17 Best Tobacco Cologne for Men in 2021 (Tried & Tested)

And Reviewed


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Looking for a list of the best tobacco fragrances for men in 2021? Then look no further.

To be clear:

This is not a random list of fragrances. In fact, we recently spent the last few weeks researching and testing 63 of the most popular tobacco scented colognes and found 17 worthy of your attention (+1 extra bonus pick).

So without further ado, let’s see the results.

In a hurry?

Our Top 3 Picks:

#17 Aramis Havana


An Affordable Timeless Classic

First things first…

This isn’t for the younger crowd; this is grown man’s stuff! Gentlemen need only apply. 🙂

Let’s take a look:

Havana opens up strong and masculine with a sharp green herbal vibe mixed with a pinch of bitter orange citrus… Dry leafy tobacco sits buried underneath.

To be honest, the opening could be quite harsh for some people. It has an old school barber shop vibe. That said, don’t judge the fragrance just yet… You must be patient …then you will be rewarded. 🙂

Now:

As it starts to settle, the dry leafy tobacco slowly rises up and takes center stage, joined with a hint of cinnamon. The herbs smooth out and take a backseat giving a green soapy undertone.

And finally… a touch of patchouli and oakmoss creep in to give it some earthiness, joined with some soft sandalwood.

The end result?

A warm spicy woody tobacco scent with an earthy green vibe.

The tobacco smells like the dry unlit cigar leaves kind, not like the typical overly sweet pipe tobacco scents on the market.

Masculine & Sophisticated

More suited for a mature gentleman (suggest 35-up) and can be worn all seasons except the high summer heat. Dressed up, dressed down, work, office, nights out…

Havana comes in a EDT concentration and projects about an arm’s length for the first 1 – 3 hours, then sits closer to the skin. Lasts around 6 – 8 plus hours.

The best part?

This is super affordable and is a GREAT bang-for-your-buck!

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#16 Calvin Klein CK One Shock


Super Affordable Beginner Choice

First off…

Don’t be put off by the tacky looking bottle or the name of this scent. This is actually shockingly good stuff! 🙂 Seriously. Let’s take a look…

When you first spray this you’re greeted with some fresh spicy greenness mixed with a sweet fruity pipe tobacco.

And as it settles, some nice warm honey joins the party, with some woody notes sitting in the background.

Or put another way…

It kind of smells like if you took some fresh unlit pipe tobacco and mixed it with some sweet cherry Red Bull soda. And (surprisingly) it smells GREAT.

(By the way… to discover more super affordable colognes that smell great go here).

All Ages

This has a more youthful vibe to it… but can easily be worn by all ages. And more suited for fall/winter night-time use:

Dressed up/dressed down, work, dates, nights out, bars, clubbing, etc…

Shock is an EDT concentration and projects about an arm’s length for 1 – 2 hours… then quickly dies down and sits close to the skin. Lasts about 4 – 6 plus hours.

So to be clear, if you’re looking for a heavy hitter, this is NOT it.

The good news:

This is super affordable. So spray away! 🙂

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#15 Versace The Dreamer


Sweet Floral Tobacco Scent

I’ll be straight with you…

This isn’t for everybody. This is a sweet powdery floral tobacco scent… with a bit of an old-school vibe.

(By the way… to discover our favorite Versace scents go here.)

Let’s take a look:

Florals

This kicks off with a strong bitter herbal floral vibe. To be honest, some people may find it a little harsh.  Be patient… 🙂

Once it starts to dry down, tobacco creeps in with a pinch of sweet woodiness and smooths out the florals.

Gives off a nice calming clean sweet linen vibe.

Now, to be clear:

This is not for the younger crowd (suggest 25-up). Works well in fall/winter and cool spring nights:

Casual, semi-formal, date nights, nights out, dinners, bars…

It projects about an arm’s length for the first 1 – 2 hours then sits close to the skin. Lasts approx. 5 – 8 plus hours.

Bottom line: A Versace classic… but it’s not for everyone.

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#14 Phaedon Tabac Rouge


Warm Cinnamon Honeyed Tobacco

Maybe you’ve heard…

This gets compared to our #4 pick on this list: Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille. And I’ll be straight with you…

They DO smell very similar, but they are NOT exactly the same (same same …but different!). 🙂

(And in case you didn’t know… Phaedon are a French niche fragrance house named after the legendary Greek philosopher Phaedon of Elis).

