It's Father's Day ALREADY? This year I've assembled twelve gift choices (13 counting the non-scented tie above) that can be mixed and matched: a box of soap and a shower gel, or some grooming products and a bottle of booze (there's always food and drink on my list...they're "fragranced," correct?) So, buy a nice box or bag and fill it up! (If the box is a lacquered Chinese antique or the bag is a leather tote — all the better.)
The Gentleman Floris No. 89 Grooming Collection
The Floris grooming collection includes Face Wash (150 ml), Shaving Cream (100 ml) and Facial Moisturizer (50 ml). The Floris No. 89 scent includes notes of bergamot, lavender, neroli, nutmeg, orange, petitgrain, geranium, rose, ylang ylang, cedar, musk, oak moss, sandalwood and vetiver; $104 at MR PORTER.
Oriza L. Legrand Soaps
Oriza L. Legrand makes sensational soaps in gorgeous retro packaging; create a box of three soaps, your choice; €30 at the Oriza L. Legrand online boutique. Luckyscent and Twisted Lily also sell the soap range (individual bars for $15/boxes of three cakes for $39) in scents like Jasmin d'Espagne, Verveine de Venus and Muguet Fleuri.
Assouline Havana Candle
"Assouline Havana Candle is a mesmerizing oriental fragrance that conjures the ambiance of a Havana lounge, with scents of cedar, clove, patchouli, amber and tonka bean;" $49 at Candle Delirium.
Hermès Un Jardin en Méditerranée Body Shower Gel
My favorite Jardin fragrance, Jean-Claude Ellena describes Un Jardin en Méditerranée as 'A perfumed expression of a Mediterranean memory, a mosaic of olfactory, visual and tactile sensations.' The fig-rich fragrance of the bath gel is wonderful, outdoorsy; $54 at Nordstrom (among others) and Hermès boutiques.
Roomsprays in European Sports Car (leather, aftershave lotion), Distillery (charred oak, sour mash, bourbon) and Hunting Lodge (damp timber, hearth stone, gun powder) — $14 each, or $42 for all three; Archer also sells Dish Whiskey sink soap ($16). You can buy all four products for $54 at Archer.
Ellis Brooklyn Verb Excellent Body Milk
This lightly scented lotion (perfumer: Jérôme Epinette) includes notes of bergamot, mandarin, basil and musk with nourishing oils from rose hips, meadowfoam seed and camellia (parabens and phthalates free); 236 ml in a recycled glass bottle, $55 at Net-A-Porter.
Geo F Trumper Shaving Cream
Geo F Trumper soft shaving creams come in seven scents: rose, lime, sandalwood, almond, coconut, violet and GFT (bergamot, lemon and mandarin, tarragon, lavender and cypress on a musk-like base with cedar and moss); 7 oz bowl, $19.95 at Royal Shave.
Philip B Peppermint and Avocado Shampoo
If your dad overuses gooey hair styling products, be kind and give him this powerful grease-busting shampoo full of fragrant, calming (and tingly) peppermint oil; 350 ml for $40 at Net-A-Porter.
Grown Alchemist Travel Kit
This kit includes Grown Alchemist products in travel sizes: Hydra-Repair Day Cream (12 ml); Vanilla and Watermelon Lip Balm (12 ml); Mandarin & Rosemary Leaf Body Cream (50 ml); Geranium Leaf, Bergamot & Rosebud Facial Cleanser (50 ml); Damask Rose, Black Pepper & Sage Shampoo (50 ml); Damask Rose, Chamomile & Lavender Conditioner (50 ml); and Chamomile, Bergamot & Rosewood Body Cleanser (50 ml); $69 at Luckyscent.
4711 Acqua Colonia Eau de Cologne Mini-Set
Dad a perfumista? Give him the Eau de Cologne Mini-Set that includes 0.27 oz bottles of Blood Orange & Basil, Lime & Nutmeg, Lemon & Ginger, Mandarine & Cardamom and Pink Pepper & Grapefruit; $17.50 at Smallflower.
Stonewall Kitchen Grill Kit
"This tasty collection is sure to fire up your favorite grill master and spark the thrill of the grill all season long." Contains sweet and savory Maple Chipotle Grille Sauce (11 oz.), Honey Barbecue Sauce (11 oz.) and three spice rubs: Chicken & Pork, Maine Seafood and Espresso; $39.95 at Stonewall Kitchen.
Leopold Bros. Aperitivo
Does your father love Campari? Then he'll want to try this delicious aperitivo (naturally colored with cochineal). Leopold Bros. Aperitivo is flavored with gentian root, cane sugar, grapefruit peels, coriander, hyssop and artemsia; 750 ml, $30 at K&L Wine Merchants.
Happy Father's Day!
Note: top image (and another gift idea): the Journal tie by Pierrepont Hicks, $95.
Ah yes, Father’s Day!
I used to give my dad his favorite Azzaro EDT every year, until, a few years ago, when my mom told me that If my dad was ever to use that scent again, she would divorce him. LOL So now any scented gifts needs to be mom-approved.
I use Father’s Day as a reason to treat myself. No I’m not a father (except to my cat) but men’s fragrances go on sale!!!
That Leopold Bros. Aperitivo looks perfect right about now…. I better get home quick!
Love your story!
Butting in to say I love the Aperitivo! Not quite as sharp as Campari but very delicious.
Platinum, yes…a cool drink would hit the spot!
Great suggestions Kevin! Do you know of any fabulous scents for the car- sachet or solid? (Spray can damage a leather interior.)
I’m afraid a candle will melt in extremely hot car. And possibly spill. ????
Laura, I know Yankee Candle makes several types of car scents.
My cats have just realized that they should have given me the Grown Alchemist Travel Kit for Mother’s Day…
Mother’s day extends to mid-June for cats.
Yes, cats are impervious to “rules”!
How is the Geo F. Trumper shaving cream? Shaving cream from The Body Shop is usually well received and at least one person has told me he preferred it to the Crabtree & Evelyn one that I gave him the next time…
The males I know are not scent enthusiasts but are at least shavers
Merlin: the Trumper shave creams are great…truly creamy/soft…but they work best when used with a shaving brush. I love the rose scent.
WANT that aperitivo! What a great idea, Kevin.
Me too. Pretty sure my FIL wouldn’t appreciate it so perhaps I will buy myself a bottle instead.
Me too! So pretty. And would go well with the nice oranges I bought Sunday at the street market.