We have seen a dramatic shift in the men’s grooming space. They are more conscious with their appearance as they take cues from effective skincare regimens, convenient cosmetics, hair and beard brilliance to excellent oral hygiene. Every 18th August is the hallmark of this shift as we celebrate Men’s Grooming Day.
Picture their daily regimen: facial cleansers, after-shave creams, serums, moisturisers, sunscreen, hair gel, and so on. But something is missing. They are only one (or a few) spritzes away from elevating their well-kept routine, as grooming doesn’t just stop at skincare and haircare. This Men’s Grooming Day, we have selected our top picks for evocative scents that exude confidence, charisma, and the scent of a gentleman.
Carolina Herrera Bad Boy Extreme EDP
50ml for RM319, 100ml for RM435
An embodiment of the confident vision of masculinity and redefining the inner world of the modern man, Bad Boy Extreme by Carolina Herrera is encapsulated in an emblematic, gravity-defying lightning bolt-shaped bottle.
A sustainable men’s perfumery, the masterful blend is a marriage of shimmering spicy ginger and zesty, long-lasting bergamot that exudes a sense of freshness and brightness. Whiffs of enticing powdery aroma can be attributed to undernotes of warm vetiver, woody patchouli, and seductive hits of cocoa absolute, making this fragrance unmistakably unconventional, rebellious yet tender all at once.
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Elixir Parfum
75ml for RM390, 125ml for RM509
Relish in the indecently-flirtatious and seductively charismatic nature of Le Male Elixir Parfum by Jean Paul Gaultier. Centred around the narrative of a captain of the salty seas — smouldering and tattooed — the fragrance is described as “a potion of pleasure; an addiction for the senses”.
Deliciously-pungent mint and luscious lavender mingle with sweet vanilla and rich benzoin, which meet with mellow inflections of tonka bean in this intoxicating, woody aromatic amber scent. Housed in a sculptural ingenuity of a Gaultier body, the fragrance is one that evokes a burning desire on the wearer.
Rabanne 1 Million Royal EDP
50ml for RM374, 100ml for RM482
Defiant. Unapologetic. Flamboyant. The reimagined 1 Million Royal EDP by Rabanne continues to defy convention, from scent to appearance. More than just a traditional, fresh, woody fragrance for men, the 1 Million Royal EDP is an emblem of masculine renaissance, as encased in a sleek gold ingot adorned with accents of regal red.
The heart and signature of this fragrance is the vibrant story of cedarwood that is met with energising lavender and a sensual touch of benzoin — capturing the feeling of fearless self-expression. A bold fragrance that champions inner confidence, the 1 Million Royal EDP marks an invigorating chapter of powerful, charismatic masculinity.