3 Awesome Dude Scents and the Men I Imagine Pair Well With Them

No men were harmed in the making of the article.
Publish date:
September 16, 2015
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I’m currently in a state of thoroughly enjoying living the single life. Seriously, this is just me every day:

At this point, the only thing that concerns me in regard to not having a boyfriend (or manfriend, for you SATC fans) is that I can’t pilfer a partner's cologne for myself.

BUT WAIT! I don’t need a man for that either! Here are three "dude" scents that smell great on anyone, and the men I imagine pairing them with (because why not?).

Clean For Men Classic

With this scent the name says it all: Clean and Classic. The description states that it's a "spicy, woody, musk" but I smell something more floral, almost with a hint of musk than anything else. It reminds me a bit of clean skin and aftershave on first spritz, then settles into a whisper of a smell that only just lingers on skin.

I imagine the man wearing this would be clean-cut, fresh-shaven, and a bit preppy. He's a nice guy; a "you keep his shirt, he keeps his word" kind of dude. He'll call when he says he's going to call and your grandma will probably knit him a sweater this Christmas.

L'Occitane Eau Des Baux Pour Homme

I was obsessed with this scent from the beginning because it is dreamy! It starts out smelling like the inside of a cedar-wood box and then dries down to something a little sweet and a little warm and spicy. The overall effect is something like a glamorized version of delving deep into the stacks of an old library.

This man is a bibliophile, kicked back in his favorite worn-down leather chair, threadbare paperback and cup of black coffee in hand. Probably beardy and snuggly as well hmmm...

Whoa, focus...

Chanel Bleu de Chanel

The initial spray of this is chock-full of citrusy goodness, but as it settles a bit, it actually deepens into something a bit more mysterious (I'm attributing this to the incense and sandalwood notes).

I feel like this guy is very attractive right out of the gate, like Idris Elba fine, like so fine you have to add an extra letter and go full '90s: FOINE! Sadly, that attraction will be short lived as he will probably get arrested later on down the road—purely white-collar stuff. He's all pressed suits, crisp button-down shirts, and "by the way, I have an interesting opportunity I want to let you in on..."

  • What are your favorite "men's" fragrances? (I wear what I want!)
  • Do you attribute certain scents to certain types of guys? Or certain specific guys?