It’s nearly Fall and time for warm, woodsy fragrances to come out to play. Our HSD ‘noses’ have started to put our olfactory senses to the test by sniffing out the latest men’s fragrances that have been launched for Fall. And let us tell you in no uncertain terms that the notes of the season for the man of the moment are potent and sexy — musky, with hints of spice and swoon-worthy sandalwood, all the better to bring out the (cave)man in you.

Our vote goes to these 4 fab bouquets. (Note that fragrances react differently on different types of body chemistry, so do a scent test on the underside of your wrist and wait for half an hour to let the fragrance settle. If you still like what you smell, buy it.)

DSC_4270Coach Platinum for Men EDP

This all-American brand takes inspiration from none other than the Big Apple, New York City, which has long embodied endless urban adventures in the city.  

Expect top notes from Black Pepper Oil, Pineapple, and Juniper Berries that blend into floral middle notes of Clary Sage and Geranium, and finally ending in contrasting base notes of refined woods such as Cashmeran, Patchouli, Sandalwood, and an addictive leathery vanilla accord.

Retails at 60ML (SGD 106), 100ML (SGD 136)


Acqua De Parma, Colonia Sandalo

A reinterpretation of the iconic Acqua di Parma perfume, Colonia Sandalo takes on  the original fresh, citrus notes of Colonia and merges them with rich, creamy sandalwood notes to produce an unexpectedly intriguing scent of harmonious contrasts. The result: another new, luxurious and perfectly delicious Eau de Cologne Concentrée by Acqua di Parma.

Colonia Sandalo is packaged in the iconic Art Deco bottle, and nestled inside a box lined with luscious bronze satin — an understated yet utterly sophisticated design in true Acqua di Parma style.

Retails at 100 ML (SGD 315), 180ML (SGD 405)


Bvlgari Men, Wood Essence EDP

Definitely a favourite for fans of woody scents, the new Bvlgari Men Wood Essence captures the energy of nature for the urban explorer, who’s in tune with his environment. It blends 3  intense woody notes with bright citrus accents, just so the urbanite warrior can unleash nature’s power in one spritz.

Retails at EDP – 60ML (SGD 119), 100ML (SGD 159)



Prada Black EDP

Prada Black Eau de Parfum is a perfect companion to the Prada man’s collection of tailored suits, high-tech sneakers, and fun, unexpected prints. At first brisk and energetic, from top notes of Bergamot and Angelic, its Patchouli Coumarine heart gives way to a warm and inviting woody base.

Retails at S$160 (100ml) or S$119 (50ml)


All Photography by Nicholas Fong.