The Gift Buying Season
Fall is in full swing and the holidays are upon us. That means fragrance gift sets are going to be moving like hot cakes. Where does one start? What fragrances are good? Which are worth the money? Here’s a fragrance gift guide to help you pick the perfect gift for the guy on your shopping list.
This is a list of tried and true fragrances that are not only popular but have stood the test of time. No noobs here. Also, I’ve added the occasion and personality I think matches each scent.
The List: Men’s Fragrance Gifts
The One – Dolce and Gabbana – Date/intimate
Dolce and Gabbana’s The One is one of the best smelling fragrances you’ll ever smell. This gentlemanly concoction of spices tobacco and fruit notes makes it a sexy crowd pleaser. This fragrance is perfect for close encounters. It’s not a fragrance that will reach out a grab attention in a crowd but when she’s close, it will invite her to get closer. If performance is a must for you, reach for the “Inzite” version, The One Eau De Parfum. It’s A little darker and richer but overall smells the same with the added longevity.
Allure Homme – Chanel – Upscale
In 1999 Chanel released a modern masterpiece in men’s fragrance. Refined, upscale and aptly named, alluring. Master perfumer Jacques Polge is said to have built this fragrance in a Diamond opposed to your typical top middle and base construction. You get every facet of the fragrance throughout the duration of the scent. Allure Homme is considered an oriental fragrance. Warm, Crisp and fresh. This is best used in the fall and winter, however, if you are light on the trigger you can use this year round.
Bleu De Chanel – Chanel – Office
Every man needs a Swiss Army knife fragrance in his arsenal. And for versatility, Bleu De Chanel fits the build. No matter the occasion or climate this fragrance will work. The composition of grapefruit, ginger, and incense doesn’t disappoint at the office either. If your not familiar with the house of Chanel’s fragrances for men they are known for their mass appeal. This best selling deviation from the Allure line is no exception. BDC is the definition of a classic all around scent. Its pleasant, last all day great for different climates, making it the perfect fragrance gift
L’homme – Yves Saint Laurent – Office/daytime event
The Sharp Dresser
The scenario. You’re heading to an event. Its daytime and you need to be dressed to the 9’s. it’s warm out but not hot. What fragrance do you reach for? YSL’s L’homme! This fragrance has well-manicured man written all over it. The introduction has an effervescent ginger note on wrapped in bergamot. a sweet violet leaf and spices anchor the heart, drying down to smooth woods and creamy tonka bean. Reach for this when you’re dressed to kill.
Pure Malt – Date/Night
The Eccentric man
Pure malt is definitely one of those fragrances I reach for when I want to stand out from the crowd. Not your run of the mill mall scent, it’s rugged yet refined. It takes the DNA of Muglers A*MEN and is said to have aged it in whiskey barrels. Giving the enticing gourmand a sensual boozy quality. It starts with Dried fruits mixed with oriental accords and that amazing whiskey note. Sweet, powerful and long-lasting it will have you grabbing attention as you paint the town.
Nautica Voyage – Nautica – Casual
The guy next door.
Nautica Voyage is an everyday casual fragrance for the high heat. This can be worn to the gym, running errands or in the backyard by the pool. It is touted as being a great bang for your buck. It’s inexpensive but rivals much more expensive fragrances in performance and uniqueness. The introduction is watery and fruity. a green apple to be exact. the heart, mimosa and lotus flower. finishing with cedar, oakmoss, and musk. For the everyday guy not trying to break the bank to smell great.
Dior Homme – Dior – Date/Intimate
In my opinion one of the best fragrances money can buy is Dior Homme. Trendsetting, sexy, regal, classy, are the adjectives that come to mind when I think of this 2005 release. I know for some wearing fragrance, or cologne isn’t an everyday ritual. Set aside for more special occasion. It doesn’t get more special than this. This combination of a butter iris and cacao mix is definitely trendsetting in the men’s game. But, the Tahitian vetiver and leather “man” it up in the base. Reach for this when you’re with that special someone.
Gucci Pour Homme II – Casual
The Laidback Gentleman
This fragrance has a quiet strength to it. It’s known to be a close to the skin scent and has good longevity. Perfect for date nights especially for the fall season. This is a great scent for those cozy close encounter moments. Not overbearing in any way. It also has an artisan like construction to it. Utilizing exotic notes of black tea, pimento perfectly counterbalanced with staples like violet leaf bergamot and musk. Giving this an almost therapeutic quality.
Creed Aventus – Statement
There comes a time in a man’s life where he needs to make a statement. To own the room. You’ll need 3 things. A well-tailored suit, Confidence, and Creed Aventus. This polarizing 2010 release from the historic house of Creed combines the perfect mix of modern manliness, uniqueness and the artistry in perfume fragrance lovers crave. Oddly, It’s also a people pleaser as well, which isn’t the case usually when you push the envelope with a fragrance. The smell? Imagine a sweet crips pineapple. smoked. an airy medley of fruits on a bed of smooth slightly crazy woods. Exquisite. The catch? The price. This is truly a luxury item at upwards of $450 American dollars for a 4oz bottle.
Amouage Reflection Man – Statement
When the statement you want to make, is for her, you want something a little more intimate, sexy and refined. Nothing says opulence like the gift of kings. Amouage Fragrances. Amouage is a luxury brand based in Oman, founded by the Sultan of Oman. One of their most beautiful scents is Reflection Man. Its clean, almost soapy, powdery, slightly floral and creamy. The smell is often compared to the very popular fragrance Le Male, by Jean Paul Gaultier. I think Reflection man is very similar but much more refined, elegant and smooth.
With these 10 fragrances, you are bound to pick the perfect fragrance gift!