Best Gourmand Fragrances For Men

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Best Gourmand Fragrances For Men

There are so many different styles of fragrances, but one that stands out, especially for men, is gourmands.  These colognes are identified by scents of edible notes like honey, chocolate, and vanilla.  Because of the love/hate relationship that many guys have with this style, we have compiled a list of the best gourmand fragrances for men.

Wait!  As a guy, you may be thinking that you don’t want to smell like a vanilla cupcake or a chocolate cake all day, but there are great ways to make a masculine version.  In addition, many men do not even consider them because they are considered “foodie” fragrances that are for women.

Think about notes of tobacco, cardamom, spices, whiskey, cognac, mixed in with some edible notes.  Now we are talking!

The best Gourmand Fragrances for Men are:

  • Rochas Man
  • Intoxicated
  • Noir Extreme
  • Back To Black
  • Uomo
  • Noir de Noir
  • A Men Ultra Zest
  • L’Homme Ideal

What Are Gourmand Fragrances?

These are the newest family in the fragrance world.  They became popular in the early 90’s with Thierry Mugler’s Angel.  This was one of the first, if not the first, modern Gourmand fragrances.

Although they have been around for a long time, Angel seemed to kick start the modern day versions.

What people love about them is the comfort and familiarity they provide.  It does take a skilled perfumer to make a great one, as they can become easily cloying if not done well.

Let’s get to the list of the best:

Rochas Man by Rochas – Best Gourmand On A Budget

If you need an introduction into the world of gourmands, you should start with this cologne.

Rochas Man is a lavender, coffee, vanilla fragrance, and it is perfect as a starter.  This is a great scent to wear during nighttime, and it works great in cooler weather.  It provides a deep, warm, inviting experience that most women enjoy on men.

The “unique” design of the bottle definitely helps it stand out.

Bottle sizes available: 1.7oz and 3.4oz

Concentration: Eau de toilette

Rochas Man

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Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Not too “loud”
  • Draws compliments
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Cons
  • Poor longevity for some
  • Not a great for hot weather

Intoxicated by Kilian – Best Coffee Gourmand

Intoxicated by Kilian is a boozy coffee, chocolate, and cinnamon fragrance.

If you are looking for a great Mocha scent, this will provide what you are looking for.  It is easily wearable and not a smash you in the face coffee and chocolate like some other Gourmands are.

This is often described as a more palatable version of A Men by Mugler which tends to have an off putting note of tar for some.

While being easier to wear, it does come with a high price tag which is its biggest down fall, but if you have the money to burn, and you want a smoother version of A*Men, then you should consider Intoxicated.

Bottle size available: 50ml

Intoxicated

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Pros
  • Easy to wear
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Cons
  • Price
  • Lack of Originality

Noir de Noir by Tom Ford

Noir de Noir from Tom Ford’s Private Collection can be summed up with 2 words, Chocolate Rose.

It is not a sweet milky chocolate, but more like a dark chocolate truffle which makes it a very sexy, dark, and indulgent fragrance.

While those two notes dominate, other scents of woods and patchouli come through.  While it is more of a dark chypre oriental, we added it to the list because it has a Gourmand vibe to it with notes of chocolate, vanilla, and booze.

While it does have a deep rich scent of dark chocolate, woods, and patchouli, for some, the rose note is too dominate.

Year released: 2007

Bottle sizes available: 50, 100 and 250ml

Concentration: Eau de parfum

Noir de Noir

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Pros
  • Unique
  • Great for Romantic or Special Occasion
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Cons
  • Price
  • Too much Rose for some men

Back to Black by Kilian – Best Tobacco Gourmand

Back to Black is similar to pipe tobacco with notes of honey, cherry, tobacco, and spice.  This was released by Kilian as a unisex perfume in 2009.

Honey and cherry pipe tobacco are the stars of the show, but it does have subtle notes of vanilla and tonka.

While we do mention tobacco, this is not a heavy, masculine tobacco scent, but more of a unisex scent with tobacco notes infused in the show.

This is sex in a bottle, and while this may be great for a night out, it is probably not the best choice to wear to the office.

Back to Black

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Pros
  • Scent strength
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Cons
  • Not very versatile

Uomo by Salvatore Ferragamo – Best Sweet Smelling

If you are looking for a masculine scent that smells like a dessert, then Uomo is for you.  If you have ever had the Italian dessert, Tiramisu, and you loved the smell, then this should be on your to buy list.

This scent was created to represent the Italian lifestyle.

It has notes of citrus, spices, tiramisu, and woods and if perfect for night time or a chilly day.

Uomo

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Pros
  • Reasonable Price
  • Great and complex top notes
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Cons
  • Too sweet for some
  • Similar to other coffee gourmands

A Men Ultra Zest by Thierry Mugler

A*Men Ultra Zest is a masculine fragrance by Thierry Mugler that is a very fresh citrus blast mixed with the usual A*Men coffee and vanilla.

It smells like a warm candied orange.

If you like A*Men, but the tar note is a bit much, then you should give this one a try.  It is similar, but more of a toned down version with an opening of tangerine and orange.

If you are a fan of the line, then this should be something that you try.  If you are not a fan of the A*Men DNA that is noticeable in all of it’s flankers, then you probably will not like this one, although it is worth a sample.

The freshness brings out a different style than the original or the other flankers possess.

A*Men Ultra Zest

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Pros
  • Unique for a Gourmand
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Cons
  • Has similar A*Men DNA (if you don’t like that line)

Noir Extreme by Tom Ford – Best Classy Gourmand

Noir Extreme is a masculine fragrance that was launched in 2015, and many may classify this as a woody oriental, others will tell you it is a Gourmand.

It opens with warm spices and fresh citrus, follows with a touch or rose, and ends with creamy vanilla and sandalwood.

At the heart of this fragrance is the aroma of Kulfi, which is an Indian dessert.

This makes a great scent to wear on a date if you are looking to impress.

Bottle sizes available: 1.7oz and 3.4oz

Concentration: Eau de parfum

Noir Extreme

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Pros
  • Longevity
  • Versatility
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Cons
  • Can be confused as stronger version of Noir

L’Homme Ideal Eau De Parfum by Guerlain

Smooth, sweet, cherry almond.

Guerlain L’Homme Ideal has notes of citrus, amaretto, tonka, leather, and woods.

This is a safer scent and can be worn year round.  This works as a casual scent, or it can be worn when dressed up.

Bottle sizes available: 100ml

Concentration: Eau de toilette

L'Homme Ideal

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Pros
  • Can wear dressed up or dressed down
  • versatile
  • Price
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Cons
  • Too sweet for some

Summary of Best Gourmands for Men

We tried to provide a list of some of the best gourmand colognes, and we tried to vary it.  We did not want to provide a list that was similar to each other.

Please comment below on some of your favorites.

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