Dermot O’Leary Introduces the Earl Grey & Sandalwood Fragrance | Exclusive to M&S

Following the runaway success of Dermot O'Leary's skincare range and his first two fragrances, M&S is proud to announce the launch of the newest fragrance Earl Grey and Sandalwood, launching in June 2018. Earl Grey and Sandalwood sounds the name a working title Arthur Conan Doyle had for Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Maybe it came down to a coin toss. We'll never know. 

Dermot O'Leary launched his debut fragrances through M&S back in 2017; Bergamot & Basil and Vetiver & Cedarwood. The Earl Grey and Sandalwood is a lighter projection, appropriate for summer use. 


What is the bottle like?

The bottle sits square, square shoulders, square base and is transparent allowing a dip-dye effect of aqua marine to sit at the bottom. Almost the opposite to the Vetiver & Cedarwood which had a darker hue of blue at the top and faded to clear at the bottom. 


How does Earl Grey and Sandalwood smell? 

Earl Grey and Sandalwood opens with fresh, sparkling notes of bergamot and mandarin, leading to a heart that features aromatic earl grey tea accords and blackcurrant.

The base is composed of complimentary woody notes from galbanum, musk, cardamom, sandalwood and petitgrain, evoking sparkling high mountain streams in the heat of the summer sun.

Speaking of the collaboration and his growing relationship with M&S, Dermot commented; "There's no bond that's more quintessentially British than M&S, and I have loved working with the team there on this latest fragrance which will join the family of products we have created together. I hope everyone enjoys wearing it as much as I do".

Earl Grey & Sandalwood by Dermot O'Leary launches on 7th June 2018 online at and in M&S stores for £22.

Dermot O'Leary has coincided this new fragrance with the launch of his Grooming for Men, a skincare range exclusively for M&S available in store and online. 

With many years in the entertainment business, Dermot has tested a huge variety of products and wanted to apply his learnings to create a hassle-free, affordable grooming collection of his own.

Jo Jenkins, Director of Womenswear, Beauty and Lingerie at Marla & Spencer adds: "We are absolutely thrilled to have worked with Dermot on the launch of his first grooming range for men. Recent research has shown that the male grooming market holds a great potential opportunity, and we are delighted to have partnered with Dermot as we feel both our male and female customers will really relate to him."


Would I buy Earl Grey and Sandalwood?

Absolutely. In a heartbeat. Dermot has got a great product on his hands here and the best thing is he isn't trying to over sell his cache. He is a public figure, he is immaculately dressed and a gentleman. Accessible, good quality and a very decent caveat for my Summer outings. 



2018 Bleu de Chanel Parfum | Fragrance Review


I'm excited, are you excited? The launch of a Bleu De Chanel fragrance comes along come with the annual scarcity of a World Cup or long awaited James Bond movie. We're teased perpetually. Tantalised longingly. The emancipation swells and circles around the perfumery forums like a raptor in transit. 

What's the story so far with Bleu De Chanel? 

Luckily it doesn't have the complexity of a Marvel franchise. The new Bleu De Chanel Parfum is only the third instalment in the series. And I know what you're thinking, when has there ever been a decent 3rd instalment? Jaws? neh. Godfather? forget it. 

If you don't mind I'll let the press release take it from here. 

2010 - BLEU DE CHANEL Eau de Toilette

The original widened the scope of cedar to give it an arid vibrancy and the crispness of a pine forest at the height of summer. A vertical composition, soaring and carefree, spouting the bitterness of grapefruit and the dryness of vetiver. (Press release). 

2014 - BLEU DE CHANEL Eau de Parfum

Explored another aspect of cedar. The identifiable fabric of the first opus was plunged into ambery and musky notes. The murmur of sandalwood could be heard in the background, but the ambery accent and tonka bean are what heightened the sensuality of cedar.

