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Spicebomb: The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasing Cologne

On the rare occasion that I hit the town for a crazy night, I reach for Spicebomb by Viktor&Rolf.

This cologne is perfect in a swanky cocktail bar, a jumping night club, or that trendy new fusion place that just opened.

If this fragrance were a person, he'd be the life of the party.

With its warm, sweet, and spicy profile, delicious is a simple way to describe this scent. Coupled with its great projection and longevity, it's a true crowd pleaser.

Spicebomb is very effective and popular. I get compliments every time I wear it.

Scent Profile

Spicebomb has two distinctly different, and equally present personalities.

It's half spicy heat and half sweet freshness – like a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other.

Spicebomb is, as the name suggests, a spicy assault on your senses. But not baking spices like nutmeg and clove. (Cinnamon is listed as a main note, but isn't apparent to my nose).

Rather, the spicy side of this fragrance is composed of chili and paprika, which have more of a “bite” than bakery sweetness.

The fresh side is composed of bergamot and grapefruit which is more zesty than it is aqua.

Overall, Spicebomb has the bite of chili and paprika, balanced by fresh bergamot and grapefruit, comforting pink pepper, and anchored in warm pipe tobacco.

Performance

The projection on this fragrance is great; anyone within a few feet of you will be able to smell it. And isn't overwhelming as long as you don't over-apply.

On top of its great projection, Spicebomb could teach other fragrances a thing or two about longevity.

When I first picked up this scent, I wore it for a night out. The next morning, it was still holding strong on my chest and clung to my cardigan for several days.

Even now, I still get a whiff of sweet spices every time I move my hands even though it's been over 10 hours since I sprayed it on my wrists.

Suffice it to say, this is a very good all-around cologne.

When To Wear Spicebomb

Spicebomb is so warm and sweet that it could come off as offensive in the summer heat and humidity, but it's perfect for cold weather.

I would say that you can wear it during the day, but this provocative scent is more at home when the sun goes down.

This is the cologne to wear when you're out on a date or looking for one.

6 out of 7 women prefer Spicebomb to Paco Rabanne 1 Million; which is another very successful fragrance in the same category.

Spicebomb is perfect for that refined and playfully bold outfit you'd wear to an upscale New Year's Eve party.

Final Thoughts

Spicebomb is best worn by men who want to project a daring youth and sense of fun.

This fragrance will make you smell like a playboy, so make sure that you're dressed to match such a bold fragrance.

If you can get over the slightly cheesy grenade design, you'll love Spicebomb.

Buy Spicebomb on Amazon

To learn about Burberry London, The Quintessential Winter Cologne, click here.

All the best,

Nate

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Chris
    December 28, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Nice write-up. I might have to pick this up soon. I just got Christian Dior’s Sauvage for Christmas, and it seems very similar. Have you had a chance to check it out yet?

    • Reply
      Nate
      December 28, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      Sauvage is great. I wore it a few times last winter and I think the scent is still lingering on my topcoat. If you like Sauvage than you’ll also enjoy Spicebomb. They’re both deep and warm, but Spicebomb is more sweet and spicy.

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    Alexis
    December 28, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I like these articles, Nate! I recently bought the Burberry London for the winter and already had positive feedback. Looking forward to reading your cologne recommendations for the warmer days.

    Greets from France,

    Alexis

  • Reply
    Jason
    December 28, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Really cool, thanks. Currently trying to find a scent I like so I appreciate these cologne write-ups. And I really identify with your remark that so many are flimsy with little staying power.

    • Reply
      Nate
      December 28, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Finding a new scent is a really fun process so enjoy it! I totally agree about the performance. I have a Rocawear cologne that is just about perfect scent wise, but it’s longevity is the only thing holding it back from being great.

  • Reply
    ChrisH
    December 28, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Nate,

    I’ve been meaning to get into cologne. Is this high price typical for a quality product? I’m a newbie with no idea how to apply or wear cologne (lightly, I assume). Are cheaper colognes worthwhile? And do you wear scentless deodorant with it?

    Keep up the great posts! You add so much value to so many men’s lives.

    • Reply
      Nate
      December 29, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Check out the last two sections of this article I wrote for my view on applying cologne and scentless products. Around $50 – $70 US is the typical price of a full sized bottle of “designer” fragrance. Cheaper options can be found in the $5 – $30 range but those either don’t last as long on your skin or the scent is slightly off in some way. And of course, the sky is the limit price wise with top shelf scents.

  • Reply
    Stuart
    December 29, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I personally like spice bomb, but those around me that are most inclined to appreciate a fragrance didn’t find it good, at least for me.

    I’ve had a couple of signature scents over the years, but have found my favourites to disappear from the shelves, which is annoying. Right now, I am doing a rotation of several, trying to tailor to mood, time of day, and what I’m wearing.

    • Reply
      Nate
      December 29, 2016 at 8:17 am

      I agree with you there, Stuart. Spicebomb has mass appeal and true fragrance enthusiasts probably won’t hold it in high regard in much the same way as foodie would never sing the praises of a bowl of Lucky Charms, even though they’re damn good :)

  • Reply
    Sim Campbell
    January 8, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I’ve heard of Spicebomb for quite some time. I wasn’t too sure of what to think about it – but I just keep hearing good review after good review about it! Looks like I’ll need to pick one up…

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