What's the most masculine smelling cologne or after-shave balm?

Discussion in 'Fragrance' started by Ikaponthus, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. I don't like sweet, floral, musky type after-shave.

    Is there anything that smells particularly masculine? Like leather, cedar wood, or something like that?

    Or do I just have to wear lots of leather and smoke lots of cigars? ;)

  2. The Nid Hog

    The Nid Hog Moderator Emeritus

    Most masculine? That's a pretty tall order. There are a lot of contenders. How much or how little do you want to spend?

    For an inexpensive cologne that fits your brief description, I'd say Pinaud Special Reserve or maybe English Leather. Old Spice is kind of sweet, but a bottle of vintage Old Spice Leather would fit the bill too, as would OS Burley. A little more expensive? You can get Aramis at most department stores. Caron Yatagan is another good one.
    Safari is a little bit more subdued but it probably in the same ballpark.

    If money is no object, pick up some Creed Vintage Tabarome.
  3. Alt Innsbruck. Straight up tobacco scent and is mentholated so it goes on with a cooling feeling. The scent does not change or evolve into anything else. Can be worn as an AS or cologne. You can buy it with an atomizer or take the atomizer off and just splash it on.

  4. Niles

    Niles Moderator Emeritus Contributor

    Chanel Antaeus and/or Alt Innsbruck might be to your liking.
  5. All good suggestions. I say start cheap and work your way up....if you like Clubman Special Reserve you've got a great masculine scent for very little dough. If you think it blows, you're not out much, or could find another member here to buy it or swap with.

    I'd also check out some of the bay rums available. Many here rave about Captain's choice. I've not sampled it yet, but I like both the Pinaud and Bigelow versions.
  6. maxman

    maxman Moderator Emeritus

    Al Pacino wore Bay Rum in "Scent of a Woman"
    He's pretty manly.
  7. Clubman Special Reserve
    Clubman Bay Rum
    Avon Black Suede balm
    vintage Avon Wild County Splash in one of the old-school decanters
    Alt Innsbruck has a distinct tobacco, minty type scent as it's been mentioned but it's been one of the few scents my wife calls "old man."
  8. MANDOM, naturally
  9. Knize Ten is what I recommend,fantastic stuff
  10. That's right! I forgot about it. Strong stuff. Still have a nice Knize sample around somewhere.
  11. Anything sandalwood IMO.
  12. the_edski

    the_edski Moderator Emeritus

    +1 to Clubman SR. Very potent, manly stuff!
  13. Since I'm wearing L'instant de Guerlain Extreme today, I'd have to go with that ;-)
  14. Bay Rum (but not too sweet) or Sandalwood with lime in summer.
  15. OKay, this made me laugh out loud because I read the title and was going to pop in and suggest something honestly floral, such as rose water, or a lavender scent. Then all I could think of was: "engine oil and saddle soap". HA. I think that Pinaud Clibman Special Reserve would likely fill the bill for what you are probably after. You might also try the C.O. Bigelow stuff at Bed Bath and Body or whatever. I don't own any of those, but I recall liking at least 2 of them that were crisp, and more spicy than sweet. Let us know what you wind up deciding!
  16. I have to second the Mandom.
  17. luvmysuper

    luvmysuper Moderator Emeritus Contributor

    Eau de Quinine and Lilac Vegetal pictured in John Waynes shaving kit.

    It don't get much manlier than John Wayne my friend.

  18. Castle Forbes Cedarwood & Sandalwood balm smells like fresh cut lumber.
  19. Ogallala bay rum with Sandalwood
  20. This was the first one that came to my mind when I read the title of the post.

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