Sure, you may want to always smell your best, but your gym bag or the airport can be a hostile environment for breakable cologne bottles. Solid colognes, on the other hand, have the waxy texture of a balm, which means there’s no chance they’ll leak, making them perfect to stash and take with you wherever. Plus, they offer long-lasting fragrance. Simply swipe your finger in your scent of choice and dab it in the same places you’d apply spray cologne, such as your wrists and behind the ears. Here are seven brands to try.
With names like “Vanguard,” “Brio,” and “Bravado,” Alfred Lane’s collection may just inspire you to become the man you’ve always seen yourself as. Who knows—perhaps a whiff of refreshing Vanguard will give you a boost at the office…or maybe the leather and tobacco-laced Bravado will give you the kick in the pants to land those digits next Friday night.
FULTON & ROARK
Southern spots, like Georgia’s unpretentious Tybee Island, inspire Fulton & Roark’s three primary scents. (Tybee’s clean and brisk, where the warm, woodsy Shackleford is named for the horse-inhabited Shackleford Banks in North Carolina). Not to mention, compared to a cologne bottle, these compact metal containers are damn near indestructible.
As you may expect from a scent with origins in Portland, Otter Wax promises to bring a fresh-from-the-forest aroma (think: bergamot, fir needle, cedarwood and sandalwood) to your skin.
Are you a Douchebag or a Sweet Dude? An Outdoor Guy or an Urban Gent? Aromi offers a special scent for every type of man. Let your personality—and Aromi’s cleverly named fragrances—be your guide!
BAWSTON & TUCKER
Straight from “the shoals” of Alabama, this fragrance promises to preserve the spirit of the hunters and warriors that first inhabited the land. Whether you’re looking for something fresh and earthy, woodsy and spicy, or sweet and smoky, B&T has you covered.
THE BEER SOAP COMPANY
The scents from this aptly named retailer sound good enough to drink. Winter Ale graces you with a masculine mix of bergamot, citrus, rosemary and patchouli, while Black Pepper and Lime is bright yet woodsy. Oh yeah, and there’s the Gentleman’s Bay Rum (we bet you can guess its inspiration).
Just say “oui” to this French import. Choose from three scents: Philosykos, which boasts hints of fig leaves, wood and white cedar; Don Son, a seductive berry- and tuberose-infused fragrance; and Ombre dans L’Eau, which is reminiscent of the leaves and fruit of an English garden.