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Best fragrences for men

25 Best Smelling Perfumes and Colognes for Men

Call them pheromones on steroids if you must, but perfume, fragrance and cologne for men are as popular as ever. If you’re looking for a healthy supply of men’s fragrances you’ll find them in our list of the best. Whether you’re looking to save a few dollars with some niche fragrances for men or you want to spend all your hard-earned money on one of the most expensive perfumes for men, we’ve saved you some time by doing all the research for you.

These are the ones that leave lasting impressions and the ones that guys keep returning to, sometimes decade after decade. Consider them the next time you want to make an aromatic impression! Introducing out list of the 25 best colognes, perfumes and fragrances for men.

Tobacco oud by tom ford

1. Tobacco Oud by Tom Ford

Tobacco Oud is described as addictive and mesmerising.  The fragrance is crafted from precious oud wood with an aromatic tobacco accord. Other than the two main notes of tobacco and oud, the scent is also made up from notes of coriander, cistus, labdanum, cedar, patchouli, sandalwood, roasted tonka bean and castoreum.

Launched: 2013
Top notes: Whiskey.
Middle notes: Cinnamon and Coriander.
Base notes: Tobacco, Agarwood (Oud), Sandalwood, Incense, Patchouli, Benzoin, Vanilla and Cedar.
Price
: from $360

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Sauvage by dior

2. Sauvage by Dior

The name needs no introduction, Dior Sauvage is a fragrance for the wild at heart. It was inspired by big open spaces of ozone blue skies that lie above a rocky desert-type landscape. It is unmistakably masculine that will bring out the best in even the most average guy. It’s a burst of freshness with top notes of reggio bergamot and a heart note of ambroxan which is very uniquely Dior.

Launched: 2015
Top notes
: Calabrian bergamot and Pepper.
Middle notes
: Sichuan Pepper, Lavender, Pink Pepper, Vetiver, Patchouli, Geranium and Elemi.
Base notes
: Ambroxan, Cedar and Labdanum.
Price
: from $155

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Ambre nuit by christian dior

3. Ambre Nuit by Christian Dior

Christian Dior just knows the how-to of creating a seductive fragrance and Ambre Nuit is no exception. They searched for ingredients far and wide to create an intensely elusive fragrance. With top notes of bergamot essence, heart notes of Damascena rose from Turkey and base notes of ambergris from New Zealand, it exudes unapologetic luxury.

Launched: 2009
Top notes: Bergamot and Grapefruit.
Middle notes
: Damask Rose and Pink Pepper.
Base notes
: Cedar, Guaiac Wood, Ambergris and Patchouli.
Price
: from $165

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Acqua di gio by giorgio armani

4. Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani

Acqua Di Gio’s sexy, clean, long-lasting fragrance was inspired by a vacation Armani took to the majestic coastal town of Pantellerie, Italy. He took a whiff of Mediterranean paradise, put it in a bottle and then passed the bottle along to millions (and millions) of people. It’s now the gold standard of affordable men’s cologne.

Launched: 1996
Top notes: Lime, Lemon, Bergamot, Jasmine, Orange, Mandarin Orange and Neroli.
Middle notes
: Jasmine, Calone, Peach, Hiacynth, Cyclamen, Rosemary, Violet, Coriander, Nutmeg, Rose and Mignonette.
Base notes
: White Musk, Cedar, Oakmoss, Patchouli and Amber.
Price
: from $115

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Bleu de chanel

5. Bleu de Chanel

Fresh, clean and profoundly sensual, Bleu de Chanel is absolute class. It’s a fragrance that says authority and elegance at the same time. When you spritz it on, you will have an immediate boost of confidence. Fragrance notes include citrus accord, vetiver, pink pepper, grapefruit, dry cedar notes, labdanum, frankincense, ginger and sandalwood.

Launched: 2010
Top notes: Grapefruit, Lemon, Mint, Pink Pepper, Bergamot, Aldehydes and Coriander.
Middle notes
: Ginger, Jasmine, Nutmeg and Melon.
Base notes
: Incense, Amber, Cedar, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Labdanum and Amberwood.
Price
: from $80

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Creed – aventus

6. Aventus by Creed

Aventus is a fragrance adored by women. It was inspired by the dramatic life of a historic emperor, celebrating strength, power and success. This fragrance is sophisticated and it has a “life well lived” ora. It is fruity and rich with notes of bergamot, blackcurrant leaves, apple, pineapple, pink-berries, birch, patchouli, jasmine that rounds off well with base notes of musk, oakmoss, ambergris and  vanilla.

