Since the ancient Egyptian period when perfumed wax was used, fragrances have been a cultural staple in the Middle East. And whilst it’s mostly marketed towards women in most parts of the world, fragrance holds equal importance for men in the region.
Whether it’s oud or the latest cologne, a good scent is as integral for Arab men as it is for women. But with hundreds of perfumes to choose from, the hunt for the perfect fragrance can be daunting.
To help you, we’re rounded up our favourite new-releases.
Frederic Malle – The Moon Eau de Parfum
Frederic Malle’s new unisex fragrance is at the highest-end of luxury perfume. This new perfume is Middle Eastern inspired — in large created by Julien Rasquinet, who is an authority in the perfume world on the oud scent. He attempts to mimic the celestial glow of the moon, with rich notes blended with opulent Turkish rose. If it’s within your budget, this fragrance is unparalleled.
1,652 AED / 450 USD
Hermès – Eau de Citron Noir
Inspired by the Middle East, this citrusy, spicy scent is perfect for a hot summer night. The fragrance is unisex, with black lime accord, lemon, black tea, citron, and Paraguayan wood notes.
477 AED / 130 USD
Yves Saint Laurent – Splendid Wood
Saint Laurent’s Splendid Wood has built a reputation as the ultimate Middle Eastern scent—and rightfully so. The fragrance is a strong, but still wearable woody scent composed of Middle Eastern oud, and a number of other types of local woods.
1,167 AED / 318 USD
Byredo – Oud Immortel
If you’re looking for a woody/smoky scent, Byredo’s Oud Immortel should be your next purchase. It mixes together patchouli and papyrus with rosewood, giving it a light, earthy accord topped with sweeter citrusy notes that make it the perfect fragrance for fall and straight through to winter.
974 AED / 265 USD
Tom Ford – Oud Minerale
If you’re looking for a captivating scent, this is it. Tom Ford’s Oud Minerale is a blend that you’d have thought impossible to bring together. It’s the perfect mix between smoky oud and fresh ocean, with keynotes of salty seaweed, pink peppercorn, oud blend, and styrax.
882 AED / 240 USD