The Gentleman’s Bath

Now, I know. I know.  A Gentleman doesn’t actually take a bath.  A gentleman enjoys the heat, steam, and power of an excellent shower.

But, a bath is so much more.  The process of cleansing, renewing, refreshing, and preparing for a day.  Or, the process of cleaning off the day and moving forward into the evening.

It’s about water and steam.  But it’s also about soaps and deodorant.  It’s about being clean and staying clean.

A gentleman always IS clean and always smells clean.  After work, you may not need cologne, but if you’re going out, you do need a shower.

And, if you’re a man who wants to present your best (all gentlemen are always at their best), you want the best to go on your body.

London’s Bathecary makes that possible.  And they feature outstanding products such as the ones I favor from Penhaligon’s.

Moreover, Penhaligon’s now has Sartorial in a deodorant.  How perfect is that? If you’re a gentleman, it’s quite perfect, truly.

So, be a gentleman. Take a shower.  And use the best products to present your best you to all around.

Style Tips for Guys — From Of Iron and Oak

So, the great people over at Of Iron and Oak have a few tips for the young man aspiring to be a gentleman.

These are all very solid pieces of advice.  And all of them should be noted and heeded.

We’d like to focus on number 2 (regarding the wearing of cologne) and number 4 (shoes).

Yes, guys, you need to use cologne.  Yes, you should choose wisely and apply cautiously.  Here’s some advice to enhance your application of fragrance.

Also, you need dress shoes.  They need to be black.  They need to be simple, made of leather, and of high quality.  How do you choose your dress shoes?  Look here for more.

As always, follow us for tips and advice on how to be a gentleman!

The Gentleman’s Shave

This is borrowed and updated from a post on a site where I sometimes write.

On a recent trip, I found in my travel shave kit a sample of Edwin Jagger Aftershave lotion — Sandalwood scent.
I had forgotten about it… and it migrated to the bottom.
But, as luck would have it, on this particular day, I discovered it while rifling through the kit to prepare for the day.
This aftershave is marvelous. It is all natural (99.9%, anyway) and very soothing. It certainly takes away any lasting burn and leaves skin looking and feeling fresh and smooth.
More to my surprise, I actually found the scent intoxicating.
Not too strong, the way some aftershaves can be. A nice, masculine scent. Softly welcoming. Yet clearly all man.
Smooth, soft skin. A great scent. A wonderful product.

A gentleman always takes care to treat his face well — from fine shaving products to the just right aftershave.

For more on men’s fragrance, check this out.

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The Scent of a Gentleman

The finishing touch for many a well-dressed gentleman is his scent.  That is, his cologne.  That hint of fragrance that lets you know he’s taken the extra time and attention to complete an image of sophistication.

A man’s cologne should never arrive before he does and it should not linger or leave a long trail after he’s gone.  It should, however, be noticeable in close conversation or in more intimate physical contact (a greeting hug, for example).

A scent should match the occasion and the season.  And it should blend well with the man who wears it.

When selecting a cologne, don’t merely go by what smells nice on the paper sample card they hand you at the store.  Try it on YOU.  Place some on your wrist and get the first impression.  Then let it sit and linger for five or more minutes and see how it does after blending with your skin.  Take a friend with you and get her impression.  And remember, you are the one who will be smelling it more than anyone else — make sure it makes you happy and completes your image nicely.

I recommend fragrances from Penhaligon’s.  They tend to be subtle, elegant, and quite impressive. Plus, not every man wears them – so you won’t smell like everyone else.  Here are some scents I enjoy most and when I wear them:

Lp. No 9 is simply exquisite.  It is like being enveloped in luxury.  A rich, soft scent perfect for the dressed-up occasion.  But most perfect in the cool winter months as it radiates warmth and light.  I wear it nearly every day with my suits in winter. I find it lifts my spirits and makes those around me smile.  Too rich for the heat of summer, this cologne is long-lasting and the fragrance shifts pleasantly over the course of a day.  As this winter has been unusually warm, I’ve only just re-opened my bottle and I’ve fallen in love all over again.

Sartorial was designed to mimic the scent of the fine tailor’s shops of Savile Row.  As such, it wears well with the classic suit and is the essence of the successful man.  For my taste, this is also too rich for the warmest summer months.  But in the cool mornings and crisp evenings of fall and spring, Sartorial is quite simply perfection.  I sometimes use it as an alternative in my lineup for winter as well.  The scent is fresh, crisp, and all man.

I first discovered Quercus in the form of shower gel on a stay in Seattle.  It was August and the sun was shining up to 10 PM.  The days and nights were warm and moist.  And Quercus was simply luscious.  Bright, fresh, citrus it lasted all day and warmed me as the sun went down.  The cologne is equally fabulous and is my go-to in the heat of summer.  Some have said Quercus blends well with sweat and I’d say this is its magic.  You will sweat in the summer heat, even in your casual polo shirt.  A fragrance that not only tolerates, but welcomes this perspiration is certainly a wise choice.

While I shy away from suggesting that a gentleman have one signature scent, if there is a fragrance that I most often adorn, it is Blenheim Bouquet.  The fresh citrus notes are amazing in the warmth of spring and summer and the woody undertones work wonders in the fall and winter.  When I’m looking for a simple, incredible cologne to go with a suit, I choose Blenheim.  This is the scent that is classic Penhaligon’s.  On occasion, I receive the generous compliment of a lady regarding my cologne.  More often than not, it’s when I’m wearing Blenheim Bouquet.

So, gentlemen, there you have it.  Four fine recommendations on fragrance.  Our friends over at Of Iron and Oak have some great suggestions on how to apply your chosen scent.  We suggest you pay attention.