There are so many fragrances on the market nowadays and for the last few years I’ve noticed a massive interest that men, in particular, are showing in aftershave, with higher end brands seeing a huge soar in sales. It’s not uncommon now for a man to sit down in my barber chair and be smelling really good.
Men are splashing out hundreds of pounds on bottles of Eau de Parfum and I don’t see any signs of this trend slowing down. With the male grooming industry at an all time high, I have had many long conversations with my clients about aftershaves and I always like to recommend some of my favourites if somebody is looking for something new.
It can be overwhelming walking through the fragrance department of a store, and sniffing that many bottles can leave your head a bit cloudy. Which are the most popular? Does the higher price tag mean a more superior product? Whats the difference between a parfum, a toilette and a cologne? So, this post is dedicated to all the men that are looking for recommendations for their latest fragrance.
I have been a big fan of nice aftershaves since I started going out drinking with my mates. I would often take inspiration from my dad. His favourite aftershave has always been Dior Fahrenheit and this is now one of my favourite, timeless scents. Its got a great distinguished smell with underlying orangey tones which always receives a welcome compliment. Although I rarely wear it anymore, it was the original scent that started off my love affair with fragrance.
I’ve picked 5 of my favourite scents which are constantly on my shelf that will give you a head start on selecting one of the best. Obviously though, all fragrances can smell different on various people and what I find appealing might not necessarily be what you find nice. Have a read and let me know what you think in the comments.
Probably my signature scent, at the moment, and one that I constantly keep topped up. I have yet to find a better product. Not only does it smell fantastic, it tends to release away from the skin slowly throughout the day. People have still commented on this scent up to 8 hours after the first spray and, whenever I wear it, i can guarantee at least one person, that day, will either ask what it is or compliment me on how good I smell. From a family run company, it has a sophisticated blend of fruity sweet top notes like blackcurrant and bergamot with a leather, oaky under tone. I feel like Aventus smells powerful, successful, and masculine without being overpowering. Definitely a favourite of mine.
Described by Chanel as “a tribute to masculine freedom,” I wear this scent as a day to day fragrance. As most Chanel scents can be, this smell is timeless. You can almost tell it is Chanel without seeing the bottle. The aroma is woody and masculine. You can smell amber, cedar notes and sandalwood with a musky undertone as soon as you pull off the lid and it instantly makes me feel fresh, clean and awake.
This scent is just as sexy and heavily fragranced as you would imagine from Tom Ford. Although a lot of the scents I wear have an oaky undertone, I’m not a big fan of overwhelming woody and spicy aftershaves. However, I make an exception for this one. I’d describe the scent of this as almost oriental with notes of amber and vanilla. Another long lasting smell that always receives compliments. I would recommend this as a great fragrance for evenings or when you want to leave a lasting impression.
Another great scent from Chanel and a true creative statement. From the Chanel Allure line, which I’ve often associated with a ‘sporty’ smell, this fresh fragrance contains the most citrus tones of all my collection. Lemon and Bergamot are the smells that come through first with undertones of sandalwood. Perfect as a day time scent, its great used straight after the shower, leaving you ready for the day ahead.
This was my first Givenchy fragrance purchase. I smelt it at the airport on my way to New York and decided it was different to anything I currently have and would be a great addition to my collection. This scent is very sophisticated and is described by Givenchy as the ‘essence of a gentleman.’ It lasts really well as a smell and is a great daytime scent that will easily transfer over to the evening.
When it comes to me purchasing an aftershave I always go straight to the Eau de Parfum version, if there is one available, and heres why….
Fragrances come in different strengths, Perfume, Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette and Eau de cologne. The higher the level of perfume oil, the more superior the scent and quality. Perfume contains the highest level of perfume oil (usually between 15-25%) and Eau de Cologne contains the lowest level of perfume oil (usually between 2-5%). Although this doesn’t always mean that an Eau de Parfum will last all day, I feel like the quality of the oils used in the fragrance and the actual notes make certain scents last longer.
So they are my top five fragrances I have at the moment. I say ‘at the moment’ because my taste and opinions change so often. The time of year can be a factor in fragrance choice as well as fashion trends. Some of these fragrances will remain staple aftershaves in my collection that I replace as soon as I run out, and the others I tend to change depending on the season or for different occasions.
I always shop for my aftershaves at Harvey Nicholls Beauty Bazaar in Liverpool, the staff in there are great and as I’m now a regular in there, they can advise me on what fragrances they think will fit into what I like.
There are a few new brands that I have my eye on for over the summer. On a recent visit to Harrods I managed to nab the lady on the Bond No 9 counter and she talked me through their different fragrances. I have read into the brand and this is definitely a perfume house that is creating some really nice scents that are next level! Now, do I replace one of my collection with Bond No 9 or just add another one??
What fragrances are you into at the moment? Or if Ive missed of one that you love, leave it in the comments below for others to check out.