review dolce & gabbana intenso mensDolce&Gabbana's new men's fragrance, Intenso, is a woody aromatic scent that opens with luminous aquatic notes and green accents of basil and lavender.

Left - Dolce&Gabbana - Intenso - 75ml - £52

The fragrance is defined by a brand new discovery in the olfactory world: the Moepel accord, used for the very first time in perfumery. The moepel is a milkwood tree found in South Africa. It’s odour is totally unique, extremely sensual and incredibly rich.

The face of Intenso is Irish actor Colin Farrell

TheChicGeek says, “This has something of an alpine freshness to start and then dries down to smell of that parched, dried leafy undergrowth you find under trees and bushes in a warm climate.

I’ve never smelt moepel before, so it’s difficult to put my finger on it. This would appeal to the guy who wants something subtly different yet still masculine and approachable.”

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acqua di parma colonia ambra ambergrisThis is the third of Acqua di Parma's Colonia range of 'ingredient' fragrances - Oud, Leather and, now, Ambra.

Inspired by Marco Polo’s journey along the Silk Road, it is an exotic and rich blend of the ingredients found along the way. At the court of the Chinese emperor Kublai Khan, surrounded by millennia-old inventions and secrets, Marco Polo came to know unfamiliar essences, such as rare ambergris, which Chinese practitioners used in their pharmacopoeia. A substance that the Venetian explorer called ambrum and took back on his long journey home. Venetian master perfume-makers, charmed by the warm and intense scent of this natural essence, added it in tiny amounts – due to its high value to precious fragrances intended for Venetian aristocrats.

Here it has been blended with the typical fresh citrus notes of the classic Colonia fragrance. The woody accents of nagarmotha – a type of grass - and cedar wood are blended with the delicate, yet vibrant notes of rosewood. The heart closes on the earthy and musky notes of patchouli enhanced by sandalwood and warmed up by soft vanilla accents.

TheChicGeek says, “Ambergris is one of those strange ingredients that makes you wonder who first discovered that decaying whale vomit that has been floating in the sea for years, absorbing salt, then washed ashore, would make the perfect animalic ingredient to a fragrance?!

Anyway, if you see any big lumps washed ashore, this summer, it could be your own version of winning the lottery as this stuff goes for ridiculous amounts - here It's smell is musky and animalic, not fishy.

As for the fragrance, this is one for the rich oud fan club. It is quite overpowering and heavy, so would be for those who like a rich and deep fragrance. It doesn’t has the potency of oud, so good those who want some a bit different and the colonia base always adds a freshness. I wouldn't put too much on unless you want to be as overpowering as a whale!"

Above - Acqua di Parma Colonia Ambra - 100ml - £150

www.acquadiparma.com

Monday, 11 May 2015 09:18

Bulldog X Penguin

bulldog grooming penguin books fathers dayTheChicGeek is all for education and British grooming brand, Bulldog, has come up with a very novel idea - apologises - for Father's Day. Launching exclusively at Waitrose stores from June 10th, Bulldog’s ‘Classic Reads’ gift features a selection of classic British novels paired with four Bulldog skincare products. The limited edition ‘Classic Reads’ gift packs celebrate some of the finest writing in the English language with four treasured Penguin titles: The Time Machine (H.G. Wells), Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) penguin books fathers day bulldog moisturiser waitressand The War of the Worlds (H.G. Wells).

Left - The Time Machine (H.G. Wells) and Bulldog Sensitive Moisturiser, 100ml - £5, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson) and Bulldog Original Moisturiser, 100ml - £5, The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) and Bulldog Original Face Wash, 150ml - £5, The War of the Worlds (H.G. Wells) and Bulldog Original Face Scrub, 125ml - £5

Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Day Screen High Protection SPF 50This plant-powered formula offers multi-protection with an incredibly fine, transparent texture. New and exclusive from Clarins, this lightweight formula is reinforced with antioxidant protection on the skin’s surface thanks to organic Alpine sanicle extract. The Alpine sanicle is a delicate plant that grows in high altitudes in the Alps, a very pure environment far from any urban pollution.

Left - Clarins - UV Plus Anti-Pollution Day Screen High Protection SPF 50 - 30ml - £32


At the heart of the UV PLUS formula, organic Alpine sanicle extract helps protect the skin by reinforcing its natural defences against the harmful effects of pollution and UV by encouraging the expression of specific proteins called SPRRs which play a key role in the skin’s primary defense system. The Alpine sanicle extract is combined with cantaloupe melon extract, a powerful cellular-level antioxidant, to ensure that the skin is protected to a deeper level.

The high level UVB, UVA and Infra-red protection is provided by 100% mineral titanium dioxide filters. As these filters are natural rather than chemical, they do not absorb into the skin, but rather protect from the surface meaning, UV Plus HP is compatible with all day creams and perfectly tolerated by all skin types, including the most sensitive, even when applied daily.

Skin-ageing free radicals become more active as pollution levels rise and Clarins anti-pollution complex of white tea, succory dock-cress, rhodiola, venuceane, glycofilm not only helps protect skin from atmospheric pollution, but it’s also a rich source of antioxidants which neutralise free radicals.

TheChicGeek says, “There’s a lot going on here, which is good. This has a high UV protection factor - 50, but it does'nt feel like it: the lightweight texture allows the skin to breathe making it perfect for gentlemen with an active lifestyle or for those who are prone to outbreaks when putting sun protection on the face. The small size of the bottle is deceiving as you don’t need much as it goes on and absorbs very easily for such a high factor.

It’s definitely worth investing in a specific sun product for your face as UV damage is the biggest cause of aging of men’s skin. The added pollution benefits, here, are a bonus and is something that would encourage me to use it here, at home, in London more. This is one of the best high factor products I’ve tried.”

www.clarins.com

Givenchy Gentlemen Only Casual Chic reviewThe latest in the line-up of Givenchy’s Gentlemen Only fragrances, Casual Chic remains true to the original accords of Gentlemen Only - sandalwood, cedar wood, birch leaf, but with the addition of three spices – cardamom, ginger and juniper.

TheChicGeek says “The modern man likes a trilogy, and 'Casual Chic' finishes this off nicely for Givenchy’s Gentleman Only series. This is a modern grown-up fragrance, which means it’s masculine, but easy.

I was a fan of the original Gentlemen Only, of course, I’m going to like ginger! I’m TheChicGeek afterall, but it gives it a green, fresh spiciness which is perfect as we enter the warmer months.”

Left - Givenchy - Gentlemen Only Casual Chic - 50ml - £45.50