Mens grooming products from Primark.

Craig tries out some of the range of mens grooming products from Primark

We all know Primark for their great fashion and amazing prices, but did you know that they also offer an extensive range of grooming products for us guys? Who knew right! So for this sponsored post I wanted to show you some of the items, and tell you know what I think of them. Everything you see in this post cost me just £36. When you think that a moisturiser alone can cost that price or more, there are some incredible savings to be made in your grooming routine.

 Most guys start the day with a shave, and above you have the post shave moisturiser, Volume 2 aftershave, and the shave brush.  At just £2 the shave brush is of fairly good quality. I thought the bristles would all fall out, but even when I pulled them they stayed put and the hairs are nice and soft.

At £3 the post shave moisturiser is a medium weight cream, it has a nice fresh smell and was easily absorbed. It also made my skin feel very soft, and for the price I’d recommend it.

The aftershave is just one of a range that Primark offer. I had absolutely no idea that they stocked aftershaves! I chose Volume 2. I honestly do like the smell of this aftershave and with Mandarin, peppermint, cinnamon, Tonka bean and amber it has a very fresh but spicy and masculine scent. With a price tag of just £8 for 100ml it’s a total bargain, and the bottle is quite nice too. View Post

Penhaligon’s introduce Roaring Radcliff

Craig of That Dapper Chap reviews Roaring Radcliff, the latest fragrance in the Portraits collection from Penhaligon’s and offers readers the opportunity to enter a competition to win the entire range.

The new Roaring Radcliffe fragrance with it’s distinctive rum and tobacco scents

The Portraits Collection

In my last post about the Portraits collection from Penhaligon’s of London I covered the unveiling of the collection and introduced you to the various members of this mysterious Victorian family, their characters and their secrets.

Time has passed since then and I now have the pleasure of introducing two new members of the family, although Lady Blanche may disagree that either of these characters bring her any pleasure whatsoever, and I am sure she is plotting their demise as I type!

Clandestine Clara is unveiled at Lord George’s mistress and Roaring Radcliff as their illegitimate son!

Other members of the Portraits family vying for attention as Roaring Radcliffe and Clandestine Clara take the stage

Product

For this review I shall focus on Roaring Radcliff, his propensity for fast cars and faster women and the deliciously evocative scents that this new fragrance brings.

While this is a sponsored post I will be entirely honest with my thoughts and observations as always.

The Roaring Radcliffe bottle and gift box

Penhaligon’s are well know for their very unusual fragrances and this one is no different. Punchy and powerful, it’s a heady mix of warming rum, rich tobacco and sweet and spicy gingerbread. Think of a gentleman’s club full of well to do gentlemen in all their finery and you’re almost there.

It’s deep and woody with a hint of oriental inspiration, and not like anything I have encountered before. Just like the Lord George fragrance, which instantly appealed to me, Radcliff had an immediate impact.

Price

As with other fragrances in the range, Radcliff retails at £178 for 75ml. While this may be at the higher end of some peoples budget, this is a special fragrance and sits apart from its competitors.

Peacock feathers decorate the Penhaligon’s store in homage to the Clandestine Clara fragrance 

Packaging & Presentation

This is another area where Penhaligon’s excel. The bottles in this range are exquisite. While the labelling is simple and unobtrusive, the bottle topper makes this range very exciting. Roaring Radcliff, with his powerful presence is captured in the form a lion. The topper and the bottle themselves are heavy, feels good in the hand and feels expensive.

The box itself is another talking point, and it is entirely covered with the stunningly intricate illustrations that fit the collection so well.

The central circular display in the Penhaligon’s Regent Street store, London

The stunning and intricate artwork that accompanies the Penhaligon’s Portraits collection

The entire Portraits Collection. Win the collection by entering the giveaway at the bottom of this post

Performance

This is a long lasting fragrance. I used five sprays first thing this morning and can still detect a faint whiff on my collar 12 hours later.

The fragrance is intense, it’s lively and rich and was noticed by those around me. Not in an intrusive way, as they did have to come closer to get a better smell, but maybe that’s just one of the plus points of this fragrance, that it makes people want to get closer. Not something Radcliff would readily disapprove of I’m sure!

The rum really comes through initially, this is then followed by the scent of tobacco as it starts to dry on the skin, It’s then that a sweet spiciness of the gingerbread becomes apparent. 

With rum, tobacco and gingerbread, the fragrance packs a punch

Pertinence 

If you prefer a subtle fragrance that sits back and doesn’t interrupt, Radcliff isn’t the fragrance for you. This fragrance is your equal and will enter a room with you, having an impact and helping you get noticed.

I’d suggest that this is more of an evening fragrance rather than one for every day use.

The Roaring Radcliffe fragrance. Get ready to party!

The window displays at the Penhaligon’s store in Regent Street London

Pro’s & Con’s 

This fragrance is unusual, it packs a punch and doesn’t apologise for it. That could also be a downside as putting too much on will cause issues. Sometimes less is more and that’s definitely true with Radcliff. You may want to add a couple of additional sprays if you’re out on the town, or off to your own gentleman’s club, but if you do choose to wear this every day, just be wary of its potency.

The bottle is another plus for me, it’s super stylish and feels great. I know that you can’t wear the bottle and that it’s really about how the fragrance smells, but it really does add to the experience of wearing one of these fragrances.

