We live in a world where the average Joe is able to rattle off bizarre facts – like the unicorn being Scotland’s national animal or dolphins were once trained in warfare – but, strangely, that same guy might not be able to differentiate between eau de toilette (EDT) and eau de parfum (EDP).
The former contains four to eight per cent of fragrance oils, and the latter has eight to 15 per cent, which ensures postspritz longevity and a more powerful projection. Here are eight scent-studs (aka EDPs) that are so loud and potent that they enter the room before one does.
From left clockwise: Maison Christian Dior Rouge Trafalgar A blazing red juice that echoes the red designs of Monsieur Dior’s haute couture pieces in the 1950s, the scent accords are candied red berry, tart blackcurrant, and zesty grapefruit, Moschino Toy Boy The potency of warm Indonesian nutmeg, powdery rose absolute, earthy Haitian vetiver, and honey-like amber makes this scent stand out from the usual citrus-aquatic waters, Acqua Di Parma Sakura The latest addition to the Italian maison’s sunny waters contains spicy pink pepper, delicate cherry blossom, and warm musk – it projects heavily for two hours before fading close to the skin. Ermenegildo Zegna Essenze Roman Woode Projecting spicy cypress, earthy moss, and creamy vanilla loudly on the skin for up to six hours depending on the weather, the closeto-skin dry-down is honey-like musk and coniferous pine.
Tom Ford Beau de Jour Like any of Mr Ford’s legendary fragrances, just a discreet spritz is needed – especially for this hard-hitting juice of earthy lavender, peppery basil, and incense-like patchouli, Louis Vuitton Heures D’Absence Translated from French to Hours Away, this crowd-pleasing scent is a long-lasting projection of floral jasmine sambac, sweet mimosa, and warm sandalwood that stays fresh for hours, Hera Black Unabashedly masculine from its modern glass bottle down to its formulation of just two ingredients – refreshing citrus and sensual wood – this fragrance is delightfully uncomplicated, Armani Prive Gardenia Antigua The Caribbean smells like honeyed neroli, milky gardenia, and creamy white musk according to the Italian house; this sunny water makes a perfect layering base for other scents.
Photography Jeff Chang
Styling Bryan Goh
This story first appeared in the April ’20 issue of Men’s Folio Singapore.