1. Gentleman Givenchy Eau de Parfum
The opaque, black flacon is a giveaway. This one’s just what you need for that black tie event. Givenchy’s Gentleman line has seen a flurry of flankers over the last few years. We’ve veered towards some of this line’s easy to wear, effervescent scents especially for a day in the office, but this Eau de Parfum breaks the pattern. British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson is the face of this scent. The campaign puts the scent’s floral notes under the spotlight. Givenchy has positioned this as a scent for a gentleman who dances to his own beat. The bold floral notes play this up.
While the fragrance itself is a departure from the Gentleman line, the packaging doesn’t deviate too much from the familiar bottle. It’s the same elegant flacon but it's draped in black, to complement your dark wardrobe for the evening. Gentleman Givenchy sticks to a floral woody profile that doesn’t waver even as the fragrance settles down on your skin.
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The scent opens on a heady note with spicy pepper and lavender. The fragrance’s base notes — black vanilla and patchouli add to the warmth and intensity of the scent. The vanilla also lends a sweet and calming vibe to this otherwise intense perfume. Sillage is excellent, the scent also stays on your skin for hours together. You’re sorted if that dinner date takes an impromptu detour. Gentleman Givenchy is the quintessential enigmatic evening scent, just in case you want to play the International Man of Mystery.
2. 212 VIP Men Party Fever Carolina Herrera
Ginger, juniper berries, red apple, citruses and tamarind set the pace in the opening notes of this party fragrance with a cheerful vibe. Carolina Herrera’s 212 VIP line has kept the party scents coming and this one scores with its psychedelic flacon and easy-to-wear appeal.
3. JV x NJ John Varvatos Men
The first collaboration between Nick Jonas and John Varvatos, this perfume aims to capture the energy of a big city at dusk, and the night comes alive. The bottle takes cues from classic luxury cars with its stunning pearly midnight blue lacquer. The aromatic fragrance includes an array of contrasts that include pink pepper, mint and sandalwood.
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4. Gucci Guilty Absolute
One of the latest interpretations of Gucci bestseller Guilty, this will please gentlemen who love scents with strong leather accords. The scent opens on a leathery note with patchouli at its heart and winds up with deep woods and vetiver.
5. Kenzo Homme Night
ONE of the finest evening scents of the 2010s, this is also one of Kenzo’s best reinterpretations of its 1990s classic, Kenzo Homme. The iconic Kenzo Homme bamboo shoot bottle dresses in electric midnight blue with a splash of neon yellow. The high-energy juice combines zesty grapefruit and mango with tonka bean and coriander.
6. Bvlgari Man Neroli Wood
Alberto Morillas has been associated with the Bvlgari Man line since its debut in 2010. This master perfumer reinvents the original yet again with its 2019 flanker, that’s also one of the most versatile Bvlgari scents of this decade. This time Morillas embarks on an olfactory journey that goes all the way back to Bvlgari’s Italian roots.
Not all evening scents need to be about allure or mystery. This scent sits easily on your skin in a boardroom or your favourite cocktail bar. The bottle is reminiscent of other Bvlgari Man Scents, the clear bottle reveals the strong citrusy vibe of this scent.
But this is no simple, linear scent. As the name suggests, it's all about how the classical Italian citrus notes tango with intense woods. It’s here that the scent scores, revealing one shade at a time. The interplay between citrus notes like bergamot and woods continues as the scent dries down on your skin.
It opens with a citrus burst — neroli and bergamot, the strong citrus presence continues to its heart that is punctuated with orange blossom. It’s the base notes dominated by woods along with white musk and leather that change the very complexion of this scent.
The scent does well on the longevity and sillage fronts. This is not a scent that will provoke strong love or loathe reactions. That’s not a bad thing for a first date or drinks with key business associates.