“Rugged Men” – Your Man Could Smell Like: McGraw Silver Cologne and Pure Nautica Cologne



Some men are cologne men. And often cologne men have their cologne: the one that they put on when they were young men and wore until they became old men. A mere sniff of a certain man’s cologne can bring with it a whole lifetime of memories.

Introducing your man to a new cologne for Christmas, birthday, anniversary, or Valentine’s Day could be a risky proposition. Fortunately, neither the McGraw Silver Cologne or the Pure Nautica Cologne try to re-invent the wheel. Unfortunately, both smell very similar.

The McGraw Silver is the third cologne issued by the House of McGraw, named for Tim McGraw, country artist and star of the recent film The Blind Side. McGraw presents himself as a rugged country star, although his cologne speaks to a more urban lifestyle. The overwhelming scents in this cologne are sandalwood and a hint of musk – this smell almost overwhelms the rests. Careful sniffing will also detect the promised notes of lavender and general “woodsiness.” This is a pretty heavy cologne, so should be used with caution.

My biggest issue with the cologne is the packaging. The bottle tries to force a black leather top onto a glass bottom in an attempt to “signify Tim McGraw’s country style in an urban environment,” but it just looks disjointed and cheap. Not to mention that it is tiny. 1 oz will set you back $24.50 and 1.7 oz $31.50. On the plus side, it can be found at most drugstores – perfect for holiday procrastinators, or at Amazon.com or the official Tim McGraw Store. A little goes a long way with this cologne so perhaps it’s worth it, but I think the Nautica is the better deal.

Pure Nautica contains many of the same scents as the McGraw Silver, with a touch more refinement. It’s a little lighter, which allows one to smell more of the notes including Mandarin, Ambergris, Driftwood, and Patchouli. There’s even a hint of Suede which can be very lightly detected. This scent wraps you up and makes you feel relaxed and at home. It’s also the kind of scent that, worn by the right man, could get your heart racing a little bit.

The bottle is classy and simple: five white lines cross a basic square glass bottle. And at 50ml for $49 or 100 for $65 you are definitely getting your money’s worth. It can be purchased at the Nautica Web site: www.nautica.com or at local retailers including Macy’s or even on Amazon.com. If you’re looking for a solid gift for a classy guy, this cologne is a good choice for standalone or stocking-stuffer.

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