That chill in the air is a sign that it’s time to stash your summery scents. You can smell more seasonably appropriate without splashing yourself with pumpkin spice. Well, spice is well and good as long as it’s not reminiscent of baked goods or a Yankee Candle abomination. We found a handful of the best men’s cologne that are perfectly suited for your new autumnal aroma.
Diptyque Vetyverio Eau de Parfum, $155
Vetiver is a go-to note for men’s fragrances, but, in Vetyverio, it’s not as explicitly masculine as other adaptations. While the variable nature of the earthy ingredient makes it hard to pin down, it’s been described as green and smoky. Here, with a singular focus on vetiver, the scent veers towards the latter in an unexpected, intoxicating way.
Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Minérale Eau de Parfum, $230
Every one of Tom Ford’s odes to oud — a musky scent derived from the aquilaria tree — is awesome, including this variation, which marries the namesake rich wood with the fresh, exhilarating fragrance of the sea and salty air. Consider it a fancy, aromatic take on surf and turf.
Jo Malone English Oak & Hazelnut Cologne, $65
As mentioned, pumpkin spice, while symbolic of fall (for better or worse), is best left to baked goods and hot beverages. A more acceptable autumnal option for a grown man is this oak-cologne option with fragrant hazelnuts, spices, and moss — an ode to the eponymous tree.
Creed Viking, $495
Vikings very well may be the epitome of uber masculinity, so you can imagine that a fragrance named for these dudes in horned helmets smells equally virile. But rather than sweat and unbridled machismo, inspiration came from the sea-faring men’s iconic boats, called longships. This Creed concoction features citrus, peppercorn, and earthy facets.
Parfums de Nicolai Patchouli Intense Eau de Parfum, $62
Patchouli has a bad rap as eau de dirty hippie. In reality, a high quality version of the woody element — like the hero note in this bottle — is infinitely more complex than the stinky vials purchased in head shops. To further elevate this more sublime scent, the cologne is spiked with geranium, leather and smoky vanilla.