What’s the best smelling cologne for men?
Gents – naming one single cologne as the best of all time just isn’t possible.
I’m often asked questions like this, and my answer is always the same:
‘It’s all down to your own personal opinion, my friend.’
As with most style topics – a lot of what makes cologne smell great to a man is his own personal taste.
Consequently – it can be difficult to write about the single best smelling cologne for men. If you watch my videos, you know how much I love the subject of scents. In fact, I’ve written extensively about the topic of colognes – but I’ve always struggled to pin down what I would consider to be the world’s best cologne.
I’ve tried a lot of different colognes across the years and wear different scents for different occasions. So I thought instead of trying to suggest a single, perfect scent to you – I would outline my top 10 fragrances for this time of year and let you guys decide for yourselves.
In this article, I’m making it easy for you and giving you my top 10 best smelling colognes for men to wear in the winter months.
Gents – let’s get to it.
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Tom Ford – Tobacco Vanille
First up, we have this amazing (and very wintery) men’s fragrance by Tom Ford.
Even though the name is Tobacco Vanille, take note that the smells of cinnamon and honey are far stronger and more prevalent.
What ingredients make up this top men’s cologne?
Top notes include tobacco leaf and spicy notes. Middle notes are a blend of tonka bean, tobacco blossom, vanilla, and cacao. The base consists of dried fruits and woody notes.
This Eau de Parfum (which means it’s lighter than perfume with an 8-15% concentration) is ideal for autumn and winter nights. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille is a versatile choice that works for both formal and casual wear.
And it’s got a beast performance – spray it correctly, and it can last on you for over 20 hours.
Dolce & Gabbana – The One for Men
I love this men’s fragrance. When it comes to safe-bet colognes for the winter months, this pick definitely stands out.
Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men EDT is noticeably warm and sweet, but also classy and masculine at the same time.
It’s probably due to the scents of cinnamon and vanilla that almost every woman loves. Then again, almost every woman will have smelled it before.
Top notes are namely coriander, basil, and grapefruit. Middle notes meanwhile contain ginger, orange blossom, and cardamom.
You’ll enjoy tobacco, amber, and cedar notes for the base. Performance-wise, you can expect this men’s cologne to last the whole event. And the real beauty of this fragrance is it’s ideal for all seasons except summer.
Vince Camuto – Virtu EDT
Variety is the trademark of Vince Camuto Virtu. Think of it as a bold fragrance that mixes heat and coolness pretty well into one polished, sophisticated scent. You can wear it to the office or for a dinner date.
This man’s fragrance fits for most occasions during this time of the year.
What makes Vince Camuto Virtu EDT so special?
It’s got aromatic top notes such as Turkish cardamom, crushed peppercorn, and fresh papyrus.
There are the middle notes of Haitian vetiver, white birch, and fresh tree moss. Base notes include Indian sandalwood, Tuscan leather, silky musk, and warm cedar.
This top men’s fragrance can be worn in the winter or early springtime. It’ll work great for your day in the office or your night out in the city. But bear in mind that since it’s an EDT, it will not last all day long (you wouldn’t describe this as a long-lasting scent).
Expect longevity of around 4-6 hours – you may need to re-apply this perfume in the afternoon if you’ve used it in the morning.
Eight & Bob – Nuit de Megève EDP
Eight & Bob only launched Nuit de Megève EDP in 2017. There’s something in the Nuit de Megève’s smoky aroma that screams seductiveness.
What’s the secret?
The scent is based on a rare aromatic plant that’s native in Chile.
Top notes include grapefruit, petitgrain, and cloves. The middle has notes of coffee, orris, and tonka bean. Base notes are vetiver, tobacco, and musk.
It’s a product that’s probably too sultry for the office, so wear it instead for intimate or more formal situations or while going out with that special someone.
It’s got a killer performance too – often lasting 16+ hours on your skin!
Thierry Mugler – A*Men
Thierry Mugler A*Men is a classic men’s fragrance.
A great compliment generator – with this cologne you wear and experience magic made by a combination of tar and coffee.
It starts with a harsh tar note but dries down into a coffee note that’s sweet and chocolatey.
Lavender, peppermint, helional, and bergamot comprise the top notes. You also get treated with the middle notes of coffee bean, tar, and patchouli.
The base notes, though, are a pretty broad collection: tonka bean, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and musk.
Don’t be fooled by the ingredients – this fragrance is far more masculine than it sounds!
Wear A*Men on your nights out with friends or colleagues during the fall or winter. However, be careful not overspray since it’s pretty strong.
Dior – Homme Intense
It’s gotten a lot of hype, but the Dior Homme Intense is just literally a more intense version of the Dior Homme. Therefore, it’s better for winter.
