These soft scents borrow an age-old trick: highlighting just enough green backbone to balance the more feminine floral notes. Add in the woody base and you’ve got two unisex fragrance-wardrobe staples.
When the temperatures drop, men’s scents get warm and fuzzy, woody and woozy. Which is perfect for bundling up, snuggling up and bottoms up. Here two winter fragrance picks for men.
HIGH: Atelier Cologne Tobacco Nuit
First Launched: 2016
First Impression: Spicy and smoky, like an Islay Scotch that’s been poured into a leather glass. I felt sophisticated yet sporty, like a jet-setter transported to the ski chalet via dogsled.
Top: Clementine, coriander, cumin
Middle: Tobacco blossom, labdanum, olibanum
Base: Patchouli, cedar, tonka bean
Best For: Socializing with people who are cooler than you. (It happens!)
Biggest Fan: The World’s Most Interesting Man
Atelier Cologne Tobacco Nuit, $270 (100 ml), sephora.com
LOW: Givenchy Gentlemen Only Absolute
First Launched: Summer 2016
First Impression: Ripe and heavy, almost dessert-like. Quite spicy and woody. It comes off as a weighty piece of cake topped with orange icing.
Middle: Cinnamon, nutmeg, saffron
Base: Sandalwood, vanilla
Best For: An elegant and/or sensual evening with drinks by the fire
Biggest Fan: The man who wants to channel the face of the collection, Australian actor Simon Baker
Absolute is the latest in a string of recent Gentlemen Only fragrances launched over the past four years, including Intense, Casual Chic and Parisian Break.
Givenchy Gentlemen Only Absolute EDP, $111 (100 ml), sephora.com