Nostalgia has no great ally than our sense of smell. Best to consider wisely your choice of fragrance.
Love, romance, seduction: whatever you choose to call it, it’s impossible to accomplish without a signature scent. This fragrance, intimately connected with the Prada’s La Femme, is a complex blend of herbal and floral notes, supported by a woodsy base that’s masculine without being aggressive. Like a refreshing gin and tonic in a smoky bar. A perfect place to meet Her.
Salvatore Ferragamo, Uomo
A man is defined by his work, and so you take pride in yours. You’re the best dressed man in the office, regardless of job title, and you smell divine — distinctive and strong, without ever tilting towards overpowering. If integrity has a fragrance, it has sweet and spicy notes of black pepper, orange blossom, tiramisu, cardamom, and vanilla. Uomo is a new classic, perfect for when you’re making memories on the clock, and living life off of it.
Salvatore Ferragamo, $105
Paco Rabanne, 1 Million Privé
The past is always bittersweet. Even our best memories are tinged with futility: we can’t return to that moment, no matter how vividly we remember it. 1 Million Privé, the new fragrance from Paco Rabanne, embodies the complexity of nostalgia better than old photographs ever could. Contrasting notes of mandarin orange, cinnamon, tobacco, patchouli and tonka bean. It’s sweet and smoky, sour and warm, like the past, full of longing and grace.
Paco Rabanne, $105
Givenchy, Gentlemen Only Absolute
If a moment is important enough to break out your formalwear, it’s important enough to wear a fragrance with elegance and gravitas. With a worldly combination of citrus, woody, and spicy notes, trust the newest Gentlemen’s Only fragrance to wrap around your most significant occasions, bringing them to life long after the reception has ended.
Ralph Lauren, Polo Supreme Leather
There is perhaps no scent more inherently masculine — that is to say silent, strong, and tactile — than leather. It’s classic and versatile, as equipped to take on the outdoors as it is the boardroom. This new addition to the Polo family is exactly that, only with its rough edges rounded by whispers of nutmeg, saffron, and cardamom.
Ralph Lauren, $195
Life is nothing without its moments of decadence and vice. And while those good times often come with their own olfactory signifiers, it’s best when they’re accompanied by a fragrance with some class. Call it juxtaposition. Gucci Guilty’s aromatic notes of patchouli, citrus, and musk are the perfect companion for road trips, rock festivals, and youth.