Top 5: Men’s Fragrances – May Edition

Following on from April’s Edition, here is a list of my top 5 fragrances for the month of May. Again, the oud scent is clearly evident in a few of these fragrances…I just can’t escape it! The distinctively strong scent of oud is perfect for gents who are battling through the cold around the world.

1. Valentino ‘UOMO – Edition Noire’ Eau de Toilette


Housed in an opaque shrine, Valentino UOMO Edition Noire is a magnetic fragrance enveloped by the elegance of zesty bergamot and its hint of spice. Barely touched by myrtle, it opens with notes of coffee and the tones of gianduja cream. The white leather reveals the majesty of cedar. It attracts and intrigues with its spiky mystery and dangerously sensual appearance.

2. Bulgari Man All Blacks Limited Edition


A very strong oud fragrance, the new edition of the Bulgari Man is perfect for the winter season. A daringly charismatic fragrance, expressing a new statement of masculinity. Dedicated to tremendously seductive men. Bulgari Man in Black is characterized by an ambery Oriental sillage of a unique and sensual signature.

3. 1 Million by Paco Rabanne


When the original Paco Rabanne 1 Million was launched several years ago, it was either owned or tried by every single gentleman at least once. Now, PR have introduced an amplified intense version of the fragrance that will, once again, send popularity waves. The new 1 Million Cologne is the promise of an endless story… The iconic ingot is beautifully enhanced and laid bare in a see-through design, offering the idea of a revelation.

4. 212 VIP by Carolina Herrera


A signature scent recognised on the dance floor. That’s how the team at CH have described the latest edition of 212. As a teenager, all I wore was 212, so to see the range progress over the years into a continuously beautiful scent is truly incredible.

5. Mojave Ghost by Byredo Fragrances


One out of the box for this issue. Nicher than niche, Byredo offers up a fragrance inspired by the miraculous ‘ghost flower’ native to the notoriously arid Mojave desert. A floral oriental fragrance featuring ambrette, violet, sandalwood, magnolia, ambergris and cedar.



Founder of SMF, Elias spends most of his time travelling the world, attempting to become the first Lebanese surfer and rocking the white pant + double breasted blazer combo.