JotM: Black & Blue Colorblock Powerstretch Super Skinny Guy 31 by Naked and Famous Denim

These were a Fall/Winter 2015 release from Naked & Famous, and the general consensus seems to be that they are hideous abominations. And when I bought them (Jan 2017) it was a spur of the moment completionist collectors impulse; I never really expected to wear them as I don’t really consider myself that fashion forward. And boy-oh-boy if it isn’t a striking look if anyone notices.

I’m not really sure how it happened, but about 3 weeks ago these floated to the front of my closet and I thought “what the hell, I’m not going out today.” Except to walk the dog. And that was OK. So I put them on again a few days later. And that was OK too, even though I had left the house (in daylight) to run some errands.

I’ve now been wearing these nearly every day for 2 weeks and I really rather like them. Part of that is down to the fit, it took me years to figure out but I love and look pretty damn fine in sized up skinny jeans. The power stretch fabric of these ones is pretty great too.

One day in the far future these will have been washed enough that the front panels will be much lighter than the back but by then I might be so old that I don’t care what people think.

Source: Focus: Black + Blue Colorblock Stretch Denim – Tate + Yoko

JotM: Jeans of the Month

While “Scent of the Day” seems to be reasonably well established as a concept, I wanted something similar that would allow me to highlight interesting denim. This is that.

I’m likely to be a bit flexible with the “Month” part, but I do tend to favor different pairs of jeans for a while before either the weather changes or they move to the back of the closet for some other reason.

We will see how it goes.

Michel Design Works Foaming Hand Soap, Campagna “Green Tomato Leaf Scented”

So this is a part of my hunt for an ideal Tomato Leaf/Vine hand soap. Several years ago while outfitting myself with basic necessities after moving to Minneapolis, I bought a foaming hand soap from Target. As I recall it was method brand, but the scent was the most delightful, photo-realistic tomato vine. It smelt just like my hands after harvesting tomatoes from the garden. It was amazing.

What I didn’t realize at the time was that it was a limited edition scent. So when the soap at work ran out (and I was still waiting for my expenses to be paid) I enthusiastically brought my tomato vine soap from home. Needless to say, it was well enjoyed and didn’t last long.

Since then I have been searching for a replacement. And so a couple of months ago I got Campagna from Michel Design Works which bills itself as a tomato leaf scent. But while it is super pleasant and I enjoy it every day, and there is a tomato leaf note somewhere in there, overall it is much more of a French Mediterranean countryside experience, with some lavender, etc along with the tomato leaf.

It is actually really very nice, but my hunt continues.


SotD: Halston Man Amber

Wow, that’s different from what I have been wearing recently! Halston Man Amber arrived in my mailbox yesterday and I have to say I was pretty excited. I think I had been put on to it by Emitsu of Simply Put Scents in his Top 10 Fall fragrances for 2017. He gave it an honorable mention and somehow that was good enough for me to blind buy… <Duh Duh Dummm(b?)> But I love this guy and have a tendency to pull the trigger on cheapies pretty quickly. Once again this worked out well for me.

This immediately put me in mind of one of the Al-Rehab oils that I have, I’m pretty sure it’s the Sultan Al Oud but I could be misremembering. Sultan Al-Oud might be a smell-a-like/impression of Tom Ford Oud Wood, and Halston Man Amber is right in that same zone though slightly brighter (bergamot?) and the that myrrh which almost reads as a sweet soapiness.

The result here is that Halston Man Amber is much easier to wear. By that, I mostly mean that putting it on isn’t a 3-day commitment like the Al-Rehab and doesn’t hurt the wallet like Tom Ford 🙂 The whole thing comes out as a nice resinous oud/incense that may not be everyone’s cup of tea but really works for me as the weather cools.

Notes: Geranium leaves, Thyme, Bergamot / Amber, Myrrh, Labdanum / Oud wood, Atlas Cedar, Musk

on Basenotes and Fragrantica

SotD: F by Ferragamo pour Homme Free Time

The Free Time flanker of F by Ferragamo pour Homme certainly has the distinction of having unique listed notes compared to the rest of the line. However, this one is even more transparent than the others, whereas that Tonka note in Black sticks to the skin, there is nothing in Free Time except airy wiffs passing by.

This is actually Day 3 consecutively with this one because I keep forgetting that I’m wearing it, but the moments when I do it’s very enjoyable, possibly the best of the series. Also, at least for me probably the most difficult to pick out individual notes (though I suspect that may have something to do with forgetting to smell it). The signature pepper has been dialed down some but with a bit of imagination, I can still perceive the family relationship.

I suspect that I will be putting this aside for when the warmer weather comes back, where it will be an easy reach beside Tommy Bahama Set Sail St Barts.

Notes: Lemon, Ginger / Pink pepper, Cardamom, White cedar / Musk, Vetiver

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Tommy Bahama Set Sail St. Barts for Men

I kind of love this whole line, not sure if it’s just the concept or if the fragrances are actually that good or just that good for the price. Tommy Bahama Set Sail St. Barts for Men is by far the one that gets the most hype (apart from maybe South Seas, but you’ll have trouble finding that one for a good price).

St Barts is a great, light summer scent that evokes a Margarita without much, if any, sweetness. Wearing this just makes me smile.

Not really the season for this now, but I’ll add some more thoughts when the weather warms up again.

Notes: Citrus, Tequila, Lime, Sea Spray / Guava Nectar, Blue Agave Tequila / Crushed Greens, Salt, Sea Spray, Vanilla, Palm Wood, Volcanic Musk

on Basenotes and Fragrantica

SotD: F by Ferragamo pour Homme Black

Compared to the original F by Ferragamo pour Homme, the Black edition seems to have more presence without deviating too far from the original.

The addition of coriander adds a nice fullness to the spicy pepper heart and the tonka brings a sweetness and heaviness throughout. This one still has that harsh opening moment from the original and potentially deceptive structure where it seems to disappear on the skin but still has projection. The tonka, in particular, seems to help keep something going on near the skin and does lend more of a “going out after work” vibe vs the originals perhaps more “sitting at my desk” tone.

Notes: Lavender, Apple? / Black Pepper, Coriander / Labdanum, Tonka

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SotD: F by Ferragamo Pour Homme

I’ve been wearing F by Ferragamo pour Homme diligently for a few days now, and still can’t decide if it’s great or merely good. But I think I know why now…

A few reviews on Fragrantica seem to perceive a link to Terre d’Hermes that is a bit contentious and doesn’t come through in the notes. Likewise, several reviewers mention that it projects well and is more noticeable by others than by the wearer. Together that makes me think that there is a hefty dose of Iso E Super or one of its non-IFF analogs.

In the end, F is pleasant, clean and subtle with just enough edge from the pepper notes to have a unique-ish character. Next, I’ll probably move on to the flankers 🙂

Notes: Lavender, Apple / Black Pepper / Labdanum, Leather?, Amber?

on Basenotes and Fragrantica