Best Winter Fragrances For Men in 2021
Winter men’s perfumes are stronger, sweeter, and denser than spring/summer fragrances. So, just as you would start wearing warmer, thicker clothes when temperatures drop, are fragrances. Because? Simple, the performance. Perfumes designed for warmer climates contain lighter, fresher notes (like citrus), which become almost transparent in cold weather (no one can smell them).
However, a good winter fragrance will contain warmer and heavier notes, such as tobacco, leather, alcoholic accords, spices, resins, dark woods, Oud, etc … Anyway, let’s get to the results, let’s see now the best winter perfumes for men.
Today we will reveal our list of the 10 best winter fragrances and colognes for men. We looked at how good they are, how long they last, and also in what situation to wear them. We’ve reduced them to a top 10. By the way, they all work equally well in the fall.
10 Best Winter Fragrances & Colognes For Men in 2021
10. Emporio Armani Stronger With You
A dark warm spicy-sweet woody scent. Is it a super unique and innovative complex perfume? No. But, it smells DELICIOUS and sexy. Now to be clear, if you don’t like sweet fragrances, this is (definitely) not for you.
Stronger With You opens with an explosion of fresh fruity sweetness mixed with spiced cardamom, pink pepper, and a herbal spearmint vibe in the background. As it dries, the sweetness fades quickly and the fragrance becomes darker, warmer, and smoother.
In the end… you get warm creamy vanilla mixed with spiced cardamom and a sweet woody vibe of roasted chestnuts in the background. More suitable for the 18-30-year-old audience (has a youthful vibe) and worn in cool weather: fall/winter.
When to wear it?
Perfect for nights out, clubbing, bars, parties, casuals, dating nights, romantic nights, close encounters… you get it. Stronger With You is an EDT and projects just beyond arm’s length for the first few hours (leaves a gorgeous scent trail), then sits closer to the skin, lasting 6 to 8 hours.
9. Guerlain L’Homme Ideal EDP
This is the Eau de Parfum (EDP) version. There are currently 7 different versions of L’Homme Ideal… and each one smells different. L’Homme Ideal opens with a sweet fruity vibe of cherry and almond mixed with a hint of spice and citrus bergamot.
Now, as it begins to smooth out, some creamy vanilla, tonka bean, and a leather accord join the party, along with some woods and whispers of smoky incense. Everything is perfectly blended and balanced.
It is sweet (not overly), warm, slightly powdery, and has a DELICIOUS scent. L’Homme Ideal is not a super masculine type perfume and is more suitable for a well-groomed and elegantly dressed 25-year-old mature boy. The best part?
This is super versatile – fits any occasion in fall/winter and cool spring nights (avoid intense heat as it gets cloying).
All Occasions: Work, Office, Dating, Dress Up, Special Occasion, Night Out.
L’Homme Ideal is a delicate and classy fragrance that does not attract attention. It projects about the length of an arm for 1-1.5 hours, then sits close to the skin, lasting about 5-7 hours.
8. Paco Rabanne One Million Prive
One Million Prive is a newer, more mature, and elegant version of the original, popular Paco Rabanne One Million. It is darker, richer, less sweet, and more complex. To be clear, it has a hint of the original DNA when you first spray it, but after about 15 minutes it takes a different direction.
One Million Prive starts slightly similar to the original One Million (but not as sweet or loud), with a burst of sweet blood orange mixed with some hot spiced cinnamon and tonka bean sweetness in the background.
Eventually… the sweet DNA of the original fades into the background and the cinnamon transforms with a little myrrh and a fruity vibe of tobacco and apple hookah with a hint of patchouli in the background. The result? You get a gorgeous cinnamon apple cider vibe, sweet, spicy, hot.
One Million Prive is a playful scent to use during fall/winter. Perfect for date night, casual, night out, bar, party, nightclub. Too playful for formal / office use.
1 Million Prive is an EDP that doesn’t scream for attention and projects at an arm’s length for 1.5 to 2 hours. It’s not as durable as the original, but it still gets the job done. Depending on your skin chemistry and temperature, you get 4 to 8 hours of persistence.
7. YSL The Night Of The Man EDT
Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L’Homme is legendary in the perfume community and has been around for nearly a decade. It is also today one of the best winter perfumes for men and one of the best-selling fragrances by YSL.
