We Found The Best Fragrance For Every Type Of Dad

We Found The Best Fragrance For Every Type Of Dad

Refinery29 | Rachel Krause

Just like each and every grain of sand is totally unique, so is every dad on God’s green earth. A dad is a person, first and foremost, not just an actor in a sitcom who makes really lame jokes. Dads have different interests. They have different jobs, different hobbies, different lifestyles — you know, there isn’t just one type of dad stuff. So this Father’s Day, don’t just buy your dad whatever the best-selling men’s fragrance of the moment might be. Buy him a scent he’ll really like; something that speaks to him on a personal level as an individual, to his love of sailing or his heritage or the fact that he owns the entire James Bond movie franchise on DVD and Blu-Ray. Ahead, 6 very different fragrances for 6 very different types of dad…

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Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Italian Zest Pour Homme

Your dad might be a full three generations off the boat, but that hasn’t stopped him from holding fast to his Italian heritage as if it was just yesterday he set sail over the Mediterranean, waving goodbye to his weeping famiglia as the ship drifted away from the shore. He greets your friends with a kiss on both cheeks, won’t let any guests leave the house without first sampling his homemade limoncello, and always signs off his texts with “ciao.” The juicy tang of this summery fragrance is like the orange-peel garnish twisted over the rim of a Negroni, with fresh bergamot and pepper for brightness and balance.

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Ralph Lauren Polo Ultra Blue

Your dad was born in Ohio, but he was a mariner in a past life and he knows it. He blew all his retirement savings on a small fishing boat in the midst of a midlife crisis, and it was only the second-worst mistake he’s ever made; the first, he says, was marrying your mother. Now he takes to the water every chance he gets. (These two things are not unrelated.) And when he can’t, he’ll enjoy this mineral aquatic scent with notes of bergamot and basil verbena, which smells uncannily like the sea if the sea also smelled kind of like a gin and tonic.

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Hermès Eau de Citron Noir Eau de Cologne

Your dad is charming, resourceful, and always saves the day, come hell or high water. This unusual eau de cologne combines the dark, smoky depth of black tea with piquant, not-quite-fruity black lime to appeal to the side of him that loves a good adventure, like tracking down the location of a certain authentic Fabergé egg that’s believed to have been stolen by the Soviets. If only he would stop requesting his venti pomegranate iced green teas “shaken, not stirred” at his local suburban Starbucks.

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Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau de Toilette

 

It happens every time: The whole family is dressed and ready to head to the function (how is it even possible that another one of your cousins is getting married?), and then you realize there’s someone missing. It’s dad! Again. Is he changing his shoes? Fixing his hair? Who knows — but he won’t leave the house until his look is on point. Of course, a look is never complete without the perfect bold, refined fragrance, and this crisp scent, which pairs smooth bergamot and cedarwood with the bite of ginger, is just that

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Aesop Hwyl Eau de Parfum

 

Technically your dad works from the hours of nine to five Monday through Friday, but when he’s not dealing with paperwork, you can also find him “working” in the shed: chopping wood, chopping more wood, making the odd birdhouse, and whistling tunes to the squirrels, rocking a flannel shirt and suspenders like it’s 1912. If Paul Bunyan had a signature fragrance, it would be this strong, spicy blend of cypress, frankincense, and vetiver.

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Diptyque Eau de Minthé Eau de Parfum

 

This is less of a fragrance to buy for your own dad and more of a… daddy scent, if you will. A riff on the classic fougère for the modern man, the green herb it’s sort-of named for (in Greek mythology, Minthe was actually a nymph who carried on an affair with Hades until his wife found out and turned her into the mint plant; it’s a long story) is an overarching aura rather than a starring note. Nutmeg and patchouli are at the center, and dashes of rose and geranium top off the cocktail he stirs up for you with freshly-muddled — you guessed it — mint from his rooftop garden when he bikes back to your Fort Greene apartment before you do on summer Fridays. Sure, he’s not a dad yet… but you do have three cats named after the members of Yo La Tengo, which definitely counts.

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