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Cologne for Christmas: Sexy scents to put under the tree

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Sexy scent picks

One of the best gifts you can buy for your guy is cologne. Why? Because who doesn’t want a dude who smells great? If you’re stumped on what scent to choose, we’ve picked out some of our favorites.

John Varvatos Vintage

John Varvatos Vintage

If you want your man to smell, well, manly, then this is the scent to put under the tree ($62). It’s sensual, spicy and definitely makes us want to cuddle up and get closer. Cinnamon tree leaves, pepper, smooth woods and Turkish tobacco among other rustic notes make this an ideal scent for the outdoorsy guy.

Marc Jacobs Men

Marc Jacobs Men

From the clean, crisp, woodsy scent to the soothing notes of Indonesian patchouli to the ultra-simple name, this is the ideal scent ($58) for a man who knows what he wants and is comfortable in his own skin. The combination of fresh green scents with warmer notes is as masculine as it is sophisticated.

Tom Ford Extreme

Herbaceous without being flowery and masculine without going over the top, this lush, sexy scent is hard not to fall for ($130). The heady mix of scents include Persian lemon, black Italian fig, earthy black truffle, vintage patchouli and cedarwood, with top notes that include Thai basil, coriander, chamomile, cardamom and cinnamon bark.

Burberry Brit for Men

Burberry Brit for Men

This elegant scent ($50-73) captures the mystique of the British man and the ease with which they seem to put themselves together. Woodsy, refreshing, with hints of warm spice, wild rose and freshly cut ginger, your guy will smell positively irresistible when he wears this manly, mega-addictive scent.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Fou d'Absinthe

L’Artisan Parfumeur Fou d'Absinthe

Absinthe, that notorious beverage that induces episodes of madness might not sound like a sexy scent inspiration, but this passionate mix of warm woods, angelica, black currant, rum, and of course, absinth is exotic, energetic and unforgettable ($165).

Kiehl’s Musk Eau de Toilette Spray

Kiehl’s Musk Eau de Toilette Spray

Maybe it’s just us, but there’s something eternally sexy about a musky scent and this sensual, heady blend doesn’t disappoint in that department ($43). Fresh citrus from bergamot nectar and orange blossom and followed closely by soft florals including rose, lily ylang-ylang and neroli, topped off with tonka nut, white patchouli and musk.

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