Five Men’s Fragrances

From fresh as a summer breeze to moodily dark – today we’re looking at five different fragrances for men.

YSL La Nuit De L’Homme L’Intense

We’ll just start with the big guns – this is a very powerful fragrance. It’s also an almost puzzling one – it has loads more floral notes than most male scents. We’re talking Iris, Patchouli and Violet, and although I’m not positive that I can tell the difference between Iris and Violet, I can smell at least two of those clearly. There’s also Sage (which I love), Vanilla and Tonka Bean in the mix.

By all accounts this should smell really sweet, but it doesn’t. It’s somewhat powdery (which I don’t love) which makes it stand out among most men’s fragrances I know. It’s not my favourite, but it wins points for being original.

R1585 for 100ml, available from Edgars, Red Square, Foschini, Truworths, Stuttafords and Woolworths.

Armani Code Profumo

I have a soft spot for a lot of Armani fragrances, but this is the first one from the Code family that I’ve truly enjoyed – I really, really like it.

Code Profumo is a very well balanced, well rounded scent that subtly¬†makes a statement without being over the top. Officially we’re talking mandarin, apple, cardamom, lavender, orange blossom, tonka bean, leather and tobacco. There’s a hint of sweetness to it that seems to somehow accentuate the more ‘masculine’ notes – it’s a definite winner if you ask me.

From R819 (30ml) – R1535 (110ml).

ysl la nuit de l'homme l'intense, amani code profume, boss bottled

Hugo Boss Boss Bottled

Boss Bottled is such an easy-on-the-nose fragrance – it’s warm, moderately spicy and slightly sweet. It manages to be simultaneously sexy and fresh, and I think this classic could be worn by just about any man.

Officially the notes are bergamot, lemon, orange, moss, plum, cinnamon, carnation (!!), mahogany, cedar, vetiver, vanilla, olive and sandalwood. You’ll see it has quite a few notes in common with Armani Profumo above, and I was very chuffed to have picked up some similarity with my nose.

From R955 (50ml) – R1755 (200ml)

To shake things up a little I’m also adding two fragrances that aren’t intended specifically for men – one is unisex and the other is technically classified a women’s scent.¬†

L’Occitane Verbena

I can’t get enough of this scent. Imagine all the good citrusy scents you can think of and roll them into one, and you’ll get this. It’s zesty, sweet, tart, fresh, green – it’s just perfect. It works equally well for men and women, but if I’m being honest I probably won’t share mine.

R890 for 100ml, available from L’Occitane stores and online.

l'occitane verbena, optiphi adagio

Optiphi Adagio

At the launch of the Optiphi Adagio fragrance I just couldn’t quite get on board with the scent. It took me a few days of sniffing to realise I experience it as way too masculine for my taste, and that I would much prefer to smell it on a man.

The official notes are pink pepper, juniper, rose, lily of the valley, honey, honeysuckle, fresh ocean air (not kidding), patchouli, sandalwood and musk. What I experience as masculine is probably the woods, patchouli and pepper. I think it would be perfect for a man that prefers a softer fragrance.

Get it from Optiphi stockists, R695 for 50ml.

C x

What’s your all time favourite men’s fragrance? I think mine has to be Bleu de Chanel!


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