When it comes to looking and feeling your best, smelling great is essential, and is a surefire way to make a lasting impression on all the right people. If you’re looking to establish your own unique identity through scent or express a little of your own personality, then a good niche fragrance can go a long way, announcing your presence each time you enter a room in just the right manner and ensuring that you are remembered for it.
The mantra ‘less is more’ is especially important when it comes to applying your aftershave or cologne, and a dab or two is just enough – so whether you’re looking to seal a big business deal or win yourself a second date, take note, and pick your scent accordingly.
Niche scents have been on the increase in recent years, and many perfume houses now offer a wide range of fragrances created only from the finest (and mostly natural) ingredients. Often available in limited edition only or at specialist stores, you’ll still find something to suit every type of occasion; and there is no doubt that it’s money well spent, as each will make you feel like a million dollars in just a spritz or two.
With such a plethora of quality and long-lasting men’s aftershave scents to choose from, selecting your signature scent can feel tricky, and you might feel as if you need to invest in an entire collection to suit each day and mood. But the right signature scent can be worn year-round, and this selection will never let you down.
Meet the house of Creed
Creed has long been a highly-respected brand in the men’s fragrance world, and is a name that has become synonymous with luxury. Its opulent, high-end aftershaves combine some of the rarest and finest ingredients available, so it’s little wonder they have become such a firm favourite amongst royals and celebrities alike.
Whether you’re a niche beginner or a seasoned pro, a Creed scent is guaranteed to add a touch of pure luxury to your fragrance collection.
Top pick: Creed Millesime Imperial Unisex
The fruity opening of the Creed Millesime Imperial will immediately transport you to the sun-soaked shores of the seaside, its fresh and uplifting scent reminiscent of those long summer days gone by.
With an intoxicatingly zesty heart and a salty seaside aroma, this lavish fragrance has a certain sweetness about it that underlines its appeal. Its musky and woody notes will linger on your skin, as well as on the mind of the passers-by, so if you’re looking to impress someone in particular then look no further.
Creed Millesime Imperial is a great versatile scent which can be worn all year long, and will readily adapt to any situation, which is why it has won itself the top spot on our list.
Explore the Xerjoff universe
The exceptional and highly-respected Xerjoff perfume house was launched in Italy in 2003, headed up by Sergio Momo. Its world of haute perfumery is a place where, they say, ‘perceptions and sensations meet pure luxury’, and here you’ll find only the finest ingredients and most exquisite packaging money can buy.
Top pick: Xerjoff Shooting Stars Oroville for Men
If you are looking for a scent that will work for all seasons, opt for a fragrance comprising a fresh-smelling start followed by a long-lasting drydown made of mysterious ingredients, such as musk and woody aromas, that will linger on your clothing for a long time. Xerjoff Shooting Stars Oroville is one such fragrance, and is an alluring choice thanks to soothing notes of chamomile and clary sage combined with zesty orange notes right in the opening. Followed up by heady neroli and tobacco to add a sensual masculine vibe, its aromatic base comprises sweet vanilla, warm amber and sandalwood for maximum intrigue and impact.
Escape to The Orient with Amouage
Amouage fragrances, with their artistic feel and oriental aromas, are certain to enthuse any luxury perfume lover. The House of Amouage was founded in 1983 in Oman at the request of the Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, and its headquarters are currently based in London. Amouage’s niche fragrances are composed mostly of rare exotic ingredients and embody a beautiful harmony between the oriental strength of Arabian scents and the modern idea of richness.
Top pick: Amouage Fate for Men
Introduce the Amouage Fate to your perfume collection and prepare to be amazed – because this is an aftershave that doesn’t do things by halves. Its intense opening brings a powerful contrast between sensual saffron and sweet tangerine, continuing with a heart filled with roses and finished by exotic sandalwood, mysterious liquorice and manly musk. It is said that pure passion, emotion and endless inspiration are captured in this fragrance bottle, and it’s up to you to let it out – just a small dab will go a long way, and can soon become the signature scent you’ve been on the hunt for if you let it.
When it comes to men’s fragrances, the right choice can have a powerful impact – and by choosing a lesser-known niche scent, you can establish a unique identity that will readily set you apart from the crowd. Expensive and luxurious, these three choices will never let you down – the only challenge that remains is choosing just one.