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20 Best Winter Colognes for Men in 2023 (For All Budgets)

In the same way that you wouldn’t wear shorts and flip-flops on a winter walk, it’s equally important to make sure you’re wearing the right fragrance for the weather.

So, choosing the best cologne for winter should be a priority for every man trying to make a lasting impression in the colder months.

For me, Burberry London wins in winter. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and spiced that’s bright enough to energize, but with enough masculinity in the base to exude confidence for 6 – 7 hours.

I’m also in love with Bourbon and Oak by Cremo. This cheap winter cologne delivers sweet vanilla bourbon with a spicy/woodsy dry down that smells good enough to eat. It lasts for between 5 – 6 hours, which is very respectable for a pocket change fragrance.

Budget Choice
Top Pick
Tom Ford Dupe
4.8
5.0
4.7
$23.99$21.24 ($6.25 / Fl Oz)
$70.00$64.90 ($19.67 / Fl Oz)
$45.52 ($13.39 / Fl Oz)
Pros:
  • Sweet vanilla bourbon paired with a spicy/woody dry down.
  • Perfect for a night at the bar or for a chilly winter date.
Pros:
  • Distinguished, gentlemanly masculinity in this crowd-pleasing scent.
  • Notes of leather, cinnamon, lavender, and tobacco on a woodsy base.
Pros:
  • Authentic tobacco notes conjure spice and plenty of masculine bite.
  • An affordable Tobacco Vanille dupe that evolves and develops over time.
Budget Choice
4.8
$23.99$21.24 ($6.25 / Fl Oz)
Pros:
  • Sweet vanilla bourbon paired with a spicy/woody dry down.
  • Perfect for a night at the bar or for a chilly winter date.
Top Pick
5.0
$70.00$64.90 ($19.67 / Fl Oz)
Pros:
  • Distinguished, gentlemanly masculinity in this crowd-pleasing scent.
  • Notes of leather, cinnamon, lavender, and tobacco on a woodsy base.
Tom Ford Dupe
4.7
$45.52 ($13.39 / Fl Oz)
Pros:
  • Authentic tobacco notes conjure spice and plenty of masculine bite.
  • An affordable Tobacco Vanille dupe that evolves and develops over time.
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If you’ve got a little more cash to spend, you can check out some mid-range options with a little more longevity. Picks like Spicebomb Extreme and Infrared will project winter warmth for in excess of 9 hours, and are perfect for the holidays.

Any winter cologne between $60 – $100 should be able to last all day, so don’t settle for less!

I’ll also explore some premium picks from Tom Ford and Creed, if you’re looking for something that smells undeniably classy (and budget isn’t a concern).

I’ve broken this ranking down into 3 main categories:

  • Best Cheap Winter Fragrances for Men (under $60)
  • Best Affordable Winter Colognes ($60 – $120)
  • Best Luxury Winter Fragrances for Men ($120+)

All the fragrances in this guide receive rave reviews wherever I wear them and have all been selected with masculinity and winter warmth in mind.

I’ll step you through when and where to deploy them, based on:

  • Note profile (what does it smell like)
  • Longevity (how long does it last)
  • Projection (how subtle/strong is it)
  • Value for money
  • Occasion (season, time of day, setting)

So let’s get into it!


What are the Best Cheap Winter Colognes? $0 – $60

London – Best Cheap Winter Cologne Overall

Burberry London is the perfect scent for winter, with notes of leather, cinnamon, lavender, tobacco, and woods combined in this crowd-pleasing, slightly sweet scent.

It’s impeccably balanced, with enough woodsy notes underneath light sweetness to present a brand of distinguished, gentlemanly masculinity.

Burberry London Burberry London
$70.00 $64.90 ($19.67 / Fl Oz)

Distinguished, gentlemanly masculinity in this crowd-pleasing scent.

Notes of leather, cinnamon, lavender, and tobacco on a woodsy base.

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02/01/2023 05:53 am GMT
Longevity: 6 – 7 hoursAge group: 25 – 40
Projection: ModerateValue for money: 5/5
Burberry London: Need to know

It’s for the man who isn’t “on his way” – he’s already arrived, sat on the brown leather couches of the exclusive lounge in the city. Antiques litter the scene, while a single malt is held deftly in hand.

burberry london

Basically, London smells like something that might cost $100, but the truth is you can usually get it for under $60. This is a really safe buy.

Elegant and complex, but still inherently comfortable, Burberry London is equally wearable for a casual stroll in the park as dressing to impress. 

