High-Low: Green fragrances with a floral twist

High-Low: Green fragrances with a floral twist

These soft scents borrow an age-old trick: highlighting just enough green backbone to balance the more feminine floral notes. Add in a woody base and you’ve got two unisex fragrance-wardrobe staples.

HIGH: Tom Ford Vert Bohème

First Launched: 2016

First Impression: I want more! Now! Deep and almost dizzyingly good. This smells like a night out in your best suit.

Top: Galbanum, mandarin orange
Middle: Violet, honeysuckle, magnolia
Base: Gustavia wood

Best For: Jetting off to a meeting in Manhattan.

Biggest Fan: The man who will buy all four green unisex scents in the Tom Ford Private Blend line, but only really wear this one—constantly.

Tom Ford Vert Bohème EDP, $255 (50 ml), sephora.com

LOW: Ferrari Noble Fig

First Launched: 2015

First Impression: Romantic, verging on old-fashioned, evoking a figgy but foggy memory from the 1970s.

Top: Fig, pink peppercorn, mandarin orange
Middle: Sage, iris
Base: Musk, patchouli

Best For: A power lunch with your father-in-law at his club or lunch by yourself at your favourite oyster bar.

Biggest Fan: Scallywags who always appear to be on their best behaviour – but usually aren’t.

Ferrari Noble Fig EDT, $90 (100 ml), notino.com

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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.