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Musk, cedar, nutmeg, flowers: We sniff test two iconic men’s scents with many shared notes—Dior Fahrenheit vs Old Spice—and ask, “which classic is your best bet?”
It’s a battle of old-school scents featuring Christian Dior Fahrenheit and Old Spice Original. These two men’s fragrance giants have several vibrant notes in common, including citrus top notes and floral hearts.
HIGH: Dior Fahrenheit
First Launched: 1988
First Impression: This woody, floral musk seems a bit safe (read: plain), but the florals warm up nicely once you have it on.
Best For: The naughty-but-nice weekend away, a night at the symphony, a steakhouse splurge.
Biggest Fan: Classic, down-to-earth gents who have actually smoked a cigar before and liked it.
Spinoff: Dior Aqua Fahrenheit is the 2011 update, refreshed with hits of mint and basil, and a blast of grapefruit.
Christian Dior Fahrenheit EDT, $102 (100 ml), www.sephora.com
LOW: Old Spice
First Launched: 1938
First Impression: This clean Oriental smells like outside. It will take you back to Saturday mornings with dad (shaving with an electric razor) while you try to watch wrestling on TV.
Best For: Brunch, an afternoon bike ride, parent-teacher interview.
Biggest Fans: Chevy-driving, vintage vinyl-collecting, pinball-playing and lovable lugs who don’t own a cellphone.
Spinoffs: Resist the newer versions–Lime, Hawkridge, Wolfhorn–as they all smell like something is just not quite right.
Old Spice Classic Cologne, $15 (125 ml), www.well.ca
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