Top Notes:Cinnamon, Lavender and Bergamot
Middle Notes:Leather and Mimosa
Base Notes:Tobacco Leaf, Guaiac Wood and Oakmoss
London Fragrance Notes

Bourbon and Oak – Cheapest Winter Cologne (That’s Still Worth it)

Bourbon and Oak is another very, very good scent for winter.

Cremo Bourbon & Oak Cremo Bourbon & Oak
$23.99 $21.24 ($6.25 / Fl Oz)

Sweet vanilla bourbon paired with a spicy/woody dry down.

Perfect for a night at the bar or for a chilly winter date

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02/01/2023 12:16 pm GMT
Longevity: 5 – 6 hoursAge group: 30 – 50
Projection: ModerateValue for money: 5/5
Cremo Bourbon and Oak: Need to know

It’s a cooler weather scent for sure, perfect for a night at the bar or on a chilly winter date. 

The opening is pretty sweet, with a gourmand-like vanilla feel competing with a spicy/woody dry down. The bourbon and oak become increasingly prominent throughout the lifetime of this Cremo cologne, backed up by tonka/sweet vanilla for a skin scent that lasts all day.

I sprayed myself this morning and five minutes later my GF gave an unsolicited compliment about what I was wearing. 

I managed to pick up my bottle for $14 (fourteen!), which is a total steal. Bourbon and Oak is one of the cheapest colognes in my collection but I don’t feel cheap wearing it.

Top Notes:Spicy Notes
Middle Notes:Whiskey
Base Notes:Oak
Cremo Bourbon and Oak Fragrance Notes

Tobacco Collection RWA – A Cheap Winter Tobacco Vanille Dupe

For the price, RWA is almost unbelievably good. Too good. It’s a supreme, tempting aroma from start to finish, with solid projection and longevity. 

Tobacco Collection: Rich Warm Addictive Tobacco Collection: Rich Warm Addictive
$45.52 ($13.39 / Fl Oz)

An affordable dupe that evolves and develops over time.

Authentic tobacco notes conjure spice and plenty of masculine bite.

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02/01/2023 06:07 am GMT
Longevity: 5 hoursAge group: 25 – 35
Projection: ModerateValue for money: 5/5
Zara Rich, Warm, Addictive: Need to know

The tobacco in this blend is realistic, sweet tobacco flower just like in Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille (covered later in my premium section).

It’s rounded out by warm and creamy vanilla opens up, with touches of rum and cardamom and cloves lending spice and warmth to the heart.

This is no generic, linear tobacco blast, that’s for sure. 

There’s surprising and welcome depth in this fragrance, with layers evolving and changing over time.

If you have no money to smell a million bucks, I say to you: buy this warm and cozy scent from Zara.

It is the perfect cologne for Gents looking to exude a luxurious sense when they’re suited up; whether you’re making deals in the office or seducing at an up-market bar.

Top Notes:White Rum, Tobacco Flower
Middle Notes:Peony Wood, Tobacco Leaf, Cardamom and Cloves
Base Notes:Bourbon Vanilla
Zara Tobacco Collection Rich Warm Addictive Fragrance Notes

Paco Rabanne Black XS – Best Cheap Winter Cologne for Date Night

I call this one Goth Chocolate Strawberry. Black XS is deliciously sweet and sultry, with a boozy liquor-like quality that is utterly intoxicating. 

By the way, girls absolutely love Black XS. It’s easily one of my most complimented fragrances, and women adore it. Not why I wear it, but I’m also not complaining.

Paco Rabanne Black XS Paco Rabanne Black XS
$60.00 ($17.65 / Fl Oz)
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01/31/2023 08:12 pm GMT
Longevity: 8 – 9 HoursAge group: 22 – 35
Projection: Moderate/StrongValue for money: 4.5/5
Paco Rabanne Black XS: Need to know

Black XS also packs enough of a punch to easily cut through the cold winter night. You’ll get up to 9 hours of fruity fragrance to carry you through the day.

The dark chocolate and strawberry feel carefree and youthful, with a rich and fruity opulence that will make you walk an inch taller. You’d better have the attitude to match the party-banger swagger of this one.

Just make sure you stay clear in the summer. With the heat, the sweetness would become cloying and sickly.

Top Notes:Sage and Lemon
Heart Notes:Praline, Cardamom, and Cinnamon
Base Notes:Rosewood, Amber, and Patchouli
Black XS Fragrance Notes

Stronger With You – Best Winter Cologne with Vanilla

Stronger with You is comfort in a bottle. Sweet warming notes of cardamom and vanilla rest on top of woodsy notes of cedar and chestnut.

It swerves aggressive notes and instead represents refined, gentlemanly masculinity perfect for winter.

