Did you know that just a small spritz of the best smelling cologne might just get you a date with that lovely lady at the office? In her article, “Perfect Chemistry: How Women Want Men to Smell,” Vogue’s Susan Irvine writes that although women say they don’t like their men to wear “perfumes,” women are actually attracted to men who have a distinct fragrance. Perfumer Alienor Massenet tells Irvine that women get addicted if men find a fragrance that “blends with the masculine skin.” So without further ado, here are 20 of the best men’s eau de toilette, brand name colognes, super fragrances – whatever you want to call it – that could get women fixated on you.
1. Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche
From the design house of Guy Laroche, Drakkar Noir was launched in 1982 and easily became one of the most popular fragrances in the 90’s. It received awards from The Fragrance Foundation in 1985, and Canadian Fragrance Awards in 2010. Premiere fragrance creator Pierre Wargyne took a blend of lavender, citrus, spicy berries, and sandalwood and came up with a sharp spicy fragrance laced with hints of lavender and amber. Feel the power and conquer the world each time you spray on this masculine scent.
2. Tom Ford Noir for Men Eau de Parfum Spray
Launched by Tom Ford in 2012, the perfume has a clean and warm scent that starts off as woodsy but then ends in a unisex scent. While some users think this is one of the better Tom Ford scents, others feel like it gives off a common fragrance which does not last a long time.
With combinations of iris, opoponax, amber, and vanilla, the parfum may have a pleasant powdery scent or a dark smoky fragrance, perhaps depending on the user’s skin (according to perfumer Massenet.)
3. Versace Pour Homme Eau De Toilette Natural Spray
From the world-renowned Versace comes a crisp and citrus-y scent for the modern man – someone who is knowledgeable, confident, and passionate. With bitter orange leaves, hyacinth, bergamot, citron of diamante and neroli, Versace Pour Homme is a scent that reminds you of freshness and sunshine.
It is light and cool enough for daily use. Some users think the fragrance does not last very long, maybe about half a day, but others give it a 7/10. However, everyone agrees that Versace Pour Homme just keeps the compliments coming.
4. Pheromones for Men
Did you know that humans send out odor signals to each other? Pheromones from males can supposedly trigger a physical or emotional effect on the opposite sex. Since that did not seem enough, RawChemistry has combined pheromones with natural oils to bring you a fragrance that is subtle, but long-lasting and designed to attract women.
Users love the light and fresh scent as well as the handy spritzer it comes in. The cologne also has moisturizers which are ideal for users with sensitive skin.
5. Tommy Hilfiger Eau De Cologne
This list would not be complete without Tommy. Since 1995, Tommy Hilfiger Cologne Spray has been a hit with the ladies. Tommy blended the fragrances of tangy citrus, cranberry, and cinnamon apple pie to create a warm and comfortable fragrance that is perfect for daytime.
It also has traces of mint, lavender, grapefruit, and bergamot. Do not let its flowery scent fool you because its aromatic appeal is uniquely masculine, which is probably why the opposite sex is quite attracted to it. Only praises for Tommy’s cologne.
6. Adidas Moves by Adidas for Men
With its light and airy scent, Adidas Moves by Adidas for Men will definitely keep the compliments rolling. It was made available to the public in 1999 and has since become a favorite, especially men with an active lifestyle.
The scent is a mixture of green apple, black pepper, mint, mandarin orange, and jasmine with hints of thyme, sandalwood and lily-of-the-valley. Adidas Moves offers an invigorating, stimulating, and crisp fragrance that just gets you going all day. Users give this spray two thumbs up.
7. Lucky Brand Lucky You Cologne
One of the 50 fragrances from renowned designer Liz Claiborne, Lucky You was launched in 2000. It was created by Jane-Claude Delville, the same nose behind a number of popular fragrance brands like Clinique, Gap, Givenchy, Aramis, and Banana Republic.
Users like Lucky You because of its fresh citrus scent that is blended with woody, mossy aromas, making it an excellent cologne choice for a stroll at the park, a morning meeting, or just to feel and smell fresh all day.
8. Christian Dior Sauvage
You’ve probably seen the latest commercial for Dior’s Sauvage. The multi-awarded actor dressed in black, playing guitar and then driving into the desert to bury his accessories. Ring a bell, Captain? Sauvage may be for casual wear, but its elegant and refined scent can bring you magic.
Created by Dior’s own François Demachy, Sauvage has a strong, rugged masculine scent that will definitely make people notice you. The fragrance is a blend of pepper, Calabrian bergamot, lavender, Sichuan pepper, and patchouli.
9. Dolce & Gabbana The One
The One is delightful and oriental, featuring the fragrance of grapefruit, ginger, and orange blossom blended perfectly with cedarwood, coriander, and basil. Traces of tobacco and cedarwood give The One a timeless masculine scent that will hypnotize every person in the room when you walk in.
The adventurous scent has been a favorite of many since its release by the design house of Dolce & Gabbana in 2008. Spray it on the lower part of your body so the fragrance can rise throughout the day for a lasting effect.
10. Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio
Released in 1997 by designer extraordinaire Giorgio Armani, the iconic scent offers a woody marine freshness that is both natural and authentic. The Armani house combined citrus accords of orange and lime with nutmeg, bergamot, jasmine, rosemary, and cedar to give it an aquatic hyacinth smell.
Acqua di Gio has lasted the test of time, thanks to its light and watery scent that has endeared it to men and women alike. Its signature masculine fragrance lasts a long time which has made the cologne a popular gift for special occasions.
