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The fourth fragrance by David Beckham. The Essence. I must confess to learning how to write a review for a fragrance – by trial, error and research. So, I learned that you have to mention the top notes, the base notes and generally the strongest note that the perfume contains.

Says Beckham, “The fragrance has a fresh vitality, which I hope men will like.” When one of the most influential people in showbiz and the sports world says that, the general tendency is not to second guess it, but merely take his word for it.

But before I get into the notes, my eyes are fixated on the logo on the perfume bottle. Why does it look like someone has bit into the words ‘David Beckham?’ Google plays hard to find.

So the top notes of the fragrance are Pineapple, Grapefruit, Lavender Oil and Violet Leaves and the base notes are Cashmeran, Patchouli Heart and Tonka Bean. Tonka Bean? Tonka beans have an incredibly sweet fragrance and flavor which is reminiscent of vanilla, almonds, cinnamon and cloves. Tonka beans have a long history of medicinal use among Indian tribes in the Amazon, and are still used in Brazilian herbal medicine as an antispasmodic, emmenagogue, cardiotonic, and antiasthmatic. A solution made from soaking tonka beans in rum has been used to treat snake bites, cuts, coughs and rheumatism. Info courtesy: www.mountainroseherbs.com

All this information is great. To the layperson, The Essence by David Beckham is fresh, spicy and clean – just the way a masculine perfume should smell. No floral and sweet stuff please!

The Essence will soon be available at Faces stores across Dubai. Please check their website (hyper linked) for store locations and availability.

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