FRA­GRANCES

Elis­a­beth King IDEN­TI­FIES THE SUAVE SCENTS THAT WILL GET YOU NO­TICED AND EN­HANCE YOUR REP­U­TA­TION AS A MOD­ERN GENT.

Men's Style (Australia) - - Contents -

Scents for the mod­ern gen­tle­man... or the guy who as­pires to be

Many men pore over the finer de­tails of tai­lor­ing and study the man­ners of the clas­sic no­tion of a gen­tle­man but to­day’s rules are more about re-in­ter­pret­ing what Mi­uc­cia Prada calls “the em­blems of a gen­tle­man”, rather than slav­ishly mor­ph­ing into a young fo­gey.

Three-piece suits and sports coats re­main main­stays of the wardrobe, but the mod­ern gen­tle­man is an all-rounder. He knows how to do a grease-and-oil-change, but knows he doesn’t have to. He can ef­fort­lessly or­gan­ise a ro­man­tic din­ner for his part­ner, but still en­joy a night out with the boys.

A love of sym­phonies and sports isn’t mu­tu­ally exclusive.

Gentle­man­li­ness isn’t a ques­tion of wealth. As Steve Friedman, the best-sell­ing author of The Gen­tle­man’s Guide to Life, puts it – “It’s about liv­ing large, lov­ing well, feel­ing strong and look­ing good.” Good groom­ing is a given and so is your choice of fra­grance to carry off the role ef­fort­lessly.

BOT­TEGA VENETA POUR HOMME PARFUM

Gen­tle­men and the rich smell of leather are nat­u­ral go-to­geth­ers. Bot­tega Veneta also de­fines its fash­ion rep with the finest of hides. This long-last­ing ver­sion of the an­ces­tor juice of 2013 – woody, spicy, with a leather ac­cord – is all about up­scale males at leisure who love hik­ing in the woods, the scent of cedar un­der­foot and comfy Ch­ester­fields for a wel­learned rest. Great-look­ing bot­tle, too. From $135; David Jones and se­lected Myer stores.

JIMMY CHOO MAN IN­TENSE

There’s a hint of Dior Eau Sau­vage over­laid with a rock edge about this so­phis­ti­cated, sul­try scent. Black pep­per and tonka bean add just the right depth of dark­ness to the fougere/woody/ori­en­tal tem­plate. Housed in an an­tique hip flask, it’s a Sean Con­nery in­ter­pre­ta­tion of an old school smoothie – a manly la­dykiller. From $105; Myer stores.

ROYAL MAY­FAIR BY CREED

Why royal? This lime-fresh, soapy flo­ral was in­spired by the Duke of Wind­sor. Ig­nore the waspish char­ac­ter on the Net­flix se­ries, The Crown – the for­mer King Ed­ward VIII knew how to dress and dress well. May­fair is, of course, the stamp­ing ground of the English gen­tle­man and the re­fresh­ing juice leans heav­ily on in­gre­di­ents linked to the glory days of the Bri­tish Em­pire – gin, Ja­maican lime, Scot­tish pine and Aus­tralian eu­ca­lyp­tus. Sporty, classy and a cut above, let the top notes die down be­fore step­ping out on the town. $369; agencede­par­fum.com.au

TOM FORD RE­SERVE BOIS MAROCAIN

First launched in 2009, this un­der­rated gem has been brought back by pop­u­lar de­mand by those with deep pock­ets. A stand­out of the in­cense cat­e­gory, it’s resinous with pine, cy­press and ve­tiver. If you re­ally love woody fra­grances then make the in­vest­ment in this limited edi­tion for the ol­fac­tory equiv­a­lent of a vin­tage E-type Jag – smooth and pow­er­ful. $485; se­lected David Jones stores.

CZECH & SPEAKE NO. 88 COLOGNE SPRAY

Tra­di­tional but un­com­mon, this mas­cu­line chypre de­buted in 1980. Named af­ter Czech & Speake’s orig­i­nal ad­dress in Jermyn Street Lon­don, a stone’s throw from the gen­tle­men’s clubs of Pall Mall, the aro­matic notes and in­tense flo­rals leave a last­ing im­pres­sion for hours. The posh Brit brand takes its cue from the Ed­war­dian era for its shav­ing brushes, man­i­cure sets and tooth­brush stands. Vin­tage yet in­di­vid­ual at the same time. $199 for 100ml; mens­biz.com.au

CALVIN KLEIN ETER­NITY IN­TENSE FOR MEN

The orig­i­nal Eter­nity for Men – circa 1989 – was a well-bal­anced fougere that quickly reached clas­sic sta­tus for its un­der­state­ment and class. This new­bie shares the same name but is a dif­fer­ent fra­grance, thanks to a heart of or­ris (the favourite fra­grance in­gre­di­ent of Louis XIV) and gera­nium. Black tea and white pep­per add spice. You get a lot of bang for your buck. $59 for 100ml; 1800 812 663.

AQVA POUR HOMME ATLANTIQVE

In the days when yachts had long keels, gaff rig­ging and cot­ton sails, tac­ti­cal rac­ing to wind­ward was deemed un­gentle­manly. The rule that hasn’t changed is that a love of the sea re­mains very es­tab­lish­ment. Bvl­gari’s an­swer to Bleu de Chanel, this re­fresh­ing aquatic is an­chored by a sea am­ber ac­cord for an en­er­getic whiff of the ocean. From $95; de­part­ment stores.

JO MALONE THE BLOOMS­BURY SET

Blooms­bury in Lon­don’s West End is home to many of the Bri­tish cap­i­tal’s finest gar­den squares, the Bri­tish Mu­seum and is most fa­mous for The Blooms­bury Group of artists, led by Vir­ginia Woolf. This five set col­lec­tion fea­tures three mas­cu­line scents redo­lent of brandy snifters, fat cigars, pol­ished floors and an era when gen­tle­man meant be­ing of pri­vate means – To­bacco & Man­darin, Whisky & Cedar­wood and Leather & Artemisia. Limited edi­tion; $95 each; jo­ma­lone.com.au

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