Top ten fragrances for him this Christmas
1. Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier
The Gaultier fragrance has transcended cult status and grown to become a worldwide phenomenon since its conception in 1995. Various forms exist, but the classic remains a firm favourite and sells consistently well on a global scale, alongside its partner scent for women. The design of the bottle is instantly recognisable, with the scent itself a clean, fresh bouquet with a touch of sweetness from its vanilla base.
2. 1 Million by Paco Rabanne
“The expression of every man’s fantasies.”
The 2008 scent currently sits at the top of The Perfume Shop’s best-seller list, and heads a large range of associated products such as deodorant spray, balm and shower gel. 1 Million is a bold, confident fragrance with a complex woody scent, combining fruit and floral notes with musk and leather tones.
Top: sparkling fresh fruits, frosted grapefruit, blood mandarin, peppermint
Heart: spicy masculine flower, rose absolute, musk, cinnamon bark
Base: sensual leather, blond leather, tonka bean, amber ketal
3. Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf
This is the first offering in male fragrance from the designers Viktor and Rolf. Drawing together spiced tones with fruit and leather notes, this is a strong but not overwhelming bouquet. The woody scent gives it a masculine and sophisticated edge which is reflected in the polished grenade-shaped bottle.
Top: bergamot, grapefruit, cinnamon leaf
Heart: lavender, pimento berries, saffron, elemi
Base: vetiver, fir balsam, tobacco accord and white leather accord
4. Bleu de Chanel by Chanel
Hugely popular, Bleu de Chanel has taken men’s fragrance by storm. A distinctive and bold scent, its deeper notes are offset by citrus tones at heart and top levels, and surprising touches of pepper and ginger.
Top: citrus accord, vetiver, pink pepper
Heart: grapefruit, dry cedar notes, labdanum
Base: frankincense, ginger, sandalwood
5. Cool Water by Davidoff
Cool Water for Men by Davidoff is a sporty and energetic fragrance reflecting the invigorating scents of nature (wood, water). Gorgeous aqua tones provide freshness via mint and coriander, complementing deeper musk and earth elements resulting in a self-assured and contemporary product.
Top: Peppermint, Coriander
Base: Amber, Cedar
6. The One for Him by Dolce and Gabbana
Evoking classic style, but bringing a modern edge, Dolce and Gabbana’s 2008 spicy fragrance, is exciting and charismatic. Wooded, smoky tones are complemented by ginger and orange blossom.
Heart: cardamom, ginger, orange blossom
Top: bergamot, mandarin, lychee, peach
Base: cedarwood, ambergris, tobacco
7. L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake
This cool fragrance draws together wood, citrus and spice to produce a fresh, clean and contemporary scent. A continued best-seller, it’s hard to believe it’s almost 21 years since this fragrance was released!
Heart: precious woods
8. Invictus by Paco Rabanne
Paco Rabanne’s 2013 fragrance is confident, vibrant and strong with fresh tones balanced with bay at the heart of the scent palette. Invictus is the fourth best-selling male fragrance at both feelunique.com and The Perfume Shop.
Top: grapefruit peel, marine accord
Heart: bay leaves
Base: guaiac wood, patchouli, amber gris accord
9. Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss
From Hugo Boss, Bottled first appeared in 1998 and is the original fragrance in the range. A blend of floral tones is balanced with sharp acid notes and combined with woods, giving a clearly masculine and fresh feel.
Top notes: grapefruit, green apple, bergamot, mint
Heart notes: jasmine, geranium, lavender, patchouli
Base notes: musk, pine needle, sandalwood
10. Extreme by Paul Smith
Classic and contemporary from one of Britain’s most iconic design houses, Extreme is an evolution of the Paul Smith style, incorporating a twist of citrus with spiced notes over floral and deeper, more sensual tones at the base of the scent. The packaging is distinctive to the brand, carrying through the striped design associated with Paul Smith.
Top: bergamot, rosemary, nutmeg, cardamom.
Heart: geranium, rosewood
Base: tonka bean, modern musk