Hmm. It’s always a dilemma if you’ve got a dad that loves smellies. He may have once been a Brut man but it’s unlikely, with the huge range of aftershaves on offer, that he hasn’t upped the game by now. Which leaves me with something of a conundrum. Having had the unsettling experience of a boyfriend who loved Paco Rabanne, only to discover that my dad was also wearing that same legendary cologne, I can honestly say that you don’t want your dad smelling the same as your man! I can’t say who it put me off the most. So, do you gift your dad a favourite fragrance, or one that you know you will never have that double olfactory freak out with? This year I’ve opted for Jo Malone 154, named for her first London boutique. Combining sandalwood and vetiver with basil and lavender, it’s blokey without being sexy. Unlike the sensational Amber & Lavender which is about as hot as a cologne gets. Sorry Dad, in your head you are probably still a love god, but I’ve sidelined you to something a bit safer at your age!
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