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Fri, 14 Jun 2019 08:00:14 +0000
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Inside Ceryn's Summer Makeup Bag

Holiday season is here, finally. I’ve already been lucky enough to see in my first trip (if you can call a hen a holiday), and at the time of writing this, I have four days to go until I am sipping Aperol Spritz’ in Italy. But despite my excitement for another getaway, there is one thing I’m not looking forward to, packing.

What you may find surprising is that I’m not referring to packing clothes, I find that easy; it’s packing my makeup that’s the struggle. Give me a dress and a pair of sandals, and I’m good to go, but take away my makeup collection, and I’m lost; I want every lipstick shade, every foundation finish and eyeshadow at my fingertips. So, how do I overcome this when I only have one makeup bag? I pack products that I love; that are versatile, and of course, are heat proof. Here are a few I always make room for…

#1 The Second-Skin Foundation

Inside Ceryn's Makeup Bag: Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation in Neutral 3 Swatch

Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation in Neutral 3

Most people write home about lighter textures on holiday, but here I am telling you to pack a medium, but buildable foundation with a matte finish; trust me, I do so with good reason. Synchro Skin is a must-have for me when I travel because I never tan my face – I plan to steer clear of fine lines and wrinkles for as long as possible! But despite the positive effects of this, there is one negative: my face is always a different colour to my body. Synchro Skin is my easy solution for this though; it offers generous coverage, but it feels weightless once applied, and the best bit, it has advanced sensing technology, which makes the foundation sync with your skin to help it adapt to your environment – so whether you’re in a tropical heatwave or tropical storm your skin will look flawless! My only advice if you buy this and go away with your friends is, keep your eye on it; all my friends couldn’t get enough of it on our last trip!

Read more about why I love Synchro Skin so much here.

#2 The Quick Glow Fix

Inside Ceryn's Makeup Bag: Lancome Custom Highlight Drop Golden Glow Swatched

Lancome Custom Highlight Drop in Golden Glow

If there’s one place you can get away with copious amounts of glow, it’s on holiday. And, that’s what you get with Lancome’s Custom Highlight Drop. It was the first product I packed for my last trip; it was a hen, so I knew I’d be having plenty of late nights and cocktails – a recipe for dull-looking skin! And I can confirm that I reached for this liquid highlighter every single day of my trip. During the day I applied it to my cheekbones for a quick glow fix (the warm-toned bronze hue blends into a beautiful sunkissed golden sheen), while in the evening I mixed it with my foundation for a dose of dewiness; I even used it on my decollete and in the centre of my legs. It’s incredibly versatile, which is terrific when you’re tight on space!

#3 The Sun-Kissed Stick

Inside Ceryn's Makeup Bag: Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick Swatch

Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick

Hoola is bronzing royalty, nothing contours quite like it, so there’s no wonder why I never travel without it. Despite its warm tone, the bronzer never applies orange, and if you opt for the cream stick like me, you’ll always achieve a matte, sun-kissed glow that mimics the look of a natural tan – no one will know you’re faking it!

The clue is in the name with this contour stick too; it’s makeup at it’s easiest. A swipe of this under your cheekbones, on the tip of the nose and dabbed around the hair-line equals a post-holiday glow like no other. And another one of my top tips: use it as a cream eyeshadow to cut down on what you need to pack.

#4 The Jet Setting Spray

Inside Ceryn's Makeup Bag: Urban Decay All Nighter Summer Solstice Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Urban Decay All Nighter Summer Solstice Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

All Nighter comes second on my holiday packing list, missing out on a first-place spot to my passport – yes it’s that important. It’s essential because my skin gets oily on holiday, which affects the longevity of makeup, and I’m not one to spend ages on my base to only see it slip away before I sit down to dinner!

A quick spritz over my finished look and I can feel confident that everything from my foundation to my eyeshadow won’t budge (until I want it to). And this summer, I have a new All Nighter as a travel partner: the limited edition Summer Solstice spray. It’s the same iconic formula, but it has a delicious coconut and pineapple scent – I won’t lie I’ve been spraying it all over – it smells that good!

