Wondering what to give your boyfriend or husband for Valentine’s Day?
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When you smell good you feel good, and when you feel good you can do just about anything. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we’ve selected some of the top-rated scents out there for the hunk in your life.
Oud Immortel is created around Oud, a certain type of wood that because of its use in traditional incense and perfume has gained great cultural significance and has gotten its existence recorded in one of the world’s oldest written texts – The sanskirt vedas from India. When the once light heartwood from the Aquilaria tree becomes infected with a specific type of mold, it defends itself by saturating its core with a dark, highly fragrant, resin. This dark wood, Oud or Agarwood holds a complex fragrance, resembling few or no other natural ingredients.
Oud Immortel is a woody fragrance where patchouli and papyrus are blended to bring smokiness. The tobacco leave and moss add depth and complexity while the incense and rosewood bring an elegant, ambery sillage.
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A woody, aromatic fragrance for the man who defies convention. The profoundly sensual Eau de Parfum, infused with crisp citrus notes, offers an intense concentration of the fresh, clean and vibrant fragrance. Unexpected and undeniably bold.
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Eros interprets the sublime masculine through a luminous aura with an intense, vibrant, and glowing combination of fresh mint leaves, Italian lemon zest, and green apple. An addictive sensuality accented by oriental, intriguing, and enveloping notes like tonka beans, amrboxan amber, geranium flower, and vanilla melds with a racy virility symbolized by woods—such as cedarwood from Atlas and Virginia—while vetiver and oak moss provide intensity and power.
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For every Casanova, here is an eau de parfum inviting intense pleasure, an amber fern mixing fine wooded tunes and touches of lemony freshness, sublimed by the elegance of lavender. Warmed with heady spices and colored by sweet fruits. A trio of citrus top notes (and a hint of licorice) complement vanilla, lavender, amber, and sandalwood. It’s smart, but not intimidating. It’s romantic, but not too.
Five years after the launch of Allure Homme, Chanel presented Allure Homme Sport, which came as a fresher and sharper fragrance. The crystal clear beginning introduces notes of water and aldehydes. It is followed by the woodsy and spicy character of the fragrance, which thanks to luminous vetiver is not oriental heavy, but light and translucent. The base is composed of sensual white musk, tonka beans and amber.
A masculine color representing a powerful and fresh aquatic coolness of the Blue Edition. This fragrance elicits the classic aquatic aromatic freshness with a unique use of Peppermint and Water fruits. Smooth and aromatic with the use of sage, rather than lavendar built around a classic fougere base. The watery fruit and grapefruit top notes work together with sage, orange flower, patchouli, and oakmoss for an uplifting, expansive result.
Sauvage is a radically fresh composition that is raw and noble all at once. Natural ingredients prevail as radiant top notes burst with the juicy freshness of Reggio di Calabria bergamot. Ambroxan, derived from precious ambergris, unleashes a powerfully woody trail.
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This private blend captures the calm idyll of the whitewashed villas dotting the cliffside of Amalfi. Citrus Fruits waft their aroma with a tonic-like effect, and evening comes on with a warm breeze of night-blooming flowers; the air is scented with Mint, Theme, and Wildflowers. Features notes of tarragon, grapefruit, basil, orange blossom, vetiver, and amber.