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I’ve always loved cologne. The very first cologne I ever had, or rather, inherited, was my father’s half-empty bottle of Calvin Klein’s Eternity. I’ll never be one to describe Calvin Klein as ‘elegant’, but to this day I will rave about that scent.
The way I think of it is kind of strange sometimes, but there’s something to be said about buying a fragrance from a high fashion house. Most people can’t simply just waltz into Chanel and buy a brand new clutch, however, buying a bottle of Chanel No. 5 is far more accessible. The idea of luxury in a handheld bottle evokes, those romantic notions that high fashion is literally built on; it’s brilliant, and if we’re looking at men’s cologne, I think we should all have our go-to’s.
Here are a couple of the most popular ones today:
Saks Fifth Avenue’s Hermés booths seem to be dedicated to basically one item: Terre D’Hermés. There’s a certain swagger that comes with naming your product after Earth itself, but Hermés’ citrus-y scent is a top seller in the cologne game. No wonder girlfriends flock to it when buying for their man.
Let’s just establish that if you’re going to buy Tom Ford, you’re going to be spending some serious money. Black Orchid, while not as expensive as their private blends, (like their headline-making Fucking Fabulous parfum) is one of their best, leaning heavily on spice to give it that ‘wow’ factor.
I’m going to be totally honest and say that I’m not a huge fan of this cologne, but it has had some serious staying power and continues to be a top seller. Perhaps the combination of mint, lavender, and citrus isn’t for everyone, but men who go for Le Male swear by it.
One of the highest-selling colognes in the world, the House of Creed (1760) proved its relevance with the introduction of Aventus in 2010. A lingering musk, it doesn’t come cheap, at $410 for a 50ml bottle at Holt Renfrew, but if you’re looking for a modern classic, look no further.
My forever go-to, I once dated a guy who would want me to spray on some Sauvage before we would make out, because it’s just that sexy. Dior Sauvage exudes masculinity and exotic ruggedness, while somehow evoking the classic elegance Christian Dior is known for.
Really, if you think about it, shopping for a signature cologne is a deeply personal process. It’s looking for an extension of yourself, a way to represent who you are. Take these examples into consideration when shopping; they’ve proven their worth, but what’s important is to look for a scent that makes you believe the fantasy, if only for a second.
There’s something empowering about knowing you smell downright irresistible, believe me, once you get there, there’s no going back.