5 Best Winter Fragrances For Men

5 Best Winter Fragrances for Men

Welcome to my best winter fragrances for men review!

I may not enjoy the cold and snow that come with winter, but I absolutely adore warm and spicy winter fragrances. It is officially time to embrace winter with some spicy, woody, and sweet fragrances.

I’ve spent the last few weeks personally wearing and testing a long list of winter fragrances. I had a hard time narrowing the list down to 5, but I have picked the winners and compiled my list of best winter fragrances for men.

5 Best Winter Fragrances For Men

Victor & Rolf Spicebomb EDT

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb EDT

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb EDT

Best Overall

Scent Profile: Warm, Spicy, Woody

Longevity: Average, 7 – 8 hours

Season: Fall and winter

Cost ($ – $$$): $$

Released: 2012

I absolutely adore the original Spicebomb Eau de Toilette. Many best winter fragrances lists include Spicebomb Extreme, but I find the original Spicebomb EDT to be more versatile and a better fragrance overall.

Spicebomb EDT blends fresh spicy, citrus, and woody notes with warm cinnamon and a subtle tobacco. There is a mild sweetness to it, but I wouldn’t call this a sweet fragrance. This is a very “pure” spicy fragrance.

Spicebomb is a refreshingly spicy fragrance that is very versatile and appropriate for any occasion. It has average longevity, and easily lasts a whole day. It isn’t a beast mode fragrance that will overpower everyone in the room, but the longevity and projection are decent and definitely not lacking at all.

  • Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Elemi, Bergamot, Grapefruit
  • Middle Notes: Cinnamon, Saffron, Paprika
  • Base Notes: Tobacco, Leather, Vetiver

Pros

  • Very versatile
  • Amazing blend of spices
  • Cool bottle

Cons

  • May be too spicy for some


Giorgio Armani Stronger With You EDT

Giorgio Armani Stronger With You

Giorgio Armani Stronger With You EDT

Best Everyday Wear

Scent Profile: Sweet, Spicy, Fresh

Longevity: Above average, 10+ hours

Season: Fall and winter

Cost ($ – $$$): $$

Released: 2017

I was torn between Stronger With You and Dolce & Gabbana The One EDP for this category. Both are amazing everyday wear fragrances, but if I had to choose one, Stronger With You has an edge in both scent and performance.

Stronger With You is a sweet and spicy fragrance, but also light and clean at the same time. This is a great choice if you are just getting into sweeter winter fragrances, as the sweetness is balanced by the clean sage and lavender notes.

The sugared chestnut takes the lead in the opening, along with the spicy notes of cardamom and pink peppercorn. This spicy sweetness is quickly balanced by the clean fresh notes of sage and lavender. Stronger With You remains sweet, spicy, clean and fresh throughout the dry down.

Stronger With You is perfect for daily winter wear and office wear. It has above average longevity, easily lasting a day on skin, and longer on clothes. What makes this fragrance very wearable is that the projection is moderate but not intense.

Overall, Stronger With You is a very clean, classy take on sweet and spicy fragrances. The Stronger With You flankers are all amazing fragrances as well, but the original still holds its own as a versatile, great-smelling fragrance.

  • Top Notes: Sugar-Coated Chestnut, Cardamom, Pink Peppercorn, Violet Leaves
  • Middle Notes: Sage, Lavender
  • Base Notes: Vanilla Jungle Essence

Pros

  • Sweet and spicy, yet also clean and fresh
  • Very versatile
  • Excellent longevity

Cons

  • None!


Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

Best Tobacco Note

Scent Profile: Sweet, Spicy

Longevity: Above average, 10+ hours

Season: Fall and winter

Cost ($ – $$$): $$$

Released: 2007

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille is a predictable entry in any list of best winter fragrances. However, this is for a good reason! Tobacco Vanille is an amazing fragrance that perfectly blends spices, tobacco, and vanilla. It is one the ultimate warm and cozy fragrances, perfect for winter.

