They say you can tell someone’s personality by the type of perfume they use. There are those perfumes that complement your natural skin odor and there are those that don’t.
Oud Wood by TOM FORD
It was Tom Ford who pioneered the oud note in contemporary Western perfumery way back in 2002 during his tenure as the artistic director of Yves Saint Laurent, with the groundbreaking M7. In 2007, he was still one of the few to showcase it in his own Private Blends. Today, not only has Oud Wood by Tom Ford become one of the brand’s classics, but it has spawned the brand-new “Oud Collection”, built around the original’s core accord of oud, sandalwood and patchouli.
Oud Wood’s packaging may have changed, but fear not: you’ll find the same powerful blend of cool spices and smoky woods, softened with a hint of vanilla and tonka bean. The daunting, medicinal and overly animalic facets of oud are toned down, translating the precious agarwood into a darkly elegant element of the perfumer’s palette rather than a full-on French-Arabian extravaganza. As chic, urbane and sharply-cut as Mr. Ford’s James Bond suits in Skyfall. And just as much of a sexy beast as Daniel Craig.
Layton Parfums de Marly
Layton by Parfums De Marly Cologne. The unisex fragrance of Layton Royal Essence hits citrus, floral, and spicy notes, giving an overall spiced floral scent. It starts with the fruity top notes of apple, mandarin orange, lavender and bergamot. As the top notes level off, jasmine, violet and geranium introduce florals that complement the earlier citrus tones. The base notes of vanilla, cardamom, patchouli, pepper, sandalwood work together to create a spicy, earthy ending to the perfume, reminiscent of incense and an aromatic herb garden.
The perfume, released in 2016, comes in a frosted navy blue bottle with a raised logo and text. Hamid Merati-Kashani is the nose who created this scent. Parfums De Marly was founded in France and it began releasing perfumes and colognes in 2009, having released 25 scents as of 2018. The company’s aesthetic goal is to launch perfumes that carry the elegance and grandeur of 18th century France, when perfume had an unparalleled importance in the culture.
Aventus by Creed
The exceptional Aventus by Creed was inspired by the dramatic life of a historic emperor, celebrating strength, power and success. Introduced in 2010 and crafted by the deft hand of Sixth Generation Master Perfumer Olivier Creed in collaboration with his son Erwin, this scent has grown to become the best-selling fragrance in the history of the brand. Olivier created its iconic name derived from A (“from”) ventus (“the wind”), illustrating the Aventus man as destined to live a driven life, ever galloping with the wind at his back toward success. Aventus is a sophisticated blend for individuals who savor a life well-lived.
Green Irish Tweed by Creed
A classic, as the old adage tells us, never goes out of style. Like a perfectly tailored suit, Green Irish Tweed has been and continues to be worn by confident men at the peak of their field. The fragrance elegantly combines woody freshness and pure masculinity, equally suited to a stroll through the Irish countryside and a strut down the red carpet. One of Creed’s best-selling scents, to wear it is to be unforgettable.
Memoir Man by Amouage
The releases from the house of Amouage over the past three years have had a uniting thread: uncomporomised richness and beauty. Their new series Memoir presents a new chapter in this narrative as conceived by Creative Director, Christopher Chong. Turning the industry norm of a dominant woman’s fragrance on its head, Chong instead conceived the two Memoir fragrances from an inherently male point of view. Together, the Memoir fragrances offer a new interpretation of the ‘space’ between man and woman, one that is almost impossible to resist.
Memoir Man by Amouage is a Fougère, one that fractures the standard mix of Lavender and Oakmoss into bright shards by the addition of Basil and Mint and the further aspect of Absinth. Like a tray of unset gems the topnotes sparkle on the skin, leading into heart notes of Woods and a rich, smooth base of Vanilla, Amber and the traditional Oakmoss. Inspired by Baudelaire’s flâneur who walked the city in order to experience it, the scent brings to mind the richness that is Paris. As the “Gentleman stroller” he is a living duality: both observer and observed, spectator and participant. Won’t you take his hand?