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Once you’re done paying for the food shop, covering the rent and the heart-attack-inducing energy bill, it’s sometimes a wonder that there is anything left at all. One thing is certain, in lean times we certainly appreciate the little luxuries and we resent forking out for a dud shampoo or a crappy cleanser even more. If it doesn’t bring good hair, better skin or general joy – what’s the point?

Our annual list of solid, best-rated, “10/10 would recommend” skin care, eye care, hair care, home fragrance and more is here – with 35 top-notch products that you won’t regret adding to cart.

Bath & Body

Acqua Di Parma Signatures of the Sun Bath and Body Collection

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Pimp your bathroom to the same standard as a luxury hotel with the new Signatures of the Sun Collection from Acqua Di Parma. The Yuzu, Osmanthus, Magnolia Infinita and Oud scents are now available in Hand and Body Wash and Body Lotion in a generous 300ml format.

Every bathroom, shower room or downstairs WC deserves the five-star treatment.

Buy now at Acqua Di Parma

Harry’s Wildlands Shower Gel

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Prefer to shower in the morning, or the evening? Whatever floats your boat, you could do a lot worse than catch a whiff of Wildlands at the start or end of a busy day.

Billed as crisp, clean and serene, this new scented shower gel from Harry’s is fragranced with a blend of cypress, white birch and eucalyptus, in a richly lathering body cleanser that leaves skin feeling smooth and soft for a very reasonable price.

Buy now at Harry’s

Byredo x Susanne Kaufmann Bregenzerwald Body Oil

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This limited edition collab between fragrance maker Byredo and Susanne Kaufmann has arrived just in time to rescue our sandpaper hides and bumpy arms. Named after the skincare expert’s home in the Austrian Alps, Bregenzerwald is a sublimely scented body oil that captures the breath of fresh forest air with notes of green pine, juniper berries, galbanum and jasmine.

Mixed into a botanical blend of skin-smoothing natural oils, it’s a killer combination for dry, parched skin and minds in need of a little shinrin-yoku. Body oil is an excellent moisturiser when applied to damp skin, and an essential ingredient for any massage.

The roll-on version will be coming everywhere with us for some on-the-go forest bathing.

Buy now at Byredo

The Grey Face and Body Bar

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Suitable for even the most sensitive skin, this gentle, soap-free Face and Body Bar is enriched with aloe vera, argan oil, and Vitamin E and B to protect and restore the skin.

Formulated to protect the skin’s moisture barrier and natural PH level, it lathers up nicely without leaving the skin feeling tight or dry.

Buy now at The Grooming Clinic

Gillette Intimate

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Taking your manscaping routine to the next level is easy with Gillette Intimate. Dedicated to depilation, there is a cartridge razor, two trimmers and a multi-purpose shave cream, expressly designed to make body hair removal swift and painless, whether you’re tackling your chest, pits or ‘down below’.

The Intimate razor has twice the lubrication to protect the skin before and after the blades, a FlexBall head so that it can contour over those tricky, hard-to-reach spots, an easy grip handle and a shower hook to keep it dry and accessible.

The i3 and i5 trimmers each have sensitive comb attachments that use SkinFirst technology, so there’s minimal snag and drag on those more delicate bits. They both offer lifetime sharp blades and are suitable for in-shower use.

For the silver-backed gent/ frequent traveller, may we suggest the i5, which has a longer battery life at 100 minutes from a single charge, versus the i3 which gives 60 minutes. The 2-in-1 Intimate Shave Cream + Cleanser contains skin-soothing aloe, lathers to a rich foam and doubles as a body wash. So, you can stop trimming your balls and your beard with the same equipment now, ya filthy animal.

Shop now at Gillette

Selahatin Blue Forever Whitening Toothpaste

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Quite possibly the fanciest toothpaste we’ve ever seen, Selahatin was founded by Kristoffer Vural, who at the age of 30, experienced a stroke which put him in hospital for a year.

The event left him more sensitised to scent and taste, and he realised that everyday things had a pronounced effect on his wellbeing; bog standard toothpaste, for instance, could make a bad day worse. After recovery, the experience inspired Vural to elevate the everyday, starting with this daily ritual.

With dreamy names like Escapist, Amorist and Hypnotist, flavour profiles listed like notes, and Eau d’ Extrait mouth sprays, Selahatin’s approach to oral care is more like a high-end fragrance house. Underpinned by a dentist-approved formula containing fluoride and anti-oxidants, Blue Forever is a tasty concoction of citrus, lime, licorice and peppermint, that will make your basic brand blush.

Buy now at Selahatin


Kiehl’s Ultra Pure High-Potency Serum

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New from Kiehl’s is a trio of hero ingredients in concentrated serums: 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid for dry and sensitive types; 9.8% Glycolic Acid and 5.0% Niacinamide for all skin types.

