Fragrances can be a powerful tool in creating a certain mood or ambiance in your home. Whether you want to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere or a fresh and invigorating environment, the right fragrance can help you achieve your desired effect. However, with so many different fragrance families and scents to choose from, it can be overwhelming to find the perfect fragrance for your needs.
If you’re searching for a masculine fragrance, it’s important to note that what makes a scent “masculine” can vary based on cultural norms and personal preferences. However, certain scents are often associated with traditionally male interests, and some fragrances complement natural male body odor.
Whether you’re shopping for a gift or buying for yourself, LAFCO has an ample array of masculine fragrances to choose from. Let’s explore some customer favorites below…
What Makes a Fragrance Masculine?
In the United States, scented products marketed toward men are built around fragrance notes linked to typical male interests such as smoking a tobacco pipe or camping under the stars. The scent of vetiver, for example, has earthy and woody qualities reminiscent of the great outdoors. The scent of tobacco has an aroma that conjures imagery of men smoking cigars and sipping whiskey.
Masculine fragrances can also be complementary to natural male body odor. For example, the scent of sandalwood is often described as seductive and similar in scent to androsterone, a pheromone secreted by men. Another scent typically considered masculine is musk. Originally extracted from musk deer glands, musk oil is now made synthetically but still has a sensual, animalistic aroma.
Try These 7 LAFCO Scented Candles
Typically, when people think of masculine scents, they think of woody, earthy, spicy, and herbaceous fragrances. Preferences for fragrance are highly subjective, but if you’re looking for a scented candle that could be described as “manly,” give one of the following a try.
The following LAFCO products feature masculine fragrance notes:
The Retreat fragrance offers an exceptional olfactory experience tailored for men who yearn for a tranquil, yet invigorating atmosphere in their space.
Encased in an exquisite, hand-blown glass vessel, the Retreat candle not only serves as a scent enhancer but also as a piece of art. The beauty in each vessel is unique, thanks to the hand-made process that leads to subtle variations in color and pattern.
As you first light the Retreat candle, your senses are greeted by top notes of bergamot, matcha, mint leaves, and ginger. This medley offers a first impression that’s like a breath of fresh air—crisp, fresh, and slightly spicy. The bergamot and mint leaves bring a sense of upliftment, while the matcha and ginger introduce a rejuvenating zing. Together, these top notes set the stage for an atmosphere that’s as refreshing as it is calming, giving your mind the clarity it needs.
The fragrance evolves to reveal its heart notes, featuring a blend of rhubarb, mate absolute, kelp, and clary sage. These middle notes serve as the emotional core of the fragrance, balancing the initial freshness with a touch of complexity. The rhubarb and mate absolute add a twist of earthy richness, while the kelp brings a subtle marine nuance. Clary sage adds a herbaceous depth that encourages a sense of calm and tranquility.
The experience culminates in a foundation of lasting bottom notes—Timur pepper, palo santo, and guaiac wood. These elements ground the fragrance, offering a lingering impression that is both warm and grounding. Timur pepper adds a mild spiciness, guaiac wood introduces a hint of smokiness, and the palo santo delivers a clean, woody aroma known to clear negative energy. Together, these base notes seal in a multidimensional fragrance that stays with you, creating an ambiance of comfort and well-being.
The Feu de Bois fragrance from LAFCO is one of the brand’s most popular and beloved scents, and it’s not hard to see why. This fragrance is a masterful blend of warm, smoky, and woody notes that evoke the comforting and inviting atmosphere of a crackling fireplace.
As you inhale this fragrance, you will immediately be greeted by the fresh and invigorating scents of cedar leaf, mountain spruce, and pine. These top notes create an initial impression that is both uplifting and energizing, promoting mental clarity and focus.
As the fragrance begins to develop, you will notice the woody notes of patchouli, sandalwood, and Virginia cedar. These scents bring a sense of warmth and comfort to the fragrance, evoking the feeling of sitting in front of a cozy fire on a chilly evening. The patchouli adds a subtle and earthy note that is both grounding and sensual, while the sandalwood and Virginia cedar add a woody and musky aroma that is both comforting and inviting.
Lastly, the fragrance is rounded out with a blend of frankincense, amber, and myrrh. These scents bring a sense of depth and complexity to the fragrance, creating a meditative element that is both calming and inspiring. The frankincense adds a resinous and smoky note that is both soothing and stimulating, while the amber and myrrh add a subtle and sweet note that balances out the earthy scents.
The Labdanum fragrance from LAFCO’s Absolute Collection is a rich and deeply distinctive scent that is sure to captivate your senses. At the heart of this fragrance is the labdanum absolute, which is a resinous and complex scent that evokes a sense of mystery and intrigue.
As you inhale this fragrance, you will immediately notice the warm and earthy notes of patchouli, which form the initial impression. These scents create a feeling of stability, helping to promote a mood of balance and harmony in your environment.
