When it comes to shopping for fathers, it can be a little bit tricky. After all, dads have a reputation for being very obstinate with their preferences. So we don’t blame you if you haven’t gotten anything for the #1 man in your life for Father’s Day despite it happening this weekend. But fret not, we’ve got a tip for you: Fragrance shopping is an easy way to your dad’s heart. The solution is to find something that smells sharp and sophisticated. But why stop at blind buys when you can go the extra mile and drop some coins on something that truly suits his personality to a T?
We’ve gone through numerous options and narrowed it down to this carefully selected list of invigorating scents. The best part is that there’s one suitable for every personality type, given that our fathers typically come with their own special quirks and hobbies. So if you’re scrambling to shop for a suitable fragrance for your dad, it’s not too late. From cult favourites like Jo Malone London Salty Amber Cologne to timeless classics in the vein of Tom Ford, browse through this edit of Vogue-approved fragrances that will put your heart at ease while you shop, and a smile on your father’s face when you present this to him over celebrations this Sunday.
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Henry Jacques Roi San Equipage Pure Perfume
This fragrance is worth every penny because exotic ingredients found in this well-concocted and elegant blend are sourced from hard-to-reach locations across the globe. Luxurious as it is comforting, this leather-amber perfume with hints of tobacco and spices is a blend that it truly fit for the king of a household.
Key notes: Leather, amber, tobacco, pepper
Best for: The sophisticated dad with a taste for the finer things in life
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Hermès Terre d'Hermès Eau Givree Eau de Parfum
Terre d’Hermès Eau Givree Eau de Parfum retains the original fragrance’s fresh and uplifting qualities with a salty twist. Clean and well-balanced, this noteworthy number by Christine Nagel will go swimmingly for on-the-go professionals who are slaying in the boardroom by day and giving standing ovations at his daughter’s piano recitals by night.
Key notes: Leather, wood, citrus, mineral notes
Best for: The firm and self-assured dad with a soft heart
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Jo Malone London Salty Amber Cologne
If childhood memories with your dad comprise mostly of seaside walks, watching sunsets on yachts or adventures by the beach, this fragrance is exactly the one you’re looking for. The cologne’s marine notes will take your dad back to those fond moments, while touches of amber and cardamom add a touch of class, making this the perfect option for when he’s out on his next marine adventure.
Key notes: Marine notes, cardamom, amber
Best for: The sand and sea type of dad who loves himself some quality time with his family
Jo Malone London Salty Amber Cologne, $118 for 30ml, available at Sephora
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La Collection Privée Christian Dior Bois d'Argent
This fragrance reminds us of a warm, comforting hug from a loving parent thanks to the powdery notes of iris and amber. Hints of wood and myrrh take it to the next level by bringing elegance to the table. If your dad is the type who turns up for all your milestones, offers great life advice when you’re down and has a healthy relationship with your boyfriend, this classy number is the one for him. Consider getting him this fragrance from the limited edition Dioriviera collection to make him feel extra special.
Key notes: Wood, iris, amber, myrrh
Best for: The warm and nurturing dad who’s always there for you
La Collection Privée Christian Dior Bois d’Argent, $370 for 125ml, available at La Collection Privée Christian Dior
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Moncler Pour Homme Eau De Parfum
Moncler‘s Pour Homme Eau De Parfum (first fragrance from the brand, might we add) is more than just a beautifully blended wood and aromatic concoction. It’s also a spectacle for your dad’s vanity table thanks to its metallic casing with ribbed details and LED feature. Sure, the bottle isn’t a replacement for the remote control, but we’re sure your gadget loving dad will appreciate the sentiment behind it.
Key notes: Exclusive alpine green and mountain wood accords, cypress, cedarwood, vetiver
Best for: The cool tech-savvy dad who’s always up-to-date with the latest gadgets
Moncler Pour Homme Eau De Parfum, $289 for 150ml, available at Tangs
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Chanel Bleu De Chanel Eau De Parfum
This intense head turning fragrance is mysterious, captivating and crisp all at the same time, thanks to the artful balance of citrus, spice and florals. These qualities make this offering from the couture house perfect for the cool and sophisticated father who doesn’t say much but does the most for his family.
Key notes: Citrus, aromatic spices, patchouli, incense
Best for: The cool and collected dad with a big heart
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Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau De Parfum
Tom Ford‘s Oud Wood has gained cult status thanks to its inimitable blend of oud, rosewood and spices. The conversation starter complements personalities that can hold intelligent conversation and maintain meaningful relationships, making this fragrance perfect for dads who always have a seat at the table whenever your friends are over.
Key notes: Oud, rosewood, sandalwood, cardamom
Best for: The classy dad who gets along well with your friends
Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau De Parfum, $375 for 50ml, available at Sephora
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Kilian Paris Kologne, Shield of Protection
This azure tinted potion reminds us of a trip to a gentleman’s salon—crisp, clean and aromatic. Dads who are tough on the outside but soft on the inside will appreciate this one, as it opens strong at first spritz but mellows down to something warm and comforting in the drydown.
Key notes: Green mandarin, rosemary
Best for: The practical and protective dad who also spoils you when your mother isn’t looking
Kilian Paris Kologne, Shield of Protection , $389 for 50ml, available at escentials
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Crisp, musky and sweet, this crowd favourite has gained cult status for all the right reasons. The blend of citrus, florals and herbs make this a classy and youthful fragrance that is perfect for golf-playing dads who also have Drake and The Weeknd on their Spotify playlist.
Key notes: Citrus, patchouli, oak moss, pineapple, rose, musk
Best for: The classic gentleman who also loves spending time with his family in the great outdoors
Creed Aventus , $520 for 100ml, available at escentials