A classic cologne can be great, right?
That is, of course, until you find yourself looking like a diva in the locker room spraying on your favorite musky or brisk smell…
Or worse, when you are getting ready to board a flight, and the lovely TSA agent named Thad just swiped your favorite bottle because it didn’t adhere to the 3.4oz threshold.
Well, good news – all of those problems disappear when you use a solid cologne.
There was a reason that the Egyptians loved this stuff thousands of years ago – it’s discrete and effective. From rich manly scents like leather and tobacco to those that are both refreshing and light, here are the best solid colognes currently available.
The Gambler Solid Cologne by Outlaw Soaps smells like soft leather, hard work, and the hint of tobacco to create the ultimate manly experience. It goes on extremely smooth and lasts for hours, leaving you with an irresistible scent for every occasion.
The small 1 oz. cologne comes in an easy-to-carry tin that can be discreetly carried in your coat pocket. With a simple twist-off lid, you can apply it midday if necessary.
Made with natural ingredients like beeswax and cocoa butter which aids in keeping your skin soft and supple, and the addition of essential Vitamins A and E help maintain healthy skin.
The Gambler Solid Cologne is still a great choice for men who want to feel like they wrestle bears and hunt sharks in their spare time.
Plus it’s made in the USA – what’s not to love?
Nothing says extra manly like Duke Cannon’s Redwood scented solid cologne. This fragrance is all about strength and raw power; invigorating scents of sandalwood and clove create the ultimate musk that is easily spread with just your fingers.
Along with Redwood, Duke Cannon has also released the scents Open Skies and Naval Supremacy, all of which harness the sheer forces of nature and compact them into a tight wax slab that you can then use at your leisure.
Redwood in particular captures the balance between delicate fragrance and aggressive musk, resulting in a pleasurable twist of the two. The cologne is delightfully robust, and the sandalwood is a perfect pairing to the citrus and clove. It is all around a wonderful, long-lasting scent that is sure to please everyone around you.
This cologne is made with certified organic ingredients, pulled right from nature, and then infused into the wax for a well-rounded experience right on your skin. Coconut and sunflower oil are added to the beeswax to hold the fragrance, plus both oils are used in skincare products. Orange and clove bud essential oils are added to create a complementary scent of citrus and musk, leaving you smelling like a fresh forest.
This cologne sports a label that looks like it came from the ‘50s for that nostalgic look, and is all-American.
The product is made in America for hard-working men who want a fragrance that works as hard as you do.
Plus, when you purchase a Duke Cannon Solid Cologne, a portion of the proceeds goes to benefit U.S. veterans. Do some good while smelling good at the same time!
If you are looking for a fresh scent reminiscent of Irish Spring, Ireland Tweed is exactly that. This cologne from The Beer Soap Company is a mix of incredible ingredients with a whole lot of staying power.
Unlike other competitors, the wax used as the base is candelilla wax, not beeswax, so it is a little harder than most, but still easily spreadable.
It is also a completely vegan product, using ingredients such as sandalwood, oakmoss, and ambergris. Lemon verbena scent is added to help round out the scent profile but also acts as a re-energizer for long days at the office.
The tin contains 1 oz. of product and is lightweight and easy to carry wherever you need to freshen up. Which should not be too often, as the fragrance is observed to last for a few hours. Great for wearing through the morning as a rejuvenator.
The fresh, zesty scent of Ireland Tweed is a must-have if you are looking for a refreshing cologne that is not too powerful on the nostrils but still adds to your day-to-day routine.
NZ Fusion Solid Cologne mixes the best sea and land down under. Fusion adds real sandalwood harvested from Western Australia as a unique twist to their cologne, making it different from those that simply use essential oil.
The resulting mixture is a warm, buttery scent that is equal parts delicate and suggestive.
The base of this fragrance is centered around a woody aroma, like a sawmill that churns out pure masculinity. While this cologne is not as aggressive as others, it is a scent that prefers to be discovered, rather than announced.
This fragrance has over eight hours of lasting power with just one application, so it’s perfect for all-day wear with just a little dab of fragrance.
The wood tones carry well throughout the air, but it’s not an overpowering scent – it is akin to passing by a pile of fresh wood shavings on a summer day.
Sandalwood can come across as a very overpowering scent, and care should be taken when applying this product so as to not overwhelm your own natural flavor. When care is taken, Fusion is very pleasant with a whole lot of staying power.
The one thing to remember with this product is you don’t want to use it too much.
Too much wax in one application can leave you smelling like a sawmill, and that can be overpowering. Glide your fingers over the tin to pick up a small amount of the fragrance, then apply where you normally would put cologne; ears, neck, wrists, wherever.
Easy to apply, easy to wear, and for a price that is virtually unbeatable, NZ Fusion gives you the best value cologne for your money.
A stiff drink has been known to give a man confidence to do pretty much anything, and that confidence is perfectly captured within Bay Rum, a cologne by Stingray Bay.
This cologne is reminiscent of spiced rum that’s been perfectly aged in a barrel, and it transfers perfectly to where you need it. The invigorating fragrance is pleasant to the senses, with notes of lemon, patchouli, and cloves for a citrusy twist.
The ingredients are 100% natural, and the star of the show is certainly the warm rum scent that lingers after you’ve put this cologne on. This fragrance is not overwhelmingly musky, instead preferring to go for a spicier approach that makes this scent hard to ignore. Great for all-day wear in the office or just occasionally for dinner.
Stingray Bay Solid Cologne will last for 2-4 hours, depending on where you are and how much you apply. Since they have changed from a plastic cup to a solid tin, it’s even easier to carry around with you wherever you go. Now you can quickly freshen up in the bathroom, in your cubicle, or even on the street.
Plus, this fragrance is incredibly affordable so you get more bang for your buck.
With soft, malleable wax that goes on smooth and lasts for hours and a Bay Rum scent that people will find irresistible, this solid cologne is sure to have you coming back for more.
Ulio&jack has come out with a solid cologne that is as rugged as you are. Explorer is a well-balanced scent that is reminiscent of an expedition heading to the far reaches of the earth.
This men’s fragrance is laced with sweet notes over spicy undertones, with hints of bergamot, jasmine, Japanese grapefruit, and peppermint.
Applying the cologne is simple, and you don’t need to use much to get the results you want.
The small, easy-to-carry tin is perfect to stash in your jeans’ pocket. Its size can easily be carried onto airplanes without the hassle and is not likely to melt if kept in your pocket. It is no bigger than a tin of mints, but Explorer is much less palatable.
This cologne packs a lot of punch in a small package and should last for several months depending on how often it is used. Besides a beeswax base, this product features shea butter – an additive that also acts as a moisturizer.
The lasting power of the fragrance is between 2 – 4 hours, so it’ll definitely get you through any company dinner party. However, if you are looking for a strong scent, this is not it.
The smell is there, but it’s more like a suggestion than a statement. Explorer is best used to enhance your natural clean scent, boosting your appeal in a subtle way.
Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn’s expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.