For Him 01.06.23

The Best 20 Winter Colognes 2023: Niche and Designer Fragrances

Tiff Benson holding bulgari Bvlgari man cologne fragrance bottle

As the cold winter months draw closer, it’s time to start thinking about switching up your fragrance wardrobe. Winter scents tend to have earthy, woodsy, spicy, and sweet notes. In the 2023 High Quality Winter Fragrance Guide for Her, you’ll find the newest, 20 must-have perfumes for the ladies. But in this article you’ll find the best fragrances for him this winter season. I’ve come up with the 20 niche and designer colognes, suitable for various occasions and styles. These fragrances are go-to winter scents to have in your cologne collection but also make a great gift for men. 

This winter cologne guide takes into account seasonality and individual preferences helping you express yourself through fragrance! After all, wearing what best suits you is always key! Click through the “Men’s Cologne Outline” to jump to your favorite cologne or learn more about new fragrances and winter notes. 


Men’s Cologne Outline

Niche Fragrance for Men

  1.  Hermetica Eterniris
  2. Kilian Black Phantom
  3. Sweet Taboo by Chris Collins
  4. Roja Parfums Creation-E Parfum Cologne
  5. Lyric by Amouage
  6. Le Gemme Orom by Bulgari
  7. Floraiku One Umbrella for Two
  8. Carlisle by Parfums de Marly
  9. Parfums de Marly Haltane
  10. House of Bō Fragrances, INFINITOUD

Designer Fragrance for Men

  1. Dior Sauvage Elixir
  2. Bulgari Man Glacial Essence
  3. Guerlain L’homme Ideal Eau de Toilette
  4. Givenchy Gentleman Eau de Parfum
  5. Ombre Leather Parfum by Tom Ford
  6. Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau de Parfum
  7. Givenchy MMW
  8. Alien Man by Mugler
  9. Azzaro Wanted by Night
  10. Continuum by Tumi

10 Niche Fragrances for Men

 1. Hermetica Eterniris

Eterniris by Hermetica, launched in 2020, is a unique aromatic and woody scent. It is a clean and alcohol-free fragrance with a moisturizing base, resulting in a longer lasting scent that is safe on skin & hair. Aside from Eterniris being one of the cleaner fragrances on the market, it perfectly combines elegance and sensuality with a variety of notes; every fragrant layer brings something unique to the table. 

Notes: 

It begins with top notes of Bulgarian rose, mandarin orange, bergamot, pineapple, saffron, pepper, and violet leaf for a fruity and spicy opening. Middle notes of lily-of-the-valley, geranium, jasmine, raspberry, nutmeg, and clove add an earthy green note to the fragrance, as well as orris and cedar, bringing complexity to the fresh rose accord. The base of Indian oud highlighted with vetiver provides a pungent depth, while amber, vanilla tonka bean patchouli, and myrrh create warmth before drying down to a soft musk. 

2. Kilian Black Phantom

Black Phantom By Kilian is a bold and unique scent, made in France and launched in 2017. Created by perfumer Sidonie Lancesseur, this fragrance has a strong character, featuring the sweet aroma of caramel, the warm spice of coffee, and the tantalizing scents of chocolate and rum. It’s inspired by a turbulent sea-faring pirate ship on an expedition for untold secrets; Black Phantom “Memento Mori” offers a treasure trove for your senses.

Notes: 

The deep smell of woody almond combines with lighter powdery vanilla to create a complex mix you can’t help but be drawn to. Dark chocolate, rum, caramel, coffee, sugar cane, almond, and sandalwood are some notes that come together seamlessly in this unforgettable blend.

3. Sweet Taboo by Chris Collins

Sweet Taboo is a warm and inviting fragrance launched in 2019, crafted by renowned perfumer Nathalie Feisthauer. With its blend of spicy, vanilla-tinged aromatics, cacao, cinnamon, amber, coffee, and sweet scents, this scent evokes an atmosphere of inviting pleasure that can be hard to resist. It is a perfume that can be used by men to create a journey full of temptation, desire and satisfaction. Arouse your senses with Chris Collins’ Sweet Taboo Extrait de Parfum– it’s the perfect scent to inspire you to explore forbidden pleasures!

Notes: 

The top notes of this spicy-sweet scent are cardamom and clary sage. Cacao pod, coffee, and geranium lie at the heart of this fragrance, further enhancing its seductive character. The base notes of vanilla, tonka bean, benzoin, and musk give it a smooth finish that will immediately spark your curiosity. 

