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This scent oozes musky sen­su­al­ity in a way that’s prac­ti­cally porno­graphic

The Sunday Telegraph - Stella - - FOUR WAYS TO WEAR - lee Ky­nas­ton

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)

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