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When we say winter fragrances do you really know what that means?

If not, let me clarify — it’s time for heavy, sweet, leathery, spicy, and ultra-potent fragrances!

If that doesn’t excite you, then any of the fragrances below that you pick to be your winter fragrance in 2022 will help you understand our nerdy excitement!

2022 was definitely a weird year in the world of scent and it was pretty hard to pick the best winter fragrances for men in 2022 — lots of things that got postponed during the pandemic got published so the early start of the year was pretty powerful. Then things became silent for a while, but we ended up getting a ton of new perfumes.

So without further ado, let’s jump straight to the point!

What Are The Best Winter Fragrances For Men?

We waited a bit on this post not just because there was a lot to review, but because we wanted to properly test all fragrances and not end up updating the post every few days with new information.

For the list of the best winter fragrances for men in 2022, we tested 132 fragrances in absolutely all possible conditions and scenarios. Our testing protocol was simple:

  1. All fragrances were tested 5 times on 5 different occasions — daytime outdoors, daytime indoors, office, nighttime outdoors, nighttime indoors
  2. Longevity and performance, in general, were documented, and the average result was calculated
  3. We talked to industry experts to see where the trends are going in 2022 and 2023.

Unlike the other reviews we made on this website, I came up with a new solution for presenting you with the best winter fragrances for men in 2022. So below, you will find these categories:

  • Best New Releases — This category is for perfumes that came out in 2022
  • Best Men’s Niche Fragrances For Winter — best of niche perfumery in the last 3 years that are still popular and wanted in 2022/2023
  • Best Men’s Designer Fragrances For Winter — Best of designer fragrances in the last 3 years that are still in high demand in 2022/2023
  • All-Time Classic Winter Fragrances For Men — the name says it all, this is a hall of fame of winter fragrances for men category!

I’m sure that these categories will help you choose what you like the most, but also bear in mind that there is no best winter fragrances in 2022 and that the perfumes below are not in a particular order.

It would be selfish to grade someone’s work of art — you can’t say that Mona Lisa is better than The Last Supper, nor that Fur Elise is better than Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Perfumery is art, and styles differ just like the personal taste.

So what are the best winter fragrances in 2022 — which ones got the highest rating and popularity?

Best New Winter Fragrances For Men Released in 2022 category 1

1. Tom Ford Noir Extreme Parfum

tom ford noir extreme parfum

Noir Extreme Parfum is one of the latest releases from Tom Ford, and it came on a big door!

Stay and impress make for the perfect segue to this perfume’s strong points, in terms of longevity and sillage. It really does last long and it creates a substantial sillage around you.

Besides Ginger, Mandarin Orange, and Neroli, Cardamom dominates in the opening. Once the top notes start fading, you can expect more flowery middle notes. The smells of Tonka Beans and Amber characterize the dry down of this spicy winter fragrance, with a hint of leather for good measure.

Like its’ predecessor, the Tom Ford Noir Extreme, this is also a pretty unique kind of scent, that does not appeal to the wider masses. I can not leave out the fact that the Tom Ford Noir Extreme Parfum is without a doubt a more intense version than the original Noir. It definitely fits Tom Ford’s description of “the private, daring aspects of the Noir man”.

ScentWarm Spicy, Ambery, Sweet
ConcentrationParfum
Longevity on average9 hours
Projection longevity2 hours
Projection in distance2-3 feet
Sillage strength5/10

2. Narciso Rodriguez For Him Bleu Noir Parfum

Narciso Rodriguez For Him Bleu Noir Parfum

If you are familiar with the Narciso Rodriguez For Him Bleu Noir line then know that this flanker takes a bit of a different direction. It has similar notes to his cousins from the same line, but do not expect it to be a stronger, more powerful version just because it was born with Parfum in its name.

This fragrance is a lot more fresh and powdery. It is the kind of powdery when you think of baby powder, kind of powdery, powdery, powdery. Yeah, definitely powdery.

The beginning has just the right amount of sweetness to it thanks to the citrusy top notes, but also a hint of green freshness from the cardamom in it. The iris is prominent throughout, even in the beginning. You will also smell a clean, white musk note, which adds to the powderiness of the iris. In the dry down, you will also get the smell of leather, tonka bean, and a fresh, pleasant smell of the woody notes of this fragrance.

As is given away in the name, this is a fragrance that is more suited for men. Of course, you have to like powdery fragrances to like this one. It is long-lasting, and it is more of a close-to-the-skin type of fragrance.

