41 Best Colognes for Men (Best Smelling) in 2018 – Reviews

People are finally beginning to realize the importance of men’s cologne. It’s not only an extension of the man’s fashion sense and style, but it can also impact him and everyone around him on a very primal level. The best men’s cologne will not only change how other people think about the man wearing it but will also impact how the wearer thinks about himself. It will affect all those touched by it on a deeply psychological level that lights up different areas of the brain. After all, the sense of smell is the one human sense that can bridge emotion and memory centers at the same time.

Finding the best cologne for men, on the other hand, is another prospect altogether. It’s sometimes hard for men to find a cologne that not only naturally extends their sense of style, underlines their masculinity and make them feel in charge of their environment, all while being pleasing to those around them. There seems to be a never-ending cacophony of scents out there—from ones too mild to be noticed by anyone but the wearer to those that seem to overpower everyone.

Selecting the best cologne for men is a process that should be taken seriously but doesn’t need to be an overly complicated process. While the terminology used to describe different colognes can be confusing, what a man should really consider before buying any cologne are the scent combinations it provides. In my experience, all colognes can be broken down to a Base Note, a Mid-Range Note, and a Top Note.

It’s how these notes are combined that really is the most important thing to consider—but more on that a little bit later. Right now, let’s take a few moments to look at the Top 25 Best Men’s Cologne. These are the ones that are on top of their game and provide unique scent profiles for the wearer.

Best Smelling Cologne For Men in 2018

1MONTBLANC Legend Eau de Toilette

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MONTBLANC Legend is more than a men’s cologne that comes in a nice bottle. It’s a cologne that is made for the self-confident modern man who wants to be clad in scents that are in direct contrast with each other yet somehow manage to complement each other.

The top layer of this cologne is a mixture of lavender, lemon, and bergamot highlighted with notes of pineapple. Its middle notes stand in contrast to this top layer with scents such as dried fruit, rose, and geranium. And then it’s all finished with sandalwood and Tonka Bean notes that stabilize the cologne, and bring everything together. It’s a scent that continues to impress the longer it’s worn.

Pros:

  • Stylish Bottle
  • Modern Scent
  • Long Silage

Cons:

  • Extremely Maculine Profile

2Paco Rabanne 1 Million EDT Spray

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Paco Rabanne 1-Million Eau de toilette spray is a fragrance that hasn’t been around very long but has already begun making waves in the cologne industry. It was initially introduced to the world in 2008 and was reformulated in 2015 to be more seductive, energetic and lighter. When first applied, its light top notes come to the forefront with notes of blood orange, grapefruit, and cardamom.

These gently fade into notes of rose and juniper berries which keeps the scent grounded in traditional scents. Its base notes are where this cologne really shines, however. The sultry bottom notes of tonka bean, patchouli, and blonde leather give this fragrance the base it needs to give the wearer a sense of confidence. This confidence lasts all day, which is pretty close to how long this lightly aromatic fragrance will last.

Pros:

  • Lasts All Day
  • Seductive
  • Nice Citrus Top Notes

Cons:

  • Scent is Rather Strong

3Cool Water By Davidoff For Men

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While there are are many aquatic-themed scents on the market nowadays, few of them actually make good on the claim that they smell like the ocean. This one does, however. It has very nice aquatic notes that make the wearer feel like they are out on their sailboat. It accomplishes this feat by using a unique combination of top notes which come together to brilliantly capture that aquatic vibe.

Its top notes include sea water, fresh green notes, coriander and believe it or not, lavender. These top notes sit upon this cologne’s unique heart notes of rosemary. In the end, it finally fades into its base notes which include such scents as cedar, musk, amber, oakmoss, and tobacco. It’s a masculine scent, but we felt the end was a bit sharp and that this cologne’s longevity was too short lived.

Pros:

  • Cool Aquatic Scent
  • Masculine Notes
  • Projects Well
  • Great Summer Scent

Cons:

  • Sharp Alcohol Note At End
  • Short Longevity

4Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L’Homme EDT

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First appearing in the spring of 2009, this powerful and dark Eau de Toilette has a fragrance profile that is both exotic and masculine, as well as spicy and elegant. It’s powerful and sweet cardamom top notes come on strong, but quickly fade into this spray’s middle notes. Middle notes which are a combination of bergamot, lavender, and cedar. All of these notes rest on this product’s base notes of caraway and vetiver.

