I’ve always been a cologne guy. And I still remember the first couple of colognes that I obsessed over during my high-school days. I wouldn’t leave the house without dousing myself in one scent or the other. These days, I’m not quite as bad, and I typically only spritz on certain occasions. Like a work meeting or a date night.
Speaking of date nights, Zack has never been a big fan of cologne. Wearing it himself or when I wear it. But a few weeks back I set out to change that. I was head over heals for the new Polo Red Extreme from the first day I tried it out. And to my surprise it turned out that he was as well. So much so that I bought him some that very day, and he’s worn it every day since. Turns out that you can teach an old dog new tricks!
Zack and I don’t agree on a lot (opposites really do attract), but one thing we do agree upon is a love for coffee. So it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that he would also have an affinity for Polo Red Extreme as well. Seeing as how it’s the perfect combo of vibrant blood orange, rich black coffee essence and black ebony wood.
Usually the boyfriend complains about my cologne being too strong or not smelling “manly” enough. But with this one, he has nothing to complain about. It is a powerful, masculine scent perfect for a day at the office or a night out on the town. And if you’ve got a picky man in your life, like I do, then you’re in luck. Because honestly – with this scent there’s nothing to complain about.
TOP NOTES: Blood Orange Accord, Red Ginger, Red Pineapple Accord
MID NOTES: Black Coffee Essence, Red Saffron, Red Sage
BASE NOTES: Black Ebony Wood Accord, Ambery Woods Accord, Cocoa Absolute
These new ingredients channel the thrill of pushing limits and sensations to the extreme. To add a jolt of energy, Gillotin uses a high level of natural coffee, as well as a special technique of coffee C02, giving the impression of freshly ground smooth coffee beans. Blood orange adds energizing freshness, while black ebony woods create long-lastingness and warmth. The result? An “intoxicatingly bold and rugged scent.”
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ralph Lauren, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank YOU for continuing to support the brands that keep The Kentucky Gent up and running.
I’ve always considered myself a fairly involved person. Growing up I went on mission trips with my church and did volunteer work. As I got older though it’s safe to say that want waned and self-importance and ignorance took its place. I blame it on the fact that I was young and dumb. More interested in going out and drinking, not volunteering my time and/or money.
Little did I know that attending a fashion show a few years back would change all of that. I was originally introduced to Anchal Project at the launch of Anchal x Urban Renewal collection. Yes, I went to the show because of Urban Outfitters involvement (don’t hate – I was 21/22 and thought UO was the coolest thing ever.) But I left the show with more than a few tears in my eyes and a fire in my heart. A fire that’s grown over the years as I’ve developed a friendship with the team at Anchal.
Since then I attend their trunk shows and pop-up shops religiously. Doing my best to share their message with my readers when I can. Needless to say last year’s trip to India with them was a long time in the making. Getting the chance to see how they impact the lives of their artisans and families on a daily basis changed how I view and live my life stateside.
The team at Anchal continues to inspire me to be the best version of myself. Because of this and many, many other reasons I’m sharing my story as part of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen’s #InspireGoodness campaign. This year, they’re putting in extra effort to amplify positive and uplifting stories. Because their founders believed in doing things the right way, not the easy way.
From now until August 20, 2017, all of you can also inspire goodness by joining the conversation. All you need to do is use the form on their websiteto share your stories about someone who YOU think inspires goodness. And there’s something in it for you (besides the obvious)! Each website submission entered both the nominator and nominee for a chance to win $1,000. Now what are you waiting for?
Here’s how it works
Nominate someone by telling a story about how they inspire goodness
Continue spreading the goodness using #inspiregoodness, and sharing stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Head on over to Cheddars.comto share the story of someone who you believe to #inspiregoodness. Because after all, giving back is the new black.