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Smell Test: Jimmy Choo Man

  • Caitlin Ganswindt


Pineapple leaf: apparently sweeter than actual pineapple.

At least that’s what the perfumers over at Jimmy Choo are thinking, ’cause that’s what’s at the heart of their first-ever men’s fragrance, bookended by lavender top notes and a patchouli base.

Seems... worth investigating.

As such, the ever-critical noses here at Kempt HQ took a whiff, then another—to bring you the official Smell Test™ of Jimmy Choo Man...»

What Your Spring Scent Says About You


The birds are chirping. The trees are in bloom. The sun’s still up when you leave the office... most of the time.

Ah, isn’t spring glorious?

Now that the better weather’s here to stay, it’s about time to swap out your deep, smoky winter fragrance for more a seasonally appropriate option—that is, something light, fresh and probably with a hint of citrus. But, of course, not just any eau will do.

So behold, our practical guide to what your spring scent says about you...»

Smell Test: Gold Jay Z

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

1105_GoldJaz_HED Rapper + Producer + Designer + Agent + Team Owner + Philanthropist + Beyoncé’s Plus-One = Your New Perfumer.

Yes, Mr. Carter is getting into his eighth-ish career with his forthcoming scent, Gold Jay Z. It’s apparently the essence of an icon in a bottle: power, pride, confidence, strength, success and courage.

But what exactly does an icon’s essence smell like? Yeah, we didn’t know either. So we got our hands on a bottle early and unleashed our regiment of noses on the Smell Test™.

Take a whiff of the gilded mogul, after the jump.»

Smell Test: Odin 11 Semma

  • Caitlin Ganswindt


First there was 1. Then there was 2 and 3 (see where we’re going with this?). And now with its 11th iteration, Odin delivers Semma.

With layers of tobacco, chili pepper and sandalwood, it’s professed as “a collection of notes from distant lands veiled in mystery.” Bold words.

As recreational conquistadors of distant lands veiled in mystery, we’ve put the claim to the test and asked the unbiased and hypersensitive noses of Kempt HQ to take a whiff.

Here’s what they had to say.»

Smell Test: Atlas, by the Motley

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Yup, it’s that time again.

The last time we did a smell test on Kempt, we investigated Michael Jordan’s Flight Sport. And the results were, shall we say, mixed. But this time around, with some samples in hand from grooming specialists at the Motley and our olfactory palate cleansed of Gatorade and sweat, we’re feeling much more optimistic.

The first fragrance from these young-but-well-regarded curators of fine dopp kittery, Atlas boasts notes of cedar, oak moss, leather and green mandarin. And that’s all great. We’re pretty sure, though, that there must be a more expressive way of describing this “clear, strong and righteous” attempt at men’s perfumery. So we had the finest noses at Kempt HQ take a whiff.

What they thought, after the jump.»

Smell Test: Michael Jordan’s Flight Sport

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Basketball legend Michael Jordan has made some questionable decisions since the days we trusted him on the court. So when we saw he had released the “Sport” version of his original eau de toilette, Flight, earlier this year, we were skeptical.

According to Perfumania, Flight Sport boasts notes of mandarin oil, geranium, patchouli, white lavender, vanilla and skin musk. We’re not convinced. So we had a few of Kempt’s most sophisticated noses take a spritz and evaluate. Here’s what they had to say:»

Best New Watches for Spring, Thatcher’s Mysterious Hashtag and Smelling Natural

  • Kempt Staff


Time In: GQ rounds up the best new watches for spring under $600.

Thatch Tag: While the gravity of the loss of Margaret Thatcher was not lost on most people, the Cher fans of the Twitter world were left guessing.

That Smell: In the event you’d like to smell like the resplendent outdoors at all times (and especially when indoors), Valet has got the goods.

Too Young: The transformative tale of one of the earliest Gmail accounts, courtesy of The New Yorker.

The April Issues

  • Kempt Staff

Jason Bateman GQ

Now that it’s spring, everything is abloom—even your local newsstands, thanks to the newest crop of magazines swathed in brightly colored menswear.

In other words: the April issues have arrived.

And in our grand tradition of taking the pulse of printed menswear journalism, we’ve thumbed through all of the highly glossy/flammable pages of the usual suspects to give you the rundown on the upcoming trends, recent cultural phenomena and the requisite amount of eye candy.

Without further ado, the April Issues.»

Golf and Americana, Together at Last

  • Najib Benouar

Our love for Americana is well documented, and we’ve already gushed about the incomparable charms of fall golf...

So naturally, we were pleased to learn of a Dallas-based shop combining the two, by the name of Pebble + Pine. It’s one of those ideas that feels novel, but at the same time surprising that it hadn’t been thought of before (the brick-and-mortar shop has been peddling American-made golf paraphernalia to Dallas locals for a few weeks now, but they’ve just launched e-commerce this week).

Think of it as the latest addition to the spate of heritage all-American menswear shops we’ve been seeing, like Chicago’s Haberdash or a permanent version of New York’s Pop Up Flea—but with golf balls. Here, the fleece vests are from Woolrich, the books were written by Ben Hogan and you can even pick up an exclusive cologne scented like moonshine—should your regular 19th hole not provide you with enough.

The heritage ping-pong emporium cannot be far behind.

More photos of Pebble + Pine’s Dallas shop, after the jump.»

Dusting Off: Hai Karate Cologne

Long before bikini-clad women began bestially tracking the scent of Axe body spray, before Sex Panther began working 60% of the time, every time, and even before amateur fragrance experts began critiquing colognes via homemade YouTube videos shot from their parents' basement, there was Hai Karate.

The claim: Wear too much and women (“Even your wife!”) will be sent into a violent fit of arousal.

The solution: Learn karate by consulting the enclosed self-defense instruction booklet and tape the Hai Code to the inside of your bathroom mirror.

The result: $200 million in annual sales throughout the 1970s.

And one of the most entertaining commercials of all time...»


  • Kempt Staff

It looks like Hugo Boss is getting in touch with their nocturnal side.

The German mega-brand just launched a new fragrance, BOSS BOTTLED. NIGHT., as a nighttime counterpart to the already-iconic BOSS BOTTLED. It’s a whirlwind of birch, lemon, sandalwood and a few spicier top notes, ready for anything the nightlife might throw at you.

Hopefully, it recreates the rush you get when you step into your favorite tequila bar.

Test-Driving Viktor & Rolf’s Spicebomb

Our latest smell test comes from Viktor & Rolf, who shifted their popular women’s scent Flowerbomb into a men’s spinoff, dubbed Spicebomb.

The result is full of rich, sweet florals—but in the interest of describing it without perfume lingo, we thought we’d ask a few of our ruthlessly articulate lady friends what they thought of the scent. What follows is an unedited transcript. This could get ugly...

Hear what our panel had to say about Spicebomb»