Not all expensive fragrances are good and not all cheap fragrances are bad. Expenditure doesn’t always guarantee quality, or taste. It’s perfectly reasonable to pick up a signature scent without crippling your monthly budget. These are the standouts at the cost of a reasonable meal out. And no, none of them are 30ml travel size bottles…
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
A fresh interpretation of the classic fragrance, this eau de toilette was released in 2014. The citrus woody fragrance is a cool scent to wear day-to-day thanks to top notes of basil, grapefruit and loom. Base notes of vetiver and oakmoss lend to both a heightened freshness that retains a woody foundation.
Woody and aromatic, unexpected elements such as violet leaf and cinnamon at the heart combine flawlessly with fresher opening notes of grapefruit and cardamon. The deep base is of precious woods, which ultimately makes this an elegant fragrance that’s versatile enough to carry you through the evening as it is after the gym.
Ralph Lauren Polo Red
Strong, spicy and masculine – it’s described as ferocious and energising by the perfumers and carry all the marks of the hue from which it takes its name. Invigorating with notes of red grapefruit, saffron and cranberry, whilst lavandin, red sage and red wood – yes it’s all very red – and coffee beans bring the aforementioned strength and spice. Perfect for any venue, time or season.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
The ultimate summer fragrance and an iconic one at that. Sensual and seductive, it’s exotic but far from overwhelming. A base of incense, oakmoss and muskwood are layered expertly with lighter Sicilian mandarin, bergamot, grapefruit and juniper for a truly memorable fragrance that matches the reputation.
Kiehl’s Original Musk
Unisex fragrances can often get a bad rep, but in reality they can be some of the best around, if you can sniff out one that suits. Based on a unique blend of Kiehl’s Original Musk Oil essence, the floral woody scent opens with a freshness, carried by bergamot nectar, orange blossom and a slight hint of rose, ylang ylang and neroli. Tonka bean, white patchouli and musk create a warm finish on a distinguished but modern scent.