LAF Picks: Top 3 festive fragrances

Ready or not, the festive season is upon us and those Christmas lists and Christmas gifts, aren’t going to write or buy themselves. But luckily, we’re here to help with some picking of products and gentle guidance.

Aftershaves are a staple of any Christmas – so much so that men probably hardly ever buy one for themselves. It’s a classic stocking filler but the underrated gift that everyone should want. One bottle on Christmas day is going to have the recipient smelling and feeling great through Boxing Day, pass New Year’s Eve and well into 2018.

So here are our top three picks for men’s festive fragrances…


Having James Franco on the ad campaign is a smart move from coach and it expresses the fragrance well. The ever-cool, always effortlessly stylish Franco is the face of this scent, with the smoky, midnight blue bottle just adding to the laid-back coolness of the product.

With base notes of suede, that suave swagger continues with the fragrance itself, as Franco leans against a vintage Plymouth Valiant with the New York City skyline in the background, COACH has nailed the combination of modernity and vintage with this scent.

Mont Blanc – Legend Night

Legend Night is the latest reinterpretation of the Legend scent, a staple fragrance from Month Blanc. The sensual woody fragrance is to reveal the inner charisma of the man who wears it, with delicious top notes the result of a blend between zesty bergamot and aromatic sage.

At the bottom, cedar wood and violet combine to lend elegance and distinction to the scent inside the liquor-inspired bottle. The cognac colour of the branding, as well as the smells of this fragrance mean that it is a gift that connotes serious sophistication.


‘I was inspired by leather,’ says Veronique Nyberg, the woman behind this men’s fragrance. And rightly so, as leather has become an iconic symbol of Trussardi’s heritage that is part of its DNA.  She explained upon the release of this scent that leather can be sexy, rough or soft and it’s this versatility that makes it a huge inspiration for the Riflesso fragrance.

A classical scent, then, yet a combination of a burst of freshness and pure energy among the head nothes thanks to the Italian citrus fruits and crisp undertones of green apple that gone into this, glimmeringly well-packaged fragrance. Possibly the most glamorous scent out of our three picked, this one is sure to be well-received as a gift under the tree.