The opening of Tobacco Vanille is sweet and spicy, with notes of ginger, cinnamon, and cloves bringing a warm spiciness to the sweet, fruity vanilla base. 

The tobacco is present throughout, from opening through the dry down, as a mellow presence that is obvious but not overpowering.

Tobacco Vanille’s sophisticated blend of tobacco, warm spices, and sweet vanilla and dried fruit make it a fantastic addition to anyone’s fragrance collection. 

Tobacco Vanille is a strong performer, with over 10 hours of longevity, and strong projection for the first few hours. This luxurious sweet, warm scent is perfect for nights out during the colder months. I also wear Tobacco Vanilla as an everyday fragrance during the winter, though be careful not to over spray if wearing it to the office.

  • Top Notes: Tobacco Leaf, Ginger, Spicy Notes
  • Middle Notes: Vanilla, Cacao, Tonka Bean, Tobacco Blossom
  • Base Notes: Dried Fruits, Woody Notes

Pros

  • Well blended sweet and spicy scent
  • Warm and cozy, smells like Christmas
  • Excellent performance

Cons

  • Expensive


Parfums de Marly Carlisle

Parfums de Marly Carlisle

Parfums de Marly Carlisle

Best Niche

Scent Profile: Warm, Spicy, Woody

Longevity: Above average, 12+ hours

Season: Fall and winter

Cost ($ – $$$): $$$

Released: 2015

Parfums de Marly Carlisle is a luxurious niche fragrance that is incredibly well-balanced and exudes quality and class. I considered Parfums de Marly Herod as well, but I find Carlisle to be an easier to wear fragrance, as Herod is heavy on the incense. 

The opening of Carlisle is sweet, spicy, and warm, with the green apple and nutmeg notes leading the way. Although tobacco isn’t listed as a note, there is also a dry tobacco-like note in the opening, balancing the sweetness.

The dry down is refined, smooth, and sweet. Carlisle is a complex and sophisticated fragrance, warm and spicy on a smooth slightly woody vanilla base. It almost reminds me of Spicebomb Extreme, without the cumin.

Carlisle would make an excellent choice for any special occasion or night out. Personally, I also wear it during the day, as it is an excellent performer without being overpowering. Carlisle is a perfect fit for the fall and winter, but it is so well-balanced that it can work year-round as well.

  • Top Notes: Nutmeg, Green Apple, Saffron
  • Middle Notes: Tonka Bean, Rose, Osmanthus, Davana
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Vanille, Opoponax

Pros

  • Excellent performance
  • High-quality, well-blended warm, sweet, and spicy fragrance

Cons

  • Expensive


Afnan 9pm

Afnan 9pm

Afnan 9pm

Best Budget

Scent Profile: Sweet, Fruity

Longevity: Above average, 8+ hours

Season: Fall and winter

Cost ($ – $$$): $

Released: 2020

Afnan 9pm is a high-quality fragrance at a very affordable price. It is inspired by Jean Paul Gaultier Ultra Male, and does a good job of recreating Ultra Male’s ultra sweet scent.

In the opening of 9pm, I get a strong, smooth, fruity sweetness, with a slight hint of clean lavender in the background. About 20 to 30 minutes in, I start to notice the warm spiciness from the cinnamon, and the subtle floral orange blossom.

The drydown of 9pm is very similar to that of Ultra Male. Both remain very sweet and fruity throughout the dry down, with a subtle clean freshness.

Afnan 9pm is a high performing fragrance, with above average longevity. If I spray it in the morning, I can still easily smell it at the end of the day. I wouldn’t consider it a beast mode fragrance though, as its projection is on the more subtle side. It does project well for a good 4 hours, but it isn’t an overpowering room filler.

Afnan 9pm, like JPG Ultra Male, is a very sweet fragrance. 9pm is a bit more versatile than Ultra Male, as it remains a bit closer to the skin. It is a great choice for evenings out when you want to be noticed. It also works as a daily wear fragrance if you want to leave an impression without being overpowering, remembering that a little goes a long way. 

