Forget the socks and the tacky tie this year; for Father’s Day, treat your dad (or fab fatherly figure such as your grandad or stepdad) to something more memorable – a true classic scent! Fragrances come and go, but these 10 eau so amazing fragrances have stood the test of time for all the right reasons, and we’re sure your lucky recipient will understand the hype, too. So, whether you’re buying a gift from yourself or on behalf of the kid’s, keep on reading to make dad’s day with a helping hand from The Perfume Shop.
1. Pour Monsieur by Chanel
If soft and subtle is your father figure’s vibe when it comes to fragrances, then we highly recommend Pour Monsieur by Chanel. Delicate and dashing in so many ways, it has been wowing wearers since the 1950s. An absolute gold standard in men’s chypre scents, it opens beautifully with neroli and light citruses before developing into a smooth and warming concoction of spices. It’s a fragrance of pure quality guaranteed to put a smile on dad’s face this Father’s Day!
2. Eau Sauvage By Dior
Released in 1966, Eau Sauvage by Dior has reached legendary status. If your dad fancies himself as a bit of a dapper gent, then treat his senses to this ground-breaking formula that bursts open with robust, uplifting citrus notes before drying down into an elegant earthiness that exudes class, confidence, and charisma. An excellent echo of the past that we’re sure dad will treasure!
3. Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier
As one of the most distinguished bottles and acclaimed male scents of all time, dad may be left wondering what he did to be so spoilt come Father’s Day with a bottle of Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier! Smelling as good today as it did when it was released in 1995, your dad’s spirits will be lifted all day long and beyond with its powerful notes of mint, cinnamon, vanilla and orange blossom.
4. 1 Million by Paco Rabanne
Ah, 1 Million by Paco Rabanne – it’s bold, it’s ballsy, and with one bottle sold almost every 5 seconds, it’s easily one of the bestselling scents of the last decade! Those numbers are mindboggling, but it’s no surprise when you experience it. With its energising notes of peppermint, blood mandarin, musk and cinnamon, it’s a true day-to-night fragrance, and we reckon not only will dad adore it, but it may even earn you a few top son or daughter points too!
5. Aramis by Aramis
Aramis is one of those iconic scents fans of fragrance have been talking about with awe and admiration for years – over 50 years, in fact! Rich and spicy in aroma, it’s gallant, audacious, and as masculine in characteristics as they come with notes of clary sage, leather and earthy green leaves.
6. Polo by Ralph Lauren
Polo scents can come and go, so let’s bring it back to the OG where it all began. Ralph Lauren’s first-ever masculine scent, Polo (the one in the green bottle), is sure to spark nostalgia from your dad’s formative years (or perhaps your grandad was fond of it a few years back). A chypre fragrance packed with earthy notes, it calls on pine, thyme, tobacco, leather, and oak moss accord – a scent with staying power.
7. Boss Bottled and Boss The Scent by Hugo Boss
Hugo Boss fragrances make fail-safe gifts for every male in your life, whether it’s Christmas, their birthday or Father’s Day. But, with so many options to choose from, don’t end up in Hugo Boss overwhelm! Our top picks have to be the original scent, Boss Bottled, thanks to its crowd-pleasing profile of spice blended with refreshing citrus. Or if you want to encourage dear old dad to try something new, how about Boss The Scent? It dials up on amber, spice and smokiness for a scent that’ll make him walk with a pep in his step.
8. Acqua Di Gio by Armani
Uncomplicated. Uplifting. Understanding. Your dad sounds just as reliable as Armani’s cult classic Acqua Di Gio. A favourite since the late nineties, it’s a woody scent with a splash (quite literally) of ozonic marine notes, tangerine and patchouli.
9. Gentleman and Gentleman Reserve Privee, Givenchy
Look to Givenchy’s Gentleman collection for the dapper dude who loves to rock a suit on his day off. Boasting sophistication with every spritz, the original Gentleman scent is straight out of a seventies Bond film (a sign of the era of when it first launched!) with its heady blend of tarragon, cinnamon and vetiver. While the brand new instalment, Givenchy Reserve Privee, carries on the heady theme with a modern-day twist, mixing in whisky-inspired notes and elegant florals.
10. Eternity by Calvin Klein
Created to last *checks label* an Eternity, Calvin Klein stayed true to its promise with this timeless scent. Throwing together botanical, crisp notes (a game-changer at the time of launch in the late eighties), it remains an uplifting and refreshing fragrance perfect for everyday wear.