Perfumes can be a tricky one to balance, especially so for men. Too fruity, and you come across as being too precious, too girly. Too strong and you come across as being too macho, too sexist. First impressions really do count you see, and the right scent is half the battle won. If you want to go a step further though, and make sure the entire battle is won well before the meet has even taken place, try Chanel‘s latest perfume, Bleu de Chanel. Manly enough to reassure yet discreet enough to overshadow, the eau de toilette – which comes in an intense blue developed especially for the bottle – is a balancing act in sensorial superiority: it’s fresh, energetic and, most important of all, self-assured.

Bleu de Chanel 100ml bottle (€71).
Available nationwide from Ici Paris XL.