“You smell soooo sexy!” Every man wants to hear this from the women in his life. It is scientifically proven that your scent makes people find you likeable and attractive or not.
If you want to increase your attractiveness and sex appeal to get more women, the fastest and easiest way is by using a sexy cologne for men.
Just like we men love a women with a sexy perfume, women also go crazy for a men who smells good.
In this article we show you the 22 best colognes for men women can’t resist!
We have found Dior Sauvage to be the best and sexiest overall fragrance for men!
This amazing cologne shines with its masculine, wild character. It is a fresh scent while also being very raw, wild and elegant at the same time.
Women go crazy over this cologne!
You probably won’t go very long without getting bombarded by compliments and girls sniffing your neck telling you how good you smell.
The great thing about Dior Sauvage that make it our best overall pick are the huge versatility with the scent. If you only need one cologne that will always work, regardless the situation, outfit or the type of guy, then pick Dior Sauvage! You won’t regret it.
It consists of the highest quality ingredients like bergamot from Reggio Calabria and sensual ambroxan which make Dior Sauvage super long lasting and give it that sensual aroma that makes it such a great choice. Dior Sauvage is one of the best colognes for men that women will absolutely love on you and probably the best overall fragrance you can get your hands on! Check out our Dior Sauvage review for more details on this cologne.
Top Notes Pepper, Bergamot
Heart Notes Geranium, Lavender, Patchouli, Pink Pepper, Sichuan Pepper, Elemi, Vetiver
Base Notes Ambroxan, Cedar, Labdanum
Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L’Homme
La Nuit De L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent is the best cologne for dates and Netflix & chill evenings.
This scent is pure sexiness and its seductive powers shouldn’t be underestimated. This is just beautifully done and girls can not resist this scent on a men.
The mix of cardamom, bergamot, lavender, cedar and amber is the perfect seductive blend that makes girls go wild and this fragrance one of the best colognes for men. This is a real head-turner and a huge compliment getter.
If you want to up your attractiveness, go get yourself a battle of this magic aphrodisiac called La Nuit De L’Homme.
Top Notes Cardamom
Heart Notes Bergamot, Lavender, Cedar
Base Notes Amber, Caraway, Vetiver
Creed Aventus is probably one of the most hyped colognes in the fragrance world and with good reason.
Niche fragrance designer Creed has created a true masterpiece and powerhouse with its luxury cologne Creed Aventus.
While this scent is almost mainstream on the internet you won’t find this very often in real life and you’ll be really unique wearing this. The reason for this is pretty simple. Creed Aventus has a big price tag but it is worth every penny.
And that’s not all. Not every man can wear Creed Aventus. It is a cologne that screams confidence and success and it gets all the attention. You need to be the right type of guy to wear this scent.
Creed Aventus is a is universally loved by both women and men and the best luxurious fragrance you can get. It’s not only the best premium cologne out there, but also the absolute best Creed Cologne for men you can get.
There is just something about this that will make you stand out and get you compliments and respect. Definitely go for this if you really want the absolute best of the best. Check out our Creed Aventus review if you want to learn more about this masterpiece fragrance.
Top Notes Pineapple, Apple, Bergamot, Blackcurrant Leaf
Heart Notes Birch, Jasmine, Patchouli, Juniper Berry, Rose
Base Notes Ambergris, Oakmoss, Musk, Vanilla
Jean Paul Gaultier Ultra Male
Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier is one of the most popular and successful colognes for men.
Women love the masculine, sexy scent of Le Male that it gets from its mix of vanilla and lavender notes. This scent DNA is really iconic and it is an unbelievably strong and long lasting scent.
Enter Ultra Male. Ultra Male is the updated version of the original Le Male where everything is ultra and amplified. It has ultra performance, ultra longevity, ultra projection, ultra sweetness, ultra sex appeal, ultra everything.