What to use them for? Hyaluronic Acid is the turbo-charged moisture lock, Glycolic Acid is the texture-smoothing, skin refiner and Niacinamide is the oil minimiser, used to reduce breakouts and blemishes.

Strong but gentle, you can mix and match as needed to deliver clearer, healthier skin.

Buy now at Kiehl’s

Bulldog Skincare End Of Day Recovery

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Bulldog’s new End of Day line is here to plug the gaps in your nighttime skincare with a three-step routine.

Start with the turmeric-packed, Recovery Cleansing Face Gel to take the grime off. Next, apply a layer of the Recovery Serum, a light but powerful serum aimed at reducing the appearance of fine lines using rambutan A (a naturally derived alternative to Retinol), Icelandic microalgae and hyaluronic acid to firm and hydrate. Finish with the Recovery Cream and a dose of sleep-inducing melatonin, tiger grass and shea butter to rehydrate and soothe tired skin.

Buy now at Bulldog

Bulldog Skincare Anytime Daily Moisturiser SPF 30

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Hitting the slopes? You need this. Jetting off for some winter sun? You need this. Headed down the pub? You still need this.

A daily SPF is the most reliable way to see off premature ageing and keep your skin protected from the UVA and UVB rays that penetrate the clouds all year round. Bulldog’s Anytime Daily Moisturiser contains broad-spectrum UV filters and Vitamin C for extra anti-oxidant protection from environmental pollution.

With a light and non-greasy texture, it offers full hydration and much lower odds of a sunburnt face.

Buy now at Bulldog

Murad Targeted Pore Corrector

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Like a hired hitman, this high-tech formula from Murad can literally make enlarged pores disappear. Made with bio-tech copper amino acid, smoothing soybean, ginger extract and red clover, it offers a multi-targeted approach with both short- and long-term benefits.

Thanks to its unique soft-focus complex, it lends an immediate blurring effect to diminish the appearance of dilated pores, while lessening their number over time. The trick is to tap, not pat, the product into the skin using the tip of the applicator.

Buy now at Murad

Grown Alchemist Skin Renewal Serum

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Fans of Grown Alchemist’s Detox Serum, listen up; it’s been reformulated into this new, multi-purpose treatment charged with five extra actives including niacinamide, ashwagandha and echinacea for increased protection against pollution, and you know, life in general.

Antioxidant and skin barrier strengthening, it has glycerin, peptides and hyaluronic acid to soften, smooth and renew overnight.

Buy now at Grown Alchemist

Laneige Water Bank Hyaluronic Cleansing Foam

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As a Korean brand, you just know that Laneige will bring skin-perfecting goodies. Water Bank is a new line tapped with delivering extra hydration through blue hyaluronic acid – a high efficiency, low molecular acid that’s fermented with deep sea algae.

This extra cushioning Cleansing Foam also contains Papain Enzyme which gently exfoliates for a softer, smoother skin surface. More like a shaving foam than a cleanser, it lathers up to give a thick, mask-like consistency, making it a suitable sub for a shave cream, while deeply cleansing the skin of grime and impurities.

Buy now at Sephora

Paula’s Choice Resist Triple Active Total Repair Serum

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Like a multivitamin for the face, this brilliant silky serum delivers three key actives – 0.3% retinoid, 5% niacinamide and 0.4% hexylresorcinol – in one powerful hit. In other words, the holy triumvirate of anti-ageing Vitamin A, Vitamin B3 and anti-oxidants has been finely tuned to improve the appearance of fine lines and enlarged pores, reduce uneven skin tone and pump up the firmness in clinically proven results for all skin types and colours.

We noticed tighter, firmer, brighter skin immediately.

Buy now at Paula’s Choice

Alpha-H Liquid Gold Exfoliating Treatment With Glycolic Acid

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Want to banish dull skin, dark spots or acne scars? This award-winning overnight facial from Alpha-H has been receiving rave reviews all year, so here’s another to chuck on the pile. It comes as a clear, liquid-like toner, so it’s best applied using cotton wool ball or pad, sweeping it all over the face and neck, after which you’ll probably notice a light tingling sensation.

As you sleep, the ingredients get to work by actually lowering the skin’s PH to stimulate cellular activity, accelerating the renewal process to brighten the skin tone and reduce marks, dullness, redness and blemishes.

Start by using it once a week, then as your skin gets used to it, move it up to three. We love it because the effort is minimal, while the results speak for themselves.

Buy now at Cult Beauty

Horace Solid Purifying Face Cleanser

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Solid bars last for ages and create zero waste, but sometimes the formulas can be lacking. Not so with this effort from Horace for oily/combination skin. Made with activated charcoal and sweet almond oil, it deeply cleanses pores without leaving the skin with that horrid tight feeling.

