Finding the best scents for men, because men like to smell good too. Also, the right scent is a confidence booster, and it boosts self-esteem. The new breed of charming, fashionable men not only cares about how they look but also about how we smell.
And whether you are the most stylish guy in the office or you do the bare minimum, it’s important for you to find the best scent for you. The scent of the cologne and deodorant you choose should tingle your senses, leave a good lasting impression, and represent your personality.
What this means is that you shouldn’t pick a scent just because it seems to work perfectly for your buddy. You might be the guy who’s into a musky scent while the rest of the guys could be into woodsy and clean scents.
Admittedly, the search for the best scents for men is not as easy given the huge array of options for you to pick from, as well as the fact that most of the scents seem to have similar and confusing ingredients and scents.
With this in mind, we took it upon ourselves to research and identify the best scents for men.
Whether you are looking at colognes, Eau de Parfums or Eau de Toilette, knowledge of these scents is crucial. In this search, we took into account several factors of manly scents which you also need to take into account when looking for your best scent.
So, whether you are looking for that seductively warm scent or that complex scents that slowly develop and transform throughout the day, this review is an excellent fit for you; in your search for that head-turning scent.
Things to consider when looking for the best scents for men
1. Know the right scented product to buy
One of the most confusing things for any man shopping for fragrance is the decision paralysis associated with fragranced products. Do you need to buy an aftershave, a cologne, Eau de Toilette (EDT), or Eau de Parfum (EDP)? And what is the difference between these products?
First, we have the aftershave. An aftershave has the weakest scent since the perfume oil that makes up the scent of the aftershave is between 1% and 3%.
An aftershave is also designed primarily to soothe the skin and prevent irritation or a breakout.
So, the best aftershaves will have cooling and soothing ingredients like aloe vera and witch hazel. The scent of your aftershave will wear after about 3 hours (some last for an hour at most).
Next, we have colognes that have low perfume oil concentrations of between 2% and 5%. Colognes are your medium happy between EDTs and aftershaves.
EDT comes in next, in terms of strength and it’s made of 4%-8% perfume oil. Obviously, this is too much perfume oil for you to apply on your face, which is why you are advised to apply EDT on your pulse points (chest, neck, and wrist). EDT scent lasts for 6-8hours.
Last, we have EDP. If you are looking for a strong/ powerful perfume to last all day long, you might want to opt for the Eau de Parfum. EDP has a high perfume oil concentration of between 15% and 30%.
The best part is that despite the high oil concentration, you need the smallest amount of the parfum on your pulse points. EDP is rare and also very expensive.
2. Fragrance families
If you are still unsure about what you need or the right scent for you, you might want to learn a little more about the fragrance families. Generally, your choices encircle floral, fruity, fresh, oriental, spicy, woody, and citrus categories.
While these categories of fragrances are telling, you need to keep in mind that the application of the fragrance you choose is critical. You don’t want to be the guy who bathed in their perfume.
To be on the safe side, go for a single spritz on dry skin. It’s also important to apply the perfume on the warmest parts of your body because this allows the scent to project. The best application areas include your lower jaw, chest, neck, forearm, inner elbow, and wrist.
Keep in mind that you should never rub your wrists together if you choose to apply the perfume on your wrists. Rubbing breaks down the perfume’s molecular bonds, killing those intricate notes you wanted on you.
We often go wrong when we stick to one cologne, EDP or EDT all year long. What works in summer will not work that well in winter, and vice versa. For example, if you are looking for a summer cologne, you should find a scent that feels great, is refreshing, and lightens things up.
To this end, your summer scents should be extracted from summer things: think flowers, plants, and citrus. You could also try the marine tones which leave you with the cool, beach summer-y feel.
But how do you know a summer scent from the winter scents? Well, men scents tend to be woodsy, musky, leathery, or with vetiver feels – the summer fragrances have these base elements blended with the lighter fruity, flowery, and citrusy scents.
On the other winter, scents are refreshing, seductive, and they could also be warm to contrast that brisk winter chill.
Here are our best scents for men.
1. RawChemistry Pheromones Cologne
RawChemistry’s Pheromones cologne is one of the best male fragrances on the market today. This cologne is a powerful formulation by the Oregon-based RawChemistry Labs. This cologne is said to be the packaged scent of temptation blended to tap into women’s sexual receptors and attraction.
Basically, what this cologne is saying is that if you want to an edge, something to make the female species attracted to you, you cannot go wrong with this cologne. To make your dreams come true, this formulation by RawChemistry Labs is made of pheromones that include 50mg Androstadienone, Androstenone, Androstenol, and Androsterone.
In addition to the design of the cologne, which enhances female attraction to you, this Pheromones cologne is an EDP that will last for as long as24 hours after application. The Italian woods/ notes of this cologne make this an excellent fragrance to wear to a casual event or a night out,
The other winning feature of this cologne is that it’s a perfect fit for guys with sensitive skin. Besides the female-attracting formulation, this cologne is made with a silk-based moisturizer, as well as natural oils and safe human-grade pheromones.
Therefore, you don’t have to worry about your skin getting irritated if the cologne stays on for too long.
