Gucci Guilty for Men: Review and 5-Day Giveaway

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Gucci Guilty for Men.

The newest fragrance from Gucci is Gucci Guilty Pour Homme. We were big fans of Gucci by Gucci, so we were looking forward to testing out the newest men's scent from The House of Gucci (details/review below). The face of their Gucci by Gucci campaign was James Franco, so for Gucci Guilty they chose yet another Hollywood star, this time Chris Evans (from Fantastic Four, and the highly-anticipated film Captain America: The First Avenger). Check out the Frank Miller (Dark Knight, 300, Sin City) directed Gucci video below:

Thanks to the good folks at Gucci we'll be sponsoring a 5-day Giveaway (yes, everyday this week) of Gucci Guilty Pour Homme…

To win: Follow on Twitter, Fan on Facebook, and/or sign-up for T.U.G Mail. Then simply comment or retweet. And as always the more ways you enter the higher your chances of winning. (winners are chosen via random.org)

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Cologne Details:

TOP NOTES: lemon and lavendar

MIDDLE NOTES: orange flower

BASE NOTES: patchouli and cedar wood

Very detailed notes summary: "The scent seizes hold of the senses with a heady cocktail of invigorating Italian lemon and mandarin with crushed green leaves – evocative of sap rising – and a defiant punch of pink pepper. Its middle motifs persuade like a whispered invitation. The herbal freshness of lavender coils around an aphrodisiac cardamom note – at once stimulating and entrancing – on an unexpectedly tender bed of orange flower and neroli. The patchouli that is the hallmark of all Gucci fragrances is married with cedar and sandal wood gleaming with amber to create a robustly earthy, yet suggestively exotic sensuality of a profound masculinity."
 

Review: The fragrance opens like many of my favorite colognes with fresh italian lemon, but I think the mix of cedar and sandalwood  (from the base note) with the lavendar creates a semi-stark ending for me. That said, once the fragrance lingers for a few minutes it leaves a masculinely  fresh scent– which is always a great thing. This strikes me as easy go-to date cologne.

 

Be sure to enter to win a free bottle in the giveaway!

Power Defined.

pow·er/ˈpouər/ -noun

1 : ability to act or produce an effect
2 : possession of control, authority, or influence over others
3 : great or marked ability to do or act; strength; might; force
4 : energy, force, or momentum
 

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Bill Gates and Warren Buffet: The two richest men in the world (along with Carlos Helu).

Dwight Howard: Basketball icon in the midst of his famous "Superman Dunk" at the NBA All-Star Game.

Bugatti Veyron: Most expensive street legal car in the world at 1.7 million dollars. Fastest accelerating car reaching 0-60 in 2.6 seconds. Tied with the SSC Ultimate Aer as the fastest car in the world with a top speed of 253 mph+. World's fastest roadster.

Lion: "King of the Wild".

Manhattan: New York, New York. One of the most influential and idolized cities in the world.

 

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We reviewed Power by 50 earlier this month, and though many of our favorite colognes  have lighter/airier notes, we were impressed with Power. Having a traditional, masculine scent in your fragrance collection is a must. So the good folks at "Power by 50" are offering Urban Gent readers a 50% off discount on the cologne (and the cologne set) until tomorrow… so if you're even a little bit interested be sure to try it out. (Just click the "Power" button on the right scroll bar).

Cologne Details:

TOP NOTES: lemon leaves, black pepper, and artemisia

MIDDLE NOTES: dark wood, coriander, and nutmeg

BASE NOTES: patchouli, musk, and oak moss.

The "Power" look.

 
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POWER by 50

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Years ago when someone heard the name 50 Cent two things usually came to mind: the catchy opening line, "Go, go, go shawty, it's your birthday, we gon' party like its your birthday…" -and- the fact that he was shot 9 times and somehow miraculously survived. Now when someone hears the name 50 ("cent" has been semi-officially dropped) they almost instantly think– Vitamin Water, million dollar tweets, and businessman. Curtis "50" Jackson is sorta like the Donald Trump of hip-hop– in terms of his diverse portfolio and growing knowledge in business. For him success isn't based upon where you came from, but about honing in on a "skies is the limit" type mindset. And that's sort of what his fragrance POWER is all about– embracing your inner power to be successful.