The additional magnetic hook will extend its life by keeping it dry between uses – because who likes using soggy soap?

Buy now at Horace

Ole Henriksen Dewtopia 25% Acid Flash Facial

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Need a fresh-faced look in a hurry? This fresh, lemony scented iridescent mask takes just five minutes to revitalise flagging skin.

With 25% AHA and PHA exfoliating acids, it visibly diminishes lines, wrinkles, pores and pigmentation and can be used up to three times a week.

Buy now at Ole Henriksen

Horace Bisous Purifying Face Mask

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The Purifying Face Mask got a makeover earlier in the year as part of a Valentine’s Day collab with the very cool, Bisous Skateboards.

It’s the perfect antidote to New Year skin – you know the kind: grey, spotty and rundown from weeks of festive drinks, parties and overindulgent meals, with a flu/cold virus thrown into the mix.

Buy now at Horace

The Grey Cleansing and Shaving Mousse

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Streamline your routine with this luxurious, multi-purpose 2-in-1 face wash and shaving prep from The Grey. Made with softening and conditioning, Vitamin E, hydrolysed silk and panthenol, mushroom enzymes to exfoliate, apricot oil for extra glide and squalane to boost hydration and suppleness.

It lathers with a gentle foaming action to soften hairs and cleanse the skin.

Buy now at The Grooming Clinic


Horace Moisturizing Eye Cream

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We’re suckers for a metal applicator tip and this one adds a nice cooling touch while the ingredients of caffeine and hyaluronic acid reduce dark circles and send puffy eye bags packing.

Buy now at Horace

Peep Club Eye Rescue Lidstick

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All that screen time comes with a price and it’s often the eyes that get tapped for the bill. Researched and developed by optometrists, this best-selling overnight eye treatment is a soothing salve for dry, inflamed or sensitive eyelids and eyes.

Made with vegan, botanical ingredients – oat kernel oil to protect the skin barrier, kakadu plum extract, which is rich in skin-brightening Vitamin C, calming borage oil and Manuka oil, and nourishing shea butter – this unscented, waxy stick will smooth out crepey fine lines and comfort irritated skin.

Use in conjunction with the heated eye wand for the ultimate pampered peepers.

Buy now at Victoria Health

Shakeup Cosmetics Age Def-Eye Instant Lifting Eye Cream

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The eye area is the first to show signs of wear and tear due to the delicate, thinner nature of the surrounding skin. To help protect and repair, this energising eye cream – made with caffeine and iPeptide™ – offers instant and longer-term benefits including tightening, firming and reviving tired eyes, while softening fine lines.

Buy now at Shake Up Cosmetics

Ole Henriksen Banana Bright + Vitamin CC Stick

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Quality sleep can be elusive year-round, but during the winter our dark circles always seem more prominent against the pallor of our pasty, sun-starved chops. Luckily, this wonder stick does a brilliant job of hiding the visible effects of lack-lustre shut-eye when used on its own or under concealer.

Available in three universal shades adapted to light and dark complexions, the Banana Bright + Vitamin CC stick cleverly covers blue, blue-purple and purple under eyes, for a brighter, more well-rested look, in an instant.

Buy now at Ole Henriksen

Augustinus Bader The Eye Patches

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We’ve never met an AB product we didn’t love – from the cleansers to the moisturisers – so when we’re feeling flush we’re happy to pay top dollar because they work. The new eye patches then, at £17, seem very reasonable. Indeed, until you realise this is for a single hydro gel sachet.

With that in mind, think of it as your get-out-of-jail-free eye care card that you should reserve for a specific occasion – whether that’s prepping for a big night out, watching TV or scraping your hungover butt off the floor – the choice is yours.

Formulated with natural amino acids, high-grade vitamins and synthesised molecules, they brighten, tighten and revive the eye area with impressive results.

Buy now at SpaceNK

Gift Boxes & Starter Packs

Rituals Homme The Ultimate Men’s Gift Box

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With 12 items (10 full-size), this edit from Rituals has the new-year-new-you starter pack written all over it. It’s got your gym kit covered with Sport Cooling Shower Gel, Anti-Perspirant Spray, Muscle Ease Body Spray and Sport Body Lotion, along with essentials like a Shave Cream, Foaming Shower Gel Shampoo and Hand Balm.

A couple of novelties, such as car perfume and mini room fragrance sticks, along with a scented candle and a travel size Eau de Parfum, will leave you well-scented at home or away.

