Valentine's Day Guide to Men's Fragrances

With Valentine's around the corner, it's time to start thinking about gifts (unless you're Ben and I in which case we're just shelling out for a posh meal somewhere - go foodies!) for your other half. In the past 4 years I've noticed that Ben has been on a cycle of the same perfumes (with a small interval of JOOP! in our first year at uni), so I thought I'd get him to order his favourites and let you guys know - perhaps narrow the spectrum if you will, of the male perfumes we fail to sniff when we're too busy with our Burberrys, MJs and Muglers.. oops.

5. Bvlgari Aqva for Men
The first perfume I ever got him, I'm quite disappointed it's only ranked 5th! I joke. For me, this is both marine fresh and sophisticated, and I think it has a clean edge to it without being zesty or like cleaning products. A perfect choice for the younger professional men, but appropriate for any situation for any one. Ben concurs.

4. Ralph Lauren The Big Pony Collection 3
Definitely the most casual scent out of Ben's lot, this maintains a sporty edge to an otherwise quite classy scent. Ben says he wears it more for social occasions than work which I can whole-heartedly agree as the right choice. Appropriate for anyone up to their 40's in my opinion!

3. Paco Rabanne Black XS
The Black XS has, in comparison to the rest, more of a muskier tone. It's quite manly, buff and edgy and more suited for the 'lads' - or rather, younger men in their 20's and early 30's in my opinion. Ben wears it for all occasions, but I personally would class it as a night time scent!

2. Chanel Bleu de Chanel
This is my second favourite of the lot after Bvlgari, but one of the priciest! This is a classy man-smell at its best, and while I would still say it's in the fresh category, it's much more nuanced - it has a delicate edge because of its citrusy notes, and a deepness from the woody tones it leave behind. I'd say it's appropriate for most ages! 

1. Acqua di Parma Colonia

Ben's most recent acquisition (from yours truly!), the Acqua di Parma Colonia is top notch sophistication - it has a very soapy base scent, with hints of bergamot and other herby tones. This is one for any man who wants to be seen as composed and mature, and is truly indiscriminate as to age!

So there you have it - Ben's top 5 fragrances! I know some people think gifting perfumes can be a bit generic, but I think it can also be extremely personal if there's a reason you choose that particular scent! If any of these sound like your guy's cuppa tea, Ben can highly recommend them - and so can I! After all, you'll end up smelling it quite a lot yourself ;) My personal favourite though? Bvlgari ;)

What scent does your other half usually use?
What's your favourite men's scent?


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  1. I like your picks I was thinking about cologne too

  2. Some great picks!


  3. Great work!I am glad to catch idea from your article. It has information I have been searching for a long time.


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