High-end colognes for men have always been somewhat luxurious, but the best luxury colognes and fragrances for men take that concept to the next level. These redolent stunners are made by the best master perfumers in the game and offer nothing short of the finest aromatics. You can’t pronounce half the names, but you don’t have to – all you need is a nose for detail, cash to spare and a true appreciation for expensive men’s cologne. Presenting the 10 Best Luxury Colognes and Fragrances for Men in no particular order.
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1. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Eau De Parfum
Launched in 2012, and created by renowned perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, who drew inspiration from ancient Arabian perfumes, this acclaimed sensual and alluring unisex fragrance incorporates costly agarwood from Laos (also known as oud). It therefore marks a return to oriental scents more commonly associated with the niche market. Recommended as a fall or winter luxury perfume for men. That unmistakable oud aroma is enhanced by notes of cedar, patchouli and spicy saffron for an overall profile too enticing to refuse.
2. Clive Christian ‘ X ‘ Perfume Spray
The prestigious packaging alone demands respect and what’s inside is no less dominant. This spicy, luxury cologne opens boldly with bursts of ginger and bergamot. At the heart are a variety of oils like pimento and sambac while the base delivers seductive notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and cedarwood. Being every bit as esteemed and masculine as its reputation implies, Clive Christian ‘X’ Perfume Spray brings plenty of bang for your buck.
3. Incense Oud Eau de Parfum by Kilian
Here’s another long-lasting, luxury cologne of the highest calibre. Reinforced by a base of agarwood (oud), Incense Oud by Kilian also offers a musky blend of notes like geranium, rose, pink pepper, papyrus and sandalwood. The result is a warm, sharp, spicy cologne that stays its course the whole day through thanks to an increased use of exotic oils.
4. Tom Ford Private Blend Soleil Blanc Eau De Parfum Spray
The latest from Tom Ford boldly embraces the endless pursuit of luxury by way of sun-soaked floral aromatics. Soleil Blanc employs a creamy, sweet base of bitter almonds, tonka bean, and coconut milk to deliver a rich bouquet of vivid sensuality. The goal was to put an island paradise inside a bottle–the sultry scent alone spells mission accomplished. An expensive cologne for men it is, what else would you expect from a brand like Tom Ford, renown for making luxurious high-end products, including ultra-high-end unisex cologne F*cking Fabulous.
5. Creed Aventus Eau De Parfum 100ml
Housed inside an unforgettable bottle is this niche fragrance, the most popular ever created by the House of Creed. Launched in 2010, it is a celebration of strength, power, success, and vision. Considered a niche fragrance due to its limited distribution, high price, unique smell, interesting packaging, and expensive ingredients. This unrivaled blend is comprised of high-quality ingredients, perfect for gentlemen who enjoy the finer things in life. It features a musk and oak base, complemented with fruity top notes of blackcurrant, Italian Bergamot, French apples and a burst of pineapple. Aventus Creed can be described as a fruity chypre fragrance, with a well-defined masculine edge.
6. Rose d’Arabie Unisex Eau de Parfum
Part of Armani’s Prive collection, Rose d’Arabie Unisex Eau de Parfum is yet another stunning luxury men’s cologne taking inspiration from ancient Arabian and oriental perfumes. Notes of Damascus rose, vanilla, patchouli and Arab wood help retain a warm, exotic essence. The use of rich oils ensures that this top unisex fragrant lasts and lasts. It is an expensive cologne for men, however, it will be worth it.
7. Jo Malone London Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense
What do you get when you pair the citrus fragrance of bergamot with deliciously sweet and woody oud? One of the best luxury colognes for men money can buy, that’s what. It is one of the least expensive perfumes for men on our list, but don’t let that take anything away from this luxury fragrance. Jo Malone London Cologne Intense is deep and vivacious, brimming with rich cream, spice and wood. You’ll feel invigorated after one whiff. Intense, indeed.
8. Christian Dior Ambre Nuit
Christian Dior delivers a masterpiece with Ambre Nuit. Zesty top notes of grapefruit and orange give way to a spicy, floral heart of Turkish rose and pink pepper. A base of amber lends this brilliant fragrance a warm, sensual foundation. A high-end cologne for men from a high-end brand.
9. Helmut Lang Cuiron
Helmet Lang Cuiron distinguishes itself with notes of ripe plum along with elements like bergamot, mandarin, pink pepper, and ambrette. In spite of all that fruit and citrus, a musky masculine vibe persists, making this a spicy cologne that favours the bold. Priced somewhere in the mid-range, it is not an overly expensive men’s perfume, compared to the other luxury fragrances on our list.
10. Valentino V Pour Homme
Wildly popular and critically acclaimed, V for men is a master of seduction. This irresistible men’s cologne opens with a remarkable citrus fragrance elegantly balanced by dashes of pepper and basil. That segues into a woody heart of cedar, sandalwood, and musk. Running throughout are warm, luxurious notes of cocoa, jasmine, heliotrope, and patchouli. Splurge a little by getting yourself a bottle and whip it out for those special occasions. While it is the most expensive men’s cologne on our list, you won’t be disappointed.
When should I apply men's cologne?
The best time to apply cologne is on just-dried skin, fresh out of the shower.
How do I apply men's cologne without spray?
Some colognes are sold without spray nozzles. A few small drops in your hand splashed onto the cheeks and neck is the best application.
Why do men wear cologne?
Cologne or perfume is a great way to add a touch more personality and individuality to your outfit.
What is the difference between eau de toilette and eau de parfum?
'Toilette' is alcohol-based, whereas 'parfum' uses scents extracted with oil. Parfum is generally more expensive.
Do men wear perfume?
Yes, despite 'cologne' or 'aftershave' being common terms for men's scents, these are still perfume.
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