Compagnie de Provence Graffiti savon liquide de Marseille;
The likes of Paco Rabanne Pour Homme or, more infamously, Brut by Fabergé have not aged well, not least because our tastes have evolved to embrace more androgynous and fresher scents. “The accord started to rely on huge blasts of nitro-musks,” says lauded Professeur de Parfums Roja Dove. “They lacked refinement with their powdery, blunt, animalic sensuality. Stereotypically, the accord was best suited to a truck-drivers cabin.”
But not all fougère’s should be judged by the questionable standards of those erstwhile ‘classics’. The fougère evolved over the 80s and trailblazers like Davidoff’s Cool Water and Creed’s Green Irish Tweed became “responsible for bringing freshness back into masculine perfumery, but without resorting to overt citrus harmonies,” he adds. “Suddenly, fresh complex scents were in vogue once more with better quality materials than had been used in years.”
Consider it a bonus that the products the formulas are on a par with the boutique brand’s award-winning product design. Mix and match products from the eight-strong collection depending on your skin’s needs which, as any magnifying mirror will testify, can change on a daily basis. Slap on the hero product, La Crème de L’Homme, an anti-oxidant rich anti-ageing cream with a mineral sunscreen, and follow with a concentrated booster designed to either plump, brighten, balance or simply invigorate.
No new year – and certainly no January blog post – comes without the prospect of creating a new you. In our hasty desire to wipe the proverbial slate clean, we’ve been bombarded with countless ways to repair the damage of the holiday season. Rather than sandblast our organs clean with faddy detox plans, we’re giving our digestive system a bit of a helping hand with a range of enzyme-based supplements from new brand on the block, Atone.
Celebrate pre-Photoshop graphic design by attending the forthcoming exhibition in honour of renowned illustrator René Grau, the man responsible for some of the most enduring fashion and beauty images of the last century (and whose surname we have no idea how to pronounce. Anyone?).
Darling of the haute couture world, he was employed by Givenchy, Balmain, Rochas and Lanvin as well as countless glossy magazines… but it was his position as Artistic Director of Advertising for Dior that earned him the most kudos.
At the heart of its 27 ingredients are three different extracts of Centella Asiatica, a healing medicinal plant used in Ayurvedic medicine with reparative, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties (it’s so potent a wound-healer, that tigers instinctively roll themselves in the plant after getting into a scrap, giving Centella it’s more common nickname, Tiger Herb).
For the uninitiated, Jean-Claude Ellena is to fragrance what Mozart is to music. His back catalogue spans some three and a half decades and includes signature scents for Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels , L’Artisan Parfumeur and many others. Most guys with a passing interest in fragrance will probably know his work in the form of the phenomenally successful Terre D’Hermès but, should you want to find out more about the man himself, check out this feature by Hannah Betts for The Times.
Currently the inhouse perfumer for luxury lifestyle brand Hermès, he talks exclusively to The Exfoliator at the launch of his new Hermessence fragrance, Iris Ukiyoé. Read the entire interview- including the odd bit of Franglais – after the jump…
Ren’s four-strong, step-by-step anti-blemish range tackles the three causes of breakouts (excess sebum, build up of dead skin cells and bacteria) with gentle, bioactive formulas that won’t set off a series of side effects. The anti-microbial day fluid and cleanser are great for balancing out problematic skin but it’s the clay mask and night serum which win hands down for reducing redness and lightening pigmented acne scars. They’re no solution for serious cases of hyperpigmentation or scarring but they will sort out that ‘Windolene’ shine in a jiffy.