Housed in a geometric sculpture designed by Fredrikson Stallard and handcrafted from frosted glass and solid silver, the container alone is enough to tell you that Brioni 70th Anniversary Extrait Intense Cologne is no pedestrian fragrance. Masculine yet sophisticated, it has accords of citrus, boutonniere, and wood, with accents that range from French lavender and golden saffron to sandalwood and Tonka bean. Limited to just 70 pieces worldwide, it arrives in a wooden display box.
A powerful fix of leaves and smoke, Comme Des Garcons Amazinggreen lives up to its name. The natural spray is made from palm tree leaves, jungle leaves, ivy leaves, green pepper, dew, orris roots, coriander seeds, vetiver, white musk, smoke, and something called "Gunpowder Accord", which we imagine smells something like the first few seconds of a civil war-era battle. Arrives in a green bottle with offset sprayer.
There are plenty of times when you're out and about that a quick refresh of your favorite scent would come in handy. Unfortunately, most fragrance bottles aren't very portable. The Mistr Portable Cologne Sprayer solves this problem by letting you take nearly any cologne with you wherever you go and without the need for a bag. The secret is the compact, nearly credit card-sized design that's made from stainless steel. You simply remove the spray cap from your current bottle, pump to fill the Mistr, then use its built-in atomizer anytime you need a little extra smell good.
We love a product with a good story, and Kiehl's Original Musk has a good one. Supposedly formulated for the first time at Kiehl's Apothecary in the 1920s, the scent was found in a tub labeled "Love Oil" in the late '50s, and subsequently reintroduced in 1963. The updated scent leads with notes of bergamot nectar and orange blossom, followed by floral notes of rose, lily, ylang-ylang, and neroli, and finishes with a masculine blend of tonka nut, white patchouli, and musk. Arrives in a 1.7oz spray bottle with fittingly old-school labelling.
Most colognes have abstract names, meant to evoke a feeling rather than describing the smell itself. Not so with Tom Ford Black Orchid. This masculine scent opens with bold notes of black plum and orchid, mixing in patchouli, as well as various fruits, spices, and woods. In addition, it's designed to mingle with your skin's natural chemistry, creating a one-of-a-kind scent that's truly individualized.
As anyone who's ever visited a tannery can tell you, leather has a very distinct, alluring scent. Ralph Lauren Polo Supreme Leather Cologne celebrates this fact by mixing the smell of leather with a blend of spices, resulting in a warm, rich scent that's an ideal accompaniment to the cool air and bright colors of fall. Exclusive to Bloomingdale's, it comes in a 4.2 oz size and arrives in a fittingly dark brown bottle.
You may or may not be a gentleman. But you can certainly smell like one with Givenchy Gentlemen Only Intense. Tracing its lineage all the way to the original Givenchy Gentleman from 1974, this modern scent offers notes of peppercorn, tonka bean, leather, and hide, creating a rich fragrance that's distinctly masculine. In other words, fit for a gentleman.
There's something distinctly masculine about the smell of fuel, oil, tires, and exhaust that you'll only find at the race track. At least, until now. Sunoco Burnt Rubber Cologne aims to bring the scent of the track to you, mixing in just enough sweet and spicy notes to keep the more race-specific scents from overpowering the proceedings. Unfortunately, they're not actually selling it — although they are giving it away to a few lucky Facebook followers.
Once you realize the liquid inside that handsome cylinder of knurled metal is cologne, your expectations are immediately raised. Fortunately, Dunhill Icon Cologne meets them handily, with a masculine scent worthy of such an elegant vessel. It starts with notes of bergamot, orange blossom, and black pepper, features a heart of Provençal lavender, cardamom, sage, and juniper, and finishes with a base of vetiver, smoky oud wood, oakmoss, and leather, making it ideal for everything from casual dinners to formal events.
"Smell legendary" doesn't sound like a very good fragrance slogan, so it's probably a good thing we weren't consulted on the advertising campaign for Mont Blanc Legend Cologne. It offers notes of lavender, pineapple leaf, verbena, apple, rose, sandalwood, tonka, bergamot, oakmoss, and geranium, imbuing it with a clean, masculine scent. Arrives in a handsome black and chrome bottle that will look right at home in your storied bathroom.
You keep what goes in your body as natural as possible. So why not keep what goes on it natural, as well? Ursa Major Willoughby Cologne is a new all-natural, 95% organic fragrance that aims to keep you smelling fresh without synthetic ingredients. At its core is a blend of fourteen pure essential oils offering notes of citrus, spice, woods, mint, ginger, and bergamot, all more subtle than the scent you'd get from traditional cologne. And it comes in a 10mL glass rollerball bottle, so you just roll it on where you need it as you need it — no more wayward sprays.
Normally if you come home smelling like a jazz club, your significant other is going to wonder what you were up to. But with a couple sprays from Maison Martin Margiela Replica Jazz Club Cologne, you can smell like that before you even leave the house. This intriguing fragrance brings together notes of musk, vanilla, tonka bean, vetiver, and tobacco leaves in a masculine mix that evokes all the mystique and ambiance of a hidden club. As an added bonus, the bottle looks great, inspired by classic apothecary jars with bold letting, a cotton label, and a rope-wrapped pump.
The bottle is very classy but rather plain; the fragrance inside is anything but. Arriving in a black and polished silver container, Montblanc Legend Cologne is here to add a touch of intrigue to your personal scent. This masculine fragrance features clean, energetic top notes, a woodsy, slightly floral center, and a dry finish that includes notes of both tonka beans and sandalwood. Smell legendary.
