What makes a French man so irresistible?
His style. His attitude. His Smell.
From the first impressions you recognize a French man by his outfit. A Parisian has no competitors for fashion sense. Ordinarily you would never buy an orange scarf for your boyfriend, until you see a Parisian walking along the Champs Elysees with an orange silk scarf complementing his “decontracte” style.
French guys look straight into your eyes when they are talking to you. They make you feel like you are the only girl in the entire world, and then whisk you away to a happy ending filled with bread, cheese, and wine.
Okay – that might all be some sort of fairytale – but it still remains, French men sure have a good stereotype.
You cannot even gain that inborn sense of self that the French have, and you may not be able to dress like him, but you can do something just as good.
Smell like him.
Here are some scents you can buy to smell like you are straight out of Paris.
The L’Homme Libre is a slight variation from the L’Homme version launched in 2006 and was launched in 2011 with ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied as its face – don’t know who he is? Ask your girlfriend, she will.
The L’Homme line of YSL products is generally a safe bet but the Libre outdoes the others with its sharp and spicy fragrance created with a mix of bergamot, pink pepper and patchouli. This is the perfume to wear on a bright summer day walking the cobblestone streets.
Buy if: You are looking for a scent for everyday wear that won’t fade or change throughout the day.
Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extrême
Adding to its Allure Homme Range, the Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extrême was launched last year and features a previously unknown mix of Sicilian mandarin, mint, cypress, and clary sage, cedar, black pepper and sandalwood.
The result is a stunningly fresh and minty cologne that will make you stand out in the crowd. Professional surfer Danny Fully is the face of this perfume whose launch campaign was directed by none other than Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow. One again, ask your girlfriend.
Buy if: you like to spend your days at the beach or the gym – this won’t fade off too much because you were sweating or swimming.
L.12.12 Lacoste Rouge
French luxury lifestyle brand Lacoste launched the L.12.12 collection last year as a dedication to the company’s first polo shirt designed in 1927. The perfume is unique because of some of the ingredients used such as red roiboos tea, benzoin, mandarin liqueur and juicy mango that is set off against spices such as black pepper, ginger and cardamom.
What this boils down to is one energetic and dynamic perfume that is sure to get heads turning any day of the year. It smells French because it was inspired directly by the men of France and the women who love them.
Buy if: You are sick of the overly musky scents that seem to be plaguing the shelves. This is a much simpler scent.
Christian Dior Cologne Spray for Men, Dior Homme
The latest perfume from Dior is a reworking of Dior Homme that many men (and women!) loved that first launched in 2005. The new version is meant to be simple yet sophisticated – and getting Jude Law to endorse it was a masterstroke in that endeavor. Just like him, the cologne has a great blend of citrus and floral tones that make it perfect for a late evening date or an early morning meeting.
This scent will last all day, no doubt. In fact, this will quickly become a signature scent because of the way it sticks around for a long time.
Buy if: This cologne will work well for professionals who like to keep things toned down.
Gentlemen Only Givenchy
After the success of its Play Sport perfume in 2008 that featured Justin Timberlake as its face, famous French house Givenchy has launched Gentlemen Only this year with Australian celebrity actor Simon Baker. Gentlemen Only is actually a relaunch of Givenchy’s 1974 Gentlemen perfume and retains the latter’s woody base that made it so popular back in the era.
Recently, Kanye West admitted that he wears this cologne as well. Truly, this is one of the few scents that will work for any “type” of man – from a celebrity to a construction worker to a businessman.
The perfume has a mix of green mandarin, pink pepper, nutmeg and birch leaves notes that helps separate you from the boys. If you want to rock the boardroom, then this is the perfume for you.
Buy if: You want to smell like a French man but not spend like a French man – this one is highly affordable!
Legend Special Edition 2013, Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc is the region associated with French Alps in France. Taking inspiration from the cool mountains, this ice-shaped bottle of cologne from luxury accessory maker Mont Blanc features ice-cool mint and ginger in its top notes with citrus, white cedar, jasmine, amber, tonka and rose along with Pomarose molecule added to the perfume to give the Legend Special Edition its cool fresh appeal.
You’ve seen the billboards in Times Square, Tokyo, and everywhere in between: Nothing makes a man a legend quite like Mont Blanc.
Buy if: You are quick – these are super limited and will not be released again!
Voyage d’Hermes Eau de Parfum
The first thing that will catch your eyes about Voyage d’Hermes Eau de Parfum is its unique shape. Open the cover and take in the blend of floral and tea notes accentuated with musk and amber.
You’ll notice something interesting when you look at the website: this is a unisex cologne, meaning your girlfriend can borrow it.
Try this to see how the perfume goes from being citrusy to woody after application. Nothing can work better on a date night, we assure you and of course, nothing spells French like luxury brand Hermes as well.
Buy if: You want to have something special to share with your lady!