Bleu Noir Parfum works amazingly during the winter, but because of the added freshness, it is more versatile, so late fall and early spring work as well.

ScentWoody & Powdery
ConcentrationParfum
Longevity on average8 hours
Projection longevity3 hours
Projection in distance4 feet
Sillage strength6/10

3. Azzaro The Most Wanted Parfum

azzaro wanted by night parfum

Popular revolver bottle got another flanker — The Most Wanted Parfum! 

Without hiding that I expected a bit different approach, the reality is that in general, the smell is like a mix of The Most Wanted EDP Intense and Wanted By Night.

Ginger, woody notes, and bourbon vanilla. The ginger at the start is fresh, lively, and slightly sweet. But, the magic of this fragrance is that over time it gets better — the scent evolves from one accord to the other. In the middle part and the dry down, you have that constant balancing act of the major vanilla sweetness and smoky woodiness. It really makes you keep going back to it to smell it again, and again, and again.

Azzaro The Most Wanted Parfum has that mass-appealing type of smell to it, it is kind of fresh and sweet, what women mostly like. Out of personal experience, I can guarantee you that this is a beast compliment-getter.

You will feel great wearing this one, and it’s a really good pick if you want to smell sexy. Good projection, if your goal is not to fill up the whole room when you enter. A fragrance to wear for a long date night in the fall and winter for sure.

ScentWoody & Sweet
ConcentrationParfum
Longevity on average9 hours
Projection longevity1 hours
Projection in distance2 feet
Sillage strength6/10

4. Valentino Uomo Born in Roma Coral Fantasy

valentino uomo born in roma coral fantasy

Valentino Uomo Born in Roma Coral Fantasy. A bit of a mouthful to say. So, to get straight to the point, this is definitely my new favorite fragrance of the Born in Roma line.

This fragrance starts off very sweet with notes of bergamot, cardamom, and a red apple. This transitions rather uniquely into a geranium, lavender, and clary sage mid. The red apple melting in with the geranium can be a very interesting scent as it’s not something we often see in the perfume world. Not the typical mass-appealing type of combination, so it can take a bit of time to get used to it. Tobacco leaves, patchouli, and vetiver greet you in the dry down. That is when this fragrance picks the sweetness back up again.

The sweetness in this fragrance definitely is its calling card. I would suggest this to younger people to wear it. The silage on this one is above average and you get good hours of longevity. It fits the bill in terms of versatility because you can wear this during the day and at night time. Apart from winter, you can wear it during cool spring and fall days.

ScentAromatic & Spicy
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average9 hours
Projection longevity4 hours
Projection in distance4 feet
Sillage strength7/10

5. Givenchy Gentleman Eau De Parfum Reserve Privee

Off the cuff, this is one of my favorite new releases this year. The Givenchy Gentleman Eau De Parfum Reserve Privee really ticks a lot of my personal boxes when it comes to how a fragrance should smell and flow.

Apparently, It is supposed to be inspired by whiskey, hence the brownish gradient look. There are whiskey notes in it but it is not the most prominent feature of the Reserve Privee.

Right off the bat, you will pick up the chestnut, a chocolatey kind of chestnut. There is also a hint of whiskey. Bergamot gives off some fresh vibes in the opening. As the smell progresses the nuttiness is mixed in nicely with the iris. This smells so good. Whiskey is still there, but still not as powerful as expected. In the dry down there is a lot of woodiness to pick up and of course the chestnut/iris combo. The flow of the fragrance is really well done. It is not very linear, there is something to experience here, but thankfully the notes play well together.

This Givenchy flanker from the Gentleman line is a men’s and only men’s fragrance. It is lasting, it is projecting. If you are in the store, lucky you, because it also leaves a killer first impression. It is very powerful immediately.

As much as it is only for men, as much it is only for the fall and winter. You could pull it off during the day, but I only wore it at night time. That would be my recommendation.

ScentWoody, Leathery & Boozy
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average9 hours
Projection longevity3 hours
Projection in distance4 feet
Sillage strength5/10

6. Armani Code Parfum

armani code parfum

Armani Code comes in with a bang! A new Parfum version is here! A completely redesigned bottle. More neat and elegant. Black with rounded shapes and a magnetic cap. It seems like a higher quality bottle compared to previous versions of the Code, which can upset some people because the other versions will also be coming in with the new bottle design. Plus, it is refillable. Nice one!