This is one of the best and sexiest colognes a guy can wear in the club for a night out. The performance will get you through the whole night, no problem, and it will get you tons of compliments.
A big bonus is the bottle in the form of a men’s body is a real classic and one of the best fragrance bottle designs ever made. The original made it popular but Ultra Male with its darker bottle design looks even better!
If you are looking for a cologne that women find alluring and sexy then Ultra Male is for you. One of the best and sexiest fragrances for men! Also check out the original Le Male if you want a sweet, sexy smelling cologne that women will die for.
Top Notes Bergamot, Pear, Black Lavender, Mint
Heart Notes Cumin, Cinnamon, Clary Sage
Base Notes Black Vanilla, Amber, Woods
Chanel Allure Homme Sport
Chanel Allure Homme Sport is a very fresh, sporty scent that is the best cologne for sporty activities, summer nights but also fits high-class events.
Women love Allure Homme Sport and can’t get enough of this scent. It is a huge compliment getter and is probably one of the safest fragrances you can buy. This is the cologne you grab when you don’t know what else to wear because it just always works and everybody loves it. It is a very safe choice and even a potential blind buy.
With Allure Homme Sport you are getting a very masculine cologne that needs to be in any fragrance collection. If you want something a little different and more unique, you can try its brother Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme. You can learn more about this scent in our Chanel Allure Homme Sport Review.
Top Notes Aldehydes, Mandarin, Seawater, Orange
Heart Notes Neroli, Pepper, Cedar
Base Notes Amber, Musk, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Vetiver
Paco Rabanne 1 Million
You can love it or hate but one thing is clear – Paco Rabanne 1 Million is and will forever be one of the best and most successful colognes for men. If you wear this you will smell like a million bucks.
Its strength lies within the great performance and projection of the scent, and also the extremely distinctive top note – probably one of the best ever top notes in a fragrance.
1 Million is a scent that gets noticed and is always shines at parties or clubs because of its strong performance and longevity. 1 Million is definitely one of the best colognes for men but be warned, while it smells phenomenal and projects like a beast, you probably won’t be the only one wearing this scent. This scent is pretty mainstream and sadly is often associated with the douchebag type. But if you don’t care about any of this then go ahead and rock 1 Million in all its glory.
Top Notes Blood mandarin, Peppermint
Heart Notes Rose absolute, Cinnamon
Base Notes Leather accord, Amberketal
CH Men Prive
If you are looking for a scent that screams masculinity and sex appeal then you need CH Men Prive.
This one just oozes coolness and confidence. It is perfect for the bad boy look and works best in the evening at parties, bars or dates. Women really find this attractive and it will definitely get you attention and some crazy compliments.
This is the scent that you wear when you are rocking a black leather jacket, a black shirt and it will fit perfectly. Plainly dangerous. The perfect scent for bad boys!
Top Notes Grapefruit, Lavender, Sage, Red Thyme, Cardamom
Heart Notes Whisky
Base Notes Leather, Benzoin, Tonka Bean
Versace Eros stands for passion, sensuality and power. This is a really youthful, masculine scent that smells like an explosion of sweetness and freshness.
This really performs like a beast and it can shine with above average longevity and great projection.
The bottle is beautiful and definitely eye-catching with the iconic Versace medusa head in the middle, and a bright blue color that screams luxury and perfectly represents the scent DNA.
The fresh and sweet notes like mint mixed with green apple and lemon make this exclusive fragrance a great choice for summer, clubbing and one of the best colognes for young guys.
>> Learn more about Versace Eros. You can learn more about Eros in our review of this cologne.
Top Notes Mint Leaf, Italian Lemon, Green Apple
Heart Notes Venezuelan Tonka Bean, Ambroxan, Geranium
Base Notes Madagascan Vanilla, Atlas Cedar, Virginia Cedar, Vetiver, Oakmoss
Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme
Now we are getting to a scent from the house of Armani that has wowed an entire generation and is still to this day, one of the best colognes for men of all time.