Thanks to Jay-Z, we know that rocking Tom Ford is the stylish thing to do — and now you can rock it even when you're in shorts and flip-flops with Tom Ford Wood & Tobacco Cologne. These premium scents are decidedly masculine, with the wood offering notes of rosewood, cardamom, oud wood, sandalwood, vetiver, tonka bean and amber, and the tobacco mixing oud wood resin with smoking aromatic and idealized Arabic tobacco. For an extra dose of manliness, splash yourself with a little bourbon. On second thought, don't — just drink it instead.
Forget your fragile glass bottles and hit the road smelling great with Fulton & Roark Solid Colognes. Made from carefully-formulated mixes of oils, fragrance, and wax, these great-smelling colognes come packed in rugged solid metal containers that make it easy to carry them along with you wherever you go. And when it's time for a little boost of scent, simply rub your finger over the surface, apply a bit to your neck and wrists, and proceed to smell great.
If you're looking for a distinct, yet subtle fragrance that you can wear just about every day, you should give Givenchy Gentlemen Only ($60) a try. It features top notes of birch leaf, green mandarin, nutmeg, and pink pepper, giving it an invigorating freshness that's immediately apparent. Middle notes of cedar, patchouli, and vetiver lend notes of woodiness and masculinity, hence the moniker. With base notes that combine animal-like musk scents and frankincense essential oil for a sweet, warm aroma, this fragrance has a manly smell that lingers without being overwhelming.
Ideal for a crisp evening in November spent at your favorite bar, Encre Noire Cologne ($35) is a woodsy scent that begins with fresh piney top notes of cypress. Middle notes of bourbon vetiver add a cool, woody, leathery dimension to the scent, while base notes of cashmere wood and musk balance it out and add a seasonally-appropriate rustic element. Made by Lalique, this scent is created for the guy who isn't afraid to wear something bold and powerful, yet complex.
Even though inspiration for this scent was drawn from every facet of the whiskey production process, Hylnds Spirit Of The Glen Whiskey Fragrance ($180) won't leave you smelling like the crusty drunk at the end of the bar. Instead, it channels the deep distilling heritage of Speyside, Scotland (home of The Glenlivet), including the floral notes characteristic of its legendary spirit, the woody scent of aged oak casks and charred bourbon barrels, and the sweet aroma of wild pineapple weed. What you get is a unisex cologne that begins with the vanilla scent of wood, and finishes with the deep and unmistakeable scent of Scotch Whiskey.
Take yourself out of the bleakness of your Fall and Winter blahs with a subtle hint of Summer every time you wear Odin Roam ($135). The newest scent from the New York brand is unisex — just like the rest of their catalog — but it won't leave people wondering if you walked through the wrong section of the department store. It has masculine top notes of saffron and pepper, followed with middle notes of ginger flower and coffee blossom. At its base are coconut milk, ebony wood, and incense, giving it a complex scent that's as delightful as it is interesting.
If you're looking for a fragrance that's as manly as it is unique, then check out Bottega Veneta Pour Homme ($80-$110), their first cologne made for men. It's made from fir balsam, pine, juniper, and leather giving it a refined, yet masculine scent. The bottle is made from Murano glass, features matte black hardware, and leather around the cap. Choose from a 1.7 ounce bottle or a larger three ounce bottle.
While we can't officially comment on the amount of real panther bits contained in Sex Panther Cologne ($35), we can tell you that 60 percent of the time, it works every time — but you already knew that. So, if your perfectly-groomed caterpillar mustache and red polyester suit aren't quite attracting the attention you crave, it might be time to consider a bolder tack. This officially-licensed Anchorman cologne is truly the stuff of legends, and is meant for only the manliest of men (the kind of men who play jazz flute and fearlessly face a full-grown bear, head on). If that's not you, it might be best to leave this stuff for the real men.
As a young man, while vacationing in the French Riviera, John F. Kennedy met a young dandy named Albert Fouquet, known for his expertise in crafting fine fragrances. Kennedy was particularly impressed with one scent — now called Eight & Bob ($195) — and asked for a bottle. Fouquet included a note with the gift, which read in part "in this bottle, you will find the dash of French glamour that your American personality lacks." Later, after returning home, Kennedy requested another order of eight bottles, plus one for his brother Robert (hence the name). Now, after more than 70 years in dormancy, this fragrance is available in limited quantities, so you too can add a bit of French glamour to your personality.
Smell like a man this summer by spraying on some Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb ($80). This masculine fragrance does a particularly great job of balancing fruity scents like bergamot and grapefruit with spices like chili pepper and saffron, with a handful of manly smells like leather and tobacco thrown in for good measure. Oh, and it comes in a custom built grenade bottle, just so you don't get it confused with your less-explosive colognes.
No, it's not a joke — although we wouldn't blame you for thinking as much. Campfire Cologne ($13/box) is a package of cedar, oak, or birch wood chips and a pack of matches. Light up a piece — or several — and waft in the authentic smell of a campfire. Of course, you could just go sit around a real fire, but that's not the easiest thing to do in an urban area, or when it's raining. [Scouted by Brent]
If you can't look like Bond, you might as well smell like him. Coinciding with the franchise's 50th anniversary — and this November's release of Skyfall — the official James Bond 007 Fragrance ($TBA) gives you a chance to smell like one of MI6's finest. We have no idea what it smells like, but we can take a guess: gin, vodka, sex, gun powder, and blood. Sounds great!
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.