THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO WHICH FRAGRANCES TO WEAR TO WHAT EVENT DURING PARTY SEASON.
Elisabeth E King on the right r scent to wear for the right occasion
You wouldn’t wear the same shoes to ask for a promotion or paddle a kayak up a remote river. Just as different footwear is made for every occasion and activity, so are fragrances. Whether you’re looking to meet the love of your life, catch a wave or go bush, Men’s Style has done the hard yards to come up with the right choices for today’s hectic lifestyles. AESOP HWYL EAU DE PARFUM Outdoorsy fragrances have always appealed to the closet frontiersman in urban males, conjuring up images of Ned Kelly beards and battling for survival against the odds with every spray. There’s a whole genre of contemporary
VALENTINO UOMO ACQUA Over 200 hot weather records were beaten last summer and this year may be even more sizzling. And that’s a nightmare where black tie and dressy events are involved. When dusk falls and it still feels like a 50 degree evening in Manila, many
DUNHILL ICON RACING The racing in the title refers to cuttingedge sports cars. But the latest member of the Icon family works equally well for a day with the gee gees – on the track or at the polo. A self-assured woody/oriental, it isn’t as complex or long-lasting as the
L’EAU MAJEURE D’ISSEY MIYAKE Calling all sailors. A fresh, salty fragrance with decent longevity, this new entrant from the Japanese master is custommade for boating weekends. The minimalist structure teams well with
GUESS 1981 FOR MEN Green notes in a fragrance kickstart the same rush of endorphins that flood your body after physical activity. That earns it the ‘sporty’ label but it also links to the perfumer’s saucy maxim that green fragrances remind both partners of sex
GOLDFIELD & BANKS PACIFIC ROCK MOSS Most fragrances with a sea breeze theme reference the coasts of other countries – Italy, France, the Caribbean. Australia has the sixth longest coastline in the world yet this is the first Aussie scent that
PACO RABANNE PURE XS Paco Rabanne 1 Million and Invictus have become global smash hits with Millennials looking to ramp up their chances in the mating game. In 1993, when many were conceived, Paco Rabanne launched the original XS which made no bones about backwoodsman scents in the US such as Juniper Ridge Mojave Trail Resin Cologne. Inspired by the woods and mosses of an ancient Japanese forest, this earthy scent featuring cypress, vetiver and moss is an upmarket campfire cologne for the bush warrior. $130; aesop.com
sophisticated fragrances with more traditional notes can suffocate. Stay cool and classy with this ladykiller which tames the power of the original Uomo. The iris, tomato leaf and citrus notes deliver a cut-above complexity to stand out from a crowd. From $109; David Jones stores.
original and that’s a good thing for summer daywear. A fresh heart of orange flower, lavender and pepper makes this a stylish choice whether you’re betting on the next race or behind the wheel of an open top convertible. From $100; selected Myer and David Jones stores.
the yachtie’s ‘uniform’ of shorts, boat shoes and a T-shirt. A top holiday choice for sunset drinks by the sea, as well. From $103; Myer, David Jones and selected pharmacies.
in the open – earthy and relaxed. Guess has long traded on sensuality, so it’s surprising it took so long to release its first men’s woody/green juice. A classic mix of cedarwood, violet, bergamot and salty grey amber, it’s perfect for a picnic for two. From $49; Priceline; selected pharmacies.
celebrates our own. The south coast of NSW, to be precise. A very sophisticated effort, as you’d expect from ace perfumers Goldfield & Banks, it’s tangy with citrus, lichen, seaweed and musk and perfect for strolling along one of the nation’s 10,685 beaches. $229; goldfieldandbanks.com
the fact that intensifying sexual desire was its goal. The ad campaign for this newbie tries to link the same message to being the heir to a fortune. This fresh oriental sparked with ginger, myrrh and vanilla was made to stick close to the skin – with or without clothes. From $97; Myer and David Jones.