A Scent of a Man

Janetta Mackay lines up the latest male fragrances


Bulgari Man in Black All Blacks Limited Edition; Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio Profumo; Christian Dior Sauvage. Pictures / Supplied.

Bulgari Man in Black All Blacks Limited Edition 100ml eau de parfum Intense $149

Intense oriental style with subtle spice and a splash of rum and bourbon, underpinned by florals, leather and amber woods. From Smith & Caughey’s and selected Farmers stores.
They say: “In 1884, both Bulgari and the All Blacks were established, beginning their international ascent to greatness.
We say: The date that matters is 2015 Rugby World Cup final day, October 31.

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio Profumo 75ml $153

Citrus fresh with marine accents. Profumo, compared with the original Acqua, has added depth from incense and patchouli. From Farmers, exclusively until late September.
They say: “It is the fragrance of life, a voluptuous ode to the perfection of nature and the essence of man. Man at one with the sea.“
We say: Sexy and salty.

Christian Dior Sauvage 100ml eau de toilette $165

A sharp snap of citrus, with amber and marine impressions, pepper and green woods. From department stores and selected pharmacies.
They say: “To create Sauvage, I used man as my starting point. A strong and unmistakable masculinity. Like the image of a man who transcends time and fashion.”
We say: Wild by name, tamer on the nose.

Narciso Rodriguez For Him Bleu Noir; Rakino Weekend by JVK Men; Yves Saint Laurent Kouros Silver. Pictures / Supplied.

Narciso Rodriguez For Him Bleu Noir 100ml eau de toilette $150

Clean, cool and green with cardamom and a gentle musk heart and woody base. (From selected department stores and Life pharmacies)
They say: “It’s a new kind of masculine ease that I find to be profoundly sexy. This fragrance is a great reflection of that aesthetic.”
We say: Sensual and soapy.

Rakino Weekend by JVK Men 50ml eau de parfum $169

That rare thing, a fragrance for men from a New Zealand viewpoint, smelling of sea and spray, grass and gin and woods and leather. From World stores, see worldbrand.co.nz.
They say: “Our cologne captures the sense of freedom and adventure felt searching across land, sky and sea. ... of a summer well spent.”
We say: Book the bach and take this with you.

Yves Saint Laurent Kouros Silver 100ml $153 

The smell of a Mediterranean summer first hit shelves in 1981. Now the Kouros name extends to this fresh Silver scent with a new green apple twist plus sage, amber and woody notes. From selected department stores and pharmacies.
They say: “The Kouros man is the corporeal evocation of youth and perfection. In 2015 the living god reappears, under a younger and more modern trait.”
We say: Crew the yacht and stop talking rot.

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