The best fragrances this Father’s Day for every type of dad

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If you’re going down the fragrance route this Father’s Day, we’d first like to commend you on your bravery.

Finding a fragrance that dad — much less anyone — will love is a daunting task, not only because it largely relies on personal preferences, but also because personality plays a big part of the process. 

Thankfully, the decades you’ve spent living with the man would mean that you know exactly what he’s like, and for that we have the perfect scent for every type. Unlike your usual mug or shirt, these Father’s Day fragrances will go the extra mile in lifting his mood every single day, a keepsake of sorts to remind of your appreciation for him.

Whether he’s the brooding type who enjoys a book and Scotch every evening or an active dad who still drags you along on evening runs, here are the best Father’s Day fragrances to get him.

Besides, a gift as personal as this could only mean that you tried a little harder this year — and that’s all the matters.

1

A sophisticated take on black tea, this EDP was made for the dad who doesn’t usually talk much, but is full of warmth and love. The tea’s herbaceousness is met with the freshness of fig and bay, as well as the depth of cedar wood, vetiver, and musk. This bewitching oscillation between softness and strength is culminated with a special extraction of black tea leaves that impart whispers of dry, leafy hay and tobacco. We reckon this has potential to become a signature scent of his.

Available at Le Labo’s flagship store at Ngee Ann City and online store.

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2

With its fresh juicy notes of prickly pear, subtle floral hints of bergamot, jasmine, and the warmth of irises, it’s clear that Ilio was made for dads who thrive in the sun. Best described as sunshine in a bottle, Diptyque’s latest limited edition fragrance is a fitting tribute to the Mediterranean, and encapsulates the joie de vivre of summertime within its uniquely illustrated bottle. 

Available at all Diptyque counters, Escentials Paragon, and Escentials online.

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3

Bold, lively, and bright, the H24 is a combination of warm sage, electrifying narcissus, and invigorating rosewood, all brought together by cool notes of sclarene. The latter is an innovative synthetic molecule that brings an evocative metallic note to the equation, and recalls the smell of hot irons on damp fabric that typically fills Hermès’ sewing workshops. This one was made for the modern gentleman who enjoys a hike in nature just as much as tinkering with cars and gadgets in his workshop.

Available at Hermes boutiques and online.

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4

If dad’s already a Halfeti fan (we don’t blame him), you can always switch up his Penhaligon’s game with Endymion, an amber spicy fragrance for men that’s at once deep and sultry. Described by the brand as having a “classical elegance befitting of Zeus’ most handsome son”, this eau de cologne plays with the senses via its beguiling mix of lavender, bergamot and sage. Notes of coffee, leather, suede, musk and incense follow through to make this the perfect fragrance for dads who aren’t shy to stand out. 

Available at Penhaligon’s boutiques and online.

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5

For the alpha dad who’s equal parts charismatic and confident, this smoky and alluring Jo Malone cologne takes cues from Middle Eastern fragrance traditions. Expect an aromatic combination of the revered oud with crisp bergamot, cedar wood, and an orange granite accord.

Available at Jo Malone boutiques, Sephora stores and online.

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6

This effervescent scent — rich in neroli, green lavender and bamboo — is a modern twist on a classic cologne. Here, a contemporary vigour and energy takes centre stage, and transitions from an edgy citrusy top note to a dark, masculine finish of black amber and white cedarwood. This fragrance will be unlike any you’ve other experienced — quite strange, almost — but that’s the beauty of it. Made for dads who always stay true to themselves.

Available at Byredo’s boutique at Ngee Ann City, Escentials, and online.

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7

Active dads who’re constantly on the go will appreciate this clean, comfortable scent. Calabrian bergamot and soft white musk shine through here, which works with the brightness of sweet pea to bring a fresh lightness. This musky citrus fragrance embodies the radiance and the purity of a breath of fresh, enveloping air.

Available at Escentials boutiques and online.

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8

Inspired by Chris Hemsworth and the Man of Today campaign, this special edition perfectly encapsulates the Hugo Boss man — confident, sophisticated, and full of life. Expect its fresh, fruity top note to give way to a warm, spicy-floral heart that’s dominated by geranium and clove, which later transitions to a base note of sandalwood, cedar and vetiver. The complex fragrance was designed to be a staple in a man’s daily ritual, and is perfect for the dad who thrives in being in a routine and has a steadfast quality.

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9

Suited men need an equally powerful olfactory scent and there’s no better option right now than Italian label Ermenegildo Zegna’s Javanese Patchouli, an ode to the herb that lends this fragrance a strong, sweet and earthy scent. Other key notes includes basil, cypriol, vetiver oil and cistus absolute which lends a leathery note while cedarwood and moss acts as the base.

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