We’ve never shied away from a manly fragrance, and the latest additions (both Brooklyn-born) to our boyish scent club are formidable indeed. First up: D.S. & Durga’s HYLNDS Spirit of the Glen. High concept and meticulous execution have become the MO for the brand, and its newest concoction, designed in collaboration with The Glenlivet (yup, the single malt scotch whisky), is certainly on par. In creating the scent, David Seth Moltz (the D.S. half of the scent duo) wanted to reference not just the finished liquor product, but all stages of its production—the crisp green of Speyside where Glenlivet is born, charred bourbon barrels, aged Limousin oak casks, and wild pineapple weed. There are hints of all before you are shepherded to an elegant finish: a dry-down of velvety, warm vanilla-laced wood as enticing as a generous glass of Glenlivet 18. And MCMC Fragrances’ newest release has distinctly masculine roots. The scent is based on its hugely popular Dude No. 1 Beard Oil. Upon discovering how many of her customers were also wearing it as a fragrance, perfumer Anne Serrano-McClain decided to make a cologne version. The woodsy blend (sandalwood, Haitian vetiver, and American-sourced cedarwood from Virginia) is at once spicy and smoky, and, on the skin, it has a smooth, husky quality. We surmise that this winter both will hold major olfactory appeal for either gender.
D.S. & Durga HYLNDS Spirit of the Glen, $180 for 1.7 oz, at Barneys New York; MCMC Dude No. 1, $75 for 1 oz, www.mcmcfragrances.com.—Fiorella Valdesolo