Fall 2017 Men’s Fragrances

For most, autumn is a time for staying close to home and hearth. In days past, we would harvest crops, make repairs to the home, and prepare to hunker down for the winter. These days, with increased disposable income and newfound wanderlust, autumn has become the nouveau season of jet setting for those with wanderlust and very deep pockets. The constant flood of Instagram posts from exotic lands tempts us to pack a bag and head off on a new excursion.

Discount airlines and inexpensive lodging options have made it much easier to pick up and take off. And if you’re like 54% of Americans, you haven’t used your vacation days, so you’re due for a break. So we say go on! Take a chance! Shut down your work computer and take one last jaunt before deep winter hits.

Unfortunately, an end of the year trip is not feasible for some of us. But we can dream, can’t we? We can use all kinds of ways to trick our minds into feeling like we’re abroad. We listen to foreign DJs; we join Facebook travel groups, and we eat at the international restaurants around town. But have you tried tricking your nose? Don’t turn your nose up at the idea (pun intended), but fragrances can help transport you to those distant and exotic locales you’ve been dreaming of.

Let Fashion Reverie be your olfactory tour guide. We’ve compiled a list of colognes/fragrances that will make you feel like you’ve added a few more stamps to your passport.Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense Pour Homme: Oia hillside in Santorini, Greece

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense Pour Homme is like having a late breakfast in the Mediterranean. Everything about this cologne says ‘Santorini’ —from the light blue color of the cologne mimicking the sea, to the frosted glass bottle and blue cap that resemble buildings along the Oia hillside. From the first spray, you immediately notice the refreshing scent of citrus that gives way to an underlying crisp saltiness. As the fragrance evolves on your skin, you realize the underlying amber wood and musk notes that round out this light and aquatic scent. Light Blue Eau Intense will make feel you were born for a life sailing the Aegean.

 Head notes: mandarin and frozen grapefruit

Heart notes: juniper

Base notes: amber wood, muskIssey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme Eau de toilette Fraîche: Cabaret in Paris, France

L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme Eau de toilette Fraîche seductively invites you to a private Parisian cabaret. Things that don’t exist in reality become possible in the world of Issey Miyake, and in the French cabaret. The cabaret can enchant, intoxicate, and transform you all in one night—and this eau de toilette comes along for the ride. You begin your night innocent and energetic, exemplified by the grapefruit and cardamom top notes. The middle notes of sage and lavender unfold while your sensuality ramps up as the burlesque dancers enthrall with their risqué routines throughout the evening. As the sultry night reaches its climax and turns to day, the bottom notes of white patchouli and vetiver reveal themselves as they bring you down from your high and mask the indiscretions of the night before. Now you have an idea why so many Parisians smoke cigarettes.

 Head notes: ruby grapefruit, cardamom

Heart notes: sage, lavender

Base notes: white patchouli, vetiver UOMO Salvatore Ferragamo Casual Life: Island hopping across Venice

Wearing UOMO Salvatore Ferragamo Casual Life is like an excursion through Venice. To fully enjoy the Floating City, start early in the morning and head to the San Polo district. Here, you will find the centuries old Rialto Market where local Venetians do their daily shopping. The smell of fresh produce and spices will link you to the colognes top notes of lemon and cardamom. After your morning shopping, take the vaporetto (waterbus) to Burano, a group of islands internationally known for their lace work and brightly colored homes. You can tour the local shops and stop for an espresso at an outdoor café (which harkens the coffee and geranium heart notes of this scent). As the day turns to evening, you can take another vaporetto to Lido Island, home of the Venice Film Festival. There, you can walk along the world famous beach, and then have dinner along Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta. The island residents are warm and friendly, but the musk and woody bottom notes of the cologne can only help attract them to you even more.

 Head notes: violet leaves, lemon, cardamom

Heart notes: coffee, geranium, ambrox

Base notes: cashmere wood, white cedarwood, white musk

                                                             All images courtesy Shiseido

for him bleu noir by Narciso Rodriguez: An overnight safari in Kenyafor him bleu noir is an aromatic and alluring scent stylized to evoke the range of shades of black that capture the depth of the sky. This fragrance, in all of its dark power, is as wondrous as a clear Kenyan night. The aromatic top notes of cardamom and nutmeg awaken you and heighten your senses like the roar of a nearby lion in the twilight. The musc heart note continues to draw out your midnight animalistic instinct, like the moonlight reflecting in the eyes of a hyena lurking in the bushes. However, the woody base notes ground you and help you further commune with nature, like in the peaceful quietude before sunrise. This cologne is the essence of the manliness needed to survive and conquer the African wild—it is masculine, confident, and sensual.

 Head notes: cardamom, nutmeg

Heart notes: musc

Base notes: blue Atlas cedar, black ebony wood

—Carl Ayers


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