One of the things that I look forward to each year is the evolution of men’s fragrances and the myriad of different options that hit the market place. There are of course some fragrances that have stood the test of time and seem to maintain their market share and continue to delight.
I have a very distinct nose when it comes to a fragrance that I think works for me but it does shift and change regularly depending on my mood and this also depends on the time of the year. I tend to prefer lighter fragrances in summer and love the deeper, fuller fragrances for the colder months.
Each of us reacts differently to each fragrance as it reacts to our skin and something that works for me may not have the same nose when you wear it so this list is completely subjective from my own point of view.
There are so many choices these days and I love to see the evolution of a fragrance as design houses add new elements or an intensity to a range… many have added a ‘black’ range which has a much more intense, longer lasting element to the fragrance that I love.
I was for the brief time that it was on the market a huge fan of Bang by Marc Jacobs because it was so different from everything else on the market. With a combination of pepper top notes that really made it stand out from the crowd it was the only fragrance I would wear for about 18 months and then it was no more…so it obviously was a little too different.
When I travel overseas I love to find new fragrances that have not yet made it to Australia but I do sometimes find myself coming back to some that have been with us for a couple of years.
So here are my current top 5 men’s fragrances for this year!
Karl Lagerfeld Pour Homme
This is one of my absolute favourites since I stumbeld across this last year when I was in Singapore. With an aromatic fougere that is fresh, clean, elegant, warm and relaxing. It features top notes of mandarin and lavender, heart notes of green apple and violet and base notes of amber and sandalwood that all combine to make a delightful fragrance.
It launched in 2014 and even though it has been marketed as a spring/summer fragrance it is one of the only fragrances that I have loved wearing all year.
Michael Kors Eau De Toilette for Men
This is the second masculine fragrance from Michael Kors, after the launch of Michael in 2001. This fragrance combines urban sophistication with a rugged style that gets some of the black pepper notes that I loved in Bang.
Featuring bergamot, coriander, star anise, black pepper, thyme and elemi that open to the heart of sage, incense and suede. The base features tones of patchouli, sandalwood, musk and sleek woods which give the feeling of a strong masculine fragrance that I keep for special occasions.
Ermenegildo Zegna Uomo
Whilst this might be billed as a citrus woody fragrance for men it is more than that! Featuring a blend of fresh, aquatic, elegant and uplifting elements. It contains notes of citruses and bergamot from Calabria, Italy and is blended with accords of Violettyne Captive – violet leaf essence.
It is the woody notes of cedar & vetiver that really pack a punch for me in this fragrance that was launched in 2013. It is recommended for spring or summer wear and is one of my favourites to wear when I am travelling through Asia.
Bulgari In Black Eau De Parfum
I first discovered this fragrance on a recent cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong on board the Celebrity Millennium and instantly fell in love with the citrusy-woody nose that it invokes.
It is passionate, warm and sensual with top notes of grapefruit, neroli and black pepper. Heart notes include geranium, fir tree resin, Daim accord and the base notes reveal vetiver, patchouli, cedar, tonka, and benzoin.
This is a fragrance that is suitable for all occasions and can be used year round.
Issey Miyake – L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme Yuzu (Limited Edition)
This fragrance launched in 2014 as a limited edition and is another stand out that is a strong contender for one of the most oriental men’s fragrances on the market today.
A citrus aquatic fragrance for men that is crisp, spicy, clean and vibrant. It features tops notes of yuzu, mandarin and citron, heart notes of ginger and nutmeg and base notes of cedar and vetiver.
This is another fragrance that is more suitable for the warmer climates and really stands out for summer wear. it is a light delight that really stands out.
All of the fragrances above have very distinctive elements that work for me and you may find they also work for you. You might also disagree with my choices and not like any of them, and with over 100 men’s fragrances out in the marketplace that might very well be the case.
But give them a try and see what you think…always be open to new fragrances and new experiences when it comes to what works for you. This is a billion dollar market and each year we are seeing more and more new fragrances hit the shelves…be daring, be bold and find something that works for you!
But remember don’t overdo it, a fragrance is complimentary and should not still be lingering in a room long after you have left it or enter the room before you do!
Subtlety is key to making a fragrance work for you…you just have to find the right one (s).