It’s also a steal, as the products are worth double individually. While officially billed as a Christmas calendar, it’s not so festive in looks, making it a suitable present year-round. If you’ve been left feeling a bit disappointed by your seasonal haul, you have full permission to open all the doors in one go, or treat yourself to a lil’ pick-me-up as and when.

Buy now at Rituals


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Named as one of the top plastic surgeons in the US by Newsweek, Dr. Nina S. Naidu is a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Park Avenue, New York. She created anokha to offer her clients clinical-grade skincare solutions without the typically harsh medical ingredients.

Anokha man comprises of three essential, unscented and beautifully packaged products that offer men a simple, effective grooming routine. Step one is the rice & hinoki facial cleanser: a gentle, natural cleanser made with rice water, coconut milk, bamboo water, lemongrass leaf oil and hinoki wood oil, with anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties to help to balance normal to oily skin.

Step two is a white tea & lychee toner: a gentle exfoliator made with botanical, antioxidant extracts of white tea and lychee, willow bark, rice milk and gotu kola.

Step three is the sake & sandalwood facial lotion: made with sake, rice bran, gotu kola, allantoin, sandalwood and bergamot, this lightweight lotion soothes and hydrates without clogging pores.

Buy now at anokha

Never Go Alone The Hand Care Kit

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Hand sanitiser is not usually something we get excited about. We’ve had a fair few accidents with unpleasant leaks, unless it’s very fancy it has a clinical, unappealing smell and the packaging is often downright ugly. Then we found this kit from Never Go Alone. Suddenly, sterilising hand care has romped up the charts from meh to must-have.

It contains three essential, germ-nuking products: Renew Hand Cream, Refillable Sanitising Treatment Mist, and Hand Wipes in the sexiest refillable dispenser we have ever seen.

With high-spec skincare formulas containing top ingredients, and a luxe Sandstone scent, it’s awesome and useful on many levels, but especially for the new dad who has to get down with dirty nappies, and the dog dad who has to poop and scoop.

Buy now at Never Go Alone

Haircare & Styling

Alott Matte Clay

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It took 12 months of development for co-founder and hair stylist Ross Parlane to produce this vegan, sulphate-free hair clay. Packaged in a fully recyclable white aluminium tin, it contains kaolin clay to absorb excess dirt and oils, Vitamin E to support a healthy scalp, organic aloe vera to soothe and hydrate, local Halen Môn sea salt from Wales for texture, and bergamot for a barely-there, natural scent.

Alott products also come in cotton canvas bags that come in handy for storing all manner of bits and bobs. This clay gives a re-workable, strong hold that can be reapplied at any time. The best bit? You don’t need a lot.

Buy now at Alott

Horace Shampoo

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Horace teamed up with top session stylist Matt Mulhall, the Brit hairdresser to the catwalks of Burberry and Hermès, to reformulate its entire haircare range.

With increased efficacy and sensory appeal in the texture, lather and fragrance, these enhanced formulas cater for normal/oily, dry/ very dry and flaky, itchy dandruff.

Purifying and lightweight, nourishing and hydrating, they offer gentle cleansing and soothing scalp care with a fresh, green scent.

Buy now at Horace

Horace Conditioner

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The perfect complement to the shampoo collection, the two, silicone-free conditioners from Horace are designed for normal/oily hair and dry/very dry hair.

Imbued with a citrus, fresh fragrance, the normal/oily conditioner will strengthen, revitalise and tone, while keeping oil levels in check. The conditioner for dry hair contains shea butter and mango butter to soften and repair your strands, leaving them with a sweet, woody scent.

Buy now at Horace

Horace Bouncy Curl Leave-In

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Those who possess unruly textures know that curls can be a challenge to maintain. This leave-in conditioner is a master in the battle against frizz, adding smooth, definition to kinks, coils and waves.

Just apply a small amount to towel-dried hair and leave to dry naturally, or use a dryer with a diffuser attachment. You can also apply to dry hair to tame dry, flyaway ends.

Buy now at Horace

Davines Dry Wax Finishing Spray

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Looking for a lighter wax? This finishing spray from Davines captures all the best properties of hair wax in a speedy spray format to make styling faster and without weighing hair down.

Super versatile, it’s suitable for any style or length, wet and dry use, and in combination with other styling aids, adding definition and body for an effortless, natural texture.

Apply from the mid-shaft through to the ends and ruffle for your desired look.

Buy now at Davines

Hair By Sam McKnight Perfect Mess Soft Matt Clay

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This weightless styling clay from Sam McKnight is made with natural ingredients – beeswax, kaolin, castor seed oil – and offers re-shapeable hold with a soft, natural, matte finish.

Adding lift, shape and volume to short to mid-length cuts, you can easily restyle it throughout the day with warm hands or a quick blast of a hairdryer.

