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