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Valentine’s Day Gift Giving SOS Guide

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is a national institution. At allbeauty, we’re fairly unanimous in that it’s a nice way to break up the winter doldrums and inject some excitement into what would otherwise be the long slog between Christmas and Easter. 

But, and there is a but, we know that for many people Valentine’s Day can bring with it a fair amount of hair-pulling. The panic shopping that occurs over those 24 hours is a sight to be seen. Ideally from a great distance. If you would rather be shot with an arrow than find yourself desperately trying to rip the price tag off the last bouquet of petrol station flowers, this Gift Giving SOS Guide is for you.


The Newly Besotted

You’re in a new relationship and want to buy your special someone a gift, but don’t know them well enough to narrow down your gift options? We hear you. A gift set may seem like a safe choice, but if chosen well, can be incredibly romantic. Scented shower gels and indulgent lotions can make for an ideal night in for two!

 

For Him

With scents such as Fireside and Whisky and Water, the Noble Isle Warm Cocoon Gift Set is the perfect gift for the new man in your life. Containing three luxury shower gels, he can smell great whether at home, the gym, or staying at your place.

Noble Isle Gift Set
Warm & Spicy Bath and Shower Trio – 3 x 75ml

Our Price: £20.00

 

For Her

Presented in a beautiful gift box, The Ritual of Ayurveda Rebalancing Ceremony Extra Large Gift Set contains four products to balance mind, body and soul. Enriched with sweet almond oil and Indian rose, it offers the ultimate aromatic experience.

Rituals – The Ritual of Ayurveda
Rebalancing Ceremony Extra Large Gift Set
RRP £69.90

Our Price: £62.90


Are We, Aren’t We?

 

If you’re on that awkward middle ground of not knowing whether you’re ‘a thing’ or not, buying Valentine’s gifts can send you into a tailspin.

For Him

Acqua Di Parma
Collezione Barbiere Shaving Cream 125g
RRP £46.00

Our Price: £34.95

For Her

Dior Rouge – Dior Couture Colour
999 Celebrity Red 3.5g
RRP £30.00

Our Price: £27.00


No Gifts This Year…

How many times has this one caught you out? One of you declares that you won’t be buying gifts this year, only to blindside you with something at the last minute. Don’t get caught out this Valentine’s Day, have a little something on standby. The best part? These gifts won’t cost the earth and can easily be gifted later in the year on the off chance your other half stays true to their declaration.

 

For Him

Keep it simple with this beautifully presented set of toiletries by Rituals. The Ritual of Samurai Invigorating Medium Gift Set includes everything he needs to look and smell fabulous for a weekend away, so you could even pair it with the promise of a city break if he really pushes the boat out on your surprise gift this Valentine’s.
Rituals – The Ritual of Samurai
Invigorating Ritual Medium Gift Set
RRP £29.90

Our Price: £26.90

 

For Her

From french beauty giant L’Occitane comes the Collection Voyage, including travel-sized versions of eight of their top-selling products. Rich in ingredients such as shea butter and almond oil, you can buy this with confidence that whatever her skin type, it will be well received.

L’Occitane GIfts
Collection Voyage
RRP £24.00

Our Price: £21.60


Time To Up The Ante

Are you ready to push the boat out on a luxury gift this Valentine’s Day? There’s no better way to say “I Love You” than with the perfect fragrance. But how do you choose from the thousands of options available? While buying a tried and true favourite is a safe option, why not surprise your significant other with one of these top picks?

 

For Him

Winner of a Cosmopolitan Beauty Award, Fragrance Foundation Award and GQ Grooming Award, Tom Ford Fabulous Eau de Parfum is an ideal gift for the discerning gent. Combining the deep scent of leather with notes of lavender, vanilla and almond, this fragrance is sure to be a new favourite.
Tom Ford Fabulous
Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml
RRP £218.00

Our Price: £185.30

For Her

Designed for the strong, contemporary woman, Yves Saint Laurent Libre Eau de Parfum is a feast for the senses. From its couture bottle to its effortless combination of floral, aromatic and citrus, it’s no surprise that this perfume has gained a cult following. 

