Scent. It’s a personal thing. While for some, a big leathery oud is the epitome of good taste, for others there’s nothing better than a super-green fougiere.
The point is, it’s important to pick a fragrance that works for you.
That said, any man who says he doesn’t want to smell like George Clooney or David Beckham, for that matter, is a liar. So on second thought, maybe just copy these guys’ fragrance choices instead.
Leonardo DiCaprio (above)
Wild Tobacco by Illuminum
Probably the most masculine scent ever created, Illuminum’s wild tobacco brings to mind the age-old gentleman’s clubs of London’s Pall Mall. Big bold notes dominate with clove, cedar, tobacco and castoreum (a synthetic, leathery note which imitates one originally derived from beavers) working to create a scent which should be applied sparingly.
Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford
Stands to reason that having starred in his first film, Colin Firth also wears Tom Ford’s stand out masculine scent, Grey Vetiver. Elegant, edgy and spectacularly dry (the art deco bottle isn’t half bad either) what the fragrance lacks in complexity it makes up for in balance and quality. Vetiver dominates, with citrus notes close behind
Terre D’Hermes by Hermes
Uber-photographer Mario Testino’s fragrance of choice is contemporary classic Terre d’Hermes. Wear this and you too will smell like a synthesis of sunny orange and lemon oils, spicy pepper and deep, woody patchouli, cedar and vetiver. Both grown up and playful all at once, we could say it’s a bit like Testino himself – but that would be cheesy.
Halston Man by Halston
Powerful and carnal, Halston Man is Savile Row super tailor Richard James’ fragrance of choice. Punchy with resonant notes of passion fruit and Artemisia, and sweetly spicy thanks to a hefty injection of cardamom, the fragrance dries down to a deep, grown up base of labadanum and musk.
Aventus by Creed
Big, bold and unusual, Creed’s Aventus is the kind of scent you wear if you want to make a statement. Unsurprising then that this is Mr Beckham’s fragrance of choice – he’s not the kind of bloke you’d expect to be rocking something he found in the duty free. Masculine notes of patchouli and cedar come combined with fruity pineapple, blackcurrant and red apple.
Vera Wang Men by Vera Wang
Mr Smith has a thing for wedding dress designer Vera Wang’s men’s cologne. Fresh, light and easy wearing, the scent is a synergy of Yuzu, mandarin leaf, sandalwood and tobacco.
A refined choice, Clooney wears Mediterraneo Carthusia, a unique scent inspired by the sun-drenched coasts of Southern Europe. Bringing together ingredients from across the region, notes of white musk rub alongside jasmine, lemon and Sicilian mandarin.
Dior Homme Cologne by Dior
Created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian (who now runs his own premium fragrance house) for Dior Homme in 2007, this classic scent is woody, musky and faintly floral, with notes of Iris, bergamot, lavender and neroli dominating.