A blogger from Now Smell This, one of the better fragrance blogs on the net, has compiled an admittedly personal list of the best 10 men’s fragrances from the last two years. They are, in alphabetical order:
Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza
Atelier Cologne Trèfle Pur
Byredo Bal d’Afrique
Comme des Garçons + Monocle Scent Two: Laurel
Costume National Homme
John Varvatos Artisan
L’Artisan Traversée du Bosphore
Le Labo Oud 27
Marc Jacobs Bang
Nasomatto Black Afgano
First, I have to admit that I haven’t smelled half of these, and that I’m really not familiar with two of the companies. I agree with Bang–it’s wonderful. I wasn’t really moved by L’Artisan’s Traversée du Bosphore, but I loved their Al Oudh, which came out in 2009. And speaking of oud, I haven’t made up my mind about Le Labo’s Oud 27 yet. I smelled both Varvatos Artisans (the original and Artisan Black) next to Bang, and left the store with little memory of them, despite spraying them on my arm. Costume National’s new scent is really interesting, but I don’t know if I’d put it on a top ten list.
I might add Sartorial by Penhaligon’s and Bulgari Man to the list. And it’s hard to imagine a top 10 list without something by Frederic Malle, so I’d probably add Geranium Pour Monsieur, which is a minty geranium from 2009. I’ll work on my own list soon.