The Best and Latest Men's Scents
Though a summer fragrance is important (nothing feels better than spraying on a spot of Tom Ford Neroli Portofino following a post-beach shower), a winter scent is a life essential.
In the coming months, tans will fade, skin will dull, and your body will be hidden beneath layers of wool, cashmere, and tweed (we hope), so it's a requirement that you find a bold winter fragrance to give yourself an edge.
1| Sauvage by Dior
You’ve been tip-toeing around each other for months, but the Christmas party might be your first and only chance. Your olfactory game needs to be on point. Reach for Sauvage, a modern, elegant interpretation of a classic “manly” fragrance—spiky bergamot at the top, smoky ambroxan in its heart—it’s all the back-up you’ll need.
2| Velvet Amber Sun by Dolce & Gabbana
Her mother has been in your pocket since day one, but her father still isn’t budging. Here’s the plan: When you visit them at Christmas, you’ll be wearing Velvet Amber Sun. Its mix of ylang-ylang, sandalwood, and patchouli is sophisticated and worldly. The old man’s resistance will melt like brandy butter on a figgy pudding.
3| Note de Yuzu by Maison Kitsuné x Heeley
OK, we’ve espoused winter’s many virtues, but even the coziest coat feels old come mid-January. So before you jet off to Tulum, be sure to pack Note de Yuzu. Stuffed with sea salt, white musk, and citrus yuzu, it will go perfectly with those Caipirinhas.
4| Icon Racing by Alfred Dunhill
Martin won’t stop banging on about his two seasons in Courchevel, but that was 12 years ago: which means you’re going to beat him, and you’re going to do it wearing Icon Racing. The peppery, musky, cardamomy-ness will flood his stupid nostrils as you zip past in a mist of powder.
5| Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss
It’s 4 p.m. on January 2 and the festivities are done and dusted. The Roses have run out, the booze has all been drained, and the ham has been carved to the bone. There’s always Christmas cake, but you’re not that desperate. Yet. Time to spray yourself liberally with Boss Bottled eau de toilette—spicy, mossy, lemony—and get back in the game.
6| L'Envol de Cartier by Cartier
Imbued with gaïac wood and vaporized musk, Cartier's new cologne is housed in a beautiful double layered glass bottle, where the inner "capsule" can be removed from the outer glass container and carried separately.
7| Uomo Intense by Valentino
The mix of black leather, mandarin, and tonka bean is sweet, deep, and surprisingly fresh. Our tip is to apply sparingly for instant effect.
8| Gentlemen Only by Givenchy
This latest addition to Givenchy's Gentlemen Only stable features notes of saffron, nutmeg, and cinnamon—what more could you want in the winter? Just be sure not to drink it.
9| Man Intense by Jimmy Choo
Jimmy Choo's latest scent is one of the lightest of the bunch (despite the name). Soft lavender is punched up by melon and mandarin, meaning this is a good shout for the slightly warmer autumnal months.
10| L'Homme Prada by Prada
Containing Prada's classic notes of amber and iris, this fragrance is characteristically enigmatic. Bright, with the addition of geranium, the scent dries down to wintry notes of cedar and patchouli.
11| Icon Elite by Alfred Dunhill
So smartly packaged you'll want to keep it in your bathroom cabinet forever, Alfred Dunhill's new scent is both simple and strong. Ebony dominates, with notes of cardamom and vetiver adding a woody depth.
12| Dark Rebel Rider by John Varvatos
Built around notes of Russian leather, Sumatran bark resin, and bitter orange, this new fragrance, from rock's favorite designer, is as manly as you'd imagine.
13| Uomo by Salvatore Ferragamo
Much like a really good whisky, this fragrance is as complex as it is addictive. Notes of black pepper and cardamom soften down to masculine cashmere wood and sandalwood.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.