Call them pheromones on steroids if you must, but perfume, fragrance and cologne for men are as popular as ever, and we’ll be damned if they don’t work wonders. Naturally, you want a healthy supply of men’s fragrances so you can find the right scent for the right occasion, but on the other hand you don’t want to spend all your hard earned money on bottles that disappoint. To save you some time we did all the research for you to find the 10 best colognes, perfumes and fragrances for men. These are the ones that leave lasting impressions and the ones that guys keep returning to, sometimes decade after decade. Consider them the next time you want to make an aromatic impression!
Acqua Di Gio’s sexy, clean, long-lasting fragrance was inspired by a vacation Armani took to the majestic coastal town of Pantellerie, Italy. He took a whiff of Mediterranean paradise, put it in a bottle and then passed the bottle along to millions (and millions) of people. It’s now the gold standard of affordable men’s cologne.
2. Tom Ford Noir Extreme
Tom Ford Noir Extreme is for the man that relishes in immoderation. It has a combination of intensely pleasing notes that include mandarin, neroli, saffron, nutmeg, cardamom, orange blossom, sandalwood and vanilla. It all comes together perfectly to create a fragrance that is mysteriously dark and sexy. Think woody. Think amber. Think seductive.
3. Jean Paul Gaultier by Jean Paul Gaultier
Aka the “man in the can” due to its rather unique packaging, this cologne for men boasts an irresistible scent firing on all cylinders thanks to a sophisticated, layered blend of botanicals. There is a directness to the fragrance in that it hits you right away, but a complexity that comes from certain notes giving way to others over time. Does it make sense to call this cologne predictably unpredictable? Well, we did it anyway.
4. Pour Homme by Bottega Veneta
Pour Homme was the luxury designer’s very first men’s fragrance and to this day it remains one of the best, not only for Bottega Veneta, but also among the best smelling fragrances and colognes for men all over the world. It was inspired by adventurers and travellers that dared to set foot out of the ordinary urban life. It is masculine, captivating and the perfect fragrance choice for your next adventure.
5. Ambre Nuit By Christian Dior
Christian Dior just knows the how-to of creating a seductive fragrance and Ambre Nuit is no exception. They searched for ingredients far and wide to create an intensely elusive fragrance. With top notes of bergamot essence, heart notes of damascena rose from Turkey and base notes of ambergris from New Zealand, it exudes unapologetic luxury.
6. CK One by Calvin Klein
Ck One is the kind of men’s cologne you can smell just by looking at the bottle. Unscrew the cap and have your memory affirmed by a creamy scent that conjures up words like “purity” and even “softness”. This fragrance is not afraid to get in touch with its feminine side. Another bona fide classic from Calvin Klein!
7. Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau De Toilette
If you’re looking for a fragrance that expresses impeccable cool with just a single spritz, then check this one out. Y by Yves Saint Laurent is named for Generation Y and aims to capture the energy of modern millennials —fresh-faced, full of vitality, ready to take on the world.
8. Bleu de Chanel
No surprise that their Bleu de Chanel cologne is a timeless, must-have addition to any man’s life. Unmistakably masculine, it brings together amber dry cedar, incense and ginger to provide an aromatic woody scent, while citrus notes infuse an air of fresh, sophistication. Oriental surprises await the wearer as the hour’s pass and mint notes make way for a seductively, spicy undertone.
9. Paco Rabanne Invictus
You’ll be smelling like victory and feeling like a hero with a simple spray of Paco Rabanne Invictus. The winning cologne boasts a bold mixture of freshness and heat that’ll see you through any situation, no matter how tough. Featuring fresh and zesty notes of grapefruit with woody tones of bay leaf, patchouli, and oakmoss, this daring fragrance promises to boost your confidence and draw compliments.
10. Acqua di Parma Essenza
In the foreground of this delicious summer scent is a standout neroli note, shadowed by a citrus chorus and floral hints including jasmine and rose. Essenza Colonia exudes summer and will leave you with a refined, post-barbershop aroma. It’s really worth being one of the best perfumes and fragrances for men.
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