Bergamot and bergamot leaf in the top notes makes a very fresh opening, not citric, but more of a leafy green. Iris and orris in the heart and after that heart notes are completed with the hint of clary sage. This combination makes for a balancing act of green leafy freshness and sweetness, richness, and powderiness. The sweetness comes from the signature tonka bean and woody vibes from the cedarwood in the base. In general, this fragrance is very well mixed so you might not be able to identify all notes in there, but if you have a sharp nose, you’ll definitely feel it evolving.

As I said in the notes breakdown, in line with the whole Armani Code family there is a tonka bean in this one. But, personally, it smells even better than the releases before. Absolutely masculine and timeless. A crowd-pleasing kind of smell, for sure.

Its freshness and the way it is done makes it very likable and versatile. Fall, especially winter, and even spring, all work well with the Armani Code Parfum. Day and night. Formal, date, or casual. It just works. You will get noticed with this one at a decent distance, plus, you get upwards of seven hours in terms of duration.

ScentAromatic, Iris-Based
ConcentrationParfum
Longevity on average9 hours
Projection longevity3 hours
Projection in distance3 feet
Sillage strength6/10
Best Men’s Niche Fragrances For Winter category 2

7. Nishane Ani

nishane ani

When it comes to niche fragrances, it does not get much better than this. It even has “niche” in its name. Bad jokes aside, Nishane’s Ani truly is one of the best niche fragrances for the winter.

It has a very different and very unique take on vanilla. It is very smooth all the way through, and very high-quality natural ingredients are used in creating this masterpiece.

The main ingredients of the Nishane Ani are bergamot, rose, and musk. A very sweet ginger and bergamot-heavy combination hit you upon the first smell. It is made very clean and cold, with a bit of sweet spiciness coming through at the same time. You can not miss the vanilla in this one. Ani also has black currant in it, giving a very unique touch to it.

The Ani is extremely long-lasting and also, crazy strong in terms of projection. It is a very sensual fragrance, smells kind of like a sweet, and makes you really want to eat it (or the one wearing it). These characteristics make it more of a unisex fragrance. You really want to wear this in the winter and maybe fall. Since it is so sexy it makes it more of a nighttime scent.

ScentWarm Spicy & Sweet
ConcentrationExtrait de Parfum
Longevity on average12 hours
Projection longevity5 hours
Projection in distance5 feet
Sillage strength10/10

8. Roja Dove Enigma Pour Homme Parfum Cologne

Roja Dove Enigma Pour Homme Parfum Cologne

Venom. Poison. Call it whatever, but this really is a special and powerful kind of liquid. It is just sexy, warm, inviting, and intriguing. I shouldn’t forget luxury. You can really smell that it is not something that is cheap.

In line with the already mentioned characteristics, the bottle and presentation of the Enigma Parfum Cologne are just top-notch. It looks like the flacon is filled with cognac. This is also one of its key ingredients.

In the top notes of this Roja Dove fragrance, you will find the very popular bergamot, but also a bit of lemon and mandarin. You will also immediately pick up the most prominent notes of it, which are the combination of cognac, tobacco, benzoin, and vanilla. It is very warm, sweet, and boozy. Unlike its close cousin, the Enigma Pour Homme Parfum, it has a bit less of a tobacco smell, but on the other hand a bit more freshness to it.

To continue with the comparison, it also has a stronger projection. As I said, this is poison. This is a beast. You really have to be careful to not overspray this one. The longevity is really hard to tell, maybe the best description of it would be, from the shower to shower. It really lasts extremely long.

The warmth, the spiciness, and the booziness make this a proper winter fragrance, but essentially wearable whenever it is not hot outside. Really a fragrance you want to put on for special occasions.

ScentWarm Spicy, Ambery, Sweet
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average8 hours
Projection longevity2 hours
Projection in distance3 feet
Sillage strength7/10

9. Amouage Overture Man

amouage overture man

The Amouage Overture Man has in my opinion one the most aggressive openings, and while we’re at it, a very nice one too.

Keeping up with the theme of openings, the presentation of the Overture Man is just incredible. On a very high level, but also expected from an expensive niche fragrance.

The notes list on this one is massive, so I am gonna keep it short and sweet. And informative, as always. You instantly smell that this is very rich and very deep. Saffron, cardamom, and cumin are all chipping in to give this citrusy and spicy freshness. Cognac starts as well but also connects to the mid and base notes. It is very warm, spicy, smoky, and also woodsy.

This is a proper men’s fragrance. But a grown man’s fragrance. In the scope of 30s or a serious perfume enthusiast in his 20s. Beware, it is very masculine. It was made for the cold winter night. It lasts so long that you really have to wash it off your skin, and it projects like crazy. It makes for a crazy sillage.

