The cooler months call for a switch up in style. In the midst of it all, don’t forget your fragrance. Find your flavour in our edit of eight favourite men’s fragrances for winter 2021 (and beyond of course). The list includes old favourites, new classics and some unquestionably appealing scents.
1. Porto Bello – Le Couvent Des Minimes
We’re all hungry for the outdoors, so why not wear it? Warm, rich, and sweet, Porto Bello combines the bitterness of Orange alongside delicious woody notes. Containing 86 percent natural ingredients, it’ll have you feeling at one with nature and smelling like it too! Porto Bello, £95 for 100ml, LookFantastic.
2. Scandal – Jean Paul Gaultier
Drawing inspiration from the boxing ring, John Paul Gaultier’s latest punchy scent is modern, masculine and woody. Opening with a fresh hit of: sage and mandarin, there’s tonka bean at the heart and a base of grassy vetiver and freshly chopped wood which altogether delivers an unapologetic hit (thankfully not the painful type!). It’s effortlessly vibrant and contemporary, a true reflection of everything that JPG stands for. Make a statement for all the right reasons! Scandal Eau de Toilette, £77 for 100ml, Boots.
3. Phantom – Paco Rabanne
If you thought artificial intelligence should be kept underraps for the government and programmers, this cologne will change your mind. Paco Rabanne has always embraced the future, ever since the house launched in 1966 with space-age dresses designed for alien beauties. Fast forward to now and its latest innovation; Phantom is a feel-good fragrance with a futuristic aromatic scent mixing an energising green flash of lemon with creamy lavender. The first fragrance created by boosting human creativity with artificial intelligence. It’s the olfactory equivalent of wearing a robot suit. Your new wingman! Phantom Eau de Toilette, £76 for 100ml, PacoRabanne.
4. Pasha De Cartier Edition Noire – Cartier
Proving that you can be cool and classy in equal measure, Cartier’s Pasha Edition Noire is a winter-ready mix of citrus notes above dark cedar. A modern and charismatic reinterpretation of the original Pasha de Cartier, it’s the perfect choice for a night out and has all the markings of a classic. If it’s good enough for Bieber then it’s definitely good enough for you! Pasha Edition Noire Eau de Toilette, £94 for 100ml, Selfridges.
5. Kapitel 12 – Skandinavisk
Skandinavisk was started in Copenhagen in 2012 by a curious English chap, who fell in love with a Scandinavian gardener and never left. They’re an independent house with a collection inspired by almost 20 years of travels across the Nordic region. Kapitel 12 ‘Freedom to Roam’ is a green, aromatic blend which draws inspiration from an ancient Scandinavian law ‘Freedom to roam’ and is an open invitation to explore all corners of the mighty peninsula. Ready to leave your footprints on the mountain trail? Kapitel 12 Eau de Toilette, £45 for 50ml, Skandinavisk.
6. Homme Intense – Kenzo
Woody scents have long been a winter pleasure to savour. Kenzo’s latest fragrance for men blends pink peppercorn, calypsone, sandalwood, akigalawood, fig wood, lavender and ambroxan. For us, it’s without doubt the best scent the brand has released to date. It’ll be love at first sniff! Kenzo Homme Intense Eau de Toilette, £56 for 110ml, The Perfume Shop
7. Eau Triple Komi Forest – Buly
Forget summer in a hurry. Foret De Komi is a unique water-based perfume with mineral, woody essences, magnified by the delicate mosses of pine forests. It’s fresh, spicy and if you like the idea of smelling like the forest then here’s your cue. Darker nights and cooler temperatures, who cares when you can smell the this good for winter! Eau Triple Komi Forest, £130 for 75ml, Buly 1803
8. Burning Palm – 19 – 69
The long dark nights call for darker aromas. Step forward Palm Angels x 19 – 69’s collaborative scent ‘Burning Palm’. A fragrance that gives a nod to L.A’s darker side that we’ve seen in movies like Pulp Fiction and The Big Lebowski. Notes include lemon, tobacco, hay and vanilla absolute. Night out on the town? Sorted. Burning Palm Eau De Parfum, £150.05 for 100ml, 19 – 69