There’s no better time of year to introduce him to a fresh new scent than at Christmas time, and 2014 has been a big year for fragrance launches. But which to go for; sultry or fresh? Evening wear or work-appropriate? Single fragrance or full gift set? There’s a world of choice available but never fear, we’re always on hand to help.
Whoever you’re buying for and whatever his tastes, read on for some stellar gifts to surprise him with this Christmas…
Guerlain L’Homme Ideal Eau de Toilette, from £33.15
With L’Homme Ideal, Guerlain’s nose Thierry Wasser wanted to break the mould and create something with a little more… cheekiness. The result is a dynamic, intriguing fragrance that sets the wearer apart from the rest. Notes of bright citrus and orange blossom in the top notes illuminate a signature heart of almond and tonka bean, making for a seriously addictive fragrance. Read the full review here.
Perfect for: Super stylish men with a sense of humour.
Clarins Men Essentials Gift Set, from £38.00 Sold out!
Whether he’s in the market for some new skincare or he’s a complete novice to the concept of moisturiser, this luxurious gift set from Clarins is a perfect pick. Why? Because it contains absolutely everything he needs to kick-start a really good routine! Included in this sturdy faux leather washbag is a full-sized Super Moisture Balm and Exfoliating Cleanser, plus travel sizes of the Smooth Shave Foaming Gel and the Anti-Fatigue Eye Serum, suitable for all skin types and ages.
Perfect for: All men! This is the ideal starter kit for notices, or a brilliant upgrade for those looking to improve their skincare routine.
Givenchy Gentlemen Only Intense Eau de Toilette, from £42.75
Created for evening wear and headed up by Australian actor Simon Baker, this new, intense version of Givenchy Gentleman Only is for suave and mysterious men. The amber-woody composition is absolutely seductive yet incredibly refined, blending crisp notes of green mandarin, pepper and leather with the raw sensuality of tonka bean, incense and a skin accord. Read the full review here.
Perfect for: Sophisticated men who like their fragrance to leave a lasting impression.
Diesel Only The Brave Wild Eau de Toilette, from £30.60
Launched earlier this year, Only The Brave Wild joins Only The Brave and Only The Brave Tattoo to round out Diesel’s fierce, contemporary trio of fragrances. Wild is the assertive scent, capturing the sensuousness and the primal desire of the Diesel man in a cascade of bracing, aromatic notes. Grapefruit, black pepper, lavender, nutmeg and cedarwood comprise the core of the composition, with just a touch of exotic coconut.
Perfect for: Offbeat, youthful guys.
Prada Luna Rossa Eau de Toilette, from £36.80
Bucking the trend for ultra-sensuous fragrance is Prada Luna Rossa, a fresh, aromatic fragrance named for Prada’s boat of the same title. This source of inspiration has inspired the character of the fragrance; drawing elements from the natural world and a passion for technological elegance, raw notes of lavender, clary sage, and spearmint are joined by a sleek and streamlined note of ambroxan, resulting in a noble and tactile scent.
Perfect for: Men who enjoy the invigorating freshness of the great outdoors.
Issey Miyake Nuit d’Issey Eau de Toilette, from £34.85
If there was ever a perfect scent for the long, dark nights of winter, it’s this. New from Issey Miyake (creators of iconic fragrance Eau d’Issey Pour Homme) is Nuit d’Issey, a sensuous, magnetic fragrance. Inspired by the intensification of emotions and sensations after dark, the leather-centric scent unfolds in a serious of equally dark notes including black pepper, patchouli and incense. Read the full review here.
Perfect for: Those who like their fragrance to be deep, sensuous and intense.
If I had to use just one word to describe the behemoth that is Paco Rabanne Invictus, it would be triumphant. Like its precedessor 1 Million this magnetic fragrance pulls no punches, offering magnetic, biting freshness and a big dose of seduction. A vibrant blend of grapefruit and bay leaf meets with gaiac woods, ambergris and patchouli to create the scent of a rock star sportsman. Read the full review here.
Perfect for: Sporty types who like adrenaline-boosting scents.
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau de Toilette, from £27.20
The ultimate in virile freshness, Jean Paul Gaultier’s iconic Le Male has been scenting men in the know since 1995, and it hasn’t aged a bit. A traditional barbershop fougere, the masterful blend is as cool as splash of water, with signature notes of mint, lavender and vanilla that are oft imitated, but never surpassed. This fragrance is a legend.
Perfect for: Men who like their fragrance ultra-fresh and very long-lasting.
Jimmy Choo Man Eau de Toilette, from £24.65
Newly launched and fronted by TV icon du jour Kit Harrington, Jimmy Choo Man is the suave and suited counterpart to Jimmy Choo Woman’s slinky, high-heeled style maven. This debut masculine fragrance is energetic, with notes of aromatic lavender, pink pepper and geranium blended with bright and zesty mandarin, honeydew melon and pineapple leaf. In the dry down sensuality reigns with patchouli, suede and a big dose of ambery woods. A must-smell.
Perfect for: Men who like energetic, stylish fragrances. Oh, and Game of Thrones fans.
Valentino Uomo Eau de Toilette, £36.80
A real favourite this year has been Valentino Uomo, a noble fragrance that strikes the perfect balance between charm and luxury. Everything about Uomo is noteworthy, from the heavyweight rockstud bottle inspired by a whisky decanter to the elegant juice of soft suede, leather and hazelnut-tinted woods. It’s a versatile fragrance despite its ultra-elegant appearance, making it suitable for work, casual wear and evening wear.
Perfect for: Men with natural style, from your best friend to your boss.
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