Tabac Rouge vs Tobacco Vanille

In a nutshell:

Tabac Rouge is a smoother, lighter, less spicy and more refined version of Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille (making it more versatile).

And here’s the beautiful part: It’s also a LOT more affordable.

Can you say jackpot? 🙂

Anyway… to be honest, they are BOTH great fragrances in their own right. But in my opinion, it may be redundant to own both.

The BIG difference to my nose is Tabac Rouge replaces the vanilla in Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille with a nice dose of sweet honey.

Let’s take a closer look…

Warm, Sweet & Spicy

Tabac Rouge opens up sweet, warm and spicy with a blast of honey dusted with cinnamon and a pinch of ginger freshness. Unlit pipe tobacco lies buried underneath.

As it dries down, the cinnamon and ginger take a backseat leaving the honey center stage. The tobacco slowly rises up with some soft powdery sweetness and morphs beautifully with the honey.

The result:

Semi-sweet, smooth honeyed pipe tobacco, dusted with cinnamon. Nice. It’s warm and inviting and garners some nice compliments.

The best part?

This is totally unisex, so you care share it with your significant other. (Bonus!)🙂

Work or Play

More suited for the mature 25-up well-dressed crowd and worn in cool weather: fall/winter (cold spring nights). Work, office (spray light), formal, semi-formal, nights out, special occasions, dates…

Even better…

This is super long lasting! Tabac Rouge is an EDP that doesn’t scream out for attention (but you will get noticed).

It projects about an arm’s length for 2 – 4 hours …creating a gorgeous scent bubble around you.

Then becomes more subtle, sitting closer to the skin. 1 – 3 sprays MAX… and you’re good to go (for about 7 – 10 plus hours!).

Bottom line:

If you LOVE Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille but HATE the price tag… I urge you to try Phaedon’s Tabac Rouge.

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#13 Diptyque Volutes


Sweet Dry Fruity Honeyed Tobacco & Iris

In case you’re wondering…

Volutes means “swirls.”

In this case, swirls of sweet fruity tobacco coming off a Khedive (an iconic Egyptian branded cigarette), mixing with the smoker’s powdery scent of make-up.

…All a childhood memory of one of the founders of Diptyque, from an ocean liner trip bound for Saigon.

But how does this Volutes smell?

Let’s break it down:

Iris

Volutes opens with the soft powdery floral note of iris, mixed with a pinch of soft spices and cinnamon…. Behind all that sits a sweet dried fruity honeyed tobacco with a whisper of smokiness.

As it settles, the iris tones down allowing the honeyed tobacco to shine through… Leaving a delicately powdered, sweet fruity honeyed tobacco scent. Nice.

And as it develops… it’s deepened with smooth warm sweet resinous myrrh. It’s sweet (but not overly), warm and comforting.

The beautiful part:

This is totally unisex, so it can be shared. So needless to say… if you’re looking for a super masculine tobacco cologne, this is not it.

Elegant

More suited for the mature 25-up crowd for cool weather: fall/winter and cool spring days. Great for dates, nights out, semi-casual, work/office (spray lightly).

Volutes is an EDP and doesn’t scream out for attention. It projects about an arm’s length for the first 1 – 2 hours …leaving a scent trail that picks up some nice compliments. It then becomes more subtle and sits closer to the skin.

The good news…

A little goes a long way. 1 – 2 sprays MAX.

…and you’re set (for about 6 – 8 plus hours).

Great. 🙂

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#12 Aramis Tobacco Reserve


Mature & Classy

First off…

This smells nothing like the original Aramis from back in the day. 🙂

This one’s a hidden gem. Let’s take a look…

Tobacco Reserve opens up with a strong blast of herbal notes (clary sage) mixed with a green leafy tobacco and hint of sweet fruitiness and nutmeg.

To be honest, the initial opening is quite harsh and has a bit of an old-school vibe. So don’t judge the scent just yet… You have to give it about 10 minutes before it shines.

Stay with me…

As it starts to dry down, the tobacco takes center stage and is joined with a pinch of creamy tonka bean sweetness with some spicy woods buried underneath.

