Movember Madness
Movember Madness

It’s officially the first day of November which means one thing and one thing only – dodgy moustaches. That’s right dear readers, Movember is upon us and all throughout the month many a man will be sporting questionable facial foliage all for a very wonderful and worthy cause. The aim is that, through the medium of fanciful tashes we will change the face of men’s health.

The Candy Perfume Boy isn’t exempt from all of this madness and even though he looks utterly ridiculous with a moustache (and I mean UTTERLY ridiculous) he is willing to offer his face up for ridicule in order to raise money for the good of his fellow ‘mo bros’. This means that this year I will once again be joining Team Penhaligon’s in their crusade to raise one heck of a lot of dough for men’s health.

Throughout the month I shall be posting regular ‘mo updates’ on Moustache Mondays and The Candy Perfume Boy (the blog that is) will be focusing on all things masculine, with reviews of a number of manly fragrances, a man-focused edition of the Scent a Celebrity series, plus a whole host of other masculine things (grr). In addition to all of this I’ll also be looking at some classic men’s fragrances on Escentual in a series I’m ingeniously dubbing ‘Movember Masculines’. All-in-all it’s going to be a fun month!

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The Mo as of Day 25 (Yesterday)
The Mo as of Day 25 (Yesterday)

It is the very final week of Movember and whodathunk that I’d have made it this far? Not me, that’s for sure! I had visions of me finding my Mo so utterly monstrous and/or frustrating that I would have taken a pair of scissors to it in a fit of a rage by now. But the truth is that the month of Movember has been relatively easy and dare I say rather fun indeed.

On Thursday last week I took a trip up to London to the Official Movember Barbers for a free Mo trim. This was my first true barbershop encounter (I wore Petit Fracas btw, an entirely un-barbershoppy fragrance for what it’s worth) and it was rather enjoyable; not only was it quite relaxing but the barbers hired by Movember were pretty damn handsome too. So yes, I would recommend a true old-fashioned barbershop shave, the results of which you can view below the jump…

The Mo as of Day 18 (Yesterday)
The Mo as of Day 18 (Yesterday)

It is day 19 and week three of the month of Movember and Mo growing is Mo-st definitely in full swing. I am constantly surprised by how surprisingly decent it looks. I expected it to look entirely laughable but I am getting lots of comments from people who know me that think that it looks suits me and that, here’s the kicker, I should think about keeping it. Now that is something I am not sure about….

Although the Mo is looking good I must admit that it is getting to the point where it is starting to feel weird. I guess I just cannot get used to having some growth on my top lip! The good news is that I will be paying a visit to the Official Movember Barbershop on Thursday to have a bit of a Mo trim and tidy-up. Here’s hoping that the professionals will be able to style it up a bit.

Day 10
The Mo as of Day 10 (Yesterday)

So it’s day 11 of Movember and Week 2 of Moustache Mondays which means it is time for my weekly Mo update! That’s right, you may be sick to the back teeth of me banging on about Movember, but as promised I am here to keep you up to date with all that relates to my facial hair, and it seems that we’ve had quite a bit of progress since week 1….

As you can see by the picture above, which was taken yesterday on day 10, the Mo is in full fuzz mode. I have to admit that it really doesn’t look as bad as I thought it would, although since having my hair did I do look a tad Hitler-esque without my glasses on, but on the whole I am growing rather attached to it.

Gentleman
A Scent for The Modern Gent (Mo Not Included)

“Sartorial – sar-tor-ial adj. [attrib] of or relating to tailoring, clothes, or style of dress: sartorial elegance”

[Seeing as I’ve gone a bit mad for Movember I thought I would share a review of one of my favourite modern masculines from The Candy Perfume Boy Archives. Sartorial is a scent that not only evokes the smell of a tailor’s workroom, but also conjures up the image of a well groomed, modern gent with an incredibly stylish mo. Enjoy.]

I chose not to write a post on my fragrant new years resolutions simply because I have only made three. They are; to keep producing interesting and informative content for The Candy Perfume Boy, to review more fragrances from as many brands as possible and finally, to review more masculine fragrances.

Those who read this blog on a regular basis will know that I wear a lot of feminine fragrances and my reviews reflect this. I don’t have anything against masculines at all, they just tend not to be within my bracket of taste, whereas as feminine and niche ‘unisex’ (or sexless) fragrances tend to be right up my street. So, in the interest of balance I will ensure that I review more masculine fragrances and I will start with one of my recent favourites.

Sartorial (2010) is the latest masculine release from the über-British perfume house Penhaligon’s and is inspired by the workroom of a Saville Row Tailor. Created by perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour (who is also responsible for other Penhaligon’s fragrances such as Amaranthine and their Anthology Series) Sartorial is described as “a contemporary interpretation of a classic Fougère” [1]

Mo
Gadzooks that is some serious growth! (Disclaimer: This image may have been photoshopped…)

Today is the first of my Moustache Mondays, a series of weekly posts in which I shall keep you abreast of my Mo growing escapades in aid of raising money (and awareness) for men’s health charity Movember. So, how has it all gone so far? Would my facial-hair growing skills shame a Sasquatch? Short answer: no.

It’s day 5, and no, it hasn’t grown as quickly as the above picture will lead you to believe! Instead that is a rather good representation of what I would look like should I decide to rock the Handlebar (or Connoisseur) style of Mo. Pretty nifty, huh? I shall attempt to mock up a pic with the Trucker style Mo, as that appeared to be the most popular in this week’s Saturday Poll.