#5 The Summer Red Lip

Inside Ceryn's Makeup Bag: GIVENCHY Encre Interdite Lip Ink 05 Solar Stain

GIVENCHY Encre Interdite Lip Ink in 05 – Solar Stain

When I’m packing lip colours for a holiday, I try to keep myself in check. I can quickly start adding every shade, undertone and texture, because who knows what mood I’ll be in. That being said, this year, I’ve tried to pare back my lip wardrobe when I travel. I’ve allowed myself only two: first, my trustee nude, bareMinerals BarePro Lipstick in Spice because it’s so easy to throw on, comfortable and lasts no matter what I eat or drink (which I plan to do a lot of holidays); and secondly, a vibrant lip, because an orange-red is like my coat of arms. This season, it’s GIVENCHY’s Encre Interdite Solar Stain that I can’t get enough of; it ticks all of my orange-red boxes (it’s a fiery tangerine red), it’s incredibly hydrating thanks to its water-ink texture, plus it’s waterproof and applies creamy and bold colour in just one swipe.

See all of my favourite lip colours swatched here.

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Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:26:15 +0000
Inside Ceryn’s Holiday Makeup Bag

6 Fragrance Notes That Smell Like Summer: Acqua di Parma Cipresso di Toscana, GUERLAIN Coconut Fizz, Roger & Gallet L'Homme Menthe

How would you describe the scent of summer? For me, it’s a multitude of things – a cacophony of solar-soaked elements that come together to say “summer”. Summer is the smell of slices of lemon, all zesty and fizzy, dropped in a drink with ice. It’s the smell of cotton drying in the breeze, blinding us with starchy freshness, and the scent of salty skin slathered with coconut-scented SPF. There really is nothing like summer days, where time seems to stop, and the world moves slowly, all under the nourishing warmth of the sun.

But what fragrance notes evoke summer? Well, the answer to that question is probably as long as the summer solstice, but there are certainly a few materials to look for that scream sunshine more than others. So, in preparation for next season, whenever it decides to arrive (she shan’t be rushed), this guide seeks to outline some of the most summery of summer notes with some beautifully fresh and buoyant fragrances to make your summer days halcyon.

#1 Tiare Flower

Fragrance Notes That Smell Like Summer: Tiare Flower - Nuxe Sun Delicious Fragrant Water
Nuxe Sun Delicious Fragrant Water

The tiare flower, also known as “Tahitian gardenia” is a topical white bloom that makes one thing of floral leis and exotic, sunny islands. In Nuxe’s Sun Delicious Fragrant Water, tiare joins coconut and vanilla to create a sweet, heady blend that is evocative of white sandy beaches, sapphire blue seas and bronzed skin. It’s the perfect thing to pack for a holiday, or if you’re staying home this summer, it makes for a transportive fragrance that’ll be almost as good as jetting over to the Maldives (almost).

#2 Coconut

Fragrance Notes That Smell of Summer: Coconut - GUERLAIN Aqua Allegoria Coconut Fizz Perfume
GUERLAIN Aqua Allegoria Coconut Fizz Eau de Toilette Spray

It’s hard to picture coconut and not think of cocktails drenched with Malibu and days spent on exotic islands. It’s a smell we associate with SPF so often in fragrance; it has a milky, ‘lactonic’ character that is evocative of sensible skin protection. But for GUERLAIN and their Aqua Allegoria Coconut Fizz, the note of coconut is something much fresher and more vibrant. Using coconut water against a backdrop of watermelon and freesia, GUERLAIN has crafted a transparent fruity-floral with a tropical twist, giving coconut an entirely new guise. It’s fresh, fancy and oh so much fun.