We are talking about Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme.
This a very fresh, masculine fragrance. It is a bold and confident and you will immediately fall in love with this classic fragrance DNA.
It is very versatile and you can pretty much wear this year around for any occasion. Due to its freshness it really shines during hot spring and summer days so we recommend you get yourself a bottle for the hot seasons. Definitely try this one out. You won’t regret it!
Top Notes Bergamot, Jasmine, Lime, Mandarin, Orange, Lemon
Heart Notes Cyclamen, Freesia, Hyacinth, Coriander, Marine notes, Peach, Migonette, Rose, Violet
Base Notes Amber, Oakmoss, Musk, Patchouli, Cedar
Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Extreme
Spicebomb Extreme is an explosion of spicy, sweet scents. This is a really masculine, seductive smelling cologne and it is really sexy.
When the original Spicebomb came out in 2012 it was an instant hit and already a huge compliment getter. This Extreme version is even better and steps it up a notch. It smells even more seductive, sexy and unique. And just like you would think from a version named Extreme, this cologne performs extremely well and is super long lasting.
The bottle designed like a hand grenade is really unique and a true eye-catcher and is exclusive to the Spicebomb/Flowerbomb lineup by Viktor & Rolf. Yes, you heard that right, there is also a female version of this called Flowerbomb and it is one of the best perfumes for women.
Perfumer Olivier Polge really hit the nail on the head with his creation. The mix of woody, spicy notes and the sexy scent DNA make this one of the top choices for mens fragrances and one of the best spicy colognes of all time.
Top Notes Grapefruit, Pimento, Black pepper
Heart Notes Cinnamon, Cumin, Saffron
Base Notes Tobacco, Amber, Black vanilla, Cistus
Creed Green Irish Tweed
Green Irish Tweed is another well known and popular scent by the house of Creed dating all the way back to 1985.
It that has been the signature scent of many well-known celebrities like Pierce Brosnan, George Clooney or even Prince Charles and for many it is the fragrance to wear.
As you can see from the list of people who wear this above, it is a very masculine, confident smelling scent. It screams luxury, high-quality and you massive self-confidence.
You will feel like a movie star when you wear this scent or any of Creed’s fragrances for that matter.
It also has a very natural, green smelling aura as you probably already have guessed by the name. I heard a guy say that this smells like nature should have smelled. You will definitely get tons of compliments with this scent.
As all Creed and most niche fragrances, the price tag on this is kinda high. If you buy retail, which you probably won’t, you will pay a lot more than if you find some reputable seller online. A big bottle will last you a long time so don’t be shy of the investment, especially if you have multiple fragrances and this will only be a part of your rotation.
You really can’t go wrong with a scent of this caliber. Green Irish Tweed is one of the best perfumes for men. By the way, don’t you think this is just one of the coolest looking cologne bottles out there? The matte black bottle will definitely get some attention if you place it well in your home.
Top Notes Verbena, Peppermint, Lemon
Heart Notes Violet leaf
Base Notes Ambergris, Iris, Sandalwood
Dolce & Gabbana The One Eau de Parfum
The intimate and romantic moments in life are when Dolce & Gabbana The One Eau de Parfum should be the cologne of your choice.
This is one of the most seductive, alluring cologne for men and just straight up sexy. The One EDP instantly pulls you in and seduces you with its dark, masculine scent surrounded by the perfect blend of sweet, sexy fragrance notes.
The One Eau De Parfum is the best cologne for when you are out on a romantic date with your girlfriend. She will love this one you and it will perfectly fit the occasion. Seriously, every woman we asked about this went nuts. Chicks simply dig this scent because it is so alluring and mysterious.
We recommend the Eau De Parfum version over the original Eau de Toilette. It performs way better and is just a tad bit darker, and more mysterious. Dolce & Gabbana really outdid themselves with this scent and it will forever be known as one of the best fragrances for men. Check out our The One EDP review for more on this scent.
