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This scent oozes musky sensuality in a way that’s practically pornographic
You’ve combed your hair. You’ve trimmed your nails. In an uncharacteristic fit of daring, you’ve even taken scissors to the old man garden. Primped, preened and manscaped, you’re all set for that big date. All you need is a spritz of cologne and no one will be able to resist you.
But wait – not all fragrances are created equal in the sensuality stakes. Some, thanks to their ingredients, have what perfume designer Azzi Glasser likes to call ‘the nuzzle factor’: an elusive, special something that makes them irresistible and actively encourages people to put nose to neck to investigate further. Know what has the nuzzle factor and you can use fragrance in pretty much the same way a supermarket uses the smell of freshly baked bread, enticing customers to check out what’s inside.
Fragrance notes that come across as particularly sensual include earthy or animalic ones such as: patchouli; sweet, smoky vetiver (a note extracted from the roots of a tropical grass and one that Glasser says she includes in men’s fragrances because women love it so much); and sledgehammer-sexy musk.
Glasser’s own Mr Vetivert – a fragrance whose fans include Jude Law and Johnny Depp – is ideal. Gucci’s new patchouli-heavy Guilty Absolute is its best in years, while Tom Ford’s Noir features a sexy trio of patchouli, vanilla and amber. And Roja Parfums’ Scandal Pour Homme oozes musky sensuality in a way that’s practically pornographic.
A word of warning when applying any of these, though: the nuzzle factor is completely negated if you overdo things. Less is always more when it comes to fragrance. Or, as my mother is fond of saying, many a big fish is caught with a small hook.
Mr Vetivert, £95 for 30ml edp, The Perfumer’s Story by Azzi (harveynichols. com)
Guilty Absolute, £54 for 90ml edt, Gucci (debenhams. com)
Noir, £64 for 50ml edp, Tom Ford (feelunique. com)
Scandal Pour Homme, £245 for 50ml edp, Roja Parfums (rojaparfums. com)