For many men, finding the right cologne fragrance to match their indelible spirit can be quite the undertaking. Though it might seem at first like an impossible task to test each and every brand and model, especially when that requires several trips to department stores scattered throughout, take solace in the fact that there are plenty of other men in the same boat—and they’ve already done the heavy lifting.
There is no single best cologne for men. Every man is different, and every nose is different too. The trick to finding the best men’s cologne for you is to figure out what it is that you want your scent to say about you. There are fragrances that exude sensuality with notes of leather accord and spicy cinnamon, others that give off a light and airy summer feel with sweet and floral notes, and still others that breathe out strong and charismatic masculinity with deep-wooded notes of musk.
Additionally, men and women don’t always want the same things. Some women go wild for a particular scent, while some men’s colognes can be used to make a real statement as you step into the room of a board meeting or a cocktail party. It’s all about playing to your strengths and the settings of your environment.
Here are just a couple of suggestions to help you get started on your search for the best men’s cologne for you.
Best Smelling Cologne for Men of All Time
The goal here is to pick out the cologne that best suits you. You don’t want cologne that misrepresents you at the core, and you also don’t want one that falls short. It’s more than just finding cologne that smells nice—you want cologne that is you. To accomplish this, you don’t want a cheap, synthetic-smelling fragrance, watered down, bland, and generic. You want something genuine, and most importantly, something that smells great.
Fierce by Abercrombie & Fitch is a sweet, woody fragrance, with top notes of petitgrain, cardamom, lemon, orange, and fir. At its aromatic heart, rich jasmine, rosemary, rose, and lily of the valley. And at its base, the warm and masculine vetiver, musk, oakmoss, and Brazilian rosewood help tie down the citrus and floral sensations. A fresh and spicy scent designed as a call to the younger, wilder side of a man, this cologne is for men that aren’t afraid to live on the edge.
Le Male is the first ever male fragrance by Jean Paul Gaultier. Heralded for its sweet mint, lavender, and vanilla notes, Le Male is a great compliment to any man that is truly unforgettable. Powerful artemesia, cardamom, mint, and bergamot make up the top notes, followed by middle notes of lavender, orange blossom, cinnamon, and cumin. Base notes of sandalwood, vanilla, tonka bean, and amber help round out a charismatic fragrance for the modern man. Both gentle and masculine at once, Le Male’s traditional aroma makes it both easy and pleasing.
For a more refined and sexy scent, The One for Men by Dolce &Gabbana may be just the cologne you’re looking for. A fragrance for men of all ages, The One for Men is intimate and reassuring, great during the day or a date night, in the office or at the park. Top notes of grapefruit, coriander, and basil and middle notes of cardamom, ginger, and orange blossom give it a unique fruity vitality, while basal notes of cedar wood, ambergris, and tobacco, lend it a sophisticated elegance too often overlooked in men’s cologne. The One for Men by Dolce &Gabbana is for the sensitive, mature man.
Best Selling Cologne of 2014
Sometimes the best place to start your search is to see what the rest of the men of the world are into. There are plenty of great-smelling colognes out there; all you need to do is narrow it down to a handful to help make your selection easier.
The number-one top-selling men’s cologne on Amazon as of the writing of this article is Nautica Voyage by Nautica. As will be covered in more depth later on, grabbing the most affordable cologne isn’t always the wisest idea. In this instance, however, it’s hard to go wrong with this relaxing aquatic men’s fragrance. The cologne leads with the cooling sensation of crisp green apple and leaf notes at the top, which then opens up to a heart of mimosa blended with gentle lotus and linen accord, like the flapping sails over the salty summer sea. At its base, a woody mixture of cedar, musk, moss, and amber give Nautica Voyage some grounded masculinity. It is a laid-back and casual fragrance that can be worn throughout the spring and summer days, designed for men that like to let loose and have a little fun in the sun every now and then.
Another best-seller is Gucci Guilty Pour Homme contains a blend of lime, lavender, pink pepper, cardamom, orange blossom, neroli, cedar, sandalwood, and patchouli notes that give it a slick and seductive aroma. Immediately the lemon and lavender notes grace the bare skin, heading the way for basic accords of patchouli and cedar, lending it a subtle but firm masculine aura. Its smoky black glass bottle serves to boost its lavish personality and bold masculinity. Gucci Guilty Pour Homme is designed with the sensual, brazen man in mind, the one that always gets what he wants.
