Our sense of smell can trigger the fondest memories. Just like my grandmother's perfume reminds me of her, and just like my mom's perfume reminds me to call her, the right cologne can trigger the fonder memories you've shared with that special man in your life. So, keep your man well-equipped in the smell department. No one loves the man who thinks he can attract a knockout with cheap after-shave or deodorant, but we do love the man who wears irresistible cologne that makes the right impression. Since the holidays are right around the corner, it's a great time to update your man's cologne. Whether it's for your father, best male friend, or significant other, if they shared fond memories with you, then continue that fondness and keep the happy memories alive.
Jean Paul Gaultier knows scents, trust me. I love both his male and female scents because they are aggressive, yet gentle. These scents linger as opposed to suffocate. This particular bottle is an oversized (6.7 oz) bottle that appears exclusively online and makes a wonderful gift because its bigger than the average bottle and smells awesome. The Tonka bean, vanilla, amber and cinnamon blend will seduce and attract. It's not too spicy and not too sweet -- it's complicated. The opposing smells work wonderfully. They will take you to a great place once you get a whiff.
→ Buy Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Maxi, $100.00, at sephora.com; shipping is free on this item.
For the man who has everything, especially a set large cologne bottles, I highly recommend this Burberry fragrance set. Burberry is one of my favorite brands for both male and female perfumes because they are all unique. My all time favorite set is this sampler of travel-sized Burberry colognes that are .15 oz. each. The set includes Brit for men, Touch for men, The Beat for men, Burberry, and Sport for men.
→ Buy the Burberry Fragrance for Men Coffret, $40.00, at macys.com.
Burberry Touch is one of my top-two sexiest smelling cologne picks. If you have someone in mind, then have faith in my judgment and try out this masculine, unbelievable smelling cologne. I even wear the female version at times. Try the holiday gift set. It's cheaper and includes extra goodies in the complete package. Moreover, any purchase over $50 eliminates the shipping and that's always a nice extra bonus; however, do not buy this fragrance for your daddies. I made that awful mistake and let's just say getting my father cologne that exudes intimacy is disturbing. My recovery -- I bought him dad-smelling cologne, and luckily he never buys himself cologne because that's been my job for years.
→ Buy Burberry Touch for Men Value Set, $73.00 ($129.00 value), at macys.com.
Finally, my next top choice is Chanel's Platinum Egoiste. Wow, this smells out of this world. This smell is both father and significant other appropriate. This cologne is the "it" smell for any man. Although the Burberry Touch exudes more intimacy, this is an absolute classic fragrance. I think everyone should get a whiff of this cologne at some point. Do me a favor and smell the coffee beans before you take this one in -- it deserves your full attention.
→ Buy Chanel Platinum Egoiste, $57.00-$75.00, at nordstrom.com; shipping and returns are free.
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.