#3 Marine

Fragrance Notes That Smell Like Summer: Marine - Shiseido Rising Sun Perfume
Shiseido Rising Sun Eau de Toilette Spray

What could be more refreshing in summer than a big splash of water? Nothing, that’s what iconic Japanese beauty brand Shiseido think and their latest fragrance, Rising Sun, boasts just that. Its mineral marine accord is bracing and salty, while its sparkling lemon top note adds a solar gleam. Florals in the heart make for something a little bit more full-bodied, and a base of white musk gives the whole thing lift, evoking a summer downpour trickling gently down from a sky of white clouds. Beautiful.

#4 Rhubarb

Fragrance Notes That Smell Like Summer: Rhubarb - Mugler Aura Perfume
Mugler Aura Eau de Toilette Spray

You’d be a fool not to smell like rhubarb this summer… (See what I did there?). Rhubarb is a fun note that shares a tart, acidic quality with grapefruit. In fragrance, it tends to add a sour, fizzy and neon-like character, giving the impression of something fun. One of my favourite rhubarb-centric scents is the bewitching Aura from Mugler. In Aura, the botanical meets the animal, with juicy rhubarb energised by the succulent blooms of orange blossom and contrasted by smoky, mysterious tiger liana. There is nothing quite like Aura out there, so if you’re looking to stand out this summer, well, Aura has got your back, my friend.

#5 Cypress

Fragrance Notes That Smell Like Summer: Cypress - Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Cipresso di Toscana Perfume
Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Cipresso di Toscana Eau de Toilette Spray

And now for the sexiest scent of this summer… That’s right, I’m calling it: Cipresso di Toscana by Aqua di Parma is the most “oomph” scent you’ll come across this season, and if you’re a man you should be wearing it, and if you’re not, you should be buying it for a handsome man in your life. Please add it to your basket now. The cypress tree is abundant in Italy and has a spicy, fern-like and woody aroma. In Cipresso di Toscana, this note is added to lavender, star anise and pine to create a classic masculine scent that is evocative of Italian suits and sunshine. It is chic, handsome and sexy. Did I mention that it was sexy?

#6 Mint

Fragrance Notes That Smell Like Summer: Mint - Roger & Gallet L’Homme Menthe Eau de Toilette Spray
Roger & Gallet L’Homme Menthe Eau de Toilette Spray

Now, you may be thinking “Mint? In perfume? I do not wish to smell like toothpaste, thank you very much!”, but you would be very wrong. Mint is a wonderful material that adds a coolness to scents, as well as sweet and herbal facets, and it doesn’t often smell like toothpaste. In L’Homme Menthe by Roger & Gallet, mint is paired with geranium to create a barbershop fougere that moves with waves of freshness. This is not going to give you “brush your teeth” vibes, instead, it’ll create “cool summer morning” feels, all served in a dapper package.

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Tue, 11 Jun 2019 09:18:55 +0000
6 Fragrance Notes That Smell Like Summer

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Has anyone else noticed how stripping things back seems to be the current trend with almost everything at the moment? It’s as though the world is craving an easier and more authentic life, and the beauty industry has certainly followed suit.

With the likes of Alicia Keys and Bella Hadid rocking no-makeup makeup looks on the red carpet and Meghan Markle leading the way with her barely-there fresh glow that let her natural freckles peer through, are we saying goodbye to full coverage? Well, not quite! But, what we do all seem to be craving is skin that looks like our own, on a really good day. Call it a more well-rested and ‘holidayed’ version of ourselves that still looks natural.

Just in time for summer, I’m exploring 6 radiance-enhancing makeup options that promise to create a luminous, sheer and natural finish to the skin. Fresh-faced glow is not a one-size fits all situation, and for that reason, I have something for everyone, no matter what skin type or how much time you have to spend on your face before heading out the door.

#1 The Glow Without Greasiness

Best Cream Glow Makeup Formulas: GIVENCHY Mister Healthy Glow Gel Swatch

GIVENCHY Mister Healthy Glow Gel

The Mister Healthy Glow Gel is for anyone and everyone and would suit all skin types, especially those with oily or combination complexions. It’s a quick option for those looking for a glow without greasiness. I’m going to cut to the chase, I love this product, and the only thing I’m disappointed in is the fact I can’t buy it a larger size.

