When you look good, you feel good. And when you smell nice, well, it wouldn’t hurt – especially if you’re on a romantic date. These new sultry fragrances have our stamp of approval, but what do men think? FLY Entertainment artistes Hirzi Zulkiflie and George Young take a blind test and choose their faves.
George Young, FLY Entertainment artiste
Hirzi Zulkiflie, FLY Entertainment artiste
Viktor & Rolf Bonbon EDP, $139
This delicious-smelling blend of caramel, peach, and mandarin notes is balanced perfectly with elegant woody notes such as cedar. It’s the perfect mix of sweet and sexy.
George says: “The woman who wears this is sweet, but also has a dark side. I know there’s more to her than meets the eye.”
Giorgio Armani Si EDT, $109
Think of tart blackcurrant sorbet with hints of pear and citrusy notes – that’s what this scent reminds us of. It’s like a refreshing dessert in a bottle.
Comme des Garcons x Pharrell Williams Girl EDP, $185
This powdery-woody scent has a delicate, sophisticated quality with hints of lavender, patchouli, violets and cedar – perfect for those who like to steer clear of overly sweet or floral scents.
The Body Shop White Musk EDT, $29.90
Sexy scents aren’t always appropriate for the workplace, but this one is. It’s light and uplifting with notes of jasmine and rose, and is subtle enough to take you straight from the office to your hot date.
Givenchy Dahlia Divin EDP, $175
It features woody notes of sandalwood and patchouli with feminine notes of plum and jasmine – so chic and sexy.
George says: “This scent brings to mind a sexy, career-driven woman who’s probably in a managerial position at a law firm or a bank. I feel like I’ve been interviewed by this woman before.”
Kenzo Jeu d’Amour EDT, $79
A feminine, refreshing scent with notes of tea, freesia, mandarin and pomegranate – a great option if you find most perfumes cloying or overwhelming.
George says: “It smells like it belongs on a woman I met overseas while travelling. I’ve fallen head over heels in love with her, but she has to go back to her home country soon.”
Annick Goutal Vent de Folie, $179
This smells like berries and citrus fruits, and has notes of white musk and cedar that make it more sophisticated and elegant.
Momo French Leather EDP, $315
It’s a sophisticated scent with a mix of lime, rose water, suede and pink pepper notes – and yes, it makes us think of our favourite leather jacket.
Penhaligon’s Empressa EDT, $300
This floral scent has notes of rose and neroli that are nicely balanced with sandalwood for an elegant edge.
George says: “I’m thinking of Emma Watson or Alexa Chung as I smell this, someone who’s pretty, a little avant-garde and is into fashion or modelling – or both.”
Tom Ford Costa Azzura EDP, $330
This cocktail of seaweed, driftwood and agarwood notes brings to mind a chic beach bar. It’s a unisex scent, so don’t be surprised if your man asks to borrow it.
George says: “This smells fresh and outdoorsy, but with a stylish, high-fashion twist. A woman who wears this will probably be right at home as a fashion event – and I’ll likely ask her for her phone number.”
Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance EDP, $116
What we love about this perfume is its lasting power. This sultry blend of peony, raspberry and vanilla will linger on your skin all night – and then some.
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium EDP, $159
A foolproof combination: notes of coffee, vanilla, orange blossom and pink pepper.
Hirzi says: “I imagine that the woman who’s wearing this is tough and genuine. She means what she says and respects herself.”
Philosophy Loveswept EDT, price unavailable
With notes of passion fruit and bergamot, this smells like a fresh and fruity drink we’d love to sip while at the beach or a picnic. Wear it on a fun, laid-back date.
Carolina Herrera 212 Sexy EDP, $163
It’s sweet – with a hint of cotton candy – but also has tangerine, bergamot and floral notes that prevent it from being too cloying. It’s easy to wear, and is versatile enough for a fun first date or a fancy dinner date.
Victoria’s Secret Scandalous EDP, $130
This perfume smells bolder than the usual fruity-floral scents from the brand, thanks to the sultry mix of raspberry liqueur, black peony and praline. It’s a look-at-me fragrance that’s sure to get his attention.
Chanel Coco Noir Parfum, $315
This opens with an intense, sensuous blend of bourbon vanilla and sandalwood, and has a hint of patchouli that smells comforting.
Hirzi says: “This brings to mind a woman who is mysterious and probably has a better job than most men… she’s someone I want to intern for.”
Lanvin Limited Edition Marry Me! Confettis EDT (price unavailable)
Love fruity-floral scents? This is right up your alley – it has citrusy neroli and bitter orange notes, as well as notes of peach and blackcurrant.
Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne, $100
Clean, fresh and sophisticated with notes of sea salt, lemon and driftwood, this is the ultimate “cool girl” scent – wear it on a spontaneous outdoorsy date.
Serge Lutens L’orpheline EDP, $202
If you need to come across as more assertive, this scent will do half the work for you. The slightly masculine scent starts off with spicy patchouli and warm incense notes, and dries down to a warm base with notes of lavender.
George says: “I get serious boss vibes from this scent. It’s a little masculine and channels a don’-mess-with-me vibe. I’ll definitely be intrigued by the woman who’s wearing this; I want to get to know her.”
Paco Rabanne Lady Million EDT, $151
This has notes of lily of the valley, gardenia and hyacinth, and a sweet base of honey – a combination that’s sultry, fresh and feminine all at once.
Hirzi says: “This scent evokes a gorgeous woman who’s probably mature for her age. I can imagine her sitting pretty on a yacht, enjoying the high life.”
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Text: Carina Koh / Her World, Feb 2015
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