With a flurry of new men’s fragrances released each and every year, one of the simplest enjoyments in life has got to be updating your collection. From Gucci to Prada, Tom Ford to Creed, the choices are endless, making it possible to sport a different scent for every day of the week.
Despite the lure of new temptations though, there’s a lot to be said for a signature scent, and many of us have held onto a firm favourite over the years gone by, reluctant to let it go. The good news is that in the fragrance world, there is many a men’s scent that has successfully stood the test of time, and some of the classic and most iconic aftershaves, such as the legendary and all-time favourite Tom Ford perfume, Tom Ford for Men, still very much have a place in your 2020 collection.
Of course, not all men’s fragrances manage to nail longevity, with some deserving to be left well in the past. So, if you’re wondering which you should keep and which you should swap out for newer offerings, we’ve rounded up four of the best classic men’s fragrances that have stood the test of time.
Green Irish Tweed by Creed
This brand has released a range of memorable scents over the years, but no Creed aftershave has become quite as iconic as Green Irish Tweed. A classic Fougere fragrance, it was created by sixth-generation master perfumer Olivier Creed for a client in the film industry. Years later, it was finally offered to the public, and has since become one of the signature scents of the house of Creed. The blend of sandalwood, ambergris, violet leaves, verbena and iris is described as a “walk through the Irish countrywide,” and we couldn’t agree more. This is one classic you shouldn’t let go, so keep hold of it for 2020 and beyond.
Eau Savage by Christian Dior
Making waves in the fragrance world at the time of its release in 1966, Dior’s Eau Sauvage is now one of the great classics for men – and one spritz of this heady offering is enough to see why. Exquisitely refined in a way that many contemporary fragrances simply aren’t, fresh notes of lemon and rosemary combine with spicy lavender and a woody base to create a masculine scent it is hard not to love. This is one fragrance that is here to stay for the long-haul.
Armani Eau Pour Homme by Giorgio Armani
Created by Roger Pellegrino, Giorgio Armani’s Eau Pour Homme is still regarded as a classic – and rightly so. Its fresh, citrus scent give it a tempting edge, with top notes of Sicilian mandarin, Californian green lemon, bergamot and petit grain. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find jasmine, lavender and a combination of heady spices at its heart, with base notes of sandalwood, cedar, vetiver, oakmoss and patchouli rounding things off. Let’s face it, Giorgio Armani can do no wrong in the world of fragrance – and suffice it to say that Eau Pour Homme represents some of his finest work.
Colonia by Aqua di Parma
The first men’s fragrance released by Aqua di Parma following its inception back in 1916, Colonia has undoubtedly stood the test of time, and is still a favourite amongst men the world over today.
A light and refreshing offering that provided a departure from the stronger, heavier compositions that were popular at the time, it’s little wonder that it made its mark, and in the 1930s it became a popular choice amongst the rich and famous, having remained in the upper ranks of favour ever since.
Although Acqua di Parma has expanded its product range over the years, nothing has ever come close to Colonia. If you’ve never tried it, then hop to it, because this is a fragrance that commands true respect.
Although fragrances are very much a question of personal taste, there is a reason why these four have become beloved far and wide. Remaining favourites within the affluent, high net market as we head into 2020, they show no signs of fading into the history books any time soon, so invest in them now to future proof your fragrance collection for the foreseeable.