THE NEW MAS­CU­LINE

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Add to your scent li­brary with a few of this year’s ex­cit­ing new colognes.

Fash­ion jug­ger­naut Louis Vuit­ton de­buted fra­grances for men ear­lier this year in an al­ready com­pet­i­tive mar­ket, but its pres­ence at­tests to the op­por­tu­ni­ties to be had. Men to­day are more will­ing to ex­per­i­ment with scents, in con­trast to stick­ing to the same per­fume for years.

Says Susan Tan from fra­grance dis­trib­u­tor Lux­a­sia: “Men are now start­ing to own at least two fra­grances with many own­ing mul­ti­ples, pro­vid­ing va­ri­ety to their scent li­brary.”

She ob­serves that more are be­com­ing ad­ven­tur­ous with their choices, go­ing for long last­ing non-com­mer­cial, or “cult” scents.

Whether you’re the dar­ing or the brand-loyal sort, we present here a se­lected menu of the fra­grances launched this year, plus our ver­dict of the prod­uct.

01 SEN­SU­AL­ITY IN THE AIR MONT­BLANC LEG­END NIGHT

Warm and sul­try, this is the noc­tur­nal ver­sion of Mont­blanc’s pre­vi­ous two Leg­end scents aimed at the con­fi­dent man (as if each part of this in­di­vid­ual has to be ol­fac­to­rily rep­re­sented). But the con­coc­tion with a strong base of musk works. In short: Se­duc­tive. Wear for a date.

02 ENTRANCED YET? AZZARO WANTED BY NIGHT

The name makes no bones about the pur­pose of this eau de par­fum, which begs to be ex­per­i­mented with. We say, sure, it’s got the mak­ings of a suave ex­otic gentle­man, but it settles down to be quite a sweet smell. Then again, this may be ideal for the morn­ing af­ter. In short: Take it for a spin.

03 A DIG­NI­FIED MAS­CULIN­ITY CREED VIK­ING

Draw­ing from the spirit of Norse sea­far­ers, Vik­ing is un­ap­peal­ing on first spritz, but settles into some­thing quite spe­cial. Mar­ry­ing con­trast­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics, it’s re­fresh­ing yet warm, mod­ern and sen­sual. Pro­duced by Creed, a fam­ily that has been cre­at­ing rare fra­grances for six gen­er­a­tions. Ready your wal­let. In short: An Idris Elba kind of scent.

04 WEAR THE WOODS BVLGARI MAN WOOD ESSENCE

Created for the ur­ban man who wants a re­minder of na­ture in the con­crete jun­gle, this fra­grance evokes the smell of wood af­ter rain with its piney, re­fresh­ing notes. In short: An ol­fac­tory es­cape.

05 UNIQUE HER­MES TERRE D’HER­MES EAU IN­TENSE VETIVER

Three mem­bers of our team had a go at this fra­grance; none was able to de­fine it, as typ­i­cal of the scents from Her­mes. The brand says it’s a de­con­struc­tion and re­con­struc­tion of the earth, but to any­one but di­vin­ity, this de­scrip­tion would be no help at all. Our best attempt – it’s some­thing we could imag­ine on Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch. In short: Un­ex­pected, un­de­fin­able.

06 THE OLD NEW SALVATORE FERRAGAMO UOMO SIG­NA­TURE

With notes such as tonka beans, cof­fee, leather, cy­press, car­damom, cin­na­mon, man­darin, and pink pep­per, you can take a stab at the fi­nal prod­uct. Sig­na­ture is rem­i­nis­cent of the old­school gent: fresh­faced, cour­te­ous, with a faint trace of smoke. In short: Ma­ture.

07 NEW SPIN ACQUA DI PARMA COLO­NIA SANDALO

This is the lat­est ad­di­tion to the Ital­ian brand’s fa­mous Colo­nia fam­ily of per­fumes, which at its heart is in­fused with re­fresh­ing cit­rus and warm woody notes. The rare In­dian san­dal­wood here adds depth to the fresh scent. A smell you would as­so­ciate with an ex­otic re­sort, post bath. In short: Re­lax in so­phis­ti­ca­tion.

08 IT’S GOT ZING DUN­HILL CEN­TURY

This is Dun­hill’s take on a scent for the fu­ture. Sure, the bot­tle re­sem­bles one of those all-pow­er­ful in­fin­ity stones in re­cent su­per­hero movies, but if a spritz lends ef­fer­ver­scent en­ergy (top notes are grape­fruit and man­darin), well, there is a power in that in to­day’s fre­netic world. In short: Sparkly.

09 AN EASY FRIEND COACH PLAT­INUM

Word is that the scent was in­spired by the free­dom of the Amer­i­can road, but Jack Ker­ouac and com­pany this whiff is not, un­less the Beat gents ex­ude easy to wear. If you can’t de­cide among the more dis­tinc­tive colognes, this would be a good op­tion. In short: Don’t mis­take it for a whiskey flask.

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