Dior’s Sauvage range has been an enduring favourite from the brand, and we’re putting the Eau de Parfum (EDP) on our Christmas shopping list… for ourselves. Unlike most citrus scents that tend to remind you of gym locker rooms, this one is sensual and warm – thanks to a blend of spicy aromatics that include nutmeg, Sichuan peppercorn and star anise. Ambroxan and vanilla notes also linger in your trail long after you’ve left a room. It’s a quality that is lacking in many of today’s fragrances. If the Sauvage range isn’t your cup of tea, consider the Dior Homme range. It features a scent that’s guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser thanks to a blend of bergamot and pink pepper that dries down to base notes of exotic woods.
Available at Dior counters
Kiehl’s For Christmas
Kiehl’s has never disappointed with its wide array of Christmas offerings, year after year. This time around, the brand has roped in Lyon-based artist Maïté Franchi to bring festive cheer to its products. Her fun graphics will furnish every product from the brand during the yuletide period, and definitely appeal to the younger crowd.
The exclusive designs are available on products like the Calendula Herbal Extract Toner, Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, and Ultra Facial Cream, to name but a few. Incidentally, these three products also make for a simple and effective basic skincare regime, which any man will appreciate.
Need more ideas? How about counting down to Christmas with the Advent Calendar, which is made from 100 per cent recycled paper?
Available at Kiehl’s
Turn back The Clock
If your best bud is starting to look a little weathered, we suggest giving him Lab Series’ Max LS set to get him looking his best again. The Christmas exclusive comprises the Power V Lifting Serum, Lifting Lotion and Instant Eye Lift to help reverse premature sagging. The serum and eye gel are lightweight and comfortable, and do a great job of tightening the skin for a more youthful appearance. The lotion complements them by effectively hydrating the skin.
Available at Lab Series boutiques
Spoil your dad silly
Dads appreciate good fragrances more than we realise, and we suggest turning to Acqua di Parma if you don’t know where to start. The brand offers a wide selection of classics and new offerings that range from the Colonia to the Blu Mediterraneo collections. You won’t go wrong with the Colonia set, which includes the iconic Colonia Eau de Cologne that brings a refreshing whiff of Sicilian citrus fruits at first spritz. It evolves over the hours to reveal a blend of warm woody notes such as sandalwood, patchouli and vetiver. Far from smelling like a typical men’s cologne, however, Acqua di Parma’s formulation actually gives it a charming Italian twist. The set also comes with a shower gel and deodorant spray, which allows your dad to smell classy all day.
Available at Escentials