RawChemistry Labs has also formulated this cologne using 100% cruelty-free ingredients. The cologne is also not tested on animals.
- High-end luxury cologne
- The scent lasts all day long
- It’s silky smooth
- Perfect for sensitive skin
- It moisturizes the skin
- It’s made of natural oils to protect your skin
- Ideal nightwear
- Not animal-tested, and cruelty-free
- It actually works magic on women
- It doesn’t work on all females
2. Tom Ford Noir
If you are into subtle but distinctive sensual oriental fragrances, you cannot go wrong with this Tom Ford Noir.
An EDP, the sophisticated fragrance of this perfume will last all day long. As the fourth fragrance launched by the American designer brand, it’s surprising to learn that this is Tom Ford’s best and personal fragrance.
This fragrance was designed specifically for the urbane, sophisticated guy who has an intriguing and sensuous side that remains hidden too often. This distinctive, but subtle fragrance features the warm notes of the Italian Bergamot, Patchouli, and black pepper balanced with nutmeg, amber, and vanilla.
- The spicy, oriental tones are sophisticated
- It has a sensual scent.
- The scent lasts long
- It’s expensive
3. Guess Seductive Homme Blue
If you are looking for a mild and subtle perfume that you can wear at any time and situation to feel cool and sophisticated, you might want to try this EDT fragrance. This fragrance is the ideal choice for charismatic, charming, and magnetic men thanks to it’s aromatic, Fougere, and woody scents.
It also smells like mandarin pulp, cardamom milk, vanilla orchid, vetiver, violet leaves, patchouli, amber, musk, and sandalwood. Thanks to all these scents, this EDT is quite a chic magnet, and it will drive all the women around you crazy.
- The scent is mild, and it will last fairly long
- Great prices
- A seductive and sophisticated scent
- 100% authentic
- It’s mild/ subtle
- It won’t last all day long
4. Thomas Clipper Unite Collection
The Thomas Clipper Unite collection represents a versatile trio of adaptable scents that fall in different fragrance families. So, while Thomas Clipper is known for their unique individual fragrances, the Unite cologne line has various fragrances that work together perfectly.
This fragrance is well-layered, and the scents blend together well-meaning that you can wear this cologne at any time. Formulated in the beautiful Grasse, France and manufactured in the UK, this Thomas Clipper Unite collection is infused with organic alcohol, it’s vegan-friendly, and it hasn’t been tested on animals.
Some of the scents in this cologne include City, Country, and Coast.
City is a beautiful blend of sweet aromatic notes that are grounded in cedarwood and tonka bean; Country borrows its inspiration from the beautiful countryside where the cologne’s products are made of; and the Coast which boasts cypress leaf and citrus notes that are grounded in guaiac wood and iris.
So, if you are looking for a multiple-scented cologne ideal for day or night wear, you could try this Unite Collection by Thomas Clipper.
- Beautiful blends of the countryside, coastal, and city scents.
- Your order will come with a beautiful handwritten card.
- This cologne is made in small batches which means that you might have to wait for a long time before your order is fulfilled.
5. Jimmy Choo Man Eau de Toilette Spray
You may know Jimmy Choo for the clothing lines, but this fashion line also boasts some of the best fragrances for both men and women. What you might know, however, is that this Jimmy Choo Man fragrance is the first of the male fragrances by the brand. If you are a fashionable man looking for a unique fragrance.
Wearing Jimmy Choo man means experiencing the playful notes of honeydew melon, lavender, pineapple leaf, and pink pepper. These scents further blend masterfully with patchouli leaves, producing a very distinctive scent, perfect for the daring and sophisticated gentleman.
In addition to the exotic plant scents, this EDT spray also harnesses woody notes, leaving you with that classic masculine scent. You might also like the vintage hip flask design, as well as the modern rock ‘n’ roll references.
If you are looking for an EDT with a modern sensual fragrance, you might like this Jimmy Choo spray as well.
- It has an amazing scent
- A masculine and modern fragrance that blends woody and fruity scents
- The scent is quite unique, and unlike anything else, you might have tried
- The vintage hip flask design is elegant
- Being an EDT, it won’t last throughout the day
6. Chanel Bleu De Chanel de Parfum
Chanel is a household name in the world of fragrances, and as they say, you cannot go wrong with Chanel. Even so, the fragrance blends in Chanel might not work for you, which is why you need to know what’s in the parfum before you spend your hard-earned money.
Said to be the fragrance that unleashes the power of Bleu De Chanel, this parfum is a modern, masculine, and aromatic blend of scents. It is made with the best quality ingredients.
One of the notes that standouts from this fragrance is the less-daring, citrusy scent. It also has some spicy notes which in combination with the citrus notes, give the parfum more of that rugged intensity. Geranium and lavender are responsible for the two strong notes.
The other main accords of this perfume are balsamic, amber, smoky, and woody scents.
If you are looking for a long-lasting perfume that edges more towards the sensual, amber oriental territories, you cannot go wrong with this Chanel for men.