  • Top Notes: Apple, Cinnamon, Wild Lavender, Bergamot
  • Middle Notes: Orange Blossom, Lily-of-the-Valley
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Amber, Patchouli

Pros

  • Budget-friendly
  • Decent clone of JPG Ultra Male

Cons

  • Can cause nose blindness in some people
  • Too sweet for some people


What to Look For in the Best Winter Fragrances for Men

When it comes to choosing your next winter fragrance, consider what notes you enjoy and what level of performance you are looking for.

Notes

Winter fragrances are usually heavier than summer scents. In general, they are stronger and last longer. This is due to the composition of notes. Summer fragrances often consist of light top notes, and winter fragrances have a higher concentration of heavy, long-lasting base notes. 

Winter fragrances are usually warm, spicy, woody, musky, and sweet. Consider what you enjoy in winter fragrances. Do you want an ultra-sweet fragrance? One that combines sweetness with spice? Do you enjoy tobacco and leather notes? Do you want a fresher not-so-sweet fragrance?

Performance

Most winter fragrances have no problem lasting all day. However, some have a more personal scent bubble, while others are beast mode room-fillers. Consider where you plan on wearing your fragrance, as you may choose different fragrances for the office and nights out with friends.

Ideas for Layering The Best Winter Fragrances for Men

All of the fragrances in this list are amazing stand-alone fragrances. However, layering can be a great way to create unique combinations and keep your fragrance collection exciting.

Here are a few combinations you might want to try! You don’t have to stick to these exact fragrances, feel free to switch out Tom Ford Lost Cherry for any other cherry fragrance, or Oud Wood for any other oud/woody fragrance, etc.

Spicebomb EDT & Lattafa Khamrah layering combination
Sweet and spicy cinnamon overload with Spicebomb EDT & Khamrah.
  • Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb EDT + Lattafa Khamrah
  • Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb EDT + Tom Ford Lost Cherry
  • Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb EDT + Versace Eros
  • Giorgio Armani Stronger With You EDT + Paco Rabanne 1 Million Lucky
  • Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille + Tom Ford Lost Cherry
  • Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille + Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
  • Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille + Tom Ford Oud Wood
  • Parfums de Marly Carlisle + Nishane Ani
  • Afnan 9pm + Dior Sauvage EDT

FAQ

Can I wear a winter fragrance during other seasons?

Many winter fragrances are versatile enough for cooler spring and fall days. However, many people find the sweeter fragrances too heavy or cloying for hot summer weather. That being said, fragrance choices are personal, and everyone should wear what they enjoy when they enjoy it! I definitely enjoy winter fragrances on cool or rainy summer days.

Can I wear summer fragrances in the winter?

Most definitely! Some people enjoy wearing summer fragrances year round, and there is no rule against it. 

How do I choose a winter fragrance as a gift?

Winter fragrances make excellent gifts. To choose the right one, consider the recipient’s taste and preferences. Pay attention to any fragrances they currently wear or and try to find out what fragrance notes they enjoy. You might want to opt for a versatile scent that can be worn for various occasions.

Check out our guide on buying perfume as a gift for more tips!

Can I sample winter fragrances before purchasing a full-size bottle? 

Yes! Most fragrances can be purchased in small sample sizes at trustworthy online retailers such as , Scent Split, Twisted Lily, and MicroPerfumes.

I often buy samples from these sellers, as I am constantly buying new fragrances for testing and reviews.

Final Thoughts

Embrace the cold winter months by indulging in the rich, warm, sweet, and spicy scents that winter fragrances offer.

Any of the above are worth a smell, but in my opinion, the original Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb EDT is a worthy addition to anyone’s winter fragrance collection.

Thank you for reading my best winter fragrances for men review! Feel free to explore and read more best of lists and fragrance reviews, or check out our Fragrance 101 section for helpful fragrance guides and information.