This newest incarnation of the Hugo Boss brand boasts an exclusive ingredient from Africa: the aphrodisiac Maninka fruit. Evocative of passion fruit and rum, it's incredibly satisfying and universally appealing - I had the pleasure of sniffing an actual fruit and could definitely see why it's set to be such a big player in the fragrance world. In addition, the top notes of spicy ginger make 'a spirited first impression,' while heart notes of the rousing maninka fruit fuses with lavender to 'swathe the skin in sensuality.' (Lavender is traditionally used in male fragrances, even though it's often associated with women - this is why so many male scents can be worn by us ladies too!) The base note is a more traditional intense burnished leather, to convey 'magnetic masculinity', providing a sexy twist on what could otherwise be just another fragrance. The instant feeling of freshness dies down to leave a lasting impression that's strong, spirited and elegant; why invest in a £145.00 bottle of Tom Ford 'Tuscan Leather' when you could nab a bottle of Boss for a fraction of the price!
I'm a firm believer in scent experimentation. You should always push the boundaries, layer up, spritz on something you think you'll hate, or swap fragrances with your partner. We only identify certain fragrances as being either male or female because they've been traditionally sold to us in this way; if you look back to the turn of the last century, men and women wore scent in a totally different way to what we do now. Violet, jasmine, lavender, rose and honeysuckle were all worn by both sexes, while spicy notes and the sensual fragrance of leather were not uncommon to either. 'The Scent' is a great way to spice up your fragrance wardrobe and try something new (while disguising it as a gift for your other half!) Although I've often opted for men's fragrances in the past, it's an unusual concept for many that can be tricky to get your head around. My words of advice: ignore the bottle, ignore the name, ignore the branding. Have fun with your perfume, try something new, and get your boyfriend back for using your expensive face cream by spritzing on his aftershave. Just because we can.
Would you ever choose a men's fragrance instead of your usual perfume?
Hugo Boss 'The Scent' Eau de Toilette is available nationwide now; RRP from £45.00.