Best Tobacco Colognes

Tobacco colognes are one of my favorite styles of scents. These fragrances appeal to men because the note of tobacco is usually mixed with other scents like whiskey, honey, rum, and vanilla.

There are so many different ways that this note is blended when it comes to tobacco-infused fragrances.

I tested and reviewed dozens of fragrances, and I came up with a list of the ones that I prefer the most. The list includes niche fragrances, designers, as well as cheapies.

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Our Tobacco Fragrance Picks


Best Overall Tobacco Fragrance

1. Spicebomb Extreme by Viktor & Rolf

Spicebomb Extreme cologne
Spicebomb Extreme

Occasion: Cool Weather Wear
Concentration: Eau de Parfum
Fragrance Family: Amber Spicy
Pros: Mass Appealing
Cons: A lot of people wear it

Spicebomb Extreme smells like a creamy and spicy combination of tobacco, vanilla, and spices. While it does have “extreme” in the name, it smells very smooth. The great thing about this fragrance is how easy it is to wear and like.

When you first spray it, there are notes of spices, pepper, and tobacco. Over time, it dries down to a sweet vanilla smelling tobacco scent. It smells great like the winter holidays.

Spicebomb Extreme is a great fragrance to wear in the winter months. It will warm you up, and it will get you compliments. You can wear this as a cologne for casual events or daily use during cool months.

Best Sweet Tobacco Fragrance

2. John Varvatos Vintage

John Varvatos Vintage EdT
John Varvatos Vintage

Occasion: Versatile for almost any
Concentration: Eau de Toilette
Fragrance Family: Woody Chypre
Pros: Mass Pleasing and Hard To Dislike
Cons: Could last a little longer

Varvatos Vintage is a sweet smelling tobacco fragrance that is very easy to wear. When you spray it on, you will notice other scents like leather, spices, and cinnamon. It is blended well which is why it is so high on my list.

The biggest downside to this is the lack of staying power as you might need to reapply after 4 hours or so.  The sillage is also not great.  If you can get by that issue, this is a nice solid choice.  However, if you prefer something that wears a little closer to the skin and is not loud, then this may be right up your alley.

Best Overall Budget Tobacco Fragrance

3. Calvin Klein CK One Shock For Men

CK one Shock For Him
CK Shock For Him

Occasion: Fall or winter casual
Concentration: EdT
Fragrance Family: Amber Spicy
Pros: Budget friendly option that smells great
Cons: Does not last long enough

CK One Shock is a tobacco based fragrance from Calvin Klein that was released in the mid 1990’s, and it is a solid choice for someone looking into the tobacco scent line because of its low cost.

From the bottle design, it looks like it is suited for a younger teenage guy. It smells more mature than that. CK Shock smells likes cherry tobacco, and it is warm and spicy.

After spraying CK Shock, it smells like smooth and warm tobacco mixed with freshness. This is likely due to the cucumber notes. On the dry down, it gets more spicy smelling with green notes. It comes off very fresh.

This is great for late fall and winter, and it is also great for a budget purchase because it is not expensive.  Personally, I am not too fond of the bottle design, but that should not dissuade you from trying it out.

Whether you are new to fragrances or just love tobacco scented colognes, this is a must have.

Best Of The Rest

4. Herod by Parfums de Marly

Herod Parums De Marly
Herod cologne

Occasion: Formal events or special occasions
Concentration: Eau de Parfum
Fragrance Family: Woody Spicy
Pros: High quality niche fragrance
Cons: Expensive

Herod was launched in 2012.  This is a fairly versatile tobacco cologne as it is sweet enough to wear casually, and elegant enough to wear at night while dressed up.

It opens with sweet notes of vanilla and cinnamon, and is followed by a classy scent of tobacco with smoke and incense.  The smoke and incense probably comes from Nagarmotha.  If you have ever smelled this essential oil, it has smoky and leathery notes to it.

Because of that, this works well for someone who is confident and does not mind being noticed.

When it comes to the scent of tobacco in this fragrance, it is very fresh and moist.

5. Mancera Red Tobacco

Mancera Red Tobacco
Mancera Red Tobacco

Occasion: Signature scent for winter
Concentration: Eau de Parfum
Fragrance Family: Woody Spicy
Pros: Realistic tobacco scent
Cons: Can be too strong smelling for some

On first spraying this on my skin, I get a blast of tobacco. This is a heavy opening. The saffron and spices seem to make it loud.

There are a lot of fruit notes like pear and apple, but they seem to add more to the middle. Usually these sweet fruity notes do not last long. However, the sweetness and vanilla seem to tone down the loud tobacco, and it improves over time.

This fragrance never settles down and the base notes of oud seem to keep it heavy. Having said that, while it is loud and heavy, this smells fantastic if you are looking for a tobacco dominant cologne.

This cologne has been rising in popularity over the last few years, and there is a reason why. You can wear this when you want to be noticed.

Do not sleep on this one. Grab a bottle or a decant when you can.

6. Dreamer By Gianni Versace

Versace The Dreamer
The Dreamer Cologne

Occasion: Almost any; very versatile
Concentration: EdT
Fragrance Family: Floral Tobacco
Pros: Unique and nostalgic
Cons: Too old school for some guys

Dreamer by Versace is a clean, floral, herbal tobacco accord with a nice dry down.

