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Smell Like Clooney: Colognes Superstars Wear

Smell Like Clooney: Colognes Superstars Wear: Photo courtesy of Creed Boutique

Photo courtesy of Creed Boutique

You can’t look like Clooney or star in films like Clooney or buy a sprawling ivory palazzo on Lake Como like Clooney. But you can smell like Clooney, which ain’t bad.

So what’s in Danny Ocean’s dopp kit? Green Irish Tweed, by the venerable French cologne maker Creed. It’ll set you back about a C-note per ounce. But if you’re fishing for an Amal to call your own, this rich, sporty scent is the kind of weapon you’ll need in your charm arsenal. ($370 for 4 ounces, creedboutique.com.)

Of course, Clooney likely has twenty different colognes at home—many of them bespoke. And that’s probably the case for every celebrity mentioned on this list. But each of these scents has been linked with the each of these superstars on more than one occasion.


001 Aventus

photo courtesy of Creed Boutique

DAVID BECKHAM
Aventus by Creed
$380 for four ounces, creedboutique.com
Another Creed offering (their most popular of all time), Aventus starts off a little fruity before mellowing into birch and jasmine. Renowned its lasting power and “dry down” appeal, which refers to the way it smells after its been on your body for a few hours, this is a cologne you could wear all day, every day—from boardroom to bar.


002 Vera wang For men

photo courtesy of Nordstrom

WILL SMITH
Vera Wang Men by Vera Wang
$100 for 3.3 ounces, nordstrom.com
Fresh citrus blends with leather, spice, and tobacco for a traditional scent that stands apart from similar, cheaper colognes thanks to its balance and harmony. It may be tough to track down—it sells out frequently—but if you can get your hands on some, you’ll receive plenty of compliments.


003 Habit Rouge

photo courtesy of Saks 5th Ave

ALEC BALDWIN
Habit Rouge by Guerlain
$98, saksfifthavenue.com
This smells like something your father (or your father’s father) wore back in the 60s or 70s. Like a sophisticated version of the classic Old Spice scent, this is all flowers, wood, and cinnamon. If you’re the type who digs LPs, classic cars, and other antiquarian fare, this might be the cologne for you.


004 timbuktu

photo courtesy of Sephora

HUGH JACKMAN
Timbuktu by L’Artisian $145, sephora.com
The Aussie entertainer is supposedly a big fan of this unisex scent, which (according to its maker) is inspired by the Mali region of West Africa. Unlike most of the colognes on this list, this scent is unconventional and hard to describe. Some fruit and flower notes, but not like any you’re used to. If you’re looking for a scent to distinguish you from every other bro at the bar, this is for you.


005 Illuminum wild tobacco

photo courtesy of Amazon

LEONARDO DICAPRIO
Wild Tobacco by Illuminum $150 for three ounces, amazon.com
Cedar and clove dominate this super-masculine scent, which is often described as redolent of old English gentlemen’s clubs—whatever the hell those smell like. It’s a strong, pushy scent—probably more nightclub or night on the town, as opposed to everyday office cologne.


006 Tom Ford Grey Vetiver

photo courtesy of Tom Ford

COLIN FIRTH
Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford $135 for 3.3 ounces, tomford.com
Most of the Americans are wearing Euro colognes, so it only makes sense the Brit on this list sports an American designer’s scent. Citrus, salty wood, and—of course—vetiver (a type of aromatic grass) comprise this everyday crowd pleaser.


007 Acqua di Parma

photo courtesy of Nordstrom

CARY GRANT
Colonia by Acqua di Parma
$138, nordstrom.com
The grand old gentleman of celebrity colognes, Colonia has been produced for 99 years and has aged pretty damn well. Citrus and rose compose the bulk of this fresh scent. If you’re looking for a toned down work-or-play cologne, this is a classic. If it seduced Ava Gardner, it should work on the cute barista you’ve been meaning to ask out.


008 Dolce

photo courtesy of Nordstrom

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY
Whatever the inside of a Lincoln MKX smells like
The SUV starts at around $38,000
On several occasions McConaughey has claimed he hasn’t worn deodorant in 20 years. While he lends his face to ads for Dolce & Gabbana “The One” cologne ($85 for three ounces, nordstrom.com), those shots seem forced. We’ve got a ten-spot that says Wooderson doesn’t wear cologne.


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