6 perfumes to carry you through festive and party season this year

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It’s party time, as we step into the third decade of the millennium. It’s not enough to get your stylish ensemble right, you certainly need to smell good at the best year-end parties in town, too. You can lean on these party scents to do the trick

Rs 6,300/100ml Rs 6,300/100ml

Kenzo Homme Night

Not all parties take place in a nightclub where EDM notes hold sway. This is the perfect scent for a beach party during your end of the year break. Kenzo Homme Night is a tribute to the original Kenzo Homme with its trademark bamboo shoot bottle. This bottle is dressed in electric midnight blue while the juice includes spicy notes like coriander and cardamom.

Cartier Pasha de Cartier Edition Noire

Rs 8,000/100ml Rs 8,000/100ml

A 2010s rework of Pasha de Cartier, a 1990s woody aromatic scent with truly classical roots.  The flacon seeks inspiration from the Cartier pencil design and is reminiscent of the original bottle. This party scent begins with a fresh citrusy vibe before the mildly intense cedar and amber notes take over all the way to the drydown.

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Rs 3,990/100ml Rs 3,990/100ml

Guess 1981 Indigo M Eau de Toilette

This 2018 scent makes a connection with the year 1981 when the Guess brand made a sensational debut. This modern, high-energy scent might just be what you need for a weekend party. It’s diverse mix of fragrance notes include fig, coconut water, cedarwood, musk and amber.

Rs 3,050/30ml Rs 3,050/30ml

Aigner no: 1

A modern interpretation of a classic woody and leather scent. This oriental woody scent is  certainly party proof. Cedar leaf, pepper and bergamot create an array of contrasts in the top notes. The intense base includes incense, vetiver, oud, sandalwood and musk.

Rs 7,150/90ml Rs 7,150/90ml

Gucci Guilty Cologne Pour Homme

Gucci’s Guilty line was crafted for the 2010s gentlemen. The first scent in this line — Guilty Pour Homme, debuted in 2011 and was aimed at the alpha male, a magnet for women. But a lot has changed this decade, the latest flanker, Cologne Pour Homme, is clear evidence. If the original scent was about its provocative and seductive appeal this latest iteration is positioned as a modern take on a classic Italian scent, probably more appropriate for the more sensitive 2020s gentleman. 

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The bottle is a more simple version of the original, trademark Guilty flacon. The pale green carton is matched by the juice in a transparent flacon with an etched version of the legendary Gucci logo occupying pride of place. Calabrian bergamot is a go-to ingredient for quintessential Italian scents; it dominates the opening of this perfume along with rosemary and juniper berries. But it’s the floral notes (that include heliotrope and violet) that define this scent. It is part of its pitch to the modern gentlemen who isn’t shy of experimenting with his fragrances. Cedar and white musk are among the notes that give this fragrance a wonderful finish. 

Rs 6,200/100ml Rs 6,200/100ml

Gucci Guilty Cologne Pour Homme is one of the most offbeat scents you can buy with its unique blend of notes. Sillage is average, while longevity is quite good. This is a scent that could spark conversations in the office, but even more at an evening out. We can all use an ice-breaker at a party; this scent could just be your ally.

Boss Bottled Infinite

Master perfumer Annick Menardo was roped in by Hugo Boss to create the first fragrance for the Boss Bottled line. That was in 1998 where this scent won instant recognition and fans with its fresh opening, floral-spicy heart and warm woods at its base. Boss teamed up with Menardo all over again in 2019 for the latest avatar of Boss Bottled. Hugo Boss doesn’t deviate from the original bottle, one of the most instantly recognisable flacons. But the smoky grey juice is a clear indication that Boss Bottled Infinite is ready to party. 

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The 1990s original was defined by its fresh, easy to wear appeal. This one also opens on a zesty note that combines the freshness of apple,  orange, cinnamon and sage. The spicy notes continue into the heart and are contrasted by lavender. Woods dominate the base notes; sandalwood and olive tree complete the fragrance pyramid. 

Boss Bottled Infinite stays in the same zone as the original and the many Boss Bottled flankers over the years, but is not as sweet as the original. This one almost packs a dark allure. Just the kind of scent you might need to be the mystery man at the next party. Sillage is average and so is staying power. But this scent deserves your attention for its unique appeal as a fresh scent that eventually develops into a dark, subtle evening scent.


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