We have no way to verify whether or not Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb ($75-$95) really is "an explosive cocktail of virility that transforms you into a powerful, intense and daring man", but we can tell you that cologne that arrives in a grenade-like bottle is destined to be manly, and may or may not get you into trouble the next time you pass through airport security. [via]
Smelling like a man is more complicated than just working outside all day, drinking a beer, and basking in the aroma of your own sweat and booze. It means smelling like manly things, without repelling others. Things like the forest, black pepper, tobacco, leather, and gin — all scents you'll find in Moonshine Cologne ($75). This "gentleman's cologne" arrives in a modest bottle, inside a burlap sack that's protected by a wooden box, which is slightly more impressive than the presentation for our last delivery of real moonshine. [via]
Inspired by the company's New England roots, Gant Eau de Toilette ($65-$90) represents a rebirth for a brand that's seen its highs and lows over its 62-year existence. Created with help from renowned perfumer Pierre Wulff, it mixes notes of tar, ocean, wood, lemon, coriander, and lavender to create a scent that recalls both the woods and the ocean simultaneously. The fragrance arrives in a solid blue glass bottle with a retro black Bakelite cap, designed by artist Pierre Dinand. Expect to see it on store shelves in November.
It's always nice when a fragrance arrives in a bottle that looks as good as the stuff inside smells, and John Varvatos Star USA Fragrance ($55-$72) is no exception. Eschewing the designer's traditional flask-like container for an upright bottle topped with a knurled metal swing top that reminds us of a Grolsch, it pairs perfectly with fall weather thanks to a mixture that blends fresh and woody notes for a masculine, clean scent.
As absurd as it sounds, we're not really surprised. Bacon Cologne ($36) includes just a hint of bacon essence in its Gold (citrus) and Classic (spicy maple) fragrances to give you all the allure of a cooked hog. It was bound to happen.