Gel formulations are my jam, but it’s not very common to find one that offers both a sheer bronzing and radiance effect in one. Glow tends to be something that is achieved from a creamier product,  and there are a lot of options out there for bronzing tinted gels. I’m one of those fuss-free kinds of girls who want it all in one product, and this is what makes the GIVENCHY Healthy Glow Gel so unique (and probably why I fell for it in an instant). For starters, I find the texture fascinating to look at; the little bubbles of bronze and gold are suspended in a lightweight gel, and when rubbed into the skin, they satisfyingly pop and disperse, transforming the gel into a skin-enhancing tint. It’s almost like magic!

I usually get up early on a Saturday and Sunday to go to the gym and never wear a full face of makeup, but I always want something that will just quickly perk up my complexion; this has officially become my new go-to for no make-up days. Its gel consistency absorbs instantly feels refreshing, offering a cooling effect while leaving the skin with just the right amount of bronze and glow (it’s a shame it can’t do my workout for me, too!).

GIVENCHY Mister Healthy Glow Tinted Primer

#2 The Hydrating Glow

Best Cream Glow Makeup Formulas: Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator

Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator

Dry skin sufferers will love this glowy elixir thanks to the extra hydration it provides, or if you’re someone who feels like your skin needs an overall boost, this is it! If there’s a brand you can trust to get your skin glowing, it’s Kiehl’s. With over 160 years worth of skincare knowledge, if anyone can help you achieve that natural and radiant complexion.

With a name like ‘Glow Formula’, I had high expectations, and I wasn’t let down. A fusion of skincare and makeup, this hydrating cream formula is slightly tinted and relatively thick in consistency, but blends into the skin with ease leaving it with a veil of golden sheen and a dewy texture that sits somewhere between a subtle and full-on glow, thanks to the illuminating minerals infused within the cream. This is your secret weapon glow product, or as I like to refer to it, a glow that gives and gives. Why? Because pomegranate extract will also help to protect your skin from external aggressors and improve its appearance over time.

You don’t need a lot of product, and I’d recommend that if you were going to go completely bare-skinned with this one, it might be useful to mix with a moisturiser for a less-obvious glow. I’ve also tried wearing this under makeup and mixing with my regular foundation, and both provide the skin with a wonderful luminous finish – be prepared for people to ask what your skincare secret is repeatedly!

Kiehl's Glow Formula Moisturiser

#3 The Safe Way To Glow

Best Cream Glow Makeup Formulas: Clarins Mineral Sun Care Compact for Face SPF30

Clarins Mineral Sun Care Compact for Face SPF 30

Newsflash, I think I’ve found my perfect face SPF product. Now I realise this is a bold statement to make, especially as I have more than a few boxes to tick in this department, however, the Clarins Mineral SPF Compact is the facial sun cream that has been missing from my skincare routine for a long time. It’s an ideal option for someone who wants a subtle glow but also wants to shield their skin from the sun, and it’s a must for any beach or pool holiday.

I wear sunscreen on my face every day without fail. As a rule, I like to use a tinted one so that if I want to go makeup free, it gives me just that little bit of help I need with my complexion to even it out and inject a bit of life into it. However, I also have combination skin and find a lot of facial sun products can cause my face to look a little shiny (as opposed to glowy!), and this is something that really puts me off; but this is where the Clarins compact has granted all of my wishes in one quick and convenient product. It has a lightweight fluid texture with a slight tint that isn’t at all greasy and dries quickly on skin to give a matte finish with a subtle radiance. Worn alone, it looks gorgeous on my skin but more importantly, it also sits beautifully under makeup.

I can’t talk about this product without mentioning its packaging: a genius compact design that feels more like makeup than an SPF – it includes a silicone applicator although I have to admit, I prefer to apply this product with my fingers. It fits neatly into a makeup bag or beach bag and makes applying suncare just that little bit more luxe!