It’s dry down is very reminiscent of Eastern woods and smells like a blend of various woods, lavender with earthy overtones. It’s a very masculine scent that’s destined to become a classic male cologne. While it’s a scent that feels a little bit of place during the summer months, it does present a vibe that goes very well with the cooler weather of autumn and winter.

Pros:

  • Great Projection
  • Great Longevity
  • Very Masculine
  • Good Fall Scent

Cons:

  • A Little Sweet in the Beginning

5Green Irish Tweed By Creed For Men

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Often described as smelling like a lonely, Irish countryside, this fragrance has been loved and adored by many American celebrities for its sharp, complex and genuinely green masculine scent. When first applied, iris and lemon verbena are the first full notes to hit the wearer’s nose. These notes gently give way to a complex collection of heart notes which include violet leaf and lavender.

Finally, the scent dries down to its sensual base notes. Base notes which include ambergris and sandalwood. All of which has made this Creed fragrance a classic for over three decades. Unfortunately, it’s this classic feel is also one of its main drawbacks. It just feels a little bit outdated and doesn’t feel like a modern scent. While this may be a plus to some people, to us, it’s a negative.

Pros:

  • Sensual
  • Complex
  • Green, Masculine Scent
  • Classic Scent

Cons:

  • Scent Profile Feels Dated

6Acqua Di Gio By Giorgio Armani

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Although this cologne is a good summer scent, we feel that it’s complex enough to be worn all year long. Its top notes come out of the gates strong and hard, tantalizing the nose and invigorating the senses. These citrus-themed top notes include bergamot, orange, lime lemon, neroli and just a hint of jasmine. As the top notes fade, the fragrance begins to sink into its heart notes.

It’s where this scent begins to fumble just a little bit. That’s because it seems like they tried to add too many scents to its middle. Sure, it makes it a more complex fragrance, but also means that it’s a bit muddled, too. These heart notes include nutmeg, coriander, violet, freesia, peaches, rose, jasmine, and rosemary. It then sinks into its base notes of cedar, amber, patchouli, and oak-moss. Which gives it a nice masculine scent, but its projection isn’t where it should be.

Pros:

  • Complex Scent Profile
  • Cool Citrus Top Notes
  • Decent Longevity
  • Good Summer Scent

Cons:

  • Heart Notes a Bit Muddled
  • Just Okay Projection

7Christian Dior Homme Intense Eau de Parfum

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Christian Dior Homme Intense is the 2011 version of a fragrance that was originally launched in 2007. And while both versions pretty much smell the same to the uncultivated nose, the 2011 version seems to have a more of a punch of iris than the 2007 version. This product’s sweet lavender top notes are backed by heart notes of the previously mentioned iris, plus hints of musk mallow, and pear.

It then rests heavily on its base notes, which include such powerful scents as cedar and vetiver. All of which gives it a smooth sweetness that has very decent projection and a nice sillage. Although it’s marketed as a cologne for men, we believe that both men and women can wear it, and it has a suggestive sexual scent to it. It also has nice sillage and projection, too.

Pros:

  • Nice Sillage
  • Nice Projection
  • Unisex Scent
  • Seductive

Cons:

  • More of a Mature Scent
  • Suitable Mainly For Evening Use

8Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male

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With a scent that’s unique among many of the typical EDT sprays on the currently available, this scent is fairly impressive. It has a very casual scent profile that makes it a good fragrance for general use, and it lasts a pretty long time on the skin. Although its sillage isn’t as good as we would have liked, some people may actually prefer its subtle scents. It starts off with top notes of mint, bergamot, lavender, and cardamom.

It then gently slips into cinnamon and caraway middle notes. By the end, it has taken on woodsy base notes which include powerful scents like amber, tonka bean, and sandalwood. All with just a hint of vanilla notes. It’s definitely a clean male scent that will be enjoyed by many but is also capable of offending a few sensitive noses.

Pros:

  • Unique Scent
  • Casual Scent
  • Decent Longevity
  • Woodsy Base Notes

Cons:

  • Poor Sillage

9Dolce & Gabbana The One Eau de Toilette

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The One EDT Spray by Dolce & Gabbana is a scent that was originally created in 2006 and then later reformulated in 2017. This Eau de Toilette spray has an Oriental flair too it that carefully walks the line between being a masculine scent and a floral feminine scent. It’s both enchanting and sensual at the same time and starts off with lovely bergamot blossom notes, notes of white peach and notes of mandarin orange.