Stronger With You by Armani Stronger With You by Armani
$110.00 $79.91 ($23.50 / Fl Oz)
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01/31/2023 11:59 pm GMT
Longevity: 7 hoursAge group: 25 – 40
Projection: ModerateValue for money: 4/5
Armani Stronger With You: Need to know

I’d bracket Stronger With You as a sweet scent, but it’s not overwhelmingly so. There’s lots of vanilla and fruits in the opening that keep things bright, but it’s neatly moderated by warm spices that emerge throughout the lifetime of the fragrance. 

The way the cardamom and vanilla combine is wonderfully cozy and comfortable. It feels powdery, teetering on gourmand notes. It smells more expensive than it is, that much is for sure. 

The lighter sweet notes take center stage for the first few hours, before making way for a woodier, nuttier denouement. The projection here is reduced, but it’s a gorgeous, amber-heavy skin scent up close. A solid contender for your next signature scent for the winter season.

Top Notes:Cardamom, Pink Pepper, Violet Leaf, and Mint
Heart Notes:Pineapple, Cinnamon, Melon, Sage, and Lavender
Base Notes:Vanilla, Chestnut, Amberwood, Cedar, and Guaiac Wood
Stronger With You Fragrance Notes

Intenso – Best Cheap Dark Winter Cologne

This dark winter fragrance is full of rich, woodsy aromas – perfect for a determined man, acting on instinct and emotion.

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01/31/2023 06:16 pm GMT
Longevity: 5 – 6 hoursAge group: 20 – 40
Projection: ModerateValue for money: 3.5/5
Dolce Gabbana Intenso: Need to know

Most male scents are safe – but this isn’t. I’ll wear this everywhere except at work. This is what the boss wears when he’s at play.

I love this, and I’m in my mid-twenties, but Intenso would work right up to your late thirties. 

The composition opens with fresh aquatic notes and green nuances of basil and lavender. Moepel wood from South Africa makes the heart with its luxurious floral, balsamic, and honey accents. 

This tobacco accord is the star player. It gives the fragrance a classic masculine edge; something quite uncommon nowadays.

The blend settles in at the one-hour mark as the tobacco dries down. The intensity and strength of the composition come from the base of labdanum, sandalwood, and cypress.

Having said that, keep in mind that the performance here is moderate. It almost survives a working day, but not quite.

I found projection to only be really strong for the first couple of hours, followed by another 4 or so of a skin scent.

Top Notes:Lavender, Water Notes and Basil
Middle Notes:Tobacco, Hay, Moepel Wood and Clary Sage
Base Notes:Sandalwood, Cypress, Musk and Amber
Intenso Dolce Gabbana Fragrance Notes

Dark Cherry and Amber by Banana Republic – Cheap Winter Lost Cherry Clone

Dark Cherry and Amber is technically a women’s fragrance – but don’t let that put you off. To my nose, it’s a perfectly wearable unisex scent, with a touch of Amber warmth that makes it great for cooler nights.

Dark Cherry and Amber by Banana Republic Dark Cherry and Amber by Banana Republic
$54.00 $31.79 ($12.72 / Fl Oz)
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02/01/2023 03:22 pm GMT
Longevity: 6 – 7 hoursAge group: 28 – 45
Projection: Soft/ModerateValue for money: 4.5/5
Banana Republic Dark Cherry and Amber: Need to Know

Dark Cherry and Amber is a sensual fragrance. The Black cherry is more rich than sweet, balancing with red amber to produce a fragrance that feels deeper than most.

The blonde cedar in the base involved here is soft and light rather than rugged and dirty. It’s sleek and serene, serving as a beautiful backdrop for lighter flecks of praline and cherry blossom to shine brightly.

Just like Lost Cherry, Dark Cherry and Amber lasts a fair while. For the first 3 – 4 hours you’ll pick up compliments from those who pass you by, and lasts another 3 as an intimate skin scent for those lucky enough to get close. Yum.

Top Notes:Black Cherry and Pink Freesia
Middle Notes:Cherry Blossom and Praline
Base Notes:Blonde Cedar and Red Amber
Dark Cherry and Amber Fragrance Notes

Best Affordable Winter Colognes $60 – $120

Valentino Born in Roma Yellow Dream – Best Sweet Affordable Winter Cologne

Here is one of my best-kept secrets. Valentino’s Born in Roma Yellow Dream is a sweet fragrance that combines juicy pineapple and mandarin with a touch of warming spice perfect for the winter season.

Valentino Born in Roma Yellow Dream Valentino Born in Roma Yellow Dream
$117.40 ($34.53 / Fl Oz)

Gingerbread gourmand goodness for an easy-going Gent.