You get a warm rich herbal tobacco scent with a nice hint of smooth sweetness (not the sugary kind). Very classy.

Now, to be perfectly clear:

This is NOT for the younger crowd; this is grown man’s stuff. Tobacco Reserve is an elegant refined scent …more suited for a sophisticated mature gentleman (suggest 35-up).

Versatile

And best worn in cooler weather: fall/winter (cool spring days/nights). Dressed up, dressed down, work/office safe, nights out, dates… Just avoid the high summer heat.

Tobacco Reserve is an EDP concentration and projects around an arm’s length (leaving a nice scent trail) for about the first hour …then sits closer to the skin.

Lasting power is about 4 – 8 plus hours.

Bottom line: if you’re looking for something mature and classy… I urge you to try this.

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#11 Tom Ford Tobacco Oud


A Warm Spicy Boozy Tobacco Scent

Now I should point something out:

The name on the tin suggests… the main notes are Tobacco and Oud. But that’s not exactly right.

Let’s take a closer look:

(In case you didn’t know… this is part of Tom Ford’s luxury Private Blend collection. Which are higher quality, more complex and unique smelling than typical fragrances found in department stores. To discover our favorite Tom Ford fragrances go here).

Boozy

When you first spray this you’re greeted with a strong dark pipe tobacco mixed with a splash of sweet whiskey… With some woody oud and spices buried underneath. Bam.

(In case you don’t know… oud is a scented resin obtained from Agarwood. It has a dark smoky/incensey woody scent. To discover our favorite oud fragrances go here).

To be honest…

The opening is quite harsh. But don’t judge the scent just yet. Be patient and you will be rewarded… 🙂

As it dries down, warm amber and creamy sandalwood creep in and smooth everything out beautifully. The oud sits politely in the background and is not the dominant note.

The end result?

A heavy dark warm sweet boozy tobacco scent. And hats off to Tom Ford… the tobacco smells SUPER realistic.

'Private Blend is my own personal scent laboratory; where I create special, original fragrances unconstrained by the conventions of mainstream scent-making.' – Tom Ford.Click To Tweet

Dressed Up

More suited for the mature 25-up crowd for cooler weather use: fall/winter (cold spring nights).

And for formal/semi-formal dressed-up occasions: black-tie events, special events, etc…

Tobacco Oud is an EDP and projects nicely (just over arm’s length) for the first 1 – 3 hours leaving a nice scent trail. Then settles down closer to the skin and sticks around for 5 – 9 plus hours.

Great. 🙂

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#10 Daniel Josier Ambre Tabac


Sweet Resinous Tobacco

This is a hidden gem. Now, in case you’re wondering…

Daniel Josier are a niche fragrance house created by the Spanish perfumer himself, Daniel Josier.

Apparently, he previously worked/trained under the watchful eye of one of the greatest perfumers of modern times… Mr Jean-Claude Ellena (formerly the in-house perfumer for Hermès).

Simply put:

He was in good hands. 🙂

Anyway… No surprise here:

Just as the name on the tin says, you get a perfect blend of amber and tobacco, that results in a thick sweet resinous fruity tobacco scent.

(In case you didn’t know… the term Amber is used to describe a scent that is sweet, warm, resinous and honey-like. It’s created by blending various resins).

Now, I should point something out:

When it first opens it has slight similarities to the fragrances Hermès Ambre Nargulie and Parfums de Marlys Ojan. So if you enjoy those scents, this will probably be a love for you.

Let me break it down for you:

Warm & Rich

Ambre Tabac opens up with a thick sweet fruity amber accord mixed with a dose of cinnamon  and whispers of incense.

As it dries down, cherry tobacco creeps in with a pinch of patchouli and morphs with the fruity amber… Followed with some boozy vanilla and sandalwood …and it gets warmer, richer and darker.

It smells elegant, warm and inviting. And hats off to Daniel Josier, the quality is top notch. Bags some nice compliments as well.

Refined & Elegant

Amber Tabac is unisex (but leans masculine) and more suited for the mature 20-up crowd. Strictly for cool weather use: fall/winter. And makes a great night out scent.

But be careful, if you rock this in the high summer heat, you will regret it.

