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===Back and forward===
As we went on holiday recently we were going through duty free when my partner Allan spotted some aftershave he really liked. I'd never heard of the stuff myself. After a meal and pottering about in the other shops (and leaving our debit card at the self serve tills by accident) he decided that we would, indeed need to go back for this aftershave. Having smelled it on him (after spraying himself with the tester) I agreed that we needed to go back for Paul Smith and his bottle of Sunshine
Sir Paul Smith (CBE) is a fashion designer from England who specialises in menswear who till now I had never heard of. Clearly the queen has heard of him, otherwise he'd not have those letters at the end of his name. He has a huge range of clothing and a slightly smaller range of fragrances for men all of which you can find on his company's website www.paulsmith.co.uk. If you're looking to buy this stuff I'd recommend using the site as you get a really cute free Paul Smith bunny toy with it at the moment for some reason. Awesome.
I can't decide if I like the bottle or not. The style that we got seems to be an older version (even though it was only let out in 2012) so it's not quite as pretty as the bottle in the Ciao picture. The bottle is a very simple shape: a rectangle with a circular lid on top. The glass is striped with greens of different shades with the occasional clear strip. The circular lid is see through which makes it look either quite cool or like they have forgotten to colour it in to hide the spray nozzle effectively. It really does look strangely unfinished to me. Throw in that it's a screw off lid, it makes it feel a little bit more hassle than it should be to get the lid off and on properly. It does mean that it's not going to come off if it's floating about your bag, which can only be a good thing. It's sturdy enough to stand on its own without it getting toppled over at least, so that's a plus. Sometimes it looks clean and fresh, other times it looks untidy and unfinished. It's not my favourite bottle we own anyway. The new bottle looks a lot nicer though still seems to have stuck with the weird looking see through lid that shows the ugly sprayer off in all its glory
Top Notes: Black Pepper, Grapefruit, Coriander,
Heart Notes: Star Fruit, Cedarwood, Nutmeg, ,
Base Notes: Moss, Olibanum,
If you could bottle fresh and mix it with sexy then you'd come out with Paul Smith Sunshine. This stuff smells beautiful and clean and has a slightly tangy, bright feel to it. Just underneath the light and airy top coat is a darker, spicier side that almost teases your nose: It's definitely there, but you aren't allowed to get a full blast of it. I can't quite pinpoint what is so good about it. It's just so well balanced between smelling light and fun and smelling manly and serious. Not to say that it's undecided in it's manliness, just that it doesn't instantly evoke a tough "punch you in the face" style man. Instead it's a quietly confident, flirty, well dressed and incredibly sexy man that comes to mind, and I'm not just talking about my partner. This stuff really smells amazing.
===Is it noticeable?===
Yes. It doesn't hit you in the face like Joop! or Crave but it is certainly noticeable. It follows me around leaving a lovely trail. Anyone getting up close can notice the fresh, clean scent of it and anyone getting hugging distance away from me can start to notice the spicier warmer side to it hiding beneath the surface. People have complimented me on it when I've worn it and people have also been asking Allan what he's wearing aftershave wise when he puts this stuff on. Great stuff!
===How long does it last?===
This one lasts all day. A couple of squirts in the morning and you can still smell it as fresh and bright as when you applied it when you get home. Allan really loves the scent on anyone (in fact the reason he found out about it was through smelling a guy at his work and falling in love with it every time he walked past) and I love when he's wearing it too. I can come home from work and still smell it on him when I get in. It's really a lovely scent!
We paid £30 for our 100ml bottle at duty free. It felt like a good deal at the time but now that I've seen their website I beg to differ. £26 will get you the same bottle we picked up with the free bunny toy I mentioned which could really do you for two gifts for different people if you're buying for someone else OR entertain you for a whole ten minutes if it's for yourself. If you aren't getting it direct from Paul Smith then you can get it even cheaper with most places coming in around £22 online. My partner tells me it's on sale in Home Bargains for around £15 at the moment too, so if you like this stuff it might be a good idea to get yourself down there and see if you can't pick up this heavy discount.
This stuff hasn't been tested on animals you'll be pleased to know. If you wish to test it on humans, then some of them may be allergic to one or more of the ingredients. As such I'll be including the ingredients list for you to have a browse through. I don't have a clue what most of the stuff is so it's really up to you if you want to use the information! In each bottle you will find a little of the following:
Alcohol, Parfum, Aqua, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Geraniol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Citral, Benzyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Eugenol.
This really is fantastic stuff. It's not too strong but it doesn't fade away into the background after a couple of hours. It's the perfect balance between light and fragrant while still keeping a sexy edge to it. The scent really draws you in and makes you want more. For the staying power you get, the price is more than reasonable too. This is a definite five stars out of five product for me especially if you manage to get the new style bottle which looks a lot nicer. Go get you some!
I will start this review by saying that I have been obsessed with the fragrance ever since I smelled it on a friend a few years ago, every time he would walk past I would find myself sniffing at the air (hope I didn't give him a complex!)
Eventually I asked his what it was, expecting it to be a designer fragrance that costs a fortune but to my surprise it was "Sunshine" by Paul Smith and is very affordable.
I have had Paul Smith fragrances in the past and have not enjoyed them. Sunshine completely turned my Paul Smith opinion around, I purchased my bottle from Duty Free in Glasgow Airport.
The first word I wish to use to describe this fragrance is Gorgeous. An actual description would be a fresh, attractive fragrance which consists of the following noticeable elements:
- Black Pepper
The first day back at work once we had returned from Greece, I wore it for the first time and loads of people commented how amazing I smelled and a few women asked where they could purchase it for their partners, after joking about them wanting their other halves to smell like me I did tell them.
The bottle is an attractive glass square with green colouring and I just found out today if you purchase it from the Paul Smith website, you get a free bunny with it (toy of course, not a real animal!) wish I had done that now. It has a solid and sturdy design which means it can sit nicely in our bathroom without danger of it being knocked over.
I picked up my bottle at the duty free store in Glasgow airport when my partner and I were catching an outbound flight to Greece, it retailed at £21 and I feel was a bargain. On the Paul Smith website, the price is slightly higher at £26 and I've found various prices in other places so it's worth shopping around for the best deal you can find.
n.b - Someone told me the other day that it's on sale in "Home Bargains" for £15 so I would recommend checking here first - For that price I wouldn't grudge not having the free bunny.
I put this aftershave on at about 07:00 each morning and I can still smell it when I return home at 16:00 so all in all, I think it's a brilliant purchase. Most aftershaves cannot claim to match the staying power on Sunshine. My partner usually mentions that he can still smell it after a long day at work. He also loves the smell of it.
Who is this fragrance for?
> Anyone who wants to smell amazing and be complemented all day long
Who is this fragrance not for?
> Well, anyone who doesn't fit into the above category
I would say to all the men reading this review (and the women) - Buy it, Try it, you won't go back to anything else! It's Gorgeous, Refreshing and an amazing price.
The 2012 Sunshine design is a new interpretation of glorious summer radiance, depicting the shimmering rays of a setting sun at the end of a long summeres day / Paul Smith Sunshine for Men is a spicy cocktail of nutmeg, black pepper and coriander, sharpened by grapefruit with a sandalwood base /