Intrigued to find out more? Check out our Mineral SPF edit here.

Clarins Mineral Sun Care Compact Texture

#4 The Selfie-Ready Glow

Best Cream Glow Makeup Formulas: GUERLAIN Terracotta Skin Highlighting Stick

GUERLAIN Terracotta Skin Highlighting Stick in Gold

Introducing the perfect option for lazy glow-getters! I am borderline obsessed with the luminescent finish the Terracotta Highlighting Stick in Gold gives my skin, but I have to admit it’s not just my face I’ve been applying it to. It works wonders on shoulders, collarbones and legs, too and it’s available in a variety of shades to suit all skin tones. This quick and easy to apply illuminating stick is suitable for all skin types, but it’s a particularly great option for those with oily or combination complexions who tend to stay away from anything that has the word ‘glow’ in it, in fear of a shine overload! I have a natural tendency to look a bit dewy throughout the day, particularly if I use too many glow products, but with the Terracotta Highlighting Stick, my face stayed flawless all day long.

Aside from a gorgeous summer holiday scent that includes ylang-ylang, vanilla and orange blossom, its versatility is what really appeals to me (and the main reason it has gained a regular spot in my makeup bag). I love that it can be used in so many ways; before makeup as a glowy base, after makeup for a subtle strobing effect, or simply worn alone for a luminous and natural-looking glow. You can choose to apply a little for a subtle highlight to your skin or layer it up for some seriously intense radiance. Its cream to powder texture (that resists humidity and warm temperatures) feels so weightless on my skin, even if I layer it up a bit.

Best Cream Glow Textures: GUERLAIN Terracotta Skin Highlighting Stick in Gold

#5 The ‘Your Skin But Better’ Glow

Best Cream Glow Makeup Formulas: Decleor Green Mandarin Essential Oils Sun-Kissed Cream

Decleor Green Mandarin Sun-Kissed Glow Cream

Tinted moisturiser, but not as you know it! This innovative day cream from Decleor has been very high up on my list of things to try since I heard about its release and let’s say; it’s everything I wanted it to be, and more. I’d recommend this to normal to dry skin types who are looking for a bronzed-skin effect. With a cocktail of skincare benefits, this would be a great option for someone who is also looking for an anti-ageing glow formula.

I don’t know about you, but when I think about tinted moisturisers, it usually conjures up the idea of a lightweight cream with very sheer coverage, but with some additional skincare benefits. Decleor takes this idea and turns it up a notch by combining a high-performing day moisturiser with that sought-after sun-drenched glow, giving the illusion of healthy holiday skin. Its hydrating formula includes beta carotene (the orange pigment found in fruit and vegetables) and ultra-light mineral pigments to create a luxurious cream that will fake a healthy tan and a luminous complexion, without having to step foot in the sun! If you’re looking for that ‘I just got back from a week in the sun’ glow, this is it!

The texture is dreamy. Lightweight and almost glossy to look at, it has a vivid terracotta colour which you don’t need to be scared of (trust me!). When I first applied it to my face, it was a little intense, but I can assure you it blends out beautifully, melting into the complexion and leaving it with a subtle bronzed sheen that looks natural and doesn’t mask skin. I love how it instantly awakens my tired and lacklustre complexion, and it mimics a tan without having to expose my face to harmful rays. Its citrus scent makes it ideal for summer holidays when you’ve got better things to do than fuss over your skincare and makeup; this wonder cream means that you can apply just one product and you’re good to go.

