My husband has come far. Being dragged unwillingly into the forecourt of Perfumeland by me, he has evolved from wearing Ralph Lauren Polo Blue for years to having a small, but distinguished little stash of high quality fragrances (appointed by me).
Several readers have inquired about men’s perfumes I love, and while I think perfume is genderless, there are doubtlessly fragrances that work better with a men’s chemistry and/or preferences than they work on me.
So what does has my dear husband learned to love?
Puredistance M - pure sophistication. Roja Dove has made a James Bond amber with slight leathery leanings that is just gorgeous. I wear it too. But this one has one caveat according to the Husband: it needs to be dabbed, not sprayed.
Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Man - very similar to my beloved Ormonde Woman, Ormonde Man is fresh, green and mysterious, but very easy to wear.
Ormonde Jayne Zizan: despite claiming to hate vetiver, my husband loves this (he does not know it has quite a lot of vetiver, so pssst!)
Amouage Opus VI - the perfect lightweight summer amber; raw, rough, transparent and unique. In his words: Perfect.
Amouage Honour Man – I know Honour Woman well, but not Man. I never had a chance. My sample was taken from me immediately and I have to do with smelling it on the Husband, not on myself. And what I smell is pretty nice. Quote: Clearly this belongs On A Man!
Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan - I bought that bottle for my own collection, but it has been snatched by the Husband. I’m so proud of him for having such great taste, he is welcome to it. He calls it “Schwedenbitter” (Swedish Bitters), which is an alcohol-based herbal remedy used for indigestion. Serge wouldn’t approve I believe, but we can live with that. The husband says: “M.Lutens need not approve of me, as long as I approve of Ambre Sultan, all is well.”
Serge Lutens L’Eau – he did that all by himself. I actually turfed my sample to him, since I can’t bear it, but he liked it so much, he bought and used a whole bottle by now. I don’t mind it on him, it smells not much different than his freshly ironed shirts.
What the Husband is ignoring:
By Kilian Straight to Heaven: rum, nutmeg, cedarwood, patchouli and musk. That creation by Kilian languishes in his little sample box pretty much ignored. The reason?
Frederic Malle Geranium pour Monsieur: I’m not sure why this gets the cold shoulder, since I like it a lot on a man. Quote: “What is a geranium and why does this fragrance have such a long name? It tries too hard.” Well, then…
Vetiver Exraordinaire: he doesn’t like the name (includes vetiver and vetiver is bad for some reason), so this doesn’t stand a chance. I’m miffed, because I could have used my sample allottment at the boutique for something I could actually use, but selflessly chose some masculine scents for him to try.
So that is a nice little stable of scents the Husband has for now. My next mission is to get him hooked on Guerlain. I would love to see him wear Habit Rouge for example. I’m working on it…
What are your favorite masculine fragrances?