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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.

Valentine’s Pamper Night – The Ultimate How To

A Valentine’s pamper night? Just what the Love Doctor ordered! Show yourself some love and affection with a girl’s night in. Here’s the allbeauty guide to your best pamper night yet.

A Valentine’s pamper night can be your gift to you – or your gift to a friend. All products noted are available from allbeauty at time of publication.

Valentine's Pamper Night

Must-Haves Optional Must-Not-Haves
Dressing Gown & Slippers
Mood music
Hair masque
Cleanser / makeup remover
Face masks
Bath soak
Shampoo & conditioner
Body exfoliator
Scented body lotion
Face serum / treatment balm
Nail kit
Loungewear
Herbal tea
Body brush
Rose petals
Candles
Wine
Chocolates
Nail oil
Meditation CD
Distractions
Interruptions
Stress 

Valentine's Pamper Night

Valentines Pamper NightShop Candles

Let’s get started! Step one of your Valentine’s pamper night is setting the mood. Make sure the room is warm, if possible dim the lights and lay out some candles. Tealights are great, or you could treat yourself to a statement / relaxation candle. Put your mobile on silent, change into a dressing gown and slippers then switch on your music. We think spa music is perfect but if you prefer something more upbeat we’ve got you covered! Head to our YouTube channel and choose our Relaxing Spa Playlist or our Valentine’s Night In

Valentine's Pamper Night

Take off your makeup and apply a deep cleansing, face mask – we love GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Mask. As a pre-step, you may want to steam your face rather than exfoliate: place a chamomile teabag into hot water, then lean over the steam for a tea-infused, relaxing treatment. Apply a nourishing hair mask (such as Kérastase Chronologiste) and relax for around 10 – 15 minutes while your treatments take effect, then rinse off. At this stage, we like to apply a second, soothing mask to nourish the skin while the pores are sensitive – try Guinot Instant Comfort Mask. Valentines Pamper Night

Valentine's Pamper Night

 valentines pamper night Ahhhh time for a long, deep soak… Add a few rose petals to the bathwater and choose your soak of choice. Try thisworks Energy Bank Bath Oil, a luxury containing natural oils to soften the skin. Fans of bubbles will love L’Occitane Lavande Foaming Bath. While you soak, why not use the time to exfoliate body skin. For decadence, we love The Organic Pharmacy Cleopatra’s Body Scrub, a sugar and salt scrub containing rose petals. Finish off with a quick shower to rinse away dead cells, and wash hair if desired.

Valentine's Pamper Night

 valentines pamper night Out of your bath, it’s time to remove your soothing face mask and apply body lotion. Application straight after a bath is a great idea, as the combination of warm, damp skin will lock in moisture. Why not use your favourite fragrance (we love Gucci Bamboo Body Lotion) or this Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream (don’t forget hands and elbows!). Now you can sit down and apply your favourite face serum and night balm. For a real touch of luxury, apply product with a soft, makeup brush. For us it has to be Decléor Aromessence Rejuvenating Night Balm.

Valentine's Pamper Night

 

 valentines pamper night Now that you’re cleansed, clean and moisturised, you can sit back and get some proper relaxation. Feel free to sip herbal tea, hot water and lemon, or a tipple of your choice (chocolates are totally acceptable at this point). If you’d like to give feet some extra love, soak them in a bowl of warm water with sea salt and a few drops of essential oil while you give your nails some TLC. Rub in a little nail oil (or olive oil) then apply a nourishing base coat such as Mavala Mava-Strong Fortifying and Protective Base Coat 10ml. Why not take this time to try something new, such as a french manicure on your toenails? When nails are done, choose a quick mediation to relax to, or some ASMR. We’ve added some favourites to our Pamper Night Playlist (you’ll need headphones for best enjoyment).

Valentine's Pamper Night

Time to change into comfortable loungewear and open the bubbly (if you haven’t already!), check your phone and fire up Netflix.

If you’re staying in this Valentine’s Day, we hope you make time for some ‘me time’ and have a wonderfully, relaxing night.

PS don’t forget to make sure you have clean sheets on the bed for that ultimate clean sheet experience!

Women’s Fragrance Guide – How To Choose Perfume

How to choose perfume? Discover how to pick the right scent every time. Floral to oriental, for yourself or a friend – our easy guide explains it all.

Knowing how to choose perfume can be tricky. If you’ve ever wondered what the fragrance groups mean, we’re here to help. Plus you can shop all fragrances shown at allbeauty, and save £££ off RRP.

The Secret To Choosing Perfume!
With thousands of perfumes available in-store and online, the choice may seem overwhelming – especially if you’re choosing a gift. Happily, there’s an easy way to get it right most times* The key to choosing perfume is to go by perfume group.

The Main Perfume Groups
There are actually 14 perfume groups to choose from(!), don’t worry, these can be narrowed down to just 6 main groups: Floral, Oriental, Woody, Aromatic, Citrus and Fruity. Most people like fragrances from more than one group. However, the vast majority have one perfume group they particularly like. As long as you pick from this group, it’s hard to go wrong!

If These Scents Appeal… Try This… Or This
Floral Perfume

The easiest fragrance to pick – for anyone who loves the smell of roses, freesias, daisies (in fact any flowers), a floral perfume is the one to choose. There are plenty on offer, so it may be easier to choose by favourite flower e.g. rose or by price, or by brand.

Paul Smith Rose
Eau de Parfum
How To Choose Perfume
Jimmy Choo
Eau de Toilette
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Oriental Perfume

For anyone who prefers heavier scents. Musky cinnamon, spicy fragrance, warm and sugary scents with vanilla. Just one word of warning: unless you’re really sure, choose another group. Oriental fragrances will be too heavy for anyone who’s not a fan.