Relatively affordable compared to other high-end designer colognes.

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02/01/2023 06:46 am GMT
Longevity: 6 hoursAge group: 30 – 48
Projection: ModerateValue for money: 4/5
Valentino Born in Roma Yellow Dream: Need to know

The spice here is subtle, close to freshly baked gingerbread or Christmas cake. There’s also a vanilla aspect that grows across the first few hours, adding to this gourmand, “good enough to eat” impression. 

This cozy sweetness mellows out after 15 minutes or so, making some space for more traditionally masculine accords like woodsy cedar. It’s perfect for a winter occasion where you want to express confidence, but also show that you don’t take yourself annoyingly seriously. 

I’d recommend it to an affable Gent who’s known as a smiley character. Yellow Dream smells like good times and good vibes for the holidays.

Top Notes:Pineapple and Mandarin Orange Blossom
Heart Notes:Ginger and Spices
Base Notes:Vanilla and Cedar
Valentino Born In Roma Yellow Dream Fragrance Notes

Bleu de Chanel EDP – Best Musky Affordable Winter Fragrance

This one is a modern classic. Bleu de Chanel is an intriguing concoction that manages to pull off the trick of being simultaneously warm and spicy, as well as fresh and musky.

Bleu De Chanel EDP Bleu De Chanel EDP
$178.97 $149.60 ($44.00 / Fl Oz)

A modern-day classic that's got plenty of character, but is professional enough for work, too.

This unique scent profile fits together like a jigsaw puzzle.

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02/01/2023 06:54 am GMT
Longevity: 10 hoursAge group: 23 – 40
Projection: StrongValue for money: 4/5
Bleu de Chanel EDP: Need to know

An energizing opening of grapefruit, incense, and ginger is followed by a healthy serving of vetiver that feels sleek in this mature scent. The balance between the woodsy notes and the fruitier elements is pretty unique and really has to be smelt to be believed. 

By harnessing traditional masculine accords in a way that feels zippy and youthful, Bleu de Chanel sort of defies categorization. What I can say is that it’s one of the most popular colognes on the planet, and a go-to winter fragrance for when I’m trying to remain professional while expressing some personality.

Performance is top tier, with Bleu de Chanel kicking out fragrance long into the evening. In my experience, you’ll get up to 10 hours of meaningful wear out of a few morning sprays. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Top Notes:Grapefruit, Lemon, Mint, and Pink Pepper
Heart Notes:Ginger, Nutmeg, Jasmine, and Iso E Super
Base Notes:Incense, Vetiver, Cedar, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Labdanum, and White Musk.
Bleu De Chanel Fragrance Notes

Dior Sauvage – Longest Lasting Affordable Winter Fragrance for Men

Sauvage is a great pick for winter fragrance as far as I’m concerned. It’s universally admired – and it’s popular for good reason. A fresh, spicy, and woody fragrance – the holy trinity!

On the initial sniff, you’re instantly hit with a smokey campfire smell of smoldering embers. After a few minutes, notes of grapefruit and organic lavender arrive alongside a sensual blend of nutmeg and cinnamon. 

Dior Sauvage Dior Sauvage
$111.95 ($55.98 / Fl Oz)

Strong bergamot and pepper with bright flashes of lavender and cedar.

This is one of the most popular fragrances in the world - and for good reason.

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01/31/2023 06:06 pm GMT
Longevity: 8 – 9 hoursAge group: 21 – 35
Projection: StrongValue for money: 5/5
Dior Sauvage: Need to know

The base is held together by rich and aromatic woodiness and the signature Dior amber fragrance notes.

It’s definitely on the sweeter side, with the lavender, cardamom, and cinnamon- but I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a sweet scent.

It’s astonishingly strong, with every note exploding out with a top-tier projection. You’ll be kicking out long-lasting scent for the entire day, which is always useful for increasing the longevity of an expensive bottle.

This makes it a great pick if you’re a little limited in your budget, but still want a signature scent that will impress.

Top notes:Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cardamom, and Grapefruit
Heart notes:Lavender, Smoke
Base notes:Liquorice, Sandalwood, Amber, Patchouli, and Haitian Vetiver.
Dior Sauvage Elixir Fragrance Notes

Victor and Rolf Spicebomb Extreme – Best Spicy Winter Cologne

Spicebomb Extreme is a smoky-sweet incense whirlwind that was born to be a winter fragrance. It’s an intense explosion of heat and spice that takes the original winning Spicebomb formula and dials it up to eleven.

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02/01/2023 07:42 am GMT
Longevity: 8 – 9 hoursAge group: 30 – 45
Projection: StrongValue for money: 4/5
Spicebomb Extreme: Need to know

Cloves and cinnamon sing a Christmassy tune, while tobacco leaf and bourbon offer an earthy stage to perform on.

