I’ll be perfectly honest with you about my choices. They were not selected by some random visit to a perfume counter; they’re much, much more personal. Each one has a history for me.
Some were worn by men I loved, though fleetingly. One was the signature of a man I still love, but not in that way. We’re best friends and believe me it’s better that way.
Another always brings back memories of my father whom I adored.
Three were favorites of a man — he traded-off among them: one for summer, one for winter and no explanation for the third — I grew to detest. It’s curious to think I could seriously despise someone and still like his parfums. I can only assume when they waft off another man’s skin they smell differently. That must be the explanation.
Normally odors bring back souvenirs to which one reacts accordingly: repelled or drawn into nostalgic reverie. Apparently those aromas are so divine they transcend even an unsavory reminiscence.
Two were created by our friend and neighbor, Jean-Paul Guerlain: Vetiver in 1959 and Habit Rouge in 1965.
My all time favorite is synonymous with my all time love, My-Reason-For-Living-In-France. He is Pour Monsieur de Chanel for me and sometimes when I travel away from him I pour some into a tiny flacon to take with me so I can inhale a little whiff when I miss him or put a dab or two on my wrists to keep him with me throughout the day.
The others are trademarks of friends and husbands of friends. When we do the kiss-kiss thing on greeting and parting I take a deep breath and savor their delicious parfum.
Here then are the ones I like best. . .
TOP 10 MEN’S FRAGRANCES:
1.) Pour Monsieur de Chanel
2.) Acqua Di Parma Colonia
3.) Guerlain Vetiver
4.) Old Spice
5.) Guerlain Habit Rouge
6.) Tabac (Maurer & Wirtz)
7.) Hermès Equipage
8.) Dior Eau Sauvage
9.) Moustache de Rochas
10.) Brut de Fabergé