Aside from their acting prowess, Korean actors are known for their impeccable style and grooming. While we already know what clothing brands they favor, something undetectable like the signature fragrances they wear has remained fairly unknown—until now. From Lee Min Ho's favorite classic fragrance to Park Seo Joon's surprise niche pick, here are 10 different scents that Korea's top actors wear.
1. Lee Min Ho
BULGARI Pour Homme Soir, P5228, Rustan's
Bulgari's Pour Homme Soir is a solid classic choice, which is why it suits Lee Min Ho well. The woody floral musk is a scent that works for all ages, and it's versatile enough to wear to almost every occasion.
2. Kim Soo Hyun
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO Acqua Essenziale, price unavailable, Rustan's
It's Okay to Not Be Okay actor Kim Soo Hyun relies on Salvatore Ferragamo's Acqua Essenziale to smell fresh—literally. The scent has notes of mint, lemon leaf, rosemary, lavender, and the sea, all of which capture an aquatic summer perfectly.
3. Ji Chang-wook
HERMÈS Voyage D'Hermès, P7000, Rustan's
On the other end of the spectrum, Ji Chang Wook wears Voyage D'Hermès for a greener and herbal kind of freshness. With notes of rose and warm amber, Hermès' bottle is a darker and spicier choice for men.
4. Song Joong-ki
Dior's original Fahrenheit fragrance is one of the label's most popular. But, that doesn't mean the spring version Fahrenheit 32 doesn't deserve your attention. It's a complex floral for men that starts off light and then turns into a rich vanilla, making it best for the summertime.
DIOR Fahrenheit 32, price unavailable
5. Hyun Bin
CREED Millésime Impérial, P14,700, Rustan's
When it comes to fragrances, it doesn't get more luxurious than Creed. It's the choice of royals, political luminaries, and evidently, top celebrities like Hyun Bin. What does a P14,700 bottle smell like, you ask? According to Creed, Millésime Impérial is a "salty-sweet mix of sun-kissed citrus and rich musk."
6. Park Seo Joon
BYREDO Blanche, USD108.27 (approximately P6700), mrporter.com
Byredo is known for its light and subtle scents, and we really don't expect a modern man like Park Seo Joon to wear anything else than Blanche. The is a seemingly simple scent that uses white roses and pink pepper, but its complexity lies in its cleanliness and purity.
7. Lee Jong Suk
BURBERRY The Beat, USD 98 (approximately P4800)
Strictly speaking, Burberry's The Beat is a women's fragrance. But, labels aside, it's been described as a fresh, crisp, woody, feminine scent with masculine undertones that works for men too.
8. Park Hyung Sik
JO MALONE Earl Grey & Cucumber Cologne, P8150, Rustan's
Earl Grey & Cucumber is one of Jo Malone's best colognes for men. The scent uses bergamot, apple, jasmine, cucumber, and more with a black tea base.
9. Nam Joo Hyuk
JOHN VARVATOS Artisan, USD 92 (approximately P4500)
Nam Joo Hyuk's choice of John Varvatos' Artisan is a subtle crowd pleaser. The fragrance uses clementine, tangerine, thyme, lavender, orange, and more to deliver a scent that can be succinctly described as fresh oranges on a summer day.
10. Cha Eun Woo
ATELIER COLOGNE Clémentine California, USD 140 (approximately P6900), Sephora.com
Clémentine California is a strong, masculine scent that uses more herbal notes instead of the usual leather and musk. It has notes of mandarin orange, clementine, juniper berry, basil, pepper, star anise, sandalwood, cypress, and Haitian vetiver.
*This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.