Amber Tabac is an EDP and projects nicely (about arm’s length) for the first 1 – 2 hours leaving a gorgeous scent trail …then settles closer to the skin. Lasts around 6 – 10 plus hours.

Now, a quick word of caution:

Don’t go crazy with the sprayer, as this is quite heavy.

1 – 3 sprays MAX …and you’re set. 🙂

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#9 Kilian Back to Black Aphrodisiac


Seductive Sweet Fruity Honeyed Tobacco

First off…

This has a prominent honey accord, which remains the main player in this scent. So if you don’t like honey …you may want to skip this one.

Now, in case you’re wondering:

Kilian are a luxury niche fragrance house based in Paris, created by Kilian Hennessy, who is the grandson of the founder of the Hennessy cognac company.

Back to Black has a ton of fragrance notes that have all been beautifully blended by award winning perfumer Calice Becker, to create what Kilian have labelled as an Aphrodisiac.

Does it deliver on its promise?

Let’s find out…

Sweet Honey

Back to Black opens up with a delicious sweet honey accord mixed with some raspberry fruitiness… All drizzled over softly spiced cherry pipe tobacco.

Nice.

As it dries down, the sweet honey remains center stage and the cherry pipe tobacco begins to shine through, joined with a touch of creamy vanilla.

Faint hints of spices, woody notes, patchouli and whispers of incense sit in the background and give it some rich depth.

It’s sweet, warm and seductive.

Refined

This screams quality and garners some nice compliments …providing you don’t overspray or rock it in the summer (more on that later).

Now, I should point something out:

As the scent develops, it gets a soft smooth powdery vibe. …So if you’re not a fan of powdery scents, this may not be for you. Please keep that in mind.

The beautiful part?

This is totally unisex (smells amazing on a man or a woman), so you can share it with your significant other.

Needless to say, if you’re looking for a super masculine tobacco smelling cologne, this is definitely not it.

Sophisticated

More suited for the sophisticated mature 25-up crowd for night time dressed up occasions:

Special occasions, upscale events, nights out, clubbing, date nights, intimate nights in …You get the idea. 🙂

And strictly a cool weather scent: fall/winter. Do not rock this is the high heat, or you will choke people out (not good).

Seductive

Back to Black is an EDP and projects nicely (about an arm’s length) for the first few hours, leaving a gorgeous scent trail. It then settles closer to the skin and lures people in and lasts about 6 – 10 plus hours. Can you say jackpot?

Now, a quick word of caution:

This is a “less-is-more” type scent. If you go crazy with the sprayer it becomes overwhelming. So if you (and everyone around you) want to enjoy it:

1 – 3 sprays MAX …and you’re set. 😍

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#8 Burberry London for Men


Warm Spiced Fruity Tobacco & Leather

First off… this isn’t for everybody.

This smells super unique.

And interestingly… some people say it reminds them of the Christmas holiday season. I kind of get that. 🙂

(By the way, to discover our favorite Burberry colognes go here).

Anyway… Let’s break it down:

Sweet Pine

When you first spray this… you’re greeted with a sweet earthy pine (tree) accord …dusted with warm spicy cinnamon.

As it settles, cherry tobacco creeps in with some leather and a splash of port wine, and they morph with the cinnamon/pine vibe. And buried underneath is a smoky woody accord.

It’s a warm comforting type scent.

Holiday Season

Perfect for fall/winter and more suited for the 25-up crowd. And would actually work GREAT for the holiday season: family gatherings, outdoor events, casual, work/office.

To be clear, this is not a nights-out-on-the-town or clubbing/dating type scent. Far from it.

Subtle

This is not one to scream out for attention. It’s an EDT and projects politely (just under an arm’s length) for about 1 – 2 hours. Then sits close to the skin.

Lasting power is around 5 – 6 plus hours.

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#7 Serge Lutens Chergui


Warm Dry Sweet-Spicy Honeyed Tobacco

First things first… This isn’t for everyone.

Why?

Now don’t get me wrong, Chergui is a masterpiece… But this is NOT an everyday mainstream fragrance.

This is an artistic creative scent that smells SUPER unique …but in a good way (more on that later).

So… if your new to fragrances and simply looking for your first tobacco scented cologne: I would NOT recommend Chergui to you (just yet). 🙂

But do me a favor…

If you’ve been into fragrances for a while, and you want a mature elegant tobacco fragrance that smells unique and different… I urge you to try this.