ScentAnimalic & Spicy
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average10 hours
Projection longevity4 hours
Projection in distance3 feet
Sillage strength9/10

10. Etat Libre d’Orange Frustration

Etat Libre d'Orange Frustration

Etat Libre d’Orange comes up with some very funky names for their creations. Frustration is not really an exception in this. So to alleviate some of the worries you might be having when you see that kind of name, it really is not frustrating. Quite the opposite actually. It is quite a pleasure to smell this.

On a more serious note, let’s get to the notes. Sweet cinnamon, rum, and cumin can give off a bit of a sweaty smell, but in this, it is really well done. The middle and base are just dominated by lots of vanilla and an interesting chestnut. There is also a lot of woodiness coming through. A really well-done fragrance that has a nice, comforting warmth to it.

The Etat Libre d’Orange Frustration is somewhat of a must-have, or must-smell. Such an interesting combination of vanilla, spices, woodiness, and warmth. A manly fragrance, that also women can pull off.

I have been waiting for the cold days to finally be able to wear this. I would recommend it more for the after-hours. It will last you the whole night, plus, you will be noticed with this, but not in a too aggressive way.

ScentWoody & Boozy
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average8 hours
Projection longevity3 hours
Projection in distance2 feet
Sillage strength4/10

11. Parfums de Marly Pegasus Exclusif

parfums de marly pegasus exclusif

One of the more hyped perfumes before its release is Parfums de Marly Pegasus Exclusif. And for many people, it did fulfill the expectations. At least, it was the one release that was missing. If you didn’t completely like the original Pegasus, then this was the one for you.

The Exclusif is a less metallic-smelling Pegasus, with a bit more intensity to it. Basically one of the rare flankers done right these days.

The cumin is gone in this and replaced with cardamom, pink pepper, and geranium, making for a less metallic smell in general. You get much more of an almond, a creamy almond. Also a bit more of a spicy opening with the pepper. In general, Parfums de Marly fragrances have a very clean backbone to them, which I like very much. The Exclusif also has a way woody smell and is darker than its predecessor, and I am not just talking about the bottle. 

The longevity, sillage, projection, and power are just on such a high level, as you can expect with Parfums de Marly fragrances, so you are covered on that front.

Those dark tones and a bit of a herbaceous smell make it a very masculine fragrance, a very serious fragrance. It is something that more mature men can pull off or more serious guys in their twenties. If it wasn’t killer for the winter it wouldn’t be on this list. I wear it and would recommend it only for night use.

ScentWoody & Sweet
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average9 hours
Projection longevity4 hours
Projection in distance3 feet
Sillage strength8/10

12. Interlude Black Iris

amouage interlude black iris

I don’t usually like to talk about the presentation of fragrances, but sometimes it gets to you and I have to lose a word about it. Astonishing. Ok, that’s it, one word!

So, Amouage Interlude Black Iris. The first flanker from Amouage in the men’s line. If you own an Amouage fragrance you will definitely notice the Amouage DNA in this one.

Smoky, and dark, but also a little bit sweet at the top. Amazing beginning, but the dry down is even more magic. It makes you bounce between a very powerful, dirty, masculine smell and clean sweetness. All of this is thanks to the notes of iris, vanilla, musk, woody notes, patchouli, amber, and many more. Really a work of art, very technically hard to do.

As expected with Amouage, the performance of this is above average, as is the projection.

A very strong fragrance. Not really fresh, very dark and unique. You have to be a bit of a different and unique kind of a person, a male first and foremost, to wear this and to like this. Besides winter, it can work in the fall, but definitely on colder days, pardon me, nights.

ScentWoody & Amber-heavy
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average12 hours
Projection longevity4 hours
Projection in distance4 feet
Sillage strength10/10
Best Men’s Designer Fragrances For Winter in 2022

13. Dior Sauvage Elixir

dior sauvage elixir

Dior Sauvage is probably THE most popular and best-selling perfume in recent times, alongside Bleu de Chanel. Elixir is the fourth in the line, and it is the most expensive one.

It smells the least Sauvagey of all, it kind of leans more into a niche type of fragrance. The presentation, the quality of the blend, the materials used, and most importantly the price. It is the most expensive by a decent margin.