As these notes begin to fade, orange blossom, lily, and jasmine come to the forefront. It then finishes with a solid base of moss, vetiver, musk, and vanilla. A few things worth mentioning about this EDT spray is that its notes are both fruity and spicy at the same time, but at times this can be overridden by some of its floral scents.

Pros:

  • Nice Spicy Notes
  • Nice Fruity Notes
  • Good Projection

Cons:

  • A Tad Bit Floral

10Versace Eros Eau de Toilette Spray

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Although this fragrance has gotten somewhat of a bad reputation for being a club fragrance, it’s actually a scent that can be worn by men of any age. It has a crisp masculine scent that may be a little strong for office wear but actually makes a pretty bold statement when worn during the evening hours. It’s a spray that has good projection and good longevity and has some interesting scent notes.

It starts off strong with green apple and lemon notes but quickly settles into its heart notes which include notes of tonka bean, geranium, and amber. It finishes with quite masculine base notes which include the notes of oakmoss, cedar, and vetiver. Although sensitive notes may find it a bit offensive, for most people it will come

Pros:

  • Masculine Scent
  • Crisp
  • Good For Evening Use
  • Good Projection
  • Good Longevity

Cons:

  • Little Strong For Day Wear

11Chrome Azzaro for Men

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Warm sunny days come to mind when I catch a whiff of Chrome. Loris Azzaro first launched this scent back in 1996. A clean, classic fragrance ideal for the office or gym, balancing masculinity with freshness. The blend of lemon and pineapple gives off refreshing citrus notes right off the bottle. The floral heart of this fragrance contains jasmine, cyclamen, and coriander.

Underneath these is an accord which gives off an earthy woody vibe that is not at all overwhelming, thanks to cedar, sandalwood, musk, and Brazilian rosewood as part of the bass notes. You can easily get 5-hour wear out of this as a skin scent, but its projection could be better. You’ll probably manage less than two hours’ worth of projection before it settles down to a skin scent.

Pros:

  • Classic and fresh scent
  • Masculine
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • Weak projection
  • Poor silage

12Armaf Club De Nuit Intense Man EDT

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The UAE based fragrance house Amraf launched this woody spicy scent in 2015. Club De Nuit Intense Man is a beast when it comes to longevity and projection. The first fifteen minutes right after a spray can be intense, maybe a bit too much for some. The citrus notes right off the bottle are quite strong. However, as it settles on the skin this intensity dials down. Credit the rose, birch and jasmine in the heart notes for the romantic appeal that this fragrance gives off.

Eventually, the patchouli and musk start to pull through. A very exciting and inviting scent that works for almost any setting. Its performance for its affordable price point is very impressive especially because it is easily comparable to other higher end more expensive brands. It’s packaged in an attractive rectangular sable bottle with an outer carton to match.

Pros:

  • Impressive longevity
  • Inexpensive
  • Good silage

Cons:

  • The fragrance may be too intense for some

13Bvlgari Pour Homme Soir

Bvlgari Pour Homme Soir

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A woody, floral musk for men launched back in 2006. It features amber, bergamot, papyrus and Darjeeling tea. This scent is very soothing and calming; subtle yet still recognizable. It’s a great addition to your collection for those days you would like an underwhelming, classic scent.

It’s ideal for work, an interview or situations where your cologne really should not be the star of the show, rather pleasant and memorable enough to anyone who might catch a whiff.

Pros:

  • Calming and classic fragrance
  • Inexpensive
  • Subtle and soothing

Cons:

  • Weak projection

14Polo Blue by Ralph Lauren for Men

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Ralph Lauren’s Polo Blue is a fragrance that was introduced in 2003 and continues to be enjoyed by many men. Although it’s been recently reformulated, much to the chagrin of some longtime fans, it continues to be an exciting cologne with a decent sillage and decent longevity. Its base notes can come out quite sharply at first, but they quickly shift to more subtle cucumber, melon, and mandarin orange notes.

