My daddy was an Aqua Velva Man. If you are over 40, chances are your daddy was, too! There really was Something About An Aqua Velva Man, that cool, bracing, crisp blue aftershave that tore the living daylights out of your skin but left that wonderful smell. It was 1960, daddy was in charge and the world was in Technicolor! The Micallefs have channeled that fabulous, comforting sensory memory into a totally glammed-up, swanky, Retro-New Millenium men’s scent, M. Micallef Royal Vintage. It’s Sean Connery, in his very first Bond role. Tony Curtis’s elegant, suave, slightly OCD casino manager, Steve McCluskey, in 40 Pounds of Trouble (dashing back to the Nevada State Line in his Roller convertible. Too louche for words!) In that time-twisty way, 25 years later (and earlier), Don Draper would wear this, too. The minute I opened Royal Vintage I was transported back to the sleek, sauve 60s. And I think that’s exactly what the Micallefs intended. This is a decidedly masculine scent (but I like it, too!), with a classy, begamot-y aquatic feel at the open, like you’re coming into port in a beautiful classic Italian motor yacht. The leather comes into its own at mid-point, though I don’t smell it as much on my own skin; on El O (my
willing resigned perfume guinea pig) the leather really takes center stage, melding with his skin and …it’s that same sexy-as-hell scent you get when a man slides out of the butter-leather seats of a vintage roadster to come take you to dinner at that fabulous place overlooking the bay. You can’t tell where his skin ends and the other skins begin…and it doesn’t matter because You. Want. It. All. If you don’t, I do! So send him over here! Make sure he brings the roadster.
It’s an elegantly simple scent, in a vintage style that a quietly confident man would wear – it doesn’t beat you over the head with with a big ol’ steroided Man Stick, which is a welcome relief. I tend to lean more towards florals like Carnal Flower and Fracas on a man but sniffing Royal Vintage on El O, as we dressed to go out to lunch, I was reminded that sometimes it’s good for a man to just smell ‘manly’, in that retro way . Damn shame we don’t have that roadster, though.
notes for Royal Vintage (stolen from Luckyscent) Pink berries, bergamot, Cypress and leather, Patchouly and musk. $185/100ml
So: giveaway time!!! I have the cutest little sample of Royal Vintage – and I am happy to share. Tell me your favorite 60s movie/memory/something (know nothing about the 60s? make something up! ) …. I’ll put everybody in the mix and pull a winner via random.org and send you off a bit of this lovely fragrance!