Aromatic fragrances are almost exclusively designed for men, and so are an especially good choice if you’re in the market for something unquestionably masculine. A scent is considered ‘aromatic’ when it’s herbal in nature – think cumin, sage, rosemary, lavender and other plants. Aromatic compositions are frequently combined with notes of citrus and spice for balance.
Here are a few of our favourites:
Donna Karan Fuel For Men
Fuel For Men was inspired by Donna Karan’s late husband, Stephen Weiss, who was enthralled by the freedom of speeding down an open road. The scent captures that sense of adventure and excitement with top notes of citrus, pineapple and juniper, middle notes of mayflower, amber, lavender and almond, and base notes of sandalwood, patchouli and musk.
Byredo Parfums Sunday Cologne
Byredo’s Sunday Cologne is a woody aromatic fragrance with top notes of cardamom, bergamot and star anise. At its heart are notes of geranium, incense and lavender, while vetiver, moss and patchouli make up the base. Sunday Cologne strikes a balance between heat and sweetness, between spice and earthiness, between crispness and warmth. It’s a vibrant, mood enhancing eau de parfum that’s perfect for a laidback weekend day.
Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de l’Homme
A bottle of La Nuit de L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent tells a sensual, seductive story composed of spicy cardamom, cedar, bergamot, vetiver and coumarin. The fragrance exists in a space between contradictions – sophisticated but nonchalant, deep and mysterious but bright and fresh, restrained but bold. It’s an opulent, elegant and masculine scent with the packaging to match.
EIGHT & BOB
EIGHT & BOB has a seriously impressive origin story that includes vacationing on the French Riviera, former American president John F. Kennedy, smuggling bottles in books to avoid detection by Nazis and a dedicated family butler. It would make a great murder mystery, and it also makes a great fragrance based on a rare aromatic plant from Chile that can only be picked during the months of December and January.
Six Scents Series Two: Solar Donkey Power By Henrik Vibskov
It’s hard to ignore a name like “Solar Donkey Power.” Six Scents: Series Two explores the relationship between the artist and nature through a collection of fragrances, stories, films, photograph and art. A spritz of Henrik Vibskov’s uniquely named scent includes notes of bergamot, aromatic sage, geranium, patchouli, moss, incense and pine. The combination is warm and woody on one hand, and fresh, aromatic and floral on the other.