It goes without saying that a real Don will smell sensational. Dressed to perfection, it is the little details that elevate a mere mortal to Don status. Fragrances are a key part of this. They help us feel put together. They help us stand out from a crowd. For sure, ladies take note. And frankly, cigars can leave a bit of a funk that is best left in the smoking room, so a fine scent will take the edge off and have heads turning for all the right reasons. Two sprays to the neck, one to the wrists. Done and done.
Kiehl’s Musk Eau de Toilette
We reckon this is the best bang-for-your-buck fragrance out there (about $40 for 50ml). Earthy, with top notes of citrus that fade away to reveal the inviting muskiness that awaits underneath. Lasts all day, and honestly, women love it. Of these five, no other fragrance ranks as high as for compliments received. And that’s the point, right?
Floris No.89 Eau de Toilette (the James Bond of fragrances)
Worn by J.B. himself (and an actual favourite of Bond author Ian Fleming), no.89 is a classic English scent that marks out its wearer as a true aficionado. Soapy, with citrus and rose notes, this is one of the essential fragrances for the modern Don, who knows to take his lead from an iconic gentleman.
Eight and Bob Eau de Toilette
Speaking of iconic gentlemen, Eight and Bob was JFK’s go-to spritz. Unavailable for years after the death of its creator, this classic is now back on the scene. VERY limited edition due to the temperamental conditions required for growing the Andrea spices used to make up this heady mix. Violets and ambergris also feature. A preppy elixir.
Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet Eau de Toilette
From JFK to Winston Churchill. The cigar-smoking British Prime Minister realised he needed to take some of the sting out of his Romeo y Julietas, and this citrus scent, named after the grand Blenheim Palace where he was born, did the job splendidly. It will do the same for you. Light and fresh, it’s perfect for summer.
Christian Dior Eau Sauvage Eau de Toilette
THE classic fragrance. Introduced in 1966, Dior’s flagship scent has been worn from every one from Alain Delon to Steve McQueen, and is warm and citrusy. Most significantly though, it contains Hedione. This chemical works to stimulate the area of the brain that, for women, releases the hormones that help establish sexual attraction. So it’s a pretty strong weapon to have in the arsenal.