Launched: 2010
Top notes
: Pineapple, Bergamot, Black Currant and Apple.
Middle notes
: Birch, Patchouli, Moroccan Jasmine and Rose.
Base notes
: Musk, oak moss, Ambergris and Vanille.
Price
: from $369

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Artisan – john varvatos

7. Artisan by John Varvatos

Artisan, as is clearly portrayed by the bottle, embodies craftsmanship. It is abstract with an explosion of citrus and herbal infusions with woody notes perfectly woven into the blend. The flask-like bottle which is hand-woven exudes masculinity and individual style. Fragrance notes include Sicilian clementine, tangelo, mandarin, thyme, marjoram, lavadin, North African orange tree blossom, Indian murraya, orange jasmine tree, ginger extracts, kephalis, georgywood, belambre and serenolide.

Launched: 2009
Top notes: Clementine, Tangerine, Marjoram and Thyme.
Middle notes
: Orange Blossom, Ginger, Lavender and Jasmine.
Base notes
: Musk, Woodsy Notes and Amber.
Price
: from $45

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Pour homme by bottega veneta

8. Pour Homme by Bottega Veneta

Pour Homme was the luxury designer’s very first men’s fragrance and to this day it remains one of the best, not only for Bottega Veneta, but also among the best smelling fragrances and colognes for men all over the world. It was inspired by adventurers and travellers that dared to set foot out of the ordinary urban life. It is masculine, captivating and the perfect fragrance choice for your next adventure.

Launched: 2013
Top notes: Siberian Pine, Juniper and Calabrian bergamot.
Middle notes
: Canadian Fir, Clary Sage and Pimento.
Base notes
: Leather, Patchouli and Labdanum.
Price
: from $90

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Aramis by aramis

9. Aramis by Aramis

Like great scotch and excellent jazz music, Aramis is a cologne that a young man grows to appreciate and identify with as he ages, which in turn keeps it modern. The profile is overtly masculine, with sharp notes of wood and leather, lightened by floral undertones and an overall clean scent. Flaunt that testosterone and grab a bottle.

Launched: 1965
Top notes: Aldehydes, Myrrh, Artemisia, Clover, Thyme, Bergamot and Gardenia.
Middle notes
: Patchouli, Sage, Jasmine, Cardamom and Orris Root.
Base notes
: Leather, Oakmoss, Musk, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Amber and Coconut.
Price
: from $36

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Tom ford noir extreme

10. Noir Extreme by Tom Ford

Tom Ford Noir Extreme is for the man that relishes in immoderation. It has a combination of intensely pleasing notes that include mandarin, neroli, saffron, nutmeg, cardamom, orange blossom, sandalwood and vanilla. It all comes together perfectly to create a fragrance that is mysteriously dark and sexy. Think woody. Think amber. Think seductive.

Launched: 2015
Top notes: Cardamom, Nutmeg, Saffron, Mandarin Orange and Neroli.
Middle notes
: Kulfi, Rose, Mastic or Lentisque, Jasmine and Orange Blossom.
Base notes
: Vanilla, Amber, Woody Notes and Sandalwood.
Price
: from $250

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Colonia leather by acqua di parma

11. Colonia Leather by Acqua Di Parma

Combining fresh citrus notes with rich and sensual aromatic leather, Colonia Leather is Italian luxury at it’s finest. It’s masculine yet elegant and particularly stylish. Just take a look at these fragrance notes and tell me that doesn’t sound phenomenal; Sicilian Lemon, Italian Orange, Raspberry, Honeysuckle, Petit Grain, Rose, Leather, Cedarwood, Birchwood, Gaiac Wood, Labdaum.

Launched: 2014
Top notes: Brazilian Orange, Raspberry and Sicilian Lemon.
Middle notes
: Rose, Petitgrain Paraguay, Red Thyme and Honeysuckle.
Base notes
: Leather, Guaiac Wood and Atlas Cedar.
Price
: from $270

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Jean paul gaultier by jean paul gaultier

12. Jean Paul Gaultier by Jean Paul Gaultier

Aka the “man in the can” due to its rather unique packaging, this cologne for men boasts an irresistible scent firing on all cylinders thanks to a sophisticated, layered blend of botanicals. There is a directness to the fragrance in that it hits you right away, but a complexity that comes from certain notes giving way to others over time. Does it make sense to call this cologne predictably unpredictable? Well, we did it anyway.

Launched: 1995
Top notes: Lavender, Mint, Cardamom, Bergamot and Artemisia.
Middle notes
: Cinnamon, Orange Blossom and Caraway.
Base notes
: Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Amber, Sandalwood and Cedar.
Price
: from $63

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Yves saint laurent lhomme ultime

13. L’Homme Ultime by Yves Saint Laurent

A scent that will resonate with the fairer sex long after you have left the room. It’s fresh, modern, daring and it will quite literally turn heads. The audacious blend has the sensuality of sage combined with the warmth of aromatic woody notes and the freshness of rose. Take what is yours. Celebrate your masculinity.

