Best Men’s Colognes 2019: Hot New Releases
The way a man smells is very personal and a form of self-expression. With this being said, cologne companies play an important role in determining the top men’s cologne of the season. This year, the theme of some of the best men’s colognes seems to be wood. Many of the hot new releases in men’s cologne this year feature scents including woods such as oud, cedar, and sandalwood. There are some that even have a bit of citrus and other aromatic notes added to them to give them character. Here are a few of the best men’s colognes in 2019 and hot new releases for the year.
Azzaro Wanted Eau de Toilette Spray, 1.7 Fl. oz.
This scent is Bold, Powerful, and Irresistible. This woody citrus and spicy scent, crafted with explosive lemons, energizing cardamom and opulent Tonka bean is for the man who dares to live a bold life.
The Brand- For Azzaro, cologne is an element of seduction, inspired by the Mediterranean lifestyle and its authentic values — joie de vivre, complicity, conviviality, transmission, seduction…
Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau De Toilette Spray 3.3 Fl. Oz.
This woody aromatic fragrance has a blend of bergamot geranium lemon ginger pineapple apple ambergris and musk
Y is Yves. Y is a question. Y is you. Y, the new masculine fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent. Inspired by the iconic white T-shirt and black jacket, the Eau de Toilette is a balance of freshness and strength. Like a crisp white T-shirt, notes of bergamot, ginger and geranium offer a sharp juicy freshness to challenge convention and exceed all expectations. At its base, soft notes of balsam fir, ambergris and incense embody the subtle power of a tailored black jacket that is refined, chic and surprisingly powerful. An authentic and bold creation; masculinity redefined. Everything starts with a Why.
Givenchy Gentlemen Only Intense Eau de Toilette Spray for Men, 3.3 Oz
Gentleman, a new intensity full of fearless charm. The vibrant and charismatic Eau de Parfum is for men who choose not to follow the crowd; it is for men who dance to their own beat. A woody floral oriental plays an explosive tempo. Peppery effervescence rifts with gentle and aromatic lavender. Contrasting notes built upon a beating floral heart. Warmed up with Tolu balm, the iris heart plays a solo, full of strength and delicacy played out with a masculine pitch. The base echoes with woody patchouli and the sensuality of black vanilla. Oriental and addictive. A rhythmic scent to accompany you through the night. Buy this one if you want to stand out.
Giorgîo Armanî Acquà Di Giò Absolü Eau De Parfum Spray for Men 2.5 fl.oz
Introducing ACQUA DI GIÒ ABSOLU fragrance for men, celebrating the union between fresh water and warm wood. Seen through the eyes of Giorgio Armani, the alliance of water and wood takes us on a journey into timeless masculinity, embracing a deeper overall consciousness.
Using marine notes and patchouli, a new bold, refined, and elegant fragrance has been created. The patchouli provides the perfect balance between the aquatic fragrance and the woody aromas, creating true masculinity with a sensual twist that is at the heart of the fragrance. Woods overdose and ambery addictive warmness of labdanum resinoid blow masculinity and character to the fragrance in the base.
The ABSOLU bottle keeps the iconic shape of Acqua di Giò but reveals its luminous amber-colored fragrance in a clear transparent glass. At the top, the unique cap made of sustainably sourced ash wood creates a perfectly balanced contrast with the shiny metallic collar.
Created by Alberto Morillas, the composition is a powerful and sophisticated alliance of woody notes softened by a fresh aquatic signature. A true statement of natural elegance celebrating the relationship between man and nature.
Best Colognes from Last Year
Vince Camuto for Him
Camuto has catered to women for years and has tackled the men’s cologne market. The first cologne offered by Camuto offers lots of citrus and cedar, including notes of lime. In addition, there are also hints of black pepper, patchouli, and leather, all of which combine to offer a truly manly smell.
Spicebomb is the creation of Viktor and Rolf, two upscale fashion designers from Amsterdam. This men’s cologne offers a peppery zing when first sprayed on and then changes to a more sweet and masculine tobacco base. For someone that is looking for something a bit different, this may be a perfect choice as it is truly unique. And since it’s called Spicebomb, it also comes in a bottle that is shaped like a hand grenade.
