Make that big impression at work with our list of 5 quintessential gentleman’s scents 

IMG_0015Prada L’Homme: Prada still makes gentleman’s scents like they used to. High quality ingredients with understated packaging. Like the new L’Homme with a bottle wrapped in black Saffiano leather. Amber and Iris, Prada’s go to’ notes are in the mix along with florals like geranium and violet.  A brilliant blend of powdery, woody and floral with great sillage (projection) and great staying power. It’s why we always lean towards Prada’s men’s fragrance line. (Rs 6100/100 ml & Rs 4500/50 ml)

FFDAAD4B-AA93-4125-8FCD-FB57ABF40370-9283-0000347255A535DB_tmpD&G Intenso: a flanker to one of Dolce & Gabbana’s most successful men’s scents – Pour Homme (launched in 1994) and fronted by the equally intense Colin Farrell. Housed in a smoky grey bottle, this scent opens with a floral bouquet (lavender) and a hint of basil. There’s also hay,  tobacco, musk and sandal in the mix that set this fragrance apart in a store full of ‘me too’ scents. (Rs 6700/125 ml & Rs 4900/75 ml)

IMG_0018Boss – The Scent: ‘Slow, steady, tense with anticipation’ that’s how Hugo Boss describes it’s latest men’s scent. And even at the risk of sounding ‘sexist’ the brand tells us that it has bottled what women want. We like the Scent’s elegant  cylindrical bottle embellished with a silver cap. This is not a scent that begins with a bang but takes its time to settle down with it’s spicy ginger opening note. There’s lavender and Maninka fruit (From West Africa) – an aphrodisiac according to Hugo Boss, and an intense leather accord at the base. (Rs 5700/100 ml)

IMG_0016Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Eau Fraiche: the classic Issey scent (launched in 1994) is still an integral part of most of our fragrance collections. Eau Fraiche is a reinterpretation of this evergreen woody aquatic scent and doesn’t alter the winning formula too much. There’s a brilliant interplay of citrus (grapefruit, bergamot) spices and florals with an intense musk finish. It lasts almost as long as the original and is just what you need at work on a hot summer’s day. (Rs 5000/100 ml)


Mr Burberry: Steve Mc Queen’s bold TV commercial generated some serious buzz for Burberry’s big 2016 fragrance launch. Burberry tells us that this is the archetypal British scent – it even wears the iconic Burberry gabardine (used for the Burberry trench coat) around its neck. This woody herbal scent lasts all day and includes a medley of notes that includes grapefruit, cardamom, vetiver and sandal. (Rs 6000/100 ml)



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