This is a list of my top 5 fragrances I wore on a regular basis each season. The rankings are based on the number of times I wore each fragrance, even though I don't keep an accurate record. Fragrance rankings for current or future seasons are estimates and will most likely change, so stay tuned.
5. Incense Rose by Tauer Perfumes
Incense Rose by Tauer Perfumes is a magic in a bottle. Fresh-cut rose takes over your senses from the first spray and keeps you entranced for hours to come. The first time I wore Incense Rose I was amazed at the projection of the rose note. One spray filled up the room and I could smell it in the air for next half hour.
Therefore, a word of caution - Incense Rose is extremely potent and easy to overspray. Not that anyone would mind this beauty but you don't want to find out the hard way.
The perfect time to wear this juice is on a cold spring morning when the sun rays are peeking through the clouds to warm up the earth. I wear Incense Rose mostly casually but it can be a great choice for a more formal affair.
4. Declaration D'Un Soir by Cartier
Nothing says spring than this underrated
Black pepper, cardamom, and caraway balance the green-floral nature of the rose and define the character of Declaration d'Un Soir as decidedly masculine. Yet, don't be surprised if you catch your girlfriend sneaking sprays of this juice when you are in the shower.
3. Aventus by Creed
Some call it the king of men's fragrances. Others claim it is the ultimate
I wouldn't go as far as some reviewers and ascribe it magical power, however, I would admit that it is a well-composed fragrance. I don't like jumping on the bandwagon of overhyped fragrances but in this case, I share the popular opinion - Aventus is a solid choice for the summer.
The only drawback: it is too damn expensive and yet too damn popular. It completely defies the economic theory of supply and demand.
2. Allure Homme Edition Blanche by Chanel
Allure Homme Edition Blanche is a flanker of the original old timer Allure Homme. A friend of mine aptly labeled the original "one of those gaudy colognes Italians from New Jersey wear". I can't vouch for the olfactory tastes of the said Italians but the Edition Blanche version has nothing gaudy about it. It takes two opposing ingredients and mixes them together to create something no one else has recreated as masterfully.
The result of balancing sweet vanilla and zesty lemon is a creamy lemon mousse that is a delight to wear.
A testament to how good this juice
1. Acqua Viva by Profvmvm Roma
Profvmvm Roma is a fragrance company that doesn't get a lot of love. Luca Turin has consistently rated its fragrances one or two stars and for a good reason.
The ratio price to creativity is sharply skewed in favour of the price. Put simply, Profvmvm makes expensive fragrances that are not very creative. On the other hand, however, the quality of ingredients is superb. You can see your hand glittering with the essential oils hours after you've sprayed on a Profvmvm fragrance.
Acqua Viva is no outlier - it follows neatly the company's trend of simplistic but overpriced fragrances. In the case of Acqua Viva, however, this simplicity is actually a benefit. Acqua Viva is one of the most realistic and long-lasting lemons on the market. While Allure Homme Edition Blanche recreates a lemon mousse, Acqua Viva does a real
The challenge with building a fragrance around a fleeting note like lemon is the longevity. Profvmvm solves the problem by just adding more of the essential oil and mixing in some cedar and cypress. The result is a great lemon scent that lasts on and on.
5. Dior Homme Parfum by Dior
Don't you mistakenly think that just because it is in the fifth spot Dior Homme Parfum is not very
The reason why it is number five is because I just didn't get to wear it very often. This fact speaks to one drawback of an otherwise immaculate fragrance. Dior Homme Parfum is not very versatile...at least not for me. The deep rich iris and leather accord, mixed with ambrette and sandalwood make for a superb fragrance for a black tie event. This by definition means that Dior Homme Parfum would probably not be the best choice for more casual endeavours.
If you are a fan of the original Dior Homme, I strongly recommend trying Dior Homme Parfum. It is sophisticated elegance on steroids.
4. Black Afgano by Nasomatto
Have you done hash? Neither have I. I never knew what hashish smelled like until I tried Black Afgano. According to one YouTube reviewer, who claimed to be well-versed in the use and smell of hashish, said Black Afgano is a very realistic interpretation of what the drug smells like.
I can't verify how accurately the fragrance recreates the smell of hash, however, I can tell you Black Afgano is hypnotic. Dark woody, almost sticky resinous smell overtakes your senses and sticks to your skin for hours. This is a superbly blended fragrance, with all edges and splinters ironed out. Mysterious and seductive are common adjectives to describe Black Afgano, even though I find them a bit of an understatement. The best way to experience the fragrance is to try it. It is
3. Noir de Noir by Tom Ford
Noir de Noir is one of the best gourmand roses on the market. Even though it is officially labeled as a women's fragrance, I find it very suitable for men. Noir de Noir is one of the best dark masculine roses on the market. Notes of tubers, out and patchouli give the fragrance as chocolatey-gourmand feel that envelopes you and intoxicates you and everyone else around you.
If I were to pick a romantic fragrance for a date, this would be the one. If you apply it sparingly, you can pull it off in the summer, even though I wouldn't be that brave. The gourmand notes can become overpowering, especially in a hot, sweaty weather. If you are set on wearing Noir de Noir in the summer, choose a cool night when the temperatures are no higher than 15 degrees.
2. 1270 by Frapin
If you are looking for a fragrance that defines the fall, 1270 is the one. Juicy pineapple combined with dried fruit, tonka beans, vanilla and boozy spices are very much reminiscent of fall leaves, pumpkin pie and the excitingly melancholic season of transition from summer to winter.
The fact that 1270 recreates the feeling of fall is not intentional but is not surprising either. The idea behind the fragrance was to commemorate the cognac the Frapin family has been producing since 1270. As an interpretation of cognac, I find that 1270 overstates the fruity character of the drink and tones down its boozy nature. In this respect, 1270 reminds me more of an aperitif of some sort - a fruity grappa maybe?
Regardless, if you are looking for a perfume that recreates the smell of brandy or cognac, 1270 is a great choice. Of the alcohol-centered scents, it is probably the most versatile one that won't make your friends question your abusing alcohol.
1. L'Air du Desert Marocain by Tauer Perfumes
I know it is a cliche and that it will make you yawn. I'm going to say it anyway: L'Air du Desert Marocain is a masterpiece. The idea behind the fragrance was to recreate the atmosphere of the Moroccan desert mixed with the sweet and spicy aromas of the traditional Moroccan markets.
Centered around amber, L'Air du Desert Marocain is infused with incense and smoke. It clears your mind and relaxes your senses. You are transported to a tent in the Moroccan desert where you lie on the warm sand. You catch whiffs of the dried fruits in the platter next to you, the smoke of the fire slowly burning outside and the smell of shisha the nomadic travelers are smoking.
L'Air du Desert Marocain is surprisingly versatile - I have worn it in the summer heat and in the dead of winter with equal success. The incense note Andy Tauer uses is surprisingly fresh, which lends itself to wearing it in a warm weather. Give it a try, you won't regret it.
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