Upgrade Your Scent: 5 Strong and Sophisticated Fragrances

Scent says a lot about a guy. We don't just mean smelling good—as in you showered—but a scent that's complex, sophisticated, and captivating without being overpowering is hard to find. Look no further—here are our recommendations for unique fragrances that will separate you from the herd.

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Scent says a lot about a guy. We don't just mean smelling good—as in you showered—but a fragrance that's complex, sophisticated, and captivating without being overpowering is hard to find. Look no further: Here are our recommendations for unique fragrances that will separate you from the herd.

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb (pictured above)

Notes of grapefruit, chili, saffron, and tobacco come together to create a powerful fragrance with seductive strength. ($95)

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Olfactive Studio Lumiere Blanche

We discovered this brand new scent last week at Elements Showcase in NYC. Notes of cinnamon, sandalwood, cedar, and almond make it warm and sensual but not overwhelming. ($145)

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Czech & Speake No. 88

This is a full-bodied scent that leaves an impression; citrusy bergamot top notes grounded by vetiver, sandalwood, and floral hints make it modern. ($185)

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Penhaligon's Endymion

A surprising blend of citrus, spices, and leather work together in a perfect nighttime scent, while notes of mandarin, sage, and coffee lend it it some warmth and mystery. ($120)

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Apivita Eau de Toilette

This is a strong scent (that also happens to be paraben- and phthalate-free) with a woody, amber fragrance made from the pure essential oils of cedar, cardamom, lemon, and clary sage. ($70)

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