10 classical fragrances that will never go out of style

When it comes to finding a signature fragrance we always think it’s best to stick to the classics

Our sense of smell is one of the most powerful we have at our disposal. While we might not be able to tell which way a fox went like a Bloodhound, the close link between scent and memory means our emotions towards something are heavily linked to how we perceive its smell.

That’s why choosing the right fragrance is key. You don’t need us to tell you you’re probably far more likely to be successful in everyday life if you’re carrying scents of bergamot and chamomile than burgers and chips.

To ensure you know exactly what to reach for, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most classic and long- lasting perfumes, eau de toilettes and colognes from some of the oldest perfumers.

Floris No. 89

10 classical fragrances that will never go out of style

Introduced in 1951, the notes of bergamot, lavender and neroli are clearly a favourite with many gents – even the likes of Ian Fleming was known to be a fan. Floris has been in the same family now since its inception in 1730. That’s a lot of generations of well-trained noses perfecting perfumes.

Czech & Speake No. 88

10 classical fragrances that will never go out of style

The small, London-based brand has caused ripples around the world with their grooming products. No. 88 is one of their latest additions but has been labelled an instant classic, with its notes of sandalwood and geranium proving a big hit globally.

10 classical fragrances that will never go out of style

Czech & Speake No. 88

£125

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Creed Aventus

10 classical fragrances that will never go out of style

Another fragrance house passed down the generations for hundreds of years, Creed was founded in 1760 and is now in the hands of the two latest generations of Creed men. The Aventus was introduced in 2010 to celebrate the brand’s 250th anniversary and was instantly praised as being one of its greatest to ever make it to bottle.

Acqua di Parma Colonia

10 classical fragrances that will never go out of style

Crafted from the zestiest of Italian citrus ingredients this is, simply put, the smell of Sicily bottled. This transportation trick is something that Acqua di Parma have become masters in since Carlo Magnani invented Colonia, the brand’s first fragrance. A couple of spritzes of this historic scent and you’ll be whisked away to the coastal orange groves.

10 classical fragrances that will never go out of style

Acqua di Parma Colonia

£97

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Tom Ford Oud Wood

10 classical fragrances that will never go out of style

Rare. Exotic. Distinctive. That’s how Tom Ford describes this intense, incense-inspired perfume. It has an aroma that will be familiar to any Bhutan monk, as it fills their temples while burning on thin sticks in every corner. If you’re looking for a fragrance that will help you stand out from the crowd, this is the one for you.

Clive Christian No. 1

10 classical fragrances that will never go out of style

If you didn’t know, Clive Christian are the perfumers who were granted the rights by Queen Victoria to use the likeness of her crown. These royal alchemists gathered the rarest and most expensive ingredients in the world and combined them in a way that created a scent that more than lives up to its name.

10 classical fragrances that will never go out of style

Clive Christian No. 1

£295

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Penhaligon’s Blenheim

10 classical fragrances that will never go out of style

Originally created for the Duke of Marlborough, this is an eau de toilette that has been specifically made for the English gentleman. Penhaligon’s like to say this is dry like an English man’s humour and aromatic like the best gin. We see this fragrance as channeling everything Penhaligon’s has stood for over the past 147 years.

10 classical fragrances that will never go out of style

Penhaligon’s Blenheim

£75

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Bleu de Chanel

10 classical fragrances that will never go out of style

Chanel call this intensely woody fragrance a tribute to masculine freedom – not for a timid beta male, but for a man who isn’t afraid to get his own way and choose his own destiny. Whether this fragrance can bestow these powers on those who spray it has yet to be proven, however.

Issey Miyake L’eau Majeure D’Issey

10 classical fragrances that will never go out of style

Taking its inspiration from the power and motion of water, this is a scent that is overflowing with freshness and salted wood. Produced by the Miyake Design Studio and with the same principals that Issey Miyake puts into their clothing range, it is a finely crafted perfume that is certain to last for years to come.

10 classical fragrances that will never go out of style

Issey Miyake L’eau Majeure D’Issey

£63

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Dior Sauvage

10 classical fragrances that will never go out of style

Sauvage is far more than just “that Johnny Depp advert.” This powerful and mysterious fragrance, where the freshness of citrus entwines with smoky, woody tones, perfectly captures the “magic hour” that inspired it – that of twilight in the desert, when the hot air from the landscape meets the cool of night.

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