Top Notes Grapefruit, Coriander, Basil
Heart Notes Orange Blossom, Ginger, Cardamom
Base Notes Tobacco, Amber, Cedarwood
Prada L’Homme is the ultimate mens cologne for every day.
This is definitely the best, clean scent on the market right now. It smells very fresh, clean, almost soapy but in a very luxurious way. Simply impressive.
While it is great for every day wearing, it leans toward being more of an upper-class kind of scent. Prada L’Homme will make you smell very elegant and wealthy. The iris note used in this cologne is of very high-quality and Prada really outdid themselves with this blend of freshness in a bottle.
This is the type of scent you wear when you visit your girlfriends parents, or when you are going for a job interview. It is also great for daily wear in the office because it is so pleasant and inoffensive.
Prada L’Homme is the perfect clean cologne for men looking for that out of the shower type scent!
Top Notes Carrot Seeds, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Neroli
Heart Notes Violet, Mate, Iris, Geranium
Base Notes Patchouli, Cedar, Amber, Sandalwood
Bleu De Chanel Eau de Parfum
Bleu De Chanel EDP is the quintessence of style and class. A quick glance at the bottle and the name Chanel are already enough for you to know that this is a masculine, classy, professional type of scent.
When the original came out in 2010 it immediately became one of Chanel’s biggest sellers and a massively popular scent. This scent DNA has surely shaped a lot of the mens colognes that followed over the years and some even say that massive fragrances like Dior Sauvage were inspired by this classic.
Now, this is exactly were the Eau de Parfum comes in. With the original being so popular, this scent is almost too boring these days. The Eau de Parfum takes all the best elements of the original Bleu de Chanel and refines it perfectly to create a more unique variation of it.
This is a scent that makes you appear a lot more professional and elegant. It instantly boosts your authority and it is the type of scent that is perfect when you are wearing a suit or tuxedo.
Bleu De Chanel Eau de Parfum is the best cologne for men who are looking for an elegant, upper-class type of scent that is perfect for work and evening wear and the right choice if you are looking to appear more professional.
Top Notes Lemon, Grapefruit, Pink Pepper, Bergamot, Coriander, Mint, Aldehydes
Heart Notes Melon, Jasmine, Ginger, Nutmeg
Base Notes Labdanum, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedar, Amber, Incense, Amberwood
Made in the 80s and still a total boss today. Dior Fahrenheit is a total classic when it comes to mens colognes.
Your father might have worn this as it was one of the most successful and popular fragrances and still is to this day. When this came out back in the eighties, everybody was going nuts over it because it was so new, so unique and so special – something never done before. A true revolution for the world of fragrances and mens colognes in particular.
Dior Fahrenheit gets its expressive and unique character mostly through the perfect mix of top notes like mandarine, heart notes like violet and base notes like cedar, patchouli and leather.
This is one of the most masculine and unique classics out there and classics like this one should never be missing in any top cologne list and
Top Notes Bergamot, Chamomile, Lavender, Mandarin, Mace, Hawthorn, Cedar, Lemon
Heart Notes Carnation, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-valley, Nutmeg, Sandalwood, Violet leaf, Cedar
Base Notes Amber, Leather, Musk, Patchouli, Tonka bean, Vetiver
Parfums De Marly Layton
If you are the type of guy that wants to have the most unique and special of everything, then we have got the right fragrance for you.
Parfums de Marly is another niche fragrance house that creates some of the best, most unique smelling fragrances out there.
One of their best creations is Layton. Even though this is a unisex fragrance, it is very masculine and we can totally see this more on a guy than a girl.
But before we go on about this masterpiece of a scent, let’s take a moment to appreciate the bottle. Isn’t this a cool looking bottle. This just screams luxury and quality. If you would be able to hold it, you would be able to feel the quality as it is made of heavy, ceramic like material that just feels very valuable.
