Whether you’re trying to score in a job interview or gunning for a big promotion, it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there. These days, hard work and qualifications just don’t quite cut it anymore — you must also look the part. Even if you don’t have all the credentials, you need to, at least, look like you do.

Like it or not, you are judged by your appearance more often than you know: the way you dress, your demeanor even before you are being judged for the work you do. It’s no coincidence some of the most well-dressed men are also successful in their fields, or vice versa, from Clark Gable to David Beckham and Ingo Wilts. These men know the importance of creating the right impressions.

So, the next fellow that walks into the office decked out in a Tom Ford two-piece suit with a pair of Berluti wingtip brogues, and flashing a Patek Philippe 5004P Chronograph — chances are he’s out to impress the bosses. Don’t be left behind; get in the race and invest in some snazzy corporate ensembles. If anything, you just may find yourself on the guest list to your bosses’ next party. To set you on the right track, here are some of the best woody scents you should be wearing.

best woody scent
The Blazing Mister Sam by Penhaligon’s

The Blazing Mister Sam by Penhaligon’s

A blend of hot and cold spices including cardamom, cumin and black pepper, with notes of cashmere, tobacco, patchouli, and sensual woods. The fictional character Mister Sam is a sexy, charming and confident fellow that lives life in the fast lane, and spends freely with great expectations in life. 75ml, SGD$420



Bronze Wood & Leather by Jo Malone London

Bronze Wood & Leather by Jo Malone London

Master Perfumer Marie Salamagnet combined grapefruit, juniper, bronze wood, vetiver, sandalwood, cedar wood, some patchouli, guaiac wood and cypriol for her latest potion, Bronze Wood & Leather. It’s a warm and sensual scent with a masculine edge, but still with the Jo Malone London clarity. 100ml, SGD$280


Colonia Sandalo by Acqua di Parma

Acqua Di Parma Colonia Sandalo

A reinterpretation of the iconic Acqua di Parma, Colonia Sandalo is a luxuriously rich concoction with notes of bergamot, lemon, and orange followed by cardamom, lavender, balsamic, Indian sandalwood, tonka bean, and amber. This new Eau de Cologne Concentrée by Acqua di Parma is a great signature scent if you’re after one. 180ml, SGD S$405



Bvlgari Man Wood Essence

Bvlgari Man Wood Essence

Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas quipped, “We are all on the same quest. We want the dynamic vitality of the city but also the life force of nature.” To achieve that, he created the Bvlgari Man Wood Essence, which blends intense woody notes with a vibrant citrus scent to exude the energy of nature for the urbanite who’s in tune with his environment. 100ml, SGD S$159



Azzaro Wanted by Night

Azzaro Wanted by Night

Fronted by model Nikolaï Danielsen, the campaign for Azzaro Wanted by Night depicts a captivating, seductive yet elusive leading man. This olfactory composition exudes these qualities with its mix of yellow mandarin essence, nectar, red cedar, cinnamon, and tobacco. 100ml, SGD S$142


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