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10 Korean Actors and the Fragrances They Wear

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.
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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.

Lee Min-ho

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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.

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Kim Soo-hyun

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It's Okay to Not Be Okay actor Kim Soo-hyun relies on Salvator 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.

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Ji Chang-wook

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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.

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Song Joong-ki

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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.

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Hyun Bin

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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."

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Park Seo-joon

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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.

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Lee Jong-suk

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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.

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Park Hyung-sik

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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.

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Nam Joo-hyuk

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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.

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Cha Eun-woo

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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.

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