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Now that Christmas is officially right around the corner, you might be brainstorming gift ideas for the man in your life. If you’re looking for something that will make the both of you happy, a sultry and enticing cologne can definitely hit the spot. Unlike the often overwhelming aroma of cheaper body sprays, each of the fragrances below offer a subtle-yet-striking whiff of scents like leather, cedar, citrus, and spices.
In fact, you might not want to wait for Christmas to roll around to spritz your fella with any one of these incredible colognes. Based on the descriptions and reviews from users, these scents are great for both daily use and extra-special nights on the town. For those of you with boyfriends or husbands who shun spraying themselves with fragrances altogether, you can try sneaking a few spritzes onto their clothes hanging in the closet or the pillow they use at night. Whichever way you go, just don’t be surprised if you suddenly find yourself unable to keep your hands off him! Take a look to pick the perfect cologne for the man in your life below.
This scent includes vibrant notes of bergamot, lemon, and olive tree blossom combined with warming guaiac wood and tonka bean. A review from Influenster raved about the fragrance, saying, "My husband's and my favorite cologne for him of all time. It's such a beautiful smell and we love it. It lasts for hours and smells so nice."
Where to Buy: $48 - $118, Giorgio Armani Beauty
Ralph Lauren Polo Red
The company describes this scent as a mixture of spicy red saffron, fresh red grapefruit, and deep redwood. It's clear how they came up with the colorful name for it! One reviewer on Sephora said, "I picked this up for my boyfriend yesterday. I instantly loved the smell as soon as I tested it at the store. I brought it home and he is now in love with this scent. You don't need much, and it seems to last very long."
Where to Buy: $68 - $105, Sephora
Eight & Bob
The odd name of this scent has a fascinating story behind it: Before becoming the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy spent some time in the 1930s as a young student in Paris. While there, he met Albert Fouquet and was interested in hand-crafted scents. After returning home, JFK wrote to Albert asking for eight samples of the fragrance, adding in a reference to his younger brother Robert: "And if your production allows, another one for Bob." Notes include dried wood, sandalwood, cardamom, lemon, and pink pepper.
Where to Buy: $120, Amazon
Givenchy Gentlemen Only
According to a review on Sephora, "It's not overpowering like some of [my husband's] colognes, especially when he gives one-too-many spritzes. Highly recommend if you appreciate a man that smells great!" The company describes the notes in this scent as green mandarin citrus, pink pepper, nutmeg, birch leaf, cedar wood, patchouli, and incense.
Where to Buy: $65 - $91, Sephora
Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb
As the companion to their women's scent, Flowerbomb ($141.24, Amazon), this fragrance for men includes aromas of bergamot, grapefruit, cinnamon, chili pepper, saffron, leather, and tobacco. A review on Influenster boasts: "I love when my husband wears this! The scent is described as 'explosive, addictive, seductive.' Yes, yes, yes — all of that!"
Where to Buy: $65.33 - $109.50, Amazon
Bvlgari Pour Homme
This earthy fragrance combines spicy notes of musk and amber swirling around with dry woods, and is as comforting as it is alluring. In fact, you might even want to spray it on more than just the man in your life, as one review from Influenster wrote: "I bought this for my boyfriend and it's so good. Sometimes I spray it around the house because the smell is so amazing."
Where to Buy: $42.91, Amazon
Paco Rabanne Invictus
With the same name as Prince Harry's annual sporting events for veterans, the company describes their fragrance as, "the scent of victory, the essense of heroes." They combine fresh scents like grapefruit with woody aromas. A review on Amazon says: "I have a ton of cologne but this is by far my favorite. Lasts long, smells great, and projects. Have gotten many compliments since I started wearing it."
Where to Buy: $56.69, Amazon
Tom Ford Noir Extreme
Described as "drenched" in amber and woody scents with a "tantalizing and delectable heart," the company claims this is for any man who "dares to be extraordinary." Reviews on Amazon confirm that bold statement, with one user writing: "I can tell you this is a masculine scent that smells classy and not overpowering. People instantly notice you are wearing it and inevitably comment positively — and yes, the ladies all seem to love it!"
Where to Buy: $73.74, Amazon
This is another bergamot-heavy scent that balances that with the floral aroma of myrtle, plus coffee with cream, cedar, and leather rounding out the enticing fragrance. One short but undeniably glowing review on Amazon says: "My wife likes it! I don't need a better answer. Good stuf!"
Where to Buy: $76.26, Amazon
Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme
The company describes this as a "fragrance of contrasts" with a blend of woody, earthy scents and fresh notes of ginger and bergamot rounding it out. A review from Influenster wrote: "Hands down our favroite fragrance... I say 'our' because it's just as important to me what cologne my husband wears, we have to both like it, and this one is a favorite for both of us. Don't think he'll ever wear anything else."
Where to Buy: $64.19, Amazon