Decleor Green Mandarin Essential Oils Sun-Kissed Cream Swatched on Skin

#6 The Post-Holiday Glow

Best Cream Glow Makeup Formulas: bareMinerals bareSkin Sheer Sun Bronzer Serum

bareMinerals bareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer

bareMinerals has always been a pioneer of the ‘less is more’ makeup trend, and this silky bronzer serum is no exception to that rule. It cleverly combines a sheer sun-kissed tint with an antioxidant skin-loving serum to give you that healthy glow in all of about 10 seconds! As I’m someone who loves a tan but detests exposing my face to the sun because of the damage it can cause, I’m all about a product that will fake a bronzed skin effect instantly. Although suitable for all skin types, this sheer bronzer would be an excellent option for someone with an oily or combination skin type who likes the idea of bronzed luminous skin but doesn’t want to feel weighed down or overburdened with creamy products. Add this to your beauty routine if you’re after a lightweight glow option that can be used in a few different ways.

Applying is a cinch; it has an incredibly light and watery texture that blends very easily and dries quickly. I used my fingers to smooth the fluid over my skin, but it would also work well with a brush or sponge, especially if you choose to apply it over makeup. The finish feels undetectable, plus it gives skin a universally flattering soft focus subtle glow. You may notice it has a scent when you first apply but rest assured this quickly disappears once it settles. I’ve worn this alone for those barely-there makeup days, but it also sits very nicely under (or over!) foundation if you’re looking for a little more depth and bronzed glow for your complexion.

bareMinerals bareSkin Sheer Sun Bronzer Serum on Skin

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Thu, 06 Jun 2019 08:30:23 +0000
6 Instant Ways To Make Your Skin Glow


Father’s Day is just around the corner, but, whether you’re prepared or not, here’s a chance to get to know what the real, hard-working fathers at Escentual are hoping for. From gifting recommendations to the best advice they’ve ever received from their dads, find out what this special day means to Richard, Dave, and Joe below…

#1 The Expecting Dad

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Richard, Merchandise Manager

How has being a father changed you?
Although my daughter isn’t here yet, it has massively changed me. The amount of DIY jobs that have been completed in the last 8 months has been crazy.

What’s the most rewarding thing about becoming a dad?
It will probably be that look in her eye as she looks back at me, as that’s the thing I’m looking forward to most; that and the first time she grabs my hand/finger.

What’s the best advice your father gave to you that you wish to pass on?
To spend quality time with those you love, be it chilling in the garden, fixing a car, going on a trip or an afternoon chin wag. Make time for those you love and want to keep in your life. People come and go, but good friends become like family.

What are you hoping to receive this Father’s Day?
Apart from a bundle of joy, tools for my garage, and typical dad stuff, I’m partial to a Sunday scrub in my routine, and my current one is almost running out, so a Nuxe Reve de Miel Deliciously Nourishing Body Scrub wouldn’t go amiss!

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#2 The New Dad

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Dave, Operations Administrator

How has being a father changed you?
Becoming a parent has made me a more responsible person, in that, I’m now thinking a lot more about the future, my health, and how my behaviour and actions will reflect on my son.

What’s the most rewarding thing about becoming a dad?
Seeing my son’s face light up when I walk into a room is rewarding enough, though the knowledge that one day he’ll be experiencing some of the books, films and music that I love for the first time is a hugely exciting and rewarding prospect.

What’s the best advice your father gave to you that you wish to pass on?
Music plays a big part in my life, as it had in my family home growing up. My father recently asked me if I’m still making music and I told him that I hadn’t had the time to practice recently; he said that if Thomas (my son) took an interest in music, I could teach him to play. The lesson I’d like to pass on to Thomas is not to give up on your interests, as shared interests can be great opportunities for bonding and spending quality time with loved ones.

What are you hoping to receive this Father’s Day?
I’m just looking forward to spending the day with my wife and son, though some Diesel Only the Brave Tattoo would be an added bonus!

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#3 The Experienced Father

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Joe, Operations Administrator

How has being a father changed you?
Being a father has been an enriching experience for many reasons. I plan for the future now. I have concrete aims for the long term future, revolving around: lifestyle, work, leisure and living environment.

It’s led me to appreciate the importance of strong relationships and community. The quote “It takes a village to raise a child” is spot on. As a consequence, I now make more of an effort to maintain friendships and build new relationships. Finally, I feel a great sense of satisfaction!

