The best new perfumes and colognes

…As picked by our intrepid style staff (plus a few guest testers)

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FOR MEN
 

L'Eau D'Issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake, Diesel Only The Brave, La Nuit De L'Homme By Yves Saint Laurent, Elixir White by C. O. Bigelow, and Bal D'Afrique by Byredo Parfums
 

1) L’EAU D’ISSEY POUR HOMME BY ISSEY MIYAKE
$68 for 3.3 oz, at Sephora, 845 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-335-9391, sephora.com
Picked by: our associate art director Todd
What’s in it: yuzu, sage, nutmeg, geranium, amber, and sandalwood
Tester said: “Reminds me of cutting grass on a spring day.”
+ Todd also likes Hinoki by Monocle/ Comme des Garçons.

2) DIESEL ONLY THE BRAVE
$65 for 2.5 oz, at Macy’s, 111 N. State St.; 312-781-1000, macys.com
Picked by: our associate art director Adam (Chicago Home + Garden)
What’s in it: lemon blossom, mandarin, and coriander, with labdanum, black rose, lavender, amber, tolu wood, and ebony wood
Tester said: “It wasn’t sweet or overpowering; a good balance between fresh and earthy.”

3) LA NUIT DE L’HOMME BY YVES SAINT LAURENT
$72 for 3.3 oz, at Bloomingdale’s, 900 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-440-4460, bloomingdales.com
Picked by: our art assistant Tirso
What’s in it: cardamom, cedarwood, lavender, coumarin, and vetiver
Tester said: “I like the mature scent.”
+ Tirso also likes Only the Brave by Diesel, Eau Fraîche by Versace, and Aqua Di Gio by Armani.

4) ELIXIR WHITE BY C. O. BIGELOW
$19.50 for 2.5 oz, at Bath & Body Works, 500 W. Madison St.; 312-575-9736, bathandbodyworks.com
Picked by: our assistant editor Graham
What’s in it: Italian bergamot, mandarin, grapefruit, rosemary, nutmeg, vetiver, patchouli, and oakmoss
Tester said: “It casts a confident and casual profile, in stark contrast to the wannabe-player musk fests or after-shavey men’s club scents that dominate men’s fragrances.”

5) BAL D’AFRIQUE BY BYREDO PARFUMS
$195 for 100 mL, at Barneys New York, 15 E. Oak St.; 312-587-1700, barneys.com
Picked by: our art director Jennifer
What’s in it: vetiver, neroli, African marigold, and Moroccan cedarwood, with lemon, jasmine, violet, bergamot, cyclamen, bucchu, black amber, and musk
Tester said: “Because this scent is unisex, it is not cloying sweet and perfumy. It is warm, fruity, and smoky all at once.”
+ Jennifer also likes Incense Kyoto by Comme des Garçons, Stella by Stella McCartney, and Aqua Motu by Comptoir Sud Pacifique.

 

Photography: Michael Boone

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