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CONTEST: Win Baldessarini Cologne!!

Time for another contest and this time we’re giving away two 2.5 ounce unopened bottles of Baldessarini cologne, each retailing at $40!!


Baldessarini is the top of the line Hugo Boss fashion range, named after their former long-standing chairman Werner Baldessarini. The notes of this scent are rather fascinating: Bitter Orange, then Green Mint and Douglas Fir, with finally tobacco of all things.


There’s only one way to enter to win one of these exquisite cologne bottles: Leave a comment on this page with your email address and your answer to this: Tell us about the last time you smelled cologne on someone and how/why it was good, bad, tasteless, haphazard, etc. US and Canada residents only, contest ends Monday the 22nd at 6:00pm EST.

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The Legacy of Tabac’s Grooming Products

When it comes to men’s grooming products, every man is on the lookout for quality items that will give him the results that he is looking for, whether it is shaving products or body care. One line of grooming products that has been around since 1959 and is sold from Germany, Estonia, and France is Tabac Original. It is a distinctive line of products with a fragrance that combines spicy notes with exotic wood fragrances and an undertone of floral and musk.


The first product is the Tabac Original Eau de Cologne. It takes the original scent and puts it in a spray cologne that will keep you feeling like you just stepped out of the shower all day long and the distinctively masculine scent will draw others close. I love the bottling as well, pretty straight forward compared to a lot of the silly boxy designs out there.


Next, is the Tabac Original Deodorant Stick. It will give you 24 hour protection from wetness and odor, as well as the familiar fragrance that will blend well with any of Tabac’s other grooming products. Note that the smell is really only a hint so no worries about coming off as overcompensating! Everyone needs a great deodorant, so why not make it something special?


Lastly, is the Tabac Original Shaving Soap. Shaving is brought to the next level with a great shaving soap. This particular one will soften your whiskers in preparation for the shave, as well as leaving your skin moisturized and soft with the same original fragrance. It is a fantastic product for every man because even bearded guys will have to shave around their beards to keep things neat. Best part? The soap you don’t use, i.e. the remaining bar, dries fairly quickly after brushing off your daily amount.

These grooming products by Tabac have been loved by men all over the world for the last 55 years, not only for the quality and original scent, but also for the fantastic price.

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Men’s Fashion Advice – Keep Up With Scents and Fragrances

I have a suspicion that I am like many other men that once we find a fragrance we like we tend to stick with it and buy it continuously until we either receive an alternative as a gift or our scent is discontinued and we have to hunt down our new Eau de Toilette or Eau de Parfum!


This year I have been a huge fan of the Tom Ford for Men Eau de Toilette – I needed something for a wedding and was wandering lost around a department store until a helpful assistant pointed me in the direction of this spicy scent. Tom Ford for Men is a rich and exotic Eau de Toilette and I love the hint of black pepper which makes it a warm fragrance and one that is ideal for these winter months.


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Men’s Fashion Review – Hugo Boss Bottled Night

A reworking of the previous Hugo Boss cologne, Hugo Boss Night, takes an entirely different direction in fragrance. It is a woody/earthy scent that has a mix of birch leaves, cardamom, louro amarelo wood, lavender, amaretto, African violet, and musk. The spicy combination with a slight floral allure is intended to convey a greater scene of masculinity and, perhaps, more provocativeness.

The men’s fragrance, which is packaged in a sleek dark blue bottle, has a great presentation and is available in an Eau De Toilette spray, shave balm, shower gel, and a deodorant stick or spray. Hugo Boss Night is listed with the other Hugo Boss products for $50-$65 for the spray cologne, though some less konwn purveyors may have some of the other products listed for sale at a lower price.


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Men’s Fashion Review – Lacoste 2012 Summer Edition Eau de Toilette

Lacoste, more commonly known for its sportswear, is a French clothing company that was established in 1933 and it is a brand where you will find high-end clothing, accessories, footwear, watches, eye-wear, and fragrance. This year, with all the excitement of the Summer Olympics, Lacoste released a limited edition to their most popular selling fragrances.

Many people don’t really think about it, but the sense of smell is a huge part of our existence. It plays very important part in the making of memories. Our sense of smell transports us back to pleasant and not so pleasant experiences in our past. Fragrance has a way of also setting a mood or creating an impression. Lacoste’s limited edition fragrance campaign, “Celebrate the Beauty of the Game,” can apply to the 2012 Summer Olympics, as well as to life in general.


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Musings on Men’s Fashion – Review of Strange Invisible’s Peloponnesian

Some men refuse to use cologne – I for one embrace it. The practice strikes me as a no-brainer: could I smell like something exotic and sophisticated, or fall back on my normal extra-sweaty musk? Derrp. Now of course some colognes suit some men better than others and, in general, I find that floral-based parfum usually makes my nose cringe. So when I received a sample of Peloponnesian by Strange Invisible, I was curious to try it out, but hesitant to believe it would work for me.
Strange Invisible’s website describes the cologne as “comprised of organic, wildcrafted, biodynamic, and hydro-distilled essences set in a base of 100% organic, beverage-grade grape alcohol.” I guess its organic nature and the full disclosure of how its made might be a selling point for some, but I frankly don’t care too much about the chemistry or the accompanying copy. Instead, I’m looking to talk about its notes.

The base notes are orange and lime, which do no jive with my sense of smell at all. The orange’s just too pungent and the bitter quality of the lime further stirs my nostrils. After an hour or so, the middle notes kick in, featuring mountain sage honey. This I liked, but unfortunately the sweet scent faded quickly. I didn’t really pick up any signs of the purported end note, “sea water breeze.” Shrugs.

I guess I can’t recommend Peloponnesian in good faith. I do, however, recommend you try it out for yourself at Sephora or your local perfume store.

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