It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas crunch time with the merry holiday just around the corner and Black Friday sales behind us.
But while I’m sure many of us scored our bargained Christmas presents during the sales, there’s always that one gift that doesn’t get the red price sticker we’ve been waiting for.
To me, that is usually cologne – also known as the to-go-to gift for my dad.
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So, this year, to avoid spending too much money, I’m opting for award-winning men’s grooming company CREMO’s newly launched scent collection which offers that luxurious and sophisticated scent I’m looking for at an affordable price point.
I recently had the pleasure of trying all three of the new scents, which are available to shop on Amazon. Here are my thoughts.
My favourite is the best-selling Palo Santo Cologne.
Designed by CREMO’s scent experts, the Palo Santo Eu De Toilette is a combination of bright cardamom, dry papyrus, and aromatic Palo Santo.
It’s a cologne perfect for those who enjoy a rich and smoky scent with a touch of sweetness.
Although often compared to the high-end Le Labo’s Santal 33 Eau de Parfum which sells for more than eight times the price in Mecca stores across Australia, there are some notable differences between the two.
Besides the difference in cost and fragrance concentrations, the most obvious ingredient that separates them is in the CREMO cologne’s name – Palo Santo – a native tree from the Americas that you might have smelt burning during a yoga class.
Another great thing about this ingredient is the wood’s oil — which during its decade-long aging process becomes denser and more fragrant — hence the cologne’s long-lasting woody smell.
CREMO’s Palo Santo also comes in a range of other male grooming products available to buy on Amazon Australia, including body washes and lotions.
Many of the popular products are used by women too.
The second spray cologne from CREMO’s new range I tried is the Bourbon & Oak.
Similar to the Palo Santo, this one is also likely to turn heads on the streets due to its rich essence of smoked bourbon, distiller’s spice and oak.
It’s a sophisticated smell with a much stronger but warmer scent.
It has received great reviews due to its enticing aroma and long-lasting scent.
CREMO’s Bourbon & Oak is also available in other men’s grooming products on Amazon Australia.
Finally, there is the Citrus and Mint Leaf Eau de Toilette Cologne — which is actually my second favorite out of the three fragrances.
Although its scent is less empowering than the two colognes above it’s still a head-turner due to its perfect summer-like scent.
I think it’s a stand-out by itself as its mixture of fresh mint, citron, cedar and moss is incredibly refreshing.
This one is also available on Amazon Australia in a full range of men’s grooming products.
A recent survey of 1,096 respondents by Australian Comparison Finder found that consumers are not ready to give up on life’s small luxuries despite the cost-of-living crunch continuing.
While entertainment, dining out and buying takeaway coffees were at the top of the list of luxuries Aussies are clinging to regardless of rising costs, beauty or services almost came at ties with overseas holidays.
According to shopping expert, Chris Jager, despite spending on discretionary goods and services falling, there are certain luxuries Australians won’t give up.
“On one hand, a quarter of people are forgoing non-essentials just to make ends meet. On the other hand, many aren’t ready to let go of certain things that provide them joy,” he said.
“The data points to a widening gap in Australia between the haves and the have-nots — some are being forced to take drastic action while others are unaffected,” Jager told Finder.com.au.
CREMO workshop with scent expert Ainslie Walker
Last week, I was invited to attend a fragrance workshop with leading scent expert Ainslie Walker to learn about the science behind creating CREMO’s new affordable and luxurious range.
It was a two-hour workshop where we were given worksheets about CREMO’s new cologne range and also given testing strips to gradually smell the raw materials that go into the Palo Santo, Bourbon & Oak and the Citrus & Mint Leaf colognes.
The thing I found most interesting was how the raw materials by themselves could at times be questionable but when smelled together they complimented each other perfectly.
Not only was the workshop educational, but it was a fun event to do with a group of friends.
While it might seem as if CREMO only offers grooming products for men that is not the case at all.
For the women out there, the grooming company offers shaving-related skin care products for women.
And hey, nobody is saying that women can’t use men’s razors or fragrances either?
To shop CREMO’s grooming products head to Amazon Australia here now.