Clothes might maketh a man, but a great cologne is what gives that finishing touch of class and suavity, guaranteed to make everyone take notice, even in the most crowded of rooms. By Satyaki Sarkar
1. Creed Green Irish Tweed
If the words ageless and timeless were to be given form, a bottle of Creed’s GIT, as it’s commonly called, is probably what the outcome would be. Ever since it was introduced back in 1985, this effortlessly elegant cologne has found loyal patrons in some of the biggest names in Hollywood, from Clint Eastwood, to Pierce Brosnan, to George Clooney. As refreshing as it is invigorating, this fragrance from the house of Creed makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a quaint countryside, with a field of dew-kissed grass under your feet and a cool breeze blowing through your hair. Exuding the confidence and vibrance of a proper gentleman, it is still quite versatile, as you can wear it for a casual as well as formal attire, without seeming out of place. It’s top notes are of iris and lemon verbena, middle notes of violet leaves, and base notes of ambergris and Mysore sandalwood.
Price: Rs 28,199 (4 oz)
2. Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L’homme
Another absolute must have in any man’s closet, the YSL La nuit, launched in 2009, is an immensely popular cologne that is renowned for being irresistibly mysterious and explosive, yet, not overpoweringly sweet. This soft, smooth, and sweet cologne is immensely attractive to women, and is sure to get you their attention the moment you walk by. It denotes strength, elegance, and opulence, with a sensual touch. The top notes of Cardamom, and the middle notes of Bergamot and Lavender create a fragrance that is as amazing as it is understatedly masculine. With a high longevity of at least 8 hours, this is the perfect cologne for a romantic candlelight dinner, a night out, or a fall, winter, or spring date.
Price: Rs 13,299 (6.7 oz)
3. Bleu De Chanel
The hint of a woody aroma, owing to its exotic ingredients, makes this one of the best colognes in the world. Subtle, yet seductive, this has been highly popular among young men since it was launched in 2010. With spicy notes of a host of ingredients like labdanum, nutmeg, ginger, sandalwood, patchouli, mint, jasmine, grapefruit, citruses, vetiver, incense, cedar and pink pepper, the Bleu De Chanel has a high longevity as well. It has an incredible ability of pulling people towards you without them being aware of it. Perfect for casual as well as formal dos, this fragrance works its way into people the way you would, with charm and quiet finesse.
Price: Rs 8,920 (100 ml)
4. Gucci Guilty Black
Faithful and dependable as it has always been, one knows that when it’s Gucci, it’s bound to be something majestic and special. The Guilty Black is no exception either, as it portrays the free, rebellious spirit of a man who is a risk taker, and loves living on the edge. This special edition cologne is perfect all year round, and was launched in 2010 as a sequel and partner to the immensely popular female edition of Gucci Guilty. As mysterious as it is addictive and provocative, Gucci claims that this cologne will drive one to “Indulge into your deepest Desires”, and we definitely can’t help but agree. While its top notes of green coriander and lavender ooze brazen, unbridled passion, the middle motifs celebrate a firmly confident essence of masculinity through ingredients like the Aphrodisiac orange flower, fused with neroli. The base notes, in signature Gucci style, blends patchouli with an alluring cedarwood.
Price: Rs 5,499.00 (1.6 oz)
5. Versace Eros
Named after the Greek God of Love possessing the power to make people fall in love, this cologne is crafted to portray unrestrained passion and desire. Launched in 2013, the color of the bottle is a beautiful shade of turquoise, known as the color of the gods, denoting masculinity and amorousity. The notes consist of a vibrant combination of fresh mint leaves, green apple, and Italian lemon zest, along with oriental undertones of tonka beans, ambroxan amber, geranium, and vanilla, partnered with cedarwood, vetiver, and oak moss. The ultimate combination of raw intensity and power, with passion and sensuality, a bottle of Eros is symbolic of the modern man, strong, passionate and confident.
Price: Rs 4,650 (100 ml)