Want to make a statement this holiday season without the potential for a smelly spectacle? (Cue Anchorman's Black Panther.) We enlisted a group of date-savvy women to help us sniff out the good stuff.
Gals, this is also a good guide for those last-minute holiday gifts (your friends have done all the dirty work).
1. Acqua Di Gio, $62 for 1.7 oz.
This light, marine-fresh fragrance proved most popular among the women we surveyed. "The guy I'm currently dating wears this. When we go a few days without seeing each other, I can't tell whether I look forward to spending time with (or smelling him) more." - Lindsay M.
2. Burberry Brit for Men, $79 for 3.4 oz.
This woodsy, sexy-meets-sophisticated scent is laced with notes of green mandarin, freshly cut ginger, wild rose and hints of cedar wood. Apparently, it's also addictive. "I love a man that smells good. It is one of the most attractive qualities. When my boyfriend wears this, I can't stay away." - Bianca R.
5. Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb, $85 for 1.7 oz.
Add some spice to your love life with this strong (and seductive) scent from the makers of Flowerbomb (aka they know how the female mind works), serving up ingredients like cinnamon leaf, Pink pepper and chili all day - and night - long. "I'm usually not big on men's colognes, but this one is different. So spicy and sensual." - Allie H.
6. Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme, $78 for 4.2 oz.
This classic concoction has serious staying power, and with notes of bergamot, mandarin orange, pepper and cedar, it's easy to see why. "I may have gotten my ex out of my life (and mind), but the scent of this cologne isn't as easily forgotten. To me, it exudes manliness in a way other fragrances can't capture." - Michelle K.
7. Acqua Di Parma, $94 for 2.5 oz.
If you (like us) believe sharing is caring, this is the cologne for you. Several of the women we spoke to chose it as their unisex pick, which means it was practically made for mingling. "I hate anything girly so, naturally, I lean toward a men's cologne. This reminds me of summering in Capri." - Nia G.
8. Victoria's Secret Very Sexy for Him, $52 for 3.4 oz.
Like lingerie for your skin, orange blossom, sequoia wood, vetiver and musk serve as the foundation for this fresh (and flirty) fragrance. "I like the combination of citrus and spice in this woodsy cologne. It's seriously intoxicating" - Shari A.
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