It then gently slides into heart notes which consist of geranium, sage, and basil notes. Eventually, it sinks into its base notes of suede, musk and various woods, which gives it an almost classic character. It’s suitable for both day and night wear, and for both casual and formal events. In effect, it’s a scent that can be worn by men of all ages and has somewhat of a universal appeal to it.

Pros:

  • Decent Sillage
  • Decent Longevity
  • Suitable for Day/Night Wear
  • Universal Appeal

Cons:

  • Fragrance is Sharp in the Beginning

15Guilty By Gucci Eau de Toilette Spray

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Guilty By Gucci is an EDT scent that’s a little more floral that it needs to be, but otherwise it has a nice aromatic scent that’s sweet and clean. It has a decent amount of projection, meaning that it’s not a particularly light scent, but it’s also not particularly heavy and has just a touch of citrus top notes.

Otherwise, it has nice middle notes which contains snowberry and orange blossom notes, and a base which includes musk and patchouli notes. On most people, it has the longevity of approximately 5-hours, give or take an hour, so it’s not a scent that’s going to last through a full day of work.

Pros:

  • Very Aromatic
  • Clean, Sweet Scent
  • Just a Touch of Citrus
  • Decent Projection

Cons:

  • Longevity Could Be Better
  • A Bit Floral

16Paco Rabanne Invictus EDT Spray

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This EDT spray starts off with nice sweet notes that linger long after most other colognes top notes have begun to fade off. It starts off smelling like grapefruit, mandarin ocean, and salty sea notes and then as it matures, it’s scent profile begins to change. It has nice bay leaf and jasmine heart notes and then has very pleasant base notes which include the scents of patchouli, ambergris, oakmoss, and cedar.

Although there was somewhat of a synthetic scent midway through this spray, it quickly faded as the base notes came into full effect. All things considered, this product has a moderate amount of sillage and has good longevity for an Eau de toilette spray. It’s a nice aquatic scent that isn’t too pushy but still manages to make its presence known throughout the day.

Pros:

  • Nice Sweet Notes
  • Good Longevity
  • Moderate Sillage
  • Very Pleasant Finish

Cons:

  • Somewhat of a Synthetic Scent

17L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme

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Although many users have complained about this product’s initial citrus notes and have often called them sharp and jarring; for the most part, this is a nice unique fragrance with exotic overtones. It projects quite well and has nice longevity, but its sillage is a bit heavy for some people’s tastes. It starts off with a cacophony of top notes including lemon, lime, watermelon ketones, coriander, lemon verbena, yuzu, mandarin orange, and even sage.

It’s heart notes are just as complex with nutmeg, geranium and blue lotus forming the core upon which the whole fragrance is built. As this fragrance fades, it finishes with some nice bottom notes which include sandalwood, amber, cedar, and tobacco notes. All of which makes this a great spring or summer fragrance, and one that’s suitable for daytime wear.

Pros:

  • Unique
  • Exotic
  • Good Longevity
  • Good Projection

Cons:

  • Opening Citrus Scent is Quite Sharp
  • Sillage is a Bit Heavy

18Calvin Klein Eternity for Men Aqua Eau de Toilette

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Calvin Klein Eternity for Men Aqua is a very “safe” cologne that’s not too mild but also not too offensive at the same time. It has top notes that impart an ocean vibe, and the cologne seems to be a wonderful blend of green woody and citrus notes. At its heart are very slight and imperceptible traces of Sichuan pepper, plum, and lavender and on its bottom, are scents of cedar and sandalwood—although these scents are rather light.

At its core, it seems to be the perfect summer scent. While it won’t make the average guy stand out too much from the crowd, it also won’t offend anyone either. It doesn’t last as long as some other fragrances do, and it isn’t the very best men’s cologne, but it’s still a classy scent that smells good while it lasts.

Pros:

  • Great Summer Scent
  • Not Offensive
  • Classy Scent

Cons:

  • A Tad Mild

19English Laundry Arrogant Eau de Toilette

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Brimming with a symphony of fragrance notes, English Laundry Arrogant Eau de Toilette is a well-composed, if a somewhat tame collection of the base, top and middle or heart notes a good cologne needs. Its top base is a wonderful combination of cedar and bergamot that quickly yields to middle notes of coriander and lavender. All of these scents are balanced quite well on its base notes which are reminiscent of amber and sandalwood.

