Which brings us to Dunhill’s new twist on its excellent Icon fragrance. Released early last year, it quickly earned acclaim and comparisons to the iconic Terre d’Hermès. Which left the brand scratching its head over how to capitalise on this success. The result is Icon Absolute, which takes the original’s pepperiness and mixes in a host of Middle Eastern notes – oud, of course, but also saffron, tobacco leaves and Egyptian jasmine.
Because it’s a scent crafted by Carlos Benaim – no less iconic than the fragrance itself, he’s the nose behind Calvin Klein Eternity, Ralph Lauren Polo and Yves Saint Laurent’s l’Homme Libre – the additions aren’t overpowering. In fact, Icon Absolute opens with the same blend of wood and citrus, courtesy of bergamot and black pepper, before those desert aromas kick in: saffron, black rose and then that big hit of oud.
It’s a scent that lingers, developing and softening over six or seven hours, making it the ideal thing to spritz on after work if you’re plans include something other than the sofa and Netflix.
Dunhill – Icon Absolute
Made with top notes of Sicilian Bergamot blended with Black Pepper; the fragrance boasts a trio of citrus, wood and floral elements. Earthy Saffron combined with Black Rose and Egyptian Jasmine creates a essence of masculinity with bittersweet woodiness.
|Top Notes||Sicilian bergamot, Black pepper|
|Heart Notes||Egyptian jasmine, Black rose, Saffron|
|Base Notes||Oud, Tobacco leaf, Tuscan leather|