Lastly, but certainly not least, is Versace’s Eros. Inspired by the Greek mythological god of love, the Eros fragrance was designed to unleash a powerful craving. Mint oil blended with green apple and Italian lemon notes give Versace a truly unique and potent aroma that leaves the heart gasping. Tonka beans and Venezuelan ambroxan and geranium flowers lend the fragrance a floraltint. A base comprised of Madagasgar vanilla, vetiver, oakmoss, Virginian cedar, and Atlas cedar round out the cologne with a smooth and warm sensation not unlike the summer breeze of the Mediterranean.
Most Popular Cologne for Men
The most popular cologne for men is lauded as the greatest fragrance of all time. Acqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani first debuted in 1996 and is still going strong. It harnesses the salty sea air of the Mediterranean mixed with the heavy warmth of the hanging sun. Its tremendous popularity kicked off the aquatic fragrance trend in the late 1990s, which is a trend that has remained strong even today. With a floral bouquet of top notes of springy jasmine, rosemary, and hesperidium, this cologne feels light like a cool breeze off of the rolling waves. Middle notes of persimmon fruits and various marine notes radiate a light island sensation. Finally, the Mediterranean aroma gives way to the heart of the fragrance: crisp and warm cedar, patchouli, white musk, and black rose base notes.Acqua di Gio is a cologne for men that are comfortable and confident—and aren’t afraid to show off on the beach as they dig their toes into the sand. Although it has a summery ambiance, it is a fragrance that can be worn year-round. It is not as strong as some of the other men’s colognes on the market, and perhaps is not ideal for a suit-and-tie environment. Instead, Acqua di Gio is more relaxed than that. Wear it while enjoying a drink on the porch or a walk on the boardwalk. Let its cool aroma envelope you, the way the brisk ocean waves might touch your skin.
Most Expensive Cologne
As the old saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” Dropping a couple of cents on a cheap bottle of cologne probably isn’t going to tickle anybody’s fancy—except maybe your wallet’s. Cologne, however, is an investment, and it deserve the attention that all major investments are due. That’s why, when shopping for a new fragrance, don’t be deterred by the price tag. It’s the scent you’re after, and it’s the scent that will linger.
Recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive cologne in the world, No. 1 by Clive Christian is an absolute masterpiece. Using only luxury ingredients, No. 1 is a luxurious blend of cardamom oil, lily of the valley, cedarwood, vetiver, and vanilla notes. As if that wasn’t enough to get the hairs to stand up on the back of your neck, it comes in a limited edition crystal bottle replete with an 18-carat gold inset that holds a marvelous 5-carat diamond. (Of note, the packaging itself was awarded for its exquisite design in 2006.) No. 1 by Clive Christian has a rich floral aroma complimented by its warm base nose. As evidenced by both its price and the bottle it comes in, it is a fragrance symbolizing the pinnacle of luxury, designed for men that truly want it all.
Best Men’s Cologne that Women Love
Developed by perfumers Christophe Raynaud, Olivier Pescheux, and Michel Girard, 1 Million by PacoRabanne is a tantalizing fragrance that drives women absolutely wild. Initial notes of an unmistakable mint and sweet grapefruit and blood orange give way only to the middle notes of spicy cinnamon, rose, and blond leather. Dressed up in packaging that resembles a solid gold bar, 1 Million by PacoRabanne exudes a refinedand yet assertive aroma. Underneath, at the heart of the fragrance, base notes of white wood, amber, and patchouli evoke a desirous masculinity. 1 Million blends the elegant richness of a well-fitted suit with the primal passions of a man on the prowl—qualities that make it one of the most popular scents even among women.
1 Million is a cologne designed to draw attention.It is for men that won’t bend under the pressure of a hundred sets of eyes looking at them as they step into a crowd. Enticing blood orange and a minty allure attract and capture. This is a cologne for men without limitations, for men that refuse to go unnoticed in a room of people. It is for men with a young and wild spirit, unafraid and unfettered, ready at any moment to turn the dial up. Whether you want to reinvent or reinvigorate, 1 Million by PacoRabanne’s sensual and striking fragrance is top shelf.