Buy now at Hair By Sam McKnight

Home Fragrance

D.S & Durga Big Sur After Rain Auto Fragrance

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Forget those little paper trees, there are far superior scents on offer to fragrance your wheels. D.S & Durga’s scented paper tags give off a long-lasting, powerful aroma that puts Glade in the shade.

Big Sur After Rain takes inspiration from the famous Californian coast after a cloud burst, with notes of blooming magnolia, fresh eucalyptus, and salty sea air.

Buy now at Liberty

Discothèque Candles

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Hosting a soirée over the festive season? Bring instant Studio 54 vibes to your pad with Discothèque. These hand-poured, vegan candles take their inspiration from the disco balls, dance floors, and anything-goes atmosphere of the seventies and eighties international club scene.

Distinctly packaged and reasonably priced for a designer candle, you can shop by decade, colour and mood. Our picks include Le Baron de Paris, Tokyo, a citrus floral blend of jasmine, neroli and Rangoon creeper; and Milk! a balsamic leather with notes of weeping juniper and orris.

Buy now at Discotheque Fragrances

Paul Smith Home Storyteller Candle

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This new brown and blue addition to the Paul Smith Home collection has smoky, warming notes of Madagascan clove bud, patchouli oil, vetiver, cade oil, intense woods and birch, so it’s an ideal choice to burn at this time of year – and whenever you feel like you need the hug of a cosy, comforting room fragrance.

Also available as a diffuser.

Buy now at Paul Smith

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5 Best-Selling Tom Ford Colognes Every Man Should Try

Tom Ford Black Orchid

It’s not hard to see why Tom Ford colognes are some of the best in the world. They offer a perfect blend of sophistication and masculinity that is hard to find elsewhere.

If you’re looking for a new cologne for yourself or as a gift for someone else, look no further than these five options from Tom Ford.

  1. Black Orchid
  2. Tobacco Vanille
  3. Ombre Leather
  4. Mandarino di Amalfi
  5. Oud Wood

#1 Black Orchid

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Tom Ford’s Black Orchid is a hidden gem when it comes to men’s fragrances. The cologne offers a perfect blend of sophistication and masculinity that is hard to find elsewhere.

If you’re looking for a new cologne for yourself or as a gift for someone else, look no further than this option from Tom Ford.

Black Orchid is the perfect scent for men who want something unique and different. It has all the best qualities of other colognes but with an added edge that makes it stand out from the rest.

Not only does Black Orchid smell great, but it also lasts long. You won’t have to worry about reapplying every few hours as you might with some other colognes.

I’ll be honest – this fragrance might be a bit too floral for guys who prefer traditionally ‘masculine’ fragrances. Technically, Tom Ford’s Black Orchid is actually a unisex fragrance so it can be worn by both men and women.

What this means is, unlike male fragrances, Tom Ford’s Black Orchid won’t make you smell like a old school man. If that’s what you’re going for then this might not be the best cologne for you.

However, if you’re looking for something unique and different, Black Orchid is definitely worth checking out. It’s perfect for making a statement and turning heads wherever you go.

Ultimately, Black Orchid is a great choice for any man who wants to make a statement without going too over the top. It’s perfect for special occasions or date night – but I’d avoid wearing it at the office. In small spaces with lots of people, it can be quite overpowering.

Tom Ford Black Orchid EDP 3.4 fl oz

$90.00 ($26.47 / Fl Oz)

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04/17/2024 10:15 pm GMT

Top Notes: Truffle, Gardenia, Blackcurrant, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine, Bergamot, Orange, Leomon

Heart Notes: Orchid, Spices, Gardenia, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine, Lotus

Base Notes: Chocolate, Patchouli, Vanille, Incense, Amber, Sandalwood, Vetiver, White Musk

#2 Tobacco Vanille

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Tobacco Vanille is one of those fragrances that you either love or hate.

Personally, I love it – it’s warm, spicy and reminds me of Christmas morning.

So it’s no surprise that Tobacco Vanille is strictly a cold weather fragrance. Wear this in the summer, and you just won’t smell right. It’s too warm, rich and spicy – plain and simple.

However, when those cold days come around, Tobacco Vanille is king. It’s the perfect fragrance to curl up by the fire with. It’s also great for date night or a night out on the town.

Just like Black Orchid, Tobacco Vanille is technically a unisex fragrance so it can be worn by both men and women.

However, I think this one leans more towards being a male fragrance. It just has a certain kind of mystery and masculine allure that most women’s fragrances don’t tend to have.

As with many Tom Ford fragrances, I’d avoid wearing this one to the office. As with Black Orchid, it can be quite overwhelming when worn in a work environment, and people won’t appreciate it in the same way as they would when worn at a party or date.

