A good fragrance is so much more than just an arbitrary scent you slap on in the morning, post shower. Your sense of smell is powerfully linked to your memory, as the olfactory bulb – where scents are processed – links your nose directly with your amygdala and hippocampus, two brain areas that are strongly associated with memory and emotion. This is why a fragrance can be uncannily evocative – and why you keep reaching for the same bottle of cologne again and again. Although The Jackal gets to try out every exciting new grooming products and perfumes as they launch, there are also scents that we, like everyone else, just can’t get enough of. Here’s the fragrances team Jackal keeps returning to every morning.
Ben Browne, Style Editor: Le Labo Thé Noir 29 eau de parfum
Le Labo fragrances are a terrific investment as they’re created by hand in the store, as close to the moment of sale as possible, meaning the concentrated scents last for a very long time. Plus, this means you only need a little spritz, and you’re good for the day. Thé Noir 29 is a complex and warm scent, combining deep cedar wood, vetiver and musk with lighter bergamot, fig and bay leaves, making it a fine choice for the shortening days this autumn.
£127 for 50ml, cultbeauty.co.uk
Darren Sital-Singh, Managing Director: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Apom Homme eau de toilette
What I enjoy most about this fragrance from Maison Francis Kurkdjian is the fact that I’ve never, ever met anyone else who wears it, or even caught a whiff of it in passing on the street. And, obviously, I love the smell: light and delicate, yet strong and complex, it features notes of Tunisian orange flower, cedarwood accord and amber.
€140 for 70ml, franciskurkdjian.com
George Hilton, Senior Designer: Tom Ford Costa Azzurra eau de parfum
This is my favourite of Tom Ford’s fragrance range, as it’s light, refreshing, and perfect for boosting your mood before, during or after a long day in the office. The scent itself is a nice mix of woody pine needles and cypress oil, and citrus top notes of lemon, juniper and myrtle oil. It also lasts really well throughout the day – one spray is all you need.
£164 for 50ml, harveynichols.com
Nick Carvell, Editor: Hermes Eau de Narcisse Bleu eau de cologne
I’m a big fan of a floral fragrance, but not ones swimming in saccharine sweet notes. When I discovered it, Hermes’ Eau de Narscisse Bleue was a revelation: a scent that has a floral note (narcissus) at its heart, but tempered with zingy orange blossom and green, woody notes. It’s fresh, it’s light, it’s like taking a plunge in a wild swimming pool on the hottest day of the year.
£79 for 100ml, hermes.com
Dale Lyster, Social Media: Versace Eros eau de toilette
Named after the God of love, Eros, three spritzes of Versace’s Eros is enough to improve any Monday morning. Not one for shy-nosed individuals, Eros is a strong by both name and nature thanks to its top notes of fresh mint and lemon, heart notes of tonka bean and geranium flower and base notes of vanilla and oakmoss.
£47.50 for 50ml, lookfantastic.com
Gareth Scourfield, Style Director: Creed Aventus Cologne
I’ve always been a big fan of Creed’s Green Irish Tweed, a signature scent of my grandfather – a man of great taste. However, this summer, it may well have been usurped as my reliable ‘go to’ scent by the storied fragrance house’s new release, the Aventus Cologne. This emotive fragrance has blended such classics as mandarin and pink peppercorn with a rich leathery balsamic base of musk and tonka. Its well-balanced fruity aroma feels crisp and clean which warms on the skin without overpowering the wearer. It’s my new classic scent and I’ll be wearing it long after the clocks go back into winter.
£155 for 50ml, creedfragrances.co.uk