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The Best Tobacco Colognes are Spicy and Warm

 The Best Tobacco Colognes are Spicy and Warm

It’s easy to overlook even the best tobacco cologne. Most people would associate that particular aroma with their yellow-toothed Uncle Frank, or a seedy dive from way back when you could smoke in bars. But tobacco-infused fragrances are a different story. In perfumery, tobacco is anything but smokey and chemical, because it hasn’t been smoked yet! Fresh, tobacco is sweet, sometimes floral, and pairs well with spicy, crisp, vanilla, woody, aromatic, and earthy notes. (Pretty much every fragrance family, in other words.) 

Like the comfort of smoking a pipe or a well-stocked humidor, tobacco as a fragrance note provides warmth and comfort. For that it’s best in fall and winter, or the early months of spring. So, if you’re gearing up for a cozy cold season—and, let’s face it, that’s every single one of us this year—then consider the following seven mood-setting tobacco-fueled scents.

Gucci “Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme” 

Gucci “Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme”

$91

Sephora

Look, I don’t understand the nomenclature either, but it sure is fun to say “Gucci Gucci By Gucci Pour Homme”. And GGBGPH is equally fun to wear, with its cypress-tobacco swarm that you’d think would pull it deep into winter-fragrance territory. And yes, it wears well in the year’s darkest, coziest days, but it’s a shoulder-season scent above all, thanks to the uplifting additions of violet and bergamot. You can wear it from September to May without it feeling “too heavy” in fall and spring.

MiN New York “Moon Dust” 

MiN New York “Moon Dust”

$240

MiN New York

If you’re like me, your ears perk at the phrase “This is what the moon smells like.” And your nose twitches too. I totally want to know what the moon smells like. And, according to the dozen astronauts who’ve been there, it smells like gunpowder after a desert rain. Wow. Sign me up! In fact, I’ll take a whole bottle of Moon Dust, which combines the dryness of flint, the post-rain freshness of ozone, plus four notes that ground it back on Earth: resin, musk, soil, and tobacco.

Coqui Coqui “Tabaco” 

Coqui Coqui “Tabaco”

$125

Lucky Scent

Coqui Coqui’s fragrances are refreshingly uncomplicated, leaving their focus on just a few notes (or just one!) in each bottle. For Tabaco, maybe the best pure tobacco cologne out there, the claim is that it is a standalone note, but I swear there’s something more. It is so positively refreshing and uplifting, but not in the warming, comforting way that tobacco usually is. This one is cleaner, fresher. I even keep the Tabaco room diffuser of the same scent in my home, which keeps it smelling the Yucatan coastline.

Viktor&Rolf “Spicebomb” 

Viktor&Rolf “Spicebomb”

$112

Sephora

Cinnamon, chili, and pink pepper give Spicebomb its bite, while tobacco, vetiver, and leather give it a powerful, pronounced bark. Spicebomb is sensual, sexual, and wears surprisingly well as a unisex scent. Also, it’s shaped like a grenade. I’d just like to point it out, for the record, so that you know it’s shaped like… a bomb. Maybe don’t travel with this one.

Issey Miyake “L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme” 

Issey Miyake “L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme”

One of the best classic scents you can find, L’Eau D’Issey isn’t exactly tobacco-forward. Instead, this note plays supporting fiddle to crisper notes like lemon and bergamot. Vetiver gives some weight to an otherwise light, summery eau de toilette. It’s a terrific blend of contrasting notes.

Tom Ford “Tobacco Vanille” 

Tom Ford “Tobacco Vanille”

$340

Sephora

Somehow, Tom Ford succeeds in every single fragrance family. And even as someone who isn’t drawn to vanilla, I adore this one. It’s the perfect balance of these two notes that gives this fragrance so much presence—both offer a sweetness that plays well with fruit notes, and that perfectly complements its spicy, cocoa opening.

MCMC Fragrances “Hunter” 

MCMC Fragrances “Hunter”

$98

MCMC Fragrances

Hm, maybe I do like vanilla after all—or at least in tandem with tobacco. Together again (and with a bourbon twist on that vanilla), they join forces with balsam fir notes to give Hunter its lumberjack-y luster. If any of these scents warms the skin and senses, it’s this one.

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