Eau Sauvage Parfum
Eau Sauvage Parfum is an offering from Christian Dior and is one of the top men’s cologne. This is an update from the classic Eau Savage that was first released by Dior in 1966. The older version had floral notes; the latest version is woodier with notes of myrrh. The myrrh is not sweet smelling but has a burnt and smoky smell to it. The scent is quite powerful and not likely good for the office. However, it is probably perfect for an evening out.
Tom Ford Noir
Tom Ford Noir offers a refreshing and floral scent with hints of violets, irises, and powder. While this may sound a bit feminine, the cologne quickly develops into something warmer, darker, and sexier. The spices of this cologne win out overall, but the hint of floral notes remains. Overall, this is a sophisticated scent offered by one of the top designers of the century.
Hanae Mori HiM Eau de Toilette Spray for Men
HiM by Hanae Mori is one of the top men’s colognes with its powerful punch that is spicy and fresh. The top notes have a hint of gray pepper, Mandarin Orange, Bergamot, cardamom, and violet leaves. The heart of the Cologne offers fig, Tonka Bean, and cinnamon bark notes. This scent closes with woody scents of amber, musk, teak, and white cedar.
You can try a selection above or you can find a signature fragrance just for you. In order to find the right men’s cologne, you will need to study and learn about the cologne and fragrance families in order to determine the smell that most appeals to you or your guy. Traditionally, scents are commonly classified as being floral, amber, or woody. Floral scents also have a powerful flower scent, although other scents may be present as well. Amber fragrances are more exotic, sweet, and pleasant. Woody fragrances typically have sandalwood and cedar notes.
Another thing to consider is the composition of a fragrance. The composition of the a fragrance refers to all of the various elements that are used to make up that particular scent. This is often phrased using the word “notes”. For instance, a cologne may be said to have notes of bergamot or notes of myrrh. These notes will be listed in an order that is based on how they have been combined to create that particular cologne. The best men’s colognes will offer a composition that is unique and will set it apart from its rivals. Many colognes will use ingredients that are expensive or rare that other companies may not have access to or are too costly to incorporate, while other colognes may use a blend that has an unusual combination of ingredients.
Every year men’s cologne goes through somewhat of a fluctuation or shift, just like many wines do. The reasons for this are similar to why some wine years taste different than other wine years and why some colognes smell a little different from year to year. Mainly because the ingredients used for the cologne are not uniform or change over time. This means the blend used in a previous year may have a somewhat different composition than the current cologne year, but it shouldn’t be radically different. For instance, a 2016 cologne may be somewhat sharper smelling than a 2019 cologne because of the quality of the lavender crop in the previous year, which is very interesting. Fashion and trends also plays a role in the scents that may be available. For instance, in the 1980s the best colognes for men were sharp, big, aggressive, and had many dry notes. During the 1990s, however, men’s fragrances began containing sweeter and lighter smells. Interesting, right?
Some of the major brands of cologne have a “feel” that is part marketing and part science. For example, Prada perfumes are designed to have a scent that is very familiar. This means if you have worn a particular Prada scent for years the newest scent available should be comfortable for you to wear even if the scent is different. The image of a cologne can also a big factor. Many ad campaigns for men’s cologne center on the “are you wearing” question.
Price is another factor to consider, and other colognes sometimes are less expensive depending on the band. There’s a range of brands of cologne available to those who have decided on their certain budget. There are low-end colognes, mid-range ones, and luxury ones. Luxury colognes rarely decrease in price, even over the years.
Eau de parfum-Is generally is the most pricey because it last the longest and is generally the best quality. After an hour or so the top notes evaporates, the middle notes of a fragrance becomes more noticeable. This is the focus of eau de parfum which makes it perfect to spray on clothing. (Always use caution when spraying on delicate fabrics as they may stain.) The oil content is over 15%, sometimes as high as 20%. Typically, these fragrances are sold in smaller bottles.
Eau de toilette-Is generally less costly than Eau de parfum and typically contains up to around 10% oil. The top notes – are powerful, making it refreshing when it is applied, and it fades fast.
Eau de cologne-Is an affordable option. It is at the bottom end of the selection as far as concentration is concerned. This tends to have about 7% oils or aromatic essence. Typically, it is sold in larger bottles. Don’t judge the value by the size.
Eau de toilette and Eau de cologne are the most popular forms of cologne for men.