We appreciate that most of you are a discerning lot and some of the finest smelling chaps around but for those among you who still think that Old Spice constitutes as a passable scent to wear on date night, we’re here to set the record straight. We’re going to bring you into the 21st century with our roundup of the best scents to scintillate those olfactory senses! Put more crudely, choosing the right aftershave might just be the key to your sensual success so let us help handpick the best men’s cologne for you that might just have your other half going weak at the knees. With perfumer’s using common ingredients like vetiver, neroli, ould, tobacco, tonka bean, and sandalwood, finding the right heady combination that smells just perfect is like selecting a fine wine. It’s all top, middle and base notes. So don’t be intimidated if you don’t know your Ambergris from your Bergamot, that’s what we are here for! Oh yes, and fair warning too, these days a decent men’s cologne costs a bit more than a fiver!
The Best Colognes For Men
Tom Ford Noir
At the risk of sounding all metrosexual, we kinda like to think that Tom Ford smells every bit as good as he looks! Is there no end to that man’s talent? His packaging is just sublime, and year on year he just keeps adding to his range with products that are garnering nothing short of cult status. Tom Ford Noir was originally released in 2012 and is one of his more affordable cologne’s. It’s an oriental and very sensual fragrance that has been specially created for the modern, suave, sophisticated man. Sounds just like you right? We thought so, that’s why we put it first on our list. It’s an intriguing and luxurious scent that’s is full of mystery and prestige. Presented in a beautiful sleek black bottle, it comes as either a 50ml or 100ml Eau de perfume which is characterized by its long lasting, spicy scent. It’s a complex mix of top, heart and base notes with over 15 blends including bergamot, verbena, caraway, black pepper, rose, amber and vanilla to name just a few. Wear it at your peril! Ladies are quite likely to swoon at your feet. Be sure to also check out our list of the best solid colognes for more great items like this.
- BrandTom Ford
Valentine Uomo Instense
First up we just adore this elegant yet edgy glass bottle. It almost demands to be touched and is reminiscent of a classically refined liquor. It smells as good as it looks then you’re already on to a winner. It draws its influence, as you would expect from the master that is Valentino, from Italian elegance. It has a bold and deep leathery signature that is blended with a fresher fusion of mandarin and clary sage. The result is a very masculine and sensual scent that demands a strong personality to wear it confidently. It’s an Eau de Parfume, with a strong and long lasting smell that is characterized as being Woody Oriental.
- ModelUomo Instense
Versace Pour Homme
This classic and distinctly aromatic fragrance for men was initially launched back in 2008 and still continues to be a firm favorite today. Versace Pour Homme is apparently designed for the dynamic, entrepreneurial man who’s masculine, knowledgeable and confident yet living very much in harmony with his natural surroundings. You do have to wonder who makes this stuff up but let’s play along, shall we! Imagine a very light and Mediterranean scent, plenty of orange leaves and fresh Neroli flowers, wrapped up with a sensual and deeper base note of Amber and Musk to bring more masculinity to what has quite a floral bouquet. This one comes in an Eau de Toilette which is not as strong as a Perfume, so it has a moderate scent intensity and longevity and is what’s typified as a Fougere. It’s masculine, yes, bit also quite aromatic too. This makes a perfect grooming gift for a special man in your life.
- ModelPour Home
Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfume
Le Labo first debuted in 2006 and immediately garnered cult-like status for its range of striking yet subtle scents, all presented in apothecary-style bottles with typewriter font printed labels. The range is characterized by its distinct naming convention, each scent in the range having a name followed by a number. That being the most prominent note in the bouquet, so in this case, Santal, followed by the amount of individual notes in the overall composition, so 33. The range isn’t strictly a men’s one and has been designed to be Unisex so you may find that you’re not the only one that falls in love with this fragrance. This scent is supposed to capture the spirit, freedom, and essence of the American West. It’s spicy, leathery, musky and inviting, like a softly burning open fire. A comforting, warm and smoky blend.
- BrandLe Labo
- ModelSantal 33
Bulgari Aqua by Bulgari for Men
With well-balanced citrusy notes and a fruity bouquet, Bulgari Aqua is subtle and contemporary for the sophisticated and modern man who’d rather he did the talking rather than his cologne. The scent has been around since 2005 and is sexy and mature but uplifting at the same time. It’s structured around Posidonia, an aquatic plant found deep in the sea which exudes oxygen, hence the name. Overall it delivers a very fresh and marine style signature fragrance and is available as an Eau De Toilette so is moderately long lasting with a distinctly aqua feel. Bulgari fragrances are associated with luxury, Italian style and the timeless beauty of the old Greeks and Romans, and this is definitely a refined and elegant fragrance that fits that overall brand ethos. Our handy guide to the best aftershaves features more great products like this.
Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfume
This is a warm, woody and very sensual scent in an evocative and very masculine black bottle that is cheekily tied with a black bow, a nod to the character of this fragrance. Of course, Burberry is synonymous with the iconic Trench coat and all things Cool Britannia and this latest fragrance tries to capture and emulate the essence and anticipated of a night out in good old London town. There are very aromatic top notes of tarragon and spicy cinnamon which are almost good enough to eat! The base though takes it down a few notches to those exclusive underground drinking dens of the East End with its dark and woody notes of smoky vetiver and woody amber. Overall it delivers a warm but sensual scent in a decadent bottle that further conveys its hidden depths. It’s an Eau de Parfume so typically longer lasting, but this has been designed to be soft and light with mostly spicy notes. Available in three bottle sizes including 50ml, 100ml and a larger 150ml for those lovers of the brand.
