By capturing fragrance in waxy bases made from oils, jojoba, beeswax, shea butter, and other foundations, these solid colognes are not only super easy for travel (no more worries about that ornate glass bottle breaking in your checked bag), they’re also TSA-friendly. While the traditional containers for these non-traditional essences are small tins with lids that slide or rotate, several companies are experimenting with new packaging that will give your old cologne decanter some design competition, which also makes them an awesome gift choice.
Without further ado, we give you the best solid colognes for men.
Ulio & Jack Drifter
Named for the company founders’ grandfathers, Ulio and Jack were two tough guys who met everything life threw at them head on, and then still went on to live the American dream, raise families, and enjoy their lives to the fullest. The brand’s Drifter scent incorporates a blend of cardamom and mandarin with subtle sandalwood, clove, and leather for a sweet, yet spicy take on a men’s fragrance.
Duke Cannon Bourbon
Buffalo Trace is one of our favorite straight bourbon whiskeys, and it just so happens to also be the inspiration for Duke Cannon’s Bourbon fragrance. But don’t take this one neat: layer it by washing up first with their Big American Bourbon Soap. Looking for a unique gift? Duke Cannon’s American Soap and Hatchet Set gives a new meaning to the term toiletries kit.
Outlaw Soaps The Outlaw’s Life Trio
OK, so when we think of the movie Blazing Saddles, there are some other fragrances that come to mind, but let’s stick with Outlaw’s inspired solid cologne reminiscent of leather, gunpowder (!), sandalwood, and sagebrush. Truly, the scent is an Old-West fantasy. Combine it with its Fire in the Hole and The Gambler colognes for a trio of badass, but great-smelling characters.
Bush Klawz Pacific Prince
Presenting another opportunity for subtly layering a favorite fragrance while making sure facial hair is soft and touchable, Bush Klawz creates beard oil conditioner and leave-in beard butter in a suite of fragrances that are rounded out by solid cologne. The four fragrance “stories”—Pacific, Urban, Lumber, and…ahem…Naked Princes (Naked Prince is actually unscented, so not really a part of this story) each have their own distinct appeal.
Juniper Ridge Desert Cedar
Desert Cedar is like a vacation in the American Southwest packaged in a tin with its hints of leather, brush resin, minerals, and clay. The company creates its formulations by gathering the same scents you might come across while hiking a trail, breathing nature’s deep, ambrosial palette. Tough day at work? Close your eyes and be transported to the great outdoors.
Le Labo Neroli 36
Of the many scents Le Labo offers, we chose Neroli 36 because of the many, many benefits said to be offered by Neroli essential oil. We hear it’s good for treating depression, as well as anxiety, stress, and insomnia. But best of all, it’s considered an aphrodisiac and can help with loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, and impotence! We don’t know if wearing this lovely fragrance actually helps with any of that, but rub some on, and see what kind of trouble starts brewing.
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