La Nuit De L’Homme opens with an explosion of sweet and spicy cardamom mixed with lavender and a hint of bergamot freshness. As it begins to dry, the bergamot fades into the background, and the spicy-sweet cardamom and fresh lavender combine with a hint of wood. The result?
Get a soft woody pine vibe mixed with some INCREDIBLE smelling chocolate powder. It’s warm, sweet (but not overly so), and seductive. People will want to know what you are wearing. Best worn in cooler weather: fall/winter (and cool spring nights).
Plus a nocturnal perfume (but can be worn during the day), and is perfect for bars, discos, parties, night dates, romantic settings, close encounters… You understand. Depending on the skin chemistry and temperature, this persists for about 4 – 8 hours.
6. Dolce & Gabbana The One EDP
No list of the best winter colognes for men would be complete without D&G The One Eau de Parfum. D&G The One EDP is a more recent improved version of the beloved original The One EDT (Eau de Toilette).
In fact, this new EDP version still has the DNA of the original EDT but is deeper, richer, smoother, creamier, and slightly sweeter (and longer-lasting too). To be clear, they smell very similar, so it might be redundant if you already own the original.
This masterpiece was created by superstar perfumer Oliver Polge, who is currently Chanel’s chief perfumer. The One EDP opens sweetly spicy and fresh citrus with a burst of fruity grapefruit mixed with a hint of ginger.
As it dries… some pipe tobacco and warm sweet amber join the party along with whispers of spiced cardamom and a hint of driftwood in the background.
It’s hot, sweet, sexy, and it smells AMAZING. Be prepared for compliments. It’s super versatile… you can wear it in just about any fall/winter (and cool spring nights) situation. But avoid wearing in the summer heat.
It is more suitable for an adult audience: work, office, casual, nights out (not strong enough for the club). Where it really shines is for the evenings, the romantic settings… You understand. Performance is not the best. It got 4 to 7 hours of battery life, but this smells so good we didn’t care.
In short words: One of the best perfumes for evening appointments on the market.
5. Prada The Prada Intense Man
A sophisticated and formal clean winter scent. Prada L’homme Intense is a newer, darker, and enriched version of the extraordinary original Prada L’homme EDT. In short, the original is more suitable for warmer daytime use. They smell slightly similar but L’homme Prada Intense is darker (longer lasting) and more suited to the cold / night, with added notes of leather, patchouli, and tonka bean.
Prada L’homme Intense opens with a clean and fresh atmosphere of the soapy iris mixed with a bit of skin and a hint of sweetness of the tonka bean. By the way, the iris has a slightly reddish vibe (like the smell of the inside of a cosmetic bag). It gives off a fresh and soapy luxury scent.
As it begins to dry, some patchouli and woods begin to transform and become darker, richer, and smoother. The result is a clean, dark, slightly sweet, slightly powdery, and leathery soap scent.
Ideal on autumn, winter, and spring evenings for formal masquerade occasions: office, special occasions, black tie events, night dates, nights out, etc.
Be careful not to over-spray (less is more) and avoid using at high temperatures as it can get cloying (better use the cooler and brighter original Prada L’Homme in spring/summer).
Prada L’homme Intense is an EDP and projects at a distance of about an arm for the first few hours and persists for a duration of about 6-8 hours.
4. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Grand Soir
An exclusive scent of amber and vanilla. In case you didn’t know… In fragrances, the term Amber is used to describe a scent that is sweet, warm, resinous, and honey-like. The Amber accord is created by mixing various natural resins / aromatic molecules.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian is a French luxury niche perfume house, co-founded by the world-renowned master perfumer himself, Francis Kurkdjian. Kurkdjian rose to fame in 1995 after creating one of the world’s best-selling fragrances of all time: Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male.
Kurkdjian has followed countless other creations for leading perfume companies around the world, such as Narciso Rodriguez For Her and For Him, Guerlain Rose Barbare, Christian Dior Homme, just to name a few.
Francis Kurkdjian is one of the best perfumers, so you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
MFK Grand Soir begins with a slightly sweet warm amber accord mixed with soft resinous labdanum and hints of spice in the background. You get a gorgeous buttery, sweet, warm, spicy, honey-like vibe. But it gets better, when it starts to dry it transforms beautifully with a little creamy vanilla, tonka bean powder, and a pinch of benzoin.
