Patchouli is a scent most strongly associated with masculinity, alongside musky scents such as sandalwood, cedar wood and vetiver. Earthy and woody scents are traditionally associated with masculinity, alongside vanilla and tobacco. However, every person associates different scents with men and manliness often due to the scent of male influential figures in the past. Scents are powerful at evoking memories due to the association of the olfactory nerve and the amygdala, a brain center concerning memory.
Several distinctive and classic men's fragrances have been identified as smelling distinctly masculine. Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier is a sweet and spicy combination of cinnamon, sandalwood, cedar wood and vanilla. Polo Black by Ralph Lauren, which was released in 2005, has remained a popular daytime fragrance with a masculine scent. Polo Black has notes of patchouli, sandalwood, mango and hedione.
Drakkar Noir, released in 1982, is a classically masculine and instantly recognizable male scent. This fragrance is a mixture of lavendar, basil, rosemary and cinnamon with base notes of sandalwood, patchouli, cedar and leather. This fragrance wears well in winter or cool seasons due to its warmth and darkness. It should be used sparingly, as a large amount of Drakkar Noir can be overwhelming.