11. Bvlgari Aqva By Bvlgari For Men
Jacques Cavallier combined neroli bigarade, grapefruit, Posidonia, SAP, rosemary flower, and white cedarwood to give Bvlgari’s Aqva Pour Homme a contemporary aromatic aquatic signature. Men who go for a crisp and vibrant smell will enjoy Aqva’s fresh scent.
Bvlgari imitates water in its freshest and purest form and makes you feel refreshed all day. This connection is enhanced by the color of the cologne’s uniquely-shaped bottle, which does not appeal to some because it is hard to set up right.
12. Nautica Voyage
Nautica has always been associated with aquatic-inspired lifestyle brands that celebrate the element of water. For Nautica Voyage, the inspiration comes from a man setting sail in a quest to satisfy his adventurous spirit.
Created by Maurice Roucel and launched in 2006, Nautica Voyage is a fragrance of coastal herbs and woods for the romantic man. The scent is a combination of cold, green notes of leaves and apple, mimosa, water lotus, and the linen sail of a yacht.
13. Guess by Marciano
GUESS is not only popular for its clothing and accessories. The Eau De Toilette by Guess for Men is a well-loved sophisticated and modern spray for daily wear. It is a perfect blend of sunny warmth and the sweet and salty notes of sea water.
It has a definite masculine scent from traces of warm, woody amber and spice. You can also catch some whiffs of ginger-mandarin and ice tonic. Aside from its great fragrance, many like it because it has moderate longevity and sillage.
14. Kenneth Cole Reaction
Developed by Frank Voelkl and launched in 2004, Reaction by Kenneth Cole is for men who want to have an invigorating scent to keep their spirits up during the day. The fragrance has undertones of wood and musk as well as tones of melon, green apple, watermelon, lemon, and lime.
Some even say there is a watermelon bubblegum scent. Sillage and longevity are soft and moderate which a lot of users may not like, especially if you plan on going out for drinks straight from work.
15. Polo Blue by Ralph Lauren
Polo Blue by Ralph Lauren was created by Carlos Benaim and Christophe Laudamiel. Launched in 2003, the blue bottle with the distinct polo player quickly became a best-seller due to its warm and inviting scent.
The classic fragrance has scents of melon de Cavaillon, basil, verbena, and washed suede which gives it that invigorating blast of freshness. Users absolutely love the clean masculine scent which seems to last for days on your clothes. For men who are champions in life, Polo Blue comes in two sizes: 2.5 and 4.2 oz.
16. Lacoste Eau de Lacoste
Created by Claude Dir, Lacoste Pour Homme has a woody aromatic fragrance that gives it a sophisticated edge that appeals to mature men. The cologne has blends of ruby grapefruit, Italian bergamot, cardamom, juniper, and sandalwood to give you that elegant and refined scent.
Some users do not like that the cologne has moderate longevity and sillage, but others claim that the fragrance has sufficient staying power.
17. Cool Water by Davidoff
Recommended for daily wear, Cool Water by Zino Davidoff offers a subtle, powdery scent that makes you just feel good and can possibly get you the desired affection from that special someone. Pierre Bourdon took inspiration from the power of the ocean and created the quintessential ocean fragrance.
Introduced in 1988, Cool Water is the perfect blend of lavender, jasmine, oakmoss, musk, and sandalwood which will earn you compliments daytime or nighttime wherever you go. It has a simple masculine scent with cedarwood, musk, amber, and tobacco as a base. Cool Water by Davidoff is available in 2.5 oz.
18. Gucci Guilty Black
The third “story” after Gucci Guilty and Gucci Guilty Intense, Gucci Guilty Black’s sensual scent encourages lovers to bring out their attraction for each other. The fragrance has top notes of lavender and green coriander to evoke youthful confidence and patchouli, the hallmark of Gucci fragrances, blended with textured cedarwood for intensity.
Gucci Guilty Black is definitely a must-have when you want to take the atmosphere on a date night to the next level. Launched in 2013, Gucci Guilty Black is available in 50 ml for and 90 ml.
19. L’eau D’issey by Issey Miyake for Men
Issey Miyake turns to water in creating L’eau D’Issey, encouraging its loyal audiences to reconnect with nature. Known for his unique and elegant fragrances, Issey Miyake wants you to have that “feeling of freshness and strength of a mountain waterfall” in L’eau D’Issey Pour Homme.
The men’s fragrance has a fresh yet warm and woody scent with accents of spicy notes. If you’re a man who likes the fragrance of cypress, tangerine, nutmeg, and amber tobacco then the search for the right cologne should stop with L’eau D’issey.
20. Pi by Givenchy for Men
With a scent created by Alberto Morillas and a container by Serge Manseau, Pi was launched in 1998 to accompany the adventurous and sensual male in the evenings. The fragrance has traces of basil, rosemary, tarragon, and mandarin and base notes of vanilla, almond, tonka, and yellow sugar.
Pi’s sexy smell and one-of-a-kind geometric bottle with a hi-tech closure system collected a following that triggered Pi successors such as Pi Fraiche, Pi Metallic Collector, Pi Original Code, and Pi Neo. Pi is available 1.7 and 3.3 oz. bottles.
So, which of these men’s colognes is the exact one for you? With so many fragrances out there from which to choose, picking out the right scent can be quite challenging.
If you don’t have any favorites yet then maybe one of the colognes on the list is worth a try. Whichever one you choose, you’re sure to be a star with the ladies.