Picking the right fragrance can be a daunting task. There’s an overwhelming number of scents and notes out there, from musky and spicy, to woody, sweet, fruity, and floral. The importance of a scent can be overlooked too. It’s not only an invisible finishing touch to your ‘fit. It can be a powerful thing — bringing back memories and making new ones.
To give you some inspiration and encouragement in finding “the one,” we’ve tapped some of the Highsnobiety staff located in our Berlin and New York City HQs to share their favorite fragrances.
These scents often have a unique story to tell too. From college-era perfumes rediscovered to fragrances stumbled upon, and stumbled out with, at hotels, and even perfumes with stress-relieving powers. Best of all, these products are fit for a range of budgets, with options starting at just $68.
Without further ado, we’ll let the Highsnobiety staff take it from here.
Byredo Super Cedar
“Currently, my favorite eaux de parfum (I don’t do colognes — they’re too light for my taste and the smell doesn’t linger around for long) are from Byredo. The brand creates perfumes that have unique profiles, which last. They come with beautiful packaging, too. Super Cedar is a really nice fragrance for summer as it has a crisp, yet woody smell to it, which sounds somewhat contradictory, but actually works pretty well.” — Ufuk Inci, senior producer
Yves Saint Laurent La Nuite de L’Homme
“A solid perfume that doesn’t break the bank. It’s my go-to right now, especially for the night-time as the name may suggest.” — Viktor Kaćunić, affiliate partnerships executive
The Nue Co. Functional Fragrance
“It’s taken me YEARS to find a perfume that truly aligns with my personhood, and The Nue Co. Functional Fragrance seems to be my star-crossed scent from the cosmos. In addition to smelling delicious, with notes of palo santo, jasmine, cedarwood oil, violet, musk, and cilantro, this combination of ingredients alleviates stress. I feel cleansed with every spritz that soaks into my skin like a force field of good energy. It’s also unisex, so you can share a bottle with anyone that cares about how they smell. (Bonus: I always wear NOVA’s roll-on Chakra fragrance when I travel because it’s so easy to transport.)” — Sydney Gore, associate music editor
Frederic Malle French Lover
“This was the perfume of my college years, and I am just now rediscovering it. Back then it was called Bois D’Orage, a name that I like a lot better. Since it came out in 2007, forest-y, spicy fragrances like it have become a trend, but you can’t beat this one. Its use of wood notes without any trace of fruit gives it a sexy brutalism, like listening to Hardstyle techno.” — Thom Bettridge, editor-in-chief
Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club
“I mean, who wouldn’t want to check out a scent called Jazz Club? I first discovered this fragrance through the amenities at the Hotel Roosevelt in Los Angeles. They come in soap bars and lotions but only at hotels, I guess? Weird flex, but ok. When I checked out, there was one of those cleaning carts in front of my room, so I stole a shit-ton (approximate measurement). I started buying the travel-sized scent a little after, as it’s the perfect size for taking anywhere — especially when I’m in Europe and have to cram all my shit into those weird clear bags. Once the temperature dips down during the fall, I start using this a lot more.” — Jian DeLeon, editorial director
“I’m in love with the three perfumes from IIUVO which launched two years ago. My favorite one is named Gilot (after Picasso’s muse) which is very light and has notes of bergamot and marshmallow. This scent works on everyone and doesn’t feel intrusive when you smell it on someone.” Herbert Hofmann, creative director
Louis Vuitton L’Immensité
“I used to wear Le Labo but got tired of smelling like grapefruit. The result is something that’s not overly woodsy nor floral, an ideal summer scent that isn’t overpowering but has a certain signature to it. There’s also an LV travel case available for $500, which is double the cost of the scent. But flaunt it if you got it.” Jian DeLeon, editorial director
“I wear this fragrance all day long. It just has such a unique smell, and each time I wear it everyone wants to put their noses to my neck!” — Ahmad Larnes, producer
Byredo Oud Immortel
“For the Fall/Winter season, I go with Byredo Oud Immortel. I’m from the Middle East so, obviously, I love oud perfumes. Like the Super Cedar, it’s a woody perfume, but it’s not as fresh. It’s more intense with a lot of depth to it.” — Ufuk Inci, senior producer
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