Yves Saint Laurent
Libre Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml
RRP £78.00

Our Price: £66.00


To shop all of our incredible Valentine’s Day gifts, visit allbeauty.com or click the image below.  Happy Valentine’s Day, love allbeauty!

Fragrance Gifts Made Easy

The temperature has hit single digits and tinsel is donning supermarket shelves, which can only mean one thing – it’s time to start your Christmas shopping. 

When it comes to buying gifts for our nearest and dearest, there are always some people who are extra tricky to buy for, but nothing beats the feeling of finding that perfect gift. Fragrance can be particularly hard to get right, but there’s no need to panic this festive season. Grab your beverage of choice and sit back as we walk you through these perfect pairings. Trust us, they’ll be the gifts you can’t wait to give. 


The Lovebirds

Whether for a pair of newlyweds or a gift for your loved one that you’ll benefit from too (why shouldn’t you spoil yourself?!), Armani’s ‘With You’ collection offers the ideal pairing. The combination of masculine, Stronger With You, pairs perfectly with the feminine In Love With You. For the ultimate ‘his and hers’ gift this Christmas, Armani has you covered.

Available individually or as gift sets, shop the range.


The Contemporary Woman

Described by some as “a light breath of fresh air”, Yves Saint Laurent Libre embodies freedom, strength and sensuality. With notes of lavender, orange blossom and jasmine, this scent is the perfect everyday fragrance to empower and embolden.

Available in 30ml, 50ml, 90ml and Limited Edition gift packs, shop the range. 


The Rocker

The epitome of glam-rock, YSL Black Opium is a sweet, dark fragrance for the wild and rebellious woman in your life. Aromatic notes of coffee, vanilla and pink pepper create a warming bouquet that is sure to turn heads for all the right reasons.

Available in 30ml, 50ml, 90ml and 150ml, shop the range.


The Dreamer

Struggling to find the perfect gift for the woman in your life that dares to dream? Lancôme Idôle may just be the perfect gift for a strong empowered woman. With notes of pear, rose and white musk, this fragrance is clean and sophisticated – “Because there is an idol in every woman, and because every woman is an idol”

Available in 25ml, 50ml and 75ml, shop the range.


The Young and Young At Heart

A light, warm scent that combines vanilla with blackcurrant and pear, Lancôme Le Vie Est Belle is ideal for women who value the beauty in simplicity. A versatile fragrance that manages to be both effortlessly simple and deep in complexity, this would be equally well suited to a collegiate niece or world-traversing aunt.

Available in a range of sizes and gift packs, shop the range.


The Lad

Designed for the strong, graceful and creative, Only The Brave by Diesel makes buying for the special young man in your life a breeze. Combining citrus top notes of lemon and mandarin with woody cedar, violet and coriander, this fresh scent sits on the right side of mature. 

Available in a range of sizes and gift sets, shop the range.


The Gentleman

Often the hardest group to buy for, Ralph Lauren Polo Red Rush makes it easy to shop for the father figure or significant other in your life. Fruity notes of lemon, red apple and orange flower sit atop musk and cedarwood to create a warm, fresh and balanced scent that compliments any discerning gent. 

Available in 75ml, 125ml and 200ml bottles, shop the range.


The Timeless Woman

An iconic feminine fragrance, award-winning Ralph Lauren, Woman makes a wonderful gift for the elegant woman in your life. Rhubarb, orange blossom and tuberose counterbalance hazelnut and sandalwood to make this effortlessly glamorous scent.

Available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles, shop the range. 

 

Whoever you’re buying for this Christmas, rest assured that allbeauty is here to make finding the perfect gift easy. 

 

Behind The Scenes Of One Of Prada’s Most Iconic Fragrances

If you love fragrance, you’ll already know that Prada is a giant in the perfume industry, bringing delicately balanced creations from their Italian perfumery into homes around the world. Effortlessly wearable and with an unmistakable aura of luxury, Prada offers the ultimate adventure for the senses. 

