MANTIPS: DAY & NIGHT FRAGRANCES
In my humble opinion, there are three things a woman first notices about a man – his style, his watch, and his smell. A man’s scent will keep you memorable in the eyes of a lady; therefore, it’s important that you’re not only easy on the eyes, but also on the nostrils. That’s why I’ve spotlighted a few of my daytime and nighttime fall/winter favorites below.
1. PENHALIGON'S QUERCUS
Penhaligon's Quercus is a light musk perfect for daytime wear. Its burst of citrus and basil, supported by notes of jasmine make it a fresh smell that lingers nicely behind. Noted an elegant yet strong and uplifting cologne, it's an easy got-to for me during the transition of summer/fall days.
2. SANTAL 33 by LE LABO
When walking into a room, you want to set a tone that is not too hard, and not too strong. That’s one of the reasons I also like Le Labo’s Santal 33. Straight from their site, the description depicts the iconic Marlboro ads with a man and his horse, saying “Every man wanted to be him and every woman wanted to have him"… from this is born a perfume that introduces our use of cardamom, iris, violet, ambrox which crackle in the formula and bring to this smoking wood allow some spicy, leathery, mucky notes, giving this perfume its unisex signature and addictive comfort. It’s the perfect balance of both day and night making it an easy choice to carry around a tiny oil roller with me when I travel.
3. TOM FORD OUD WOOD
A woody and harsher scent that is still light on the nose and not quite ready for all-out winter is Tom Ford’s Oud Wood. It’s an exotic and distinctive smell made from one of the most rare and expensive ingredients in a perfumer’s arsenal – oud wood. A provocative smell that is equally tame as it is powerful. There’s an indescribable familiarity about this scent, one that everyone will recognize when you wear it.
4. XERJOFF'S UDEN
Lastly in my arsenal of go-to scents is the spicy and aromatic Xerjoff’s Uden. This one is an intensely intriguing smell, a woodsy one that goes perfect on any night out. When out with the gents or out with the lady, a dab on your chest will do you well. Men and women alike will be left wondering, “What’s that smell?” Thanks to my brother Khaled Nasr (@sartoriomerta) "The King of Fragrances" for putting me on.