Now to the scent. This is an oriental, floral scent that is absolutely unique. It smells warm and spicy while still smelling fresh and creamy as well. Layton is the best cologne for men who are looking for something unique that nobody else will have. Plus, this just smells like you payed the big bucks for it which unfortunately, you will have to do if you want to get this one.
Top Notes Lemon, Grapefruit, Pink Pepper, Bergamot, Coriander, Mint, Aldehydes
Heart Notes Melon, Jasmine, Ginger, Nutmeg
Base Notes Labdanum, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedar, Amber, Incense, Amberwood
Tom Ford Oud Wood
Even though Tom Ford’s Oud Wood is branded as a unisex fragrance, it is one of the most masculine fragrances of all time.
Oud Wood is like the name implies a very woody scent with lots of depth and a strong, elegant presence.
When you wear this you feel like the ultimate alpha male and nothing can stop you. This presence can almost be overwhelming at times so use it with caution.
Tom Ford’s Oud Wood is definitely not a scent for every day or even every man. You need to be the right type of man to rock this cologne. But if you wear this on the right occasion, you’ll definitely be the only one to rock this masculine scent and you’ll win all the attention.
Top Notes Cardamom, Rosewood, Pepper
Heart Notes Oud, Sandalwood, Vetiver
Base Notes Amber, Tonka bean, Vanilla
Dior Homme Intense
This thing smells like nothing else. It is very hard to describe this scent because it is so unique but we can tell you this, this is one of the best sweet scents you can buy.
The whole fragrance community celebrates this scent for its uniqueness. In a world where pretty much all colognes smelled similar, Dior stepped up with Dior Homme Intense and created this masterpiece.
This will give you attention. It is a scent for special occasions and it smells really high-class.
The longevity on this one is above average which is always a huge plus for mens fragrances because it gives you a lot of presence.
If we had to describe this scent, we would say it is very sweet – one of the best sweet scents out there – with a very gourmandish, powdery vibe. It definitely will get out your soft side but that’s exactly what makes this cologne so popular.
Top Notes Tuscan Iris Absolute
Heart Notes Ecuadorian Ambrette Seed
Base Notes Virginia Cedar
CK One by Calvin Klein is a fragrance that shaped the nineties.
In an era where hyper masculine colognes were the norm, CK One disrupted the whole industry with its mix of feminine and masculine notes and became a scent that shaped an entire generation and one of the most popular fragrances of the world.
Back then it was everywhere and a dominating scent across high schools and people of all ages and it still performs today. It is labeled unisex scent but we personally see this more on a guy and it has gotten some great female reactions in our tests.
CK One is a very fresh, citrusy scent that shines with fragrance notes like bergamot, papaya, pineapple and cardamom mixed with rose, nutmeg, and violet and a masterful base of musk and ambra. A great choice for any men and probably the best unisex cologne out there.
Top Notes Mandarin, Papaya, Bergamot, Lemon
Heart Notes Green tea, Nutmeg, Violet, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-valley, Rose
Base Notes Amber, Musk
Bvlgari Aqua Amara
Bvlgari Aqua Amara is an unbelievably great, fresh fragrance that comes at a very affordable price.
For around $30 you get an aquatic masterpiece that is fresh, clean, masculine and very versatile.
Don’t be put off by the price tag. You should know that more expensive doesn’t always mean better and Bvlgari Aqua Amara is the perfect example for this.
It has everything a great fragrance needs. Good performance, very strong longevity and sillage and a great scent DNA.
This isn’t just for the summer or younger guys either. It is actually really versatile and you can wear it with a suit, just as well as you can wear it in the summer with shorts and a tank top.
Bvlagri Aqua Amara is currently the best affordable cologne for men we can recommend at this cheap price tag.
Top Notes Silican Mandarin, Tunisian Neroli
Heart Notes Aquatic Notes, Mineral Notes
Base Notes Indonesian Patchouli, Frankincense
Why Men Should Wear Cologone
Style conscious men know what kind of an effect a great cologne can have on your appearance and attractiveness.