We thought this would be a great opportunity to take you behind the scenes of one of Prada’s most acclaimed perfumes, Prada Luna Rossa Carbon. 


The Prada Touch 

From the runaway success of L’Homme Prada to the cult following of Prada Candy, the Prada brand has been synonymous with luxury since the establishment of their fashion house in 1913. 

From beginnings rooted firmly in women’s fashion, Prada has expanded into designer footwear, leather bags, art, architecture and of course, perfume. 

Their ability to transcend the trendy and reinterpret the status quo has resulted in a global brand which focuses on quality over quantity. Prada Luna Rossa Carbon is another in Prada’s long line of iconic additions to the world of fashion and beauty, here’s everything you need to know. 


Prada Luna Rossa, When Substance Matters 

The official fragrance of the America’s Cup, Prada Luna Rossa was inspired by CEO Patrizio Bertelli’s love of sailing. In fact, so passionate about sailing is Mr Bertelli that in 1997 ‘Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team’ entered the race for the America’s Cup and in 2017 it was announced that Prada will be the hosting sponsor of the 2021 America’s Cup event held in New Zealand. 

Unsurprisingly, the classic Prada Luna Rossa fragrance is inspired by all things nautical, from sailing boats to marine flora. Since the release of the first Prada Luna Rossa fragrance in 2012, there have been a handful of further interpretations of the scent, each with a different 

twist. While each of the award-winning Prada Luna Rossa range is unique, they are all connected by their fresh, organic, sensual subtlety. 

The classic Prada Luna Rossa has top notes of lavender and bitter orange, while ‘Prada Luna Rossa Sport’ is a warmer variant including ginger and juniper. ‘Prada Luna Rossa Blackoffers a heavier fragrance with amber and bergamot, while ‘Prada Luna Rossa Carbon’ sets itself apart for introducing a more engineered, high-tech element to the scent. 

Having quickly garnered a global following, Prada Luna Rossa Carbon has become a best-selling fragrance and is a firm allbeauty favourite. 


Prada Luna Rossa Carbon – Your New Signature Scent? 

Intrigued by the newest Prada Luna Rossa fragrance? Here’s everything you need to know to decide if it’s the perfect signature scent for you (spoiler alert: it probably is. 

Prada Luna Rossa Carbon has a complex list of notes which combine to create a fougère fragrance which is spicy and aromatic. The notes which are most pronounced are ambroxan, lavender and metal – which dry down to a light, refreshing scent that is equally reminiscent of nature and industry. 

Top Notes: Bergamot, Pepper

Mid Notes: Lavender, Soil, Water, Metal, Coal

Base Notes: Patchouli, Ambroxan 

Unlike many other masculine fragrances which fall squarely into either formal or casual, Prada Luna Rossa Carbon is serious enough for business but light enough for pleasure. It’s a fragrance guaranteed to send compliments in your direction. 

Prada’s Luna Rossa Carbon has rightly earned its place as a prestige fragrance, appealing to men from all walks of life. It’s refined, modern take on classic perfumery makes it an incredibly versatile fragrance, capable of taking you from the boardroom to Sunday brunch, and everywhere in between. 

Prada Luna Rossa Carbon is available in 50ml and 150ml bottles.

Shop the full Prada Luna Rossa range HERE. 

INTRODUCING BOSS THE SCENT ABSOLUTE

MAGNETIC. DARING. SENSORIAL. UNEXPECTED.

Push the senses to the next level with BOSS THE SCENT Absolute: two new, intensely seductive
fragrances For Him and For Her, darker, richer interpretations of the original scents. The story
of #AugmentedSensuality continues as BOSS Parfums introduces the next phase of the sensorial
journey. 


A LEGACY OF SEDUCTION

The 2018 campaign of BOSS Parfums illustrated the transcendental power of BOSS THE SCENT
in the digital age. Surpassing borders and igniting our deepest desire to disconnect from our
online lives and connect once again in the real world. In this new chapter of the
#AugmentedSensuality journey, “The Passion”, our duo push their relationship one step further
by challenging their senses to go deeper and live an absolute night.