4. Roja Parfums Creation-E Parfum Cologne

Roja Parfums Creation-E Parfum Cologne, launched in 2019, is crafted by perfumer Roja Dove. It has a captivating richness reminiscent of steaming cognac and tobacco mixed with woods and leathers rising from the bar of a private members’ club. Creation-E has a masculine touch that will have you smelling rich and feeling powerful.

Notes:  

Creation – E is a warm spicy scent with luxurious notes of rose de mai, bergamot, geranium, heliotrope, cardamom, pepper, ginger, neroli, and jasmine. With an alluring blend of boozy and balmy notes that come together in the base notes of cognac, tobacco, benzoin, ambergris, patchouli, sandalwood, and vanilla, this cologne creates a fragrance that invites you to “Unravel The Mystery.” 

 5. Amouage Lyric 

Lyric by the esteemed fragrance house Amouage was launched in 2008 and created by the skilled hand of perfumer Daniel Visentin. Inspired by the sombre beauty of a rose, it is a complex and vibrant olfactory experience. Lyric Eau De Parfum for men evokes the mysterious allure of eternity for the confident gentleman who dares stand apart from convention.

Notes: 

At first, lime and bergamot burst to life with a citrusy exhilaration before succumbing to intensely aromatic notes of rose, angelica, and ginger, amongst others. Soft musky base tones of musk, incense, pine tree, sandalwood, and vanilla add depth to this magnetic blend while warming spices like saffron, nutmeg, and galbanum provide an enveloping finish.



6. Le Gemme Orom Eau de Parfum by Bulgari


Launched in 2022, Le Gemme Orom by Bvlgari is a captivating new fragrance from the Italian Fashion House. The aesthetics and scent transports you to a world of beauty and mystery. Master perfumer Jacques Cavallier makes this magical journey possible as he draws inspiration from the mesmerizing beauty of the Labradorite gemstone only found in Madagascar. Embrace your inner explorer and unlock a magical sense of well-being with the perfect combination of strong aromas when wearing Le Gemme Orom. You will be ready to take on any adventure with this unique olfactory moment where science and nature intertwine!

Notes: 

It has signature notes of vanilla essence and leathery oud. Each spray reveals its heart of bourbon vanilla, siam benzoin, and agarwood (oud). Capturing the beautiful colors of the Aurora Borealis, Le Gemme Orom will make your presence unforgettable.

7. Floraiku One Umbrella for Two

Beauty and tradition meet in the unique fragrance of Floraïku Paris’ “One Umbrella for Two,” released in 2017. This fragrance is inspired by a traditional Japanese umbrella named wagasa and adorned with a dragon pattern. Floraïku Paris has crafted something extraordinary in this exquisite blend that will take you on an unforgettable journey with each wear.

Notes:

This scent has a blend fruity, woody, green, soft spicy, floral, and aromatic notes to create a harmonious aroma that will delight all senses. Top notes of Black Currant and Cyclamen offer a lively opening, followed by Tea and Rice at the heart of this enchanting concoction. Lastly, Cedar and White Musk provide distinctive depth to the base layers of this captivating fragrance.

8. Carlisle by Parfums de Marly

Parfums de Marly Carlisle is a high-quality fragrance launched in 2015. It makes a great winter fragrance because of its woody, warm spicy, and vanilla scent. 

Inspired by a wave of freshness that bathes the skin, Carlisle is a sunny, radiant fragrance built around a sandalwood theme that is both tantalizingly warm and soothing. Whether you’re looking for a sensual everyday scent or something seductive for a night out, Carlisile fits the occasion. This fragrance, packed in a mysterious black bottle, offers a unique look and scent.

Notes: 

Carlisle’s top notes of nutmeg and green apple open the door to its captivating middle notes of Tonka bean and rose. Finally, the scent closes with Patchouli and Vanilla base notes. With hints of vanilla for richness—combining crisp green apple, nutmeg, saffron, and osmanthus, with sweet davana as middle notes, all add to the combination of an inviting aroma.

9. Parfums de Marly Haltane

Haltane is a new fragrance for men from Parfums de Marlyis. This latest addition to their collection launched in 2021. It was crafted by renowned perfumer Julien Sprecher, who aimed to pay tribute to the gentilhommes of the Chateau de Marly in France’s 18th century. Parfums de Marlyis is a cologne with a unique composition that brings a contrast between vivacity and sensuality and is bold but elegant. Its opening is marked by clarity but slowly lifts up towards a warm-heartedness that invites you to discover more. Whether you prefer sweet or spicy fragrances, Haltane will captivate your nose with its seductive sillage that surely won’t go unnoticed on any occasion.

