By Mik Hyldebrandt
A subtle yet effective way to make an impression on someone is to wear a hint of fragrance. Right now, the trend is leaning towards wood-based fragrances with more complex structures and masculine scent signatures. Here are some of our fall favorites.
Even though it links to the original Obsession, it has been modernized with cedar and amber notes which makes for an addictive re-interpretation.
Calvin Klein Obsessed for Him, 4.0 oz/125 ml Eau de Toilette Spray, $82
The new male signature fragrance from Coach opens up with fresh pear and bergamot, and then suede and ambergris kick in.
Coach for Men, 3.3 oz/100 ml, Eau de Toilette Spray, $82
This reissue of Gentleman by Givenchy is a new interpretation of how the original 1974 fragrance would smell today. Notes of lavender, iris, patchouli, and leather make it elegant, masculine and modern.
Givenchy Gentleman, 3.3 oz/100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray, $89
Although pricey, Jo Malone’s colognes are so worth it. This favorite combines the mineral properties of sea salt with the subtle dryness of wood sage.
Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt, 3.3 oz/100 ml, Cologne Spray, $135
The newly launched fragrance collection by Rag & Bone is quite a treasure trove of scents that steer away from the ordinary. Oud wood notes, exotic spices, and leather accord play the roles in this sophisticated fragrance.
Rag & Bone Oud, 1.7 oz/50 mL, Eau de Parfum, $150
As per usual Tom Ford delivers another scent sensation in his Noir collection that explores metallic facets against cedar, bergamot, and ebony. Prepare to get challenged and absolutely wowed by this one.
Tom Ford Noir Anthracite, 3.3 oz/100 ml, Eau de Parfum Spray, $171
Inspired by a white t-shirt, Y opens up with crisp bergamot and ginger notes that are followed by balsamic fir and cedar wood to balance out the freshness and give it a masculine edge.
Yves Saint Laurent Y, 3.3 oz/100 ml, Eau de Toilette Spray, $94