Autumn might just be our favourite season over at Gentleman’s Journal. The falling leaves bring with them weekend country escapes, the chance to dig out our favourite cashmere jumpers, and glorious crisp, bright weather. But the change in temperature also calls for an update of our grooming routine. So, as well as taking care of your wider grooming routine as the cold snap kicks in, we’re also on hand to ensure that your scent game remains up to scratch through the shifting seasons.
So it’s out with the light and the floral, and in with those woodier, muskier fragrances. Just make sure you don’t over-spray, since these powerful new season bottles all pack a punch.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Homme
When Marc Chaya and Francis Kurkdjian met after a Jean Paul Gaultier fashion show back in 2003, they could never have foreseen the sweet-smelling future that awaited them. Kurkdjian, the seriously renowned nose who has has created blockbuster bottles for brands including Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior and Burberry, launched the eponymous brand together with Chaya in 2009.
Since that time, MFK has continued to create fragrances that embody sophistication, elegance, freedom and boldness — each inspired by the rich history and culture of Paris. The Amyris Homme Extrait De Parfum is one of our favourites from the house, and its rich, warming scent makes it perfect for an autumnal fragrance update. Combining amyris from Jamaica and iris from Florence, the fragrance is heightened by the richness of Tonka bean from Brazil and the warmth of spicy vanilla.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Amyris Homme
K by Dolce&Gabbana
This new release from Dolce & Gabbana draws its inspiration (and name) from the myriad ways in which a man can feel a king in his everyday life. The Italian fashion powerhouse, which has been crafting truly iconic fragrances for decades, has opted to celebrate the man who feels he can confidently follow his own path, and who cherishes his loved ones above all else.
The fragrance itself opens with zesty citrus notes of sparkling blood orange and pressed Sicilian lemon, which are warmed by amber accents of clary sage. In an autumnal twist, the scent then unfolds to a base of warm woods, cedar-wood and the sweet spiciness of patchouli.
K by Dolce&Gabbana
Floris Vert Fougère
We know, we’ve already waxed lyrical about this latest release from Floris, but the heritage house truly has managed to capture the essence of autumn in its latest scent, Vert Fougère. Taking its name from the remarkable herbaceous family of fougère fragrance, Floris hopes the scent will champion the individual expression of each of the fragrance’s wearers.
A moody scent, Vert Fougère embraces its green, mossy foundations and adds a sparkling modernity. A bittersweet blend of grapefruit, bergamot and neroli entwine with ginger and lavender for added freshness while earthy patchouli, cedarwood and smooth cashmere in the base ensure that you’ll only need one spritz to last you all day.
Floris Vert Fougère Eau De Parfum
Acqua di Parma Yuzu
Acqua di Parma has been synonymous with the art of perfume for over a century, representing the artisanal process of selecting the finest ingredients and distilling them with masterly skill. Now, it has unveiled its latest collection, Signatures of the Sun — a selection of intense, vigorous and lively fragrances where precious essences meet the signature citrus notes that Acqua di Parma has become famous for.
Every fragrance in this seriously impressive collection promises to bring a dash of autumn sunlight to your bathroom cabinet, but we have to give a special mention to the Yuzu scent. If you, like us, aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to the sunshine just yet, this sparkling, energising fragrance enhances the essence of precious oriental fruit and promises to put a citrusy spring in your step.
Acqua di Parma, Yuzu
Le Labo Santal 33
Every element of Le Labo’s perfumes are carefully processed by specialists, from the scientists in the labs to the people who pick the flowers. This signature ‘Santal 33’ scent is inspired by the image of a lone cowboy and the spirit of the American West – and one spritz alone is enough to evoke the smoky aroma of an open fire.
Soft undertones of cardamom, sandalwood, and leather unfurl into floral iris and violet for a comforting boost. This might be the single most autumnal fragrance to make our list.
Le Labo Santal 33
Laboratory Perfumes Amber
Laboratory Perfumes is no ordinary fragrance house. Since its creation in London in 2011, it has pursued the qualities that make up timelessly wearable scents, that both men and women love. At a time when many perfumes lean towards something overly complicated, fussy and exclusionary, Laboratory Perfumes is an unconventional breath of fresh air.
Amber, the house’s very first fragrance, is a multilayered and long-lasting scent intended to evoke Britain’s country and coast. Featuring dynamic bursts of grassiness and greenery, the fragrance subtly matures into rich spice as the day continues. Closing notes of warm, earthy wood and balmy ambergris bring a more subdued, reflective tone to the fragrance as evening draws in — it’s almost as though it has been designed for these shifting seasons.
Laboratory Perfumes, Amber
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