How To Smell Unique: Unforgettable Fragrances For Men

The Best Perfumes for Men


Smelling unique is as important as smelling nice”.

Someone in our team remembers a 40-something-year-old insurance executive from French language classes 15 years ago at Alliance Francaise (The French Cultural Centre). As he approached smiling smugly, all the ladies chorused, “Here comes Mr. X !” even before he came into full view.  Mr. X wore a very distinct fragrance.

Probably 9% of men are like Mr. X, they are very pleased, if not flattered, that the women in their lives (or in their offices or at their evening classes) remember them by the trademark scent of exotic perfumes. Smelling unique is as important as smelling nice. Chances of smelling nice, unique, and memorable rise stratospherically when a guy understands the notes or ingredients that go into making perfumes and how to select them from his perfume collection.

We have chosen the most “manly” from the Eight Major Fragrance Families: Aromatic, Oriental, Leather and Woody.


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Aromatic notes are usually composed of sage, rosemary and lavender. Other popular aromatic notes in this group are thyme and eucalyptus. Aromatic notes are often complemented with citrus and spicy notes.

Arbiterz recommends:

Ermenegildo Zegna Elements of Man Integrity Concentrate de Parfum, 50ml

Notes: pink pepper, clary sage, geranium africa, pimento berries, cedarwood atlas, patchouli, ambrox and tonka beans.

BUY $253.63

Donna Karan Fuel for Men

Notes: citrus, pineapple, juniper, mayflower, amber, lavender, almond, sandalwood, patchouli and musk.

BUY $499.99

Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de l’Homme 60ml

Notes: Violet, iris, Sage, vanilla, Patchouli, tonka bean

BUY $60.00

Eight & Bob Original Eau de Parfum in a Book – 100 ml

Notes: Pink Pepper, Cardamom, Lemon, Violet Leaves, Labdanum, Dried Wood, Sandalwood, Amber, Vetiver

BUY $175.75


These notes evoke the Middle and Far East, composed of spices and precious substances such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, amber, resin, tobacco, exotic woods etc. Oriental notes are at once intense and alluring.

Arbiterz Recommends:

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Silk Mood Eau Parfum

Notes: Bergamot, Chamomile, Bulgarian Rose, Hedione, Guaiac Wood, Papyrus and Agarwood.

BUY $364.18

Bond No. 9 Lafayette Street 100ml

Notes: Bergamot, Coriander, Fresh floral, Ambroxan, Pomme, Vanilla, Dry wood, Tonka bean, Grey amber

BUY $380

Tom Ford Private Blend Atelier D’Orient Rive D’Ambre Eau De Parfum Spray 50ml

Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Bitter Orange, Tarragon, Cardamom, Spearmint, Benzoin, Pearwood, Cognac, Tolu Balsam, Amber

BUY $289.95

Eau de MinThe Eau de Parfum75ml

Notes: Geranium, Patchouli, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, coriander and Indian spices.

BUY $145.66


These fragrance notes are derived from “woody” materials, mainly trees but also bushes, for example in the case of patchouli or at times grasses e.g. vetiver. Popular woody accords include sandalwood, pine, patchouli, vetiver and cedarwood. They are often combined with spicy notes and described as “smoky” and “warm”.

Arbiterz Recommends:

Clive Christian C Woody Leather Masculine Eau De Parfum 50ml

Notes: Mandarin, Saffron and Tobacco

BUY $357.68

Amber Wood Ajmal

Notes: apple, white pepper, lavender and patchouli, Cardamom, Orris, Amber wood and Cedarwood

BUY $142.92

Clive Christian L Woody Oriental For Men 50ml

Notes: Lavender, Geranium, fresh Magnolia, Jasmine, Orris. Amber, Tobacco, musks, Maple syrup, and Cade

BUY $357.68

Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Wood Eau De Parfum Spray 50ml

Notes: oud wood, rose wood, cardamom, sandalwood, vetiver, tonka bean, amber.

BUY $199.99


This is one of the oldest notes in perfume-making. The process of tanning leathers produces a rather awful smell; leather scents developed as leather makers disguised this smell with pleasant scents derived from natural sources such as juniper and cade oil, birch, styrax, cassie, castoreum, myrtle, and cistus labdanum. There are also synthetic leather notes such as quinolones and safraleine which are created in the laboratories.

Arbiterz Recommends:

Byredo’s Mister Marvelous eau de parfum

Notes: mandarin leaves, neroli flower, bamboo, green lavender, black amber and white cedar wood.

BUY $214.61

MALIN+GOETZ Dark Rum Eau de Parfum 100ml

Notes: Bergamot, Plum, Leather, Rum, Milk, Amber and Patchouli

BUY $169.08

Annick Goutal Duel eau de parfum 100ml

Notes: Green mate absolute, iris root, gaiac wood and leather

BUY $168.07

Acqua di Parma Colonia Leather eau de cologne 100ml

Notes: Orange, lemon, Rose, Leather accords and Woody Cedarwood

BUY $232.82

Michael Ajifowoke

Michael is a budding media professional with more than two years of experience covering business, economy & tech. He spends his leisure reading about economics, finance, and international development.

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