The best new fragrances for men Spring may have finally sprung but an increase in daylight doesn't just herald the arrival of weather appropriate menswear; there's mother pandora charm a raft of new fragrances on offer right now too from sexy evening numbers to sprightly summer smellies that are perfect for your hols.
As the UK celebrates National Fragrance Day (yes, itactually exists), why not shake things up in the scent department with one of these brand new launches? Quite possibly this year's biggest launch, thanks to instant brand recognition, an ad campaign directed by Steve McQueen and a classy bottle featuring its own cute gabardine bow, Mr. Burberry is this spring's must try fragrance. Created by acclaimed perfumer Francis Kurkdjian the man behind iconic fragrances like pandora catalogue australia Jean Paul Gaultier's Le Male it's an exceptionally commercial, sprightly yet sexy blend of citrus fruits, spices, woods and smoky vetiver. Like the covetable jewelers boston Burberry gabardine trench coat that inspired it (hence the bow), it's a scent that's versatile, easy to wear and effortlessly stylish, though a little less expensive, obviously. (Well, unless you plump for the humungous 1000ml Collector's Edition which costs a cool 1,400). Thankfully, this new one from British perfumers Miller Harris is more Bob Dylan than James Blunt. Leathery, smoky and earthy,it also has hints of liquorice and a delightful sweetness which gives itthe 'nuzzle factor' you want from a special occasion evening fragrance (a female pal zoomed into my neck like an Excocet missile when I wore it recently. Always a good sign). It has decent staying power on the skin too. And yet, this wonderfully dirty, earthy, ingredient remains a mainstay of men's eau de toilettes, partly because it adds staying power and an irresistible sexiness to things. Sticking two fingers up to prejudice, Monsieur, thenew fragrance from the king of the niche fragranceFrederic Malle, is a daring 50pcpatchouli. The last time so much was used was probably at Woodstock. The effect, however, is tempered with notes of mandarin, rum, cedarwood and vanilla, creating a lovely, earthy, hyper masculine fragrance that's more refined gent than Glasto tent. With the average eau de toilette lasting around four to sixhours on the skin, the chances are the stuff you applied first thing will have faded like Ben Haenow's career come mid afternoon. And by the time you really need it when heading out after work it'll be but a distant memory. The solution is this dinky travel fragrance, part of a trio of Ted Baker 'Travel Tonics'. Not much bigger than a credit card and no thicker than a biro, it fits perfectly in your suit pocket, office drawer or overpriced manbag, allowing you to top up anytime, anywhere. The fragrance itself a mix of bergamot, clove, musk and vanilla is perfect for eveningwear. Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino is one of those gender fluid colognes that's developed the kind of reputation many scents could only dream of and rightfully so. Crisp, fresh and superbly citrusy, it's like summertime in a bottle. This new 'Acqua' version is even lighter and fresher with a faintly transparent, ephemeral quality that makes it great for summer but also ideal for work when you don't want your EDT to act like a WMD. In the same way remixes of classic tunes tend to polarise fans, not everyone's going to love it as much as they do its big brother, but you won't know until you try so give it whirl next time you're at the fragrance counter. Like the original Neroli Portofino it's a bit fleeting on the skin, mind, so keep your bottle handy for regular reapplications. The budget buy I don't know about you but when I think of Yardley I think of the soaps and talc I used to buy my nan for Christmas rather than sterling men's fragrances. and yet the pandora charms brisbane this most British of brands has managed to pull a great one out of the bag with Yardley 1770.
The name references the year the company officially came into being and the fragrance itself has a similar olde worlde charm that's a real antidote to many of the generic, department store fragrances out there at the moment. Musky, woody and barbershoppy, there's something of the seventies about it (the 1970s not the 1770s) but in a really good way. It's not easy to find a fragrance under 20 these days, let alone a decent one, so if you're looking for a scent that's not too spenny this is your man.
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