When women meet a man wearing a sexy, seductive fragrance and think “Wow, this guy smells good! I wonder what else he’s up to!”
You see a, women are attracted to men who smell good. Studies have actually proven that we judge a lot based on smell and good fragrance can often be the deciding factor of whether or not people like you and find you attractive or not.
But it’s not only about women. Men will respect you more if you smell good, too. A good smelling guy seems more likeable, self-confident and he leaves a well-rounded impression of a man who takes care of himself – a man that knows what he is doing. This can be beneficial in all areas of your life whether in your career, business or love life.
Good Mens Fragrances For More Self-Confidence & Attractiveness
So a good cologne won’t only make you more attractive to the other sex, it will also give you that aura, a certain presence which leads to the respect and admiration of other men.
Do you know the feeling when you just bought an amazing new shirt, or a cool pair of shoes, or you just got a fresh hair cut? That feeling when you just feel invincible and ready to take on the world? Of course you do! We all do!
And that’s exactly what the best colognes do to your self-image. They give you a newfound confidence that just attracts people and opportunities into your life. You instantly feel better about yourself just by applying some fragrance.
And best of all, it only takes a couple of sprays and you are good to go!
The Right Mens Cologne For Any Occasion
When searching for the best mens cologne there are two main things you need to keep in mind:
- your unique character and style
- the right occasion
Fragrance experts know the importance of choosing the right scent for the right occasion.
You wouldn’t wear shorts and tank tops to a wedding, right?Or a winter coat in summer.
The same applies to fragrances. You need to match your cologne to the occasion or season. There are some fragrances that perform better in winter than in summer. They just have a very warm scent DNA. Similarly there are certain colognes that are absolute beasts in the club but are just way too much for day to day wear in the office or at school.
Of course there are certain very versatile fragrances that are always good to go like our top spot Dior Sauvage or Chanel Allure Homme Sport. You can find other versatile scents in our individual mens cologne reviews.
Finding The Best Mens Fragrance For Your Personality
Besides the occasion you also need to keep your own unique style and character in mind when choosing the right fragrance for you.
Every man has his own individual style that he is known for. It fits his character and makes him who he is. There are men with an athletic style, men with a rocker style, men with an elegant style and many more.
Just like certain clothes and outfits fit your personal style, so do different colognes. Imagine a very masculine alpha type of guy with a feminine fragrance. This just feels off.
The scent you choose has to be congruent with your personality and this guide is the perfect resource for that.
All your qualities will be amplified when wearing a cologne that fits:
- A masculine man will appear even more masculine with a masculine scent.
- A player type of guy will have an even easier time getting to the heart of a woman with a sexy, seductive scent
- Career and success driven guys will seem more professional wearing the right scent and can increase their chances for success
Before you can identify the right cologne for your personality type, you need to first understand the different scent types and their qualities.
Understanding Scent Types For Mens Colognes
There are a total of 4 overarching scent types that you can apply to mens colognes.
They all have unique qualities that make them a perfect fit for different occasions, seasons and styles.
Michael Edwards, perfume expert and creator of Fragrances of the world has created this Fragrance Wheel which shows all scent types in an easy way. The 4 main scent types are floral, oriental, woody and fresh.
Floral Colognes For Men
Floral colognes are probably the most popular scent type out there. Floral scents often have a very romantic and playful vibe.
Popular floral notes are lavender, iris, jasmine and lilies.
Most men will think that floral colognes aren’t really fitting for men, particularly masculine men. But the right blend of floral notes can create a real masterpiece fragrance that is sexy, alluring and versatile.
Examples of great floral fragrances for men are Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L’Homme and Prada L’Homme.
Oriental Mens Colognes
Oriental scents are more unique and leave a strong impression. You won’t forget a great oriental scent that quickly.
