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Three signature scents to wear as you re-emerge from lockdown

You’re not fully dressed without a smile - or a sensational aftershave…

By Will Stroude

As we all begin to emerge from long lonely months of lockdown, it’s important to make sure your reintroduction to the world is more butterfly bursting forth from its chrysalis than grizzly bear stumbling from hibernation. 

Thanksfully, with these three signature scents, you can make sure your attraction all the right kind of attention…


Don’t have a million dollars? At least smell like you do with Gucci Intense Oud. A rich, oriental cologne with notes of amber, agar wood, leather and incense, this unisex fragrance has more than a whiff of opulence — say it with us, “You own everything.”

The highest quality resins are steam-distilled to produce essential oils for this luxurious scent, and the gorgeous bottle will look fab on your bathroom shelf, too.


Easy-on-the-eye actor Ed Skrein is the face of Carolina Herrera Bad Boy cologne — damn you, lockdown, what we would give to be a little naughty with a hot rebel with a cause right now.

Merging the masculine and feminine, the aromatic blend opens with spicy top notes of grapefruit and pepper followed by a warm, woody heart and a gourmand base of cocoa and tonka beans. Being bad never smelled so good.


Yves Saint Laurent’s Y Eau de Parfum has been designed with the ‘Type A’ personality in mind. You know, that guy who has already made his dreams come true, but is still reaching for new goals — ones that don’t include trying to binge-watch all series of The Real Housewives of… in a month.

The fragrance embraces the freshness of sage and bergamot, alongside olibanum, cedarwood and vetiver, to create an aspirational scent.