There’s no better time for fresh starts and new beginnings than the new year. Why not pair these new experiences with a fresh new fragrance? To get you started, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites among the recent releases and some classics – those that men love and women love on their men – for good measure. What’s your scent for spring?
THE ONE BY DOLCE & GABBANA
Elegant and sensual, this cult favourite boasts an oriental spicy character with notes of grapefruit, coriander, basil, cardomom and ginger, ending with a smoky blend of tobacco, amber and cedarwood.
DIOR HOMME PARFUM BY DIOR HOMME
Smooth, intense and woody, Dior Homme Parfum features three key ingredients – iris from Tuscany, sandalwood from Sri Lanka and Russian leather tanned with charred birch bark. Hints of rose and cedar complete this reiteration of 2005’s Dior Homme.
MICHAEL KORS FOR MEN BY MICHAEL KORS
The modern man, one who is handsome, sporty and sophisticated, is the inspiration behind Michael Kors For Men, the all-American label’s first fragrance for men in over a decade since Michael in 2001. The balsamic and spicy scent is a blend of bergamot, soft suede, tobacco smoke, patchouli and a variety of spices such as star anise, thyme and black pepper.
PATCHOULI ABSOLU BY TOM FORD
One of 2014’s leading fragrances, this woody, hypnotic and provocative offering from Tom Ford is an homage to patchouli, underscored with subtle hints of mosses, herbs and leather.
EROS BY VERSACE
Inspired by the key concepts of love, passion, beauty and desire, Eros – named after the Greek god of love – is a sensual combination of mint leaves, Italian lemon zest and green apple, with extra notes of tonka beans, amrboxan amber, geranium, vanilla, moss and cedarwood from Atlas and Virginia.
PERUVIAN AMBRETTE BY ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA
The latest to join Ermenegildo Zegna’s Essenze collection features ambrette, the only natural plant-derived musk, harvested from the pods of the hibiscus plant. Mandarin oil, guaiae wood, black pepper, orris and exotic suede add the finishing touches to this warm, rare and distinguished fragrance.
24 OLD BOND STREET TRIPLE EXTRACT BY ATKINSONS
A more intense yet fresh follow up to its same-name predecessor, Triple Extract – inspired by triple-distilled whiskeys – is an amalgam of juniper, rose, whiskey, black and green tea, tonka bean, incense and cardamom, giving a fragrance that is equal parts sweet, spicy and woody.
MAN IN BLACK BY BVLGARI
Neo-oriental, bold and sensual, Man In Black features vibrant spicy tobacco, ambery rum, tuberose, iris absolute and leather accord, and closes with a trail of benzoin, tonka bean and guaiac wood.
WOOD SAGE & SEA SALT BY JO MALONE
The latest to join Jo Malone’s signature range, Wood Sage & Sea Salt evokes images of windswept shores and mineral cliffs, touched with salty sea air. Ambrette seeds, sea salt and sage take centrestage in this musky, light fragrance, with additional notes of red algae, grapefruit and driftwood.