While this scent doesn’t knock it out of the proverbial ballpark, it is still fairly memorable. Sure, it could last a bit longer than it does and may need to be reapplied occasionally, but it also isn’t overpowering. It’s a classy scent that goes with well a nice white shirt—with the sleeves rolled up, of course. It’s just not that formal and is designed for more casual situations.

Pros:

  • Very Frangrant
  • Well Balanced
  • Isn’t Too Strong

Cons:

  • Too Casual

20Kenneth Cole Vintage Black

Kenneth Cole Vintage Black

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Kenneth Cole Vintage Black is a fragrance that seems to be custom made for the metropolitan male. Whether you’re heading off to the boardroom to discuss your next merger, or are simply looking for a scent that highlights your masculinity for a night out on the town, this scent does seem to make a good overall first impression.

The first scents that are noticeable on this cologne are the top notes of lime and grapefruit—a nice citrus scent that isn’t overpowering but is still effective. This is followed by lavender and dry oak scents that are eventually capped off by a vague tequila scent. All of which makes it a scent for the sophisticated urban man.

Pros:

  • Sophisticated
  • Makes a Good First Impression
  • Subtle Citrus Notes

Cons:

  • Doesn’t Last

21Tommy Bahama Eau De Cologne Spray

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With scents reminiscent of sailing into the horizon with your friends or hanging out at a bonfire on the beach, Tommy Bahama Eau De Cologne Spray is a complex combination of notes that promise adventure. It has citrus top notes that smell very much like tangerines, pears, and melons. It has middle notes that suggest violets and coriander and base notes of Tonka Bean and Australian sandalwood.

While it’s a little more expensive than it should be for a cologne in its category, it does have decent hang time and will linger for quite a while without needing to be reapplied. It’s not the best perfume for men, but it does deserve its place on this list for its adventurous style and longevity.

Pros:

  • Adventurous Scent
  • Complex Scent Profile
  • Long Lasting

Cons:

  • Expensive

22English Laundry Men’s Collection 4-Piece Set

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English Laundry Men’s Collection is a 4-piece set that brings together some really nice travel-size colognes from the English Laundry collection. These 20 ml bottles all make a unique contribution to a man’s personal scent profile and can be used depending on the wearer’s mood or social situation.

The four bottles in this collection are Arrogant, Riviera, Oxford Blue, and Notting Hill. Arrogant is a somewhat spicy concoction of coriander, bergamot, and amber; Riviera is a cosmopolitan scent which is a blend of oakmoss, nutmeg, and black pepper; Oxford Blue is an interesting blend of mint, green apple, iris, and vanilla; And Notting Hill is a blend of lemon and cedarwood.

While you will most certainly choose one of these four as your favorite, all of the colognes are versatile enough to be used for a variety of different occasions. Some of these colognes might not have the longevity you would want, but together they’re still a worthwhile collection.

Pros:

  • Versatile Collection
  • Interesting Mix of Scents

Cons:

  • Some Colognes Don’t Last Long

23Kenneth Cole Black

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Kenneth Cole Black is a cologne with a name that is somewhat of an oxymoron. That’s because the scent profile that has been placed in this bottle couldn’t be further from what its name actually suggests. It’s a profile that’s dominated by the scents of white flowers and has a more feminine profile that you would think. Which means this cologne isn’t dark or heavy at all.

It gets its light and sweet scent from its middle notes of magnolia, tuberose, and jasmine—although its top notes of violet and citrus are the first scents to catch the nose. And it’s all layered on a very sturdy base of sandalwood, amber, and musk that doesn’t quite cut through all of the white flower middle notes but is still in the background.

Overall, this scent is for anyone who’s looking for a scent that has a clean flowery profile to it, and it does it without being overly feminine. It’s a cologne that seems perfect for the beach or for sipping tea under your favorite shade tree.

Pros:

  • Light Scent Profile
  • Refreshing Scent

Cons:

  • May Be Too Floral

24Kenneth Cole Mankind

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Kenneth Cole Mankind is a basic fragrance that’s perfect for those who are just dipping their toe into the cologne market. While it’s not the best cologne for men, it does have a few things going for it that a lot of other colognes don’t, for instance, it’s bright and sweet smell.

Composed with the earthy base notes of oakmoss, sandalwood, Tonka Bean, and musk, the creators of this blend have crafted a scent that isn’t overly ambitious. It has heart notes which include cedar and cinnamon and has top notes which include pineapple and ginger.

