Saturday 28 May 2022

The Best Fragrances For Father's Day

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 one men, can be horrible for another. For that reason, I've put together a selection of five great fragrances - including the fragrance notes - to help give you a little inspo on what to gift your father this year...

Dsquared2 | 2 Wood

2 Wood by DSQUARED² is a woody fragrance created by Daphne Bugey and Olivier Cresp. Daphne Bugey is the nose behind K by Dolce & Gabbana and Le Labo Tonka 25, while Olivier Cresp is the man responsible for Givenchy Gentleman Eau de Parfum, and Paco Rabanne Black XS.

The new fragrance contains top notes of lemon, citron, and pink pepper, middle notes of cedar, Haitian vetiver, silver fir, and cypress, and base notes of musk and amber.

The scent is lively, fresh, and energetic and is designed to be worn by both men and women. That being said, the fragrance leans more masculine in my opinion. It has good projection and excellent longevity, with just a few sprays lasting many hours after application.

Dsquared2 2 Wood is available in three sizes - 30ml for £44, 50ml for £59, and 100ml for £75 - from

Medeau | Cedar Noir

Cedar Noir is a new fragrance from British fragrance house, Medeau. Made in England, it is a pheromone-reactive perfume that presents differently on different skin types, complimenting the wearer’s unique chemistry.

Cedar Noir is a sophisticated unisex scent that captures all the fragrances of a forest. It features top notes of citrus, geranium, and anise, middle notes of cedarwood and guaiacwood, and base notes of amber. It had good projection and impressive lasting power.

As with all Medeau fragrances, Cedar Noir is vegan, PETA-certified, made with bio-identicals (non-irritating, sustainable alternatives to natural fragrance oils), and free of synthetic dyes. Its bottle is also 98% recyclable. 

Medeau Cedar Noir cost £95 for 50ml and is available from

Serge Lutens | Ambre Sultan

Ambre Sultan is a classic amber sent by Serge Lutens that marks a return to a focus on the identity and authenticity of unique ingredients. The majestic scent takes its inspiration from the captivating markets of Marrakesh, it is formulated with a rich blend of benzoin, patchouli leaves, sandalwood, coriander, oregano, bay leaf, and powdery vanilla.

Ambre Sultan has a strong opening - conjuring an exotic bazaar, filled with heavy incense, spices, and herbs. As it settles, the fragrance dies down into a warm and comforting amber.

Ambre Sultan is available in two sizes - 50ml for £110 and 100ml for £165 - from

Narciso Rodriguez | Bleu Noir

The Narciso Rodriguez Bleu Noir parfum celebrates masculinity with its sensual, woody scent. It is the creation of Sonia Constant, the perfumer behind Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau, Les Liquides Imaginaires Fortis, and Tom Ford Noir Extreme.

Narciso Rodriguez Bleu Noir includes top notes of orange blossom, and osmanthus, middle notes of blue cedarwood and ebony, and base notes of vetiver, amber, and musk. It has impressive projection and good lasting power. 

Bleu Noir is currently available in two sizes - 50ml for £55 and 100ml for £80 - from

Malin + Goetz | Vetiver

Vetiver is a signature fragrance from Malin + Goetz. The unisex eau de parfum bears a surprisingly fresh scent, with smoky notes that are accentuated by the uplifting and energising qualities of citrus and cardamom, alongside the woody warmth of celery seeds and white iris.

Created to awaken the senses and enliven the spirit, this gorgeous scent contains top notes of bergamot, cardamom, and grapefruit peel, middle notes of bigarade african, celery seed, and white iris, and base notes of warm amber, vetiver Haiti, and guaiacwood.

Malin + Goetz Vetiver is available in two sizes - 50ml for £78 and 100ml for £130 - from Space NK.

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