In honor of the husband's birthday, I wanted to share a list of my favorite masculine fragrances. Not "best masculines for women", nor officially unisex ones; only fragrances that were created/promoted for men. In no particular order:
Guerlain Derby. Better in vintage form, but the current version is still miles ahead than most modern fragrances. Green, leathery, and oakmossy, Derby is all class.
Speaking of Guerlain, I have to add Arsene Lupin (formerly Arsene Luipn Dandy). An oriental leather, sleek, and elegant.
Terre d'Hermes (both EDT and Parfum). Vegetable, mineral and animal. Also very peppery and alert; modern in the best possible way.
Tauer Perfumes Incense Extreme. This is the cleanest and most austere incense perfume I know. Like stopping by woods on a snowy evening. Its opposite is Tauer's equally unforgettable Lonestar Memories. The prairie at high noon.
Mazzolari Lui is not very well-known beyond the most devoted fragonerds, but it should be. Some say it's all chest hair, but to me it's the million dollar patchouli.
Ormonde Jayne- Ormonde Man is the masculine version of the beloved Ormonde Woman. Can a man smell bewitching? If so, this is how.
Penhaglion Sartorial is a modern fougere, Duchaufour-style. It's formal and elegant, totally boardroom-worthy.
Tom Ford Private Blend Tuscan Leather. I'm cheating a little, because I don't think the Private Blend is marketed with gender in mind, but I suspect that when a man walks up to the counter, this will be one of the fragrances offered (especially now that Japon Noir and Bois Rouge have been discontinured).
Parfum d'Habit by MPG is another one that should be smelled far beyond our little crowd. Leather and vetiver in a perfect balance.
And last, I know I need to pick a vetiver, since it's such a favorite in our house. I waffled a bit, but I think the most beautiful of the one I know is Vetyver by Mona di Orio.