Right away you will get the confirmation that this is the most mature Sauvage in the line. It is kind of sweet and spicy, aromatic. You will get the grapefruit note immediately, which I am a fan of very much. You also easily get the nutmeg and cinnamon at first. Lavender makes up the middle notes, and it is prominent in between the opening and the dry down. With this fragrance, you do get two very different experiences, one at the beginning and one later on. The dry down is the star of the show in this one. Rich, warm, woody, spicy, aromatic. A great combination of licorice, sandalwood, amber, and patchouli.

Elixir is really not an evolution in the Sauvage family. It is definitely more of a different, standalone Dior fragrance. It is one for the mature man. It is really a legend in the making. If you have some life experience, you will get a bit of a throwback feel to some 80s and 90s perfumery, just modernized.

In terms of performance, it is strong. It lasts very long, it projects, and it does make for a good sillage. If it was more like the Dior Sauvage EDT, it would not be on this list, because it is so much less versatile but perfect for the winter season. You can pull it off during the day, but it works better in the dark hours.

ScentSpicy & Fresh
ConcentrationUndisclosed
Longevity on average10 hours
Projection longevity4 hours
Projection in distance4 feet
Sillage strength8/10

14. Emporio Armani Stronger With You Absolutely

armani Stronger With You Absolutely

There are many Emporio Armani Stronger With Yous, I guess you could say, out there now, but this one is even marketed as the strongest one, and that it is. 100% confirmed. You are gonna get noticed from a mile away. Also, strong in terms of longevity. Expect eight to ten hours with this one. 

Upon smelling it at first, you know it is a Stronger With You, you get a chestnut and rum. Boozy sweetness thanks to the bergamot as well. But, but, this fragrance, at least for me, really gets better and better and better as it is settling in and drying down. There is such great team play going on between the chestnut, vanilla, elemi, and rum. If you can imagine it, it is very boozy, aromatic, kind of balsamic, inviting, and warm.

If you want to try it in the shops, spray it on, but then wait. It is good, but as I said, it just improves and keeps on improving. I feel a bit sorry for the female population at times, that they can’t really wear fragrances like these.

I have already described the performance of this, so I am just gonna add that they could have also renamed this as “Emporio Armani The Strongest With You”.

ScentWarm Spicy & Sweet
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average7 hours
Projection longevity3 hours
Projection in distance3 feet
Sillage strength6/10

15. Paco Rabanne Invictus Victory

paco rabanne invictus victory

You had to either hear about the Paco Rabanne Invictus line or even more likely you had to see it, the trophy bottle fragrance. Victory is one of my favorite Invicti (is that the plural of Invictus?), along the Invictus Aqua. It does have that Invictus DNA but I would describe it as the least Invictus-smelling fragrance of all Invictus fragrances.

It hasn’t got too many notes in it. It has a bit less sweetness to it. You can smell the lemon in it at the beginning, but then it starts fading, and as that is happening, the base notes start fading in. A combination of vanilla, tonka bean, and amber. You really get the vanilla and amber in this one. There is sweetness, but the least amount of all in its line.

Victory is not as aggressive a fragrance as some other flankers are, in terms of the projection and sillage to it. You do get a solid longevity of about five to seven hours.

This is definitely one for the male population, the younger male population. Very nicely sweet, not too daring. A very good first fragrance. Works well wearing it up into your mid-twenties. Do NOT wear this one in the summer, and probably in spring as well.

ScentAmbery & Sweet
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average9 hours
Projection longevity2 hours
Projection in distance3 feet
Sillage strength6/10

16. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Le Parfum 

jean paul gaultier le male le parfum

Le Male Le Parfum – a cracking fragrance that screams freshness and cleanness; a classic French perfume that has a friendly, lovely, and gentle aura around itself.

It can be worn during the winter or fall, colder days are definitely a better option for this sweet scent, and it is pretty much versatile. I would wear it casually or maybe even clubbing as well. Definitely not an office or business perfume, and honestly I wouldn’t really wear it on a date night — considering I’d want to leave the best impression I can, there are other fragrances from this list that would maybe do a better job at that.

In the first spray, you can very easily detect the sweet, rich, and powdery effect, vanilla and lavender combination fits perfectly together and adds to that initial sweetness in the opening. It has some very nice warmth and spiciness that makes this scent very enticing. It drowns down to very stable and enjoyable woody and ambery notes while vanilla still stays present throughout the whole perfume lifecycle.

In the terms of longevity, you can expect Le Male Le Parfum to last at least 7 hours or more, while it will perform great in the first couple of hours.

For me, it is not one of those scents I have to go overboard just to be picked up, only a few sprays in the right places will be more than enough.

