8 Ultimate Spicy Fragrances For Men


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With the cold season fast approaching, it’s time to reach for those warmer and spicier scents. The best spicy fragrances for men will inject a welcome shot of heat into your olfactory wardrobe.

Spices such as cardamom, nutmeg, pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and saffron all play their part in providing warmth and depth. Introduce crowd-pleasing notes such as vanilla, rum, leather, and tobacco to the mix to take things to the next level of bold.

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Best Spicy Fragrances For Men

Warm and welcoming, here are 8 of the best spicy fragrances for men that inject a healthy dose of heat for the ultimate cold-weather cologne.

1. Acqua di Parma Oud & Spice Eau de Parfum

Acqua di Parma Oud & Spice Eau de Parfum
Credit: Acqua di Parma

Review

Acqua di Parma Oud & Spice Eau de Parfum was launched in 2021 and is a bit of a curveball. I was expecting another ‘freshie’ from Acqua di Parma, but they have outdone themselves with this feast of spice and wood.

The fresh opening of bergamot, raspberry and soft rose is soon overwhelmed by a heart of cinnamon, pink pepper and a heavy dose of cloves. 

Upon dry-down, oud in the base brings a sleek woody note with musky edges thanks to patchouli. Labdanum adds a hint of animal sweetness that grabs your attention.

Settling to a spicy/woody confident masculine scent Acqua di Parma Oud & Spice Eau de Parfum is ideal for late nights out during autumn and winter. Performance is decent at 5+ hours with reasonable sillage and projection.

Top Notes:

Bergamot, Raspberry, Rose

Mid Notes:

Cinnamon, Pink Pepper, Cloves

Base Notes:

Agarwood Oil, Patchouli, Labdanum

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Available in 20 ml / 0.67 fl. oz. | 100 ml / 3.4 fl. oz. | 180 ml / 6.0 fl. oz. bottles

2. Dior Sauvage Elixir Extrait de Parfum

Dior Sauvage Elixir Extrait de Parfum
Credit: Dior

Review

Launched in 2021, Dior Sauvage Elixir is the smouldering, spicy, and mysterious older brother of the Sauvage family. If like me, you love the original Sauvage, this Francois Demachy offering is a must for your collection.

The opening is initially bright, with zesty grapefruit leading the charge but soon overpowered by a wall of spicy cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. Lavender soon blooms to provide lift and brightness; coumarin adds hints of rich vanilla.

Upon dry-down, a woody base of sandalwood and vetiver are soothed by liquorice and earthy patchouli. Dior has done a fantastic job; this is spicy, woody, floral and downright addictive.

Settling to a sophisticated fusion of spice, wood and lavender, Dior Sauvage Elixir is perfect for autumn/winter/spring. This high concentrate elixir will last 8+ hours with excellent sillage and projection.

Top Notes:

Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cardamom

Mid Notes:

Lavender, Coumarin

Base Notes:

Haitian Vetiver, Sandalwood, Liquorice, Amber, Patchouli

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Available in a 60 ml / 2.0 fl.oz. bottle

3. Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de L’Homme Bleu Électrique Eau de Toilette

Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de L'Homme Bleu Électrique Eau de Toilette
Credit: Yves Saint Laurent

Review

Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de L’Homme Bleu Électrique is a masterclass of spice, wood and manly florals that was launched in 2021. Perfumer legend Dominique Ropion created this attention-grabbing male fragrance.

The spice gets straight to work in the opening, where cardamom and ginger explode, supported by hints of zesty bergamot. A heart of spicy lavender and earthy/green geranium is masculine and classy. 

Upon dry-down, rich cedar and dry vetiver add depth but never overpower the cardamom/lavender combo. Outstanding! If you love the original La Nuit de L’Homme, you NEED a bottle of this juice.

This cardamom-bomb is lifted by lavender, which works well for autumn/winter/spring days, nights, and even chillier summer evenings. Super long-lasting, this fragrance will last 6+ hours with good sillage and projection.

Top Notes:

Cardamom, Ginger, Bergamot

Mid Notes:

Lavender, Geranium

Base Notes:

Cedar, Vetiver

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Available in 60 ml / 2.0 fl. oz. | 100 ml / 3.4 fl. oz. bottles

4. Bvlgari Man In Black Eau de Parfum

Bvlgari Man In Black Eau de Parfum
Credit: Bvlgari

Review

Bvlgari Man In Black Eau de Parfum is a boozy spice-fest that oozes male class and confidence. Launched in 2014, Alberto Morillas is the genius nose behind this attention-seeking male fragrance.

The opening is a symphony of spices and tobacco leaves soaked in boozy rum. A heart of smooth leather is supported by hints of bright tuberose and powdery iris to add a little lift to the initial spice.

Dry-down reveals tonka bean, wood and resin that smells expensive and refined, and the whole scent settles to a mix of booze, spice and leather with hints of vanilla. Wow!

My favourite MIB scent, Bvlgari Man In Black Eau de Parfum, will have you impatiently waiting for autumn/winter nights when it comes into its own. Lasting 6+ hours with good sillage and projection, treat yourself next time you are in store.