This gives it an inviting, warm, sweet, and dusty vibe and has a DIVINE smell. All notes are perfectly balanced and it never gets overly sweet. It exudes class and sophistication. Grand Soir is unisex, so you can share it with your partner.
You can wear it for any occasion: day or night, work, office. Grand Soir is an EDP and projects around 1 meter for the first few hours to last 6 to 10 hours. Don’t spray too much as it can be overwhelming. 2 sprays MAX… and you are ready.
3. Armani Code Perfume
Armani Code Profumo is a more modern and more durable version of the original Armani Code, winner of the FiFi award . The same master perfumers who created the original Armani Code, Antoine Lie, and Antoine Maisondieu, collaborated again… to create this darker, richer, and slightly sweeter version. And they didn’t disappoint.
If you don’t like sweet and seductive fragrances, this is definitely not for you. Armani Code Profumo opens with a fresh and sweet fruity atmosphere of apple and orange with a hint of spiced cardamom and nutmeg. As it settles on your skin, the sweetness softens, and a combination of tonka bean, amber, and skin appears and gives you a slightly powdery, warm, sweet, creamy, firm-like vibe.
It is sweet, sexy, and sophisticated and it smells AMAZING. Armani Code Perfume is perfect for autumn and winter, it cuts through the cold winter air and leaves a splendid trail of perfume.
Don’t wear it during the summer as it will get extremely cloying and you will suffocate people (and yourself).
Suitable for all ages (but has a youthful vibe). Perfect for dating, casual, night out, party, bar, nightclub. I wouldn’t recommend it for work/office as it’s too sweet and sexy.
Super long life. Armani Code Profumo is an EDP and projects up to almost 2 meters for the first few hours and lasts around 7-10 hours. Do not over-spray. Less is definitely more. 1 to 2 sprays MAX.
2. Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Extreme
V&R Spicebomb Extreme is a more recent version of the already extraordinary Spicebomb. Spicebomb Extreme is a less aggressive version of Spicebomb with an extra touch of vanilla sweetness. It’s darker, richer, more sophisticated, and longer-lasting (and smells better).
Just as the name implies, Spicebomb Extreme opens with an explosion of spice, namely black pepper with hints of cinnamon.
Bam! Dry is where the magic is… As it begins to calm down, spices combine with a little vanilla and a sweet vibe of pipe tobacco along with whispers of saffron. This smooths the fragrance, giving it the perfect balance of sweetness and spice.
It’s sexy, hot, inviting, and collects A LOT of compliments. Spicebomb Extreme smells more sophisticated and mature than the original Spicebomb. Works great for any day/night occasion (although I wouldn’t recommend it for work / office). Perfect for dating, romantic, casual settings, evenings, discos.
Works amazingly in cold weather: fall/winter. Spicebomb Extreme is an EDP and projects up to almost 2 meters for the first 2 to 3 hours and the smell stays for about 6-9 hours. so be careful with the sprayer. 1 to 3 sprays MAX and you are ready.
1. Valentino Uomo Intense Man
A sweet and sexy modern perfume, Valentino Uomo Intense is the Best Winter Fragrance for Men in 2021. Uomo Intense opens with an explosion of sweet iris mixed with a hint of mandarin. The iris gives it a touch of lightly powdery lipstick (like the smell of the inside of a lady’s makeup bag).
Now, as it starts to dry… the tangerine and iris begin to fade into the background… and a combination of leather/vanilla / tonka bean takes over – giving it a sweet, creamy orange chocolate vibe (sweet but not overly).
It is modern, sophisticated, and screams quality. Perfect for fall/winter (and cool spring nights). More suitable for night use: dating, special occasions, formal and upscale events, night out, nightclub.
That said: you could wear it to the office… if you go easy on the trigger (1 spray), but it could cause unwanted (or desired) attention from the opposite sex.
Intense Man is an EDP and jumps out of your skin for the first few hours (does not fill the room, projects just beyond the length of an arm) leaving a beautiful trail of perfume. Then it sits closer to the skin for a duration of around 6-9 hours. Don’t spray this too much, less is definitely more. 1 to 3 sprays MAX… and you are ready.
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