Smell Good-It’s Important

Guest Blogger: Grant Weldon Jackson

Most of us were introduced to Men’s fragrance in the same way. Typically we began to be interested in fragrance when we realized girls no longer had “cooties” and we didn’t want to smell like we just came from gym class.

Thus this prompted us to go to the local drug store, department store, or teen clothier to find something that smelled better than puberty. More than likely, we probably bought something that was mass produced ,cheaply made, and emitted a pungent smell announcing to everyone we had finally arrived as a teenager. Well guys, you’re not 13 anymore, its time to get it together and learn how to choose and wear your fragrances correctly.

Here are a few tips and samplings of my favorites to get you started.

Frederic Malle- Editions de Parfume- {Bois d’Orage aka “French Lover”}

My eternal favorite-Amazing fragrance that evolves as you wear it. I never get tired of wearing this unique fragrance. Available exclusively at select Barney’s.

Aqua Di Parma-Colonia Intensa Eau Cologne

Absolutely masculine, elegant, and timeless. Available at Neiman Marcus.

Clive Christian-X Perfume

This is literally the gold standard in fragrance. It’s expensive yes {$350}, but worth every penny. This is not something that everyone will have, but something everyone will want after they smell it on you. Ladies take note! This is a great gift for special occasions, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman.


This is a great warm and masculine scent that is perfect for the fall and winter. You can’t go wrong with this one. Available at Kiehls.

Le Labo-Vetiver 46

Very distinctive masculine scent and is a perfect staple to be the “Old Faithful” in your medicine cabinet. Le Labo is unlike most fragrances in that these are formulated at the time of purchase in the store. This ensures the freshest mixture of ingredients so that you take home what the perfumer truly intended this fragrance to be. Available at Barney’s.

Royal Lyme

Exactly what it sounds like. I remember my dad wearing this almost exclusively at our time spent at the beach every summer. It truly smells like summer and is a great alternative for  the summer months. Available at Brooks Brothers.

So now that you know how to wear it, what to look for, and where to get it, you are prepared to move beyond the ignorance of your youth and move into an educated approach to smelling good. Go find what works well on your and be prepared to get some extra attention from those attracted to your new found wisdom.



Filed under Designer, The Basics

4 responses to “Smell Good-It’s Important

  1. KC

    that is so funny about how men/boys are introduced to their first scent. It is also very true. I also find they tend to stick with that scent unless it goes off the market.
    I like your recommendations.


  2. This was amazing Grant! Thanks so much for your expertise in men’s fragrance. We hadn’t a clue we just knew what we DIDN’T like. 😉

  3. Great tips, Grant. I love Original Musk’s scent – good pick!

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