Your cologne should be personal. And while there's nothing wrong with the big brand-name fragrances neatly stacked along department store cases, there is something to be said for nosing beyond the cologne counter for one that's a bit less ubiquitous. After all, you don't want to smell like the latest magazine scent strip or even worse, spritz on the cologne your significant other's ex used to wear (trust us, that causes some problems). Herewith, five of our favorite fragrances that fly under the radar. Crafted in small batches, they're made with integrity—and the chance that someone else will show up smelling like you is nearly nonexistent.
Hanging Rock Creek
Earthy yet quiet, this light spritz is inspired by its picturesque namesake in South Carolina. It's a warm scent of fragrant woods like palo santo that's freshened with herbs and lavender.
We discovered this fresh, sea-tinged scent on a motorcycle trip through western Ireland, at the very perfumery where they blend and bottle this mossy, citrusy and sporty cologne using all natural oils.