8 spice infused perfumes for him
Bored of the usual rotation of fruity-floral perfumes and airy aquatic colognes? Take your cue from the spice rack for a veritable bazaar of nostril-tickling ingredients to liven up any fragrance.
1. Spicebomb Extreme, Viktor & Rolf
An explosive blend of fiery black pepper, cumin, cinnamon, pimento peppers, saffron and caraway seeds edged with vanilla, lavender and tobacco, Spicebomb Extreme shakes off any softness the original fragrance may had. One spritz of this powerhouse is all you need, otherwise the amped up silage will knock your socks off.
AED340, Harvey Nichols Dubai
2. Piment Brulant
Inspired by Ancient Axtech’s xocotatl, a rich drink made from cocoa and dried chilli peppers, Piment Brulant is a true foodie scent. With notes of red chilli, poppy seeds and cloves, sweetened with dark chocolate and cacao pods, this is a winter warmer of a fragrance.
AED596, L’Artisan Parfumeur
3. Angel Eau Sucre
A flanker to the Nineties’ blockbuster Angel, Eau Sucre swaps out heady patchouli for a smorgasbord of vanilla-infused treats. Like the sugar-frosted bottle, the fragrance inside is sweetened with lashings of saccharine icing sugar and crushed meringue blended with the creamy vanilla pod middle.
AED450, Thierry Mugler
4. Birch & Black Pepper
Black pepper and fizzy cardamom make unlikely bedmates in this gritty fragrance. A limited edition inspired by modern Britain, it’s a smoky spin masculine scent. Layer with Jo Malone’s feminine Mimosa & Cardamom (from AED300, not pictured) for a bright veil of sweetened spice and honeyed blossoms, or alone to let savoury birch and ink-well notes shine.\
AED300, Jo Malone London
5. African Leather|
Memo’s latest release takes your nose on safari with an earthy blend of roasted cumin, exotic saffron and sweet cardamom, wrapped up in creamy leather. The spices are unexpectedly soft – none of the sweaty curry notes usually found in cumin fragrances – making African Leather more of a polite hello than a call from the wild.
AED910, Memo at Harvey Nichols Dubai
A balsamic blend of nutmeg, peppercorns, cinnamon, ginger and frankincense makes for an intriguingly heavy-hitting unisex scent. The first spritz transports you to a crowded marketplace with a clash of spices, dust and sweat. The drydown couldn’t be more different, leading the wearer through a cathedral filled with bitter smoke of dying incense stubs.
AED680, Robert Piguet at Harvey Nichols Dubai
Like the name suggest, Lush's best-selling Vanillary is very, well, vanillary. Dessert-like, it conjures up visions of rich crème brulée and custard tarts. Top notes of natural vanilla are given depth by creamy tonka bean and jasmine for a warming and cosy scent that suits both men and women.
Ginger, cinnamon and pepper gets a zesty finish in the French perfumer's ode to the careful movements of the ballet's principals. Opening notes of bergamot, mandarin and grapefruit add sparkle to a drier blend of cinnamon bark, fiery ginger root and cedar wood, before simmering down to a base of earthy vetiver sweetened with flecks of vanilla.