By Sid Cratzbarg
Photography by Richard Tardif
Fragrance photography courtesy of Hugo Boss, Salvatore Ferragamo and Atelier Profumo Artistico Firenze
In The White Issue, Sid Cratzbarg who is widely known as the Aristocrat of Scent, shares with our readers his top fragrances for winter.
For the last few years, Cratzbarg has been launching exclusive perfumes at Holt Renfrew. He is also the owner of well-known Ottawa-based company, Accessories by Sid. A local television, radio and print personality, he believes that every perfume has a story.
This season, he lends us his expertise.
Top Women’s Fragrances
1. Gucci Premiere
This fragrance was inspired by the gorgeous gowns from the Gucci collection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Gucci wanted to celebrate the star in every woman and make them feel glamorous.
The notes in this scent are bergamot, orange blossom, white flowers and musk. This is a fragrance that transcends every age, and has a Red Carpet feel.
2. Dolce & Gabbana Femme
First launched in 1992, Gabbana wanted to fine-tune the fragrance and alter the bottle in the relaunch. This fragrance is soft, sensual and feminine.
Over the base of marshmallow and vanilla, the notes of this fragrance are raspberry, tangerine and jasmine. It is a fabulous scent for every woman who wants to feel sensual. It certainly can be for day or evening. I think it will appeal to all ages and will make a wonderful addition to the Dolce & Gabbana collection.
3. Boss Nuit Pour Femme
This amazing fragrance by Hugo Boss is inspired by the LBD – a staple in every woman’s closet. This is the fragrance that completes the total package before the woman steps out for the evening with notes of peach, jasmine and violet. Definitely an evening fragrance, it suits the modern woman well. This to me is the “vavavoom” that will make everyone ask: “What are you wearing?”
Top Men’s Fragrances
4. F by Ferragamo Black
This fragrance arrived in 2009 and has been relaunched in an amazing bottle that exemplifies the elegance of Ferragamo. It has been popular with men of all ages. It is a sexy fragrance that will get everyone’s attention. A lot of the younger gentlemen have told me that this is the one they put on before they hit the clubs. Its composition includes lavender, absolute, black pepper and tonka beans. It can be a day fragrance, but will sure be a “wow” for the night.
5. Profumo Di Firenze Cinquantaquattro
This exquisite, exclusive fragrance was developed in 1954 by the Gilardi Family. The fragrance was renewed by Enzo Gilard for his 50thbirthday. The bottle was inspired by an old inkpot – his father’s – and is made of 500 grams of Italian glass.
This parfum is one of a collection of four, and is made for the man who appreciates the finer things in life. Definitely a day or evening fragrance, some of the notes are Sicilian lemon, Italian orange, lime, jasmine and Guaiacum wood.
This fragrance has captured the attention of men from their 20s to their 70s. To me, it is the dolce vita!