WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE…
By Belinda Morris
Narciso Rodriguez Bleu Noir EDP
Ok, so Valentine’s Day is looming so this new men’s fragrance launch from Narciso Rodriguez could conceivably be a gift. It has, after all, been described by the man himself as ‘seductive’. On the other hand, you need to love yourself and all that… so perhaps it could just be a treat that you know you deserve.
Bleu Noir EDP’s simple rectangular bottle houses a clearly masculine fragrance – woody notes of blue cedar and black ebony – which settle, with added sensuality, on the skin, thanks to amber vetiver.
From £47 50ml, Harrods.com
Acqua di Parma Colonia Pura
Alternatively, you might prefer to give a loving gift that is slightly less… what… obviously slushy, but still heartfelt. Such as a trio of gorgeous Acqua di Parma classics in sizes that are perfect for travel. The Colonia Pura collection – expressing the bright zinginess of Italy and its landscapes – now includes a Deodorant Stick (£28), Deodorant Spray (£30) and a Travel Spray fragrance with two 30ml refills (£78) and a calfskin case (£87).
If you’re unfamiliar with the classic Colonia Pura fragrance, expect fresh citrus (bergamot and orange) with the first spritz, followed by a floral heart with a touch of spicy coriander and finally a dry-down of warm, sensual patchouli, cedarwood and white musk.