A great fragrance is a powerful thing. It can make you feel put together on a big day, inject you with a huge boost of self-confidence, and even create a lasting impression on people who meet you for the first time – so finding the one that suits you is obviously very important.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST FRAGRANCES FOR MEN

Fragrance families are a good starting point: scents naturally fall into floral, fresh, fruity, citrus, oriental, woody or spicy categories.

Don’t overdo it – one spritz, on dry skin, will usually do for polite sillage (that’s how much the fragrance lingers in the air after you). Scents are best applied on the warmest parts of the body to help them project, so pick one spot out of the neck and lower jaw, chest, wrist and forearm, or inner elbow.

If you do apply to your wrists, don’t rub them together, as this can break the molecular bonds in the perfume and “kill” the note.

CREED – ORIGINAL VETIVER

A fresh, citrusy scent for the man with discerning taste, and deep pockets. Creed fragrances are a designer classic, and with good reason. With the unmistakably masculine hit of vetiver at its heart, this fine fragrance is kept contemporary by zesty bergamot and bitter orange; clean, herbaceous coriander; and smooth sandalwood.

TOM FORD – NOIR

Tom Ford Noir is the fourth signature fragrance launched by the American designer. He describes Noir as his most personal fragrance yet, designed for an “urbane sophisticate who the world gets to see and the intriguingly sensuous, private man they don’t”. The subtle yet distinctive fragrance packs warm notes of Italian Bergamot, Black Pepper and Patchouli, which are balanced with warm Vanilla, Amber and Nutmeg.

COMME DES GARCONS – AMAZINGREEN

With the unisex Comme des Garçons Amazingreen perfume, organic greenery meets the explosive elements of smoke and flint. Natural top notes of palm tree leaves, green pepper and jungle leaves are paired with dew mist, before settling into an elemental heart of flint and coriander. To top it all off, the Amazingreen pebble-like bottle comes tucked inside a 100% recyclable green bag.

NARCISO RODRIGUEZ – BLEU NOIR

Narciso Rodriguez’ Bleu Noir is the very picture of refinement, with its opaque deep blue interior promising something magical. The scent is just as elegantly modern as its vessel, promising fresh, spicy notes of nutmeg and cardamom combining with deep, sensual woods for a superbly masculine vibe.

PACO RABANNE – 1 MILLION

Inspired by warming autumnal scents, Paco Rabanne have created a scent which promises to start with fresh grapefruit, mandarin and peppermint, but soon evolves into rich rose absolute, cinnamon bark and musk, with an ultra-masculine leather base. Overall, this is a spicy fragrance so citrus lovers, avoid.

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