THE SENSES AT NIGHT

In this fast-paced world full of distractions, we seek stronger connections. Memorable. Lasting.
Sensorial. As night falls, it brings more daring, unexpected ways for us to fully explore our
senses. Heightened by the intrigue of dusk, the next chapter of #AugmentedSensuality unfolds.
Under the cloak of darkness, they experiment with new, stimulating sensations, reaching a new
level together.


NEXT LEVEL SENSATIONS

Reprising their roles, Jamie Dornan and Birgit Kos come together again as the BOSS man and
woman.  Tonight is the night to discover and explore. To challenge each other, experimenting
with new sensations to feel something new. Together.  More intimate, magnetic and seductive. Pushing all their senses to the excess for a night of absoluteness, they play with light and music, whispering to each other, the sound of
ice crackling, sending a shooting tingling up their spines. With a caress of the hand and a stroke
of the hair, the thrill of each other’s presence becomes electric. The warmth of the other, the
anticipation of getting closer, magnified by the sound of their voices and the smell of each
other’s scents.


BOSS THE SCENT ABSOLUTE: FOR HIM AND FOR HER

Crafted by perfumer Bruno Jovanovic, BOSS THE SCENT Absolute For Him opens with a spicy
Ginger freshness that meets with the aphrodisiac heart notes of Mondia root and Maninka fruit,
while a deeply masculine and ruggedly coarse Vetiver shines at the base. The most sensual
expedition for BOSS THE SCENT so far, the dark amber juice is housed within a dark taupe flacon
and finished with a dark metallic cap.

Crafted by perfumer Louise Turner, BOSS THE SCENT Absolute For Her opens with a creamy
Honeyed Peach note, which cuts through the warming heart of roasted Coffee. In the base, a
smooth and feminine Vanilla envelops the more masculine Vetiver to create a magnetic
addiction. More mysterious and darker than its original counterpoint, this rich and intense
interpretation offers a level of absoluteness. An extreme. The scent is presented in a glass
flacon featuring a dark plum gradient and finished with a dark bronze cap.
#AugmentedSensuality #BOSSTheScent


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The Cuddle Up

Discover Your New Scent This Autumn

Is there any season more wonderful than Autumn? Cold wind tousling hair and scarves, the crunch of leaves under chunky boots, evenings on the sofa with a glass of Merlot – it’s the beginning of the snuggliest season. 

As the evenings draw in, we’ll spend more time indoors, more time wearing woolly layers. Suddenly those floaty scents of summer will begin to jar with the autumnal atmosphere. Over the next few months, we’ll be spending more time getting cosy and snuggling up with the ones we love, so what better time to invest in a signature Autumn scent?

If you need inspiration, we’re here to guide your sense with our five top-rated fragrances for both men and women.

Autumn Perfumes for Women

  1. Ombre Leather by Tom Ford 100ml
Our Price £97.75 You save £17.25 (15%) off RRP

 

The most popular of our cool-weather ladies fragrances, Ombre Leather has top notes of cardamom, with mid notes of leather and jasmine sambac.

This is a deep, warm perfume which will be a firm favourite through Autumn and Winter. 

 

 

  1. Miss Dior by Dior 150ml
Our Price £127.80
You save £14.20 (10%) off RRP

A scent that bridges summer and Autumn perfectly, Miss Dior by Dior combines top

notes of Italian mandarin with the heady fragrances of Egyptian jasmine, rose and patchouli.

 

Miss Dior is one of those rare breeds of perfume that has stood the test of time.

 

 

  1. La Panthere by Cartier 50ml

    Our Price £43.50
    You save £44.50 (51%) off RRP

A sensual floral, La Panthere by Cartier is a diverse scent that will take you effortlessly from day to evening.

With notes including gardenia, rhubarb, dried fruit and musk, you’re sure to be impressed with this bouquet.

