Tuesday 8 June 2021

Father's Day Fragrances

One of my favourite things to gift my dad for Father's Day is a fragrance. Due to cost, fragrances aren't an everyday purchase for most men, so treating them to a scent if often very appreciated. The problem with fragrances is that they are very personal - what's a great scent for some men, can be a horrible one for others. For that reason, I've put together a selection of five great fragrances - including their notes - to give you a little inspo on what to gift your father figure this year. 

First up is the BOSS Bottled United. Housed in a gun metal metallic bottle, this limited edition fragrance is designed to recreate the freshness of the outdoors with the warmth of a woody fragrance. The eau de parfum features top notes of apple accord and blood orange, which are followed by invigorating peppermint and lavandin in the middle. Base notes include amber accord and vetiver, adding further depth and strength. The end result is a warm woody scent with soft projection and reasonable lasting power. Expect the scent to linger around four to six hours after application It's a scent that is guaranteed to have a wider appeal, suiting a wide range of ages too. BOSS Bottled United is available in two sizes, 50ml for £57 and 100ml for £78, at theperfumeshop.com.

For those after something a little different consider an oud. Oud is a much sought-after fragrance ingredient. Valued by most of the world’s master perfumers, it is an exclusive, immediately recognisable scent – and the ideal aroma if you want to smell rich! If you want to treat your dad to an impressive oud fragrance, I recommend the Mr Vanguard's Vanguard Oud. Entering with top notes of Bergamot and Saffron, leading into heart notes of oud musk, vetiver, cardamom, rose and lavender and harmonising into base notes of nutmeg, black agar, patchouli and precious woods. The end result is a spicy woody scent should appeal to many men. It reasonable projection abut great lasting power - expect to smell it eight hours after application. Made exclusively in the UK, Vanguard Oud is available in a 50ml bottle for £75, from mrvanguard.com.

Next up is L'Occitane's Karité Corsé. Karité Corsé is a warm, gourmand oriental fragrance that is seriously sexy. The eau de parfum opens with spicy notes of clary cage, cardamom, and black pepper, alongside a hint of bergamot. The gourmand heart contains warm notes of Mediterranean orris, coffee, and warm cocoa. Finally, smoky cacao notes of roasted shea nuts is set over a light, clean woody base of bourbon vetiver and cedarwood. It has really great projection and reasonably good lasting power, lasting around six hours after application. Currently Karité Corsé is only available in a 75ml bottle. It is £70 and available at loccitane.com.

Guerlain L’Homme Idéal Extrême is described as an elegant, bold, and deep scent, said to capture the essence of a multi-talented man. It is a fragrance flanker which, for those that don't know, refers to a newly created perfume that shares some attributes of an already existing perfume. These attributes may be the name or packaging, however it is mainly the hero notes of the existing fragrance. Created by master perfumer Thierry Wasser, L’Homme Idéal Extrême provides a new take on Guerlain's original olfactory signature. The eau de parfum contains top notes of almond, bergamot, and pink pepper, middle notes of cinnamon, plum, and heliotrope, and base notes of patchouli, cedarwood, tobacco, and leather. The result is a well blended, smooth scent with impressive projection and great lasting power. Expect to smell this scent 10 hours after application! L’Homme Idéal Extrême is available in two sizes, 50ml for £65 and 100ml for £88, at John Lewis.

Another fragrance flanker is Y Le Parfum from Yves Saint Laurent,  a smooth and intense woody scent that draws inspiration from the much-loved Y fragrance. It is described as a more intense version of its predecessor - a dark and powerful scent that has an interesting sweetness. Y Le Parfum was created by master perfumer, Dominique Ropion, the nose behind Burberry Brit Rhythm, Frederic Malle Vetiver ExtraordinaireY Le Parfum, and the other fragrances in the Yves Saint Laurent Y collection. As for its composition, Y Le Parfum features top notes of grapefruit, apple accord, ginger, and aldehydes, middle notes of clary sage, lavender essence, and geranium absolute, and base notes of cedarwood, frankincense, tonka, and patchouli essence. The eau de parfum also has impressive longevity, lasting around eight hours after application. Y Le Parfum is available in two sizes, 60ml for £72 and 100ml for £96, at John Lewis.

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