Top 10 men’s perfumes to give this Christmas
More and more, men are taking care of themselves and of how they look. That is why perfumes have become very popular in the man’s world, with a privileged place in their bathrooms. Be it for a father, brother, best friend, boyfriend or husband, there is a perfect perfume for each one – discover it with this season’s (2008) newest fragrances.
1. Roadster – Cartier
The first perfume from the house of Cartier in 8 years, this “Roadster” – inspired by the label’s watch with the same name, the bottle’s cap is a reproduction of the watch’s crown – its target are young, cosmopolitan men who adore the good things in life. Extremely cool, the fragrance’s development started with the aroma of mint, followed by some great additions, such as bergamot, vetiver, labdanum, patchouli, Cashmere wood and vanilla. Whichever way it is presented, a Cartier is always a Cartier… (Approximate price 100 ml: USD$105 | €71).
2. Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme – Gucci
Following the launch of the female version in 2007, Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme has arrived. Conveying some of the best ingredients a perfume could have – bergamot, cypress, violet, tobacco, jasmine, patchouli, amber and elemi – its sophisticated and ultra modern bottle also surprises. For intense men. (Approximate price 50 ml: USD$55 | €55).
3. Prada Infusion d'Homme – Prada
Innovative and refreshing, it’s love at first smell. Prada does not disappoint with its most recent “infusion” for men, and its key elements – neroli, iris, vetiver, cedar wood, incense and benzoin – give you the feeling that, with one simple spray, you just stepped out of a revigorating shower. As light as a second skin, this is a fragrance that can be enjoyed year round. A Prada luxury... and he deserves it. (Approximate price 50 ml: USD$54 | €69.50).
4. Dior Homme Sport – Christian Dior
For sporty, casual and fun men, you can’t go wrong. It’s called Dior Homme Sport and it is both warm and fresh, thanks to the perfect combination between different woody, cool and spicy aromas. The cool elements are, without a doubt, the notes of sicilian lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, rosemary and lavender, while the more comforting notes are based on essences such as ginger, cedar, elemi, sandalwood and vetiver. (Approximate price 100 ml: USD$70 | €70)..
5. Guerlain Homme – Guerlain
Considered inimitable by its creators, the house of Guerlain, its new male perfume is a playful concoction of bergamot, lime, pelargonium, green tea, mint, rhubarb, vetiver, cedar, rum, and sugar cane. A fragrance that smells of vacation and relaxation, in spite of the cold and austere lines of its bottle. Overall, it is a very cool perfume, for men who want to smell good, without making too much of a fuss, especially around the noses of those he wishes to impress… (Approximate price 50 ml: USD$50 | €63).
6. Emporio Armani Diamonds for Men – Emporio Armani
Actor Ashton Kutchner is the face of Armani’s new male fragrance and it has arrived to keep the two female versions with the same name, company. Now, diamonds are also a guy’s best friend – young and style savvy guys – thanks to a perfume that privileges such curious elements as gaïac, Szechuan pepper and cocoa; side by side with classics such as bergamot, cedar wood and vetiver. Another pearl for the olfactive universe. (Approximate price 50 ml: USD$37.50 | €50).
7. Kenzo Power – Kenzo
This eau de toilette is described as “a flower for men” and Kenzo’s most recent magic potion includes notes of bergamot, coriander, cardamom, jasmine, rose, freesia, tolu balsam, cedar wood and labdanum. The masculine side of this perfume is not forgotten thanks to the elegant design of its stainless steel bottle, inspired by a bottle of saké. A true bouquet, for men who are not afraid to wear a great perfume. (Approximate price 60 ml: USD$55 | €53).
8. 1 Million – Paco Rabanne
Inspired by Paco Rabanne’s metallic fashion statements, these were transported to a perfume that is pure luxury: starting with its package, which resembles a bar of gold, continuing with its unique composition (grapefruit, mint, blood orange, rose, cinnamon, spice notes, blond leather, white woods, amber and patchouli) and ending with its name that could very well mean “smell like a million bucks”… For the most glamorous men you know. (Approximate price 50 ml: USD$60 | €47).
9. Beckham Signature for Him – DVB & Coty
Posh and Becks are back and seducing couples everywhere to share the olfactive universe as a twosome... why not wear the same perfume, even if it is your little secret? “Signature for Him” is a fragrance that is simultaneously fresh and exotic, with such surprising elements as mandarin, watermelon, sea, cypress, juniper, Lantana blossom, patchouli, oakmoss and white amber. Launched together, why not ask Santa to bring you “Signature for Her”… a sexy duo, to be worn together! (Approximate price 50 ml: USD$50 | €32).
10. Essence of United Colors of Benetton Man – United Colors of Benetton
In a clear allusion to its colorful world of fashion, nothing better than an equally fun and captivating perfume to match with the season’s most vibrant shades or to cheer up the greyest of days. A bottle that is pure eye candy, holds inside a fragrance that is made up of iced lavender tea, cardamom, mandarin, pineapple, nutmeg, geranium, mossy notes and amber. The Essence of United Colors of Benetton Woman also exists, just in case you want to match aromas... (Approximate price 60 ml: USD$18 | €14,50).