5 Classic Men's Fragrances

Five classic fragrances for men, critically acclaimed by customers and grooming editors alike. 

1. L'Air du Desert Marocain by Tauer Perfumes

Fragrance Family: Woody Oriental 

A list of cult classics wouldn't be complete without Andy Tauer's L'Air du Désert Marocain. An absolutely mesmerising fragrance with a lavish yet sensible balance of spice, woods, and resins.

Tauer achieves a luminous and shimmering quality to his work, like smelling a fragrance from a distance and just out of reach. Praised by fragrance bloggers and even the renowned 'perfume pope', Luca Turin, the unique scent is almost reminiscent of Chanel's eternal No. 5.

Truly, this fragrance is exoticism on the skin and rightfully deserves its title as a cult classic.

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2. Sartorial by Penhaligon's

Fragrance Family: Fougère

Nostalgic is a term that comes to mind when thinking of Penhaligon's Sartorial.

A highly imaginative reconstruction of the classic fougere perfume, the notes of lavender, amber, and tonka bean make it a perfect addition any idealised tailor's workroom.

The scent of thread through beeswax, the hot metallic burr of steam irons, and a puff of chalk dust are all present. Sartorial indulges our childhood fascination for masculine shaving preparations and the traditional values of fine tailoring and the even finer manners of a gentleman.

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3. Jubilation XXV by Amouage

Fragrance Family: Woody Oriental 

Jubilation is the result of two excellent things: intersecting cultures, where the opulence of the Middle East meets classical French sensibilities; and an absolutely unlimited budget towards fragrant materials.

Opulent but not gluttonous, Jubilation XXV is richly oriental, loaded with generous lashings of balsamic resins and spices, balanced with silver frankincense (the best you can get), then cut effortlessly with a counterpoint of tart blackberry and sweet honey, resting on a base of firm woods. Rumoured that bottles of this scent are gifted by the Sultan of Oman, Jubilation XXV is quite literally fit for a king, or at least those that are kings at heart.

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4. Colonia by Acqua di Parma

Fragrance Family: Citrus

From small factory beginnings in Parma to a prestigious status as a 100-year-old classic cologne, Colonia bursts with a vibrant Italian energy full of vim and vigour.

With sharp citruses and a cooling rush of aromatic herbs, this fragrance is like Mediterranean sunshine, but in a bottle. At its depths, Colonia has reverberations of classical lavender and musks to give base and a nuzzle-worthy warmth. A life-giving tonic that cools the body and warms the soul.

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5. Black Afgano by Nasomatto

Fragrance Family: Woody Oriental 

A fragrance of intense gravity, Nasomatto's perfumer Alessandro Gualtieri undertakes a heavy-handed maximalist approach in his quest to capture the narcotic effects of hashish.

Gualtieri achieves a style of organised chaos, captured through large brush strokes to enhance the mesmerising idea of hashish through additions of coffee, tobacco, and precious oud wood. Yet, at the very centre of this fragrance lies a moment of calm and mellow serenity—an assurance of classical, well-groomed masculinity.

Black Afgano is notorious for pushing convention to the edge, favouring raw and brutish rather than cerebral. Truly, Nasomatto plays no games and is a favourite amongst men with a daring streak.

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