3 IRRESISTIBLE WINTER FRAGRANCES

The power of a scent is not to be underestimated; a waft of the right perfume can take a your personal style to a new level in seconds. However, selecting the right fragrance for the right occasion is crucial for it’s appreciation. Your choice of fragrance should reflect your personality and whether you are in the boardroom, taking time off or going out.

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With head notes of fresh Juniper berries (also used in Gin), the fragrance Juniper Sling brings a tribute to the roaring 1920s. Think crisp evening-elegance. It first teases with aromatic Angelica (root and seed). The heart next races to the vitality of cinnamon, pepper and cardamon. Orris creates a smooth melody of softer cherry-woods. Notes of leather, brandy – a liqorous, vigorous base – hit the spot.

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Lothair, a fragrance as novel as the sight of land on the horizon, and at the same time as reassuring as – tea.

Whether at sail on the High Seas or at home in one’s private London Club, refreshments are essential. The British penchant for gin and tea is renowned and well-known. From notes of a fresh gin-grapefruit tonic, it settles into a fig and black-tea signature. The scent is progressively smooth with hints of magnolia and lavender. Ultimately it turns daring and dark with trials of debonair woods (cedarwood, wenge).

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The night fragrance, Endymion Concentre. Named after Endymion, Zeus’s most handsome son. A Greek God in a perpetual slumber, forever young. He was in the night visited by Luna, his divine consort, she who loved him so.

The fragrance reflects passion, love and loyalty. The perfect companion for the easy-going gentleman. The scent is based on elegant hues of geranium, lavender and mandarin, nutmeg, resins and suede. A demi-lune, a semi-oriental.

Yours sincerely, Mathias le Fèvre

www.penhaligons.com / @penhaligons_london

Photography by @ciinderellab

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The 4 Grooming Habits Every Gentleman Should Master – For Tidy Facial Hair

A gentleman is a man who takes care of others and is attentive to his surroundings. But to be able to look outwards and respect others, it is important to take care of yourself first. There should be left no compromise whether it involves your perfectly tailored suit, well polished shoes or neat grooming habits.

Be a regular at the barber
Too many men wait with cutting their hair until they notice that it is too long. And the reality is that when you notice it, then other people have too. My advice is to book your next appointment while you are at the barber for approximately 4-5 weeks time – in this way your will be proactive and not reactive. Find a barber that you trust and stick to it. It’s almost like going to the tailor, your barber will know your hair and preferences better with time the more you see him.

Find the right hair product for you
It can be a bit of a challenge to find the right hair product for your hair and style, so make sure you know what each product is for. Pomades and waxes are great for controlling thicker hair, but if your hair is thinner, then lighter products such as sprays will be the right choice for you. If you feel lost, then ask your barber for advice – the right product can make all the difference.

Tidy up your eyebrows
Big eyebrows are not a bad thing. However, if they are meeting in the middle you have got a slight problem. Always tidy up the space between, above and below the brows for a clean look. If you do not feel comfortable plucking them yourself, your barber will always be able help you out.

Manage your facial hair…Or learn how to shave like an expert
Facial hair of any length needs to be tamed and maintained. I personally prefer the look of a clean shave. However, you might not have time for a long wet-shaving routine every morning, so knowing the basics of a good shave is key.

Since my mid-teen years I have used an electric shaver from Philips that was gifted to me by my father. It always made clean shaving an easy job when rushing out the door on busy London mornings and it always gave me a very satisfying result. This is why I stuck to the brand and tried out a couple of their models as I grew  older.

Recently I was given the opportunity to review their new Shaver Series 9000 Prestige electric shaver. A new model focused on delivering the world’s closest electric shave with uncompromised skin comfort (even on a 7-day beard).

Upgrading from less premium models it was interesting to explore the personal comfort settings letting you adjust the shaving speed according to preference and shaving style: sensitive, normal and fast. It offers a blade close shave, whilst being incredibly gentle, making for a very smooth shaving experience. I also enjoyed being able to shave longer stubble that I normally needed to trim An effortless shave is made possible by the multi-direction ContourDetect head that follows every face contour, catching even difficult hairs. The result was a very clean and long-lasting shave. Design-wise the new shaver looks very sleek and elegant too. And a cool feature is the wireless Qi charging pad that fits seamlessly into your everyday routine.

For more information on the Series 9000 Prestige click here.

#ShaveTheWayThatFeelsRight

 

Yours sincerely, Mathias le Fèvre

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A Classic Gentleman’s Haircut: The Side Parting

The side part haircut is known to give a very timeless and classic look. The haircut style is a go-to gentleman’s cut and was particular popular from the 1920s – 1940s and again in the 1960s. It has certainly survived the test of time, but why? Well, it’s a particularly adaptable haircut. It’s nice for both casual and formal situations and also doesn’t take too much time to style. With a little effort in the morning, you’ll have a dapper cut ready to go.

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The basis of the haircut is a simple short back and sides and will suit most hair types and face shapes. When going to your barber ask for “a classic short cut on the back and sides, and for the top to be left long enough to part, but short enough to be neat and tidy”

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When it comes to styling the hair, I use a styling paste as I have very thick hair that needs a strong hold, while a matt clay will work better for thinner hair. I have found it best to apply the product while the hair is damp (not wet) after a shower and then shaping the parting with a wide tooth comb. It is important to find the natural parting of your hair as this will give you the best look and hold.

I try to stop by my barber every 3-4 weeks to keep my haircut sharp and tidy. For the past 6 months I have been going to Ruffians’ Shoreditch shop where TJ cuts my hair. I am always met with welcoming smiles and positive vibes, and every time I walk of there the result is very satisfying. That is why I can surely say that it is my favourite London barber shop so far.

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 When stopping by Ruffians last week I was wearing a grey houndstooth blazer, a blue striped silk tie, a classic white double cuff shirt, with navy corduroy trousers and a pair of tassel loafers.

– Mathias le Fèvre

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L’INSOUMIS by LALIQUE

I recently added this wonderful scent from Lalique to my collection.

L’Insoumis is a very fresh and masculine fragrance with notes of wood, black pepper and lavender. It is not groundbreaking, but it is definitely well done.

I saw reviews comparing this to Dior Sauvage, but I like this one much better. If it wasn’t for the design of the cap on top,  I do not think that comparison could be made.

L’Insoumis reminds me of classic men’s fragrance.

– Mathias le Fèvre

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