As the fragrance begins to mature, you will notice the rich and decadent notes of warm vanilla and exotic amber. These scents add a sense of depth and complexity to the fragrance, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that is both comforting and inspiring. The vanilla brings a subtle and sweet note that balances out the earthy scents, while the amber adds a musky and sensual aroma that is both alluring and captivating.
Finally, the fragrance is rounded out with the labdanum absolute, which is the star of the show. This resinous and complex scent brings a sense of mystery and intrigue to the fragrance, creating a deeply distinctive aroma that is both fascinating and captivating. This fragrance is sure to transport you to another time and place, evoking a sense of luxury and indulgence that is both rare and unforgettable.
The Amber Black Vanilla fragrance from LAFCO is a luxurious and sophisticated scent that is sure to captivate your senses. This fragrance takes you on a journey through a cozy library, surrounded by leather-bound books, as you bask in the comforting and warming atmosphere.
As you inhale this fragrance, you will immediately notice the sweet and floral notes of jasmine and black vanilla. These scents create an initial impression that is both uplifting and comforting, promoting mental clarity and relaxation. These scents are complemented by the warmth of sandalwood, vanilla, and musk, which add a sense of depth and complexity to the fragrance.
As the scent unfolds, you will notice the subtle hints of black currant, orange, and lemon zest. These scents add a fresh and invigorating note to the fragrance, creating a sense of balance and harmony.
The Big Sky fragrance from LAFCO is a breathtaking scent that captures the essence of nature in its most pristine and untouched form. The deep brown handblown glass vessel in which the fragrance is presented perfectly reflects the warm and inviting atmosphere of this fragrance.
As you inhale this fragrance, you will be immediately greeted by the invigorating scents of pink peppercorn, spicy clove bud, and elemi. These scents create an initial impression that is both uplifting and energizing, promoting mental clarity and focus. These scents are complemented by the heart of ylang ylang, cognac, and sandalwood, which add a sense of depth and complexity to the fragrance.
As the aroma matures, you will notice the rich and luxurious notes of patchouli and amber. These scents form the foundation of the fragrance, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that is both grounding and calming. The patchouli adds a subtle and earthy note that is both grounding and sensual, while the amber adds a sweet and musky aroma that is both alluring and captivating.
The Forest Oakmoss fragrance from LAFCO’s Absolute Collection is a luxurious and invigorating scent that is perfect for creating a calming and refreshing atmosphere in your home. This earthy fragrance is a unique blend of high-quality essential oils that work together to create a distinctly green aroma that is both uplifting and grounding.
As you inhale this fragrance, you will immediately notice the lightly floral notes of violet blossom that form the initial impression. These scents create an uplifting and energizing atmosphere that promotes mental clarity and focus. These notes are complemented by the verdant heart of oakmoss absolute, which adds a sense of depth to the fragrance.
As the fragrance begins to develop, you will notice the warm and comforting notes of amber and sweet cognac. These scents create a warm and inviting atmosphere that is both soothing and calming, helping to promote a sense of relaxation and tranquility. The woody vetiver notes add a grounding element to the fragrance, creating a sense of balance and harmony that is both refreshing and revitalizing.
The Redwood fragrance captures the essence of a walk through a lush, woodland area, perfectly designed for those who appreciate the profound calm that nature brings.
Upon lighting the Redwood candle, you are greeted by invigorating top notes of juniper and eucalyptus. The juniper adds a touch of spiciness while the eucalyptus provides a clean, medicinal aspect. Together, these top notes evoke the fresh, green atmosphere of a forest, enlivening your space and clearing your mind.
The heart of the fragrance reveals itself in middle notes of clove bud oil and Californian redwood. The spiced aroma of the clove bud melds effortlessly with the grounding influence of the redwood, bringing a sense of warmth and sophistication to the scent profile. It’s like a cozy forest cabin, captured in a single, sensory experience.
Completing this olfactory journey are the base notes of cedarwood and forest amber. Cedarwood, particularly the Virginia variety, adds a refined, woody aroma that’s both vibrant and resinous. Forest amber brings richness to the fragrance, rounding it out and giving it longevity. These elements come together to leave a lingering scent that is both woody and earthy, invoking a sense of enduring tranquility.
Find Your Favorites With Our Discovery Trio
It doesn’t matter if a fragrance contains notes with traditionally male attributes if you don’t find the scent appealing. Before committing to a single fragrance, sample a few with the LAFCO Discovery Trio.
With the Discovery Trio, you can build your own three-piece sampler of popular fragrances for just $16 (free shipping included). If you find a fragrance you like, simply use the included code to get $16 off your next full-sized purchase. Shop from over 30 unique fragrances including masculine favorites like Feu de Bois and Labdanum Absolute.