I think the original is slightly better – however, this one has its own unique benefits – especially if you want something sexier and more seductive.
Lavender makes up the top note of this product. Middles notes are namely iris, ambrette (Musk Mallow) as well as pear.
The base meanwhile contains notes of Virginia cedar and vetiver. All in all, it’s a fantastic fragrance for clubs, bars, or other evening settings during autumn and winter.
Armaf – Club de Nuit Intense for Men
I’ve heard Armaf Club de Nuit Intense for Men referred to as “the best men’s fragrance of all time”.
Many say this one smells a lot like Creed Aventus. That’s actually true, except that the Armaf Club de Nuit Intense comes at a much lower price.
The key difference comes in its top notes – they are slightly harsher and more acidic. But rest assured, if you avoid applying too much of it, it’ll get you plenty of compliments.
The top notes for this fragrance are lemon, black currant, bergamot, apple, and pineapple. Middle notes consist of rose, jasmine, and birch.
Then, the base contains notes of vanilla, ambergris, musk, and patchouli. The product suits all seasons and occasions (just like the Creed Aventus) and lasts on your skin for as long as 12 hours.
Victor And Rolf – Spicebomb
As one of the most popular colognes in the world – Spicebomb by House Victor and Rolf is a masculine, woody scent that carries heavy spice notes.
After its initial release in 2012, this cologne captured the noses of men across the globe as a ‘stand out’ fragrance – perfect for men who want to make a statement while also remaining elegant and suave.
The name itself holds true to the notes within it – Spicebomb smells like an explosion of exotic spices mixed in with undertones of tobacco and citric top notes.
The fragrance composition is one that is well balanced but punchy. Featuring top notes of pink pepper, elemi, bergamot, and grapefruit; middle notes of cinnamon, saffron, and paprika; and base notes of tobacco, leather, and vetiver.
Georgio Armani – Armani Code Absolut
Armani Code Absolut is one of the newest fragrances on my list. It was released in 2019 and has been a top runner ever since as a best smelling cologne for men.
Armani called upon the talents of master perfumer Antoine Maisondieu – the craftsman behind many of Burberry’s most-loved fragrances.
Starting with a kick of oriental spice and then mellowing down to vanilla, Tonka bean, and woody base – this fragrance is complex and incredibly diverse.
Armani Code Absolut opens with a bold oriental punch with top notes of green mandarin and apple. After half an hour or so, those middle notes will begin to come into play with scents of nutmeg, orange blossom, and carrot seeds. Then, after hours of wear, woody and vanilla base notes will remain on the skin to mellow out the fragrance’s final moments.
Ryan Reynolds also endorses it – he seems like a guy that could recognize the best smelling cologne for men, right?
Kenneth Cole – Black EDT
Think fresh, woody, and metropolitan. That’s what the final men’s fragrance on my list is all about.
A versatile product that’s as easy to wear as the color black. It works wonders for anybody as long as you don’t overspray – a telltale sign of the best smelling cologne for men.
You get distinct top notes of ginger, mandarin orange, basil, and water mint. Middle notes are nutmeg, incense, cedar, lotus, and exotic woods. The base offers you notes of amber, musk, violet leaf, and suede. This fragrance can be practically worn anywhere during fall or winter.
It’s a little bit too woodsy to use between April and September. But in the colder months, it’s surprisingly strong for an EDT. Expect it to last 8 hours or more on your skin.
10 Winter Colognes You Should Try in 2021
There you have it, gentlemen.
Not every man will like every single cologne I’ve mentioned in this list. That’s understandable – fragrance is a very personal thing and often simply comes down to individual tastes and style.
However, somewhere within my comprehensive study of the best smelling cologne for men – you should find one that works for you and your personal style.
No man should be content smelling ‘okay’ in a cheap body spray or soap. A man needs a signature scent to get him through the big events in his life. With that in mind, let your goal be to smell fantastic.
It will make you more respected at work, more attractive to your partner, and definitely more confident overall.
Want to find out more about the science of scents? Check out my Introduction To Fragrance, Cologne, Eau De Toilette & Perfume.
For a long time now, I’ve been researching the science behind fragrance – what I’ve found time and time again is that certain scents can change your mood and help you feel great in different situations. That’s why I’ve started my own line of colognes that I like to call Mission Fragrance – providing scents for men that can help you perform at a higher level. Focus, concentration, and presence – that’s what it’s all about, guys.I’m bringing science to fragrance – check out this link to join our early bird customer list and get the best deals on Mission Fragrance straight out of the gate.
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Published Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2021 12:55:22 +0000