It is a timeless conundrum: you want to celebrate the father in your existence by purchasing him a fragrance.

But which scent do you get?

The variety is dizzying. And there are so quite a few metrics by which to decide a scent. Do you go for the fastest-offering fragrance in Australia of all time? (That would be Thirst, by Victoria Bitter – indeed, that VB – which is housed in a bottle shaped like a stubby, evidently smells each like “bitter citrus” and “icy”, and bought 25,000 bottles in 72 hours when it was launched previous 12 months. $19.95 for 75ml, Chemist Warehouse.) Or do you go for what your dad’s idol after wore? Like iconic 1960s gospel singer Bobby Womack who wore Estee Lauder Cologne due to the fact, as he when mentioned: “[Twistin’ The Night Away singer] Sam Cooke usually wore it”?

Genderless fragrances are on the increase, next in the footsteps of recent manner collections that defy gender norms from the likes of, from remaining, Louis Vuitton and Off-White. Credit rating:Getty Photographs

“I would assume about what sort of compliment would he want from his scent,” states Samantha Copland, a scent designer and CEO of Fragrance Playground, which runs classes to educate people how to make their own custom fragrances . “[Men frequently] possibly want a compliment for being rich and earthy, or for getting contemporary and cleanse. [So] imagine about what you want your dad to truly feel like, and then go for what forms of scents really match up with all those.”

Well known earthy scents include OUD by Maison Francis Kurkdjian ($351 for 70ml, Mecca), and, Tom Ford Ombre Leather ($200 for 50ml, Mecca). Most effective-selling fresh and cleanse scents – which usually evoke the scent of thoroughly clean laundry, the air, or the ocean and generally include notes of bergamot, mandarin and lime – contain: Dolce & Gabbana Gentle Blue Pour Homme, ($104 for 75ml, David Jones), and Jo Malone Sage & Sea Salt, ($212 for 100ml, David Jones).

Shelf appeal: From left, Tom Ford Lost Cherry, Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt, Gucci 1921, and Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia Cologne Forte.

Shelf attraction: From still left, Tom Ford Misplaced Cherry, Jo Malone London Wooden Sage & Sea Salt, Gucci 1921, and Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia Cologne Forte.

A different fall short-risk-free strategy, claims Laura Curtis, fragrance schooling manager at Mecca, is to feel about what type of scents the man you are obtaining for has long gravitated to. “Most folks are drawn to the very same fragrance families throughout their lifetime,” says Curtis, listing off the most prevalent ones: florals, woods, refreshing fragrances or amber fragrances. “You can just guess that it is probably to do with their scent memories that they fashioned at a youthful age. Probably their grandmother made use of to bake them wonderful cinnamon doughnuts,” she claims, referring to those people who like gourmand scents, which are identified for currently being sweet or smelling fantastic plenty of to take in. Gourmand scents typically consist of notes of vanilla, caramel, cotton candy, honey and chocolate. Illustrations include things like Tom Ford’s Missing Cherry ($485 for 50ml, Mecca, which has been described as drying down to smell like a “maple tart”) and Lynx Leather-based and Cookies entire body spray ($4.90 for 165ml, Woolworths).

But even if your father’s mum was no baker, there is a prospect he might be recently intrigued in a gourmand scent. Simply because, historically, says Copland, folks are drawn to them throughout times of crisis. “With the terrorist attacks” – on September 11, 2001, in New York Town – “there was a actual strong motion to people sort of vanilla notes”, she says, adding that this is because this kind of scents evoke thoughts of consolation and familiarity. And a drive for the two, she provides, “is probably coming in a tiny additional potent at the second, provided the international pandemic and the place we’re at.” This accounts, she suggests, for the the latest release of several cosmetics and fragrances with manuka honey and rose, “which make folks feel safe”. (Maison Francis Kurkdjian released L’Homme A la Rose, a scent built for guys, previous year, $308 for 70ml, Mecca. Byredo will start a unisex rose scent, Younger Rose, in September.)