They create a mysterious and sensual aura and are often the types of scents that women are most attracted to.
Oriental colognes can be a bit too strong by themselves which is why they are often combined with floral notes to create the perfect men’s cologne blend.
Popular oriental notes are patchouli, vanilla, sandalwood and various spices.
Examples of great oriental fragrances for men are Parfums de Marly Layton and Chanel Egoïste.
Woody Mens Colognes
Woody fragrances radiate masculinity, strength, authority, confidence and reliability.
They are often very warm, natural scents and very pleasant to the nose. They are the exact opposite from intrusive, over the top fragrances. These are calmer scents whose strength lies within. Combine them with oriental notes and you can get extremely strong and masculine colognes.
Wood fragrances are perfect for the office or even job interviews, while also working very well for a night out with the boys in the pub.
Popular woody fragrances for men are Tom Ford Oud Wood and Creed Royal Oud.
Fresh Colognes For Men
Everybody loves that clean “just out of the shower” feeling or wearing freshly washed clothes.
This is exactly how mens colognes of the fresh scent family smell like. They smell very clean, crisp, refreshing and youthful.
Fresh scents can also be citrusy based and even sporty. They are perfect for spring and summer and really vibe well the hot weather.
Examples of popular fresh scents are Aqua Di Gio, Chanel Allure Homme Sport and Green Irish Tweed.
Top Notes, Heart Notes, Base Notes Explained
Ok, you can now differentiate between floral, oriental, woody and fresh scents. But what is all the fuzz about top notes, heart notes and base notes?
Think about a fragrance like a pyramid cut in 3 parts, slowly evaporating from the top part to the bottom. Each part is a separate life cycle and has its own unique notes. Together they make up the total scent of the fragrance.
Top Notes – This is the very first part of a cologne. These are usually lighter notes and they slowly fade away after about 30 minutes to 2 hours and the only lightly linger in the back and are barely smellable.
Heart Notes – Heart notes – often also called middle or medium notes – are the core of a cologne and usually the most prominent. They also last longest and blend with both the top and base notes.
Base Notes – These are the foundation of a cologne and are usually the boldest notes. They kick in last though and will only really be prominent later in the day.
Eau De Toilette, Eau De Parfum And Eau De Cologne - What's The Difference?
Another thing that differentiates mens colognes is the concentration.
There are often multiple versions of mens fragrances, all with a different concentration and each with a unique name. The higher the concentration of pure perfume, the better it should perform (in theory). Here are the different versions of mens cologne:
- Eau Fraiche – This version has the smallest concentration with only about 1 to 3% of actual perfume oil. It can last up to 3 hours.
- Eau de Cologne – This version of fragrance has a concentration of 2 to 4% and lasts about 4 hours
- Eau de Toilette – This is probably the most popular version of mens fragrances. It will get you about 6 hours of longevity with a concentration of 5 to 15%.
- Eau de Parfum – These have a concentration of 15 to 20%. They are more expensive than their EDT counterparts but usually also have better performance with about 6 to 8 hours of good longevity.
- Parfum Extrait – This is the highest quality of cologne options. It comes with a huge concentration of up to 40% and lasts over 8 hours.
Take all of these with a grain of salt though. Over years of testing all kinds of fragrances, we found plenty of Eau de Toilettes that lasted a whole day and some Eau de Parfums that only lasted a couple hours.
Our individual fragrance reviews will go in detail regarding the performance of each scent.
What Is The Difference Between Niche- and Designer Fragrances?
If you have done any research or watched YouTube videos about fragrances, you likely have heard the term niche and designer fragrances. This is what they mean:
Designer fragrances will be the ones you likely already know. These are colognes by big brand names like Chanel, Dior, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent etc. These are usually readily available at every big department store. They are mass produced for the biggest mass-appeal. Most people think of designer fragrances when they talk about fragrances. They will be a lot safer to buy and wear and will be received very well. Only downside is you might smell like some other guy does, too. The price for designer fragrances is about $30 to $150.
