Friday, 29 November 2013

Christmas Gift Guide For Men


Hey girlie's!!!

As promised I'm back with another Christmas gift guide today and this time it's for the man/men in your life. Sometimes Christmas shopping for men can be difficult but the one thing that's sure to be a winner every time is an aftershave, I mean everyone loves to smell nice, right??? So today I've got a selection of gorgeous smelling aftershaves that are sure to be a hit whether your buying for a family member, a loved one or even a friend.

Lacoste Eua De Lacoste L.12.12  Noir* RRP 30ml £28/100ml £47
I'm kicking things off with Lacoste's most recent launch, Noir. Like all the Lacoste L.12.12 fragrances, Noir is inspired by their iconic polo shirt, this range acts as a tribute to the founder Rene Lacoste himself. Noir is described as "The spirit of a warm summer night now captured in a bottle" and is most definitely more of an evening scent than a daytime scent, as it's quite strong and warm. Even though Noir is quite a strong fragrance its not too overpowering and has a nice sophisticated, refreshing and slightly fruity scent, it's definitely a fragrance I think any man would enjoy!!! Noir comes packaged in a simple black glass bottle that is really opaque, you cant see through the bottle at all and has Lacoste's trademark embroidery crocodile on the front of the bottle which I think is a really nice touch, it would certainly sit nicely on any mans bedside table.

Lacoste Noir's fragrant notes are...
Top notes: Basil, Red Berries and Water Melon.
Heart notes: Magnolia Leaf, Absynth and Lavender.
Base notes: Patchouli, Chocolate and Coumarin.

Lacoste Eau De Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc* RRP 30ml £28/100ml £47
Like Noir, Lacoste Blanc is also inspired by Rene Lacoste's L.12.12 polo shirts, its said that if you team the coloured fragrance with the same coloured polo shirt it will make the most out of and intensify the fragrance, which I think is a rather cool/quirky fact!!! I can only describe Lacoste Blanc as being a very clean, fresh, sweet fragrance and perfect for the younger generation, to me this is not a mature scent at all. After testing Blanc out on my boyfriend, its clear to see or should I say smell ha ha that Blanc is very long lasting and lingers all day without being strong or overpowering at all. The packaging is very similar to Noir except Blanc is packaged in a simple white glass bottle, which again is completely opaque. 

Lacoste Blanc's top notes are grapefruit, cardamom, rosemary and cedar leaf, mixed with the core of Mexican tuberose and ylang-ylang. Sensual notes of leather, suede and cedar form the base.

James Bond 007 Limited Edition Eua De Toilette*

Any James Bond fan is going to love receiving this Limited Edition Eua De Toilette this Christmas, and the fact its limited edition I think always makes it that extra bit special. The aftershave itself has a very masculine yet spicy scent to it, so if the man in your life likes a nice woody, spicy scent this could be the one for him. The packaging of the limited edition James Bond aftershave is also stunning with it's outta box having a gold union jack theme and the bottle itself has a metallic gold, textured finish and is completed with a twist up lid. The RRP for the Limited Edition aftershave is £28 for 50ml and £32 for 75ml.

James Bond 007 Limited Edition fragrant notes are...
Top notes: Apple, Bergamot and Geranium.
Heart notes: Lavender, Cardamom and Rose Thorn.
Base notes: Vetyver, Patchouli and Sandlewood.

James Bond 007 Quantum Eua De Toilette*

Quantum is the third instalment in the James Bond 007 fragrance line with its theme aimed at staying calm under pressure, just like Mr Bond himself ha ha. To me the aftershave has a very deep musky/woody sophisticated scent. When I first sprayed the Quantum aftershave it did smell quite strong but once the scent has had time to dry and dull it really is lovely and very masculine. The packaging of Quantum is also very nice, the fragrance comes in an opaque, glass, silver metalic bottle and is finished with the trademark 007 Bond logo embossed on the front which is a nice finishing touch. The RRP for Quantum is £20 for 30ml/  £25 for 50ml / £32 for 75ml and £42 for 125ml.

James Bond 007 Quantum's fragrant notes are...
Top notes: Juniper Berries and Bergamot.
Heart notes: Sandalwood.
Base notes: Leather and Violet Leaf.

Hugo Boss BOSS Eua De Toilette*
And last but no means least is the classic award winning fragrance for men, BOSS Bottled. When I first sprayed BOSS I could immediately tell that it was a very fruity scent however.. that soon develops into a warm woody sensual scent as BOSS dulls down and drys. It's also a very versatile scent, meaning I think all ages could wear this anytime and anywhere, which I think is great as your not restricted to just using BOSS as an evening scent. The lasting power of BOSS is also incredible, it will last on you all day and you'll probably get a cheeky whiff the next morning too, it really wont budge. The packaging of BOSS is nice with its thick glass bottle and BOSS lettering sculpted in the glass. The RRP for Hugo Boss BOSS is 30ml £31/50 ml £41/100ml £52 and 200ml £73.

Top notes: Apple, Bergamot and Cinnamon.
Heart notes: Tagete and Geranuim.
Base notes: Cedarwood, Sandlewood, Vetiver and Olivewood.

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas gift guide for men and I hope it's given you a few idea's on what to get the man/men in your life, you really cant go wrong with an aftershave!!!

Hayley

6 comments:

  1. Why is it so difficult getting gifts for men? Every year I have to start planning long in advance and I probably change my mind 10 times over, but smellies always go down well. Xx

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    1. Oh im the same, men are just so hard to buy for but you really cant go wrong with an aftershave or smellies haha xoxo

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    1. Oh they do, I have to say for mens aftershaves they are gorgeous!!! xoxo

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  3. I love the Lacoste white and black! Oli has them! Im sure hes got the boss aswell I cant remember he has so many! haha! Hes on a smellies ban at the moment untill hes used the 100s hes already got haha!
    Really good post hun! thanks for sharing!!

    Much Love
    Dee
    Dees Beautiful Life

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    1. They are lovely, Mike loves them :) Haha I bet he still get loads of smellies for Christmas though hehe.

      Thank you hun xoxo

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