- The scent is great
- You can wear this fragrance all year long, winter or summer
- It’s packaged in a classy bottle
- The aromatic-woody scent is sensual, modern, and perfect for the modern man
- The scent could last longer
7. Narciso Rodriguez Bleu Noir
Released in 2015, the Narciso Rodriguez Bleu Noir Cologne is what you wear if you intend to show off your mysterious, multi-layered personality.
This eau de toilette boasts a mind-blowing blend of woody, spicy, as well as earthy accords which come together to produce a tantalizing and robust scent that you can wear during the day to the office or in the evening for a night out.
Its top notes include warm nutmeg and spicy cardamom which introduce a revitalizing kick to all your senses while leaving an electrifying air all around you.
But these are not the only scents that enliven this eau de toilette; in addition to the spicy electrifying scents, this eau de toilette also has a middle scent layer, the sensual side from its grey musk leaves which guarantee to turn heads.
The Eau de toilette’s base scent is that of golden amber entwined with rich cedar, earthy vetiver, and the dark ebony wood. These base tones define the masculine and warm tones/ vibe of this cologne.
So, if you are looking for a cologne with a dynamic aroma to match the needs of the modern man, while evoking charisma and confidence, you will not go wrong with this Narciso Rodriguez Bleu Noir eau de toilette.
- It has a woody scent and belongs to the woody scent family
- It smells really good
- Warm spicy tones
- It’s packed in a beautiful glass bottle
- This is not the best perfume for guys into the citrusy scents
8. Creed Original Vetiver
Though pricier than most other fragrances on the market, this Creed Original Vetiver Eau de Parfum is perfect for you if you are looking for that right summer parfum to last throughout the hot days. This perfume promises to introduce a fresh and super bright side to your wardrobe.
If you like the citrusy perfumes, this Creed Original Vetiver could be the perfect pick for you. Keep in mind that like all the other Creed fragrances, this fragrance is a designer classic.
Its unmistaken masculine feel comes from vetiver, which is at the heart of this perfume. Bitter orange and the zesty bergamot give this fragrance that beautiful contemporary feel. And for that desirable clean scent, you have smooth sandalwood and the herbaceous coriander.
If you are looking for the perfect fragrance that boasts freshness throughout summer, you could treat yourself to this perfume.
- It has a perfect balance of top layer, middle, and base scent notes
- Perfect summer scent
- A fresh, citrusy scent
- It is expensive
9. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Men’s Cologne
The other fragrance that makes it to our list of the best scents for men is the Chanel Allure Homme Sport cologne. Released in 2004, this cologne boasts a sharp and fresh fragrance with notes of aldehydes and water. Its base notes feature the warm and heavy fragrances of the sensual white musk, amber, as well as tonka beans.
Its top notes are sea notes, water, aldehydes, blood mandarin, and orange scents. These top notes are the reason for the refreshing smells of the cologne. The middle notes feature spicy and woodsy accents from the luminous vetiver, elemi resin, and amber, which gives the cologne warmness.
Thanks to the features of this cologne, it’s the ideal fit for any man looking for fresh and sharp scents that will last for a good number of hours; during the day or at night.
- The scent lasts long
- Ideal for day/ night wear
- Warm, light, and sensual
- A little expensive
10. Calvin Klein CK One Eau de Toilette
If you are a young guy trying out some of the best Eau de Toilettes, you might like the floral scent of this Calvin Klein CK One. The floral scents of this EDT not only make the nineties cool again, but the scent will also leave you smelling fresh. The catch, however, is that these scents might bring back memories of your past (love).
This Calvin Klein EDT is unisex. It brings together all the refreshing and warm notes of bergamot, papaya, green tea; balancing these scents with the scent accords of violet, nutmeg, rose, and cardamom.
Therefore, if you are buying this EDT, you should be ready for some floral and musky notes blending with lots of refreshing citrusy overtones. This EDT base tones feature an amber-musk blend.
- This fragrance creates the best first impression
- It’s unisex
- The accords are not overpowering
- It won’t stain your clothes
- The fragrance is quite refreshing
- It’s expensive
- The packaging is inconvenient and not travel-friendly
- The musky fragrance doesn’t work for everyone
11. Dior Sauvage Eau De Toilette
Dior Sauvage is a huge name in the world of fragrances, and this Dior Sauvage is one of the Eau de Toilette brands that you could never go wrong with. This EDT boasts a radical, super-fresh composition with interesting scents blended together.
The top notes are radiant with the juicy freshness of Reggio bergamot; the middle notes come from Sichuan pepper; while the base notes come from the precious ambroxan extracted from ambergris, leaving you with the most powerful woody trail.
And with the Dior Perfume creator, François Demachy preferring hints of citrus in their perfumes, the use of bergamot in this EDT gives the perfume its citrusy notes. Note that this EDT boasts fruity accords from the zesty peppers developed in the Calabrian sun.
All the ingredients of this fragrance blend perfectly to give you that lemony, spicy vibration, as well as the camphoric accents.
- Premium-quality EDT
- Great bottle design
- Perfect masculine notes
- Spicy freshness boost confidence
- Warm woody notes
- It is an EDT, and the scent won’t last long.