Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani

Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani

If you’re looking for a new cologne or a gift idea for the holidays, you should check out Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani. This cologne has a bright fresh scent of citrus and has been very popular for a long time. Women love this one. You can get it at Fragrance.net which specializes on cologne, perfume and other beauty and grooming products. It’s a great site to browse as you start your holiday shopping.

Other men’s fragrances worth trying include Kenneth Cole Black, which has a very masculine scent, and Davidoff Cool Water, a careful blend of jasmine, musk, oak moss and sandalwood that creates a natural scent that is reminiscent of camping trips, hikes and other outdoor activities.

  

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The Men’s Shop at ULTA Beauty

With Father’s Day coming up, men’s grooming products are always reliable favorites for dad. I remember giving cheap after shave as a kid, but now you can step things up a bit with high-quality products at stores like The Men’s Shop at ULTA Beauty.

The site has a great selection of gift ideas at any price point. The experts at ULTA have identified this season’s hottest items from classic colognes to lighter body sprays perfect for gym bags and traveling, and Father’s Day favorites including shave gels and hair sculpting clay. ULTA is also gifting a free insulated tote or roll-up picnic blanket with any $30 fragrance purchase for dad!

They sent us several samples to try out, including the Lacoste Rouge Eau de Toilette pictured above and the Dolce and Gabbana The One Sport Eau de Toilette pictured here to the right. Both are excellent fragrances that would upgrade the cologne collection for most men. This Lacoste fragrance for men has a clean, crisp, fresh scent with a light and cool feel. The Dolce and Gabbana product is also a fresh, clean fragrance with “light and energetic top notes accompanied by an unmistakable Mediterranean aroma of rosemary, the freshness of water and saltiness of the sea. The middle notes feature sequoia wood enhanced with the energy of cardamom. Patchouli and musk naturally compliment the fragrance’s base notes.” Basically, it also will make you smell great!

Check these and other products out and find something cool for everyone on your list this Father’s Day. Check out our guide for more ideas.

  

Product Review: Old Spice Fresh Collection

When braving the untamed wilderness of manhood there are many pitfalls and natural predators. The greatest of all? Your own body odor. The only thing worse than smelling bad is not knowing you smell bad. So for us guys who are too busy, unconcerned or stupid to realize it, Old Spice has your back (and underarms, and banus) thanks to the Old Spice Fresh Collection.

The Original Scent of Old Spice “High Endurance” body wash or deodorant has been a staple of many a man’s self-cleaning regiment for years. Mainly because of the great smell; for years chicks have been complementing me on my “cologne” and for years it’s been nothing but Old Spice deodorant, baby. And though Old Spice has been around for years, it isn’t just for your old man, man. Because it isn’t made for faceless/nameless guys who want to smell like a bar of soap. It’s for men whose identity screams “I know the Heimlich and can deliver a baby; and I did both before noon today, damn it!”

The collection of scents, comprised of some of the best odors on the planet, are “inspired by the freshest places on earth”. And though these places are uncommon and difficult to get to, Old Spice has made it easy (and cheap) to take the essence of these places and cram them into your nose holes. Five places from around the world are featured as both a body wash and a deodorant; Fiji, Matterhorn, Denali, Cyprus and Komodo.

Because I was a fan of the “High Endurance” line of the body wash and deodorant, my favorite was Matterhorn because it was like the original scent, except, just like the amplifiers for the band “Spinal Tap”, Matterhorn “goes up to eleven.” When you need that “little extra push over the cliff” both scent and feel were potent, but not “over the top.”

My least favorite scent in the Old Spice Fresh Collection was Komodo; it was just too subtle and didn’t deliver the strong punch to the nostrils that I enjoy. But that’s what Old Spice did right with all five of the aforementioned scents; if you want something a little more subtle than Matterhorn all five of the scents are easily distinguished and noticeably different, just like the men who use them.

Denali was my second favorite, marketed as smelling like “wilderness, open air and freedom.” Sure, it sounds ridiculous but is it any more ridiculous than a congressman with the last name of “Weiner” sending pictures of his unit to unsuspecting babes? If that can happen, then why can’t a deodorant/body wash actually smell like those things?

One more thing worth noting is the cost of any of the available scents. At $4.29 for a stick of deodorant or $3.99 for a bottle of body wash it’s cheaper than other leading brand names like Right Guard or Axe.

So “Axe” yourself a question; do you want to smell like a man, man? With Father’s Day right around the corner, pick up a bottle from the Old Spice Fresh Collection and watch your father inhale the initial scent and wistfully remember that time he slayed the local babes on the island of Cyprus. Your mom wasn’t his first.

  

Last minute shopping ideas

By all accounts it’s been a very successful holiday shopping season for the retailers. People are starting to feel better about the economy so they’re starting to spend. Of course that means that the stores and malls have been packed, so for those of you who wait till the last minute you had even more excuses this year. Well, you’re now up against it and it’s time to get out there if you need to scoop up some last-minute gifts.

Hopefully our holiday gift guide helped you out, and you can still use it for ideas. Another suggestion would be perfume or cologne gift sets, and you can’t go wrong here if you try out some of the gift sets from Ralph Lauren.

The Holiday Luxuries Coffret (pictured above) is perfect for your significant other or female family members. The package includes an elegant trio of fragrances, including a 1 oz. Romance Eau de Parfum, 1 oz. RL Blue Travel Spray, and 1 oz. Ralph Travel Spray, and the Ralph Lauren name always signifies class.

The World of Polo Coffret (pictured below) is perfect for your father or other guys in the family. We’ve always liked the Polo fragrances from Ralph Lauren and this set is a perfect way to try the entire collection. This set includes the three classics, Polo Blue, Polo Black and the original Polo fragrance. It’s perfect with traditional and upscale tastes, or for that brother who can use a little help in this area! Of course this is a great package if you’re looking for something for yourself as well.

Happy hunting and have a great holiday!

  

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