Any guy who takes his perfume seriously knows that a collection for each season is paramount. What works for summer certainly isn’t going to for winter – you need something warm and masculine for this colder period of the year.
Of course, not all fragrances are going to cut it. It’s for this reason that we have put together this list, as we take a look at the best winter fragrances that are currently available for guys.
CH Men Privé
It’s one of the more recent perfumes in the Carolina Herrera family, but don’t let that put you off CH Men Privé. As is the case with all of the CH range (and there are over seventy perfumes in there), each offers something different and in the case of winter and CH Men Privé – there’s plenty on offer here.
In short, this is one of the strongest fragrances around. If you’re a fan of whiskey, you’re completely in luck, as this is one scent that is prominent right from the start. At the same time, CH Men Privé still retains a degree of sweetness – which all in all makes it a prime candidate for these colder months.
For those of you interested in the notes, it won’t come as a surprise to see that whiskey is in the heart. The top notes are comprised of grapefruit, lavender, red thyme, cardamom and sage – which is completely expected due to the sweet tone to the fragrance. Finally, in the base notes, we have leather, benzoin and Tonka – all which give that subtle winter feel.
If you’re looking for general advice on when to wear CH Men Privé, we’d tend to sway towards casual events like date-night. With that being said, you aren’t going to raise too many eyebrows if you decide to don it for a formal occasion – it’s pretty versatile overall.
In terms of the longevity, this is a fragrance that few will compete with. Some guys will be able to wear it for fifteen hours and still reap the benefits – it’s that strong.
Despite its longevity, don’t jump to conclusions regarding its projection. It’s not quite as strong as you would imagine although at the same time, it’s certainly not lagging in this department either and you will still be noticed.
CH Men Privé is one of the more affordable winter perfumes we have come across and you’ll tend to pay $60 for a 100ml bottle.
La Nuit de l`Homme Yves Saint Laurent
First appearing in 2009, La Nuit de l`Homme YSL is probably going to be one of the more controversial items on our list.
When we talk about controversial, we’re referring to its overall performance. Its projection is short, meaning that only those in absolute close proximity are going to benefit. At the same time, its longevity is also quite low at around six hours, meaning that this is one of the subtlest fragrances around.
Subtle is just what works for some guys though and with La Nuit de l`Homme YSL the scent means that most just keep coming back for more. It relies on cedar, bergamot and lavender as its heart notes, cardamom as its top note and vetiver and caraway as the base. As such, it’s a fragrance which becomes a little sweeter and woody as it begins to dry but again, this is all very subtle.
Due to the scents we have spoken about, La Nuit de l`Homme YSL is seen as a fragrance which is more suited to casual events.
The product is available for purchase for around $70 for a 100ml bottle, making it one of the more affordable winter options.
A*Men Pure Malt
Anyone who knows an ounce about the perfume industry will know about Thierry Mugler; after all, the brand has been around since the 1970s.
In comparison to some other members of our winter list, A*Men Pure Malt is quite established and first hit the shelves in 2009. A quick history lesson shows that it was the brainchild of Jacquees Huclier who was desperate to create a fragrance in honor of traditional Scottish whiskey.
That last line is particularly evident in the scent of this fragrance. Taking advantage of woody and spicy aromas in the heart and fruity ones at the top, it means that A*Men Pure Malt succeeds in mimicking the whiskey scent. While this might be the primary sensation that most of us recognize, it’s also worth mentioning that chocolate is slightly noticeable as well.
All of the above means that A*Men Pure Malt is perfect for winter – it takes advantage of all of the ingredients you would expect from a product suited to this season. This is one of the reasons why it’s one of the best products for those cold, casual evenings where something ‘specific’ is required.
If we turn to some of the technical points, the longevity of A*Men Pure Malt is reasonable and will last for around eight hours. The projection on the other hand is also respectable; although not necessarily overpowering. The nature of the fragrance means that it is best experienced in small doses and as such, as long as someone is stood within several feet of you, they will enjoy the scents.
The perfume is available for $92 for a 100ml bottle.
Tom Ford Noir Extreme
Any perfume created by Tom Ford always draws attention and really, it’s for no surprise. The man who was the in-house perfumer for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent has built up a superb reputation in the industry and in the case of Noir Extreme, he seems to have done it again.
Like a lot of winter fragrances, this is another example where a perfume takes advantage of smoky and sweet scents – to create the ultimate contrast. For those who like the technical details, this has occurred through the nutmeg, saffron, mandarin, neroli and cardamom on the top notes, and the orange blossom, jasmine, rose and mastric as the heart notes. The smoky elements of the fragrance arrive through the base notes of woods, amber, sandalwood and vanilla.
This is most definitely one of the milder perfumes on the list, with its projection levels fairly weak. In relation to its longevity, this ranks very highly and should stay strong on your skin for most of your day.
The perfume is primarily designed for evening use, mainly for casual occasions. As has already become clear, these occasions should be in the winter or possibly the fall to make the most out of the scents.
In compared to some of the other products, this is a little more expensive and retails at $122 for a 100ml bottle.
Armani Code Profumo
With a release date of 2016, this is certainly a new winter fragrance. Nevertheless, just like anything Armani, it holds all the credentials of a prime perfume.
It’s certainly a little different to some of the other fragrances we’ve looked at; you might notice coffee and vanilla to begin with. The notes might explain this somewhat; with the top ones being green apple, green mandarin and cardamom while the heart notes are lavender, nutmeg and orange blossom. The base notes for Code Profumo are amber and Tonka bean.
Armani Code Profumo is a fragrance which will last for up to twelve hours – meaning that it will survive the test of time of the typical working day comfortably. On this note we should add that it’s more targeted towards those informal, winter occasions.
We have to give a mention to the projection as well, which is regarded as one of the strongest around. It will make people notice you and as you may have gathered, this is all in a good way.
You can buy Armani Code Profumo for approximately $90 for a 110ml bottle.