While an overly citrus fragrance or spicy cologne exudes plenty of character, both will often lack depth or warmth compared to the best earthy and woody colognes and fragrances for men. Like the earth itself, these fragrances are beautifully layered and rife with natural sensuality. The woody element, in particular, conjures timeless masculinity and is thereby known to deliver euphoric waves of heated pheromones. In other words, dab or spray one of these 16 Best Earthy and Woody Colognes and Fragrances for Men and expect the ladies to take notice. For this reason, woody perfume is widely regarded as being the best fragrance for men.
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1. Odin 09 Posala by Odin New York
Warm in colour and diverse in spirit, Odin 09 is an earthy cologne that plays expertly with a variety of enticing aromas. Fresh top notes like peach and pear blossom segue into deeply sweet and citrusy middle notes of bourbon vanilla and orange blossom. At the base are notes of tobacco and amber to give this fragrance its earthy edge. Genuinely, one of the best perfumes for him.
2. Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Wood Eau De Parfum Spray
Don’t let price dissuade you from purchasing this woody cologne. This long-lasting and luxurious woody cologne from Tom Ford is part of the brand’s private collection. It employs musky oud and notes of amber and vanilla for a sweet, savoury and woody profile that might be best summed up as exotic. For those who want to rock an unmistakable, unique scent, look no further than this top woody fragrance. Wood perfume has never been so good.
3. The Art of Shaving Cologne Intense
With scents directly inspired by barbering, the Cologne Intense series from Art of Shaving brings nature to the forefront by way of select raw ingredients. Accordingly, every fragrance in the range is bursting with earthiness. From the Vetiver Citron entry, for instance, expect the citrus aroma of fresh grapefruit joined by light, vibrant notes of grass and wood with a spicy heart. The Art of Shaving Cologne Intense is a sophisticated, yet reasonably priced wood fragrance.
4. Lagerfeld By Karl Lagerfeld
Lagerfield Eau de Toilette has been seducing brains and nostrils since the late 70s. That deep, warm golden colour is enough to get those endorphins racing with this wood perfume. Open it up and immediately revel in top notes of nutmeg and orange. That’s followed by a woody and earthy heart of patchouli, sandalwood, rose and tobacco. Base notes of oriental musk and vanilla lend the fragrance a touch of sweetness and spice. Sealing the deal for this earthy cologne with sandalwood is an indisputably affordable price point from a famed high-end brand.
5. Guilty Pour Homme Spray by Gucci EDT
Having committed the crime of creating an unabashedly masculine scent awash with bold, seductive allure, Gucci stands guilty as charged with this wildly popular woody fragrance. Housed in a formidable bottle made from metal and glass, Guilty Pour Homme blends floral and citrus top notes with a beefy base of cedar and patchouli. The result is an instant classic and one of the best woody perfumes for him, money can buy.
6. Yves Saint Laurent Splendid Wood
Yves Saint Laurent built this superb unisex fragrance out of strong woody notes like oud and cedar. That’s balanced by shades of earth, flower and spice for an overall profile that’s as soft as it is pronounced, and cool as it is hot. Should you buy this acclaimed fragrance, we suggest keeping it out of view when your cheeky mates are over because jokes about the name are all but guaranteed.
7. Eau D’Aromes by Armani
From this top, woody, and earthy men’s fragrance expect the warm aromas of patchouli, vetiver, and sage along with citrus notes like bergamot and mandarin. That said, you had us at Armani – the ultimate pheromones cologne.
8. Pierre Balmain Carbone Eau De Toilette Spray
Carbone de Balmain by France’s Pierre Balmain blends deep notes of wood and spice to brilliant effect. Shades of musk, pepper, vetiver, insence, benzoin, and fig join together for a one-of-a-kind olfactory experience. More than just a top woodsy cologne, this is a scent to fall in love with.
9. Fendi Fan Di Fendi Pour Homme Assoluto Eau De Toilette Spray
Italian fashion house Fendi cranks the intensity dial all the way up on this fearless and dynamic Eau de Toilette. Fan di Fendi Pour Homme Assoluto opens with a spicy bang of cardamom and pink pepper before moving into an equally aggressive heart of oud wood and grassy vetiver. A base that includes opoponax resin makes a hot thing even hotter. Everything about this woody men’s fragrance–from the unforgettable bottle design to the scent itself–favours extremes. Proceed accordingly.
10. Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme Intenso
From renowned luxury brand Dolce & Gabbana comes Intenso, a bold men’s fragrance that touts a creamy texture and a crisp, aquatic opening. However, it’s ultimately a long-lasting dark chocolate and tobacco scent that dominates this earthy masculine cologne, courtesy of a newly discovered wood-based ingredient called Moepel accord.
11. Tom Ford Sahara Noir Eau de Parfum Spray
Exploding with elegance (or should we opulence) is Sahara Noir from Tom Ford. Inspired by the sights and smells of the middle east, this striking fragrance boasts an earthy incense aroma thanks to ingredients like papyrus extract, Egyptian jasmine, and frankincense. One whiff and you’re transported to an exotic desert in a distant land on a wave of flowers and sweet smoke.
12. Comme Des Garcons Wonderwood Eau De Parfum Spray
Between the name Wonderwood and the picture of the tree on the box, you probably know what to expect from Comme des Garcons’ remarkable men’s fragrance. This redolent enchanter employs notes of vetiver, sandalwood, Virginia Cedar, oud, and Guaiac wood, and cypress. In other words: lots and lots of wood. Yet somehow that never results in overkill for this cologne with sandalwood. It is one of the best woody fragrances and masculine perfumes for men you can find.
13. Lalique Encre Noire Pour Homme EDT Spray
Launched in 2006, Encre Noir translates to “Black Ink” and the packaging sure takes that name to heart. Inside the bottle of this wood perfume is a supremely popular men’s fragrance that’s woody right out of the gate with top notes of cypress. A heart of vetiver lends the fragrance an earthy dimension while base notes of musk and cashmere wood reinforce that woody, masculine aura introduced at first whiff.
14. Dsquared2 He Wood Rocky Mountain Eau de Toilette Spray
Backed by the conviction that “Nature Always Wins”, Dsquared2 ups the wood ante by putting this resoundingly woody men’s fragrance inside a woody bottle. From the scent expect nothing less than the intended essence of the great outdoors. Notes of amber, musk, incense, vetiver and cedar capture the spirit of the Canadian mountains and the zillions of trees therein. However, don’t take all this mountain talk to mean you’ll be smelling like a lumberjack–it’s more like putting clean mountainous air and water inside a bottle by way of a fresh earthy, cedar cologne scent. A more manly cologne you would be hard-pressed to find.
15. Creed Royal Oud Cologne
Regal Indian oud helps create a woody foundation upon which this terrific cologne rests. That’s joined by generous amounts of grass, smoke, citrus and spice for an overall profile that’s as profoundly versatile and masculine as the very person wearing it. Inspired by luxurious elements of a Persian palace – wood, leather, marble & gold – it is a wood perfume for him designed for casual wear, and all skin types.
16. Givenchy Gentlemen Only Casual Chic Eau De Toilette
Perfect for sunny days, Givenchy’s stellar fragrance pairs classy and casual in a scent that’s at once woody, spicy and timelessly refreshing. Like a savvy modern gentleman, this masculine cologne breezily seduces by making it all look too easy.
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