There’s also subtle fruitiness in the form of grapefruit and pimento berries that provides a little sweetness to prevent all the spice from becoming unpalatable.  

Notes of bourbon and warm vanilla are contrasted with amber wood, implying sensual masculinity that will draw compliments from the opposite sex.

It’s a good date night scent for the holidays, and perfect for getting up close under the mistletoe.

Top notes:Grapefruit, Pimento Berries & Black Pepper
Heart notes:Cumin, Cinnamon & Saffron
Base notes:Tobacco, Vanilla, Bourbon & Amber Wood
Victor and Rolf Spicebomb Extreme

Spicebomb Infrared – Best Cologne for Winter Overall

Infrared takes the familiar Spicebomb warmth, smooths out some of the rough edges, and replaces them with a tart berry sweetness that feels upbeat and playful. It’s more seductive and alluring and lends itself better to getting cozy on a winter date night. 

Winter Warmer
Spicebomb Infrared by Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Infrared by Viktor & Rolf
$90.99 ($90.99 / Count)

A peppery spiced cologne that will add some flirtatious warmth to your outfit.

Takes what is best about the original Spicebomb DNA and brightens it up.

Perfect for winter or for cooler evenings in spring/fall.

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02/01/2023 09:11 am GMT
Longevity: 9 – 10 hoursAge group: 25 – 40
Projection: StrongValue for money: 4.5/5
Spicebomb Infrared: Need to know

Longevity is superb, matching the 10 hours on offer by competitors like Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille and Creeds Royal Oud. This long-lasting scent is significantly cheaper than both of those, so it’s a solid performance from Viktor and Ralf. 

If you already have Spicebomb, you might not need Infrared. They are fairly similar, but for me, there’s plenty of fun in picking out the nuances and getting super specific about what I’m looking for.

  • Check our full Spicebomb Infrared review here.
Top Notes:Red Fruits, Pink Pepper and Saffron
Heart Notes:Cinnamon and Red Pepper
Base Notes:Tobacco and Benzoin
Spicebomb Infrared Fragrance Notes

Polo Supreme Leather – Best Affordable Winter Cologne for Classy Events

Polo Supreme Leather is an accessible fragrance that is perfect for winter. It’s a masculine fragrance, perfect for formal gatherings or an evening in a high-end bar.

Polo Supreme Leather Polo Supreme Leather
$224.80 $149.99 ($37.50 / Fl Oz)
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02/01/2023 05:41 am GMT
Longevity: 9 hoursAge group: 28 – 50
Performance: StrongValue for money: 4.5/5
Polo Supreme Leather by Ralph Lauren: Need to know

Elegant and simplistic without ever becoming boring, Supreme Leather is a genuine crowd-pleaser in my experience.

Supreme Leather smells premium and refined, rather than rugged and dirty (as is often the case in other leather-inspired fragrances).

The leather is more of a co-star than the lead role, balanced with a creamy and sweet blend of tonka, honey, and cardamom. 

These elements, along with nutmeg and saffron, help brighten things up and stop the leather short of being too aggressive. 

It reminds me of a combination of my two favorite Tom Ford colognes, Ombre Leather and Tobacco Vanille, like a biker jacket dunked in a tub of ice cream. 

If you’re looking for a leather fragrance that is neither domineering nor docile, you’re in the right place with Supreme Leather.

The projection and longevity is almost absurd here. I still get compliments from spraying on my clothes the previous day, for goodness sake.

With that in mind, if you want to get away with Supreme Leather in the office, handle it with care. Leather is still a bold accord, so using more than 1-2 sprays at work might come off as a little obnoxious. 

Top Notes:Cardamom and Nutmeg
Middle Notes:Saffron and Leather
Base Notes:Tonka Bean and Honey
Polo Supreme Leather Fragrance Notes

Dior Homme Intense – Longest-lasting Affordable Winter Cologne

Dior Homme Intense is my top Dior cologne for men during winter, perfect for cozy dates as the nights draw in.

Dior Homme Intense Dior Homme Intense
$150.00 $110.50 ($32.50 / Fl Oz)

A sensual and seductive blend that is perfect for Winter dates.

Dark florals like Iris make Dior Homme Intense potentially unisex in the same mold as YSL's Black Opium or Tom Ford's Black Orchid.

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02/01/2023 01:36 pm GMT
Longevity: 10 hoursAge group: 25 – 40
Projection: Moderate/StrongValue for money: 4.5/5
Dior Homme Intense: Need to Know

A deep base of cedar and vetiver combine with a vivid iris streak to cut through the cold and make a seductive, masculine impression.

