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]
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.
If you haven't eaten enough pork this summer to have the smell naturally seeping from your pores, Que Cologne ($25) can help you along. That's right — this unique barbecue-scented fragrance features notes of spices, smoke, meat, and a little bit of sweat, giving you the smell of a BBQ master. Or just a guy who hangs out by the pulled pork cart all day.
Feeling a little guilty? Might as well let everyone in the vicinity know by dousing yourself in Gucci Guilty Pour Homme ($57-$73). Described as "an intense and individual contemporary fougere that provokes as it seduces" — who doesn't love some fragrance hyperbole? — it boasts notes of Italian lemon and mandarin, crushed green leaves, lavender, and pink pepper, and arrives in a stylish monochrome silver and glass container.
It's not cool to smell like winter in the middle of spring. That's why there's Paul Smith Optimistic (£35; roughly $55). The latest scent from the stripe-obsessed designer, Optimistic is new for spring '11, offering notes of mandarin, black pepper, sage, geranium, cedar, and vetiver, it's ideal for sunny days. Remember: a little optimism never hurt anyone.
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.