I have two "kids"; both cats. If they could give Father’s Day presents to me, I know they'd be either food-focused (Teddy Caramelo Calzini: redhead, polydactyl with attitude) or toy-focused (Uncle Vanya Mandelstam: he catches birds through windows — a feat! And he insists on wearing his luxurious coat all year round…see above).
Following are some perfume-adjacent gift suggestions for your father (that I'd like to receive or already own and can recommend); no foods or toys made the list! (Unless you count booze.)
Bastide Aix en Provence Les Chevaliers Body Wash Collection: five 50 ml body washes ($50) in Rose Olivier, Ambre Maquis, Neroli Lumière, Figue d’Ete and Miel de Lavande; at Bastide Aix en Provence.
Saipua moisturizing soaps (above left) with saponified oils of olive, coconut, castor and shea butter: my two choices for scent would be Rosewood and Vetiver with French Green Clay, 6 oz/$18, at Saipua.
Books: I own these books and always have them handy for inspiration and instruction. If your father would rather read about (or grow!) “scent” than wear it, get him Celia Thaxter’s charming An Island Garden or James McHugh’s Sandalwood and Carrion: Smell in Indian Religion and Culture; both at Amazon.com.
The Holy Black Matte Clay Hair Pomade: My all-time favorite water-based hair pomade, with a great retro barbershop Gunpowder Spice aroma; $20 at The Holy Black.
Proraso Azur Lime Beard Tin: Sometimes I feel I'm part of the only beard-free household in the Puget Sound region. If your father has a beard, this handsome collection will come in handy; it contains 200 ml Beard Wash, 30 ml Beard Oil and 100 ml Beard Balm in the Azur Lime fragrance (lime, mint, woods and juniper berry). The gift tin (shown above right) is also available in other scents: Wood & Spice and Cypress & Vetiver. At Smallflower, $45.
Austin Press Cat’s Pillow Candle: How could cool cats resist this? The name brings to mind two states: comfy/cozy or Feline-Gothic. Let Dad pick his own theme; with notes of lavender, rosemary, tonka bean and ginger; 226g /$38 at Catbird.
Na Nin Cannabis & Opium Den Incense Cones: Proceed from homey Cat’s Pillow to dark/louche “Pussy Cat” with this incense blend; 26 one-inch incense cones for $22, also at Catbird.
Floral Shirt: Last year I featured a beautiful tie in the Father’s Day post and this year I decided to include a floral shirt. Though I love their scent, lilies (poisonous to cats) are not allowed in my home; Faherty’s lily print linen shirt is a safe substitution: $170 at Mr Porter.
Finally, there’s Chase Distillery Williams Seville Orange Gin: Cheers! Smelling as good as cologne, this gin is made with juniper, orange peel, licorice, elderflower, bitter almonds, and a final infusion of raw peels from Seville oranges; $41 at Master of Malt.
Happy Father’s Day!