Launched: 2016
Top notes: Ginger, Grapefruit, Cardamom and Bergamot.
Middle notes
: Rose, Sage, Geranium and Apple.
Base notes
: Cedar, Vetiver and Cashmere Wood.
Price
: from $150

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Mr burberry

14. Mr. Burberry by Burberry

Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum is inspired by their iconic black heritage trench coat. Just like the trench coat, this fragrance is classic, timeless and will never go out of style. It is a warm and sensual fragrance that smells like confidence. If you are a fan of aromatic and fresh top notes such as tarragon and cinnamon, Mr. Burberry will hit all the right spots.

Launched: 2016
Top notes: Grapefruit, Cardamom, Tarragon and Mint.
Middle notes
: Cedar, Birch Leaf, Nutmeg and Lavender.
Base notes
: Vetiver, Guaiac Wood, Sandalwood, Amberwood, Benzoin and Oakmoss.
Price
: from $54

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Uomo by valentino

15. Uomo by Valentino

Fashion house Valentino crafted Uomo to be an eternal classic. It’s inspiration was drawn from a mix between a relaxed grandeur and a modern aristocrat. It has top notes of bergamot and myrtle and base notes of leather and cedar. The heart notes of roasted coffee beans, chocolate and hazelnut will no doubt leave the ladies wanting more. This fragrance is for you if you only want the best for yourself and nothing less.

Launched: 2014
Top notes: Bergamot and Myrtle.
Middle notes
: Hazelnut, Chocolate and Roasted Coffee Beans.
Base notes
: Leather and Cedar.
Price
: from $103

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Leau dissey by issey miyake

16. L’eau D’issey by Issey Miyake

Known for a brilliant fusion of citrus and spice, Miyake’s perfume for men is one you spray when you have carnal conquests on the mind. Just be sure to master the pronunciation before telling the ladies what it is you’re wearing because trust us they will ask.

Launched: 1994
Top notes: Yuzu, Lemon, Bergamot, Lemon Verbena, Mandarin Orange, Cypress, Calone, Coriander, Tarragon and Sage.
Middle notes
: Blue Lotus, Nutmeg, Lily-of-the-Valley, Saffron, Bourbon Geranium, Ceylon Cinnamon and Mignonette.
Base notes
: Tahitian Vetiver, Musk, Cedar, Sandalwood, Tobacco and Amber.
Price
: from $64

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Ck one by calvin klein

17. CK One by Calvin Klein

Ck One is the kind of men’s cologne you can smell just by looking at the bottle. Unscrew the cap and have your memory affirmed by a creamy scent that conjures up words like “purity” and even “softness”. This fragrance is not afraid to get in touch with its feminine side. Another bonafide classic from Calvin Klein!

Launched: 1994
Top notes: Lemon, Green Notes, Bergamot, Pineapple, Mandarin Orange, Cardamom and Papaya.
Middle notes
: Lily-of-the-Valley, Jasmine, Violet, Nutmeg, Rose, Orris Root and Freesia.
Base notes
: Green Accord, Musk, Cedar, Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Green Tea and Amber.
Price
: from $30

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Montblanc legend by mont blanc cologne

18. Montblanc Legend by Mont Blanc Cologne

No longer content making the world’s finest pens, Montblanc stomped onto the fragrance scene in 2011 when it unveiled this striking perfume for men. The idea was to create a study in contrasts, fusing confidence and masculinity with a subtle tenderness, which is exactly what manhood in the 21st century is all about.

Launched: 2011
Top notes: Lavender, Pineapple, Bergamot and Lemon Verbena.
Middle notes
: Red Apple, Dried Fruits, Oak moss, Geranium, Coumarin and Rose.
Base notes
: Tonka Bean and Sandalwood.
Price
: from $54

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Versace pour homme by versace

19. Versace Pour Homme by Versace

Versace Pour Homme opens with strong notes of lemon and citrus which quickly mellow out to achieve a balanced, reliable scent that will keep you going all day long. The overall profile is crisp and refreshing. A top-shelf perfume for men at an affordable price.

Launched: 2008
Top notes: Lemon, Bergamot, Neroli and Rose de Mai.
Middle notes
: Hyacinth, Cedar, Clary Sage and Geranium.
Base notes
: Tonka Bean, Musk and Amber.
Price
: from $54

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1 million by paco rabanne cologne

20. 1 Million by Paco Rabanne Cologne

Don’t be fooled by the name or the gold exterior–this men’s cologne does not actually cost a million dollars (be kind of cool if it did, though). The name is moreover an ode to the world of desire and success that the fragrance encapsulates. Expect a heavy-hitting aromatic profile that leaves no room for doubt when a man with a plan has entered the building.

