Women share their thoughts on the best male fragrances in Dubai
Diesel only the brave
Diesel only the brave Rebecca Milford, British, 31, chief sub-editor, Time Out Dubai
‘Take note, trigger-happy aftershave fans: dousing yourself in a choking fog of Brut will not make women fall at your feet (unless they’ve collapsed from asphyxiation, that is). Subtle, musky scents are the way to go, and Diesel’s Only The Brave ticks all the boxes. I love the way it’s modern yet understated, and its awesome bottle.
Dhs295, Paris Gallery, Deira City Centre (04 295 5550).
Sexy Men Becky Lucas, British, 29, Time Out Style deputy editor
‘I always notice when someone is wearing this, as it’s quite powerful. It’s ever-so-slightly sweet, so can easily be worn by women too. Having said that, the only way I can describe its allure is by saying it smells like sexy men!’
Dhs290, Areej, various locations including Ibn Battuta Mall (04 366 9996).
Gucci Envy Seema Alexander, British, 28, scientist
‘It’s hard not to fall in love with this classy scent. It’s masculine, bold and spicy in a mysterious, enticing kind of way without being too overpowering. I’d go as far as to say it’s a classic fragrance – meaning and hoping it can and will be worn all year round, by men of all ages. I’m just grateful my fiancé feels the same way.’ Dhs280, www.amazon.com
Clinique Happy for Men
Clinique Happy for Men Rachael Brown, British, 28, works in an art gallery
‘Men’s aftershave can often be overbearing, which I find off-putting. Clinque’s Happy for Men, however, is fresh and subtle, transferring perfectly from day to night. I’m a strong believer in picking a signature scent and sticking with it for all occasions. Be careful to lock it away from girlfriends though as it is reminiscent of the ’90s trend for unisex scent.’
Dhs287, Areej, various locations including Ibn Battuta Mall (04 366 9996).
Bleu De Chanel
Bleu De Chanel Kate Hazell, British, 29, Beauty Editor at Harper’s Bazaar
‘It’s the perfect blend of sweet and masculine-sexy, I even wear it sometimes myself. I find it hard not to turn my head when I get a whiff of it on a man, even if the wearer is a 70-year-old granddad! It’s pure man in a bottle.’
Dhs407, Faces,various locations including BurJuman (04 352 1441).
Forest Rain by Kiehl’s
Forest Rain by Kiehl’s Vanessa Cappelli, Italian, 23, student
‘I like this because it’s a subtle and classic fragrance: a musky smell is always familiar. I don’t like it when men wear perfumes that overpower their presence in a room, and this one doesn’t do that.’
Dhs314, Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 8888).
Marc Jacobs Bang!
Marc Jacobs Bang! Marie-Capucine Akilian, French, 22, communication executive
‘I think the smell is seductive and adds to the sophistication of a man. It’s what all men should smell like!’
Dhs360, Sephora, The Dubai Mall (04 339 9828).
Calvin Klein Euphoria for Men
Calvin Klein Euphoria for Men Nyree Barrett, New Zealander, 25, Time Out Style shopping & style editor
‘There’s something about this scent that takes me back to high school: even though it’s relatively new on the block, it reminds me of the classics. The overall vibe is light, bright and clean, and it smells like a man who just got out of the shower – always preferable to a grubby one.’
Dhs315, Faces, BurJuman (04 352 1441).