2018, BLEU DE CHANEL Parfum

Adjusts the proportions of wood and citrus of the two previous interpretations. Immediately recognisable, the olfactory core of the very first fragrance is tattooed on the skin with the same, shiver-inducing top notes, the refreshing zests and the fresh sensation of lavender and geranium.

Bleu de Chanel 2.jpg

First impressions? 

It's sweeter than it's predecessor. At the same time it has a bit more meat on its bone. Denser. I wore it to a bloggers breakfast at Sotheby's and I get a couple of remarks on my scent. That could be due to it's lack of projection (maybe I needed an extra couple of sprays?), or perhaps in a semi/business environment it wouldn't be appropriate for someone to complement me on how I smelled. Good or bad. 

How long does it last? 

This is perhaps the most interesting thing to note. The Silage is rumoured to be quite middle-distance with the EDP range, but I started to feel the presence of the perfume more as the day wore on. 

Later at another event down at the Oris pop-up launch in Mayfair, I actually thought I could smell the fragrance on someone else. But it was me. And the notes were starting to register, perhaps my mind just needed a blank canvas to process the data. 

What could you detect? 

I was getting more Lavender, and something crisp and woody. More sandalwood than cedarwood. It had depth, it had character. It was sophisticated and dense. 

Overall thoughts, worth the money? 

Very impressed with the perfume as a whole, but like they say in the blogging world, you're really only as good as your last blog. 

The trouble with Bleu De Chanel parfum is that you're always going to compare it to its predecessors, and in that department, I don't see a massive arc in it's trajectory. 

After the second meeting the scent began to fade to a trace, 4-5 hours in total, which is a shame. I do like the fact it doesn't invade a space, that it's projection is subtle, and that I'm wearing someone that 9/10 other men in the room won't be wearing. 

They've amped up the price, rumours are that the formula has less alcohol and more oil so the cost of production has increased. 

Bleu de Chanel - Debenhams - £66

Bleu de Chanel - Debenhams - £66

Top 5 Celebrity Mens Fragrances

Why do celebrities launch fragrances? 
How much do they earn? 
What are my top five male celebrity fragrances? 

Celebrities can earn an obscene amount of money cashing in on their name and status. Reports suggest roughly 1/5 of the fragrance industry can be accredited to celebrity fragrances. Elizabeth Taylor wasn’t the first actress to release a ‘celebrity’ fragrance back in 1991, but she made more money from her fragrance 'White Diamond' (grossing more than $1million dollars and counting) than all of her films combined. Depending on the size of the celebrities’ cache they can earn on average earn 5-10% of sales for licensing their name including an initial bunce of £3 million.

Here are my top five celebrity menswear fragrances.

1. Vetiver & Cedarwood - by Dermot O'Leary

Dermot has released two fragrances this summer, in a collaboration with master scent creators and Marks & Spencer’s. Why has Dermot released a fragrance? It's a lateral move and a bit of a no-brainer as his skincare range with M&S was a huge commercial success. He's been a member of the British Fashion Council for years and regularly features in GQ's listicles for stylish men of the year.

The difference between the two scents? Bergamot & Basil is fresh and aromatic whereas the Vetiver & Cedarwood is a contrasting warm, silky and spicy blend to suit your mood and style. Day/Night.

My personal favourite out of the two is Vetiver & Cedarwood as it really packs a punch, it's sophisticated and masculine. This fragrance leads with invigorating top notes of pink grapefruit and mandarin combined with deep accords of black pepper, clove and geranium on a warm and woody base of Cedarwood, amber and vetiver.

They are beautifully styled with minimalistic packaging and bottles which will look fantastic on your grooming shelf at home. All for £22, outstanding effort Dermot.

2. Intimately Beckham Men by - David Beckham

How can we leave out ol’ Golden Balls? Intimately Beckham Men is modern, spicy with some warm notes of cedar, sandalwood and resins. It has a nice mix of florals and the finish is fresh, exotic and dignified. Some good longevity, (or Sillage as they say in the trade) approx. 5-6 hours. The only downside is that it’s a little middle of the road. Got the feeling he played it safe on this one to widen the appeal.

