Fall fragrance sampler

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Yes, I’m running out of space for great colognes in my bathroom. And no, I can’t really turn down an opportunity to sample a new one. Here are the new scents I’m wearing this fall

Battle Of The British Summer Cologne Scents

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I’ve never been to England, so I guess I can’t tell you for sure what a proper British gentleman smells like. But when I’m cruising around town in my ’75 MGB, top down with the breeze in my hair, I can imagine the smell of refined elegance and royalty.

Prada Men’s Fragrances: Elegant, Italian Scents For Many Moods

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I like the Prada brand a lot, but generally speaking, I can’t afford too many of classic Italian label’s products. The Prada eyeglasses I own are certainly the nicest I’ve worn, but beyond that, most of my Prada admiration comes from window-shopping only. At a more modest price point, however, is Prada’s line of men’s colognes, but until now, I hadn’t smelled a fragrance from the brand that I really, really liked. All of the ones I’ve sniffed at department store counters contain some mix of feminine ingredients – iris, violet and/or amber – that ultimately turned me off. But…

ZIRH Gets Back in the Fragrance Game

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ZIRH didn’t have much convincing to do when they sent me their newly reissued mens’ colognes. Corduroy, which has been discontinued for some time, was launched in 2006 and was the first fragrance that I loved as an adult, and when it was still available at places like TJ Maxx, it was dirt cheap. A tremendous, tremendous value. Now that ZIRH is back in the cologne game, I’ve had the chance to sample three of their four scents. Each is pretty great, but not surprisingly, Corduroy remains my top pick.

Fragrance 101; or “What exactly is a top note anyways?”

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I never used to be one to fret too much about how I smelled, as long as it wasn’t “stinky”. I used to only have a single bottle of aftershave, which I used infrequently at best. And then I got into wetshaving, and realized that a lot of the soaps and creams that I thought were so wonderful had corresponding colognes and aftershaves. When I figured out that I could smell like Taylor of Old Bond Street’s Jermyn Street soap all day? Yes please!