Anyway… with that out the way:

Niche

Serge Lutens are a French niche fragrance house, and in case you’re wondering… Chergui is the Arabic name for the dry desert winds that blow through Morocco in the summer.

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Let’s break it down…

Chergui opens with a dark dry sweet syrupy honeyed hay note (yes hay!) mixed with spicy pipe tobacco and some soft powdery floral notes (iris).

Now:

As it settles, the hay note fades and the dry sweet honeyed tobacco takes center stage …joined with some warm amber that smooths everything out beautifully.

Whispers of smoky incense weave in and out the scent. And finally, some creamy sandalwood with a hint of musk join the party.

You’re left with a dark dry sweet powdery honeyed tobacco scent …that’s warm and comforting.

(Hey, and speaking of sandalwood… to see our favorite sandalwood colognes go here).

Sophisticated

Now to be clear:

I would NOT recommend this for the younger crowd and/or if you’re new to fragrances. This is a unisex scent (leans masculine), and more suited for the mature sophisticated 30-up.

Strictly for cold weather: fall/winter (cool spring nights). And more suited for dressed-up formal/semi-formal night time occasions.

The good news…

Long Lasting

Chergui is an EDP and projects about an arm’s length for the first 1 – 2 hours, then settles closer to the skin. Lasting power is around 6 – 10 plus hours.

And the good news… a little goes a long way:

1 – 2 sprays MAX …and your good to go.

Great. 🙂

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#6 D&G The One EDP


A Sweet Seductive Manly Scent

Question for you:

What happens if you take the original D&G The One and enhance it… Making it: more refined, richer, slightly sweeter and longer lasting?

Answer: You get the newer Dolce & Gabbana EDP (Eau de Parfum) version. 🙂

Let’s take a closer look…

Warm & Rich

When you first spray this you’re greeted with a blast of juicy grapefruit mixed with some soft spices and a pinch of ginger.

As it starts to settle, pipe tobacco mixed with warm sweet amber shines through and takes center stage. Hints of cardamom and woody notes lay buried underneath to give it some rich depth.

It’s sweet, warm and inviting.

And don’t be too surprised if you bag some nice compliments. 🙂

Date Nights

More suited for the 20-up crowd for cool weather use: fall/winter (cool spring nights). Avoid the summer… it will get overly sweet and cloying (not good).

Dressed up/dressed down, work/office, nights out, dates, romantic settings …You get the idea. 🙂

Intimate Scent

This is more of an intimate scent that sits politely close to the skin and draws people in.

It projects about 2 ft for the first 1 – 2 hours then settles very close to the skin (making it a great date night scent).

So to be perfectly clear…

If you’re looking for a powerhouse… this is NOT it.

The good news…

Improved

It lasts (slightly) longer than the original version. To be honest, I was hoping for longer… We got about 4 to 7 plus hours.

That said, it does smell GREAT …and gets the job done.

Bottom line?

If you were a fan of the original version, this is a no brainer.

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#5 Mancera Red Tobacco


Super. Long. Lasting.

Red Tobacco packs a punch! Mancera are an affordable French luxury fragrance house, known for their long-lasting scents.

Now, I’ll be straight with you…

When I first sprayed Red Tobacco, I went, “Yuck.” Now you’re probably wondering…

So why is this so high up on a best tobacco fragrance list?

Let me explain…

Just as you should never judge a book by its cover …you should also never judge a fragrance by its opening. 🙂

Huge Blast

Because when you first spray Red Tobacco, your bombarded with a HUGE blast of different fragrance notes all competing aggressively against each other…

(Spices, saffron, cinnamon, nutmeg, dried fruits, a pinch of oud, tobacco, incense, the list goes on and on…).

And, to be honest:

It doesn’t smell very pleasant (to my nose). In fact, to some people it could be quite off-putting, and you may immediately write it off.

HUGE mistake. Here’s why…

Transforms

After about 20 minutes this starts to smooth out and slowly transforms into an INCREDIBLE smelling masculine tobacco scent. Seriously.

Think of this one like the story of The Ugly Duckling …that changes into a beautiful swan (Kidding. Mostly.)