- ModelMr. Burberry
Issey Miyake L’eau D’Issey Eau de Toilette
Initially introduced in 1994 it’s a fresh and zingy fragrance with oriental notes of Yuzu and the elegance and maturity of sandalwood. In three sizes including a large 200 ml bottle, it’s vibrant and timeless with a refreshing zesty appeal that has earned it quite the faithful following. The top notes include orange, cypress, and lemon verbena and there is glorious Tahitian vetiver in the base notes. It’s a very wearable cologne and one that is both powerful and delicate at the same time. No matter what your age, this is a great go-to fragrance and will instantly uplift your mood and spirits and take you to an intoxicating level. There’s nothing heavy or overbearing about this Issey Miyake L’Eauu D’Issey. It’s light and well balanced and a fantastic daily scent. Characterized as a Woody Oriental, it’s definitely more on the fresh side, and happy wearers report that it’s got long-lasting characteristics too so one spritz and you should be good all day. Love this product? Check out our review of the best deodorants for our top picks.
- BrandIssey Miyake
- ModelL’eau D’Issey
Victor & Rolf Spicebomb Eau de Toilette
Like a carefully crafted and intoxicating cocktail, this Victor and Rolf scent is refined and oozes masculine virility. There are spicy notes of chill and saffron combined with more zesty notes of bergamot and grapefruit. It’s a powerful and intense concoction that has been created for the daring and adventurous man. It’s a real explosion and assault on the sense, and while this one doesn’t come in the characteristic grenade shaped bottle synonymous with the brand, it does still have a sense of fun and adventure about the design of the bottle. Victor and Rolf themselves are a famed duo, known for their Avante Garde designs and conceptual glamour. Their scents are just part of their intoxicating and popular range that include evocative names like Flowerbomb, Spicebomb, and BonBon. This then is a rough and refined, men’s cologne that is pretty much perfect to wear for all occasions. Spicy, long-lasting and robust, one spritz of this and you will be smelling the bomb all day long!
- BrandVictor & Rolf
Creed Aventus Eau De Parfum
Ok, so Creed perfumes are not cheap! This is by far the most expensive we’ve reviewed so far today on your Best Mens Cologne roundup. However, unlike many of the others, it’s not an adjunct to a successful fashion house, Creed is a renowned Parisian parfumier and has dominated the fragrance industry for years. The heritage of the brand can be traced back to 1760, so you can be sure that with a history of over 260 years long and still going strong, Creed creates fine fragrances for the discerning and the discriminating.
Aventus is a contemporary scent with plenty of audacity, confidence and tantalizing top notes of blackcurrant along with apples and pineapple. Beneath that lies a heart of jasmine and patchouli and venture even further and you will hit notes of moss in what is an intriguing and sophisticated scent. It’s rich and fruity, full of heritage and designed to be long-lasting. Find more great products like this by checking out our guide to the best body sprays.
Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau de Parfum
This is intended to be a seduction scent, taking its inspiration from the classic YSL wardrobe of the stylish white t-shirt and black jacket worn by today’s modern and elegant man. It has the fresh top note of apple with a middle note of sage and finished with a base of vetiver and tonka bean so by many standards, is relatively simple. The house of Yves Saint Laurent has long been associated with beauty and cologne, and in fact, the first ever perfume was brought out in 1964. This essence captures the modern man; a man who is characterized as being confident, capable and also socially conscious. Masculinity and modernity underpin this cologne.
- BrandYves Saint Laurent
Versace Eros Eau De Toilette
The bottle makes a bold statement and is anything but shy and retiring and chances are the man who chooses to wear this iconic cologne likes to make an entrance too. It’s vibrant and intense, and a beguiling combination of fresh notes from the likes of apple, mint, and lemon but the addictive sensuality conjured up by extracts of amber and vanilla. Eros of course if the undisputed god of love and the question is, will you have the female population swooning at your feet while wearing this scent? It takes a strong, passionate and complex man to wear Versace. Are you man enough to take up the challenge? With woody and primary oriental characteristics, it’s an Eau de Toilette this is distinguished by its long last and strong scent and of course, that very iconic green glass bottle. This will be your favorite product from your dopp kit.
Paco Rabanne 1 Million Cologne
Finally, on our round-up of the Best Men’s Cologne, we have a potent blend from Paco Rabanne that is fresher, more charming and more energetic than some of the other fragrances In the range. It’s a delicious and citrusy cocktail of mandarin and cardamom and also has distinctly floral notes of classic rose and juniper berry at its heart. In iconic gold bar packaging, it certainly makes a bold statement and epitomizes wealth and luxury. Long lasting and intense, the dominant characteristics are those of citrus, and it exudes audacity, confidence and is the kind of fragrance that is bound to leave a long lasting and positive impression.
- BrandPaco Rabanne
- Model1 Million