Smelling Good At “A” Sniff Of The Price


Every self-respecting men should use a great cologne or aftershave, but as you know a great cologne or aftershave costs a lot of money, so smelling good every day comes at a great cost, a couple of weeks ago my friend told me how he had some Givenchy Eau De Toilette given to him as a Christmas present, he had used it nearly every day over January, sure enough it didn’t last and at nearly £50 a bottle it’s not cheap, he was thinking of getting another bottle, I said if he carried using it like he was he would spend over £600 just on cologne for the year, he said he didn’t trust cheap slap on smell’s, I said if your savvy enough you can get a every day cologne or aftershave at a good price that does smell good, then keep his Givenchy for going out or special occasions, he asked me to prove this, lets just say it was not as easy as I thought.

As you know you can’t smell things on the web, so I had to hit the shops god I ended up smelling like a puffs bathroom, what I went looking for was some thing that was a cologne or Eau De Toilette as the oil content would be stronger, I wanted some thing that was a every day splash on, not too strong but masculine, I set a budget of just £5.00 a bottle as this was coming out of my arse pocket, I ended up hitting boots , pound stretcher, home bargains, and other budget stores, the choices are amazing and lets just say there are loads of crap out there, after going through 12 different bottle of various men’s fragrances, I chose four and each of these comes with a body spray too.

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The first one to past muster was Jovan Musk 1973 cologne, I chose this due to its unique masculine scent, it has a lively but fresh smell of lime, pepper, carnation, mixed with amber also exotic spices  finally to give it a true masculine smell its finished with of woods & musk, when I first put it on I was not loving it, the smell soon died down that’s where the musk took over, it soon worked with my own body giving hints of a masculine scent through the day, I did get some complements from the girls, this is not my cup of tea but I would use it as a every fragrance without a problem, to me it smells more like a bar of soap so you smell fresh and that’s what you want at the end of the day, the cost for this beast is a cool £5.50 yes I went 50p over budget, the other good thing you can get it in a body spray ideal to carry on a day out.

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The next one to pass muster was Playboy London Eau De Toilette, yes the stud master label is back, this was launched in 2011, it has hints a truly refined spicy scent with great fresh notes to add depth to its personality, the top notes are galbanum, mandarin and grapefruit, the heart notes are rose, cinnamon and toscanol. And the bottom notes are cedar wood, tonka bean and Pisco brandy, I wore this to an interview I was conducting about a fashion release, the fashion designer complemented me on the scent, it does not last all day but it still lingers a little that keeps you fresh. I would keep this more for just hitting the shops or going for a coffee, the cost was £4.50 not bad hey.

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This next little number from the 1990s was my date night fragrance, yes it’s nearly 20-year-old but it’s still fresh and woody, Rapport blends precious woods such as patchouli, sandalwood and cedar with warm musk, green notes and a hint of citrus, the good thing is it lasted all day, I bumped into an old school friend he said you’re not still using Rapport Bob, its great for a casual fragrance even if your just going down to the pub, the cost was only £5.00 it came in a toiletry pack that include a can of spray double the sexiest.

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The finale entry comes from Next apparel, Next bring out new fragrances every year that are very masculine and fresh, the quality of their fragrances are vastly understated, when I go on holiday I all way buy a cheap small bottle to carry in my luggage, the prices range from £10.00 yes it double the price, I did try to keep to my budget, the Signature Gold eau de toilette is one of their best. its  rich and confident blend of decadent spices, golden woods and molten black amber, great to be worn on  beach or just chilling out at a bar in the afternoon.

so can you get great mens fragrances at reasonable prices, yes you can its just about shopping around having a sniff then taking a couple of minutes to take in the fragrance. then if you like what you smell buy it

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

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Ted`s Grooming Room


If you’re in London this year on business or pleasure, you need to pay a visit Ted Baker`s ted`s grooming room, In 2010 Ray Kelvin became inspired to create a great shaving experience for men so he opened up Ted`s grooming room, in his quest for the perfect shave, Ted discovered the ancient crafts and techniques of the Ottoman Empire’s master barbers. Applying their secrets and know-how, Ted has recreated this invigorating experience in London town.

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Ted’s Grooming Room is the perfect destination for sharp haircuts, smooth hot towel shaves and other treatments. Plus, you can now take advantage of an appointment-only service in Ted’s Ottoman Lounge as well as shop our range of bespoke grooming products.

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http://www.tedsgroomingroom.com

You can find Ted’s Grooming Room in eight London locations (Cheapside, Fitzrovia, Holborn, Mayfair, Marylebone, Covent Garden and Soho) and Ted’s Ottoman Lounge exclusively in Holborn. After all, Ted knows plenty of gents who liked things trim and proper.

