VMAN Picks: Fragrances To Try

VMAN Picks: Fragrances To Try

We Chose Our Fragrance Favorites Of The Summer

We Chose Our Fragrance Favorites Of The Summer

Text: Jillian Selzer

With a new season comes a new style transition, and your fragrance of choice is no exception. Cologne ties a look together while making an impression, but finding the ideal scent can be tricky. To help with the process, V stopped by the new downtown location of Barney's New York and, with the help of counter manager George Surles, picked out this summer's essential fragrances to keep you fresh and in top VMAN shape all season long. Check out our favorites below, specifically catered to your perfect VMAN vibe.

The Classic Man: Atkinsons in 24 Old Bond Street, $180

Established in London, England, in 1799 by James Atkinson, the company credits itself to "ushering in a new century of perfume snobbery." 24 Old Bond Street is the epitome of a classic scent. The fragrance achieves a balance of refreshment yet warmth with a unique blend of juniper, rose, black tea and whisky.

The Man Who Makes An Impression: Arquiste in L'etrog Acqua, $190

For a fragrance that will make a statement, turn to Arquiste's L'etrog Acqua. The combination of Sicilian lemon, Italian mandarin and Cedar wood as the prevalent scents in Acqua's reportoires gives it an intense and complex aura. Available exclusive at Barney's New York, you're bound to set yourself apart with this fragrance in your arsenal. It's the X Factor in a bottle.

The "Elegant and Lighthearted" Man: Frapin + Co. in The Orchid Man, $195

The Orchid Man is light yet refined, the scent to let the world know you don't take yourself too seriously, yet you keep it together. The fragrance is mixed with black pepper, leather, bergamot, oak moss and patchouli for a truly down-to-earth flavor that isn't overwhelming. The Orchid Man is ideal for day-to-night transitioning as the perfect perfume for a "work hard, play hard" vibe.

The "Understated Yet Chic" Man: Jacques Fath in Green Water, $215

For a light scent that stills packs a punch, invest in a bottle of Green Water. The base scents include bergamot, mandarin and orange mixed with more savory flavors from basil and tarragon for an eclectic mix of citrus and greens (hence the name). Slightly spicy but not too overwhelming, Green Water is incredibly long lasting with a whopping 6.8 fl. oz. of fragrance per bottle, a contemporary signature. This is a go-to scent that won't let you down.

The "Wildcard" Man: Nasomatto in Black Afgano, $185

Nasomatto's Black Afgano will take you by surprise, not only in the color of the liquid (a standout quality), but in its sweet and rich flavor. The most popular product for the Italian house, this scent is described as "best quality of Hashish" and is said to "arouse the effects of temporary bliss." The most unique quality of the product? The formula is extrait de parfum rather than the typical eau de parfum common in the fragrance world today. Extrait is French for extract, meaning the scents are highly concentrated. The recipe alone is composed of 30% pure, essential oils. Use sparingly, a little goes a long way.

Bonus: The "Universal" Man: Atkinsons in Oud Save the King, $260

It's no coincidence Atkinsons has made our list twice over; it doesn't disappoint. As an added bonus, we included Oud Save the King as a universal favorite for both men and women. This scent has an unexpected combination of earl grey tea, bergamot, iris and suede that creates an unmatched sweet scent, almost reminiscent of what we imagine the interior of a Rolls Royce would smell like: classy. No matter your style, Oud Save the King will complement it nicely.

Credits: Photos Courtesy of Barneys/Khushbu Shah


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