5 Luxe Fragrance Gifts For Every Type of Dad

Father’s Day is near and instead of getting dad another pair of socks, why not opt for something that feels eau so special and handpicked just for them? By that we’re talking fragrance: A fresh scent will breathe exciting newness and luxury into dad’s day, and knowing that someone knows him well enough to choose a fragrance he loves? There’s no better feeling. To help you get it right, we created a simple road map that suggests an ideal scent from Sephora based on your dad’s unique style, tastes, and everyday interests. From the music aficionado to the laid-back guy, we’ve got a Father’s Day fragrance for every father figure ahead.


If your dad loves to make (or enjoy!) a good cocktail, then he knows combining unexpected, unlikely flavors is key for something that’s wonderfully tantalizing. This fragrance mirrors that with contrasting notes of peppery black spices and sparkling grapefruit, plus herby clary sage and warm roasted almond, which adds a quiet smoothness.


He’s understated, has a penchant for quality and tradition, and loves reminiscing. If this sounds like your dad, it’s safe to say he’ll be into this fragrance. Armani’s Acqua di Giò launched nearly 30 years ago but remains a top-seller thanks to its timeless aroma that’s simultaneously nostalgic and modern. Watery aquatics combine with Calabrian bergamot, neroli, juicy green tangerine, and warm Indonesian patchouli for a nuanced, impossibly fresh scent evocative of the Mediterranean Sea.


The sartorial dad will vibe with this refined, sophisticated blend of lavender, green bergamot from Italy, woody patchouli, and velvety amber by iconic fashion house Prada. There’s no doubt he will also delight in the stylish symmetry of the glass bottle: With clean cut lines and an accent splash of red, it’s a study in balance and layers.


Artsy dads understand how raw materials come together to create beauty, be that through design, structure, a painting, or, in this case, fragrance. A nod to the Italian design aesthetic, the first thing he’ll see upon unwrapping this fragrance is its artfully textured vessel; at first sniff, he’ll appreciate the aromatic uniqueness of sage and smoked vetiver, layered with the minerality of salt and spicy hits of ginger.


The notes in this fragrance flow as fluidly as the notes of the cool, music-loving dad’s favorite song: Crisp and clean sage, lavender, and geranium mingle with sensual, earthy woods. The freshly masculine fragrance brings to mind the juxtaposition of a just-washed white T-shirt against a supple, perfectly worn leather jacket.

Photography: Ian Loring Shiver; Prop Stylist: Marina Bevilacqua; Art Direction: Angela Poccia/BDG; Branded Beauty Lead: Shyema Azam/BDG; Production: Allie Kolb/BDG