6 Best Smelling Perfumes for Dad

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Whenever Father’s Day rolls around, you’re probably thinking about the latest tech gadgets, spirits, watches and fashion – all included in our ultimate Father’s Day gift guide. Very rarely do guys think of something as specialized and focused in the world of grooming and styling as men’s perfume. Sure, you might think your dad needs a refill of Acqua di Gio or Sauvage, but I bet most wouldn’t really think outside of what you’d see taped against the glass of a warehouse of chemists. There are far better scents for Father’s Day than the popular ones.

If you’ve read this column before, you’ll know that we value fragrance as a way to elevate one’s style and create a meaningful presence that feels both unique and impactful. There’s a lot of power in making yourself known before anyone even notices you, and if Dad is still young enough to appreciate that, there are few gifts that have more meaning than Father’s Day scents.

I’ve rounded up some of the perfect Father’s Day scents I’ve been smelling lately, both old and new, that you should check out if you’re looking for some last-minute gift ideas before the Father’s Day on Sunday. , September 3.

Some of them are essentially manly, like the exceptional “Viking Cologne” by Creed, “Legend Red” by Montblanc and “Oud Save the King” by Atkinsons. Others represent those more modern tastes that increasingly favor unisex scents, because no matter how much of a traditionalist dad you are, you never really know what’s going to appeal to him when it comes to scent. It’s purely psychological and nostalgic game play at the best of times, so take a moment to browse through these six Father’s Day scents and land on the one you think Dad will enjoy the most.

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Montblanc ‘Red Legend’

Soft, fresh and pleasant. If Dad has ever been exhausted by leathery scents and is looking for a fresh and airy yet still masculine enough men’s scent, give him Montblanc ‘Legend Red’. The newly launched fragrance leans heavily on those really refreshing and pleasant notes which are ideal for the summer but can work just as well in the colder months, starting with fruity and slightly spicy notes with orange sanguine, grapefruit and cardamom, then turning to the cleaner ones. notes like cedar, clary sage and juniper berries. Mahogany and tonka bean in the base anchor the fragrance profile into something much richer and sweeter, crowning a simple yet highly effective fragrance.

Top notes: Blood orange, grapefruit, cardamom
Heart notes: Cedar, clary sage, juniper berries
Background notes: Atlas cedar, mahogany, tonka bean

Creed ‘Cologne Viking’

Inspired by an image of Norway’s intricate topography, Creed ‘Viking Cologne’ is one of the most impressive and unique scents from this historic French house in years, and definitely something Dad will love if he likes something. something that has an impact.

It has that typical Creed freshness at the start, offering something versatile and easy to wear before turning to peppery and spicy notes like nutmeg, rosemary, sage and geranium. The base is where it really goes for the jugular, throwing in strong but not excessive hits of vetiver, sandalwood, cedar, olibanum and patchouli to help create a creamy finish that lingers beautifully. An impressive show or force and the perfect scent for Father’s Day if dad is the go-hard-or-go-home type.

Top notes: Mandarin, lemon, pink pepper, bergamot
heart notes:
Lavender, geranium, nutmeg, rosemary, sage
Background notes:
Vetiver, sandalwood, cedar, olibanum, patchouli

Dolce&Gabbana ‘Light Blue Italian Love For Men’

Designer fragrances always play it safe and Dolce&Gabana does not deviate from this trend with “Light Blue Italian Love Pour Homme”. While there are several iterations of this well-known scent, there’s something about Alberto Morallas’ sense of occasion that makes it all the more brilliant.

I guess it’s the simple, pleasant openness of typically Italian grapefruit and bergamot that sets the tone – it’s a Mediterranean flavor in every way, perfect if dad still has that day club mentality and needs something to wear to the beach or to a golf club. The heady heart of green notes blended with violet leaf and an ozonic marine accord helps bring out that liveliness before a full-bodied woody base dominated by guaiac wood sinks into something a little more typically male.

Top notes: Grapefruit, tangerine
Heart notes: Sea water, juniper
Background notes: Musk, amber wood

Atkinsons ‘Oud Save the King’

Historic British perfume house Atkinsons is simply ideal for a perfectly poised sense of nobility. And if dad really wants to dial in that sense of classicism, take a look at Atkinsons’ “fashion edict.” Having been around for decades, Atkinsons has a lot going for it that should suit the old man, with most of the brand’s men’s scents focusing on showcasing different shades of oud.

One of the best is ‘Oud Save the King’, modeled after a bouquet crafted for Egyptian award winner Muhammed Ali Ibrahim with opening notes of earl gray and a accord of bergamot to create that essential British elegance before dive into all that beautiful smoke. constructed by iris, suede leather, sandalwood and an oud accord.

Top notes: Earl Grey, bergamot accord
Heart notes: Orris, suede leather
Background notes: Sandalwood, oud accord

Versace ‘Eros Perfume’

Many perfumes inspired by European destinations are usually inspired by Italy, France or Portugal. It seems like lately no attention has been paid to Greece and yet that is exactly what Versace has done with the divine ‘Eros Eau de Parfum’.

The woody oriental scent was launched just two years ago and leaves behind the typical notes of grapefruit and bergamot you usually associate with a Mediterranean scent and picks up instead with an opening of lightly candied appliques mixed with lemon. , tangerine and mint. The mint helps set the scent apart a bit and establish a spicy base for the bridge to a base of sandalwood, bitter orange and creamy patchouli.

Top notes: Candy apple, tangerine, mint
Heart notes: Amborxan, clary sage, geranium
Background notes: Sandalwood, Bitter Orange, Patchouli

Casamorati ‘Read’

Casamorati ‘Lira’ is a bit of a wildcard here for this roundup of Father’s Day fragrances. It’s actually marketed as a women’s scent and yet it’s something I would happily wear on a special occasion as it’s not overly feminine and could work just as well as a unisex scent. If that sounds good in Dad’s alley, he should move on to Lira pretty quickly.

It is a masterclass of elegance with an exceptional sense of balance worked by Chris Maurice. Think powdery like many women’s scents are. Still creamy, but tied to a sweet, dessert-like feel that’s lightly buttery and exceptionally enjoyable. You definitely have that cake-like opening of bergamot, blood orange, and lavender, but then the middle of rose, jasmine, cinnamon, and licorice blossom takes it in a new direction, coming closer with a complex base of vanilla, musks and caramel.

Top notes: Bergamot, blood orange, lavender flowers.
Heart notes: Rose, jasmine, cinnamon, liquorice flower.
Background notes: Vanilla, musks, caramel.

Sarah C. Figueiredo