Style is more than the clothes on your back or the watch on your wrist—it's how you present yourself. And when it comes to making the best impression, a great fragrance can take things to a whole other level. Because you'll smell good, first of all. But also because it's true what they say about scent being the sense most strongly tied to memory. And who doesn't want to be memorable?
Thing is, you want to be remembered for the right reasons, not because you smell like a teenager who splashed on too much aftershave for prom. If you're in the market for a signature fragrance but aren't quite sure where to start, we've got you covered. Here are five classics that'll never go out of style. Find your favorite, and stick to it. Or play around and try them all out. You can't go wrong.
Just like the name implies, this classic scent—created by the French perfumer way back in the '50s—has the fragrant grass vetiver at its heart, giving the whole thing a grounded, earthy quality. Wood, tobacco, and spice liven things up with a little extra kick. Think of the smell of a forest in the morning, bottled for your convenience.
Dior Eau Sauvage
Some colognes demand your attention. This is not one of those colognes. Subtle and easy-to-wear, it blends citrus notes with a medley of herbs to create a scent that's fresh, but with enough depth to keep things interesting. If you're looking for a can't-miss everyday option, you just found it.
Hermès Terre d'Hermès
The folks at storied French fashion house Hermès describe this signature scent, developed in 2006, as "an eau between earth and sky." What does that mean, exactly? Well, basically that you can expect a whole lot from the top to the base. Orange, vetiver, flint, and cedar each make a bold showing, giving Terre d'Hermès a blend of citrus, wood, and mineral notes. It's the kind of refined scent you can start wearing now and keep wearing all the rest of your days.
Acqua di Parma Colonia
Imagine an impeccably dressed Italian man sipping an espresso on the banks of the Arno in Florence. This is the cologne he's wearing. It's fresh and refined, balancing citrus and floral notes with woody ones. "Timeless" is a word that gets tossed around a lot without much meaning in the fragrance world—but in this case, it's the perfect descriptor.
So, you just got that promotion (or you want to smell like you did)? This is the cologne for you. Creed's hallmark scent doesn't come cheap, but you get a whole lot of bang for your buck. Fruits like bergamot and pineapple define the brighter top notes, the heart brings in some wood and jasmine, while the base of Aventus rounds things out with elements like vanilla and musk. It's an unabashedly sophisticated scent from an iconic perfumer that's been around since 1760. Once you try it, you'll understand why.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.