No man wants to dress like everyone else, to blend in with the ever-milling masses of besuited businessmen. Standing out is a matter of personality, of individuality, of confidence. The same goes for your fragrance. You can just as easily get stuck in a rut with your scent as you can with your wardrobe and to much the same detriment.
So, whether you’re wearing a fragrance to fit a particular occasion or just want to mix things up, here are some intriguing fragrances that will set your scent apart.
1. Creed White Amber
There’s a fine line between light, floral elegance and a fragrance that no man with an ounce of masculinity will go near. Fortunately, you’re in good hands with Creed. The latest addition to their Les Royales Exclusives Collection, White Amber is indeed sweet and floral, but is underpinned with rich exoticism. It’s bright and light with a generous helping of jasmine and fresh fruit, yet with the intensity of Indian sandalwood keeping it from being too floral – the perfect day fragrance; www.creedfragrances.co.uk
Price: £320 (75ml)
2. Slumberhouse New Sibet
Slumberhouse has built their reputation on fragrances that border the mythical, steeped in the unusual and intriguing. They’re also one of the few perfumers that can comfortably include goat fur in their scents. New Sibet is an assault of different notes, from floral carnation to heady mint and iris, all the way through to leather, fur and moss. It’s a scent of age and gravitas and certainly a fragrance to remember – and don’t worry, you won’t end up smelling like a goat; www.slumberhouse.com
Price: $160 USD (30ml)
3. The Spirit of Dubai Aamal
With Spirit of Dubai you know what to expect. You just know that as soon as their fragrances hit your nose it’s to be delighted by a spicy, oriental scent filled with deep richness and, most likely, a good deal of Oud. With Aamal you’d be right on the money. It’s like a visit to a bazaar distilled into gold, the inevitable oud matched with cardamom and coffee, sweet candied fruit and rosewater. It does however have hidden depths, finishing on cool oakmoss, but it easily lives up to the Spirit of Dubai; www.thespiritofdubai.com
4. Le Labo Thé Noir 29
While their fragrances might look like remnants of a chemistry set, Le Labo produce some of the most dynamic, nuanced fragrances around. Thé Noir 29 is one of their lighter scents, despite the cedar wood, vetiver and musk in the base notes. The overriding scent is of the titular black tea and its leafy warmth – think fresh tobacco without smoke. Add on top hints of bergamot and sweet fig and you have a truly unique fragrance; www.lelabofragrances.com
Price: £120 (50ml)
5. Deco London Ernest
Oriental fragrances tend to be pretty intense – see the Spirit of Dubai – but they don’t need to be. Deco London’s version is beautifully soft and light, forgoing the usual oud for cooler vetiver and vanilla in the base notes. The head has a welcome burst of citrus freshness with lemon and orange with a body suffused with lavender, jasmine and geranium. If you prefer oriental character without smelling like Harrods, you’ll understand the importance of wearing Ernest; deco-london.com