What’s the most rewarding thing about becoming a dad?
Seeing the joy my daughter brings to other people. All of my extended family adore her and love spending time with her. Whenever we go out, most people smile or say hello to her. It’s amazing to think that we brought a person into the world that brings other people happiness.

Also – the cuddles! I never appreciated cuddles before my daughter came along, but now, after a long day away from her, there is nothing better than picking her up and having a cwtch.

What’s the best advice your father gave to you that you wish to pass on?
My father has always told me that caring for my mother is the most important thing in life. I now appreciate this advice more than ever before, having seen my partner go through pregnancy and devote most of her life to caring for our daughter.

Other than that, he often spoke about the importance of education, especially reading to seek knowledge. I love the idea of teaching my daughter. And I’ll always keep some books around the house to stimulate her curiosity!

What are you hoping to receive this Father’s Day?
Yves Saint Laurent Kouros Eau de Toilette because it brings back happy memories of my father from when I was a child. Before leaving the house, he’d shower, shave, put on fresh clothes, douse himself with Kouros, and then walk through the living room to pinch my cheek needlessly hard and say bye. I was left with an aching cheek and the lingering smell of Kouros!

The distinct masculine scent of Kouros always reminds me of my Dad’s ways and how I was in awe of him. I’d often sneak into his room when he was out and use it myself.

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Wed, 05 Jun 2019 17:30:20 +0000
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Father’s Day is upon us, and it’s the perfect opportunity to show appreciation for your father or the father figure in your life, and what better way to say “thank you” than with fragrance? Now, one comment I often get from people when talking about scent is that it’s always tricky to buy fragrance for another person as a gift because perfume is so personal. This is true to an extent, after all, we each have our likes and dislikes when it comes to fragrance, but buying scent as a gift isn’t really that difficult – and as long as you know the person well enough it’s quite easy to find a scent that matches their personality, style and tastes.

But to help you find the perfect Father’s Day fragrance gift, this year I’ve gone back to basics and selected a team of classic masculine fragrances that I think are fail-safe enough to suit any important man in your life. From the timeless icons that never go out of style to the contemporary classics of now, this list has got your back!

#1 Aramis

Fathers Day Fragrance Aramis Classic Aftershave

Aramis Eau de Toilette Spray

I like to think that, if James Bond were real, he would have worn Aramis. There is something so refined and so distinct about this fragrance – it’s like a walnut dashboard or a leather recliner, or perhaps a bespoke suit. It’s rich and herbaceous, with spices, flowers and woods, evoking a robust, masculine aroma that is more than just a little bit “hairy chest”. But when so many fragrances of this style feel dated now, Aramis is utterly timeless, suiting the dapper chap as well now, as it did when it launched in 1965.

#2 Joop!

Fathers Day Fragrance Joop Aftershave

Joop! Homme Eau de Toilette Spray

We move now from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the classic refinement of Aramis to the excessive audacity of Joop!. In the most vibrant shade of fuchsia pink, Joop! casts a distinct signature, taking the noble note of sandalwood and pushing it to its extremes. As instantly recognisable as the Mini Cooper and Nike Air Max, Joop! is a bold fragrance that takes no prisoners. It’s sweet, slightly powdery and incredibly powerful, making it perfect for the man that likes to make a statement with his scent, especially if that statement is “look at me!”.

#3 Colonia by Acqua di Parma

Fathers Day Fragrance Colonia Aftershave

Acqua di Parma Colonia Eau de Cologne Spray

Now if Joop! is not your thing and the very thought of it makes you want to take a shower (it’s a divisive beast, after all) may I suggest some Colonia by Acqua di Parma. Out of all fragrances on this list, Colonia may just be the most classic and it’s definitely the one that has been on the market for the longest. Colonia takes the famous Eau de Cologne signature (citrus, neroli, herbs) and injects a richness of woods and animalic notes to create something that is undeniably handsome. Best paired with a clean white shirt and chinos, FYI.

