The Right Way To Stuff A Man’s Stocking: Stuff My Stocking, Stuffer 15
By Bill Ervolino
In the last two years, after some 40 years of turning up my nose (literally and figuratively) at anything with a fragrance, I’ve been, slowly but surely, coming to my senses.
And, trust me: I’m no pushover in this department.
The line has a gift box for the guy in your life, just in time for the holidays. And, if he’s anything like me, he’ll love it.
Or, if you want to get all American about it: Citron.
I’ve always been partial to citrus. At home, I always have a bottle of lemongrass oil inches from my diffuser. It’s cool, it’s refreshing and it just smells clean.
Just like cedrat.
The four products in this kit ($338) -- cologne, shower gel, after shave cream, and cleansing bar -- are similarly fresh. But they’re also rather complicated.
In addition to cedrat peel, notes include frosted mint, violet leaf, lavender, cedar, amber and musk.
I hesitate to mention the flowery items, because there is nothing flowery about the scent. It’s complex. It’s also bracing, pleasingly botanical and distinctly masculine.
The eau de toilette is the star here, and it’s bottled up in what appears to be a metal flask. (A very, very nice metal flask.)
I might go for something more assertive, if I were heading to some big holiday blowout. Something that announces, “I’m here!” But, for everything else -- from work to dinner to a special date -- the cedrat, with its citrusy-woodsiness is just right.
Ditto for the shower gel, which provides the same clean -- but never overpowering -- scent.
Toss in an ounce of after shave cream and I’m a happy camper. These days, I’m shaving my face and my head and all that swordplay can take its toll, especially on the scalp. An ounce tube may not sound like much, but it goes a long way. And it’s as soothing as the L’Occitane After Shave that I had the pleasure of reviewing last year.
The final item in this gift box is a square-shaped bar of cleanser, also cedrat, about the size of a butter cookie. This isn’t a large bar, but it could easily last a month or two.
Happy holidays! And viva cedrat!