A signature scent can be the most important element in your style game. It can also be the most overlooked. Maybe it’s an out of sight, out of mind thing, but this all boils down to first impressions – and your olfactory receptors will ensure your fragrance gets judged way ahead of your outfit and handshake.
The One for Men Eau de Parfum Intense by Dolce&Gabbana has all the makings of a signature scent. Drawing from the notes of earlier iterations of The One for Men, the fragrance is a fusion of opposites. The result is a sort of medley: light neroli withdrawing to reveal smoky notes of deep black leather, the sweet
spiciness of patchouli and refined accords of cistus and labdanum.
This one is for the connoisseur, the man who curates his fragrance mix as opposed to simply collecting whatever’s new and shiny. But for that, the notes need to be right – from the solid base to the warm middle and rich top, the kicker that makes an instant impression. But it’s not just about what’s inside the vessel.
The bottle itself is the same simple, clean shape as the original, but this time Dolce&Gabbana has opted for a sleek black glass, which feels on-point with the intense, attention-stealing notes. Does it hurt that the bottle will make your bathroom counter a step more handsome? Not even a bit.
The One for Men Eau de Parfum Intense, $142 at Dolce&Gabbana