A signature cologne is the hallmark of a real man. And while finding the right fit may seem like a laborious task, we find that it is worth it too. After all, have you ever heard of a woman being able to resist a dapper man with a telling scent? Whether you prefer your fragrance to be macho and musky, fresh and light or you whether you like to keep it classic and old school, choose from our lust list of nine must-have perfumes for 2014 and watch the ladies swoon.
The One – Dolce & Gabbana
Exactly like the quintessential Italian man, Dolce & Gabbana’s The One simply oozes with sex appeal. With tangy top notes of grapefruit, the spiciness of cardamom and ginger, and a base made with the familiar strong smell of tobacco, this gorgeously Mediterranean perfume is ideal for the sharp and sophisticated modern man.
Price: Rs. 5225 for 100ml
L’eau d’Issey – Issey Miyake
Refreshing and light L’eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake is just what the doctor ordered for the blistering Mumbai weather. Citrusy flavours like tangerine, cypress and yuzu give the scent a certain zest while spicy woody notes derived from musk and Geranium bourbon give it its masculine edge. Versatile and long-lasting, it’s no surprise that the classic fragrance is an eternal favourite.
Price: Rs. 5050 for 125ml
Jimmy Choo Man – Jimmy Choo
Jimmy Choo’s debut men’s fragrance Jimmy Choo Man is stylish and seductive. Purposefully created for the well-dressed, sharp-talking man about town, the scent represents understated elegance. The unique blend of sweet honeydew melon, pink pepper, pineapple leaf, lavender and suede create a fragrance which is charismatic and masculine without trying too hard.
Price: Rs. 6150 for 100ml
Burberry Brit – Burberry
Confident and classic, Burberry Brit for men epitomizes the perfect British gentleman. With touches of fresh fruity mandarin and bergamot, spicy hints of ginger and cardamom, a woody aftertaste of cedar and nutmeg and dash of wild rose the scent is all about subtle, sophisticated sensuousness. Think Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice.
Price: Rs. 4475 for 100ml
212 VIP Men – Carolina Herrera
Inspired by the elite New York glitterati Carolina Herrera’s 212 VIP Men smells like a party you want to be invited to. The aromatic cocktail of Caviar lime and frozen mint along with chilled vodka, a slice of apple and Tonka beans oozes opulence. Perfect for the incorrigible party boy looking to have some fun.
Price: Rs. 4650 for 100ml
Invictus – Paco Rabanne
Designed in the shape of a trophy, Paco Rabanne’s Invictus is all about unadulterated power. Named after the Latin word for ‘invincible’, the scent simply exudes raw masculine energy. Created using bay leaf and Hedione jasmine along with woody tones of guaiac wood, oak moss and ambergris, the energising scent packs in tons of oomph.
Price: Rs. 4700 for 100ml
Gucci Guilty – Gucci
Gucci Guilty is for the man who is comfortable in his own skin. Powerful without being too in-your-face, the fragrance is the ideal blend of sweet subtle hints of lavender and lemon and woody cedar with patchouli. Think suave, think sexy, think dapper man in a suit.
Price: Rs. 5075 for 90ml
Azzaro – Chrome
Azzaro’s Chrome United is refreshing and playful. With citrusy bergamot and fiery Szechuan pepper being paired together with heady notes of Ceylon black tea, violet leaf, and woody cedar and white musk the scent is strong, long-lasting and decidedly young – something a perfect gentleman with a rebellious streak would wear perhaps.
Price: Rs. 4000 for 100ml
Hugo Boss – Boss Bottled Night
Magnetic and seductive, Hugo Boss’ Boss Bottled Night is for the young man out on the prowl. Hints of lavender beautifully complement the heat of the African violet and the Louro Amarelo tree giving the fragrance a flattering balance of naughty and nice. As dark as it is edgy, just a light spritz of this scent is bound to leave the ladies wanting more.
Price: Rs. 4925 for 100ml