THE NEXT WAVE

DON’T LET THE FEEL­ING OF SUM­MER LEAVE COM­PLETELY – NOT YET, AND NOT WITH THIS AQUATIC TREND DOM­I­NAT­ING WIN­TER SCENTS.

GQ (Australia) - - GROOMING -

Rit­u­als ‘Bleu Byzantin’ EDT, $74 (50ml)* Some­times you just want some­thing el­e­gant, clas­sic and re­fresh­ing. This gets a ‘yes’ on all counts and the pack size is per­fect for travel. With mint wa­ter, blue ju­niper and fresh cy­press, it scores high on orig­i­nal­ity too. Tom Ford ‘Neroli Portofino Forte’ EDP, $398 (50ml); ‘Ac­qua’ EDT, $210 (50ml) No one ex­pands on a theme bet­ter than Ford – be it on the run­way or skin. The ‘Forte’ is a su­per­charged dou­ble con­cen­tra­tion of neroli with new tim­ber and leather el­e­ments. Mean­while, the ‘Ac­qua’ turns things down a notch in a citrus and am­ber-flecked scent ideal for day­wear. Bravo Mr Ford. Bot­tega Veneta ‘Pour Homme Essence Aro­ma­tique’ EDC, $120 (90ml) The equiv­a­lent of a per­fect­lymixed mar­tini with a lemon twist, this splash is light while re­tain­ing an el­e­ment of head-turn­ing chic. The clas­sic and on-trend el­e­ments of berg­amot and patchouli re­main, but it’s the un­der­score of Siberian pine that pro­vides real di­men­sion. Givenchy ‘Gen­tle­man Only Parisian Break’ EDT, $132 (100ml) The cam­paign fea­tur­ing Si­mon Baker has a strong fo­cus on the French cap­i­tal, but we think the scent is more Monte Carlo. The in­gre­di­ent of the mo­ment – mint – kicks off play and cedes to sage and am­broxan (a syn­thetic am­bery­musk whose nat­u­ral equiv­a­lent is, fast fact, har­vested from the bile duct se­cre­tions in sperm whales’ in­testines – yum). Issey Miyake ‘Pour Homme Fraîche’ EDT, $131 (100ml) If per­fumer Christophe Ray­naud were a de­signer, he’d be the mas­ter of min­i­mal­ism. This clean scent is a so­phis­ti­cate’s plea­sure, with car­damom, sage, laven­der and white patchouli the cul­prits. It’s so good we’ll even for­give the grape­fruit – fast be­com­ing one of fra­grance’s hoari­est clichés. Mont­blanc ‘Leg­end Spirit’ EDT, $110 (100ml) It’s all about fresh crisp­ness with oak­moss – the orig­i­nal ‘Leg­end’ sig­na­ture note – but­tressed by pep­per­corns, san­dal­wood and the usual citrus sus­pects: grape­fruit and berg­amot.

By plac­ing the aquatic burst into the mid­notes, the re­sult is un­ex­pected and worth a sec­ond sniff. John Var­vatos ‘Ar­ti­san Blu’ EDT, $115 (125ml) Fol­low­ing from the rum-soaked mag­nif­i­cence of ‘Dark Rebel’, this al­to­gether more salt-kissed po­tion strad­dles the familiar and the unique thanks to notes of basil, laven­der, para­sol pine and pis­ta­chio.

Marc Ja­cobs ‘Rain’ EDT, $69 (100ml) This fra­grance is one of four in the lim­ited-edi­tion ‘Splash’ range and that all-too-rare a beast: a gen­uinely uni­sex scent. Look for am­ber, moss and musk in the dry down, fresh-cut grass and a top note of clemen­tine zest – which also hap­pens to be an ex­cel­lent name for a drag queen.

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