As the colder months set in, fragrances rich in spices and woody notes warm the soul. Here, our edit of the best.
Mitchell Oakley Smith
Described by Le Labo as "the Rolls-Royce of Vetivers", this perfume oil from the New York perfumery, Vetiver 46, comprises some 46 essences, imbuing it with a musky scent with notes of pepper, cedar and labdanum. The resultant fragrance is incredibly masculine and, as an oil, intense even with the smallest application.
Inspired by global travel, Odin New York's Century Formula Three combines liquid myrrh and vetiver in a warm, smoky scent, made fresh with the subtle addition of forest mint and silver birch.
Designed to evoke the master craftsmanship of Bottega Veneta, the Italian brand's signature men's fragrance, Pour Homme, comprises notes of labdanum, fir balsam and bergamot in a woody, leathery scent that's at once unique and lingering.
Having recently opened a standalone store in Soho, New York, the Byredo brand of perfumer Ben Gorham is gaining an international profile, and for good reason: they're excellent fragrances. Mr Gorham's Oud Immortel has at its heart the scent the agarwood, a defensive resin formed on the Aquilara tree after mould has set in. This unique scent, combined with spiced cardamom and tobacco leaves, is alluring.
That this fragrance, 1697, comes from cognac house P. Frapin & Cie says something about its unique make-up. Named by the year in which Louis XIV granted the Frapin family nobility, the fragrance comprises hot spices like cinnamon and clove in combination with boozy, dried fruits and wood oil, crafting a rich, masculine scent.
New to Australia from luxury fragrance brand Amouage is Memoir, a unique scent made up of frankincense, lavender, oak moss, leather and tobacco, many of the ingredients found on the old spice trail.
Viktor & Rolf's signature men's scent, Spicebomb, is exactly as the name suggests: an explosion of spices on a woody, vetiver base.
From fashion house Costume National comes Soul, an elegant fragrance crafted by perfumer Dominique Ropion from pure amber, using a new technique of extraction that has minimal impact on the environment while retaining the ingredient's special scent. Finished with notes of cardamom, pink pepper and bergamot, Soul is an incredibly rich, warming fragrance.
The newest fragrance in the Polo Ralph Lauren family, Polo Supreme Oud is perhaps its most luxurious, with an alluring blend of precious spices, smoky our and rich woods, together creating a rugged scent.