Another year has passed, and it is time for a recap of the best perfume discoveries from the past 365 days.

Comparing 2022 to 2021, it has been a slower year for me, and I have purchased fewer perfumes than before in order to enjoy more of what I currently have in my collection.

Even with keeping myself more strict with what to buy, and what to skip for some other time, 2022 was a year of more special purchases and even a year where I can say that I have rediscovered my old favorites.

The realization that buying less, and focusing more on the quality factor made me think twice about whether something is worth full bottle investing or not.

Brands such as Mancera, or Amouage still keep releasing fragrances like there is no tomorrow, and I’m no longer trying to keep up with impulsive purchases in order to take more time to see how older releases are keeping up with time.

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Come and join me as I share with you what were my biggest perfume discoveries in 2022.

How I Picked My Perfume Discoveries

Unlike the previous year, I have decided to mash together perfume discoveries with fragrance purchases from 2022 since they are practically the same thing, but will put the most disappointing fragrances from 2022 in a separate article.

As previously stated, my fragrance budget has been bigger than in 2021, but there were some other things in life that needed a portion of that same budget and had to be addressed.

What I’m quite sure about this list is that at least two of the fragrances found here are either forgotten by the fragrance community or not getting enough attention.

As always, these scents have been placed in order so that the fifth purchase least impressed me the number one which is the one everyone should get their noses on as soon as possible.

Nonetheless, everything here is masterpiece-certified by me and is all worth having in your collection.

5. Dior Homme Sport 2021

A note from the brand: “Energetic and elegant, the new Dior Homme Sport eau de toilette combines fresh vivacity and charm tinted with sensuality for a duo that strikes like a boxer’s uppercut.

Vibrant, explosive, the opening signature of Dior Homme Sport is marked by citrus and the open air, freshness, and movement. For this new Dior Homme Sport, the Dior Perfumer-Creator chose to tinge the composition with warm and amber notes, wrap it in spices, and round it out with woody notes. The confident trail of Dior Homme Sport incarnates a masculinity entwined with smooth, noble quality.

The new Dior Homme Sport eau de toilette plays freshness and sensuality. It’s a luminous scent enriched with a new, lasting impression that takes hold and lingers like a caress.

Why is Dior Homme Sport 2021 one of my biggest perfume discoveries: Before I state a bold claim that the new reformulation of Dior Homme Sport is one of if not the best versatile fresh fragrances released in the last ten years, you should know that I have owned all editions of this magical Dior Homme flanker.

To my nose, it contains the best out of the fresh and woody fragrance families inside one single composition, infused with top-notch ingredient quality that Dior fragrances are known for.

The scent is dominated by ripe citruses, resinous incense, and one of the best uses of aldehydes I have seen in a long time.

When the fragrance dries down, what you are left with is a heavy dose of popular Iso E Super molecule just like was the case with the new Dior Homme 2020.

Given that a fresh fragrance like this comes with superb performance, it all boils down to one of the best fragrance purchases you can make.

Buy hereDior Homme Sport 2021

  • Perfumer: Francois Demachy
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Toilette
  • Fragrance Type: Citrus Spicy
  • Release Date: 2021
  • Target Audience: Men
  • Masculine/Feminine: 80% – 20%
  • Most dominant notes: Bergamot, Precious Woods, Aldehydes
  • Age Group: 25+
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, and Fall
  • Occasions: Business and Leisure
  • Longevity and Sillage: 8 – 10 hours with moderate projection
  • Compliments: High
  • Likeability: High
  • Uniqueness: 4/5
  • Value for money: 10/10
  • Accords: Citrus, Aromatic, Woody
  • Holy Grail Scent Rating: A

4. Heeley Sel Marin

A note from the brand: “Sun, warm sand and a gentle breeze of fresh sea air. A refreshing and striking note of lemon fades to reveal an aquatic green, algue note, while vetiver and drift woods of cedar and birch dry slowly in the sand and salty, sea air.”

