atlas cedar and tonka bean.

Buy now at John Lewis

Jimmy Choo Man Aqua

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Devised by noses Julien Rasquinet and Paul Guerlain (grandson to Jean Paul Guerlain of the famed French perfume house), the new Jimmy Choo release is a woody marine scent with a pared-down ingredients list that comprises of cardamom and grapefruit, sea water and clary sage and patchouli and moss.

It’s fresh and inviting, just like the lure of the sea on a hot day.

Buy now at John Lewis

Paco Rabanne Invictus Platinum

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Gold, as they say, is for champions, whereas platinum is for the Gods. So make like Hercules with the latest iteration of Invictus.

Platinum contains notes of absinthe and grapefruit, mint and lavender, cypress and patchouli. Woody and aromatic, it’s a green take on the original with chilled mint and sweet absinthe. The perfect summer cocktail.

Buy now at All Beauty

Dior La Collection Privée The Original Trilogy

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There’s no rest for Francis Kurkdjian, who runs his own line while holding the role of Perfume Creation Director for Dior. This season, he’s put his talents into a re-edit of this polished trio of scents he created back in 2004.

Part of a limited-edition set, Eau Noire, Cologne Blanche and Bois d’Argent appear in dinky 40ml formats, so they won’t get snatched away by airport security. Composed by Kurkdjian, Eau Noire is a nocturnal blend of lavender, myrrh and liquorice accord, tinged with honey. This daytime version of Cologne Blanche features orange blossom, violet accord over a base of amber. Finally, Bois d’Argent, which was released in 2014, is a study in iris and amber.

Admittedly, it costs as much as an airfare, but we’d take a staycation to smell this amazing.

Buy now at dior.com

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

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When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

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The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

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The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

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Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

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One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

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After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

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Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

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As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

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You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

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Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

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A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

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Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

Written by Tom Loughran

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