Niche fragrances are made of the highest-quality, most luxurious ingredients. They tend to avoid everything synthetic and stick to natural notes. They are made by the best of the best perfumers and are often truly unique. Niche fragrances usually aren’t marketed that much as they have a very niche audience as well. They also tend to not have the same mass appeal as their designer counterparts. However, if you find a great niche cologne like Creed Aventus or Parfums de Marly Layton, expect to get bombarded by compliments and be the best smelling guy in the room. The beauty about these are the uniqueness you get. Not only are the scents themselves more unique, but you probably won’t find many people wearing the same scent as you. Expect to pay premium price though. Niche fragrances can cost multiple hundreds of dollars.
Where To Apply Cologne For The Best Performance
You should always apply cologne to the body’s heat areas because the pulsating heat will help develop the scent to its fullest capacity and make it a lot more noticeable throughout the day.
The best areas to apply cologne are:
- behind the ears
- inside your elbow
- back of your knee
How To Best Wear Cologne
There is a simple rule you need to keep in mind when wearing cologne: more isn’t always better. We all know that guy that just annoys everyone with his scent and wears way too much. Don’t be that guy. Here are some simple tips to help you avoid that and get the most out of your cologne:
- Start slowly – When first getting a new cologne, start off slowly and build from there. Even though you might not be able to smell it that much, others might do so keep that in mind.
- Apply cologne to the right spots – Always spray the heat areas described above to get the best performance out of your scent
- Do Not Rub! – Rubbing your skin or your wrists after applying cologne is a huge myth and actually worsens the scents performance.
- Apply after the shower – It is best to apply your fragrance on slightly wet skin like right after towelling off from your shower to get the best performance.
- Moisturize! – Moisturizing your skin will boost your colognes performance significantly. Nothing is worse for a scent’s longevity than dry skin.
- Spice it up! – One cologne is rarely enough. As we explained, different scents are better for different situations and if you really want to be the best smelling guy in the room, you should always follow that rule and wear multiple scents throughout the week.
Tips When Buying New Cologne
Shopping for a new mens cologne can be overwhelming with all the options out there. This list and all the info should already help you out but here are some additional tips to keep in mind when buying new fragrance:
- Take your time – Finding the right scent can take some time. Don’t rush the process and keep in mind that the real scent of a fragrance only develops after 30 minutes or so.
- Narrow down with test strips – Don’t apply every fragrance to your skin immediately as you won’t be able to test more than a couple scents this way without confusing your nose. Use test strips first to narrow down your options.
- Test your cologne on these spots – You can test your best options side by side on your own skin by applying one to each fo your wrists, and one to each inner elbow.
- Smell some coffee! – It is important to give your nose a break in-between different scents with something strong like coffee. Otherwise, you probably won’t be able to smell that much after a while
- Try everything! – Don’t just go for the expensive fragrances, or the popular scents you see advertised everywhere. Try every fragrance out there and be open minded. You never know and you might just find the perfect signature scent for you.
- Embrace that new cologne! – Now go out there and rock that new scent of yours. Leaving it in your drawer won’t get you the compliments. So be bold and embrace your new cologne by wearing it frequently.
As you can see, colognes are cooler than you think and choosing the right cologne might just change your entire life. It did for us.
Men can really stand out from the masses wearing the right cologne and it instantly makes them more attractive and confident.
Whether you are looking for a new partner, some fun on the weekend, or the respect of your coworkers, a great cologne will help you out massively.
This list is a great starting point to get you going on your cologne journey. Each of these fragrances is unbelievably good and will get you tons of compliments. You can’t go wrong with any of these and they shouldn’t be missing in any fragrance collection. These truly are the best colognes of all time and are true beasts in 2019.
But be warned. Once you step down the rabbit hole of mens fragrances, you won’t be able to turn back and you’ll keep wanting to explore more great scents!