Best evening scents for men: Party-proof yourself

It’s that time of year when the best year-end parties are upon you and you need to be party proof. It’s not just your ensemble. We put the spotlight on some of the best evening scents — olfactory cocktails that will guarantee you attention even after the music stops

Azzaro Wanted by Night

By all accounts, parties in the swinging sixties and seventies were groovier. It’s why Azzaro’s newest party scent is inspired by the hedonistic lifestyle of Lois Azzaro who partied hard in the 1970s. Wanted by Night is a follow up to Azzaro Wanted that debuted in 2016. The cylindrical bottle is reminiscent of a revolver and invokes images of a game of chance. It’s similar to its predecessor except for the chrome-plated cap and an elegant dark lacquer that adds to the mystique of the fragrance.

Enigmatic evening scents are surely a thing. Wanted by Night is a woody and spicy oriental that’s more endearing than the original. It’s not as heady as the original but plays out gradually on your skin. Cinnamon, red cedar and tobacco are the three main accords that define this scent. There’s a bunch of other notes that come together, ranging from mandarin orange, lavender, cumin and leather. Azzaro Wanted by Night is full of contradictions. It’s easy to wear and yet there’s an air of allure around the scent. It’s perfect for a night on the town and yet not out of place in the boardroom. And yes, this will stay on your skin long after the party is over and breakfast in bed.

Rs 6,750/100ml

Cartier Declaration Parfum for Men

Not all party scents need to be in your face. And not all long evenings need to tire your feet. Sometimes all you crave for is a quiet romantic rendezvous after half a party. Cartier revisits a classic exactly after 20 years to create a scent that aims to rekindle the romantic in you. Like all Cartier scents, stellar packaging is a given. The exquisite bottle for the 2018 Declaration takes a cue from Cartier’s fine jewellery and stays true to the original. Sculpted glass and a metal finish inspired by the Maison’s famous winding crown.

Cartier enlisted the services of master perfumer Mathilde Laurent who has envisioned numerous scents for the house including our recent Cartier favourite L’Envol de Cartier. Cardamom is at the very heart of this amber-coloured juice that’s deeply intense and yet remarkably fresh. The bitter orange quickly makes way for a spicy heart and woody base notes. This scent scores on longevity and sillage. If you’re seeking a distinctive, bold olfactory signature this season, we’d certainly recommend Declaration. It’s certainly for the die-hard romantic and also for a gentleman who can carry off an intense scent with élan.

Rs 10,700/100ml

The best classic evening scents

Thierry Mugler: A Men

Imagine a fragrance that almost makes you good enough to eat. Edible notes like chocolate, caramel, vanilla, coffee bean and peppermint went into making A Men one of the first ‘gourmand’ fragrances for gentlemen ever.

Rs 4,525/100 ml

Aigner Black

An understated evening fragrance that starts on a fresh note and finishes with a hint of musk and the strong presence of leather. The black leather is what sets this fragrance apart and is also present in the brilliant bottle crafted by celebrated designer Fabien Baron.

Rs 4,200/125ml

Armani code

The opaque, black bottle is inspired by the satin lapels of an Armani tuxedo. This oriental ‘fougere’ is a quintessential party favourite. It’s a beautiful medley of fresh notes like bergamot and lemon balanced with the intensity of guaiac wood and tonka bean.

Rs 6,500/125ml

Prada L’Homme

An understated party scent with an elegant bottle wrapped in black Saffiano leather. This pleasing scent is a lovely balance of powdery, woody and floral elements. Aside from trademark Prada notes like amber and iris, the scent features geranium, violet, pepper, cedar and neroli.

Rs 6,100/100ml


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