 

 

  1. Sexy Ruby by Michael Kors 50ml
Our Price £29.95 You save £40.05 (57%) off RRP

An autumnal perfume for those who prefer a fruity fragrance, Sexy Ruby by Michael Kors has main notes of raspberry, apricot and rose.

The base note is cashmere wood, which provides a deeper complexity to the overall scent.

 

 

 

  1. Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria by Guerlain 125ml
Our Price £35.95

A spicy citrus, Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria by Guerlain has top notes of bergamot and petitgrain (the leaves of a bitter orange plant),  with ginger and cardamom mid-notes and a woody, white musk base. 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Perfumes for Men

  1. Oud Wood by Tom Ford

    Our Price £138.70
    You save £23.30 (14%) off RRP

From the Private Blend Collection, Oud Wood by Tom Ford is our top-rated men’s fragrance for Autumn. 

The notes of oud and Brazilian rosewood are joined by sandalwood, cardamom, Sichuan pepper, and vanilla, to create a heavenly combination for cold days.

 

 

  1. He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood by Dsquared2

    Our Price £39.95
    You save £28.05 (41%) off RRP

Inspired by the Canadian Rockies, He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood by Dsquared2 is a fragrance that will see you through Autumn, Winter, and even Spring.

With notes of violet, cedar, vetiver and pepper, this is an excellent choice for a signature scent.

 

 

  1. Only The Brave Extreme by Diesel

    Our Price £52.00
    You save £13.00 (20%)

An oriental woody fragrance, Only The Brave Extreme by Diesel is an ideal option for men who prefer to avoid the heavier musks.

Notes of apple, lemon and mandarin orange bring a fruity zest, which is balanced with leather, rose and tonka bean.

 

 

  1. Invictus Legend by Paco Rabanne

    Our Price £63.30
    You save £10.70 (14%) off RRP

For a fragrance that can take you from the waters of the Mediterranean to the ski fields of the Alps, look no further than Invictus Legend by Paco Rabanne. Fresh notes of sea salt, grapefruit and the ocean are juxtaposed with bay leaf, amber and wood.

 

 

 

  1. Eros Flame by Versace

    Our Price £55.25
    You save £9.75 (15%) off RRP

This strong scent is one of contrasts, with citrus, wood, spices and amber all coming into play.

The main notes are mandarin orange, vanilla, tonka bean and rosemary, although black pepper, rose, geranium, lemon, sandalwood and cedar all get a mention too.

 

 


With a vast range of perfumes available at allbeauty, it’s safe to say that your signature scent is only a few clicks away. So, what will you be wearing this Autumn? 

Everything You Need To Know About Redken Brews

Redken Brews is the next generation range of haircare and grooming just for guys. Here’s everything you need to know…

What is Redken Brews and how does it fit into the Redken family? Read on to find out, and shop the range online at allbeautyPLUS WIN A SET OF REDKEN BREWS! SEE THE END OF THIS POST TO ENTER

redken brewsBrand new in the UK for March 2018, Redken Brews is the exciting upgrade to the Redken for Men haircare range. With a new look, and new additions to the Redken for Men family, this is next generation haircare and grooming for guys. Inspired by NYC barbers, the range has been created to keep up with the huge changes in men’s haircare and grooming.

So what’s changed?

Well nothing and everything! For starters, Redken Brews has a fantastic look inspired by quality beer bottles. All Redken men’s products are now part of the range and move to this fabulous new look. In addition, all the hair cleansing formulations now include malt which deeply nourishes and conditions the hair – sorry to tell you though, you can’t actually drink it!

Redken Brews skincare is now A Thing

The guys at Redken have introduced 2 new skincare products just for men, that compliment the range: Shave Cream and Beard and Skin Oil. With so much evolution in men’s haircare and grooming over the past few years, it was only natural for Redken Brews to include skincare.

Fan of Redken styling for men?

Don’t worry, Redken has kept all your favourites, just moved them to the fab new packaging. Plus, there are 2 new pomades: Wax and Clay, there’s even a hairspray for men. Some names have changed, so if you’re looking for Redken Go Clean, this is now Daily Shampoo. And Mint Clean is now Mint Shampoo. There is one discontinuation: Clean Spice 2 in 1 has been replaced with a much improved 3-in-1 formula that’s shampoo, conditioner and body wash in one – the ideal multitasker for men!

