Carolina Herrera 212 VIP Black Own the Party
At the beginning of this decade, Carolina Herrera presented a fresh take on its iconic 212 for Men. New York City and Carolina Herrera are almost inseparable — 212 is the area (phone) code for Manhattan. 212 VIP was billed as the quintessential NYC party scent, VIP Black builds on this legacy with a scent that's positioned as an intense aromatic fougere. Carolina Herrera sticks to the same bottle shape that’s worked well with the previous 212 VIP flankers. The scent begins on a bold, spicy (fennel and anise) note with a heady absinthe adding extra zing. Lavender is at the heart of this perfume that finishes on a warm, intense note with the presence of musk and black vanilla husk.
Two noses are usually better than one. It’s probably why Carolina Herrera roped in two perfumers — Carlos Benaim and Anne Flipo, to put together 212 VIP Black. It lives up to its billing as an ideal evening or party scent, one that’s perfect for a cold winter’s evening. Sillage is very good and the scent lasts endlessly on your skin, perfect for that dinner date.
Paco Rabanne Invictus Legend
Paco Rabanne clearly understands the power of packaging. More than a decade ago, the gold ingot style bottle of One Million stood out at fragrance counters and made it a bestseller. Six years ago, we checked out another new scent that marked the beginning of the Invictus line.
Then too, it was the unique flacon that was the talking point. The bottle is meant to resemble a sporting trophy and will remind you of the famous Ashes urn. Almost the perfect shape for Invictus or unconquerable.
Legend is the newest chapter in the Invictus line that was initially positioned as a sporty scent. It’s the same standout bottle, but in a darker hue — a midnight blue, revealing its intense and complex composition. Paco Rabanne calls this a woody-spicy fragrance of ardent intensity and a combination of two contradictory forces — fresh adrenaline and warm, powerful woods. Both handy as you head to work on a cold winter’s morning.
Two master perfumers — Domitille Bertier and Nicolas Beaulieu, have collaborated on this scent that opens on a zesty note with sea salt, marine accords and grapefruit. The scent’s base notes — guaiac wood and amber, create the perfect foil. It’s the contrasts that set this scent apart. It’s intense and yet there’s an easy almost sweet vibe that lingers hours after the fragrance settles on your skin. Paco Rabanne Invictus Legend scent scores on both Sillage and longevity making it an ideal all-day winter scent.
Burberry’s tribute to its home city was launched to coincide with its 150th anniversary in 2006. It’s still one of the best winter scents you can buy. The iconic Burberry checks hug the bottle and the scent features a brilliant medley of notes that include lavender, cinnamon, pepper, port wine, leather, tobacco leaf and oak moss. A refined masculine scent and perfect for one of those winter mornings when you keep hitting the snooze button on your alarm.
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Tom Ford Noir
Tom Ford has referred to this scent as the brand’s most satisfying foray into perfumes. Noir has been described as complex, enigmatic and surprising. Qualities that also define many gentlemen in the 2010s. Tom Ford Noir balances a variety of notes from pink pepper to leather. This is clearly not a scent for people pleasers, it’s one that will spark strong love or loathe responses.
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One of the most elegant flacons of 2019 with an interesting interplay of shape, clear glass, liquid and light. This aromatic spicy fragrance opens with refreshing top notes of bergamot, grapefruit and mandarin but it’s the base dominated by warm sandalwood that makes it the perfect all-day winter scent for the office.