Back to basics for fall with a classic men’s scent

Back to basics for fall with a classic men’s scent

Writer, editor Doug Wallace embraces elegant old-school ingredients when it comes to choosing a fall #TWTRspritz.

While I’m keen to continually try new scents, I go back to those that meet two criteria:

1. They have to stand out at the fragrance counter, and

2. They need to champion at least a few classic men’s notes: cedar, fern, sandalwood, lavender, patchouli, musk, etc.

One of my go-tos for fall is the fresh fougère Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur, created in partnership with fragrance heavyweight Dominique Ropion in 2009. Geranium and peppermint are spiced with cloves and cinnamon, all tied up with a white musk and sandalwood base. It smells like Grandpa is going on a date with Grandma the week they met in the 1930s, and by jove, he has to smell good!

Top notes: star anise, geranium, mint
Middle notes: clove, cinnamon
Base notes: incense, sandalwood, musk, benzoin

Frederic Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur, $298 (50 ml),

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Doug Wallace is a Toronto-based writer who began his fragrance wardrobe with a bottle of the now-iconic Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel and hasn’t looked back. A big fan of scents by houses Lalique and Boucheron, he is currently having a fling with all-things-British, including Clive Christian, Floris and Penhaligon’s. He treasures the dusty shoulders of some of his more aged bottles just as much as he does the shiny young ones.