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I've always been partial to light and airy, yet masculine colognes. So when I initially smelled POWER I wasn't overly blown away, but once the scent lingered awhile I was impressed. POWER by 50 is a traditional, masculine fragrance, and like its name the scent is full of powerful bold notes– so only 2-3 sprays are needed for a lasting effect. The bottle's design alone will make you want the cologne,  in fact, the sturdy and luxe look of the flacon was inspired by 50's favorite watch– a Piguet.

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Cologne Details:

TOP NOTES: lemon leaves, black pepper, and artemisia

MIDDLE NOTES: dark wood, coriander, and nutmeg

BASE NOTES: patchouli, musk, and oak moss.

*Giveaway: Sign up for T.U.G Mail for a chance to win a bottle of POWER by 50.

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Audemars Piguet Men's Watch

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HIMistry Grooming

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H.I.M-istry grooming products were created by Darnell Love Henderson in 2004. Throughout life he faced skin care needs that he felt were being ignored by many companies.  So he derived a line of products that would focus on the basic needs in men's skincare and would provide professional quality skincare products to men of all skin types and racial backgrounds.

H.I.M-istry, which stands for "Healthy Image Man", tackles many distinct needs like skin discoloration, ingrown facial hairs, anti aging, and more.

We were able to review a few of the products…

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Blackberry Salicylic Cleanser: This cleansing gel provides an exhilarating, berry-clean freshness to help produce fresh looking clear complexion. An advanced deep pore resurfacing action increases cell turnover and help diminish the appearance of razor bump, acne break-outs and other negative affects on the skin. Ideal for normal/oily skin types.

Urban Gent Review: Smells great… like blackberries. Leaves my skin feeling cleansed and fresh.

 

Black Tea Bamboo Scrub: A mix of a Micro dermabrasion and light moisturizing cream. The effects of this scrubs natural ingredients provides a boost in skin cell shedding by manual exfoliation to give an all over healthy tone. The natural fruit ingredients causes mild skin peeling and are used on the face and body to treat acne, smooth the surface of the skin and diminish superficial signs of aging and negative effects on the skin (peels off dead skin).

Urban Gent Review: This product works well and definitely gives the skin a scrubbing. The scrubbing crystals are a little harsh, but no different from most scrubs.

 

OC-10 Serum: A lightweight serum that protects and revitalizes the skin with CoQ10 and Vitamin E to regenerate and defend the cellular matrix form environmental stress and premature aging.

Urban Gent Review: Feels sort of like a light-lotion. And very lightly moisturizes the skin, I still opt to use another moisturizer after/with this one.

 

AHA Clearing Pads: Deep strength exfoliator with combination of Alpha Hydroxy Glycolic, Lactic and Pyruvic Acids with Kojic, Bearberry and Licorice to exfoliate, inhibit skin discoloration, razor bumps. Use 2 to 3 times per week before bed.

Alpha Premier Fragrance: (Our Review): A nice everyday cologne. The woody scent makes it a  perfect winter fragrance to try, purchase, here.

Purchase the above products, HERE.

 

OVERALL REVIEW: A good line of products that are scientifically created for every type of guy, with men of color in mind– so the product line gets a few extra points off back.  It's very important to use these products in the proper order. I was initially using the scrub, then cleanser, then serum and I found my skin very lightly peeling in the middle of the day. But once I changed to cleanser, then scrub, then serum this went away. If you're in need of new products, then I'd give HIMistry a try.

