Winter demands a different scent than summer. So, if cologne is your thing, you’ll need to switch to more season-appropriate scents for the winter months.
While summer usually calls for a fresh, aquatic scent, a hearty cologne with a dominant smell containing musky and woody tones is perfect for winter. It’s the kind of smell that will make your honey want to cuddle up to you and warm up when it’s too cold to go outside.
I did a little field research and created a roundup of good colognes for this season. Here they are in no particular order.
Dolce & Gabanna “The One”
The One for Men is the perfect scent for the modern man with classic tastes. This spicy oriental scent contains notes from a blend of fruits and spices: grapefruit, cardamom, coriander, ginger, and basil. These are complimented with a base of tobacco and cedar giving it a strong, musky touch making it refined, sophisticated, and engaging.
Burberry “The Beat”
Launched in 2008, this is a more contemporary cologne. The Beat contains notes of citron and vetiver combined with a dash of pepper. At first, the citrus notes stand out, but after it dries the pepper notes take over giving it a dominant and powerful aroma. The Beat also has great longevity, sometimes lasting as long as twelve hours.
This 2011 release was designed with contrasting flavours. Both contemporary and edgy, Montblanc Legend starts off with fruity notes of pineapple leaf, lavender, and bergamot, and soon transitions to a masculine base of sandalwood and tonka. A pleasing balance of germanium, rose, apple, and coumarin also hang in the mix.
Hugo Boss “Element”
You can’t go wrong with this one. Element is a classic scent that has proved to be a good standby for many men. Top notes consist of Artemisia, lavender, basil, bergamot, and lemon. The middle comes with more floral tones, and the base blends leather, sandalwood, amber, musk, oakmoss and cedar. It’s a fresh scent for a man of distinction who doesn’t want to stink up the place too much.
Jean Paul Gaultier “Le Male”
This 1995 release is still wildly popular today. It isn’t hard to understand why this might be as there is some intense chemistry going on with Le Male. With mint, bergamot, lavender, orange blossom, cinnamon, vanilla, and sandalwood all playing off each other, this is a complex and enticing aroma that has stood the test of time and will continue to be a popular choice.
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