Calvin Klein Euphoria
Eau de Parfum
how to choose perfume
Estee Lauder Youth Dew
Eau de Parfum
how to choose perfume
Woody Perfume

If a scent with mossy, earthy notes appeals, then a woody fragrance is the one to choose. Think cedarwood, sandalwood and vetiver.

 

 

Chopard Wish
Eau de Parfum
how to choose perfume
Thierry Mugler Alien
Eau de Parfum
how to choose perfume
Aromatic Perfume

Love the scent of grass and herbs (think lavender, rosemary, basil and sage)? Then an aromatic fragrance is a great one to choose.

 

 

Penhaligon’s Lavandula
Eau de Parfumhow to choose perfume
Burberry Brit Rhythm
Eau de Toilette
how to choose perfume
Citrus Perfume
Love the clean, zesty scent of lemon, orange and mandarin? Or not a traditional fragrance fan at all? Then citrus scents are a great choice! Universally popular, they’re fresh and subtle.

 

 

Davidoff Cool Water Woman
Eau de Toilettehow to choose woman
Giorgio Armani
Acqua di Gioia

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Fruity Perfume
Love the scent of apples, peaches, blackcurrants – in fact, any fruit? Then a fruity fragrance is what’s called for.

 

 

 

 

 

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Toilette

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Rihanna Reb’l Fleur
Eau de Parfum
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How To Choose Perfume: a few tips to remember

  • The most loved perfume group is probably Citrus, followed by Floral. Citrus is a clean, fresh smell, Floral does what it says on the tin and is a very feminine scent
  • The most dividing perfume group is probably Oriental. Think of strong scents containing patchouli, musk and spices…
  • The top notes of a fragrance will leave first, so pay attention to the base notes. For example, if a fragrance has floral top notes but a musk base, then musk will be the scent that lingers.
  • Don’t know whether to choose eau de toilette/parfum/cologne etc.? Read our dedicated blog post ‘From EDT to EDP & Storage’

*Fragrance reacts differently when on the skin. This means something which smells awful in the bottle can actually smell incredible when applied. It’s also an emotional substance as scents evoke memories in most people. So although you may get it right most of the time, remember it’s not an exact science.

All fragrances available from allbeauty at time of writing.

Women’s Perfume Gift Guide – How To Choose

Our women’s perfume gift guide takes you through the main fragrance groups, showing you how to choose the perfect scent. Plus we pick some great gift options from each group.

Use our women’s perfume gift guide if you want to shop fragrance but don’t know where to start! Ideal for birthdays, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.

Floral Perfume
The easiest fragrance to spot! If she loves the smell of roses, freesias, daisies – in fact any florals, then a floral perfume is the one to choose. There are so many options to choose from here, but let’s play it safe and choose scents that will appeal to most. We adore Ghost The Fragrance – in a bottle shaped like the female form, it’s a soft, floral fragrance that any woman will adore. From just £19.95 it’s also very affordable.

women's perfume gift guide

Possibly the most famous floral perfume, Jimmy Choo Eau de Toilette (be sure to choose the EDT!) is a massive seller. With a bottle inspired by Murano glass and created by the Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon (you can read our full guide to Jimmy Choo scents here). It’s glam, glam glam! We’ve linked to the 100ml but there are even more savings to be had in smaller sizes, notably the 40ml which makes a fabulous stocking filler.

women's perfume gift guide



Oriental Perfume
Does she prefer heavier scents? Musky cinnamon, spicy fragrance, warm and sugary scents with vanilla? If the answer is yes, then oriental scents are the ones to choose. A word of warning: unless you’re really sure these are for her, then choose another group. They’ll really be too heavy for anyone not into oriental fragrance. The bestseller in the oriental perfume group is Calvin Klein Euphoria Eau de Parfum.

women's perfume gift guide

For something a little different, Laura Biagiotti’s Roma is a very affordable treat. A blend of crisp and fruity resins and evening flowers with base notes of vanilla and musk.

women's perfume gift guide



Woody Perfume
If she loves a scent with mossy, earthy notes, then a woody fragrance is the one to choose. Think cedarwood, sandalwood and vetiver. Chopard’s The Wish is an immensely popular scent, an elegant, refreshing, woody fragrance that contains a blend of woodsy and spicy florals, with notes of patchouli, incense, sandalwood and amber.

women's perfume gift guide

Thierry Mugler’s Alien is a modern woody scent. Jasmine Sambac and a hint of orange blossom combine to give a unique fragrance that’s often described as “sexy, sensual and uplifting”!
women's perfume gift guide



Aromatic Perfume

Does she love the scent of grass and herbs (think lavender, rosemary, basil and sage)? Then aromatic fragrance is a great one to choose. We love Penhaligon’s Lavandula Eau de Parfum.

women's perfume gift guide

For a more affordable option, Burberry Brit Rhythm has top notes of English lavender, with pink pepper, orange blossom and cedar.

women's perfume gift guide



Citrus Perfume

Does she love the clean, zesty scent of lemon, orange and mandarin? Or maybe she’s not a fragrance fan at all?! Then citrus scents are a great choice! Universally popular, they’re fresh and subtle. Davidoff Cool Water Woman is a very clean fragrance suitable for all, and at very affordable prices. Notes of citrus and pineapple blend with the scent of fresh, ocean air.

women's perfume gift guide



Fruity Perfume

Does she love the scent of apples, peaches, blackcurrants – in fact, any fruit? Then a fruity fragrance is for her. We adore Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noire (if in doubt, choose the eau de toilette) – we don’t think any woman would be sorry to receive this beauty! With a fruity, blackcurrant scent, this is sophistication in a bottle:
women's perfume gift guide