Hugo Boss — The Scent Private Accord for him
Jamie Dornan, the British actor who shot to fame as Christian Grey in the 50 Shades of Grey franchise was a clever choice to front this scent. Augmented reality looks set to take over our world, this campaign features Dornan and model Brigit Kos meeting behind VR masks. The Scent Private Accord is the newest chapter of Hugo Boss’ Scent line that took off in 2015. This flanker, as you’ve probably guessed, is built on sensuality.
A dark, amber liquid and the dark brown embellishments on the bottle reveal the central note in this scent — magnetic cocoa. It’s the chocolate and coffee accords that dominate this scent. You’ll dig this if gourmand scents are your scene. Perfumer Bruno Jovanovic also adds the exotic Maninka fruit from Africa into the blend. This fruit is well known in the region as an aphrodisiac and adds to the sensual allure of this perfume. We like how this scent develops on your skin. There’s a high energy citrus and ginger burst before the intense cocoa and coffee accords take over in the drydown. Sillage is quite strong, this scent lasts on your skin even as you spread the sensual chocolate vibe around your office floor. This one’s perfect for a dinner date on a rainy night or to spark off a conversation in the office.
Uomo Salvatore Ferragamo Signature
The dark flacon is a giveaway. The Signature Edition is driven by tonka bean to create an edgier and more magnetic version of Uomo. This oriental, leathery scent opens with the zest of Italian citruses before making way for a spicy heart and an intense base with coffee, leather and tonka bean.
Jo Malone Basil and Neroli Cologne
London and grey weather are synonymous; this quintessential British scent marks the first Jo Malone fragrance in almost two decades to feature basil. Like the entire Jo Malone line, this sophisticated scent that features floral and green facets can also be combined with one of the brand’s other scents.
Fahrenheit Cologne by Christian Dior
The original Fahrenheit went on to become one of the best-selling men’s scents ever. Almost three decades later Christian Dior reworks this classic in a more ‘easy to wear’ version that sets the tone with high-energy citrus notes like Sicilian mandarin and wraps up on a woody, spicy note.
In an age when Instagram defines travel trends, it’s tough to imagine a time when hand-written travel journals were the norm. Mont Blanc’s legendary writing instruments were probably among the preferred choice of global travellers back then. Mont Blanc’s new Explorer line is another invitation to travel the world at a time when we’re never short of inspiration. Packaging has become a key element in marketing scents in the 2010s, but Mont Blanc doesn’t resort to gimmickry in its bid to create a standout flacon.
A leather-like protective sheath is the design highlight and is printed with the elegant Saffiano motif that has adorned Montblanc creations since the 1920s. The Montblanc signature star occupies pride of place on the bottle and also on the crown of the bottle cap. Three master perfumers - Jordi Fernandez, Antoine Maisondieu and Olivier Pescheux, collaborate on Montblanc Explorer; interestingly each one of these noses bring their favourite ingredient into the mix. The woody, leather, perfume is built on three key notes — bergamot from Italy, vetiver from Haiti and patchouli from Indonesia.
Explorer is one of the finest scents we’ve seen from the Montblanc stable in a while. It’s refined, boasts of a strong silage and lasts endlessly. Montblanc stays within its comfort zone with a scent that’s easy to like and one that works well in the board room. It’s also just what you need for that monsoon holiday – look for the 30ml traveller edition that’s also encased with the same elegant leather sheath.
Van Cleef and Arpels — Midnight in Paris
The legendary French jewellery house sought inspiration from a date under the stars of a Parisian sky to create one of the most romantic scents of the 2010s. The dark blue flacon with stars houses a scent with exotic notes like Lapsang Souchang tea, lily of the valley and leather.