Top Notes:

Spices, Rum, Tobacco

Mid Notes:

Leather Accord, Iris, Tuberose

Base Notes:

Tonka Bean, Guaiac Wood, Benzoin

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Available in 60 ml / 2.0 fl. oz. | 100 ml / 3.4 fl. oz. bottles

5. Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb Extreme Eau de Parfum

Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb Extreme Eau de Parfum
Credit: Viktor&Rolf

Review

Well, they don’t call it Spicebomb for nothing. Released in 2015, Spicebomb Extreme Eau de Parfum is an explosion of spice fused with lush tobacco and sweet vanilla all rolled into one.

Upon opening, you are instantly met with a fanfare of notes. Vanilla and tobacco seem to come at you first, then the spices emerge…. resistance is futile!

Dry-down brings lashings of black pepper, caraway, cumin, cinnamon and saffron that all compete for your attention. A stunning male vanilla/tobacco combo with a wicked spicy side.

Like most of the scents on this list, Spicebomb Extreme is a cold-weather autumn/winter scent ideal for turning heads when out and about, formal or informal. Sillage/projection is initially strong but mellows nicely, working well for 6+ hours.

Top Notes:

Caraway, Black Pepper

Mid Notes:

Cumin, Cinnamon, Saffron

Base Notes:

Tobacco, Vanilla, Bourbon

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Available in 50 ml / 1.7 fl. oz. | 90 ml / 3.0fl. oz. bottles.

6. Amouage Journey Man Eau de Parfum

Amouage Journey Man Eau de Parfum
Credit: Amouage

Review

Launched in 2014, Amouage Journey Man Eau de Parfum is a seductive blend of darning spices, tobacco and smoky notes that is alluring and confident.

A duo of spices is first to delight, with Sichuan pepper and cardamom making the most impact. Bergamot and neroli hover discreetly in the background.

Rich tobacco and smoky incense in the heart mingle nicely with the spices; juniper adds a touch of freshness. Dry-down reveals rich leather, the musky/woody aroma of cypriol and hints of almond tonka bean.

Perfect for autumn/winter/spring, Amouage Journey Man Eau de Parfum is versatile and worn for any occasion and time of day. Expect 6-7 hours of solid performance with solid sillage and projection.

Top Notes:

Sichuan Pepper, Bergamot, Cardamom, Neroli, Bigarade

Mid Notes:

Juniper Berries, Incense, Pure Geraniol, Tobacco Leaves

Base Notes:

Tonka Beans, Cypriol, Leather, Ambrox

Price & Reviews

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Available in 50 ml / 1.7 fl. oz. and 100 ml / 3.4 fl. oz. bottles.

7. Tom Ford Noir Extreme Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford Noir Extreme Eau de Parfum
Credit: Tom Ford

Review

Tom Ford Noir Extreme Eau de Parfum is a warm and spicy male fragrance packed with contrasting sweet notes that really does stand out from the crowd. Released in 2015, Sonia Constant is the perfumer responsible for this spicy/sweet masterpiece.  

A spicy opening of nutmeg and saffron are splashed with a cheeky touch of orange. Dessert-like sweetness in the heart is generously spiced by an explosion of cardamom.

Upon dry-down crowd-pleasing vanilla soon dominates, followed by rich amber and smooth woody notes. This fragrance does smell like a classier version of Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb Extreme to my nose.

Settling to a spicy and sweet cardamom/vanilla combo, Tom Ford Noir Extreme is best suited for autumn/winter. You can expect 7+ hours of solid performance from this fragrance.

Top Notes:

Cardamom, Nutmeg, Saffron, Mandarin Orange, Neroli

Mid Notes:

Kulfi, Rose, Jasmine, Mastic, Orange Blossom

Base Notes:

Vanilla, Amber, Woody Notes, Sandalwood

Price & Reviews

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Available in 50 ml / 1.7 fl. oz. | 100 ml / 3.4 fl. oz. bottles.

8. Bentley For Men Intense Eau de Parfum

Bentley For Men Intense Eau de Parfum
Credit: Tom Ford

Review

Bentley For Men Intense Eau de Parfum is an exceptionally well-balanced blend of spice, leather and booze. Released in 2013, this fragrance created by Nathalie Lorson can be picked up at discounters for a steal.

The opening is warm and welcoming, with spiced bay leaf and pepper brightened by zesty bergamot. A boozy heart of rum is joined by cinnamon, sage and wood.

Dry-down unleashes a cloud of smoky incense, wood, luxurious leather and rich resin. Hints of musky patchouli dance in and out. This is a very classy and well-rounded fragrance.

This charming boozy woody/leather masculine scent is packed with spices, perfect for autumn/winter wear. I feel it leans more towards formal evening wear. 

Lasted an incredible 8+ hours with good sillage and projection. Also, consider Carolina Herrera Men Prive Eau de Parfum.

Top Notes:

Black Pepper, Bay Leaf, Bergamot

Mid Notes:

Rum, Woody Notes, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, African Geranium

Base Notes:

Incense, Leather, Benzoin, Patchouli, Cedar

Price & Reviews

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Available in 100 ml/ 3.4 fl. oz. bottle.

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As for an outright winner… if I was washed up on a desert island with only one of these 8 beauties for company, Dior Sauvage Elixir wins hands down. Francois Demachy has triumphed again with a unique spicy male fragrance that performs incredibly well too.

Conclusion

Well, that wraps up my best spicy fragrance for men selection. Each scent painstakingly chosen for this article is a masterful blend of spices with more traditional masculine notes such as leather, wood and booze. You cannot go wrong with any of these.

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