Hello and welcome to 2018 APJ family!
Today, I want to discuss some of my favourite ‘male’ scents that I love to wear. One of the things I love about the frag community is the freedom of expression and lack of gendering. It is absolute bliss to hear men express their joy for wearing scents traditionally marketed at females. Sadly, I hear less of females waxing lyrical about more masculine fragrances. I suspect there are many gems being missed out on.
Perfume That’s Not Only For Boys!
Egoiste by Chanel
This is what I deem to be the sexiest scent ever. It is sandalwood done right. It is a little difficult to come by in Australia, but if you find yourself overseas, seek this out. When it was released, Egoiste stood in stark opposition to the heavier florals of the late 90s and the emerging trend for aquatics. I think it the ideal unisex scent for our era. Some liken it to Bois Des Illes, also by Chanel.
This is Him By Zadig and Voltaire
Unimpressed by the bland female version, I tried this and fell in love with the smoky incense. I even bought the shower gel. I swore there is patchouli in this scent, but apparently there isn’t. It could hold its own in a Commes des Garcons line up, as the incense isn’t given that usual designer sweetness.
L’Homme Ideal EDP by Guerlain
If you do not enjoy the Petite Robe series, please give this a try. It has a more subdued and less sweet cherry that lingers like an aura. Funnily, men compliment me every time I wear this, yet it does not get much attention from Youtube reviewers. I actually went to buy Black Perfecto, but chose this instead.
Opium Pour Homme by YSL
I gave up on the female Opium years ago. I think I overdosed on it in my late teens. This version is a spicy delight. It can be heavy if oversprayed, but a few light spritzes add a day long zest to the air. It is quite a dry and crisp scent, but I imagine it would be wonderful layered with a mildly sweet feminine scent. It can be found relatively cheaply.
Antaeus by Chanel
This is a husky beauty. It has a Lauren Bacall feel to it. I love that it has a stick deodorant in the scent, but I find the deodorant has a bit of green added and looses its grey hoarse quality. I find Antaeus works well in the heat of our summer. I just spray less and apply again at lunch time. It clings to clothes, so be warned! It baffles me why males choose Bleu(gh) de Chanel over Antaeus. I would love to smell Antaeus more often.
Honourable mentions: Terre de Hermes EDT by Hermes, Habit Rouge EDT by Guerlain and Rochas Man by Rochas.
Know of any other masculine perfumes I should try?
Until next time, much love. Kxx