Classic fragrances for men: Choose between Jimmy Choo, Davidoff, Mont Blanc, Lacoste

Best fragrances for men: Fragrances, like fashion, is a reflection of the times and its wearer. Summer or winter, day or night, you know you’re going to smell good if you stick to the classics


Lacoste L.12.12 French Panache Pour Lui (EDT): Rs 5,200/100ml

Cut back to 1927, the year Rene Lacoste created his first polo shirt. It’s come to define the Lacoste brand as we know it. Many stories created around the brand’s products keep going back to the very same tee. It’s why this new scent uses the L.12.12 prefix, the code for the first ever Lacoste polo shirt. 1 refers to Petit Pique (the fabric used), 2 for the short sleeves and 12 for the number of prototypes before the final product.

Just like other Lacoste scents with the L.12.12 prefix, this flacon takes design cues from the classic Lacoste tee. The instantly recognisable crocodile logo is emblazoned on the top left corner of the opaque bottle. The deep blue bottle is contrasted with a white bottle cap. The minimalist design complements the fresh and easy vibe of this scent that’s almost perfect for the onset of summer. It opens on a fresh and spicy note accentuated by cardamom and fresh lemon.

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At its heart is French lavender, one of the most discernible notes in this scent that teams up with red windsor apple while sandalwood and patchouli complete its base notes. Sillage and staying power are both average on this scent. Don’t expect it to last on your skin through a humid summer’s day. This pleasing scent might be what you need for that lazy Sunday brunch or drive where you can use the extra panache.

Run Wild Davidoff for Men: Rs 5,000/100ml

As our cities get crowded and homes become smaller, space is the central theme for many luxury experiences. Davidoff’s new scent is a case in point. It’s built around freshness from the wild, inspired by wide-open spaces. Lavender is the signature element of this fragrance. The scent is lifted by the freshness of wild lavender from the American southeast. The packaging stays in line with the Davidoff brand with its elegant, clear flacon that reveals the fresh, aquamarine juice. It’s reminiscent of the brand’s iconic Cool Water bottle that dates back to the 1980s. The engraved metal cap sets this apart.

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Run Wild is probably one of the most significant Davidoff launches with a fresh theme since Cool Water. The fresh vibe will please Cool Water loyalists who continue to keep a bottle tucked away in their wardrobe. A duo of two perfumers — Alexandra Carlin and Pierre-Constantin Gueros collaborated to create this scent that also features Madagascar cinnamon and fir balsam in its array of notes. If Cool Water evoked images of your favourite beach destination, Run Wild might remind you of that wild waterfall that you encounter in a trek through the wilderness. Just what you might need to escape Monday morning blues at work.


Jimmy Choo Man Blue: Rs 5,700/100ml

The brand’s signature hip flask flacon gets a fresh lease of life with a gradient pattern. The bottle cap is finished with Jimmy Choo’s iconic embossed crocodile leather in deep blue. This is a scent driven by contrasts with lavender, black pepper, bergamot and leather in the mix.

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D&G Intenso: Rs 6,700/125ml

A flanker to D&G Pour Homme that debuted in 1994 and went on to become one of Dolce and Gabbana’s most successful men’s scents ever. Housed in a smoky grey bottle, this scent opens with a floral bouquet (dominated by lavender) and a hint of basil. Other notes include hay, tobacco, musk and sandal.

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Mont Blanc Legend: Rs 3,750/50ml

The curved dark flacon is inspired by the ‘legendary’ Meisterstück writing instrument that announced the arrival of Mont Blanc more than a century ago. This fresh scent is full of subtle contrasts and combines varied notes like apple, rose and sandalwood. But it’s the lavender in Legend’s opening notes that defines this scent.


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