Win­ter is here (and it smells sen­sa­tional)

Five new fra­grances for what­ever the cold snap throws at you

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Sau­vage, by Dior

When you need to smell in­cred­i­ble at the of­fice party

You’ve been tip-toe­ing around each other for months, but the Christ­mas party might be your first and only chance. Your ol­fac­tory game needs to be on point. Reach for Sau­vage, a mod­ern, el­e­gant in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a clas­sic “manly” fra­grance — spiky berg­amot at the top, smoky am­broxan in its heart — it’s all the back-up you’ll need. £70/100ml; dior.com

Vel­vet Am­ber Sun, by Dolce & Gab­bana

To fi­nally im­press the in-laws

Her mother has been in your pocket since day one, but her fa­ther still isn’t budg­ing. Here’s the plan: when you visit them at Christ­mas, you’ll be wear­ing Vel­vet Am­ber Sun. Its mix of ylang-ylang, san­dal­wood and patchouli is so­phis­ti­cated and worldly. The old man’s re­sis­tance will melt like brandy but­ter on a figgy pud­ding. £200/50ml; har­rods.com

Note de Yuzu, by Mai­son Kit­suné x Hee­ley

For when the cold gets too much and you need some sun

OK, we’ve es­poused win­ter’s many virtues, but even the cosiest coat feels old come mid-Jan­uary. So be­fore you jet off to Tu­lum, be sure to pack Note de Yuzu. Stuffed with sea salt, white musk and cit­rus yuzu, it will go per­fectly with those Caipir­in­has. £90/100ml; end­cloth­ing.com

Icon Rac­ing, by Al­fred Dun­hill

When you’ve been chal­lenged to a ski-off

Martin won’t stop bang­ing on about his two sea­sons in Courchevel, but that was 12 years ago: which means you’re go­ing to beat him, and you’re go­ing to do it wear­ing Icon Rac­ing. The pep­pery, musky, car­damomy­ness will flood his stupid nos­trils as you zip past in a mist of pow­der. £75/100ml; john­lewis.com

Boss Bot­tled, by Hugo Boss

For that first gym visit in 2018

It’s 4pm on 2 Jan­uary and the fes­tiv­i­ties are done and dusted. The Roses have run out, the booze has all been drained and the ham has been carved to the bone. There’s al­ways Christ­mas cake, but you’re not that des­per­ate. Yet. Time to spray your­self lib­er­ally with Boss Bot­tled eau de toi­lette — spicy, mossy, lemony — and get back in the game. £62/100ml; hugo­b­oss.com

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