Top Notes: Tobacco Leaf, Spice Notes

Heart Notes: Tonka Bean, Vanilla Pod, Cocoa bean, Tobacco Blossom

Base Notes: Dry Fruits, Woody Notes

#3 Ombre Leather

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Ever wanted to smell like a Hollywood cowboy?

Then Ombre Leather should be your go-to fragrance.

Leather fragrances are traditionally very masculine simply because of the associations society has with leather – tough guy, jacket wearing men who break hearts and ride motorcycles.

And while that’s certainly attractive to women, Tom Ford’s Ombre Leather is a different kind of leather fragrance. It’s smooth, sophisticated and definitely more Hollywood than Harley Davidson.

By coupling leather notes alongside cardamom, jasmine and amber – Tom Ford has formulated a cologne that’s both masculine and seductive all in one spray. In short, Ombre Leather makes you smell like a sophisticated gentleman in a leather jacket rather than an old leather coach.

This scent is perfect for date night or a night out on the town. It’s also great for special occasions like weddings or anniversaries.

Tom Ford Ombre Leather 3.4 Oz

$130.00 ($38.24 / Fl Oz)

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Top Notes: Cardamom

Heart Notes: Leather, Jasmine Sambac

Base Notes: Amber, Moss, Patchouli

#4 Mandarino di Amalfi

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On the complete opposite side of the scent spectrum, we have Mandarino di Amalfi – Tom Ford’s answer to fresh, summer fragrances.

Sure, the majority of Tom Ford Fragrances are woody and dark scents that are most suited to colder evenings. However, when he does release a summer fragrance, you can bet your bottom dollar that it’s going to be incredible.

Madarino di Amalfi is just that: incredible.

For those that don’t know – Amalfi is actually a small coastal town in Italy. A place that’ warm and fresh, where the smell of the ocean fills the street and tellers peddle locally grown fruit from wooden carts.

If that doesn’t tell you what Tom Ford’s Mandarino Di Amalfi smells like then I don’t know what will!

The fragrance opens strong with citrus and develops into a spicy floral dry down. It’s the perfect cologne for a summer vacation to the beach, or a classy dinner date on a hot summer’s eve.

Top Notes: Lemon, Grapefruit, Mint, Basil, Tarragon, Blackcurrant

Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Clary Sage, Shiso, Coriander, Black Pepper

Base Notes: Musk, Vetiver, Civet, Labdanum, Amber

#5 Oud Wood

Tom Ford Oud Wood

Everyone’s heard of Tom Ford’s Oud Wood – and for good reason.

It’s an incredibly masculine scent that’s perfect for any man that wants to exude confidence, sophistication and an air of mystery.

Oud Wood is a unisex fragrance, but I think it definitely leans more towards being a male cologne. It’s the kind of scent that makes you feel like you can take on the world – and women will certainly be drawn to that.

For those not in the know, Oud is a type of wood that comes from agar trees. It’s considered quite a rare fragrance note and isn’t easy to come by, which is why it’s typically featured in higher-end, niche fragrances.

Tom Ford’s Oud Wood takes the smoky quality of Oud and combines it with a range of other scents including cardamom, sandalwood, vanilla and amber to create a truly masculine fragrance.

It’s the perfect cologne for a night out on the town or a special occasion like a wedding. Just be warned: a little goes a long way with this one!

Of the many fragrances in Tom Ford’s Private Blends collection, I’d say this is one of the more office friendly options. While it certainly isn’t as universally pleasing as many designer colognes on the market, this niche scent won’t take over a room and make people’s noses hurt.

Sure, your colleagues will definitely notice you wearing it, but not to the extent that it’s offending them while they work at their desks.

Notes: Oud, Rosewood, Cardamom, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Sichuan Pepper, Vetiver, Tonka Bean, Amber

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No-Fail Color Combos For Men: Summer 2024 Edition

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One of the trickier elements of achieving good style is color theory. That is, what looks good together, what matches, what contrasts well, the works!

When men initially start their style journey, before they learn about the context and history of various aesthetics, they’ll often try tackling color first.

And for good reason. Not matching correctly or poor color choices are a quick and easy way to doom your outfit. Getting it right takes a trained eye – or a handy guide like this one.

Specifically in the summer months, there tend to be more color options available to men’s clothing than ever. Less layers means our outfits are sometimes encouraged to make a statement through different means, whether that’s through pattern, texture, or perhaps most obviously, color!

And so, without further ado, here are our recommendations for no-fail color combinations for men’s outfits this summer.

White, Red, and Navy Blue

man wearing navy blue shorts with a white tee and dark red cotton cardigan

Perhaps a bit on-the-nose for the Fourth of July season, but arguably all the more so appropriate because of it, there’s something nostalgic about loosely representing the American flag during the summer – albeit tastefully.