The reformulation in 2011 added a lavender note to the opening to help add some maturity to the blend – and now it’s undisputably sophisticated and classy.

There’s a reason A-listers like Robert Pattinson back it. This is a seductive scent that disrupts cliches while still respecting tradition

It is one of the longest-lasting Dior colognes out there. I get up to 10 hours of wear out of Dior Homme Intense. It’s the kind of scent you can still smell on yourself when you wake up the next morning  – and in all likelihood, there will be someone next to you to verify that.

Top Notes:Lavender
Heart Notes:Iris, Musk Mallow and Pear
Base NotesVirginia Cedar and Vetiver
Dior Homme Intense Fragrance Notes

Versace Pour Homme Oud Noir – Best Affordable Winter Cologne with Oud

Oud Noir is a great introduction to a world of opulent, luxurious woodsiness. This dark fragrance is perfect for winter evenings out and will add a touch of class and mystery to a tailored suit.

Versace Pour Homme Oud Noir Versace Pour Homme Oud Noir
$155.00 $71.12

Woodsy maturity in a refined Oud fragrance perfect for classy evenings.

Excellent longevity with a 9-hour lifetime.

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01/31/2023 09:52 pm GMT
Longevity: 9 hoursAge group: 30 – 50
Performance: StrongValue for Money: 5/5
Versace Oud Noir: Need to know

It balances a primal Oud accord with delicate touches of tobacco, saffron, leather, and just a touch of spice. It makes me feel mature and a little dangerous – like I’m a capable, accomplished man in control.

Even after 9 hours, I find myself enjoying wonderful wafts of scent on myself. As a thicker cologne, it naturally stays a little closer to the skin, but it’s still noticeable by those standing close enough to hold a conversation.

If you’re a fan of Tom Ford’s Oud Wood, this is a fragrance that captures that same cleaned-up Western Oud sense for a fraction of the price.

Top Notes:Black Pepper, Bitter Orange and Neroli
Heart Notes:Saffron, Cardamom and Olibanum
Base Notes:Agarwood (Oud), Patchouli and Leatherwood
Pour Homme Oud Noir fragrance notes

Best Premium Winter Colognes – $120+

Tom Ford Ombré Leather – Best Leather Cologne for Winter

This is the first of two Tom Ford inclusion on this list, but he seriously knows what he’s doing when it comes to producing outstanding winter colognes. 

Ombré Leather is one of the fragrances I hear rave reviews about on the most regular basis – when people try it, they seem to fall in love with it.

Tom Ford Ombre Leather Tom Ford Ombre Leather
$175.00 $161.62 ($47.54 / Fl Oz)

This deep and alluring fragrance exudes masculine sensuality.

A special introduction to high-end fragrance. A great place to start with the designer houses.

Best for evenings when you want to make an impression.

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02/01/2023 12:32 am GMT
Longevity: 8 HoursAge group: 30 -50
Projection: StrongValue for money: 4/5
Ombré Leather: Need to know

It’s inspired by “landscapes of the American Southwest”, as has everything you could conceivably want in a high-class men’s fragrance. Again, this is a streamlined fragrance that doubles down on presenting a core ingredient in the best light rather than overcomplicating things. 

The leather is deep, dark, and mysterious. While it’s certainly the main event, there are also touches of wood and spice that prevent it from being a complete one-trick pony. While leather-leading colognes can sometimes suffer from coming across as a little rugged or dirty, Tom Ford’s offering is notably clean and breezy. 

Ombré leather is an alluring scent perfect for a cold winter day. If you’ve never tried it out, make a point to get around to it. After a spritz, you’ll never have felt so beautiful and desired – it’s like a cheat code to feeling infinite confidence. 

If I have one quibble, it could be a touch cheaper – but sometimes, you get what you pay for.

Top notes:Cardamom and Vanilla
Heart notes:Leather and Jasmine Sambac
Base notes:Amber, Moss, and Patchouli
Tom Ford Ombré Leather Fragrance Notes

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille – My Personal Favorite Winter Fragrance for Men

This could easily be one of my favorite colognes of all time, not just a top winter fragrance. 

With Tobacco Vanille, Tom Ford has delivered an example of how to achieve minimalist perfection. This uncluttered, sophisticated fragrance serves to let the two stars of the show, tobacco and vanilla, shine unimpeded.

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
$192.00 ($112.94 / Fl Oz)

Hazy golden tobacco and gourmand vanilla combine in this sophisticated blend.

Smells rich, a little like a premium cigar lounge. Quietly confident.