While this cologne’s combination of fragrances won’t knock your socks off, it does have a long life to it, so it doesn’t require constant reapplication. It might be somewhat of a sophomoric scent, but it does stand on its own for long periods of time.

Pros:

  • Sweet Scent
  • Bright Citrus Notes

Cons:

  • Underwhelming Scent Profile

25Calvin Klein Euphoria for Men Eau de Toilette

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With a light scent that projects quite well, Calvin Klein Euphoria is a scent that not only lasts a long time and has nice silage to it but is also a cologne that’s sure to lift your spirits. All thanks to complex interactions between its base notes, heart notes, and its top notes.

On its base, this fragrance has an array of scents which include amber, patchouli, suede and redwood. It’s heart notes are composed entirely of black basil, sage, and cedar. And its brief, but meteoric top notes, include pepper and ginger which fade to a more robust scent profile.

Everything mingles together in this cologne and makes a bright scent that isn’t your average citrus-dominated summer scent. It’s perfect for wearing during the weekends or for more casual events where a positive and upbeat attitude is expected.

Pros:

  • Fleeting Top Notes
  • Bright Scent Profile

Cons:

  • Too Casual

26Calvin Klein Dark Obsession for Men Eau de Toilette

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Calvin Klein Dark Obsession is a cologne that was created to be the mirror to this brand’s feminine Obsession perfume line. It’s an aromatic Oriental blend that’s designed to be masculine, sensuous and rich, and it does this through its interesting blend of base, heart and top notes that create a unique and dark composition that’s sure to be compelling.

When first applied, the distinctly Asian scents of guarana and green mandarin expertly mingle with wormwood. As this layer fades, it’s distinct heart notes are the next fragrances to make their appearance known—providing the aromatic scents of sage, vetiver and balsam fir. The whole composition then shifts again as labdanum and vanilla take over.

Pros:

  • Masculine Scent
  • Aromatic

Cons:

  • Has Too Light of a Finish

27Vince Camuto Eau de Toilette Spray for Men

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Vince Camuto might not be the most popular of the colognes on the market today, with some people describing it as short-lived and somewhat generic, it still manages to be the best smelling cologne for men among a lot of the heavy-hitters. And it does so with its intriguing combination of fragrances and the subtle interaction between them.

This cologne opens with the scents of bergamot and black pepper and then quickly infuses it with the powerful scent of mandarin orange. As these three scents fade, they fade into the heart notes of this cologne which include such subtle earth scents as lavender, nutmeg and finally, leather. As the day wears on, it then settles into its main profile which includes a combination of patchouli, musk, and vetiver.

It’s definitely a masculine scent that’s sure to make the wearer feel sexy and in control at all times. And it manages to do so without being overly musky or overly cloying.

Pros:

  • Not Overly Musky
  • Subtle Heart Notes

Cons:

  • Generic Profile
  • Doesn’t Last Long

28Kenneth Cole Reaction

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Most colognes with citrus top notes are almost immediately removed from most people’s best smelling cologne for men lists. Kenneth Cole Reaction is a fragrance brand that wants this fact to immediately change. And they may have accomplished this substantial feat by crafting a cologne that has citrus top notes that are supported by some really fascinating middle and bottom notes.

When first applied, this cologne immediately strikes you with a combination of lemon, lime, and luscious melon scents. These scents then give way to the more subtle notes of patchouli. This complex framework is then supported by musk and sandalwood notes.

Its silage and longevity might not be as great as they should be and may need to be reapplied every once in a while, it is an interesting scent profile that should prove to be an adequate summer scent that is unlike many of its predecessors.

Pros:

  • Bright Top Notes
  • Unsual Heart Notes
  • Great Summer Scent

Cons:

  • Poor Silage
  • Poor Longevity

29John Varvatos Eau de Toilette Spray

John Varvatos Eau de Toilette Spray

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While John Varvatos is not a cologne that’s able to crack the top ten of most people’s list for the best perfume for men, it’s still a scent that was far ahead of its time when it came out in 2004. Even today, it’s considered by some people to have started some of the trends that modern perfumes are just now beginning to use.

