YAY! Yet ANOTHER question comes through. This one is from my friend Abe, who is trying to make sure he gets the right gift.
“Hello, Miss Booker. How are you? I need a new cologne recommendation. Someone close to me is buying me a holiday present.” – Abe, Brooklyn, NY
Since I know him personally, I have a good insight to the colognes he already uses – Boucheron, Polo Green, L’Eau de Issey and Burberry Brit. So, he likes what I like to call “Masculine Modern” fragrances. Basically, this is your guy that likes to appear stylish without going overboard. He can rock a great suit and when he does jeans and a t-shirt, they’re clean and well-presented. So, we’re looking for notes of tobacco and patchouli with some woodsy notes and a touch of something more clean and modern, like basil or moss.
Here are three really nice recommendations for this type of guy, er, Abe:
John Varvatos Vintage ($60-$80) – A fragrance that’s a sensual masculine scent without going overboard. It’s assertive with a warm, spicy middle and a dry down that’s got the sensuality of a great vintage leather chair. Notes of tobacco, cinnamon leaves and jasmine are combined with Mediterranean fruits, pepper and a touch of floral and soothing woodsy notes (oak moss, fir balsam and ashwood.) Plus, the bottle looks like a vintage shaving kit find. Very masculine, very nice.
Bulgari Pour Homme Soir ($88) – This is a truly sophisticated men’s fragrance, one that you want to wear when making an impression. It’s a power fragrance without being overpowering but it’s more tailored and controlled than the previous fragrance. Notes of darjeeling tea, amber and musk are combined with a sensual note that’s relatively unknown over here: Guaiac Wood of Paraguay. That’s it. Not a lot of ingredients and/or notes but it doesn’t need to be complicated. This one’s perfection in its simplicity. No muss, no fuss, just a lot of good smellin’ man.
Tom Ford For Men ($40-$95) – This one is my wild card fragrance. If ANYONE knows sexy + male, it’s Tom Ford and pretty much every fragrance he does will be magic. This one is a classic men’s fragrance that’s woodsy and masculine yet very refined. This is a throw-you-on-the-bed-after-a-million-dollar-deal kind of guy: a scent that opens with crisp citrus notes for a clean scent, then opens to a middle of bright middle note of bright greens and ginger, then turns robust in the dry down for a body that’s all man with amber and leatherwood.
So, these are my picks. Good luck, Abe, and keep those questions coming, readers! I’m here to help!