A closer look at the Roaring Radcliff bottle with its beautiful lion head stopper

People

Women love this fragrance! I have never heard so many gasps of approval. “I love it” Suzy told me “It’s strong and sexy” Carla said “I love the bottle. Bottles make me buy fragrance, and it’s nice to see a company putting so much effort into their design” She also told me “It’s like walking into a Gentleman’s club, I just love it”

Matt said “It’s very masculine and smells very expensive. I’d be worried that it could be slightly overpowering as it’s very heavy. It’ll last all day though and I love the bottle”

My first smell of the new Roaring Radcliff fragrance

Précis

To sum things up, I very much like it, as do the people that I shared it with. It’s an unusual scent and one that some people may find hard to adjust to.

The design of the packaging and the bottle are second to none. For me this is a real winner.

Inside the Penhaligon’s store on London’s Regent Street

Win the entire Portraits collection

For Valentines, Penhaligon’s are offering you the opportunity to send a loved one a virtual bunch of flowers with secret meanings via their website, and in doing so you will be entered into a draw to to win the entire Portraits collection. It’s as simple as that! Good Luck!!

Penhaligon’s Fragrances

Craig of That Dapper Chap introduces us to the latest fragrances from Penhaligon’s, both inspired by the the mysteries of Egypt.

Penhaligons

Founded by Mr William Penhaligon in 1870, Penhaligons London have a long established heritage, so much so that they hold not, one but two Royal Warrants. So, if their fragrances are good enough to for the British Royal Family, they’re certainly good enough for That Dapper Chap!

The two fragrances that I’m going to share with you today are the Alizarin Eau De Parfum and the
Oud De Nil Eau de Parfum. Two very different fragrances, they are both directly inspired by the history and atmosphere of one of the most mysterious lands in all the world: Egypt.

One of the most iconic symbols of Egypt and a must see for any true traveller

My Egyptian Experience

A few years ago now I was lucky enough to tour this ancient country. With it’s incredible history spanning millennia, rich culture and wealth of mystery, I’d had a deep fascination with it for a number of years.

We stayed for two weeks. Anything less and you wouldn’t be giving yourself the opportunity to see everything that you need to see and really immerse yourself in every aspect of what this stunning country has to offer.

The Temple Of Karnak, in the heart of Luxor

Our journey began in Luxor in the modern heart of the country. Boarding our boat we set sail on a week long trip along the river Nile, stopping and taking in the sights of various tombs and temples each day. Aswan, Edfu and Kom Obo were all on our itinerary, and each one came with it’s own beautiful experiences. Ones I will never forget.

The Temple Of Karnak in Luxor was an absolute favourite of mine. It is truly breathtaking, and as the sun set over the hand carved ruins I felt a deep affinity with the place, and it has to be one of the most memorable experiences of my life.

The Alizarin Eau De Parfum by Penhaligons, rich and intense just like Egypt’s history

The Collossi of Memnon, Once guardians of a magnificent temple complex, they now guard ancient secrets of Egypt’s past

Our second week was spent on land in a five star hotel on the banks of the Nile in Luxor. We took this time to soak up the African sun, rest, relax and explore. We wanted to see ‘real’ Egypt and did that by taking time out to meet local families and share some treats with the children. Notebooks, pencils and sweets went down exceptionally well!

Another defining moment was my visit to Tutankhamen’s Tomb in the valley of the kings. It was an incredibly emotive experience as it had been a ‘must see’ for at least 30 years. Not only did I see his tomb, taking the same route that the boy king took himself on his final journey, but I also got to stand face to face with the iconic golden mask while in the Cairo Museum during a private tour of the city.

A must see while visiting Egypt: The Sphinx in all her glory surveys and protects the gods

My Top Five Things To Do IN EGYPT 

While there are many many wonders to see in Egypt I wanted to share my top five things to do and see. Yours of course may be different and I’d love to hear what they are.

  1. Do ‘real’ Egypt. Going to Sharm El Sheikh is not ‘going to Egypt’. You could be on any resort anywhere in the world. There is no history in Sharm El Sheikh, and you’ll miss out on a potentially life changing experience if you limit yourself to this one place.
  2. Visit the Temple Of Karnak at sunset. The tourists will all but have left, and as the sun sets the scene changes and truly transports you back to another time. The lights come on and highlight structures, carvings and ancient work that you will have missed during the day.
  3. Take a cruise on the Nile. This is both a relaxing and exhilarating experience. Sail to a different part of Egypt each day and take in the sights before boarding your boat again for a traditional Egyptian meal. Afterwards enjoy a cocktail up on deck and watch the sun set over the palms while you sail gently along this historical journey.
  4. Take a balloon flight. For a different view of the country, see it from the air. For a relatively low cost we sailed through the sky over the Valley of The Kings and across the Nile and had an incredible one-off experience.
  5. See King Tuts final resting place. Visit the Valley of The Kings and stand in the spot that Howard Carter did in 1922 when he discovered King Tutankhamen’s tomb. Walk down the steps and marvel at the simplicity of the most famous Pharaoh’s chamber.  

Lions at the Temple of Karnak by sunset

The Fragrances

Both of these new fragrances take me back to the sites and smells of Egypt. The Alizarin Eau De Parfum, with its base notes of Oud and leather has a deeper and richer scent compared to Oud De Nil and is intense, giving a long lasting scent.

While the Alizarin is a touch more masculine and deepens on the skin, the Oud De Nil Eau De Parfun is lighter, fresher and comes with headnotes of grapefruit and Bergamot. Both have that very distinctive rich element of Oud, and it’s that which takes me back to Egypt.

The stunning sun set over the River Nile. A scene not to be missed.

Myself and my Son Harry at the foot of one of the iconic Egyptian pyramids

Get a taste of ancient Egypt with the latest fragrances from Penhaligons.

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