COMPETITION

redken brewsYou can shop Redken Brews online in the UK at allbeauty.

Stay tuned to our social channels and the allbeauty blog, for a fabulous giveaway and reviews of the range.

Christmas Gifts For Him – What To Buy

From Teens to Grandpa: our Christmas gifts for him have everyone covered.

Most of us find this a difficult task; buying Christmas gifts for him that aren’t socks, quirky gadgets or vouchers. That’s where we come in! We’ve made it easy with our affordable gift ideas for the men in your life. And remember, you can even have your order gift wrapped by the allbeauty Elves, just choose the option at checkout.

Christmas Gifts For Him

Take Good Care of Yourself

For the gym-goer, the man who travels or guys who groom, a skincare set makes a great gift.  Elemis The Super Man contains facial wash, moisturiser and body wash, and is great for keeping skin happy (especially for men 30+ ). Or you could plump for a set that comes with a washbag for an added bonus. Gift it alone or team it with the latest book from an Insta fitness guru. You can take a look at our men’s skincare sets here.

 

The Fragrance

It’s a traditional present but such a great one. Here’s your chance to give a statement gift or a mini treat, and one that will last well into New Year. Finding one fragrance to suit most people should be impossible, but not when you have Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Homme! We’ve never met anyone who didn’t love it; warm and woody with fresh lavender notes and a base of sandalwood and cedar, L’Eau D’Issey oozes class, sophistication and quality. If you’ve no clue but you do want a quality scent, this is it. Check the full range too because it’s also available in gift sets. Fragrance doesn’t have to be expensive though, and for a budget option or mini gift you could look for a 30ml  travel size or choose from 1000+ lines at allbeauty – check the full range of men’s aftershave here.

The Hairbear Bunch

For guys who love their haircare, there’s a world of products to explore, from styling to gifts and sets. For a gift under £10,  label.m Matt Paste is your go-to: this ultra-popular styling paste is great for short styles and creates edgy, textured hair. For everyday haircare this salon size duo from experts TIGI cleanses and helps repair damage. Plus the large salon size means they’re unlikely to run out anytime soon, ideal for those living away such as Uni students. Team it with sci-fi socks and a great book.

Keep It Clean

Bath and body gifts are always a safe bet, since we really hope everyone showers! Christmas is a chance to splash out with a luxury product he wouldn’t normally choose. It’s also a chance to gift something relaxing and ‘me time’. Molton Brown is an excellent starting point and this body wash was created just for men, based around a Thai citrus fruit. Uplifting and relaxing, it’s a super-indulgent change to his usual supermarket brand. Bath and body gift sets can be as fun or as serious as you like. They’re also ideal for the houseproud man (like this handwash duo) or stressed out Dads! Great to gift with with bathrobes, new bedding and home furnishings.

Generation Z (that’s anyone born this century)

Like all of us, younger giftees appreciate luxury. This fragrance set by supercool brand Abercrombie and Fitch is a great choice, with top notes of gin and melon, and base notes of suede, musk and amber. Haircare by TIGI, and grooming by WAHL (we love this trimmer for face, beard and hair) will also go down well. And if they’re struggling with problem skin, a gentle hand in the form of Salcura Antiac, Peter Thomas Roth or Clinique for Men will be appreciated.

The Sports Star / Winter Sun Enthusiast

For the winter sports fan or year-round surfer, there are plenty of gifting options. In addition to that new rash vest or those snazzy goggles, add in some skincare products he can use and enjoy. This SPF50 clear spray from Ultrasun is waterproof and resistant to towel-drying. Or, for the winter sun seeker, an SPF50+ formula will see him through the heat of Asia, Australia and beyond, alongside a coffee table travel guide. For those who like to travel, there are plenty of options at allbeauty, from travel skincare sets to travel scents and even travel haircare. Here are some ideas to start you off.

