You’ll be turning heads or, in this case, noses, in no time with these men’s fragrances
Men’s grooming isn’t limited to beard care, manscaping and having the most debonair wardrobe. Every gentleman needs a signature scent in his arsenal and in this sweet-smelling guide, we have a heady mixture of musky, smokey, woody, citrusy and floral scents. So before you step into the olfactory world where a kaleidoscope of fragrances awaits, read on for our top picks.
Diesel: Only The Brave
Taking the shape of a knuckled fist with a silver ring, this fragrance is peak masculinity. After a few spritzes, you’ll get a zesty punch from the primofiore lemon fused with mandarin essence. With layers of powerful scents at its core including cedarwood, leather and amber, it’s essentially brawn in a bottle.
Diesel, #02-47A, Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859
Calvin Klein: CK One
If this is your first foray into the world of men’s fragrance, we suggest you start with the fundamentals. Still immensely popular after its introduction way back in 1994, this scent is versatile (yes, women can wear it too) and light with notes like lemon, sandalwood, rose and nutmeg in the blend.
Calvin Klein, available at Sephora and CK Calvin Klein.
Hugo Boss: Boss Bottled Night
This midnight shade of a bottle is for a man who loves a little mystery in his ensemble. Imbuing sensuality with its seductive concoction of lavender, African violet and birch, it’s perfect for a quick spray to leave a lasting impression on your next rendezvous.
Boss Menswear Store Singapore, #01-06, Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road Singapore 238897
Jo Malone: Wood Sage and Sea Salt
What does it smell like? Well, if the moniker isn’t a dead giveaway, this fragrance is the embodiment of woody notes. Perfect for beach bums who want to bring the spirit of summer into their day-to-day life.
Jo Malone, multiple locations.
Burberry: Mr Burberry
Taking on a sleek look with its dark lacquered bottle, a horn-look buttoned cap and a black bow at the neck, this is a fragrant ode to the iconic Burberry trenchcoat – it’s believed that said bow is made of the same fabric as the coat. With top notes of tarragon and spicy cinnamon, followed by base notes of amber and vetiver, the cologne is for the gentleman with a dash of flair.
Burberry, multiple locations.
Tom Ford: Tom Ford Noir
Channel your inner Marlon Brando with a spritz of this refined scent. With a powdery fragrance from its base, accompanied by heart notes of iris and rose, alongside woody accords found in amber and nutmeg, it gives off a good balance of glamour and sophistication. We’d suggest you wear it for an evening of pleasure-seeking.
Tom Ford, available at Sephora, Tangs and Tom Ford.
Creed: Original Vetiver
Vetiver, a plant from the grass family, is a common addition to cologne thanks to its smokey masculine scent. Purveyors of this fragrant grass can check out Creed’s Original Vetiver. Instead of just using one part of the ingredient, the House of Creed uses all parts of the plant, including the roots and leaves. The result? You get a fresh, invigorating fragrance with every spritz.
Creed, available at Robinsons and Tangs.
Le Labo: Bergamote 22
With a cult following, Le Labo is known for its unisex scents, and Bergamote 22 (aka Fire Cologne) is one of them. It is floral yet citrusy, sweet yet spunky…well, you get the idea. The lovely notes of vanilla and petitgrain are balanced out by the masculine accords of grapefruit and bergamot.
Le Labo, available at Escentials.