Stella McCartney Stella: this is a moment of nostalgia for me – Stella was the first perfume that The Chap ever bought for me, and to this day I still get a slightly sappy smile when I catch a whiff of this fragrance on someone’s skin. Stella has recently been reformulated with a slightly lighter juice that’s less dense and amber-y, but still full of warm peony and rose cut with a touch of mandarin for freshness. AUD$82 David Jones, USD$50 Sephora.
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino: now that the weather is getting exceedingly sultry here in Sydney, I find myself longing for fragrance that is simple, clean and crisp. Neroli Portofino has that in spades, with its big bold opening notes of mandarin flower and bergamot and warm amber base. Perfect for long afternoons and warm nights, best paired with a filthy martini and a good conversation partner. AUD$295 David Jones, USD$215 Sephora.
Comme des Garcons Blue Santal: this fragrance is the kind of clever perfumery that I adore. A surprisingly cool sandalwood and pine opening plays against a warm pepper note and sharp tangy juniper berries, creating a novel mix of warm and cold, sharp and mild. This Japanese clothing and fragrance house is the master of interesting perfume that occasionally stray into too clever by half territory, but this is exactly the kind of witty, wearable scent that I’m drawn to time and time again from CdG. AUD$185 Mecca Cosmetica, USD$131 Sephora.
Acqua di Parma Colonia Leather: what’s better than sensuous leather paired with crisp citrus? A good leather fragrance is a staple in my wardrobe but the hot summer weather doesn’t really lend itself to the depth and warmth of a traditional leather perfume. Colonia Leather is lifted by opening notes of sun-warmed lime and orange and a touch of soft rose, warming down to a leather and smoky wood base. Delicious! AUD$240 David Jones, USD$210 Sephora.
Hermes Terre d’Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche: the inclusion of a Hermes fragrance on this list is no surprise, especially not a Terre d’Hermes entry (the original is my signature fragrance that I am absolutely in love with) but my interest is especially piqued by this lighter and fresher take on Terre d’Herme’s warm and earthy palette. Soft citrus and water notes lift the opening before drying to a gentle geranium scent, anchored by the same cedar and warm wood base as the original juice. AUD$115 David Jones, USD$115 Sephora.
Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb: an aggressive explosion of scent, as befitting Viktor & Rolf’s signature of playful but demanding perfumes. Cinnamon and tobacco open the fragrance before paprika and saffron provide a warm middle, with a touch of sweet lime rounding out the base notes. It’s an interesting reversal of traditional perfume composition, and a welcome change from safer sporty men’s fragrances. AUD$125 David Jones, USD$85 Sephora.