Piazza Life Spring Fragrances 2014
Not everyone thinks about the way that they smell; ride on any New York subway for more than one minute, and this will become alarmingly apparent. A man’s fragrance is an affordable luxury that no true gentleman should be glossing over. Owning the best of almost everything is more often than not extremely expensive. Want to collect watches? You better either be a German CEO, an NBA player, or a remarkably good cocaine dealer. Have to dream to own the best cars in the world? Wake up and smell the oud. How about suits? Well, it’s possible, but five of the best made suits in the world will usually cost you about $30,000 and that’s just for Brioni; get the word Kiton out of your mind. Owning five of the best fragrances in the world, one for each season, and one for all occassions can be done for under $1,000. And if you really think that smelling good isn’t important, I cannot help you. Return to your trash can and say hello to Oscar.
My Name is Maximilian Heusler, I have a channel on Youtube called Maximilian Must Know on which I review fragrances and men’s grooming products. I have well over 50,000 views and 1,000 subscribers, I will be writing quarterly columns for Piazza Life, recommending scents that are weather appropriate. I will also be writing future articles and men’s fashion and grooming but that is for a different day. Today let’s look at some scents that will make the woman or women (you devil you!) in your life no more than putty in your hands.
Spring and Fall are probably my two favorite seasons for flossing great fragrances. There are usually no extremes in temperture (or at least there are not supposed to be), so many different kinds of fragrances will work. Today will look at some of the best spring fragrances in my collection and I’ll offer you selections that will fit every style and budget.
Acqua Di Parma’s Colonia Intensa Oud ( 100ml $180 www.saks.com)Acqua Di Parma is an artisan Italian house that has been around for almost one hundred years. They do citrus and fruity scents about as well as anyone. Colonia Intensa Oud is one of their newest releases and perfect for warmer weather. Oud is a highly precious resin that forms in specific types of trees when the wood becomes infected by mold. The oud scented wood has been prized and used for hundreds of years in the Middle East and Asia for relgious ceremonies, aromatherapy, and personal fragrance. In it’s most nautral form, oud is highly expensive and therefore often synthetically mimicked. It is potent, medicinal, and can be off-putting if not used correctly by the perfumuer. In this composition, Acqua Di Parma combines oud with citruses, Russian coriander, woods, musk, and leather. The final blend is probably the cleanest smelling fragrance that I have ever come across and one of the few scents that could work just as easily in the office as out for a Sunday stroll. It is crafted with impeccable quality and a couple of sprays in the morning should last you around ten hours. (Best for: work, dinner, dates etc)
Green Irish Tweed by Creed ( 120ml $330 www.creed.com) – Creed is one of the oldest French perfume houses in the world, dating back to the 1700′s. They are revered for making scents for royalty, politicians, and celeberties. Some of the men that have worn Creed fragrances include John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, and Cary Grant. Green Irish Tweed is their best all time selling men’s fragrance. It was created to evoke the experience of taking a relaxing walk through the Irish countryside. Green Irish Tweed is of the most invigorating fragrances ever composed and relies on French verbena, violet leaves, and Florentine iris for it’s remarkable freshness. There have been many Green Irish Tweed imitators, the most famous being Cool Water by Davidoff, but nothing compares to the original Creed creation. Mark my words, in a hundred years, masters of the universe will continue wearing Green Irish Tweed in the Springtime. (Best for : lunch with friends, nights out etc)
(Bonus Cheapie Scent For Ballers On A Budget)
Acqua Colonia by Alvarez Gomez (100ml $28 www.amazon.com) – Spain has given us so much to be thankful for: Paella, Rioja, Penelope Cruz, and Acqua Colonia. We don’t normally think of cologne when we think of Spain, but this absolute classic EDC has been in production since 1912. This smells of nothing more than a beautiful and bright country morning. It’s invigorating, refreshing, and contains perhaps the best opening citrus notes that I have ever experienced in a fragrance at this price point. Add in florals like geranium and lily of the valley along with spices like lavender and clove, and you’ve got something that smells way more expensive than the $30 or so that this one will cost you. (Best for: hanging out around the house, going to the gym, playing basketball, golfing etc)