Exceptional 12-hour longevity.

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01/31/2023 05:51 pm GMT
Longevity: 10 hoursAge group: 24 – 42
Projection: Moderate/strongValue for money: 4.5/5
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille: Need to know

The pleasantly sweet, smokey vanilla is balanced out perfectly by warm and spicy flickers of golden tobacco. There really isn’t that much else going on beyond some touches of dried fruit and tonka bean, but believe me – in this case, less is more.

I love it in the same way I love Aston Martins more than Ferraris. There’s something to be said for a refined approach that doesn’t desperately try to be cool, it just is. 

This isn’t for you if you’re looking for a complicated cacophony of notes. But if you’re a particular fan of vanilla fragrances and are looking for a high-quality expression, you have reached your destination. 

Tobacco Vanille gives me tailored suits in a cigar lounge vibes. It lends an impressive, “quietly confident” CEO energy rather than brute force – which is just the way a true Gent should be. 

And despite the hefty price tag, the value is actually not that bad when you consider how strong it is. Just 1 or 2 sprays, you’ll project a few feet of fragrance for 6 or 7 hours, before things settle down to a more intimate skin scent for another 5 or 6. 

Up to 12 hours of total projection is pretty unparalleled, even by some of the most expensive colognes. 

Top Notes:Spicy Notes, Smoke and Tobacco
Heart Notes:Tonka Bean, Tobacco Flower, Vanilla and Cocoa
Base Notes:Woody Notes and Dry Fruit
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Fragrance Notes

Original Santal Creed – Best Sandalwood Winter Cologne

Original Santal is incredibly popular. The subtlety of this Creed offering is exceptional, and a masterful effort from the designer house. Just be warned – it’s also incredibly expensive.

Creed Original Santal Creed Original Santal
$345.00 ($202.94 / Fl Oz)
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Longevity: 4 – 6 hoursAge group: 35 – 55
Projection: Moderate/StrongValue for money: 3.5/5
Creed Original Santal: Need to know

This is a gentlemanly and refined representation of dry and light sandalwood. It’s peppered with soothing lavender and aromatic spice to produce a well-balanced cologne.

For me, it’s a perfect winter fragrance. It got that feeling of overcoats and frosted grass. However, it’s not one of these overly Christmassy colognes that overdo it on spice and aromatics. 

The warmth here comes from subtle cinnamon and ginger, but they’re only there to lightly support that primary sandalwood accord. The takeaway is still resoundingly masculine, and the wood feels fresh and vivacious rather than stuffy and musky. 

Original Santal packs enough punch to cut through cold weather – but for the price, you’d expect a longer lifespan. It projects well for 2-3 hours before becoming a 1-2 ft scent bubble for another 2-3 hour stint.

I find it to be a great stress buster and would recommend it to any Gent that is looking for a sophisticated winter cologne. It’s almost impossible not to exude a sense of authority and status while wearing it – but the value for money leaves a little to be desired

Top Notes:Sandalwood, Juniper Berries, Coriander and Cinnamon
Middle Notes:Lavender, Ginger, Rosemary and Petitgrain
Base Notes:Vanilla and Tonka Bean
Creed Original Santal Fragrance Notes

Creed Royal Oud – Best Luxury Oud Cologne for Winter

Royal Oud is the best wood-predominant fragrance that I’ve come across in my years as a fragrance enthusiast- and trust me, I’ve been looking!

It lives up to its name. It smells like the interior of a grand Persian palace, packed full of wealth and majesty.

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Longevity: 8 hoursAge group: 30 – 50
Projection: SubtleValue for money: 3/5
Creed Royal Oud: Need to know

It lends itself to formal occasions when you need to dress to impress. Paired with the right suit or leather jacket, Royal Oud will take you from a 9 to a 10. 

First, you’ll notice a smokey cedarwood and pepper combo that I’d describe as spiced grass. It’s exceptional, and not something I’ve been able to find in other Oud fragrances. 

Then, you’ll begin to pick out zesty bergamot touched with a twist of lemon. The base is musky sandalwood and the key primary accord is a dollop of agarwood. 

Quick disclaimer: If you’re a die-hard oud fan, you might be a little disappointed in the subtlety of the woodiness. It’s a smooth and woodsy cologne, rather than a whack round the head with a plank of agarwood. Creed produces classy and “cleaned up” versions of classic fragrances, after all. 

Royal Oud is subtle enough to not be obnoxious, but people do notice it. I pick up plenty of unsolicited compliments when I wear it, but still feel comfortable. This isn’t a fragrance that’s too experimental and screams “look at me, look at me” whenever I walk into a room.