Once you spray this on your skin, there is almost a soapy barbershop scent to Dreamer.  One fragrance that comes up a lot when you first smell it is D&G Pour Homme. It has a floral and almost herbal opening. The first part can be somewhat cloying. The dry down consists of sweet, floral, and woody notes. This is where The Dreamer shines. If you can get past the first 15 minutes, then it becomes great smelling.

This is a unique fragrance, and it is certainly not for everyone. The tobacco note comes from tobacco blossom.

The drawback to this fragrance is poor performance due to reformulations, but certainly not everyone feels this way.

7. Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

Occasion: Formal events
Concentration: Eau de Parfum
Fragrance Family: Amber Spicy
Pros: Elegant vanilla and tobacco scent
Cons: Expensive

One of the most popular Tom Ford fragrances on the market is Tobacco Vanille. It is listed as a unisex, but it is definitely masculine enough for most men.

This fragrance is an interpretation of the scents at a gentlemen’s club.  Notes of warm aromatic pipe tobacco with whiffs of vanilla and spices.

When you first spray this fragrance, you smell spices, tobacco, and vanilla. It dries down and notes of cocoa and fruits are added in. It smells sweet and almost like the winter holidays.

Tobacco Vanille is great to wear during winter and to formal occasions.

8. Burberry London for Men

Burberry London for men
London For Men cologne

Occasion: Fall and winter wear
Concentration: EdT
Fragrance Family: Amber Spicy
Pros: Low cost and perfect for Fall
Cons: Does not last long

London for Men by Burberry is like Fall in a bottle with scents of leather and tobacco. The scent is incredible, and it is also very affordable.

Think cinnamon, leather, wine, and tobacco.  It truly is perfect for the winter season. While it is not a tobacco dominant fragrance, it definitely plays a role in the composition.

When you first spray London by Burberry on your skin,

If you are looking for a warm, spicy scent for Fall or Winter, London for Men fits the bill. If this style of cologne is what you like, then it is worth a blind buy.

9. Chergui by Serge Lutens

Chergui by Serge Lutens

Occasion: Formal events
Concentration: Eau de Parfum
Fragrance Family: Amber Spicy
Pros: Unique and high quality
Cons: Too powdery smelling for some guys

Chergui is a very mysterious fragrance that is listed as unisex.  Many men will comment it is too powdery, and many women will comment that it is too masculine. If you want the most unique tobacco cologne from this list, then Chergui is your choice.

It is reminiscent of a dry eastern wind, and the note of hay is what makes this fragrance so unique. This fragrance is not really a safe scent, and it is definitely something to wear if you want to stand out in the crowd.

I love the dark and rich on the opening. It has a scent of tobacco and hay, and there is also a heavy aroma of powder.

The notes blend well together, and no note seems to overpower the others.

10. Tobacco Oud by Tom Ford

Occasion: Formal
Concentration: Eau de Parfum
Fragrance Family: Woody Spicy
Pros: Classy and elegant tobacco and whiskey scent
Cons: Oud scent is not for everyone; polarizing

Tobacco Oud smells like tobacco and whiskey. When you first spray it on your skin, it starts out spicy and boozy. It then starts to smell like benzoin and vanilla mixed in. There is not an overpowering scent of oud wood.

I think of dark, dry, and seductive every time that I smell this.

While it does receive a lot of good compliments, it also receives a fair bit of negative comments as well.  But, if you are confident, and you want to get noticed, then Tobacco Oud is a good choice.

This would make for a great formal fragrance, and it is perfect for the cooler weather.

Tobacco Fragrance Comparison Chart

CologneConcentrationLongevityProjectionPrice
Spicebomb ExtremeEau de Parfum8 hoursModerate$$
John Varvatos VintageEau de Toilette4 to 6 hoursModerate$
CK One Shock For HimEau de Toilette4 to 6 hoursLow$
Herod by PDMEau de Parfum10 hoursHigh$$$
Red TobaccoEau de Parfum12+ hoursStrong$$
Versace The DreamerEau de Toilette6 hoursModerate$
Tobacco VanilleEau de Parfum10 hoursModerate$$$
Burberry London For MenEau de Toilette6 hoursModerate$$$

Buying Guide

When you are choosing a tobacco cologne, there are several factors that you need to consider.

  • Price
  • Occasion
  • Strength
  • Style

Luckily, this list provides a wide range of price options. From expensive Niche fragrances like Herod to low cost alternatives like The Dreamer. Our comparison table should help you locate the price point that you are comfortable with.

You should also consider where you would like to wear this type of cologne. If you are looking for an office fragrance, then you need to take note of some with cons like Tobacco Oud which can be polarizing.

There are different styles of tobacco fragrances:

  • Vanilla Tobacco
  • Boozy Tobacco
  • Sweet Tobacco
  • Floral Tobacco

You need to decide which type do you want. Floral tobacco has a completely different scent than your sweet ones.

Our guide should also be able to help you decide on strength. Tobacco can be a scent that some people around you may not want to smell. If you are unsure, then find one that has low projection and longevity.

About Ryan Gardner

Hi, I am Ryan Gardner. I manage and write for Country Club For Men. This site represents hobbies and activities that I enjoy. If you spend any considerable time on the site, you will figure out that I enjoy colognes/fragrances, whiskey, and sports like golf.

2 thoughts on “Best Tobacco Colognes”

  1. I love Aviation Club by Monsillage. It takes you on a journey starting with green notes then drying down to boose and smoke. This will be my first niche purchase.

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