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution…

Simply apply it 30 – 40 minutes before you go out to give it time to settle. Sorted. 🙂

Stay with me…

Smooths Out

As it dries down… all the notes start to smooth out and vanilla and amber creep in to give it a hint of warm sweetness… Joined with a hint of earthy patchouli and some creamy woodiness.

And eventually, the dry pipe tobacco makes its presence known and takes center stage joined mainly with the cinnamon and vanilla.

The End Result?

A warm semi-sweet dry fruity pipe tobacco and cinnamon scent …with hints of smoky woody oud and earthiness buried underneath.

And it smells GREAT.

(By the way, you can discover our favorite oud colognes here).

It’s one of those scents that if you smell it up close, it doesn’t smell so good… But when you catch whiffs of it in the air …it’s gorgeous.

And once it’s reached this stage it garners some nice compliments.

Cuts Through the Cold

Red Tobacco is listed as unisex (but leans masculine) and is strictly a cool weather scent: fall/winter. This cuts through the cold.

Needless to say, if you rock this in the high summer heat …you will regret it. 🙂

More suited for the mature 25-up crowd for dressed up night occasions: Nights out, special occasions, dates, parties, clubbing, semi-formal…

To be clear: this is not an everyday casual scent and too overpowering for the office/work.

The best part?

This is SUPER long lasting. Red Tobacco is an EDP and jumps off your skin (over 6 ft) for the first few hours, leaving a nice scent trail.

Scent Bubble

It then becomes more subtle and creates a gorgeous scent bubble around you. And can last anywhere from 8 – 14 plus hours. Can you say jackpot?

One word of caution, though:

Don’t go crazy with the trigger. This is (definitely) a “less is more” type scent.

1 – 2 sprays MAX is all you need …and you’re set.

Side note: the bottle is gorgeous and comes with a handy travelling pouch. And maybe you’re wondering… It’s the bottle that is red …not the juice.

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#4 Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille


Upscale

Hats off to Tom Ford

Just as the name on the tin says… you get a perfect blend of tobacco and vanilla (with some nice added spices & dry fruits).

The end result?

A luxurious dark warm spicy sweet sexy scent.

And (unsurprisingly) this also sits in our top vanilla fragrances list.

(In case you didn’t know… this is part of Tom Ford’s luxury Private Blend collection. Which are higher quality, more complex and unique than typical fragrances found in department stores. To discover our favorite Tom Ford fragrances go here).

Let’s take a closer look…

Bold

Tobacco Vanille opens up bold, with a blast of pipe tobacco mixed with some spicy cinnamon and cloves.

As it dries down, the vanilla creeps in joined with some honeyed dry fruits… And it slowly becomes smoother, warmer and sweeter. Nice.

The beautiful part?

This is unisex so it can be shared (bonus). Smells great on a man or a woman.

'Private Blend is a series of fragrances I love and wear. Ones that never cease to challenge, to stimulate, to delight.' – Tom Ford.Click To Tweet

Special Occasions

More suited for the sophisticated 25-up crowd for dressed up wear: special occasions, upscale events, date nights, nights out, lounges, parties…

Not really suited for everyday casual/work use.

And is strictly a cold weather scent: fall/winter. Period. Just trust me – if you rock this in the high summer heat… you will regret it. 🙂

Nice Scent Trail

Tobacco Vanille is an EDP and is bold. It jumps off the skin for the first few hours leaving a nice scent trail.

…then softens up and sits closer to the skin… and can lasts an impressive 8 plus hours. Great.

Needless to say:

Go easy on the trigger. Less is more.

1 – 2 sprays MAX …and you’re set.

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#3 Parfums de Marly Herod


Tobacco. Vanilla. Cinnamon.

Here’s the skinny:

Parfums de Marly are a French luxury brand that use super high quality ingredients and master perfumers to create unique fragrances.

In plain English:

They are a BIG step up from the typical mass marketed fragrances that you find in department stores/malls. They also come (understandably) with prices to match.

(Speaking of… to see our top picks from Parfums de Marly go here).

Anyway… does Herod live up to the hype?

The answer seems to be “YES!” 🙂 Let’s break it down…

Sweet Warm Cinnamon

Straight off the bat… you’re greeted with a blast of sweet warm peppery cinnamon… With cherry pipe tobacco and smoky vanilla buried beneath.

