Gentlemen, it's that time of year again. We're only a few weeks from winter, which means it's time to upgrade your cologne game and pick out a new signature scent that's warm, woody, and winter-appropriate.
Here's the rule of thumb: Woody and oriental scents are worn during cooler months, and bright and breezy fragrances are for warmer months. You know, just how you wouldn't wear shorts in the dead of winter (unless you live somewhere tropical).
With that said, it's your life and you're free to spritz your handsome self with any signature scent you want whenever you want, but we're here to offer expert suggestions on the best winter fragrances you should try out.
So, here are 10 fantastic colognes you should wear this winter.
John Varvatos JV X NJ
Edgy designer John Varvatos teams up with Nick Jonas for a captivating fragrance that combines top notes of mandarin and Kaffir lime leaves, heart notes of sage, rosemary, and lavender, over a dusky base of sandalwood.
L'Homme Lacoste Intense
One of the darker, more intense colognes on the market, Lacoste's L'Homme Intense combines the dusky aromas of rhubarb accord, black pepper, ginger, cedarwood, vetiver, and spicy cypriol, brightened with a touch of mandarin.
BOSS The Scent Intense
Seductive, sensual, and irresistible, The Scent Intense is a rich blend of spicy ginger, cardamom, exotic Maninka fruit, and masculine leather.
Valentino Noir Absolu Oud Essence
Created by the man behind the ultra-famous 1 Million by Paco Rabanne, this fragrance is tart yet sweet, with top notes of saffron and myrtle that melt into a hypnotic base of sandalwood and musk.
Hermès Terre d'Hermès Eau Intense Vetiver
Spicy Sichuan pepper, uplifting green bergamot, and woody vetiver come together for a sophisticated and elegant signature scent that's perfect for cold winter days.
Malin + Goetz Dark Rum
If the days are dark, your fragrance should be too. Malin + Goetz's Dark Rum blends fruity bergamot and plum, smoky leather, warm amber, patchouli, and milk for a scent that'll make you feel warm and cozy on even the coldest, dreariest winter day.
Essential Parfums Mon Vetiver
Perfect for those who aren't ready to give up their breezy scent just yet, Mon Vetiver is a bright yet seasonally appropriate composition of Haitian vetiver, Gin accord, Mexican lime, and juniper essence, entwined with comforting lavandin, rich cashmere wood, and sensual Indonesian patchouli.
Mugler Alien Man
This signature scent is perfect for dark winter days, with notes of warm leather and cashmeran wood, softened by just a hint of luscious and velvety Osmanthus.
"Half-god, half-man, experience an extraordinary adventure where serenity meets power," the description reads. Don't mind if I do.
Hermès Bel Ami
A true classic scent that's stood the test of time, Bel Ami was first introduced 32 years ago in 1986, and is a woody and opulent fragrance inspired by Guy de Maupassant’s novel of the same name, with notes of heady patchouli and dusky leather.
Clive Christian XX Art Nouveau: Papyrus Masculine
This luxurious and sensual fragrance starts with bright bergamot followed by uplifting lavender, all on a dry and woody base of papyrus.