Fall/Winter Fragrances Picks: Woodsy and Masculine Scents

If you love a good strong scent, try wearing a classic, masculine one from a reputable brand, but switch it up and remember that you shouldn’t be wearing it every day. Play a little and see what works best, and then get them going on a revolving basis!

Guerlain Vetiver Frozen
Vetiver Frozen was created in 2004 and emphasizes the side of vetiver with cooling agents, making it unexpected and woody, with a tiny touch of patchouli. It’s green and romantic, and while there is a hint of mint in the drydown, it’s not overpowering in the least.

Jean Paul Gaultier Fleur Du Male
“Flower of the Male” may be a rather interesting name for a perfume, but it’s nothing if not inspired. Jean Paul Gaultier’s 2007 scent is named after Baudelaire’s collection of poems called Les Fleurs du Mal, or the Flowers of Evil, which examine the power of scent.

But on to the actual fragrance then. . . Fluer du Male contains a self-acknowledged heavy dose of orange blossom that only men who aren’t afraid of floral notes will appreciate. But while the orange blossom may be very strong, this scent is overall less harsh than Jean Paul Gaultier’s winter fragrance Le Male. So at the end of the day, if you love Jean Paul Gaultier, test this woodsy one out.

Lacoste Pour Homme
Lacoste’s fragrance for men may have been introduced a few years ago, but that doesn’t mean that it’s fallen by the wayside. On the contrary, men have been leaning on Lacoste’s sophistication and glamor to really make a statement—and this is no exception. Lacoste Pour Homme is woodsy, exciting, and classically inclined, and you can expect it to last up to five hours.

Monsieur Givenchy
Developed in 1959, Monsieur Givenchy has been relaunched recently for men. It has a masculine, citrus-woody scent that some gentlemen have been relying on for years. Givenchy celebrated their fiftieth anniversary with a re-launch of 10 fragrances from the line’s back catalog called Les Mythiques.

Other men’s fragrances by Givenchy that were launched this summer include Vetyver, which is considered quite the thick, woodsy scent for a man, Intense, which is an amber-woodsy scent from 1993, and Xeryus, which is a woody fragrance that embraces a little oriental influence as well. If woodsy isn’t the only way you wear your perfume, you should certainly check it out.

Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme
If you’re feeling a little on the apprehensive side about woodsy scents, try this citrus-musk scent with a slight woodsy base. While you do get a good dose of citrus on your first sniff of the scent, you’ll also notice juniper and rosewood following close behind.