With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, now is the perfect time to explore some of the coolest, most contemporary scents that will make your man a gentleman 

Pall Mall Barbers Cologne, Sandalwood & Clove
This classic signature cologne has been created by the PMB London barbers themselves, and is the perfect finishing touch for skin after grooming with a subtle hit of spicy cloves and rose spiced with lively, woody hints of cardamom and almond. £40 (50ml) from pallmallbarbers.com

Deco London, Quentin
The British perfume house presents their opulent gents’ scents of occasion, Quentin, Lawrence and Ernest. Quentin is perfect for those who love assertive elegant woody scents, leather notes and musk. The year is 1925, Quentin is charming, stylish and always impeccably attired. You’ll find him relaxing by day at the cricket and sipping champagne at parties by night. £75 (50ml) from deco-london.com

Penhaligon’s, Sartorial 
Sartorial is a contemporary interpretation of a classic Fougère; the traditional notes of oakmoss, tonka bean and lavender have been stitched together to create the illusion of a tailor’s workroom. £72 (50ml) from penhaligons.com

UNUM Ennui Noir
All UNUM scents are indispensable additions to your fragrance wardrobe, but Ennui Noir – with woody, musky top notes, cedar in the middle and a base of patchouli, vanilla and vetiver – is destined to become a classic. £175 (100ml) from roullierwhite.com

Handsome London’s Master JoJo
Madame JoJo’s Handsome London’s Master JoJo explores modern masculinity. The earthy corpulent notes of rich, dark patchouli are stirred with the softness of slightly sweet sandalwood, working together as one in this dual-faceted scent. A sophisticated yet subtly edgy scent. £79 (50ml) from roullierwhite.com

This story is dedicated to Lawrence James White, founder of East Dulwich’s boutique department store, Roullier White, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Lawrence had a real nose for niche fragrances and was a dedicated champion of the local community and independent businesses. He will be greatly missed.