Thursday, 8 June 2017

Three Fragrances For Father's Day

It’s almost Father’s Day and if you’ve already made your purchases then I’m very impressed. However, in a similar way to Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and even Christmas Day, there will be a lot of frantic dashes to the high street in an attempt to get that last minute present. You are going to be confronted with walls of fragrances, some of which you will know but many that you won’t, and so I’ve chosen three classics for you which should cover most budgets. In the end it’s the thought that counts, but one of these is certain to impress. So, let's have a look at Dior, Penhaligon's and Crabtree & Evelyn.

My first choice takes us back to 2007 and the relaunch of Crabtree & Evelyn’s West Indian Lime. The perfect gift for anyone who likes a real zesty effect from their fragrance, it comes in various products but the cologne is still my favorite. West Indian Lime is described as an aromatic citrus, and it definitely is. You initially get a rush of lemon and lime before it gets a slightly softer edge from the orange blossom. The aromatic notes come in the form of nutmeg, ginger and coriander but an addictively dry woody base cements the vibrancy of this scent. The notes have varied for this fragrance over the years, but juniper, vetiver and clove certainly keeps the scent alive and perfectly compliments the ever-present lime. West Indian Lime is available from Crabtree & Evelyn stores and also Marks & Spencer priced at £32 for 100ml.

The most famous of my suggestions must surely be Sauvage by Dior. This fragrance was released in 2015 and was the creation of Francois Demachy. The company took the iconic “Sauvage” name from their most famous male scent in the hope that it would appeal to both established and new Dior customers. It worked, and the fragrance became a firm favourite. It opens with a fresh burst of bergamot and pepper before a very masculine lavender blend shows itself. The lavender mixes with vetiver and patchouli, so you get a wonderfully woody floral effect, and the ambery base has quite a noticeable hit of labdanum, which gives a sexy vibe to Sauvage. A pencil clean cedar rounds the scent off perfectly and makes this a great fragrance to gift. It’s available from all high street stores priced at £69.50 for 100ml.

So to my final suggestion and it’s the delightful No.33 from Penhaligon’s. This fragrance was also launched in 2015 and was in celebration of Penhaligon's 145th Anniversary. It was a nod to the company’s original barbershop roots and this really influenced the scent. Created by perfumer Mike Parrot, No.33 opens with a citrus-laced lavender along with piercing aromatics that give a wonderful effect of brightness to the fragrance. A base of tobacco, vetiver and tonka bean contribute to a dry smoothness and the geranium in the heart keeps poking its way out to remind us that this scent has its inspiration in classic perfumery. No.33 is available from Penhaligon’s stores priced at £92 for 100ml.

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