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As winter cools the air, warm woodsy scents become more and more popular. The comforting masculine scent becomes a favorite for men and women alike. The snowy season is the perfect time to find your favorite warm cologne. You can wear it on yourself or spray it on blankets to wrap you in a hug. It lingers in the air and brings comfort to any space.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else, finding the right woodsy scent is essential. With different brands using different fragrance notes to complement the wood, the spicy wood colognes can smell unique from one another.
The great feature of wood scents is that it is almost universal. Maybe you or your partner love the scent because it reminds you of the outdoors. Or you’re firmly city dwellers, but the scent transports you somewhere new. Regardless of where you fall, here are some of the best teakwood scented colognes to test this season.
Teakwood Cologne Scent
You may be wondering: what is teakwood cologne’s scent? Teakwood scents are complex because certain brands build upon them differently. But they’re almost universally bold, musky, and come with a hint of spice. Some even find that the aroma is sensual by nature.
The Picks On This List
I’m using a few criteria when compiling this list of top teakwood colognes. Top of the list: testimonials of buyers like you. No one gives an honest opinion about fragrances more than the people who have tried it and loved it (or didn’t love it).
Selecting some options based on a budget is a no-brainer. If you don’t know what kind of scent blends you like, it’s hard to justify dropping hundreds of dollars on a fragrance. So there are many options on this list that offer smaller bottles of the cologne for less, so you can try it out.
I’m not a brand snob, but I have added some luxury and well-known brands to this list. The reason for that isn’t to urge you to spend a lot of money, but because these brands have excellent reputations for creating fragrances that are long-lasting and highly scented. You will need fewer sprays to get the full aroma.
Top 7 Teakwood Colognes
In my first job as a cosmetic counter girl, I used to spray every perfume and cologne that we had in inventory. I would spray it on a card to take home and spray it on myself to see how the scent changed. Perfume and cologne interact with your body’s chemistry, so how it smells on you will differ from how it smells on anyone else. That’s why testing them out in person as much as possible is so important.
Pro tip: if you happen to wander into Sephora or a drug store with the goal to smell all of these delicious scents, be sure to bring along or ask for some coffee beans to smell in between fragrances. Coffee is a palate cleanser and will help you differentiate the scents so they don’t all blend together in your brain!
With all that being said, let’s look at some of the top teakwood colognes out there!
Bath & Body Works Teakwood Body Spray
The most budget-friendly option on this list, the Bath & Body Works Teakwood Body Spray is an introduction to the scent that doesn’t hold a lot of commitment.
It has a mixture of notes of mahogany, black teakwood, and lavender that you can use for a body spray or even a room spray if you prefer! Because it’s Bath & Body Works, you can add it to your next purchase and get the best deal. There’s always a sale on, so you’ll get the most for your money.
- Doubles as a deodorant protection
- Comes in an aerosol canister, so it’s travel-friendly for the gym
- Scent wears off quickly
Made Man Caribbean Teakwood Cologne
Unlike the other colognes on this list, Made Man’s Caribbean Teakwood Cologne is a scented oil. This teakwood scent has a lot going on and has so many notes added to delight your sense of smell.
Spicy top notes of pepper, ginger and a hint of pimento berry melt into middle notes containing tobacco leaf and aged teakwood. Deep base notes of dark musk, amber, and sandalwood cap off the aroma that will linger in the air around you as you move about your day.
- Comes in an amber bottle to preserve the oils
- A little goes a long way
- No pourer or spray, the opening is easy to spill
Armani Eau de Cedre
A true original Armani scent, the Armani Eau de Cedre, truly represents the brand’s style. The fragrance uses woody notes along with bergamot, violet leaf, and lemon to create a contrast. Fresh notes blend into cardamom and then to the spicy cumin and sage. Ending with base notes of wood and black tea, this scent is pure seduction. No wonder it’s a favorite for Armani.
- Stylish scent, but still casual enough for everyday wear
- Not too weak or too strong and will last throughout the day
- Reviews from women say that they love to wear it too, making it a great unisex option
- Pricy, but comes in a smaller size for testing it out
Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau de Parfum
Yves Saint Laurent’s Y Eau de Parfum has a fresh take on teakwood fragrance. No, really. They focus on the fresh and clean notes to contrast against the typical dark notes of a woody scent. YSL aims for a cool/warm intensity that they perfectly achieve.
The top notes consist of bergamot and ginger – and the extra special scent that makes this fragrance fresh and unique? Fruity apple. The notes beneath are sage, juniper, and geranium, which play off the smell of the wood to create an edgy alternative to musky wood colognes.
