It goes without saying that a man's smell is a deeply personal thing. It's also, by default, a natural form of self-expression. So to get a feel for the best scents being offered this year, we consulted with Marlen Harrison, creator and editor of theperfumecritic.com and contributor to Basenotes, NowSmellThis,and Fragrantica. "This season it's all about the wood," says Harrison, referring to many current fragrances that are dominated by woody scents, typically sandalwood, cedar, and oud. Some even contain a dash of citrus or aromatic notes for character. Think of fragrances as similar to wines, whiskeys, or cigars; they all have various layers of notes and their characters are apt to change over time. With input from Harrison, we compiled a list of 2013's 10 best new colognes.
Vince Camuto for Him Eau de Toilette
After a lifetime catering to women, Vince Camuto is ready to tackle the men's market, and one of his first products is this fresh and woody eau de toilette. "It has lots of cedar and citrus, specifically lime, right at the top," says Harrison, "as well as hints of leather, patchouli, black pepper, and vetiver." It's light and fresh, and so doesn't risk being overpowering, making it ideal for the office. [$57 for 1.7 fl oz or $70 for 3.4 oz; vincecamuto.com]