With Father’s Day and Spring Racing season just around the corner, our male grooming blogger dabbles with the visceral power of scent and takes a string of men’s colognes for a test-drive. After all, no special occasion is complete without the perfect fragrance in tow. Which 5 colognes have taken out the title? Read on to find out…
1. BVLGARI MAN
The Review: We start with a combination of floral notes (lotus, violet leaf) with the addition of bergamot providing a hit of freshness. The subtle mid tones of sandalwood and vetiver gives the sense that this is going to be a woodsy affair, while the musk, white honey and amber base provides a soothing balance against the warmer tones.
The Verdict: Overall a very smooth, classic scent with moderate longevity. The embodiment of elegance unadorned and a projection of true confidence. A blind-eye buy will not leave you in regret.
2. MICHAEL KORS FOR MEN
The Review: The blend of the patchouli and tobacco chain together to produce warm, distinguished oriental tones while hints of fruity, spicy and earthy aromas create an aura of intellect and wisdom. The addition of leather end notes combine well with the patchouli base, leaving the wearer with a sense of elegance and class.
The Verdict: A sexy, masculine scent for the jet-set man. As equally perfect for your special black-tie event or the occasional scotch and cigar-hazed night. Swagger in a bottle.
3. GIVENCHY GENTLEMAN
The Review: One whiff, and you’re met with an assortment of cinnamon, honey and ginger aromas for a sweet and smooth opening. A concoction of moss, wood and leather tones rise up to leave a lasting impression and finish with gentle additions of spice, rose and leather to perfectly balance the opening and mid tones.
The Verdict: A must-have for the classic gentleman who enjoys the finer things in life.
4. CALVIN KLEIN ETERNITY
The Review: The notes of mandarin, lavender, sage, basil, sandalwood, and rosewood complement and balance each other beautifully, making for a winning combination of sweet and sophisticated aromas. Drying down, we are left with a woody and earthy type of fragrance, making this a great signature scent for all seasons.
The Verdict: A good all-rounder that’s exhilarating and distinctly masculine. It’s a little overpowering at first, but then absorbs into the skin quickly and refreshingly. A sporty, energising cologne for the active male.
5. CHARRIOL MEN’S
The Review: This potent elixir features traces of green and violet leaves with a delicate hint of musk, floral and fruity aromas that immediately enliven your senses. Continuing with the floral-fruity theme; rose, marigold and cedar ignite a warm refined tone that the wearer will truly enjoy. Scents of musk triumph adding substance and masculinity while refined amber fuses with the base to create an overall pleasant and sweet odour that make this fragrance an attractive choice for both sexes.
The Verdict: Saving the best ’til last, this cologne isn’t like anything you’ll ever experience. The flacon is made of transparent glass and is cube-shaped with spiral columns placed along the sides, giving the cologne character with a luxurious finish, while the scent itself is an olfactory force to be reckoned with. A surefire winner.
– October Boy –
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