9 Colognes That Smell Good, Without Smelling Too Strong

Each season has a corresponding group of scents. A cologne that you may wear in the summer is entirely different from a wintery scent. Have you ever walked into a room and became overpowered by someone’s cologne? You want to be remembered for smelling good without dominating the room with a strong scent. So what colognes should you be wearing as the weather gets chillier? Selecting the right cologne depends on your personality, occasion, and your favorite scents. Here are a few of the top colognes you can choose for the upcoming fall and winter months.

1. John Varvatos Dark Rebel

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This scent is the perfect mixture of woody scents, Jamaican rum and vanilla. It’s considered a fragrance with a wild edge, inspired by a risk-taking rebellious attitude. The bottle screams edgy wrapped in black leather, hence the name Dark Rebel.

2. Hermès Terre d’Hermés Cologne

This is considered one of the top selling men’s cologne options this season. It has a woody masculine scent infused with hints of grapefruit, rose, and Atlas Cedar. Although a higher end purchase, you don’t need much to smell good with this scent.

3. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

The designer said it best: “Private Blend is my own scent laboratory; it’s where I have the ability to create very special, original fragrances that are unconstrained by the conventions of mainstream scent-making. Private Blend is designed with the true fragrance connoisseur in mind.” Ford’s scent has masculine notes of ginger, tobacco leaves, vanilla, anise, coriander, and more.

4. Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf


Spicebomb cologne | Source: Nordstrom

Spicebomb is ideal for the very masculine man with hints of pink pepper, grapefruit, cinnamon, and chili pepper. This cologne includes an explosive contrast of spicy notes and has become one of the top selling colognes for men.

5. Creed Aventus

This is one of the most popular fragrances from the Creed line. The top notes include coriscan blackcurrant, Italian bergamot, French Calville Blanc apples, and royal pineapple. It’s been said that this scent evokes the emotion of strength.

6. Burberry Brit For Men

Capturing the essence of effortless style, this fresh, oriental woody fragrance is blended with juicy green mandarin and freshly cut ginger. It includes hints of wild rose and spicy hints of cedarwood.

7. Acqua di Gio


Giorgio Armani  fragrance for men | Source: Nordstrom

This fragrance can be woven into your routine up to late winter and early spring. It’s the ideal cologne to keep on standby for any occasion. With its transparent, aromatic, and woody elements combined with top notes bergamot, mandarin, calone, and neroli, Acqua di Gio is truly a masculine scent.

8. Clean Shower Fresh for Men

Clean embodies the sensation of a fresh shower that you can take with you throughout the day. This seasonal cologne is ideal for storing in your office drawer or gym bag for the times you need to quickly freshen up on the go.

9. Issey Miyake Cologne

For the gentleman looking for a more subtle statement, this cologne has a fresh yet warm, woody scent with spicy notes. The design of the bottle is a true reflection of the scent, clean and timeless.

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