Essentially chic

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24 Dec 2017
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Our fashion expert talks about the classic fragrances for this icy time of the year

Be it old time favourites or new success stories, the classics of yesteryear and the star sellers of today remain true to their promise of providing a fresh and lingering fragrance trail without one false note. So fret not, fellas! For these celebratory flankers reward you with their unmatched sillage and ceaseless longevity this icy time of the year.

Aristocratic

Black leather, sage, citrus fruit and tonka bean. Ingredients whose elegance has been established a thousand times over go into the composition of Valentino Uomo Intense, a chiaroscuro fragrance, which is further lifted by an Italian sense of refinement that immediately conjures up visions of lavish life in a palazzo.

VALENTINO UOMO INTENSE

Fragrance group: Leather
Main accords: Powdery, leather, vanilla
Nose: Olivier Polge
Top notes: Clary sage and mandarin orange
Middle notes: Iris and tonka bean
Base notes: Leather and vanilla

Essential

Pure lines, saffiano leather and a legendary logo: no doubt about it, Prada’s latest masterpiece, L’Homme, displays all the outer signs of going back to basics. And your nose will undoubtedly confirm what your eye has already deduced, with fern, the most traditional masculine fragrance, being subtly updated with a cleverly dosed touch of amber and iris.

PRADA L’HOMME

Fragrance group: Wood Chypre
Main accords: Powdery, floral, woody
Nose: Daniela Roche Andrier
Top notes: Neroli and pepper
Middle notes: Amber, geranium, iris and violet
Base notes: Cedar and patchouli

Mythological

Perennially fashionable, this expression of subtle masculinity is inspired by the Greek hero Antaeus, who was at once powerful and fragile. A very virile aromatic leather fragrance can also be charmingly sensitive, as embodied in the spirit of Antaeus Pour Homme by the fabled house of Chanel. 

CHANEL ANTAEUS POUR HOMME

Fragrance group: Wood Chypre
Main accords: Woody, smoky, leather
Nose: Jacques Polge
Top notes: Amalfi lemon, bergamot, clary
sage, coriander, lime and myrrh
Middle notes: Basil, jasmine, rose and thyme
Base notes: Castoreum, French labdanum, oakmoss and patchouli

Rebellious

A concentrate of Parisian chic but with that slight hint of rebellion. Designed in the image of Zadig & Voltaire’s unruly attitude, This Is Him! features sandalwood with the tang of grapefruit and a pinch of spicy black pepper. Gentlemanly, of course, but with a bit of a rocker streak.

ZADIG & VOLTAIRE THIS IS HIM!

Fragrance group: Oriental Woody
Main accords: Balsamic, smoky, vanilla
Nose: Nathalie Lorson & Aurelien Guichard
Top notes: Black pepper and grapefruit
Middle notes: Incense and vanilla
Base notes: Sandalwood

Smoked

And just what’s the idea behind Tom Ford’s highly coveted private blend of Vert d’Encens? Simply put, to make those ‘green’ notes, generally associated with the 1970s, young again, by combining them with an edgy, smoked incense that’s just a shade insolent. That’s right: all the elegance is there, but with a dash of sexy provocation.

TOM FORD PRIVATE BLEND VERT D’ENCENS

Fragrance group: Oriental Woody
Main accords: Woody, balsamic, aromatic
Nose: Tom Ford
Notes: Balsam fir, boxwood, heliotrope, incense, pine, wood resin and woody notes

Unbridled

Finally, we have a fuller-bodied version of the legendary Eau Sauvage by the house of Christian Dior, which clearly no longer needs an introduction: it’s fresher, deeper and has more character. The olfactory cursor is pushed to the limit, but the intrinsic ‘sixties’ class is all there.

CHRISTIAN DIOR EAU SAUVAGE EXTRÊME

Fragrance group: Citrus aromatic
Main accords: Aromatic, fresh spicy, citrus
Nose: Edmond Roudnitska
Top notes: Basil, bergamot, fruity notes, lavender, lemon and patchouli
Middle notes: Aldehydes, bay leaf, coriander, jasmine, orris root, rosemary and sandalwood
Base notes: Amber, cedar, musk, oakmoss and patchouli

SHOPPING INDEX 

INA Center, Dharmapath, New Road & Civil Mall, Sundhara
The Swarovski Store, Durbarmarg
Pleasures, Durbarmarg
5th Avenue, Sherpa Mall, Durbarmarg & City Center, Kamalpokhari