Metro Man: Scents For & From Santa

Cologne is making a comeback. According to the buzz-and-sniff at major retailers, the scent of men is regaining in popularity after a hiatus from being in vogue and the olfactory lobe.

In 2020, it was an estimated $22 billion dollar industry. From now until 2026, cologne/scents are anticipating an uptick of 4%. Many of us look forward to this via our noses as we pass a gentleman stranger on the street, encounter him in an elevator, or greet him on the dance floor.

Here is our list of holiday scents to gift. Enjoy the allure, especially under the mistletoe:

Natura Brazil is an eco-conscious company which makes incredible products that help clean, recycle, and protect our planet. We recently tested the newest release Natura Kaiak Oceano. If your gent likes a splash of scent on certain occasions or every day, this will fit the bill. Top notes are Watery Notes, Seaweed and Pataqueira; middle notes are Sea Salt and Aromatic Notes; base notes are Ambergris, Cedar, Moss, Patchouli, Tonka Bean and Amyris. Santa follows the breeze all the way to Brazil.

Natura Brasil

For office, bedroom, or bath we recommend the Trudon Diffuser. Established in 1643 in France, this diffuser comes in various scents. We tried their Gabriel and the welcoming waft is as comforting as your favorite sweater and a warm cup of cocoa on an “chill” evening by the fire.

Head Notes: Birch Wood, Glace Chestnut
Heart Notes: Cashmere Wood, Moss
Base Notes: Cedarwood, Musk, Patchouli

We think it’s the perfect gift for the distinguished gentlemen who already has everything he could possibly need.


We have always been fans of MCM. This season we recommend the MCM Ultra EDP Gift Set. Your Santa will smell clean, fresh and dare we say golden sexy even when covered with soot from crawling down chimneys. This set includes a full-size bottle plus a travel-size vile for his nights on the road and in the air.

Notes of pink pepper, tuberose, cedarwood and warm golden amber. Fa, la, la, la, la!


Perhaps your Santa will appreciate the latest scent from Oscar de la Renta called Alibi. Not that Santa needs an alibi but ya never know… This scent is criminally alluring with sparkling bergamot, mandarin and pear blossom plus precious musk and more ingredients than poor excuses for being on the naughty list.

Fragrance Family: Floral Musk
Top Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin, Pear Blossom
Middle Notes: Lotus, Peach, Peony
Bottom Notes: Amber, Precious Musk, White Wood

Santa’s on the runway.

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The Outdoor Man? Is he the adventurous type, found in the depths of the ocean one day and then hang-gliding off a cliff the next? Here are two scents by Oars + Alps that will capture his x-treme adventures:

Venture Cologne

This scent captures the waves from the coastal shore to the mysterious depths of the ocean floor. Just a splash of this cologne will set him free off the high dive.

Top Notes: Bergamot + Coastal Lime
Heart Notes: Coriander + Pepper
Bottom Notes: Cardamom + Fir Balsam

Ascend Cologne

Climb every mountain for a rest on the perfect sunset apex, as this scent captures the great outdoors and the man who seeks the challenge of achieving staggering Alpine heights.

Top Notes: Petitgrain + Mandarin
Heart Notes: Vetiver + Cardamom
Bottom Notes: Teakwood + Cedarwood

Did you know that Santa surfs, too?

Oars And Alps

Bleu de Chanel. With a name like this, need we say more without a bow and a bow — both pronunciations of the word.

This is perhaps the pinnacle of all scents. A decision that is left up to both the wearer and those he encounters. The scent leaves a captivating trail with the warm fullness of cedar and New Caledonian sandalwood.


Santa and his helpers smell special this season.