One sure way to nail this formula without mistakenly getting raised along the flag pole is to combine a classic white tee with navy blue pants, shorts, or denim, along with a primary or dark red cardigan for cool summer evenings.

Too warm for the cardigan? Consider a blue and red patterned top with white shorts or white linen trousers for a similar effect with more cooling factor.

It’s a brilliant combo with just a dash of patriotic flair. Trust us!

Off-White, Tan, and Forest Green

man wearing off-white painter pants with a tan belt and a dark green linen shirt

Sometimes, deep contrast is what you want for maximum dynamism in an outfit. To experiment with this color combination, try pairing a pair of off-white painter/carpenter pants with a dark, forest green top (either a tee or a camp collar shirt). Tie it all together with a pair of tan loafers and a matching tan braided belt!

Looking to go cooler? Perhaps opt for a pair of forest green shorts and an off-white tee. Finish it off with a sleek pair of tan espadrilles or elegant fisherman’s sandals, and you’re ready to hit the sun!

Classic Black and White

man wearing a pair of white linen trousers with a black knit polo and black loafers

Minimalism can be elegant, and there’s no better proof than the classic black and white combo.

This generally works best for slightly elevated outfits, ranging from smart casual to business casual. Try starting with a pair of white pleated trousers, preferably in a breathable fabric like cotton, or even better, linen. Pair them with a black knit polo, tucked in ideally, and accessorize with a black leather belt and matching loafers.

A more elegant way to spin this combo is with a white linen suit – paired with a simple black tee shirt. If you’re feeling a bit of retro flair in your veins, dare to swap the tee for a black shirt with a 70s-inspired, jumbo collar worn popped over the jacket’s lapels. You can totally pull it off with confidence – we promise.

Autumnal Orange and Sage Green

man wearing sage green seersucker pants with a burnt orange camp collar shirt and tortoiseshell sunglasses

Are you an autumnal soul? As in, someone who wishes it was fall during all three other seasons? We don’t blame you! Autumn color palettes are some of the most visually pleasing and downright cozy.

The good news is, you don’t have to wait until fall to incorporate autumnal earth tones into your summer wardrobe! It’s not like it’s illegal. If anything, it’s a fun nod to another season when worn properly.

A burnt or rust orange definitely screams fall, but when utilized on a classic camp collar shirt and paired with a more summery sage green (either in short or linen trouser iterations), it surprisingly works!

Soft Pink and Deep Blue

outfit of dark blue linen trousers with a soft pink linen button down shirt

When worn well, pink can be a surprisingly masculine color that echoes elegance and signals sophistication.

An easy way to see this for yourself is by pairing deep blue trousers (try seersucker or linen for ideal weather friendly comfort) with a soft pink linen shirt – either long sleeve or short. You can also swap the pants for shorts if that’s more your thing.

The rich contrast between pink and blue tones is especially exciting in summer, where both colors reign highly.

White on White on White (or Maybe Tan)

Man sitting down at an outdoor Italian cafe wearing white linen pleated pants, a matching white linen shirt tucked in, and tan loafers

No, no, we’re not kidding around with this one. If you’re lacking in the hair department, you might choose to avoid this combo in order to beat the “Mr. Clean” allegations, but when done well, we still think this look is a power-move.

The key is to incorporate summer texture. White pants or shorts in either linen or seersucker, combined with a white top in a similar fabric. Linen on linen works wonders. Seersucker on linen is great, too. Seersucker on seersucker tends to work best with a suit, but use your discretion.

Finish it off with either white sneakers (canvas ones are great) or a daring white loafer. Alternatively, if you want to break up the white just a drop, consider opting for tan shoes with a matching belt. In many ways, it’s arguably more elegant.

Tan and Teal

man wearing tan pleated chinos with a teal camp collar shirt

Tan is a canvas upon which everything will match, which is why going bold and exciting with a contrasting shade is a good bet. Teal is a fine choice because it’s reminiscent of mediterranean oceans and mosaic tiles, further reinforcing the summery association.

The safest way to approach this look is with tan chinos or shorts combined with a rich teal top (either a tee, linen shirt, or camp collar shirt). Tan or brown accessories will seal the deal, but an alternative method is to reverse the colors on their head.

Teal shorts are quite striking but within the bounds of good taste, and a tan linen shirt looks absolutely stellar with them. Try it for yourself!

Beige, Chocolate Brown, and Sage Green

man wearing beige linen trousers with pleats, paired with a sage green tee shirt tucked in, and dark brown loafers and a dark brown braided leather belt

Looking for something similar to the previous option but one that works a bit better in more professional settings? Beige trousers, paired with chocolate brown loafers and a matching belt, look great with sage green, a calmer alternative to teal.

