Mmm... something smells good at the Time Out offices. Why, it’s our men!
1 6 L’Amoureux by D&G The package: Understated and plain. D&G doesn’t need gimmicks to sell its brand – it’s D&G, and that’s enough. The smell: Like a freshly mown lawn. Crisp and no-nonsense. Best for: Mr. Practicality. He likes his space clean, his nails filed and buffed and his bills paid well before the due date. Dhs229 for 50ml
2 Boss Collector’s Edition by Hugo Boss The package: Sleek, shiny and silver, like a bullet. The smell: Sharp and citrusy with a lingering note that’s a bit sickly. Best for: Wannabe players and aspiring men of mystery. For the man that wears his hair slicked back and dresses better than his girlfriend. Dhs237 for 50ml
3 Challenge by Lacoste The package: Preppy chic. We like the chunky rectangular shape, and the single Lacoste alligator gracing the front gives it a sporty edge. The smell: Musky and saccharine, with medicinal hints. Best for: The refined older gentlemen (and by older we mean 70s). It’s not a fragrance for the young or young at heart. Dhs172 for 50ml
4 51.3N by Dunhill The package: Simple, but far from boring. Various flourishes (a grooved cap and sleek sans-serif font) give the bottle a slightly feminine touch. The smell: Like a sweet melon. For a man’s scent, it has a lot of fruity undertones. Best for: Men confident in their metrosexuality, and guys who are unafraid to get manicures and use hair gel. Dhs216 for 50ml
5 Fahrenheit Absolute by Dior The package: With its cherry-red bottle, we almost mistook this fragrance for cough syrup. Still, it’s simple and chic, and highlights the cedary undertones of this scent. The smell: Think an upmarket version of Old Spice. It has the same lingering, cinnamon notes of its cheaper olfactory doppelganger, and the same overall woodiness. Best for: Those rugged, outdoorsy types who can carry off this manly scent as easily as they might a lumberjack shirt. Dhs269 for 50ml
6 Kenzo Power Cologne by Kenzo The package: Cool in a minimalist sort of way. The clean, clear bottle is understated, which we like. The smell: At first sniff the scent has a floral, musky smell, but the cedar notes soon take over. Best for: Eccentric flamboyants who are up on the latest trends and never neglect their hair products. Dhs300 for 50ml
7 F by Ferragamo Black The package: A simple, solid rectangular square that feels a tad old-fashioned, but in that sexy, nostalgic Mad Men kind of way. The smell: A subtle scent with floral and spicy undertones. It reminds us of something our dad, or perhaps Don Draper, would wear. Best for: Dapper 40-year-olds and advertising executives. Dhs215 for 50ml