There’s no sense as powerful and evocative as smell. The best men’s colognes are not just the perfect final touch to your outfit. They also carry emotional significance. Fragrances can convey a million moods—from relaxation and playfulness to authority and power. This is why choosing the right men’s cologne for you is so important.
Maybe you are preparing for a date and you want to make a lasting impression (it’s been scientifically proven that women have a better sense of smell than men) or you are looking for a gift for the guy in your life but just don’t know what to get, why not play it safe and go for a classic: cologne. It seems easy enough, but picking a signature cologne can be tricky.
So, here is the list to start.
- Polo Red Intense by Ralph Lauren Eau De Parfum
The Polo brand has a reputation for producing high-quality products, and the men’s Polo Red Intense fragrance holds true to that standard. Released in 2015, this masculine scent is clean and refreshing. Hints of cranberry and lemon create a crisp and mildly fruity aroma, and the subtle additions of ginger, amber and coffee provide a notable distinction.
- Layton Exclusif by Parfums De Marly Eau De Parfum
A fragrance bursting with numerous scent notes, Layton Exclusif was launched in 2017 by the French perfumer Parfums De Marly. Coffee, vanilla, sandalwood, amber, and guaiac wood are the base notes of this fragrance, with rose, water lily, and gardenia forming the middle notes and giving a sweet antidote to the woodiness of the base tones. Top notes of almond, bergamot, and mandarin orange give a spicy citrus vibe to this cologne.
- Coach Blue by Coach Eau De Toilette
Released in 2020, Coach Blue is a men’s fragrance inspired by cool breezes and fresh air. From American luxury leather goods designer Coach, this masculine scent is perfect for daily wear. It opens with top notes of lime and absinthe for a tart and spicy beginning.
- Dior Homme by Christian Dior Eau De Toilette
A ground breaking fragrance, created in 2005 by Master Perfumer Olivier Polge. One of the first floral fragrances for men uses costly Iris in the scent that transformed the masculine cologne category. Notes include bergamot, lavender, cacao, sage, cedar, leather, orris, patchouli and amber.
- 1 Million by Paco Rabanne Eau De Toilette
Inspired by Rabanne’s metallic fashions,1 Million was in particular a 1967 dress worn by singer Franoise Hardy. The fragrance was developed by perfumers Olivier Pescheux, Christophe Raynaud and Michel Girard, and features notes of grapefruit, rose, cinnamon, spice notes,mint, blood orange, blond leather, white woods, amber and patchouli. The 1 million bottle is modelled after a gold ingot.
- Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf Eau De Toilette
Spicebomb was set off by Viktor & Rolf in 2012. A superb male challenge to the feminine fragrance called Flowerbomb that had been brought out by the same brand. Deep, intriguing and commanding, the fragrance brings out the male adventurer in you.
- BURBERRY TOUCH by Burberry Eau De Toilette
The Burberry man likes to experience his sensuality steeped in authenticity and elegance. For this lover of fine fabrics, Burberry has devised a fragrance, which is comfortable, welcoming and yet rich in contrasts. The fragrance, created by Jean-Pierre Bethouard, Firmenich, displays an initial freshness of hard-to-define notes.
- Gucci Guilty by Gucci Eau De Parfum
Dare to be bold and different with Guilty for Men, introduced by the house of Gucci in 2011. This delightfully daring and intoxicating fragrance was designed to be a companion for the popular 2010 female edition of Guilty. Created specifically for the man who knows exactly what he wants and just how to get it, this intriguing masculine fragrance combines top notes of lemon and lavender with middle notes of warm orange blossom.
- Aventus by Creed Eau De Parfum
Oliver Creed presented this Creed cologne for men to the world in 2010. Creed had high aspirations for Creed Aventus cologne. In fact, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was the inspiration behind the Aventus Creed cologne.
- Sauvage by Christian Dior Eau De Toilette
Unleash your inner savage and be the alpha of the pack with Sauvage by Dior. This remix of the 1996 Eau Sauvage is a modern take of the originals fresh, ferocious fragrance. Inspired by the fierce plains and wild open spaces of feral lands, Sauvage would unleash your unruly side with its primal and breezy scent.