We already covered how to properly apply fragrance for maximum performance, and the same rules apply to Le Male Le Parfum!

ScentSpicy & Ambery
ConcentrationParfum
Longevity on average7 hours
Projection longevity2 hours
Projection in distance3 feet
Sillage strength7/10

17. Dolce&Gabbana The One Luminous Night

Dolce & Gabbana The One Luminous Night

Dolce&Gabbana’s The One Luminous Night really did make my eyes light up upon first smelling it. It is another really good one from the, in my opinion, very sexy and sensual The One line, one of the three from The One’s exclusive edition.

With this one, you have to spray it on the skin and then smell it. There is a big difference between smelling it on your skin and on paper strips or in the air. The first thing that comes to my mind is the winter season and the many seasonal limited edition chocolates that you can buy then.

At first, you will get some sweet vibes, but more medicinal sweetness. Medicinal but in a nice way. You will also get the dates and amber in this one, especially as the initial blast starts fading. Two different smelling sweetnesses you could say. Kind of like glazed sugar. In the backbone of this fragrance, there is incense and sandalwood. They all chip in into this combination to give you this mix of warm spiciness, creaminess,  and the incense to round it out with a little bit of a smoky touch.

Dolce&Gabbana’s The One Luminous Night has a bit of an oriental feel to it. As you can see in the writing on the bottle. It is not like your classic designer fragrance, still mass pleasing, but very unique. There are not many fragrances like this out there, so you will smell more unique.

Even though it is more of a sweet fragrance, it is more of a fragrance for the man. It lasts longer than the average The One fragrance, so expect at least eight hours of wear. It is not gonna fill the whole room when you enter, it is a bit more on the skin, which for this one is definitely not a bad thing. Just wear it when you feel like special winter edition chocolate.

ScentSweet & Ambery
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average9 hours
Projection longevity3 hours
Projection in distance3 feet
Sillage strength6/10

18. Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de L’Homme Bleu Électrique

Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de L’Homme Bleu Électrique. Sometimes I do get tired of these very, very long perfume names. Ok, let’s continue. The name kind of gives it away. It is like the original La Nuit de L’Homme, just made bluer. If you are familiar with the very popular Versace Eros, then you know at the very least YSL took inspiration from it.

The opening is made even more punchy. The combination of ginger and bergamot gives this added freshness and intensity to the standard  La Nuit de L’Homme cardamom. Lavender is mixed in as well. The backbone of this has cedarwood and vetiver notes. It is clean, spicy, and aromatic. The freshness is also prominent later on in a smaller amount.

I have to disappoint you with the longevity though. I mean disappoint is a bit of a strong word, it does last, but not as long as I would like it to. There are ways to prolong the smell of fragrances, but we will go over that on another day.

The projection is more moderate as well. Homme translates to man but does not set it in stone that only males should wear a fragrance if it is in the name. In this case, I do agree that it is for males. In terms of use, it is more versatile than the original, but still, I prefer wearing it when it is colder outside. Day or night, either one works well.

ScentAromatic & Spicy
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average7 hours
Projection longevity2 hours
Projection in distance1-2 feet
Sillage strength4/10
All-Time Classic Winter Fragrances For Men

19. Prada Luna Rossa Black

Prada Luna Rossa Black is kind of expected to kick off the list of all-time classics for the winter, for the man. Still one of my favorites from the Prada Luna Rossa line. Powdery, sweet, classy. Exactly for the winter.

In terms of notes, at the top there is bergamot, but you don’t get it that much. There is also angelica and patchouli in the middle, but still, this is a very linear fragrance, you will not have variations in it. But, it works. It just works. The mix of coumarin, amber, and musk is there from the beginning, and it has a warm, sexy, creamy amber scent.

It is simplistic, but there is something about it that just keeps you getting back to it. It is absolutely the one to spray on if you are going out for a date or dinner, especially when it is cold outside. It is a very relaxing, laid-back kind of fragrance. It has a nice projection and sillage, but it is not that much of an in your face fragrance. People will smell that you went by them though.

It does last decently long, six hours minimum, and a big plus is a price for the quality of fragrance you get.

ScentAmbery & Musky
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average8 hours
Projection longevity3 hours
Projection in distance3 feet
Sillage strength7/10

20. Azzaro Wanted By Night

azzaro wanted by night winter fragrance for men

Almost impossible to ignore, Azzaro Wanted By Night is definitely one of the best winter fragrances for men.

