There’s nothing like Valentine’s Day to make you feel it’s your solemn duty as a fumehead to be even more deliciously fragrant than usual. Although not everyone agrees that perfume is a good thing.
I got a grumpy tweet the other day from a fellow who declared, “I don’t like perfume on anyone. What’s wrong with soap and water for the lads and a light smell of strawberries for the ladies?”
Two things immediately come to mind, here. Firstly, where does he think this “light smell of strawberries for the ladies” is supposed to come from, if not perfume? A generous application of Summer’s Eve?
Secondly, “strawberries”, light or not, is a very specific smell, and one not normally emanating from ladies’ skin, unless they’re teenagers. Or strippers. Or teenage strippers.
Anyway, I refuse to let “Mr. Natural” rain on my perfume parade. Especially when there are Valentine’s perfumes to be considered and shopped for. I’ve assembled a list of 10 mainstream fragrances to cover a range of romantic moods, from snuggly to sensual to out and out showboating:
Robert Piguet Fracas
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
Marc Jacobs Lola
Prada L'Eau Ambrée
Prada Amber Pour Homme
Yves Saint Laurent Body Kouros
Annick Goutal Les Nuits d'Hadrien
Fumeheads, I’m interested to hear what your tried-and-true “business time” fragrances are. And please don't tell me “Summer’s Eve”.
To find out more about each fragrance, including the official ingredients list, click on its name.