Best men’s fragrances for a date

Narciso Rodriguez instructed perfumer Francis Kurkdjian to incorporate Rodriguez’s personal signature scent – Egyptian Musk oil as one of the key ingredients.

Your fragrance can strike up more than conversation. Choose from one of these sensual fragrances for a dinner date.


  1. Calvin Klein – Obsession for Men
  2. Sean John – Unforgivable
  3. Hypnose Homme by Lancome
  4. Narcisco Rodriguez for Him
  5. Yves St Laurent – L’ Homme


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Best Men’s fragrances for office wear

Perfumer Francois Caron got her inspiration for this relaxing fragrance from a summer cocktail!

Make a statement at work, keep your female co-workers interested and choose from one of these scents that last longer than a full day at the office:

  1. Carolina Herrera 212 Men
  2. Zen for Men – White Heat edition by Shiseido
  3. Kenzo Homme
  4. Gucci Pour Homme II
  5. The One for Men – Dolce and Gabbana

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Unique Men’s fragrances

Jean Paul Gaultier - Le Male in an impudent male torso bottle

Every fragrance claims to be unique, so it’s never easy to shortlist five men’s fragrances that will make you standout in a crowd. But this list of 5 is an interesting mix of the distinguished, bizarre and the exotic. And yet there are quite a few unusual scents that could have still made this list:

  1. Bulgari Black
  2. Loewe 7
  3. Paco Rabanne – Ultra Violet Man
  4. Jean Paul Gaultier – Le Male
  5. Versace Dreamer

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Best Men’s fragrances for the night

The gold ingot style bottle for One Million; just one of the many distinctive features of this bestselling scent

Whether you are going clubbing or want a sensual scent for a romantic dinner engagement one of these scents should work:

  1.  Giorgio Armani – Armani Code
  2. Van Cleef and Arpels – Midnight in Paris
  3. Thiery Muegler – A Men
  4. Yves St Laurent – M7
  5. Paco Rabanne – One Million

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Best aquatic fragrances for men

Acqua di Gio: One of the best selling fragrances of all time continues to inspire rip-offs!

If you live in hotter climes, this list of aquatic fragrances work round the year for day use and if you don’t these cool scents are just what you need for your summer holiday:

  1. Giorgio Armani – Acqua di Gio
  2. Bulgari Aqua
  3. Versace Man au Fraiche
  4. Davidoff – Cool Water
  5. L’Eau par Kenzo pour Homme

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Elie Saab – Le parfum

Lebanese  haute couture designer Elie Saab’s first fragrance arrives in India. ‘Le Parfum’ was finalised after 279 trial versions and has been crafted by contemporary French Armenian perfumer Francis Kurkdjian. Kurkdjian has worked on an eclectic list of scents that include Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male and Narciso Rodriguez for Him and Her. Ultra Feminine, strong, floral and woody, Le Parfum’s opening notes include  of orange blossom,  Jasmine, cedar, patchouli and rose honey accord. The elegant Baroque style bottle has been designed by Sylvie de France whose edgy bottle design portfolio includes the famous male torso bottle for Le Male and the classy Eau de Issey for Issey Miyake. Potent, sensual, very feminine and a fragrance with great staying power. (Rs 4550 / 50 ml)

D Squared2 Potion – The new scent of seduction?

First it was the best selling fragrance He Wood in 2007 and Canadian designer duo – Dean and Dan Caten (D Squared2) followed that up with Potion in end-2011. Crafted by perfumer Annick Mernado, Potion’s interesting recipe includes freshly picked red mint leaves, thyme, rose petals,  black peppercorns, gentian, cinnamon sticks, Cashmere wood, pathcouli, amber and musk. The packaging is inspired by ancient pharmaceutical vials and this potent  aromatic woody scent is just be the kind of love potion that might appeal to her.  (Rs 4700/100 ml)