New Escentual Post: Valentino Uomo Perfume Review and Giveaway

Uomo - The New Masculine Fragrance from Valentino

Uomo – The New Masculine Fragrance from Valentino

When a designer house launches a new masculine fragrance I tend to find myself preparing for disappointment. This isn’t always the case (after all, there are lots of fab designer masculines out there), but in a vast number of situations it would be fair to say that the perfumes aren’t really thinking outside the box enough to be considered as worthwhile, especially when compared to their female counterparts.

Sometimes however, a new masculine will come along that does impress and ‘Uomo’, the latest launch from Valentino, is one such fragrance. Taking one or two cues from Dior Homme, Uomo is an effortlessly stylish fragrance that is as soft as it is handsome. For my Escentual column this week I’ve taken a closer look at this new scent from Valentino and in addition to my review, Escentual will be giving away 6 bottles! To read my review and to enter the competition (please refer to the Escentual T&Cs as listed in the piece) please click here.

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New Escentual Post: Acqua di Parma Colonia Review and Giveaway

Acqua di Parma Colonia, Colonia Asoluta, Colonia Essenza and Colonia Intensa Reviews

January may not be the month in which one spritzes on a light cologne, but it is a good time to dream of summer, and what better summers to lust after than those spent in the Italian countryside? One brand that perfectly captures the essence and sophistication of Italy is Acqua di Parma and they have four Eau de Colognes in their stable; Colonia, Colonia Assoluta, Colonia Essenza and Colonia Intensa, all of which I’ve reviewed on the Escentual blog for your pleasure today.

What’s more, Escentual are having a little giveaway where you can win a 100ml spray bottle of Colonia (the original), plus a signature bath coffret including Colonia Bath and Shower Gel, Hair Conditioner and Body Lotion (40ml each). All you have to do is head over to the Escentual blog by clicking the image above, letting me know how you take your ‘Colonia’.

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And the Winner of the Narciso Rodriguez Giveaway is…

And The Winner Is…

And The Winner Is…

…Q (@qnagi) picked you as the winner, congratulations to you! Please drop me a line on thecandyperfumeboy at gmail dot com with your address and I will get your Narciso Rodriguez Musc Oil For Her in the post for you pronto!

If I don’t hear from the winner by Monday 30 September 2013 I reserve the right to redraw a new winner. A big thanks to all who entered and to the lovely people over at for providing the prize.

Skin Touching Skin – Narciso Rodriguez Musc For Her Perfume Oil Review & Giveaway

Narciso Rodriguez Musc for Her

Narciso Rodriguez Musc For Her

When it comes to wearing perfume one would consider oneself as a traditionalist, preferring the tried and tested method of spraying (usually copiously) over dabbing or rolling. Concentrations too are a very non-experimental area for this perfume blogger who most definitely prefers Eau de Parfum to anything else.

Perfume oils are not something one would usually even try let alone wear, mainly due to the fact that they are designed to wear close to skin and for a lover of nuclear sillage that simply is not cricket. But one must try everything at least once and thanks to there may just be a musk oil that cuts the mustard – Musc for Her by Narciso Rodriguez. (Slightly NSFW pic below the jump)

“Dress your skin in a new form of Narciso Rodriguez elegance. The Narciso Rodriguez For Her Musc Oil is a precious way to wear the iconic For Her fragrance.

Back and even more luxurious than before, the Musc oil is inspired by the mysterious depths of Egyptian Musk, a scent that Narciso himself wears like a lucky charm. Truly sensuous, the fragrance holds itself close to the skin and invites others to come closer.

The Narciso Rodriguez For Her Musc Oil is to be worn alone for personal pleasure, or with the eau de parfum to elevate its musky notes to another level of seduction.”

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Neela Vermeire Creations Mohur & Ashoka Giveaway

Neela Vermeire

Neela Vermeire

Following on from yesterday’s Desert Island Sniffs episode with the rather wonderful Neela Vermeire of Neela Vermeire Creations I am very pleased to be able to offer a rather spectacular giveaway in celebration of Neela’s welcome return from her desert island – you didn’t think I’d leave her there, did you?!

Marooned no more, Neela is generously offering one lucky winner a full 50ml flacon of the transcendently beautiful Mohur Eau de Parfum (Neela’s top Desert Island Sniff) with a sample of Ashoka, Neela’s brand new perfume launching later this year. Details of how to enter this incredibly generous giveaway can be found below the jump.

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And the Winner of The Candy Perfume Boy’s 2nd Birthday Giveaway Is…

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

Slightly later than expected (I have been having too much fun this weekend) but I can now confirm that the winner of the 2nd birthday giveaway, taking home the lovely Maison Francis Kurkdjian sample set is….

(drum roll please)

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The Candy Perfume Boy’s 2nd Birthday Giveaway

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

This week marks the 2nd birthday of The Candy Perfume Boy! Who’d have thought that the blog would have made it this far? Certainly not me, that’s for sure! It has been a fun two years and I have enjoyed lots of great interaction with fellow perfume lovers as well as meeting a bunch of wonderful people and having the opportunity to have smelled some fab perfumes!

I would like to celebrate this milestone with a small giveaway but before I do so I feel it’s important to start with an apology. In August last year I started a new and very demanding job which, rather unfortunately coincided with the final year of my post graduate degree, meaning that over the last year I haven’t been able to dedicate as much time to the blog as I needed to, and for that I am rather disappointed. That said, I have some exciting things in the pipeline so watch this space as normal service resumes!

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And the Winner of the Divine Sample Giveaway Is…

L'Homme Infini

L’Homme Infini

As I mentioned yesterday posts will be a tad infrequent this week due to my hellish (hellish I tell you) university assignments, but I couldn’t allow the week to slip by without announcing the winner of my Divine Sample Giveaway. It would be rude not to wouldn’t it?

It was really interesting to read everyone’s favourite barbershop fragrances and it was great to see some old classics alongside some newer, less well-known choices. Anyway, that’s more than enough babbling from me.

The winner of the Divine Sample Giveaway is…

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And the Winner of The Candy Perfume Boy & Persolaise Twitter Giveaway Is…

Juniper Sling

Persolaise and The Candy Perfume Boy’s Juniper Sling Twitter Competition

A massive thank you to all who entered the Candy Perfume Boy/Persolaise Twitter giveaway. We received a high number of entries for the rather wonderful prize of a bottle of Penhaligon’s rather spiffy gin inspired Juniper Sling.

Well, the entries have been gathered together and the winner has been selected entirely at random using I can now reveal that the very lucky winner of the much coveted prize is…..

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