The Nature Lover

Organic and natural products are hotly in demand but the guys don’t get left out. For the man who appreciates his natural habitat and prefers his products kind to the Earth, Good Day Organics are a great place to start – we love this Sharp Dressed Man travel tin.  For those who work long hours or may struggle to sleep, this Neom Organics Scent To Sleep spray is a must. L’Occitane skincare, bath & body, and Paul Mitchell haircare are also brands to check out.

Have we inspired you with any ideas? We hope so! And don’t miss the allbeauty Christmas shop with plenty more ideas.

Van Cleef & Arpels Tsar Review – Fragrance For Men

Our Van Cleef & Arpels Tsar review looks at this timeless fragrance for men. Who made it, who wears it and what does it smell like??

Claire Head of Social @allbeauty Flowerbomb Review Our Van Cleef and Arpels Tsar review is by Claire, allbeauty Head of Social Media, with honorary guinea pig Peter, Head of Design.
Claire reviews Van Cleef & Arpels Tsar Eau de Toilette 100ml

Van Cleef & Arpels Tsar Review

Confession time: this fragrance has totally slipped under my radar – big thanks to Peter, our Head of Design, for pointing it out to me. Also apologies to Tsar fans out there, collectively tutting… The Tsar fragrance was launched in 1989, so it’s my guess that back in the 90s it was thought a bit too 80s, however at 18 years old I say that makes it a classic.

Created in 1989, Tsar heralds a strong and definitely unmistakable identity.
– Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels are a very high-end French jewelery company, in existence since the late 1800s. Designing pieces for royalty to the rich and famous (and combining both when they created Princess Grace of Monaco’s wedding set), they’re to be found in luxury boutiques around the world.

Inside the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique at 20 Place Vendôme, Paris.

Created by the nose of Philippe Bousseton (who has previously worked with Davidoff), the official notes of Tsar by Van Cleef & Arpels are:

  • Top Notes: Artemisia, Coriander, Lavender, Green Notes, Neroli, Bergamot, Rosemary, Cinnamon
  • Middle Notes: Carnation, Juniper Berries, Tarragon, Orris Root, Jasmine, Caraway, Lily-of-the-valley, Rose, Geranium, Pine Tree
  • Base Notes: Leather, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Amber, Patchouli, Musk, Coconut, Oakmoss, Cedar, Vetiver

In fragrance family terms, Tsar is a Woody Aromatic scent. The packaging? Modelled on the Art Deco period of the Twenties, it’s a weighty emerald green glass, with gold lettering. Think quiet, solid and stylish. Fans of history and architecture will totally appreciate these lines.

Van Cleef & Arpels Tsar Review

But what does it smell like? Two words spring to mind: ‘familiar’ and ‘pine’. Tsar is one of those fragrances you spray and say “oh it smells just like…..” but you can’t quite place it. For me, there are throwbacks to Paco Rabanne Pour Homme of the 90s (in a good way). Fresh, clean, forest scented, with an oaky-mossy base. For a fragrance that isn’t citrus, it’s incredibly clean. Like you’ve soaked in the bath and it’s clean sheet night. In the interests of research, we sprayed it onto Peter to get his opinion and note the dry down. On first spray there was that strong, fresh, pine scent again. However fast forward around an hour and Tsar had changed into an oaky-woody scent (though still remaining fresh). In the interests of honesty, Peter tells us he wasn’t sure about this fragrance when we first spritzed him. It was possibly a little too old and (in his words) “soapy”. But after the dry down, his opinion had done a 180 and Peter is now a fan, hurrah (or should we say huzzah…)

Who should wear this fragrance? Men who like to smell fresh and clean. Older men and those who like more traditional scents. We’re not afraid to use the words ‘retro’ and ‘old school’ here. This is a daytime scent we think, suited for straight after the shower.

If you like this then you’ll also like: Mr Burberry by Burberry

So did I like it? Yes. Would I gift it? Yes, but more likely to someone who preferred their classic old-school fragrances, or who likes to smell clean and fresh without announcing they’re wearing a particular branded scent. To put it simply, if he still hankers after Old Spice and Brut, then Tsar is the sophisticated upgrade!