- The scent’s biggest fans rave about its versatility and crisp long-lasting scent
- Perfect for a younger crowd who are looking for the modern version of the classic musk
- Reviewers say they’ve never gotten more compliments on their scent
- Can be a hit or a miss; it’s one to try out in person before making a purchase
Dior Sauvage Eau de Toilette
The Dior Sauvage fragrance is woody and earthy with notes of bergamot, pepper, and wood for that classic masculine scent. The fragrance’s notes were inspired by the wide-open spaces of the hot desert landscape. Dior’s perfume creator strives to make this scent timeless and universally appealing to every type of man, and reviewers think he succeeded.
- Comes in five different size bottles, so you have the option to text with a smaller bottle
- Has a new eco-friendly bottle that allows for refills instead of replacements
- Long-lasting scent with no need for refreshment
- Some Dior lovers prefer l’Homme to Sauvage
Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau de Parfum
An exotic take on cologne, Tom Ford’s Oud Wood Eau de Parfum fragrance has notes of many different types of woods and Chinese pepper. The distinctive scent is smoky and spicy, giving the wearer a rich, seductive edge. With added cardamom and amber, this fragrance is intoxicating. While this is one of the most expensive options on this list, Tom Ford’s unique mixture of scents is too good to ignore.
- Masculine scent that is impossible to ignore
- Has a stylish bottle inspired by a chess piece
- A genderless scent that can be worn by anyone who loves a spicy scent
Dolce & Gabanna The One for Men
Dolce & Gabbana’s The One for Men is another excellent fragrance from Dolce & Gabbana. It’s a sophisticated blend of top notes, coriander, grapefruit, and basil, with middle notes of cardamom and ginger. Its base notes give this spicy fragrance a masculine edge: tobacco, wood, and amber. The tobacco notes are a unique feature that Dolce & Gabbana adds to create a timeless yet modern scent that gives off feelings of strength and power.
- Not too strong with a staying power
- Irresistible scent that’s surprisingly unisex
- Perfect scent for a fresh, everyday cologne
- Some men find the aroma too sweet for a cologne
Question: How do guys choose a signature scent?
Answer: Searching for your signature scent can be fun! There are so many options out on the market that there are bound to be a few that you fall in love with. A few things you should know as you start the hunt is how fragrance notes work. Top notes are the most robust notes at first. The middle notes bring balance and act as a bridge between the top and base notes.
The base notes will last the longest and will therefore be the most prominent. This is also helpful in understanding how scents fit into seasons. Heavier notes tend to be popular and more appealing in winter, with lighter, fresher notes being more appealing in the summer.
Ask the people around you for advice. Ask other people what they wear. It’s easy to smell something out of a bottle and like it or hate it. But when it’s worn throughout the day, the scent changes, which isn’t a process you can see in store. Chances are, your friends or colleagues have done the work searching for fragrances, so use their knowledge on your quest.
Always be sure to try things out before you commit. Skin chemistry is everything, so apply a tester or get a sample in-store and wear it throughout the day before you buy. You can notice how the scent changes and decide whether you like all the stages of the fragrance.
Question: How do you test cologne?
Answer: Before you test directly on your skin, the first step is to find out if you even like the scent that much. When you go to the perfume section of the store, there will be little strips of porous paper that can absorb the scent. Spray the air a couple of times and then pass the paper through the mist. Without touching your nose, bring the strip up to your face and fan it under your nose. If you like the initial smell, you can move on to trying it on your skin.
Spritz the cologne on your wrist and wait 20 seconds for it to settle on your skin. Once it’s dry, bring it to your nose and exhale. As tempting as it is to decide then and there if you like it or not, it’s not enough time for the fragrance to react to your skin. Wait about 30 mins – go about your day as usual, and once that amount of time has passed, take another inhale of your wrist. The resulting scent is what it will more likely smell like on you as you wear it throughout the day.
The best way to do a series of tests without going to the store every other day is to ask for samples. Those are the colognes you can test at home over a series of days.
Question: Where do you apply cologne?
Answer: You may be surprised to learn that many people don’t apply cologne correctly. Sometimes cologne is an afterthought for men, so they spritz it on as the last step in their morning routine while they’re halfway out the door. But there is an art to applying cologne so that the scent lasts all day and others can notice it.
Applying it immediately once you get out of the shower is ideal. Target your pulse points (neck and wrists) – they will hold fragrance longer. Hold the bottle at least three inches away from your body and use two to four spritzes total.
It’s important that you try not to rub the cologne into your skin. Just let it dry naturally. By rubbing your wrists together or rubbing the cologne on your neck, you can crush the notes and change the scent.
Best Teakwood Cologne Guide: Bottom Line
There’s something about wood colognes that make you feel like you have curled up in a mountain cabin. The warm comfort mixed with unique notes depending on the brand are a luxurious addition to any fall or winter cologne collection.
If it were up to me, I would spritz some Armani Eau de Cedre or Dolce & Gabbana The One on my blankets while curling up in front of the fire as it snows. If you’re looking for a spicy addition to your or your partner’s fragrance line-up, these are my favorite choices.