Launched: 2008
Top notes: Blood Mandarin, Grapefruit and Mint.
Middle notes
: Cinnamon, Spicy Notes and Rose.
Base notes
: Amber, Leather, Woody Notes and Indian Patchouli.
Price
: from $80

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Gentlemen only intense by givenchy

21. Gentlemen Only Intense by Givenchy

Gentlemen Only Intense is represented by Australian actor and director Simon Baker which perfectly portrays the type of man this fragrance is intended for. This scent will be a great companion for a night on the town or a dinner date as it immediately captures female allure. You can expect the following notes from this masculine and sensual fragrance: Top notes of green mandarin oil, black pepper, birch leaf. Heart notes of patchouli, Texas cedar, leather accord. Base notes of tonka bean, amber and incense.

Launched: 2014
Top notes: Birch Leaf, Black Pepper, Green Mandarin, Mint, Pink Pepper and Lemon.
Middle notes
: Leather, Patchouli, Texas Cedar, Violet Leaf and Coriander.
Base notes
: Tonka Bean, Incense, Amber, Vanila, Sandalwood and Vetiver.
Price
: from $270

Buy it here (Amazon)

Hugo for men by hugo boss

22. Hugo for Men by Hugo Boss

Launched in 1995, Hugo perfume for Men quickly became the cologne all your cool friends were buying. It’s the fragrance you spray before going to a great house party or on a casual date. It makes people want to be around you even when you’re not vying for their attention.

Launched: 1995
Top notes: Green Apple, Lavender, Mint, Grapefruit and Basil.
Middle notes
: Sage, Geranium, Carnation and Jasmine.
Base notes
: Fir, Cedar and Patchouli.
Price
: from $38

Buy it here (Myer) Buy it here (Chemist Warehouse) Buy it here (Shaver Shop)

La nuit de lhomme

23. La Nuit De L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurentmagnetic force. There is no doubt that you will love this fragrance and so will anyone that you come across. It is a top shelf fragrance from the house of YSL that will remain current even in years to come. It has an explosive spicy accord of cardamom balanced out with fresh notes of bergamot, lavender and cedar. It’s finished off with a masculinity of cumin and vetiver.

Launched: 2009
Top notes: Cardamom.
Middle notes
: Lavender, Virginia Cedar and Bergamot.
Base notes
: Vetiver and Caraway.
Price
: from $109

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Versace eros

24. Eros by Versace

Versace Eros is characterised by Greek methodology, Eros being the god of love. That is exactly why this fragrance represents love, passion and desire. The addictive sensual nature of the fragrance will leave you irresistible (for real, women will find it hard to resist your scent). It includes top notes of mint leaves, Italian lemon zest and green apple. Heart notes include tonka beans, amber, geranium flower and vanilla while base notes of cedarwood from Atlas, vetyver and oak moss finishes the fragrance off. Go get your inner Greek god on.

Launched: 2013
Top notes: Mint, Green Apple and Lemon.
Middle notes
: Tonka Bean, Ambroxan and Geranium.
Base notes
: Madagascar Vanilla, Virginian Cedar, Atlas Cedar, Vetiver and Oakmoss.
Price
: from $70

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Armani code – giorgio armani

25. Armani Code by Giorgio Armani

It’s seductive and sexy with a strong attraction force. This great smelling fragrance is perfect for the sophisticated gentleman. The scent includes notes of bergamot, lemon, star anise, olive blossom, leather and tobacco. If you want to be seen and leave an impression, this is a good option.

Launched: 2004
Top notes: Lemon and Bergamot.
Middle notes
: Star Anise, Olive Blossom and Guaiac Wood.
Base notes
: Leather, Tonka Bean and Tobacco.
Price
: from $

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General FAQ

What is the best cologne for men?

Pour Homme by Bottega Veneta, Sauvage by Dior, and Uomo by Valentino are some of the best colognes for men.

What is an affordable mens cologne?

Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani, Versace Pour Homme by Versace and 1 Million by Paco Rabanne Cologne are some of the more affordable, luxury colognes for men on our list.

What is the best smelling mens cologne?

Pour Homme by Bottega Veneta and Armani Code by Giorgio Armani are some of the best smelling colognes for men.

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Mark Jessen studied English at Brigham Young University, completing a double emphasis in creative writing and professional writing/editing. After graduating, Mark went to work for a small publisher as their book editor. After a brief time as a freelance writer, Mark entered the corporate world as a copywriter. These days, his hours are spent mostly in proofing and editing, though he continues to create content for a wide variety of projects. In 2017, Mark completed UCLA's Creative Writing Certification. A prolific writer, Mark has over 20 years of experience in journalism.