THE SCI­ENCE OF SCENT

GQ (Australia) - - GROOMING - Roberto Cavalli Uomo $80 (60ml); myer.com.au

Gen­er­ally speak­ing, Ital­ian scents tend to­wards the Mediter­ranean, with clas­sic, yet pre­dictable citrus notes. This of­fer­ing gives the clichés short shrift by open­ing with the in­tense cash­mere-pow­dery aroma of black vi­o­let – it’s a ballsy choice, but its cool botan­i­cal na­ture is well com­ple­mented by a touch of saf­fron warmth.

Mid notes

More un­usual choices here, with the fa­mil­iar laven­der el­e­ments over­layed with honey. Al­though this com­bi­na­tion may sound as tra­di­tional as a church pic­nic, it’s more pow­er­ful and left-field com­bi­na­tion than it seems at first glance. In other words, it’s sweet and savoury in just the right mea­sure.

Base notes

To keep this scent from be­com­ing too avant-garde, per­fumer Christophe Ray­naud chose a sin­gle note of cedar in the base to tie things to­gether with a tim­ber fin­ish. This too is a highly as­sured step, show­cas­ing a sin­gle el­e­ment. In fra­grance, as in so much else, less can def­i­nitely be more.

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