Many people ask me what to buy the beloved youngsters in their life as their first fragrance. It’s a tricky one. You like that they are taking care of the appearance and image, but because they’re still young, you definitely don’t want anything provocative. All the seductive and alluring stuff can stay on the shelves, thank you.
I was lucky enough today to press gang my own son, Freddie, aged eleven ( on the right), and his lovely friend Morgan, aged twelve (on the left), into trying out a few scents for me. I launched them onto the Perfume Society For Him Discovery Box and let them spray with abandon. I absolutely loved their reactions, although our dear chums at Jovoy did not fare so well among this age group!. They both smell great today and Morgan went away with a freebie.
I did not sway them and their responses are unedited.
Cartier L’Envol 1.5ml eau de toilette (50ml normally £63)
“Smells like a garden centre.” “Not sure.”
Cristiano Ronaldo CR7 2ml eau de toilette (30ml/£19.00)
“Smells lush”, “really nice, I love this one.”
This one was a favourite of both boys. Morgan went home with the sample and both were a-sniffing with impressed looks on their faces.
It may have something to do with the fact that they are both excellent football players and avid fans, so this may have swayed them. In any case, a resounding success
Coach For Men 2ml eau de toilette (40ml/£39)
“Oh yeah. That’s nice.” “The Coach one is good.”
Morgan and Fred both liked this one. Cool, fresh and clean, and not remotely provocative.
Dunhill Racing 2ml eau de parfum (50ml/£63)
“Nice.” “Clean” “My joint favourite.”
As for me, I think Dunhill Racing was my favourite, although I was taking a back seat today.
Ferrari Man in Red 1.2ml eau de toilette (50ml/£42)
“Lush,” “I like this one.” “sort of sweet. I really like it.” “Yeah the Ferrari one is my favourite. That and the CR7.”
Jaguar Black Chromite 1.8ml eau de toilette (100ml £55.00)
“Joint favourite” “I like this one, the Ronaldo and the Ferrari one.” “Can I keep this one, Mum?”
Aww. Of course he can keep it.
Jovoy Private Label 2ml eau de parfum (100ml £125)
Jovoy, my apologies in advance. The exact response was “minging”, “disgusting”, “wash it off”, “rank” “smells like tar.”
Well, thank goodness, they didn’t like this one (It was the most expensive of the lot). Parents stressing over bank accounts will breathe a sigh of relief if they have to get an iPhone as well this Christmas (cough) I imagine.
I’m sorry Jovoy, I still love you!
Kenneth Cole Mankind 1.5ml eau de toilette (£30 for a 30ml)
“Oh wow.” “Yep. it’s good.”
Missoni Parfum Pour Homme 5ml eau de parfum (50ml £45.00)
“What’s this for?” “There’s no spray on it.” “I can smell it now. Not bad.” “That bottle’s really cute.”
Vince Camuto Homme 1.5ml eau de toilette (£45 for a 50ml)
“That smells amazing!” “Like it.” “Who’s Vince Camuto?”
NB The box also contains a 150ml Heath face wash and a mini size Missoni after shave balm and bath and shower gel, making this a great gift set.
Favourites were CR7, Ferrari and Jaguar, with Dunhill Racing, Vince Camuto and Coach coming up close seconds. Sadly Jovoy was not quite for this age group, but their faces were a picture!
You can buy this fabulous gift box from The Perfume Society. Mine was sent to me as a gift with no conditions attached. Opinions are those of my son and his friend. Thanks boys! Take your pick as a reward.