Sometimes referred to as seafoam green, sage looks especially elegant when represented by a linen fabric.

Calm Gray and Black

man wearing relaxed-fitting pleated gray high-waisted trousers with a black knit polo, black belt, and black loafers

Don’t underestimate the versatility of gray in your summer wardrobe. In truth, it can go with almost anything, but looks sleekest when paired with black.

Not convinced? Try combining a pair of gray linen pants with a black knit polo for that after work rooftop party, or gray shorts with a black tee for a sleek and minimal laid-back day. From fine summer tailoring to relaxed and leisurely attire, this combo is something of a cheat code, if you ask us.

Maroon and Mint

Man wearing a pair of mint green seersucker shorts with a maroon polo shirt and white sneakers

We’re not done with shades of red! Maroon is often seen as one of the more mature shades, but you can make it feel a bit more playful if you pair it next to an airy mint color tone.

A pair of mint green (fainter than sage, in most cases) pants or shorts delivers extra wow-factor when placed alongside a maroon red top. From tees to polos to linen button downs, you’ve got options. But you can reverse the positions too! Try maroon shorts with a mint tee on toasty days for a look that’ll keep you cool and looking, well, cooler!

Lastly, Experiment!

Aside from these specific seasonal recommendations, allow yourself to have fun and experiment with different color and color combinations on your own! It takes time and experience to gain a truly trained eye, and while learning the basics of color theory can help, your personal style journey will thank you for any hands-on experience!.

So go out there, and give some of these a whirl. When you’re ready, feel free to try new ideas out for yourself!

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Stylish Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Perfect Picks from Merci Maman, ChloBo, Lebrusan Studio, and Dower & Hall

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As Father’s Day approaches, it’s time to celebrate the wonderful dads in our lives with thoughtful and stylish gifts. Whether you’re looking for something classic, trendy, or completely unique, this gift guide has you covered. Featuring pieces from Merci Maman, ChloBo, Lebrusan Studio, and Dower & Hall, you’ll find gifts to suit every budget and taste.

Merci Maman

Merci Maman offers personalized jewelry that makes a perfect sentimental gift. Their Personalized Intertwined Necklace is a standout piece, featuring two or three rings that can be engraved with names, dates, or a special message. This elegant necklace is ideal for a dad who loves meaningful keepsakes.

Another beautiful option is the Personalized Open Bangle, which is both sleek and stylish. Engrave it with a special date or message to make it a unique token of appreciation. For new dads, the Personalized Initial Necklace featuring the initials of their children is a touching and timeless choice.

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For the fashion-forward dad, ChloBo offers trendy yet sophisticated pieces. The Men’s Noodle Ball Bracelet is a versatile accessory that combines traditional craftsmanship with modern design. It’s perfect for a dad who appreciates minimalist style with a touch of elegance.

The Sacred Earth Ring is another excellent choice. This bold piece is crafted with precision and can add a statement to any outfit. If your dad is into layered looks, the Protective Eye Necklace is a stylish and symbolic piece that can be worn alone or with other chains.

Lebrusan Studio

Lebrusan Studio is known for its intricate and ethical designs. For a dad with a taste for the unique, the Silver Skull Ring is a standout. This piece combines a touch of edginess with exquisite craftsmanship, making it perfect for the dad who loves something a bit different.

For something more classic, consider the Gold St Christopher Pendant. This traditional symbol of protection is beautifully crafted and makes a thoughtful gift for the dad who travels often or loves classic jewelry. Another excellent option is the Ethical Wedding Band, ideal for renewing vows or simply as a token of enduring love.

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Dower & Hall

Dower & Hall offers timeless pieces that exude elegance. The Leather & Pearl Bracelet is an excellent choice for the millennial dad who appreciates a blend of classic and contemporary styles. The combination of leather and pearls creates a distinctive look that is both rugged and refined.

For dads who love symbolic jewelry, the Tree of Life Pendant is a meaningful piece that represents family and growth. It’s a beautiful reminder of the roots and connections that make a family strong. The Skullduggery Wax Melts are a fun and quirky gift for dads who enjoy unique home fragrances and stylish decor.

Lastly, for a classic and elegant gift, consider the Silver St Christopher Pendant. This traditional piece is perfect for any dad, providing both style and a sense of protection.


With this selection of thoughtful and stylish pieces from Merci Maman, ChloBo, Lebrusan Studio, and Dower & Hall, you’re sure to find the perfect gift to show your dad just how much he means to you. Whether he loves personalized jewelry, modern fashion, unique designs, or timeless classics, there’s something here to suit every taste and budget. Celebrate Father’s Day with a gift that will be cherished for years to come.

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