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CUT A LONG STORY SHORT

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NO ORDINARY DESIGNER STUBBLE

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THE FULL ‘TED’ SERVICE

LOCATIONS

TED BAKER & FRIENDS

120 Cheapside, St Pauls,
EC2V 7JB
Tel: 020 7367 9932

DOORS OPEN

Mon – Fri 9:00am – 6:30pm
Sat 10:00am – 6:00pm

TED’S GROOMING ROOM

31 Theobalds Road, Holborn,
WC1X 8SP
Tel: 020 7831 6463

DOORS OPEN

Mon – Sat 9:00am – 6:30pm

Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm

TED’S GROOMING ROOM

82 Mortimer Street,
W1W 7FE
Tel: 020 7637 5122

DOORS OPEN

Mon – Sat 9:00am – 6:30pm

Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm

TED’S GROOMING ROOM

33 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden,
WC2B 5AA
Tel: 020 7242 4070

DOORS OPEN

Mon – Sat 9:00am – 6:30pm

Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm

TED’S GROOMING ROOM

5 Avery Row, Mayfair,
W1K 4AL
Tel: 020 7629 3519

DOORS OPEN

Mon – Sat 9:00am – 6:30pm

Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm

TED’S GROOMING ROOM

20 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia,
W1T 2NA
Tel: 020 7631 4463

DOORS OPEN

Mon – Sat 9:00am – 6:30pm

Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm

TED’S GROOMING ROOM

11 Duke Street, Marylebone
W1U 3EG
Tel: 020 7486 7732

DOORS OPEN

Mon – Sat 9:00am – 6:30pm

Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm

TED’S GROOMING ROOM

42 Berwick Street, Soho
W1F 8RZ
Tel: 020 7287 3606

DOORS OPEN

Mon – Sat 9:00am – 6:30pm

Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm

THE OTTOMAN LOUNGE

31 Theobalds Road, Holborn,
WC1X 8SP
Tel: 020 7831 6463

DOORS OPEN

Mon – Sat 9:00am – 6:30pm

Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm

There is something special about having a proper cut throat shave, male grooming is becoming very fashionable so if you are in London take five minutes & take some you time it’s not every day you’re in London,

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Bluebeards Revenge


About 6 months ago a friend sent me a link, It was about a company called Bluebeards Revenge, at first l thought it was a new Johnny Depp pirate film, it turned out to be a shaving company,  I logged on to their website & was blown away, Bluebeards revenge is very unique they only sell their own brand of shaving products, they sell razors, shaving creams, Eau De Toilette,after shave balms and other mens grooming products, they also give you information on how to shave, which can be helpful when your new to shaving, what caught my attention they claimed their shaving cream which contains decelerine, reduced facial growth, so for some one who looks like desperate Dan it’s ideal.

Bluebeards revenge polished chrome bowl

Bluebeards revenge polished chrome bowl

http://www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk

So l went through their site seeing what they suggested, I ended up ordering 1 bottle of shaving oil, 1 Tub of luxury super shaving cream, 1 Tub of post shave balm, 1 bottle of Eau De Toilette, also just because l liked the look of them, l order their shaving bowl & shaving brush, The total came to £80.00 not cheap but not expensive also.

Bluebeards Revenge Luxury shaving cream

Bluebeards Revenge luxury shaving cream

http://www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk

The order arrived with in 24 hours all boxed in great packaging, it was like Christmas but for me, the shaving cream comes in a class jar with a metal lid, to me packaging is key to a product,  if it comes in great packaging its got to be good, when l opened the Jar it smelt good l wanted to eat it, the shaving bowl was amazing, polished chrome with their logo which is laser etched on it,   l didn’t think much of their shaving brush but l did buy the cheap one,

Bluebeards revenge post shave balm

Bluebeards revenge post shave balm

http://www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk

After reading their site on how to use their shaving products l was ready, first l mixed my luxury shaving cream, it stated run your brush under a warm tap & shake the excess water off, then dip your brush just light into the jar, about a peas size is all you need, you then have to whip it up to a fine cream, l washed my face in hot water to open my pores, I then popped a wet flannel in the microwave, for 30 seconds hey presto hot towel, I put it on my face for 30 seconds, what you have to understand facial hair is very corse, it’s like wire wool, so the more you soak it the less corse it is, I then applied the shaving oil into my hands, I worked it into my face in a circular motion, this again helps a smooth shave, l then applied the luxury shaving cream, l used the shaving brush in a circular motion to lift the hairs on my face, the razor l chose was scimitar a double edge razor, I started off working with the grain,simply use the razor like a sieve small light strokes, don’t press on if you do you will cut & nick your self, after every couple of strokes l rinsed the excess cream off , once l finished l gave my face a second covering, then worked against the grain, this way you are guaranteed a close shave all over, I then rinsed my face in cold water to close the pores on my face, I then patted face dry, I then applied the face Balm , this l didn’t find to be good, it’s ok but l like thicker cream, the Bluebeard balm smells good but could be thicker, remember when your shaving your stripping your skin, so you need to replace the oils you take out, basically it’s face food, I then applied the Eau De toilette, very refreshing but masculine with hints of jasmine & vanilla.

Bluebeards revenge Eau De Toilette

Bluebeards Revenge Eau De Toilette

http://www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk

I would give Bluebeard revenge a 8 out of ten over all, l will admit after a week using Bluebeards Revenge my facial growth wasn’t as dark at the end of the day.

BE BOLD BE PROUD

By

Bob Redfern