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]
Montblanc is best known for its pens and watches — but luckily, its fragrance doesn't smell like ink and grease. Instead, Montblanc Legend ($57-$72) is a clean, masculine fragrance that offers a mix of bright, fresh notes, woodsy floral tones, and a core of tonka beans and sandalwood. Sounds ideal for the upcoming fall season.
If you can't look like Bond, you might as well smell like him. Coinciding with the franchise's 50th anniversary — and this November's release of Skyfall — the official James Bond 007 Fragrance ($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]