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
1) CHANEL BEIGE
$200 for 200 mL, at Chanel, 935 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-787-5500, chanel.com
Picked by: our contributing editor Barri
What’s in it: hawthorn, freesia, and frangipani, with honey
Tester said: “Beige starts out perfumy and flowery, then dries down to a more powdery, clean, kind of girly finish.”
+ Barri also likes Annick Goutal’s Petite Chérie.
2) FOR HER EAU DE PARFUM BY NARCISO RODRIGUEZ
$89 for 3.3 oz, at Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave.; saksfifthavenue.com
Picked by: our sales scout Bridget
What’s in it: rose, peach pulp, patchouli, sandalwood, amberlyn, and musk
Tester said: “The subtle scent is very seductive. Added bonus: The fragrance leaves a light crystal shimmer wherever it’s been sprayed.”
+ Bridget also likes Vanilla Lavender by Lavanila Laboratories and Beckham Signature Story For Her by Beckham Fragrances.
3) REPUBLIC OF WOMEN EAU DE PARFUM BY BANANA REPUBLIC
$48 for 1.7 oz, at Banana Republic, 744 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-642-0020, bananarepublic.com
Picked by: our photo coordinator Megan
What’s in it: sweet osmanthus, lychee, bergamot, peony, pink jasmine, and Moroccan rose
Tester said: “I can wear it to the office and out at night.”
+ Megan also likes Calvin Klein’s Euphoria and Christian Dior’s J’adore.
4) DATURA NOIR EAU DE PARFUM BY SERGE LUTENS
$120 for 50 mL, at Barneys New York
Picked by: our senior editor Cassie
What’s in it: datura (a white tropical flower), bitter almond, heliotrope, tuberose, and black vanilla
Tester said: “It’s just plain sexy.”
+ Cassie also likes Issey Miyake’s L’Eau d’Issey.
5) STELLANUDE BY STELLA MCCARTNEY
starts at $43 for 1 oz eau de toilette up to $81 for 3.3 oz, at Sephora
Picked by: our style contributor Rebecca
What’s in it: Moroccan rose infused with grapefruit, white peony, Ugandan vanilla, grey amber, and a touch of pink pepper for spice
Tester said: “It reminds me of my mom’s peonies.”
+ Rebecca also likes Kimono Rose by Thymes.
Photography: Michael Boone