More importantly, would Peter buy it? Yes, and in fact he did!

You can shop Van Cleef & Arpels Tsar at allbeauty.

Top Men’s Fragrance & Aftershave of The Year 2016

Announcing the top men’s fragrance of the year 2016. The scents he loved to wear, from prestige to designer and celebrity. Plus we reveal the best selling men’s Christmas aftershave.

The top men’s fragrance of the year 2016 is compiled by allbeauty, based on sales throughout the year. 

top mens fragrance

Which top men’s fragrance is your favourite? Any you dislike? Comment below and tell us. Visit allbeauty to shop any of the products shown and don’t forget to tag us in your pics if you’ve recent bought any of these.

Men’s Party Season Hair – Tips & Products

Discover Our Hero Products & Top Tips For Men’s Party Season Hair 2016.

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Men’s Party Season Hair – Keep It Simple

At this time of year we’re all working hard, which often means leaving the office late. Heading from office to party or from gym to party? Look for products that multi-task.

Men's Party Season Hair Paul Mitchell Mitch Double Hitter is a shampoo and conditioner in one, with a fresh, clean scent. It also gives the hair some weight (so no annoying fly-aways) and is perfect if you’re heading straight from work or the gym and need a quick shower!

The conditioning ingredients also detangle and leave a soft, light finish.

Want to gift? Paul Mitchell Mitch Double Hitter is available in various sets and also in a salon size.

No time to shower? Try a dry shampoo such as Label M Texturising Volume Spray to give an instant refresh, plus added volume and texture.

For styling, use a product that can be re-worked. Celebrity Men’s Grooming Expert Diana Schmidtke recommends Paul Mitchell Mitch Clean Cut.
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I like using Mitch Clean Cut because it’s a pliable moldable paste. It allows for movement and what’s great about it is girls will be able to run their hands through your hair all day without it getting sticky or stuck! It’s really easy to reactivate with water so after the gym or after a workout you’ll be able to restyle it before you go out on a date. And it won’t flake or get too sticky.

We also love: Label M Matt Paste & TIGI Bed Head Men Pure Texture Molding Paste.

Men’s Party Season Hair – Style Basics

  • How you style your hair in the morning will set you up for the day. A simple trick for extra hair volume is to tip the hair upside down when blow drying. Or, if you prefer, you can use your fingers to pull the hair upright, whilst aiming the heat at the roots.
  • For even more volume, use a volume mousse on wet hair then blow dry to activate. The volume will last until your next wash. Try Label M Create Volume Mousse.
  • If you have thinning hair, try Paul Mitchell Mitch Construction Paste. This product (for messy/undone hair) contains tiny fibres that add more volume.

Men’s Party Season Hair – Up Your Game

Going to a big event and want glossy, celebrity locks? Celebrity Men’s Grooming Expert Diana Schmidtke recommends Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Shine Spray and here’s why:

If you want to have perfect looking actor hair at your next event then I suggest you pick up some of this… it’s a lightweight spray shine, it’s a product for finishing so you want to use it at the end. For the perfect natural looking healthy hair. It’s not going to ruin your already existing perfect looking style. What it is going to do is add a perfect amount of shine.

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TIP Don’t be afraid to use hairspray, especially if you have longer layers on top. A quick blast will keep your style in place; we love KMS HairStay which adds hold and shine and has a pepper and pomegranate scent (it also easily brushes out).

Men’s Party Season Hair – Application Is Key!

  • As a rule, warm a 5p to 10p sized amount of product in your hands before applying. Ideally, the product should almost disappear before you apply it. That way you get even coverage.
  • Work product into the roots and then up to the tips – it’s super important to get product onto the roots, (especially if it’s a hold product or the hair just won’t stand up!).
  • More is not more! If your product isn’t giving you the hold you want, try something else. Otherwise you’ll just weigh down the hair and make it look greasy.