FROM THE PERPETUALLY FRESH CLASSICS TO THE SUMMER'S LATEST COLOGNES, HERE IS WHAT A MAN SHOULD SMELL LIKE
MUSKS OF THE LADY-KILLERS
You think looks, power and charm are enough for epic female conquest? Hardly. Aromatics help. For example, legend has it JFK wore circa-1948 Vetiver by Creed (though his presidential library denies he ever wore cologne]. Cary Grant, George Clooney, Robert Redford and Clint
Eastwood have all allegedly worn Creed's Green Irish Tweed. CTalk about
staying power: Creed has been in business since 1760.) Johnny Depp reportedly likes Zino Davidoff. Brad Pitt goes Clean for Men. Bill Clinton, Burt Reynolds and Hugh Grant have trusted Gendarme ("the unofficial fragrance of California...sensual yet professional and down to business").
As part of its ongoing reinvention. British style stalwart Burberry presents Sport Ice (burberry.com), a limited-edition citrus fragrance.
Kenneth Coles newest. Vintage Black
(kennethcole.com). reaches back to yesterday's standard scents, wood and musk chief among them.
Speaking of retro twists. Penguin, popularizer of 1950s suburban golf-course wear, returns to its roots with the sage and apple Original Penguin (original penguin.com).
Made with peppermint and eucalyptus. JB eau de parfum (get jackblack.com) layers perfectly with Jack Black's line of grooming products.
What's that about simplicity? Oh yeah, it's elegant, too. Long-lasting Chrome by Azzaro (azzaroparis .com) is the paradigm of the simple but elegant maxim.
The intensity of Perry
Ellis Night (perryellis
.com) makes it best for
The sweetest smell of success? Saffron, among the world's rarest spices and the key ingredient in C from Clive Christian (clive.com).
Jack Nicholson sprays Michael Jordan (once purported to have been made with "bottled sweat"]. The old school? Hemingway reportedly wore American One 31. Errol Flynn: Cuir de Russie, which Creed made specifically for him. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Lieber Custav 14 [tellingly spicy, flowery, unisexy; Marlene Dietrich also wore it]. Sinatra: Bois du Portugal, or so it is said. Bogie: Tabarome Millesime. Sean Connery: Habit
Rouge and Jicky. Roger Moore used Brut 33 as a weapon in 1974's The Man With the Golden Gun. And speaking of nostalgia, in the 2004 nod to the chauvinistic 1970s, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Paul Rudd's character, lead field reporter Brian Fantana, wears a gasoline-smelling concoction called Sex Panther, said to be "illegal in nine countries, made with bits of real panther." That's real animal lust.
Gentlemen share. Calvin Klein's unisex One Summer (calvinklein fragrances.com) is intended for both you and her.
If Perry Ellis has the night, give Curve for Men (getcurve .com)—a blend of mahogany and fresh lavender—the daylight hours.
The most stylish man alive, Tom Ford, fashioned Azure Lime (torn ford.com) after his stylish getaway spot, the Caribbean island of Mustique.
Marc Jacobs's Bang (marcjacobsbang .com) is all about first impressions, bursting forth with notes of peppercorn and patchouli.
Liquid courage need not come just in a shot glass. Diesel's Only the Brave (diesel-f ragr ance-f actory .com) brings the bravado as well.
Stay smart with Givenchy's Pi (givenchy .com), intended to be the thinking man's cologne.
Lacoste's Essential Sport (lacoste.com) is as crisp and clean as the tennis whites the apparel company is best known for.