3. Blue Seduction - Antonio Banderas

It’s a nice sporty-fresh fragrance for men and is well suited as an everyday fragrance. You’ll get an instant miasma of melon and mint followed by faint wood notes. It’s not a going out fragrance, more fresh out of the gym or walk around the park fragrance. The best thing is the price £17! Worst thing, does smells a bit like melon bubblegum.

4. Unforgivable - Sean John

It’s fruitier than a bathtub of skittles. Very citrus-y, some may find it a little overloaded on the fruit notes, but I don’t mind that. It's fresh but also a bit dark, it has a bit of mystery to it. Good for casual wear and second opinions tell me it appeals to a younger age range. One negative; doesn’t give you a lot of sillage, expect to top up after 2 hours. 

5. 007 Bond Perfume

Well not really a celebrity but what the heck. Let’s start with the positives, (perhaps the only one) the bottle is fantastic with its cross hatching reminiscent of a Walther PPK. It does have staying power, much like the Bond franchise. If you think that the first Bond Dr No was released 55 years ago. Sadly, it's a bit of a missed opportunity, it's got apple, it's generic, it’s not nearly masculine enough to be worthy of the Bond stamp. Could have done with some leather notes, maybe gunpowder, you get my point.

But Bond never wore aftershave himself if you read your Fleming. 



Penhaligon’s Fragrance Profiling | Finding Your Signature Scent

Scent is linked to memories, fact. I'm not sure exactly why or how it scientifically works but a quick google search will probably explain better than I ever could. But certainly in life, this is true, for example how many times of we thought, said or heard the words "that smell reminds me of you"? I'm not going to name names but this happened to me today as I walked past a woman at Piccadilly Circus, her smell immediately reminded me of someone very special to me. That is why smelling different to the masses is extremely important and you should always be looking out for that next incredible fragrance to wear. This could be in terms of a new release or even a historical fragrance that is worthy of a revival - the key is that the fragrance you choose should be personal to you.

It is for this reason that I went to Penhaligon's to experience their personal fragrance profiling at their Burlington Arcade store in the heart of London. I've been wearing the same few fragrances for a while now and although expensive they have become quite mainstream and I was after something a little more unique, that would turn heads, smell incredible and also stamp a new fragrance into memories, under my name.

Penhaligon's, in their words have been entertaining nostrils since 1870 and that is not a typo, it is a fact 1870. So it is fair to say that they know a thing or two about making incredible fragrance. Fragrance profiling is a service that they offer where you'll sit down with a fragrance expert and you can discuss what notes you tend to go for when choosing a scent. The fragrance expert will then have you smelling a variety of different Penhaligon's bottles that match the certain individual notes that you adore. If you're not sure about particular 'notes' that you like, don't worry as you can simply start by telling them that you like sweet, floral, spice, intense scents and you can just let the experts do their work. I can assure you at the end of the process you'll have a fragrance (or two) that smells incredible on your skin and is personalised to your lifestyle.

For myself, I tend to go for fragrances that have a strong note of spice yet with sweet touches such as vanilla or with alcohol tones such as rum. True to form, I didn't steer too far away from this when picking my perfect scent from Penhaligon's. After 15 minutes I had it down to 5...then 3...then my top 2, Endymion and LP No9. Finally deciding LP No9 For Men which was created in 1999 which proves that relatively old fragrance recipes can still be the one for you - newer isn't always better. 

Penhaligon's LP No9 for Men has the following notes: Mandarin, Bergamot, Rosewood, Jasmine, Orris, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Clove, Cinnamon, Pepper, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Patchouli, Musk, Amber.

However this doesn't mean that this fragrance is right for you. The only way to know that is to head over to a Penhaligon's store and ask for a fragrance profiling. Or they also offer the service online which you can complete here.