You’ll get a solid 8 hours of meaningful projection, and if you spray directly onto your clothes you’ll get a hit every time you open your wardrobe for the whole week.

Whether you’re exploring on holiday or just running errands in town, Creed will hang in there for the full day- ready for whatever life throws at you.

If you’re looking for a top-tier oud that’s not overdone, you’ve found it. Royal Oud is a great choice for the oud-obsessed and rookies alike. While a little on the expensive side, it’s a fragrance everyone should try at least once. 

Top Notes:Lemon, Bergamot, and Pink Pepper
Heart notes:Galbanum and Cedar
Base Notes:Agarwood (Oud), Musk, and Sandalwood
Creed Royal Oud Fragrance Notes

Hacivat by Nishane – A Deeper, Darker, Aventus Clone for Winter

Hacivat is a darker, earthier, and more mature Creed Aventus alternative.

Put it this way: Darth Vader would wear Hacivat instead of Aventus.

Hacivat by Nishane Hacivat by Nishane
$155.00 ($46.97 / Fl Oz)

Serious masculinity with smokey pineapple, dark amber, and woodsy notes.

Lasts for around 10 hours - an absolute beast.

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Longevity: 10 hoursAge group: 25 – 40
Projection: StrongValue for money: 4/5
Hacivat by Nishane: Need to know

It’s a gloomier, broody fragrance that suits cooler weather best. The dark-amber, woodsy dry-down undercuts the familiar pineapple opening with some serious masculinity.

It feels “greener” than Aventus from a healthy dose of patchouli and oakmoss.

Hacivat is also the only Aventus clone I’ve found that outperforms the original. It’s a 10-hour projection monster.

With that in mind, less is more with this one. 1-2 sprays max; 3-4 is way overkill.

Top Notes:Pineapple, Grapefruit and Bergamot
Middle Notes:Cedar, Patchouli and Jasmine
Base Notes:Oakmoss and Woodsy Notes
Hacivat by Nishane Fragrance Notes

What to Look for in the Best Winter Colognes?

The best winter colognes are powerful, as it’s difficult to radiate scent in cooler weather. When reading reviews, look out for fragrances with good projection (how far the scent travels) and longevity (how long it lasts).

What’s the Difference Between Summer Scents and Winter Colognes?

In the winter months, summer scents won’t last more than a couple of hours, making the whole exercise a little futile. Winter colognes will generally incorporate heavier scents of spice and woodiness that will bind to drier skin in the cold weather. Warm notes of musk, tobacco, and leather are going to persist more effectively than traditional floral and citrus notes.

How Much Do Winter Colognes Cost?

There’s no real difference in price point between summer and winter colognes – just the palate. 

Like summer colognes, you’ll look to pay slightly more than your bottom-of-the-barrel, $20 cologne.  Generally speaking, prices start at around $50 for a decent beginner’s cologne that you’d be happy to wear- and can rise as high as $300 for the best winter colognes.


Budget Choice
Top Pick
Tom Ford Dupe
4.8
5.0
4.7
$23.99$21.24 ($6.25 / Fl Oz)
$70.00$64.90 ($19.67 / Fl Oz)
$45.52 ($13.39 / Fl Oz)
Pros:
  • Sweet vanilla bourbon paired with a spicy/woody dry down.
  • Perfect for a night at the bar or for a chilly winter date.
Pros:
  • Distinguished, gentlemanly masculinity in this crowd-pleasing scent.
  • Notes of leather, cinnamon, lavender, and tobacco on a woodsy base.
Pros:
  • Authentic tobacco notes conjure spice and plenty of masculine bite.
  • An affordable Tobacco Vanille dupe that evolves and develops over time.
Budget Choice
4.8
$23.99$21.24 ($6.25 / Fl Oz)
Pros:
  • Sweet vanilla bourbon paired with a spicy/woody dry down.
  • Perfect for a night at the bar or for a chilly winter date.
Top Pick
5.0
$70.00$64.90 ($19.67 / Fl Oz)
Pros:
  • Distinguished, gentlemanly masculinity in this crowd-pleasing scent.
  • Notes of leather, cinnamon, lavender, and tobacco on a woodsy base.
Tom Ford Dupe
4.7
$45.52 ($13.39 / Fl Oz)
Pros:
  • Authentic tobacco notes conjure spice and plenty of masculine bite.
  • An affordable Tobacco Vanille dupe that evolves and develops over time.
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FAQ – Best Winter Colognes

What to do next:

It’s important to use the right tool for the job, and your fragrance choice is no different. The best winter colognes will project in even the harshest cold, and are a crucial element of any winter outfit. Get started with one of our top picks today!

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