6 of the Best Colognes to Try in 2016

You might be wearing a bespoke suit, Italian leather shoes, and a silk tie. But no ensemble is complete without putting on something that is actually invisible — cologne. Fragrance is powerful. It can change the way you feel and how others perceive you. Everyone is more attracted someone who smells good. Even if you aren’t a “cologne guy,” it is never too late to start. Here are six new fragrances to try in 2016.

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1. Atelier Cologne Bergamote Soleil Cologne Absolue

If you are missing the sunshine, just spray on some of Atelier Cologne’s Bergamote Soleil Cologne Absolue. This fine fragrance is available in a pure perfume formula and larger spray bottles as well as a travel-sized spray. Featuring notes of Bergamot, Bigarade, Ambrette, Jasmine, Lavender, Cardamom, Vetiver, Oak Moss, and White Amber, this wonderful aroma is bright and floral.

2. Clean Reserve Smoked Vetiver

Clean Reserve Smoked Vetiver is a unisex fragrance, but considered the most masculine scent in all of Clean’s line. It can be worn on its own, as well as blended or layered. This sensual cologne features a variety of notes including Verbena, Bamboo Leaf, Bergamot Oil, Quince Pear, Blonde Cedarwood, Cotton Peony, Wild Moss, Gold Amber, Soft Musks, Vetiver, Clean Woods, and Myrrh.

3. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Discovery Collection

Cologne can be like potato chips. You can’t have just one. That is good a reason as any to buy Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Discovery Collection. This set features eight 11-milliliter bottles of fragrances by the world famous perfumer. Think of the Discovery Collection as your “fragrance wardrobe.” Each cologne features fresh, intense or woody notes. Francis Kurkdjian has made some of the most wonderful smelling perfumes and colognes for fashion houses including Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Jean Paul Gautier, and Dior. He is a legend in the fragrance world.

4. Creed Royal Mayfair

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Creed is one of the oldest fragrance houses, dating back to 1760. Green and fresh, Royal Mayfair features a variety of interesting notes. The base notes consist of Bahamian Orange, Canadian Cedar, and Australian Eucalyptus. The complementary top notes are British Gin, Jamaican Lime, and Scottish Highland Pine. This is all brought together by the middle note, which is Duke of Windsor Roses. Debuting nearly 80 years ago, Royal Mayfair was created to honor the Duke of Windsor. Unavailable for a very long time, the scent has had a few re-releases in recent years. Because this cologne is a limited edition product, if you like it, buy it ASAP and stock up.

5. Clive Christian No. 1 Perfume Spray for Men

Clive Christian holds the Guinness Book world record for selling the most expensive fragrances. With extreme attention to detail and rare notes, Clive Christian’s colognes are worth every penny. No. 1 is packaged in a decorative gold bottle. The top notes of the scent are Lime, Sicilian Mandarin, and Pink Grapefruit, as well as Nutmeg and Pimento oil. The middle notes consist of Orris, Ylang-ylang, Rose, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, and Heliotrope. The base note is a blend of a rare 50-year-old Indian Sandalwood (hence the price), powdery Musk, and Vetiver.

6. Malin + Goetz Citron Vert

Malin + Goetz makes some of the best unisex skincare, fragrances, and candles available. So, your lady may try to borrow your Citron Vert, and you should probably let her. This light and fresh spray is made from 12% eau de toilette. It is also formulated to be kind to sensitive skin, so it is a great option for men who might not be able to wear fragrances otherwise. The top notes are lime, grapefruit, and bergamot. The middle notes consist of basil, jasmine, rhubarb, and petitgrain, with base notes of amber woods, white cedar, and musk.

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