Yes, it doesn’t have the longevity, projection, sillage nor any other performance on a beast-mode, but the scent is so beautiful that it just can’t go unnoticed.

Cinnamon and mandarin in the opening are just what a cold nose wants to experience, and late dry-down leads to incense, tobacco, and smokiness — the scent that is absolutely perfect for any occasion during winter.

Price also plays a huge factor here, as Azzaro Wanted by Night is extremely affordable, and I’d say the best bang for the buck definitely.

ScentBoozy & Spicy
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average6 hours
Projection longevity2 hours
Projection in distance4 feet
Sillage strength7/10

Check out our full review of Azzaro Wanted By Night here!

21. Killian Dark Lord

When I first heard about this one my first thought was “What does Lord Voldemort smell like?”. I swear.

Just as described, “gentleman of the night” is a scent specifically crafted for strong, mature, and brave men that can pull of the dark leather and dryness that this fragrance carries on. Because of its aggressiveness and harshness, this scent is not for everybody and definitely not mass-appealing but if you fell in love with it, there is no going back from there.

Dark Lord by Killian is a mysterious, leathery, and woody scent that slathers the dryness of the leathery notes with only one spray. It is an extremely dry and leathery fragrance with a small touch of spiciness and sweetness as it sits close to the skin. 

Keep in mind that this fragrance just doesn’t cooperate with paper, so if you want to test it, make sure to spray it directly on your skin.

This dark scent has a beastly performance, which also applies to its longevity and silage – the quality of this fragrance will not disappoint. Because of its mature taste, the Dark Lord is more suitable for guys over 30 years of age and when it comes to the occasion — biker bar or dinner date, you will leave an impression.

The ultimate reason why Dark Lord by Killian made it on this list of best winter fragrances for men is that in my honest opinion, extremely low temperatures can’t affect its performance, and this aggressive leather perfectly blends with cold.

ScentDry & Leathery
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average12 hours
Projection longevity4 hours
Projection in distance4 feet
Sillage strength8/10

22. Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Extreme

Spicebomb Extreme is a warming, inviting, and sweet scent that just screams winter — it’s a scent I would wear after skiing, sitting next to the fireplace with my girl, and drinking a glass of cognac. So sexy and spicy that this list of best winter fragrances for men couldn’t go without it.

Spicebomb Extreme is a long-lasting scent with strong projection and great silage, and even though it’s not the first composition of spices, tobacco, and vanilla it’s still very unique.

First sprays of this winter scent give away a strong existence of tobacco and fresh spiciness which makes the opening masculine and seductive in a way that makes this fragrance a real compliment getter. The dry down of Spicebomb Extreme is smooth and sweet, and I can picture this fragrance being a signature scent.

In the terms of versatility, this fragrance will work great for any winter weather occasion and event. For the work environment? Absolutely. For daytime lunch with friends? Of course. For a night-time date at a luxurious restaurant? Don’t hesitate.

ScentWarm Spicy & Sweet
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average9 hours
Projection longevity3 hours
Projection in distance4 feet
Sillage strength7/10

23. Black Phantom by Killian

One more fragrance from the house of Killian that stole my nose is Black Phantom which has a totally different aura from the Dark Lord I mentioned earlier – but still, an amazing fragrance that belongs easily in the list of best winter fragrances for men.

This creamy coffee-prominent scent is a musk-heavy fragrance with engraved sandalwood in its backbone that gives a woody and ambery finish to this sweet and warm composition. Vanilla is also very prominent, especially when the fragrance starts to dry down and as it happens, you can also detect caramel and rum notes as well – all ingredients are crafted beautifully with each other. 

It is more of a private scent and it is definitely going to set close to the skin after 2 hours or so, but that is fine as well, especially if you like your fragrances to leave a pleasing and inviting smell and not to punch them in face.

I would wear Black Phantom for an intimate, night date or on a casual evening drink with my girlfriend; this fragrance is not made for clubbing or for some formal events if you want to leave a strong impression.

ScentGourmandy & Spicy
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average8 hours
Projection longevity2 hours
Projection in distance2-3 feet
Sillage strength6/10

24. Dior Sauvage Eau de Parfum

You may be wondering why Dior Sauvage is on the list of best winter fragrances for men, but the reason behind it is the fact that this fragrance has an ultimate, versatile scent that cannot be left out for any season at all, especially winter.

This popular Dior fragrance has won many hearts and surely, it won our hearts as well. A long-lasting fragrance with strong silage and a unique signature bought a universal type of aroma that women simply adore. No age limitations, just a magnificent scent.