As it settles, the tobacco and vanilla sweetness rise up and smooth over the cinnamon …and they all morph beautifully together.

Nice.

As it develops… it slowly becomes more woody …with a hint of vetiver and musk, to give it an earthy ending.

And hats off to Parfums de Marly

The tobacco smells SUPER realistic. It’s sweet (but not overly), warm, rich and comforting.

Sophisticated

Herod is listed as unisex (but leans masculine) and is more suited for the mature sharply dressed 20-up crowd. Formal/casual, upscale events, work/office, nights out, dates…

And best worn (only) in the cool weather: fall/winter and cold spring nights. If worn in the high summer heat it becomes overwhelming.

Warm & Inviting

Herod comes in a EDP concentration and projects nicely (just over arm’s length) for the first 1 – 2 hours …then becomes more subtle and sits politely close to the skin.

So to be clear:

If you’re looking for a room-filler… This is NOT it. To be honest, you don’t (always) want to be overpowering everyone else with your fragrance. This draws people in. 🙂

The good news…

Long Lasting

Lasting power is 7 to 10 plus hours. Great.

Bonus: Herod comes in a beautiful glossy grey heavy ceramic-like bottle, finished with a Zamak metal cap. It looks, feels and smells premium.

Bottom line:

If you LOVE tobacco scents… I urge you to try this.

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#2 Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb Extreme


Improved!

Question:

What happens when you take the original Spicebomb …and make it darker, richer, more sophisticated, better smelling and longer lasting?

You get… Spicebomb Extreme! 🙂

And no surprises here…

Sweet & Spicy

True to its name, Spicebomb Extreme opens up spicy (mainly black pepper with a pinch of cinnamon).

As it dries down… sweet warm vanilla and pipe tobacco creep in and smooth the spices out beautifully.

It slowly becomes warm and inviting… HUGE compliment getter.

Cuts Through The Cold

Spicebomb Extreme is more suited for the mature 20-up and strictly for cold weather use (fall/winter). This is also a top pick on our winter colognes list. Wear in the summer at your own risk. 🙂

Great for: casual, nights out, bars, clubbing, parties, dates… (maybe a little too sweet for work/office).

Jumps Off The Skin

Spicebomb Extreme is an EDP and jumps off the skin (up to 6 feet) for the first 2 – 3 hours. It then settles down more politely close to the skin.

Needless to say:

Don’t go crazy with the sprayer. 1 – 3 sprays MAX.

…and you’re set (for up to 9 plus hours!)

Bottom line:

If you enjoyed the original Spicebomb… this is a no brainer.

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#1 Mugler Pure Havane


Honeyed Cherry Pipe Tobacco

Maybe you’ve heard…

This often gets compared to our luxury upgrade pick listed down below: Xerjoff Naxos.

To be honest, they do smell slightly similar …but they are NOT the same. More in the same ballpark. (For a detailed comparison check out our description below).

With that said:

BOTH are GREAT fragrances… And Mugler’s Pure Havane makes an excellent affordable (similar) alternative to Xerjoff’s Naxos.

Let’s take a closer look…

Sweet Honey

When you first spray Pure Havane, you’re immediately greeted with cherry pipe tobacco drizzled with sweet gooey honey.

As it dries down… the prominent cherry note fades into the background and the honey and tobacco take center stage… joined with some vanilla sweetness, cacao and a hint of patchouli.

This gives the scent an underlying dark, warm, bittersweet chocolatey quality.

Delicious. 😍  …And it garners some NICE compliments.

For Cold Weather

Pure Havane is strictly for the cooler weather: fall/winter. If you rock this in the high summer heat… You will regret it. 🙂

And more suited for the mature 20-up for: everyday casual use, nights out, bars, clubbing, date nights, romantic nights in …you get the idea.

In my opinion… maybe a little too sweet & playful for the office.

Now I should point something out:

Doesn’t Scream Out for Attention

Pure Havane is an EDT and doesn’t scream out for attention. It projects nicely (just over arm’s length) for the first 1 – 2 hours then sits close to the skin (and draws people in).

So if you’re looking for a projection monster… this is NOT it.