Why is Heeley Sel Marin one of my biggest perfume discoveries: For so long, I have searched for a perfect marine fragrance that actually smells like being by the sea.

Many, and even more people still don’t know about the existence of Sel Marin. The perfect and the ultimate aquatic fragrance of all time. As someone who spends his summer holidays on the Adriatic coast, it is hard to fool me about something smelling of the real sea or not.

If I had to sum it up into one sentence it would be just like drinking a freshly squeezed lemonade at the beach bar by the sea when the sun starts to set down. A photorealistic perfume representation of the place and time. Glorious in every aspect.

Buy here – Heeley Sel Marin

  • Perfumer: James Heeley
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Parfum
  • Fragrance Type: Aquatic Aromatic
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Target Audience: Unisex
  • Masculine/Feminine: 50% – 50%
  • Most dominant notes: Bergamot, Sea Water, and Seagrass
  • Age Group: 25+
  • Seasons: Spring and Summer
  • Occasions: Leisure
  • Longevity and Sillage: 4 – 6 hours with moderate projection
  • Compliments: Low
  • Likeability: Medium
  • Uniqueness: 5/5
  • Value for money: 10/10
  • Accords: Marine, Aromatic, Citrus
  • Holy Grail Scent Rating: A+

3. Tom Ford Oud Wood

A note from the brand: “Smoky, incense-filled temples and a passion for rare, precious oud wood inspire oud wood, a pioneering composition of exotic woods and spices. Evoking the enveloping warmth of incense-filled temples, this groundbreaking composition of exotic, smoky woods includes rare oud, sandalwood, rosewood, eastern spices, and sensual amber, revealing oud wood’s rich and compelling power.”

Why is Tom Ford Oud Wood one of my biggest perfume discoveries: Alright. This is sort of cheating since I already knew how Oud Wood smelled years before I acquired my two 50ml bottles last year but since I’m combining two articles into a single one, Oud Wood is here.

What can I say more about Oud Wood that it hasn’t been already said a million times before? Well, it is hard to believe that this masterpiece is already 16 years old, and a certified classic nowadays.

An upscale combination of sandalwood, cardamom, and rosewood with touches of western oud that doesn’t smell funky at all. It could be said that this is a spiritual successor to the long-gone original red bottle edition of Yves Saint Laurent M7.

One factor that everyone should consider before buying this perfume is the moderate performance which could be easily resolved by carrying a small decant with you and respraying when needed. Otherwise, Oud Wood is stunning in all other ways.

Buy here – Tom Ford Oud Wood

  • Perfumer: Richard Herpin
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Parfum
  • Fragrance Type: Woody Spicy
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Target Audience: Unisex
  • Masculine/Feminine: 90% – 10%
  • Most dominant notes: Oud, Cardamom, and Sandalwood
  • Age Group: 25+
  • Seasons: Spring and Fall
  • Occasions: Business, Night Out, and Leisure
  • Longevity and Sillage: 5 – 7 hours with moderate projection
  • Compliments: High
  • Likeability: High
  • Uniqueness: 4/5
  • Value for money: 10/10
  • Accords: Woody, Spicy, Aromatic
  • Holy Grail Scent Rating: A+

2. Creed Millésime Impérial

A note from the brand: “This fresh, stylish and elegant fragrance is brimming with light, citrus notes of bergamot, fruity blackcurrant and refreshing violet leaves.

Perfectly balanced with a fresh hearty blend of iris and marine accord and a woody base of cedarwood, sandalwood and musk, this refined, sophisticated and timeless perfume takes you from daytime to evening with ease.

Encased in an iconic gold bottle, Millésime Impérial Eau de Parfum is an elegant fragrance wardrobe staple for men and women.”

