When I discovered a bottle of this on Christmas morning, I, admittedly, was reluctant to rejoice. I’d heard of Fahrenheit, even spritzed and sniffed a bit during forays into parfum-purchasing, but it was always one of those fragrances that connoted, with its woody, burning scent, a kind of 80s overly masculine mustiness.
But it’s grown on me. This could be due to numerous reasons – to please Maman who gifted it or due to the subtly impactive, bold and black packaging. Most likely, though, it’s as a result of my embracing the classic masculine scent i.e. heady, hot and lingering. While it at first seemed stale and dated with its heavy notes of Aoud, myrrh and incense, it’s now much more appealing and gives off a distinct whiff of luxury that many of my lighter fragrances lack.
It’s worth trying, anyway, if only to feel like you’re on the edge of a volcanic cliff (do see David Lynch-directed goodness below…)
Image from Basenotes
Luckily, I’ve not got to worry about the fragrance I’m tucking away for fashion-week usage (well, honestly, it’s a toss up between the following and Tom Ford Extreme – devilishly good). Granted this probably shouldn’t be one of the most pressing matters at hand but I’m thinking smelling good will help when I’m looking knackered, perplexed and schoolboy-excited. Anyway, the fragrant saviour comes by way of Byredo Parfums, the Swedish house of scents that collaborated with menswear style bible, Fantastic Man, a while back.
But, while I ordered a sample of Fantastic Man, it wasn’t the one which had the olfactory area fixated. Rather it was Green. Like nothing I’ve sniffed before, it’s kind of heady (must be the musk) and yet light (orange petigrain perhaps?) at the same time, with an undeniable air of Spring/Summer about it – appropriate for the showing season, probably not so appropriate considering the reports of current London weather… For those who understand such things, these are the notes: Orange Petigrain, Sage, Jasmine, Rose, Honeysuckle, Violet, Tonka Almond and Musk.
Equally interesting is the designer Ben Gorham’s story. A former star basketball player and now a fragrance/home amenities designer, he’s pictured above alongside a Diane Pernet parasol. Oh, and for those with a thing for tats-covered perfume designers, get ye to Diane’s post on Ben’s inked artworks, here.
Images from Byredo and ASVOF
“We wanted to create a fragrance that expressed disheveled elegance – an unforced look, style and attitude that is young, modern, masculine and dynamic. Articulating the creativity, positivity, energy and open-minded, individualistic, effortless approach of The Beat man.” – Christopher Bailey.
And they’ve hit it spot on in terms of translating these traits, particularly the energy and positivity, of the modern Burberry man to the scent. The scent, which I would recommend exclusively for daywear due to its inherent lightness, features leatherwood, vetiver, bourbon, cedrat, black pepper and violet leaves accord, and was designed by notable noses Olivier Polge and Domitille Bertier. Interestingly, although its woodiness and punchy black pepper is distinctly masculine, its overall aroma is somewhat reminiscent of this new, and much more feminine masculinity we’ve been seeing in the SS09 collections. Thoroughly modern, it most definitely is.
Image from Burberry the Beat For Men