Side note: the bottle is pretty cool… It’s designed to look like a gentleman’s pocket flask and is encased in rubber… only exposing a glass star at the front (so you can see the juice inside).

The bad news…

The rubber casing sometimes makes it awkward to use the sprayer. Crazy.

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Luxury Upgrade: Xerjoff Naxos


A Luxurious Honeyed Tobacco

I’ll be straight with you…

In the fragrance community this gets compared to our #1 pick on this list, Mugler’s Pure Havane.

And, to be honest, they do smell quite similar… But they are NOT exactly the same (more like in the same ballpark). For a detailed comparison check out our description below.

BOTH are GREAT scents… But if you don’t want to pony up the money for Naxos and want a more affordable similar alternative… I urge you to try Mugler Pure Havane.

Okay… with all that said:

High Quality

In case you’re wondering, Xerjoff (pronounced Serj-off) are an Italian luxury fragrance house that use super high-quality ingredients and premium presentation.

Naxos is part of their XJ 1861 collection… Created to celebrate the unification of Italy.

Let’s break it down…

Super Realistic

Naxos opens up fresh and fruity with a smooth blend of juicy bergamot/lemon citrus and lavender. Sweet honey sits in the background (and smells super realistic).

As it starts to settle, the citrus and lavender stand aside and sweet honey (lightly dusted with cinnamon) and tobacco take over with some soft floral accords…

…And are soon joined with a dash of creamy vanilla/tonka to sweeten and warm things up (but not overly).

Smooth

It smells super smooth, refined and screams quality.

HUGE compliment getter …watch heads turn. 🙂

The beautiful part:

Naxos is super versatile… Unisex (leaning masculine) and can be worn for almost any occasion (days or nights) in the cooler weather: fall, winter and even mild spring days. Avoid the high heat.

Versatile

More suited for the mature 25-up crowd: dressed up/dressed down, special occasions, work/office (don’t overspray), casual, nights out, dates, clubbing, you name it…

And hats off to Xerjoff…

Stunning Presentation

The presentation is stunning. From the beautiful attention to detail on the bottle and packaging… To the quality of the juice inside. It all looks, feels and smells premium. Top marks!

photo of Xerjoff Naxos bottle and presentation box
Naxos comes beautifully presented in Xerjoff’s premium presentation and high attention to detail.

Pretty awesome, right?

But now for the bad news…

As you probably guessed, Naxos also comes (understandably) with a premium price tag to match. If you want to treat yourself: it’s going to cost you. No surprise there.

The good news…

Performs Like a Champ

A little goes a LONG way. Naxos is an Eau de Parfum (EDP) concentration and performs like a champ. It’s strong (but not overpowering)… So go easy with the sprayer.

You only need 1 – 3 sprays MAX… And it jumps off the skin (approx. 2 – 3 feet plus) for the first 1 – 3 hours…

Then settles down closer to the skin, and on our tester’s skin, lasted an impressive 7 – 12 plus hours.

Can you say jackpot? 🙂

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Xerjoff Naxos vs Mugler Pure Havane


In the fragrance community these two often get compared… as they share a similar sweet honeyed tobacco accord. I’ll be straight with you…

They DO smell quite similar… But they do NOT smell exactly the same (more like in the same ballpark). The two fragrances both go in DIFFERENT directions.

Here’s what we found:

Naxos:

  • Smells more natural/authentic, and refined (higher quality)
  • Smells more smooth, classy and elegant
  • Opens up more fresh (citruses & lavender)
  • Has prominent honey/tobacco/tonka/lavender notes.
  • Is more versatile (fall/winter and can also be worn on mild spring days)
  • Comes in premium presentation
  • Lasts longer

Pure Havane:

  • Is more sweeter/gooey (best for fall/winter use only)
  • Has prominent cherry pipe tobacco/honey/vanilla notes
  • Has the underlying (A*Men patchouli/cacao DNA) gourmand quality.
  • Is a LOT more affordable

Key takeaway:

BOTH are GREAT fragrances. But they are NOT the same.

(Same Same… But different 🙂).

With all that said:

If you love/want Naxos, but don’t want to pony up the money for it… Mugler Pure Havane makes an excellent (more affordable) similar alternative.

Which one do you think smells best? Leave a comment below.


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