Notes: 

The fragrance combines an intriguing mélange of oud and spices with top notes of Clary Sage, Lavender, and Bergamot, middle notes of Praline and Saffron, and base notes of Agarwood (Oud) and Cedar.

10. House of Bō Fragrances, INFINITOUD

The enigmatic oud perfume, INFINITOUD PARFUM, is a collection of the House of Bo Fragrances. It arrives with a smoky-golden interpretation to unearth its science in ancient Ayurvedic perfumery. INFINITOUD is elevated by renowned perfumer Carlos Benaïm and captured in a sophisticated black Saint Laurent marble stone cap. This fragrance is Woody Earthy and reveals strength and elegance that seduces both men and women with every spritz.

Notes: 

This scent is crafted with a combination of vibrant myrrh, mossy vetiver, and peyote to compose the top notes. These balsamic accents are then enriched with woody essences from middle notes such as cedar wood, patchouli, and spicy black pepper while underpinned by the passionate base notes; Oud, incense, and resinous Gurjun Balsam.


10 Designer Fragrances for Men

1. Dior Sauvage Elixir

The newest addition to the iconic Dior Sauvage men’s fragrance line arrived in 2021. The extraordinarily luxurious and sophisticated cologne, Sauvage Elixir, was crafted by Francois Demachy, a distinguished perfumer with an incredible nose for aromatics. Inspired by the beauty of a rare red moon blanketed across the night sky, Dior Sauvage Elixir aims to transport you far away while captivating everyone within its intoxicating reach.

Notes: 

It is a delicate blend of warm spicy and fresh spicy accords. It has woody and aromatic elements combined into one scent topped off with fragrant lavender. In addition it consists of soft, spicy notes such as cinnamon and amber, and powdery balsamic, making this unique redefinition of the classic masculine French-style parfum is nothing short of remarkable. With energizing top notes such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and vibrant grapefruit zest melting into a delightfully soothing middle note of lavender before finishing on base notes of licorice, sandalwood, amber, patchouli, and Haitian vetiver brings this scent full circle.

2. Bulgari Man Glacial Essence

Man Glacial Essence by Bvlgari captures the awe-inspiring power of nature with a new foray into the air for the Bvlgari Man collection. This woody and aromatic cologne was expertly crafted by perfumer Alberto Morillas and released in 2020. An adventurous man’s choice of fragrance – designed to remain timeless no matter where the journey may take him. Bvlgari Man Glacial Essence is a tribute to conquering both peaks of achievement and expanses of wilderness alike, leaving you to feel confident and motivated this winter.

Notes: 

Man Glacial Essence has top notes of juniper berries, ginger, and geranium; middle notes of artemisia, sandalwood, and orris root; and base notes of clearwood, musk, and cedar, which come together to bring an upbeat scent that is fresh, spicy, and warm all at once while carrying a powdery musky undercurrent.

3. Guerlain L’homme Ideal Eau de Toilette

L’Homme Ideal Eau de Toilette, created in 2014 by Thierry Wasse, embodies its namesake “Ideal” fragrance. Guerlain is a luxury brand with high quality fragrances at an affordable price. This Eau deToilette is Guerlain’s latest creation that is sure to bring out your most formidable self. 

 Notes: 

Guerlain L’Homme Ideal offers an extremely diverse and sophisticated scent composed of a combination of almond, citrus, aromatic, sweet, woody, nutty, vanilla, leather, fruity and amber notes. Blended in the top notes are citruses, orange blossom, and rosemary. The beauty of the middle note, ‘amaretto’ accord and strength rendered by the base notes, leathers, vetiver, and cedar creates an unparalleled fresh woody experience.

4. Givenchy Gentleman Eau de Parfum

Launched in 2018, Gentleman Eau De Parfum by Givenchy, captures the intense magnetism of a modern gentleman. A classic cologne created by perfumers Nathalie Lorson and Olivier Cresp, the scent approaches its theme in an energetic manner. Exploring masculine energy of power and confidence, Gentleman EDP is a captivating explosion with a powdery iris at its helm.

Notes: 

The top notes of black pepper, lavender, and bergamot strike with a bracing intensity that gradually leads into middle notes of orris, cloves, and cinnamon to give depth to the composition. Black vanilla husk, tonka bean, tolu balsam, benzoin, and patchouli blend to form the base of this balanced scent.