Random Fact: HIMistry caught the attention of higher US officials (US government)– in a good way.  The H.I.M.-istry (Healthy Image Man) line, including cleansers, toners, and scrubs,  will be in 150 Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores across the country…. pretty cool. I guess that's what happens when you  are able to specifically create products that are meant for a range of ethnicity groups.

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More from Himistry:

More and more men are looking for skin care products that cater to their needs. Men have thicker skin which tends to be oily and show signs of aging as testosterone levels decrease. Factors such as sun damage, lifestyle choices and nutrition play a significant role in skin condition. H.I.M-istry offers natural based Facial Care products formulated with cutting edge ingredients that moisturize, purify, repair and fight visible signs of aging and negative effect of the skin .

A man's skin is approximately 15% thicker than a woman's. Active sebaceous glands cause men's skin to be oilier with larger pores and a richer blood supply. Regular deep cleansing is a necessity to maintain a healthy complexion. Men’s skin is also more prone to be dehydrated due to daily or frequent shaving. No matter your skin type, it is important to maintain a regular skin care regimen to keep pores clear, and healthy looking.

Patrick Dempsey II Cologne

Sunday is the last day to enter to win the Patrick Dempsey II cologne. Enter to win, here.

New Cologne: Lacoste Challenge

I think, still until this day, that Body Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent is my favorite cologne for men. I was quite smitten with the fragrance when I was… I guess “dating” a guy who wore it. I seriously was magnetized by the scent, plus the guy spoke french and he was such a gentleman so he was just an all around good packages… but I digress. Anyway since proclaiming Body Kouros my favorite, the only colognes that have rivaled it upon their release would have to be Gucci by Gucci and Pour Homme by Versace. But today, another cologne makes my “best” list…

Challenge by Lacoste.

I initially figured that it would be okay- sort of plain or overly masculine smelling like many “sports colognes”, but when I received and opened it I realized I was wrong. The cologne is light and refreshing, it’s the type scent that a girl would probably create for a guy if she was hand-picking ingredients to make a cologne from scratch.

The key would be to not wear too much of this (or any cologne in general), 3-4 sprays should be plenty. This fragrance gets 4.5/5- this is hands down my favorite new frangrance.

More Info on the scent, bottle, and inspiration behind Lacoste Challenge:

Challenge is the invigorating new fragrance for men from Lacoste; a positively energizing scent which captures the youthful dynamism of today’s assertive male urbanites. Epitomizing the tenacious attitude and effortless panache of the brand’s founding father, tennis legend René Lacoste, this energetic new scent is aptly named, having been designed to inspire the wearer to confidently embrace whatever challenges or surprises life throws at him – its motto: ‘Never resist the call of the game.’

The Fragrance:

Top Note – THE SERVE
The fragrance opens strongly with fresh and energetic notes of tangerine and lemon, augmented by a burst of aromatic lavender – one of the most classic ingredients in masculine perfumery – which works to sustain the citric zing of the top notes into the heart of the scent.
Middle Accord – THE VOLLEY
The energy of the middle accord is driven by spices including ginger, aptly representing René Lacoste’s formidable skills at the net, which he used sparingly to sting opponents when least expected, bringing an exciting kick to his overall game play.
Base Note – THE BASELINE

Just as the legend was renowned for his stamina at the base line; so the base notes are powerful, steady and consistent. Precious rosewood brings a modern edge to the scent, teak has an almost antique quality that reinforces the distinguished heritage of the brand, and the blackness of ebony corresponds to the slick modern design of the flacon. Together they create a sustained strength, giving the fragrance its solid foundation.



The bottle:

Emulating the shape of a tennis racket handle, the solid glass bottle is encased in a lustrous black ‘soft touch’ grip emblazoned with the iconic Lacoste crocodile logo, while the juice is a bright, eye-catching yellow. The color scheme is also a direct reference to the world of tennis in general, with its classic bright yellow balls and black racket grips.


To Purchase Lacoste Challenge and any of
my other favorite men’s colognes, HERE.
Canadian actor Hayden Christensen is the face of the new fragrance.

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