S de Swaan

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A Perfume Devotee in the Land of French Fragrance

Before I became a perfume devotee a dozen years ago, my lexicon for describing scent was limited to words like “woodsy” or “flowery.” Later I found myself craving the dexterity of language that could match the increasingly complex perfumes arriving at my house in tiny decanted samples.<p>At the time, …

France

The Best All-Natural Deodorant: His Edition

We all know that the word <i>deodorant</i> is misleading. Most of the time, it is not so much <i>de</i>-odorant as <i>sur</i>-odorant: it applies a further layer of odor …

Whole Foods

The New Citrus: Spring’s Bergamot-Infused Fragrances

<i>Light, fresh and slightly masculine, the Italian fruit invigorates these four new</i> <i>perfumes</i><i>.</i><p><b>Diana Vreeland Vivaciously Bold</b><p>In February 1969, as the editor in chief of Vogue, Diana Vreeland wrote in a four-page memo on perfume: “I think men’s scents are wonderful for women … they have such character …

Beauty

12 seductive fragrances for the manly man

12 seductive fragrances for the manly man<p>Vetiver is a tropical grass (<i>Chrysopogon zizanioides</i>) that is native to India – its common name is derived …

Beauty

The weekend cook: Thomasina Miers’ recipes for curried dal and winter drop scones

After splashing out over Christmas, January is a time for tightening belts. That’s dispiriting, I know, and the dark evenings don’t help, either: yes, the days may be getting longer, but they still have a hell of a long way to go before we can skip home in the evening sun.<p>One thing is clear: food …

Baking

Yotam Ottolenghi’s post-Christmas bakes to use up leftover cheese and fruit – recipes

No one ever eats quite as much cheese and fruit over Christmas as they imagined when they did last week’s big food shop. So what to do with all these leftover wedges of stilton, cheddar and parmesan, not to mention the bowls of dates and apples? My solution is to incorporate them into a bit of …

Baking

Nigel Slater’s macaroni, chickpeas and tomato sauce

The recipe<p>Peel and roughly chop an onion, then soften it in a pan with 3 crushed cloves of garlic and 2 tbsp of olive oil. When the onions start to brown, add 1 tbsp of tomato purée, a 400g can of chopped tomatoes, half a stick of cinnamon, 2 bay leaves and pepper and salt. Simmer for 15 …

Italian Food
Fish

Yotam Ottolenghi’s winter soup recipes

January can be a confusing time, but the general resolve is to eat less and move more. After a month of potatoes roasted in duck fat, wedges of stilton and brandy-soaked cake, we somehow convince ourselves that a diet of blitzed green things, sprouted seeds and not a drop of wine is what our body …

Curries

Nigel Slater’s winter salads with chicken and pork

I am not going to forgo my daily salad just because there’s a bit of frost on the roof. Those crisp, crackling leaves of winter, the welcome snap of bitterness and bright flavours will continue to take their place on my table, they just need a slightly different treatment. Most of my winter salads …

Sausages

Vietnamese Fried Chicken Thighs with Garlic-Chile Glaze

4 Servings<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>8 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks (about 3 1/2 lb.)<p>2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce<p>Peanut or vegetable oil (for frying)<p>3/4 cup rice flour<p>1 large shallot, finely chopped<p>2 garlic cloves, finely chopped<p>1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled ginger<p>2 tablespoons …

Cast Iron Skillet

Top 10 Fragrances For Men

Shopping for men’s fragrances can be a daunting task. Every year hundreds of new aftershaves, colognes, and now even perfumes, are being launched for …

Scent back: How old-school men's fragrances are making a deserved comeback

Something very unfortunate has happened in the world of men’s fragrances over the past few years. Obsessed by edible, ‘gourmand’ notes of chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon, mainstream fragrance houses have managed to turn the man in the street into a walking (and wafting) patisserie. But there is …

Apolis Cypress Fig Cologne

Created as a way to take the scent of the company's best-selling Cypress Fig candle anywhere you go, Apolis Cypress Fig Cologne is a unique scent …

Cologne

L’Envol de Cartier Is the Brand’s First Men’s Cologne in Eight Years

Over the centuries, perfume bottles have been produced in nearly every shape and form, from carved pots in ancient Egypt, to exquisite Lalique …

Beauty

Acqua di Parma Peonia Nobile

A refined interpretation of the peony flower which unveils its sublime elegance in this fragrance. Vibrant accents of black pepper blended with soft n …

Cologne

25 Japanese foods we love -- from miso to tempura | CNN Travel

(CNN) — Japan is often called a "Galapagos" when it comes to technology, as the country's cultural isolation tends to produce innovations found nowhere else in the world. The same can be said about its food.<p>Japan is a culinary wonderland thanks to its unique heritage, a national obsession with …

Japan

The Best Oven Roast You'll Ever Eat - Recipe | shopswell

Here's my recipe for a moist oven roast. I get many compliments when I make it.<p>Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. While preheating, season your roast …

COMME des GARCONS Adds New Blackpepper Fragrance to Their Lineup

Adding to their bevy of luxe fragrances, COMME des GARCONS has just unveiled Blackpepper. Described as “an electric collision of molecules: the crash …

Beauty

Wedding style; the art of being a well-groomed groom

The average bridegroom can rest easy that, come the big day, all eyes will be focused on the bride (unless his intended is another man, in which case, who doesn’t like friendly competition?). And while a military-grade operation and industrial levels of planning go into the minutiae of a bride’s …

Fragrance Of The Week: Penhaligon’s Endymion Concentré

When Penhaligon’s was bought by Spanish multinational Puig last year, fragrance fans felt their nostrils stiffen. This most storied of British …

Royalty

COMME des GARÇONS Launches “Black Pepper” Installation for New Fragrance

While black pepper is most often cited as an ingredient in cooking lists, COMME des GARÇONS took it upon themselves to use the pepper for new …

Streetwear

Home Fragrances: A Brief History, From Ancient Egypt To Today

Air fresheners are far from a modern-day invention.<p>From electronic diffusers to plug-in fresheners, there's no shortage of ways to make our homes smell good. Our living spaces can smell like anything we so desire, just about — from cinnamon spice to sea breeze (we're still figuring out <i>what</i> exactly …

Ancient History

If You Like Byredo or Le Labo, You're Going to Love This New Fragrance Line

Fragrance is the most personal part of a woman’s beauty routine, the one that can bring back a vivid memory or instill confidence in one spritz—so …

10 Luxurious Fragrances That Will Keep You Smelling Irresistible All Day

Beauty

Watch: Versace's Steamy, Homoerotic Short Film for Newest Fragrance

The advertising campaign for the latest fragrance, Dylan Blue from Versace is hot and heavy.<p>It opens up with some scenic shots of New York before …

Gigi Hadid

Skewered chicken marinated in lemon, parsley and garlic

People tend to use chicken breasts for kebabs, which look neater, but they’re not as tasty as thighs (and breast meat dries out on barbecues). You can also fry the thighs whole.<p>MAKES<p>6 skewers<p>INGREDIENTS<p>1 large onion, peeled and quartered<br>• Juice and finely grated zest of 2 unwaxed lemons<br>• 4 cloves …