Am I crazy, or did Father's Day creep up extra fast this year? It's coming up on Sunday, June 15th, so time to get shopping...
If Dad deserves a gift fit for a king (or make that an emperor), how about an Empire candle from Cire Trudon? "Pine, sage and hay are vibrating in the air of the Napoleonian camp with hints of cades and maquis. The joyful and indulging warmth of thyme, marjoram and rosemary ring like a fife..." And so on. $70 at Aedes.
If Dad has more modern tastes, perhaps one of the Tom Ford Private Blend scents? Oud Wood features "An exotic rose wood and cardamom, blended with exuberant Chinese pepper...Eventually, the center exposes a smokey blend of rare oud wood, sandalwood and vetiver. Finally, the creamy scents of tonka bean, vanilla and amber are revealed." $165 for 50 ml Eau de Parfum, from Neiman Marcus.
A budget gift alternative: the Juicy Couture Dirty English Hair Styling Pomade: "A luxe emollient with the power to keep your hair sticking up or lying down - on command. Just smear some in your palm, apply it to wet or dry hair, then twist, pull, shake...all night long." Presumably it smells like Dirty English? Only $18, at Dillards.
Another budget option: a homemade Spiced Rum Shaving Soap with Round Dish: "This is a perfectly scented, spicy and masculine shaving bar with rich lather for a smooth shave. It is scented with cinnamon, clove, and vanilla, and is coloured with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Of course, it has authentic Captain Morgan spiced rum in it, too!" At Birch Bark Handmade Soap at Etsy, $7 (and also check out the Coffee Kitchen Soap, $5 each).
Need something more luxe? Here's the Dr. Vranjes Zefiro fragrance, "a distinguished, elegant, and civilized masculine blend with top notes of fresh vetiver, herbs, tea and hints of fresh green. Middle notes emerge of smooth leather and spices while precious woods, sandal, macis flowers and myrrh settle into a magnificent scent that’s unmistakably masculine, perfectly balanced and warm." $225 at Your Cosmetics.