Best new men's colognes

Get a whiff of these recently launched guys' fragrances.

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  • The cube shape and primary-colored letter on this weighty zamak metal bottle may remind you of a children's building block, and that assessment isn't too far off---a hole at the vessel's base allows you to stack this fresh, musky scent atop any of the other offerings from Canadian footwear chain Aldo's debut fragrance line. Thankfully, its contents are hardly juvenile: The rich mix of anise, cedar wood, patchouli and vanilla reminds us of a man who just stepped out of the shower. A Is for Aldo Red for Him eau de toilette, $45, at Aldo, locations throughout the city; visit aisforaldo.com

  • It's no coincidence that the bottle for this masculine counterpart to Amsterdam fashion house Viktor & Rolf's first fragrance, Flowerbomb, is shaped like a grenade: Just one spritz releases an explosion of spices, predominated by throat-tingling cinnamon and chili. Once the dust settles, you're left with a sweet, subdued woodsy aroma. Viktor & Rolf SpiceBomb eau de toilette, $75, at nordstrom.com

  • This debut fragrance from menswear brand Ben Sherman is just as modern and casually refined as the label's threads. Bottled in an abstract version of England's flag, the blend of citrus (bergamot, tangerine and lemon), spicy (nutmeg) and woodsy (patchouli, cedar, vetiver) notes is sexier than a British accent. Ben Sherman eau de toilette, $55, at Ben Sherman, 96 Spring St between Broadway and Mercer St (212-680-0160)

  • Dudes who sniff at fruity and floral scents will adore this aggressively masculine fragrance---the first created for men by French beauty brand Sisley. The spicy, bitter elixir gets its unique profile from Mediterranean greenery (specifically, the resinous mastic tree and the evergreen lentiscus shrub). Even the glass flacon, designed by Polish sculptor Bronislaw Krzysztof, is a nod to Greece: It's meant to resemble an abstract wing and the torso of the mythological figure Icarus. Sisley-Paris Eau d'Ikar, $98, at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave at 49th St (212-753-4000, saksfifthavenue.com)

  • Imagine brushing past a well-to-do, young banker on the prowl at the latest Meatpacking District club and he'd probably smell like this evening companion to Hugo Boss's classic signature scent. Sweet jasmine and earthy sandalwood envelope spicy cardamom to create a powerful, seductive olfactory sensation. Hugo Boss Boss Bottled. Night., $67, at Hugo Boss, locations throughout the city; visit hugoboss.com

  • The latest addition to the L.12.12 collection of fragrances inspired by Lacoste's iconic alligator polos, this fresh, crisp scent takes preppy to a sophisticated level with its citrus undertones punctuated by spices and tangy grapefruit. We could totally envision Andy Roddick reaching for this on date night with Brooklyn Decker. Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Rouge, $62, at Lacoste, locations throughout the city; visit lacoste.com

  • Spritzing this citrusy scent is like drinking a fizzy orange cocktail with your nose. The vibrant, powder-fresh fragrance builds upon the anise, lavender and vetiver found in the 1978 classic Azzaro Pour Homme with bright hits of rhubarb and black pepper. Azzaro Pour Homme Night Time eau de toilette, $48, at Sephora Inside JCPenney at Queens Center, 92-59 59th Ave between 92nd and 94th Sts, Elmhurst, Queens (718-592-1800)

  • An amplified version of Gucci's zesty Guilty Pour Homme, this dichotomous cologne reminds us on first spritz of biting into a fresh melon during warmer days. Once it settles, heady neroli, cedarwood and coriander are the olfactory equivalent of throwing on a cozy sweatshirt. Gucci Guilty Intense Pour Homme eau de toilette, $62, at Ulta, 61-35 Junction Blvd between 62nd Dr and Horace Harding Expwy, Rego Park, Queens (718-699-9004, ulta.com)

The cube shape and primary-colored letter on this weighty zamak metal bottle may remind you of a children's building block, and that assessment isn't too far off---a hole at the vessel's base allows you to stack this fresh, musky scent atop any of the other offerings from Canadian footwear chain Aldo's debut fragrance line. Thankfully, its contents are hardly juvenile: The rich mix of anise, cedar wood, patchouli and vanilla reminds us of a man who just stepped out of the shower. A Is for Aldo Red for Him eau de toilette, $45, at Aldo, locations throughout the city; visit aisforaldo.com

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