#4 Vetiver by GUERLAIN

Fathers Day Fragrance GUERLAIN Vetiver Aftershave

GUERLAIN Vetiver Eau de Toilette Spray

If I were to choose my father a bottle of fragrance for Father’s Day, I’d definitely be picking him up a bottle of Vetiver (luckily for him he has enough to last him quite a long time!). It’s a scent that he’s always worn and it seems to fit his personality, which is relaxed, casual and intelligent. Vetiver is a fragrance that every man should have in his wardrobe – it is the quintessential vetiver fragrance; one that pairs the salty, earthy tones of the title material with refreshing citrus notes and warm tobacco. Vetiver is elegant, timeless and incredibly handsome, and any father would be lucky to have it.

#5 Armani Code by Armani

Fathers Day Fragrance Armani Code Aftershave

Giorgio Armani Code Eau de Toilette

What I like about Armani Code is its simplicity. It does not make a bold statement, nor does it desperately try to attract attention – it simply acts as a second skin, adding a layer of refinement onto the (already very refined, I’m sure) man that wears it. It opens with a sparkling citrus accord of lemon and bergamot, before warming up with olive blossom, tobacco and leather. If it’s good enough for Ryan Reynolds, it’s good enough for any man, right?

#6 Only the Brave by Diesel

Fathers Day Fragrance Diesel Aftershave Only The Brave

Diesel Only The Brave Eau de Toilette Spray

Despite its eye-catching fist bottle, Diesel’s Only the Brave pulls no punches (pun of the day, thank you very much) and is, in fact, an easy-breezy fragrance that is perfect for any occasion. Only the Brave exists as an interplay between the notes of lemon and cedar. The lemon brings a sharp, fresh edge, while the cedar wood, which itself is a complex material, adds a nutty, spicy, powdery and solid wood character that amplifies the fragrance tremendously. I like to think of Only the Brave as a neutral gift choice – it’s a safe one that’s likely to click with whoever you gift it too, even if you are unsure of what their taste may be. No need to be brave here.

#7 1 Million by Paco Rabanne

Fathers Day Fragrance Paco Rabanne 1 Million Aftershave

Paco Rabanne 1 Million Eau de Toilette Spray

Few fragrances have had the colossal impact that 1 Million has. It’s a fragrance that feels like it was born to be an icon, what with its distinct, delicious signature and eye-catching gold ingot bottle. But I think 1 Million’s success actually stems from the fact that it knows how to have fun – I mean, it smells like a rather attractive apple pie, and if that’s not fun, then I don’t know what it is! 1 Million is warm and ambery with subtle gourmand and wood notes. It suits a younger man with a playful or even cheeky personality or just a guy who loves anything etched in gold!

#8 Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf

Fathers Day Fragrance Viktor Rolf Spicebomb Aftershave

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Eau de Toilette Spray

Spicebomb is a bit of a cult classic amongst perfume lovers. It pairs hot, electric spices (pepper and cinnamon) with a rather butch blend of tobacco and leather. One expects an explosive rendition of spice, but the shock wave here is the fact that Spicebomb is actually quite soft and cosy. This is a modern interpretation of the classic amber fragrance that has spice to liven and a gourmand edge (that sweet, vanillic tobacco accord) to soften. Is it a bomb? It’s probably too pleasant to be classified as something explosive and destructive, but is it a damn good fragrance? Absolutely!

#9 Light Blue by D&G

Fathers Day Fragrance D&G Light Blue Aftershave

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme Eau de Toilette Spray

The duo of Light Blue fragrances are the most iconic in the D&G line up, and Light Blue Pour Homme has been gracing the necks of many men since 2007. This is a fragrance that straddles genres – it is aquatic, herbal, and cologne, all in one package. Spraying on Light Blue Pour Homme is a cleansing experience – it makes one smell fresh, clean and suave, and thanks to its ozonic musks, it projects quite far, letting others bask in your shower-fresh aura. Perfect for the man who just wants to smell good.

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