Australia’s winters are relatively mild, but not so mild that you can’t rock the best winter colognes and fragrances for men. These colognes are generally woody, spicy, warm and musky. They also tend to deliver heavier scents that last longer, in part because you’re not working up a sweat and wearing them down. Some of these classics are versatile enough to do you right in any season, while others might work best when you’re trying to heat things up a cold winter day.
How Man of Many Chose this List of Winter Perfumes and Colognes
When it comes to our list of the best winter perfumes and colognes money can buy, it goes without saying, that expertise is key. While Man of Many has had the chance to test every fragrance on this list (often thanks to our friends in the industry), they’ve also turned to the wider public for their overall ratings. Man of Many’s lists takes into account three major perspectives to determine the overall rating. In addition to their own opinions, they take into account reviews via perfume forum Fragrantica and the Australian retailers Myer and Chemist Warehouse. They then collate the information together and measure the best winter men’s perfumes via overall scent profile, reader ratings and commercial availability.
1. Burberry Classic by Burberry
Warm and woody, Burberry Classic for Men is just that, classic. It’s been seducing minds and nostrils since 1995 and if you look in the cupboard of any fashionable man’s bathroom, there’s a good chance you’ll find a bottle inside. This particular winter fragrance joins those heavier notes of sandalwood, musk and vanilla are lighter elements like jasmine, lavender and mint. You’ll struggle to find a better companion for a cold winter day, except maybe a hot coffee.
Top notes: Mint, Lavender, Bergamot and Thyme.
Middle notes: Cedar, Sandalwood, Geranium, Jasmine and Oakmoss.
Base notes: Musk, Vanilla and Amber.
Price: from $50
2. Blackpepper by Comme des Garcons
Blackpepper is a unisex stunner that employs patchouli, oud, black pepper and tonka bean to deliver a nose strikingly similar to its spicy namesake. Like most winter fragrances, expect a woody accord that serves as the perfect accompaniment to those chestnuts roasting on the open fire. Comme des Garcons serves up some of the best fragrances in the industry and Blackpepper follows the lineage accordingly.
Notes: Black pepper, cedar, patchouli, oud, tonka and musk.
Price: from $129
3. Michael Kors for Men by Michael Kors
While you might be used to seeing the ‘MK’ logo hanging off the side of your partner’s handbag, Michael Kors achieves brilliant distinction by expertly bridging citrus and patchouli fragrances with this legendary winter cologne. Top notes of bergamot segue into a heart of incense while a musky foundation emanates with masculine allure. We absolutely love the honeyed colour liquid and the bottle is enough to seduce us alone.
Top notes: Star Anise, elemi, Thyme, Black Pepper, Bergamot and Coriander.
Middle notes: Suede, Incense and Sage.
Base notes: Patchouli, Sandalwood, Woody Notes and Musk.
Price: from $100
4. Sauvage by Christian Dior
Inspired by the clear blue sky and rocky mountains, Christian Dior’s Sauvage will certainly serve you well in the winter, but the versatile fragrance also gets the job done no matter what the season. Fresh is the word thanks to raw notes of bergamot and pepper while a mild woody base provides some redolent heat.
Top notes: Calabrian bergamot and Pepper.
Middle notes: Sichuan Pepper, Lavender, Pink Pepper, Vetiver, Patchouli, Geranium and Elemi.
Base notes: Ambroxan, Cedar and Labdanum.
Price: from $155
5. Gucci Guilty Absolute by Gucci
Launched only a few years ago Gucci Guilty Absolute is so hot it’s guaranteed to warm up your winter. Like the Michael Kors addition, we absolutely love the bottle design and warmly coloured fragrance, but it’s the scent that will instantly draw you in. Gucci Guilty features a leather accord bolstered by exotic, woody notes while the inclusion of vetiver gives it a grassy touch. A winner in any handsome man’s eyes, and nostrils.
Top notes: Leather.
Middle notes: Cypress and Patchouli.
Base notes: Woody Notes and Vetiver.
Price: from $70
6. Cobalt by Perry Ellis
Perry Ellis Cobalt flaunts refreshing notes of mandarin and ginger with a musky heart of fig, rosemary and sandalwood. This top winter fragrance is creamy in texture and brimming with masculine appeal. While by no means an expensive fragrance this is a great one to throw on when you have errands to run, choose something more up-market for date night.
Top notes: Bergamot, Ginger and Mandarin Orange.
Middle notes: Fig, Rosemary and Clary Sage.
Base notes: Sandalwood, Woody Notes, Rum, Cashmeran, Musk and White Amber.
Price: from $30
7. Nuit d’Issey by Issey Miyake
Fashion brand Issey Miyake took cues from the deepest of the night when crafting Nuit d’Issey. Inside the sleek, black bottle is a spicy cologne of considerable magnitude. At the top are notes of bergamot and grapefruit while the heart is pure leather. A base of wood, patchouli and tonka bean rounds out the warm, mysterious glow on this top winter fragrance for men.
Top notes: Grapefruit and Bergamot.
Middle notes: Leather, Woodsy Notes, Spices, Black Pepper and Vetiver.
Base notes: Incense, Ebony tree, Tonka Bean and Patchouli.
Price: from $40
8. Armani Code by Giorgio Armani
Inside the sleekest of bottles is one of the most popular and best winter colognes that money can buy. Armani Code touts a spicy, oriental fragrance that’s rife with citrus, wood, leather and tobacco. May it fulfil your desires all winter long, as it has done to so many before you.
Top notes: Lemon and Bergamot.
Middle notes: Star Anise, Olive Blossom and Guaiac Wood.
Base notes: Leather, Tonka Bean and Tobacco.
Price: from $110
9. Bleu De Chanel by Chanel
Smoky, woody, citrusy and classic, Bleu De Chanel blends notes of nutmeg, ginger, sandalwood, grapefruit, pink pepper, jasmine and cedar to aromatic perfection. Give it a winter blast.
Top notes: Grapefruit, Lemon, Mint and Pink Pepper.
Middle notes: Ginger, Nutmeg, Jasmine and Iso E Super.
Base notes: Incense, Vetiver, Cedar, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Labdanum and White Musk.
Price: from $109
10. Feuilles de Tabac by Miller Harris
Feuilles de Tabac debuted in 2000 and has been enchanting libidos ever since. Running underneath balanced waves of sage and grassy pine are addictive base notes of tobacco and warm patchouli.
Top notes: Pine needles, Sage and Bergamot.
Middle notes: Pimento and Allspice.
Base notes: Tobacco, Patchouli and Tonka Bean.
Price: from $150
Which perfumes are good for winter?
A few of the best winter perfumes are Burberry for Men, Comme des Garcons Blackpepper, Michael Kors Cologne for Men, and Christian Dior Sauvage for Men.
What is a winter fragrance?
Winter fragrances are generally woody, spicy, warm, and musky. The tend to deliver heavier scents that last longer.