5. Ombre Leather Parfum by Tom Ford

Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum is a luxurious leathery scent, launched in 2021, and created by Sonia Constant. It captures qualities inspired by the boldness of the American West and creates an unforgettable scent for men. It comes in a classy looking matte, black, glass flacon with a white faux-leather plaque adding to its fierce beauty, its luxurious image, and unbridled sensuality. . 

Notes: 

The unique combination of leather ozonic, woody, white floral, animalic, aquatic, iris, and tobacco notes provide an intensely smoky and powdery experience for all lovers of scent. Atop this beautiful composition are violet leaf and cedar notes to lighten up the experience. Jasmine sambac and orris add to the complexity of the middle notes, while leather, woody notes, and tobacco anchor it in powerful base notes.



6. Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau de Parfum

Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau de Parfum is a complex and contemporary men’s fragrance that was launched in 2018 and created by renowned perfumer Dominique Ropion. It is a must- have for the modern man and available in Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum, and more. This luxurious scent is inspired by self-confidence and carries a powerful message of success. YSL Y is the perfect pick for any aspiring gentleman who wants to show off his sophisticated and seductive side.

Notes: 

This YSL scent reveals an aromatic, woody, and fresh spicy blend featuring top notes of apple, ginger, and bergamot. The top notes are combined with middle notes of sage, juniper berries, and geranium. It has a long-lasting base made of amberwood, tonka bean, cedar, vetiver, and olibanum.

7. Givenchy MMW

MMW by Givenchy is one of the newer and highly anticipated fragrances that launched in 2022, and was created by renowned perfumer Olivier Cresp. The fragrance was inspired by a modern composition of deep and textured woods. Givenchy MMW is a spicy- woody scent that offers smoky notes. It has an enveloping balmy warmth that provides a buttery experience from the duo of Virginia cedarwood and a mysterious atlas cedarwood.

Notes: 

It is a woody, amber, musky, aromatic, and warm spicy scent that contains Guatemalan cardamom as its top note. Palo santo (meaning sacred wood in Spanish) as its middle note, and ambroxan, iso e super, Haitian vetiver, atlas cedar, and Virginia cedar as its base notes.

8. Alien Man by Eau De Toilet Mugler 

Mugler Alien Man Eau de Toilette is an invigorating scent that captures the essence of “masculine light.” The fragrance, released in 2018 and derived from the creative vision of perfumer Jean-Christophe Hérault, is an engaging aroma sure to draw attention in any setting.

 Notes: 

Alien contains top notes of anise, dill, mint, lavender, beech, thyme, and lemon; middle notes of leather, cashmere wood, osmanthus, pepper and geranium; and base notes of white amber, cashmeran, and vanilla. It has a captivating combination of fresh spicy accords blended with wooden and aromatic hints. In addition, it is made of amber and green tones, musky and soft spicy notes and a dash of leathery floral essences. This cologne embodies a heroic duality – a manly air tempered with gentleness.

9. Azzaro Wanted by Night

Inspired by the bold pursuits of success, Azzaro Wanted by Night is a captivating fragrance that evokes adventure and desire that launched in 2018. A bold and masculine fragrance that is intoxicating and captures the spirit of the successful man who lives life on his terms. This cologne is perfect for evening wear.

Notes: 

This exquisite scent brings together a tantalizing tapestry of warm spice, woody accents, and sweet and citrus vibes with hints of aromatic tobacco to create an unforgettable aroma. Top notes of cinnamon, mandarin orange, lavender, and lemon. This leads you into middle notes of fruity notes, incense, red cedar, and cumin before settling on base notes of tobacco, vanilla, cedar, leather, benzoin, iso e super, cypress, and patchouli. 

10. Continuum by Tumi

Tumi has recently debuted its new fragrance, Continuum. The cologne is an amber-woody scent for men inspired by the power and vitality of urban environments. Evoking an invigorating urban experience, Continuum creates an ambiance that’s both daring and unique – perfect for pushing boundaries and defying conventions.

Notes: 

Catherine Selig’s combination of powerful notes brings this concept to life. It begins with top notes of amber, olibanum, and green mandarin for a burst of intensity. These blend with tobacco leaf, orris root, and cistus incanus in the middle notes for an earthy sweetness. It is then complemented by suede, musk, and agarwood (oud) at the base.


As we move through the harsh winter months, it’s important to update your fragrance collection so you can wear the appropriate seasonal scent. Whether you’re looking for a new signature scent or something a little more unique for a night out or someone special, having a variety of niche and designer colognes to choose from makes things easier. So take a look (and hopefully, take a sniff), and see if any of these winter-worthy scents catch your eye. And don’t forget to let me know in the comments what fragrances you’ve been wearing this season! I’m so curious.

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