Why is Creed Millésime Impérial one of my biggest perfume discoveries: You can’t go wrong with Creed perfumes. We can discuss their dubious history, constant reformulations, and the ridiculous prices they are asking for fragrances these days, but we cannot say that Creed has been historically up their quality and originality-wise with such as Amouage, Serge Lutens, and many others.

Millésime Impérial might not even be my favorite Creed fragrance of all time, but it is their best for those humid summer days. The fragrance opens up with a blast of intense citrus notes which moves to salty marine accord amplified with famous Creed’s signature ambergris note.

In the base, the notes of musk and remaining traces of ambergris make this stand out from the rest of the fragrances in the same genre. Anyone serious about this hobby should at least try this one a couple of times.

Buy here – Creed Millésime Impérial

  • Perfumer: Olivier Creed
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Parfum
  • Fragrance Type: Aquatic
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Target Audience: Unisex
  • Masculine/Feminine: 60% – 40%
  • Most dominant notes: Sea Salt, Sea Notes, and Musk
  • Age Group: 25+
  • Seasons: Spring and Fall
  • Occasions: Business and Leisure
  • Longevity and Sillage: 6 – 8 hours with moderate projection
  • Compliments: High
  • Likeability: Medium
  • Uniqueness: 4/5
  • Value for money: 9/10
  • Accords: Marine, Salty, Musky
  • Holy Grail Scent Rating: A

1. Xerjoff Accento Overdose

A note from the brand: “Fruity and aromatic, Accento Overdose has been crafted using an innovative molecule that amplifies its olfactory notes.

Accento Overdose by Xerjoff opens to fruity, green top notes, with a fresh heart of eucalyptus and Mediterranean pine which offers an elegant edge.

A gorgeous base accord of Egyptian jasmine and Bulgarian rose cements the opulent character of Accento Overdose.

Rich and mysterious, the V Collection by Xerjoff celebrates the tactile beauty of velvet. Soft and intense, each scent is evocative of pure luxury.”

Why is Xerjoff Accento Overdose one of my biggest perfume discoveries: Even from a young age I have been different in the way of thinking about how the world works, my clothing, music, movies, and other things.

Knowing all that, it is no surprise that Accento Overdose became my favorite purchase of the last year. I don’t even care that it is not a totally masculine perfume since Accento Overdose is probably the only floral fragrance I enjoy this much and will keep until I use it all up.

Unlike the original Accento, Overdose focuses more on fruits and the mix of citruses coming from aldehydes in the same way we see them in Chanel perfumes.

I also get jasmine, a lily of the valley, and a beautifully tender rose in the foreground. What brings fragrance back to the unisex side is its dry down composed of camphor eucalyptus and pine notes that creates a beautiful contrast of feminine and masculine notes.

Buy here – Xerjoff Accento Overdose

  • Perfumer: Christian Carbonnel
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Parfum
  • Fragrance Type: Floral Fruity
  • Release Date: 2019
  • Target Audience: Unisex
  • Masculine/Feminine: 30% – 70%
  • Most dominant notes: Fruity Notes, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley
  • Age Group: 20+
  • Seasons: Spring and Summer
  • Occasions: Business, Leisure, and Night Outs
  • Longevity and Sillage: 12+ hours with great projection
  • Compliments: High
  • Likeability: Medium
  • Uniqueness: 5/5
  • Value for money: 10/10
  • Accords: White Floral, Green, Fruity
  • Holy Grail Scent Rating: A+


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Restricting myself to only include five fragrances was surprisingly easy considering how many failed blind buys I’ve purchased last year. Even if that number is not that big, it was still a loss of money and eventually had to be sold.

The lesson here is to stick with the stuff that stood the test of time, get a sample or decant, and only then, commit to buying a full bottle.

What am I excited about is the upcoming reviews of almost everything from this list and more. Either way, the future is surprisingly pleasant smelling.

What is your biggest fragrance discovery of 2022? Let me know in the comment section at the end of the article.

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Until next time, have a great time, and keep smelling like a million bucks!

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