Dior Sauvage EDP opens up with already familiar Dior’s ambroxan scent but it’s not metallic or aggressive — instead, it is very well smoothed with a nice fresh, spicy peppery kick along with a touch of the bergamot which adds on citrusy and freshness. It has a super appealing amber-woody backbone that works nicely with vanilla from the base of the fragrance.

If you decide to go with this ultimate, fresh, spicy, and citrusy scent I want to warn you about many scams and fake bottles of Dior Sauvage (both EDT and EDP), so make sure you are buying it from a safe source.

ScentFresh & Spicy
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average10 hours
Projection longevity3 hours
Projection in distance5 feet
Sillage strength9/10

25. Mancera Red Tobacco

Haven’t heard about Red Tobaccy by Mancera? How about Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille killer? Yep, that’s the proper description of it.

The fantastic composition of agarwood, cinnamon, saffron, nutmeg, and other beautiful nuances make this tobacco-based fragrance an all-time favorite winter fragrance. It’s a fragrance made for winter, definitely not something you would like to wear during warmer days.

In the bare opening, you will get that really powerful sweet tobacco note, some spiciness from cinnamon, and earthy patchouli as background music. It can come out a little bit harsh or off-putting but after 30 minutes, the scent becomes sweeter, smokier, and a creamy fragrance with oud undertones.

I would recommend you apply Red Tobacco Mancera at least 30 minutes before you go out to meet someone so that the fragrance has time to dry down and experience its full potential – once it happens, you will want other people to smell it on you.

Even though it’s a unisex fragrance, it is definitely more masculine and if you are into warm, semi-sweet, spiced tobacco with cinnamon incense and oud nuances along with a good dose of vanilla, it will be your signature scent.

Do not be worried about the quality of Red Tobacco Mancera, it has enteral longevity and projects pretty well in the first couple of hours.

Many compared Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille with this one, and here’s the truth from someone who used 500ml of both perfumes — they are much alike but the signatures of both houses are extremely recognizable. Tom Ford tends to add more natural intensity to its perfumes (hence the price) while Mancera always has that synthetic note in the background. However, considering the price differences, if you don’t want to spend hundreds of bucks on a fragrance, but want an absolute beast, Mancera Red Tobacco is a way to go.

ScentSuper Sweet & Spicy
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average12 hours
Projection longevity3 hours
Projection in distance4 feet
Sillage strength8/10

26. Parfums de Marley Carlisle

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Carlisle by Parfums de Marly is the fragrance I cannot exclude from this long list of best winter fragrances for men because this oriental spicy, semi-leathery, warm scent is a must-have for snowy winter days.

With the first spray, you get a sweet, green apple and a burst of nutmeg which gives you a lot of spiciness from the top. The real breaking point happens after 10 minutes when the fragrance becomes much nicer, more pleasant, creamy, and dense-sweet. 

Because of the vanilla and the base of the patchouli, the fragrance gains a noticeable woody note with nuances of warm spiciness and a slight touch of earthiness. This lovely mixture makes this fragrance the perfect winter fragrance for every man that is a wood-spicy lover.

I find Carlisle Parfums de Marly very versatile and it is very easy to wear. If you are looking for a complimenting factor then you have nothing to worry about because women love it and it’s a real attention grabber.

ScentWarm Spicy & Woody
ConcentrationEau de Parfum
Longevity on average10 hours
Projection longevity3 hours
Projection in distance5 feet
Sillage strength8/10

Conclusion — How To Choose The Best Winter Fragrance For You?

The best way to choose your winter fragrance is simply to test them out and see what you like the most.

First and foremost, you should know at least what accords you like — sweet, spicy, fresh, leathery, etc. Also, you should bear in mind for which occasion you need the fragrance, as the fragrance for the club and fragrance for the office are usually not things to mix!

How potent do you need it to be? Do you want your fragrance to scream your name or to be private and accessible only to those who come near to whisper you sweet nothing?

There’s no way we can say which of these fragrances is the best winter fragrance for men because all of them are very different and very unique. Some of them you won’t like, others you will find as your next signature scent but one is sure: any of these that you haven’t tried before will get in you into a whole new world.

Once again, the fragrances in this list are not in a particular order and me, and my team did our best to demonstrate every possible aspect of each and every single fragrance.

We keep this list updated properly, and the last update was in November 2022.

Have you tried any of these? Which winter fragrance is best according to you?

Let’s chat in the comments below!

Cheers!