The 13 Best Cold-Weather Colognes

As far as sensory memory goes, experts say that smell is the most powerful. (One whiff of the right fragrance on a commute and you're right back in her arms.) This winter, as the nights get shorter, ensure she never forgets you by spraying a spritz of these masculine scents.

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Givenchy Gentleman

A new take on the original classic. Woody meets floral. Meant for a modern man secure in his masculinity. You'll find notes of pear, cardamom, and lavender, with a hint of patchouli. ($89; bloomingdales.com)

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Penhaligon's Monsieur Beauregard Eau de Parfum

Warm, woody, and spicy, this fragrance has an air of familiarity while simultaneously smelling new and exciting. The top notes in this are lemon and orris, and you'll find heart notes of sandalwood and benzoin. ($240; penhaligons.com)

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Tom Ford Oud Wood Intense

Once the one and only Mr. Tom Ford released his Oud Wood Private Collection, there was a new standard. It became an instant favorite and those who wore it wanted nothing else. As time wore on, those who loved it wanted more, and thus came this new, deeper version. The top notes in this are ginger and juniper, the heart notes are Cyprus and Angelica, and the base notes are castoreum and—straight from the namesake—oud. ($310; tomford.com)

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Acqua di Parma Colonia Pura

A signature scent if there ever was one, this family of fragrances always opened with an unmistakable freshness. This new iteration strips the classic Colonia down to it's purest elements. You'll catch whifs of bergamot and orange, followed by notes are coriander, jasmine, and cedar. ($150; nordstrom.com)

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Maison Trudon II

Words like crisp, fresh, and bright perfectly describe your sensory experience from this fragrance. Grassy in the best possible way, this fragrance from Maison Trudon invites you to wear a fragrance from the house that perfected perfume (Maison de Cire Trudon, founded in 1643, was the official perfumer to Louis XIV at Versailles). That says a lot; you know how badly those fifteenth-century folk could smell. You'll catch notes of green leaves, orange brigade, pine, juniper, cedar, and ambroxan. ($190; barneys.com)


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Diptyque Vetyverio Eau De Parfum

A versatile and popular note, vetiver can be manipulated to skew dark and woody (it is a wood after all) or fresh and bright, as it does here. Remaining full of body since it is Diptyque, this is a perfect fragrance for someone who loves to buck trends and wear something all year long. This Diptyque fragrance has it all: Notes of grapefruit, mandarin orange, Turkish rose, Haitian vetiver, and patchouli. ($155; diptyqueparis.com)

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Coach for Men

Fresh to start, it wouldn't be Coach without notes of leather. Versatile and an easy fit for every man, you will likely find this to be one of your new go-to's in no time. Thanks to notes of green Nashi pear, bergamot, kumquat, cardamom, coriander, and suede (yes, like the material), you'll please anyone you happen to find yourself near. ($82; coach.com)

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Byredo Velvet Haze

Byredo was an early adopter of the gender-neutral fragrance as a business model, and there has been much success. This is the newest in the family, and it's just in time for a balmy winter. A spritz of this fragrance will hit you with notes of ambrette, coconut water, patchouli, and cocoa. ($230; byredo.com)

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Prada L'Homme Intense

If you love a fine fragrance, chances are, you stick with it. (This is what we call a "signature scent," and yes, you need one.) Prada's Intense is always a good go-to; it has a potent and pleasing mix of of iris, amber, leather, patchouli, and sandalwood scents. ($104; nordstrom.com)

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Cartier L'Envol De Cartier

Layered and complex, this fragrance from Cartier does not disappoint. It ranges from a fresh and floral opening to a deep, rich heart before drying down to a honey, wooden base. It sounds intense, sure, but in practice is surprisingly approachable. You'll experience notes of artemisia, lavender, sage, pepper, violet leaf, patchouli, honey, musk, and amber wood. As a bonus, it's refillable. ($132; cartier.com)

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E x Nihilo French Affair

Finally, men seem to have accepted the powerful persuasive role rose plays in fragrance. Blending it with a bright bergamot and musky moss makes this floral based fragrance anything but feminine. On top of the rose, you'll catch bergamot, violet leaves, atlas cedar, vetiver, and oak moss throughout this joyride of a sensory experience. ($325; ex-nihilo-paris.com)

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Creed Viking

When you wear anything from Creed, heads will turn and people will ask what you're wearing. This new fiery men's scent is the brand's first since 2010. They could have gotten away with never making another men's fragrance based on how well their last performed, so there is no doubt this will quickly find a place on the shelf for die-hard Creed fans and newbies alike. A spritz of will open you up to notes of Calabrian bergamot, pink peppercorn, Bulgarian rose, peppermint, Indian sandalwood, and Haitian vetiver. ($495; creedboutique.com)

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Krigler Elegant Schwan 06

Once upon a time, this spicy rose fragrance was retired. But thankfully, it has been brought back in a limited offering for the holiday season. Truly a fragrance that is meant for mixing and mingling among the upper class, it is delightfully floral with a German rose scent, while remaining warm and masculine with a mix of sandalwood, pear, lime, and iris. ($855; krigler.com)


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