It’s usually pretty easy to do something nice for Mother’s Day – it’s the busiest day of the year for restaurants and right up there for florists, and for some reason it’s just easier to shop for Mom. When it comes to Father’s Day, people seem to fall back on the same few standard gifts; a tie, a set of barbecue tools, a power drill. If fragrance is given as a gift, it’s often something familiar like Old Spice or Stetson, whether he actually likes it or not. There is nothing wrong with that, but I have a feeling that a lot of those scents stay on the shelf and never get used. American men can be reluctant to wear fragrance, or to admit it if they do, so finding something that makes them feel comfortable can be a challenge. May I suggest the all-natural Chaparral by Roxana Illuminated Perfume for the man who wants to ease in to the idea of wearing fragrance?
Roxana Villa is often inspired by the natural beauty and indigenous plants of her California surroundings, and Chaparral is a reflection of that aesthetic, one of a quartet of her perfumes in the Californica series. It is warm, inviting and easygoing, a perfect introductory scent for men who don’t usually wear fragrance, and it may just make a convert out of him. It is a blend of herbal notes and woods including native oak and white sage and is very well balanced, lacking the overly strong “manly” notes that so often mark a mainstream fragrance. (It’s no wonder that so many men are intimidated by the idea of wearing perfume; some of the masculine products on the market can just about singe your eyebrows off with their pungent strength.) I have been testing samples of both the liquid and the solid versions of this fragrance, and they are both wonderful. I think the solid perfume would be a great way to introduce the idea of scent to a man, it’s so easy to use, and it has a mellow, user-friendly character enhanced even more by the use of natural natural beeswax. It’s hard to pick any one herb out of the blend, but the overall effect is both delightful and understated. It lasts very well (on my skin anyway) and keeps getting better with time, as a good quality perfume should do. It’s certainly wearable by women, as I can attest, but it would bring out the inner cowboy in an any man. Chaparral really does smell like being out in the country with the aromas of wild plants, their fragrant essential oils warmed by the sun, being carried on the breeze.
For more background on the Californica fragrance series, read this piece by Roxana Villa for Fragrantica online magazine. To purchase Chaparral and other Perfumes, visit Roxana’s Etsy store.
Image credit: Chaparral bottle with a sprig of native California white sage, from fragrantica.com via Roxana Villa.