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10 best men’s winter fragrances to put on your Christmas list

From woody to spicy notes, discover your new favourite scent in our round-up

Paddy Maddison
Friday 13 November 2020 13:02 GMT
We were looking for rich, heavy, spicy, woody and earthy scents that evoke feelings of warmth and festive nostalgia
We were looking for rich, heavy, spicy, woody and earthy scents that evoke feelings of warmth and festive nostalgia (iStock/The Independent)

Being well dressed isn’t all about the clothes on your back or the shoes on your feet. Sometimes it’s the subtle, perhaps even unseen details that can make the biggest difference. 

Case in point, fragrance – a means of finishing off a well-crafted look with an olfactory flourish.

But as we head into the winter, those light, citrusy scents that work so well in warm weather can’t quite cut through the cold. That’s why it’s vital to find a heavier, winter-friendly fragrance if you want to continue to smell your best.

To assist with this, we rounded up some of the best men’s winter fragrances on the market and put them to the test. 

Every scent we picked was worn for a full day, indoors and out, in order to assess the full range of notes, longevity and sillage (which means how long a fragrance lingers in the air when worn).

What we were looking for were rich, heavy, spicy, woody and earthy scents that evoke feelings of warmth and festive nostalgia. Below you’ll find the best of the bunch, with excellent options to suit every budget.

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The verdict: Men’s winter fragrances

In terms of aroma, longevity and value for money, Atlas by Laboratory Perfumes was our favourite winter fragrance. It’s something a little out of the ordinary (in a good way) and offers a nice refreshing change from the usual heavy, woody fragrances that dominate the winter fragrance market.

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