Feb
19
2014
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Spruce, $30 by Otter Wax

The

Solid Choice

The idea of a solid fragrance isn't really a new one. In fact, solid scented waxes, ointments and creams have been used since the time of the ancient Egyptians. But that's not to say the old school method isn't enjoying a resurgence as of late. And for good reason. Solids go on more subtly and last longer than their liquid counterparts. Because they don't easily and quickly evaporate like a spray, the scent develops slower over time allowing the deeper notes to come out and react with your own body's temperature and chemistry. What's more, they're often blended using simple, natural ingredients—no mysterious chemicals or alcohols needed. Otter Wax's Spruce cologne, for example is simply a mixture of beeswax, shea butter and essential oils like pine, cedar and bergamot. Plus the packaging comes in handy. Keep one in your pocket or a desk drawer and reapply before heading out for the night. And they're great for travel or your gym bag, seeing as they won't douse your stuff like when a bottle cap comes off.

 
 

Hatteras

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Vanguard

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Sentinel

$14 by Scodioli

A deep, masculine leathery scent made in Salina, Kansas and accented with lemon rinds and a hint of tobacco smoke.

 
 
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    To Apply: A solid fragrance is concentrated, so apply sparingly.
    (1) Lightly loosen up the solid with your finger using a circular motion.
    (2) Dab the cologne onto pulse points like wrists, neck and nape.
 

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