Category Archives: Cologne

Andy Tauer’s Cologne du Maghreb

As the weather in new York gets hot and humid, the fragrances that have been my mainstays for the cooler months—mostly Eau d’Italie’s Sienne l’Hiver and Bois d’Ombrie—don’t seem as appropriate. I’ve tried some of my lighter colognes, like D.R. … Continue reading

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Baxter x retaW Galactic Cedar Car Tag

Those familiar with retaW, the Japanese fragrance and skincare brand, will recognize the latest product launch from Baxter of California: it’s an air freshener for your car. The car tag, done in collaboration with retaW, comes in a scent Baxter … Continue reading

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First Smell: S-ex by S-Perfume

The more experience I have smelling and wearing unique fragrances, the more my taste forks into two distinct camps: the ones I want to wear and the ones I want to smell in the abstract. The wearable camp is increasingly … Continue reading

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For Perfumers There is No Bad Smell

“As one who writes about cologne, you owe it to yourself to read the book,” a new friend told me recently. He was talking about Chandler Burr’s The Emperor of Scent, and he was surprised I hadn’t read it. The … Continue reading

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Winter in Tuscany, in a Bottle

For those of us who collect things, there’s often a relentless focus on the new, whether it’s new to the market or new to our own collection. I have a good-sized collection of cologne bottles—modest by the standards of some … Continue reading

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Beard Oil: MCMC’s Number One Dude

When I wrote about beard oil last July (see What is Beard Oil and Why Do You Need it?), little did I know that it would be my most widely read post of the year. In fact, just today it … Continue reading

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Juniper Ridge’s Northwestern Backwoods Colognes

By far one of the most interesting exhibitors at this season’s Elements Showcase fragrance trade show was Juniper Ridge. It’s a small brand that’s run by backpackers who harvest things like wild sage and downed pine boughs and then steam … Continue reading

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My Take on Niche Fragrances in the Globe & Mail

Back in October, I was contacted by a writer for Toronto’s Globe & Mail who asked if I’d comment for a story he was writing about men’s fragrances. We had a short flurry of emails and I answered some basic … Continue reading

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Aesop’s Incredibly Good Smelling Hand Soap

Every once in a while, I smell something so bewitching that I can’t stop going back to it over and over. Twice in recent memory, this happened with a hand soap. Consequently, I end up walking around compulsively smelling my … Continue reading

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Imperial: From the Barber Shop to the Medicine Cabinet

A few weeks ago, I had a great conversation with Bryan Fisher of Imperial Barber Grade Products at the Capsule trade show in Las Vegas that led to a phone interview for my day job at MR Magazine, a menswear … Continue reading

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