It’s top, bottom and heart notes seem to all blend together in a very interesting and surprising way. As you wear it, you’ll immediately notice alternating notes of lime, plum, coriander, and sandalwood that is often interrupted by cinnamon, pepper, and amber. Its combination of fruit smells and spice is what makes it an attractive scent to many different people.

Pros:

  • Fruity & Spicy Profile
  • Interesting Base Notes

Cons:

  • Poor Silage

30BURBERRY Touch for Men Eau de Toilette

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Recognized by many for its interesting bottle shape, BURBERRY Touch for Men is a cologne that was introduced at just the turn of the 21st century. It is a cologne with a long-lasting silage and interesting scent profile that has made it a favorite among many different people.

Artemesia, mandarin orange, and violet are the first notes in this cologne to introduce themselves to your nose. These top notes are then followed up by heart notes which include the spiciness of white pepper, cedar, and nutmeg. This cologne then finishes up by leaving a chorus of scents behind which include white musk and Tonka Bean.

It’s a fragrance that will fit in with just about any occasion—from family events to a day at the office to a night out on the town. It’s spicy underlying notes are invigorating and unique.

Pros:

  • Long Silage
  • Interesting Base Notes
  • Unique Scent Profile

Cons:

  • May Be Too Exotic

31Vince Camuto Homme Eau de Toilette Spray

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While some people have complained about its silage and projection, most other people would agree that Vince Camuto Homme is a scent that smells very much like an aquatic cologne mixed with the subtle overtones of juniper berries. However, this cologne has a lot more going for it than that scent combination.

The first thing that catches the nose when this scent is applied are the top notes of lemon and juniper berries. Then its middle or heart notes begin to shine through projecting notes of fennel, Cyprus and lavender into the mix. These notes then begin to slowly fade into its base notes of cedar, birch, and musk.

While it might not be the best men’s perfume out there, it’s still interesting enough for most people and is worth trying out.

Pros:

  • Good Summer Scent

Cons:

  • Doesn’t Last Long

32Lacoste Essential Eau de Toilette for Men

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Launched in 2005, Lacoste Essential might not be the best selling cologne, but it is a best smelling cologne for men. That’s because it’s a cologne that delivers a nice, fresh scent that has interesting citrus notes and is the perfect cologne for warm weather.

Straight out of the bottle this men’s perfume provides bright and airy top notes which include tangerine, tomato leaf, bergamot, and cassia. These top notes then give way to some interesting heart notes which include the scents of rose and pepper combined. For its base notes, you’ll notice subtle hints of both sandalwood and patchouli.

Overall, Lacoste Essential is a cologne with a summer scent that leaves many of the other citrus-based summer scents in the dust thanks to its interesting and spicy middle notes coupled with its woodsy bottom notes.

Pros:

  • Good Summer Scent
  • Spicy Floral Heart Notes

Cons:

  • Bottom Notes May Be Too Woodsy

33Lacoste Eau de Lacoste Blanc

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Influenced by the colors of their polo shirts, Lacoste Eau de Lacoste Blanc is a scent that’s supposed to emulate the clean, crisp scent of a white polo shirt. It does this through an interesting scent profile that carefully layers the top and middle notes upon the solid foundation of its base notes creating a scent that is unique and fresh.

You’ll discover that it uses grapefruit and rosemary in its top notes and tuberose and Ylang-Ylang for its middle notes. However, it’s the scents that it uses for its base notes that are the most interesting. At its bottom, you’ll find leather, suede, and cedar. All scents that serve to reinforce its fresh, clean scent.

Just as it was intended by its creator, this cologne is meant to pair well with a nice white polo shirt for a summer afternoon at the beach, or for a trip to the tennis courts. It’s also a scent that has become a staple scent for many people all over the world.

Pros:

  • Fresh Scent
  • Unique

Cons:

  • A Tad Bit Casual

34BURBERRY London for Men

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BURBERRY London for Men is a cologne that’s considered to be the best men’s cologne for the English gentleman who wants to light up his pipe and kick off his slippers or for anyone who wants to replicate this feeling of sophistication, elegance, and style.

Composed of very woody base notes that include scents such as oakmoss, myrrh, and tobacco leaf, this cologne is built one step at a time with middle notes that include mimosa and leather. It’s top notes, however, are what will really strike you in the beginning. They consist of scents such as lavender and cinnamon. Taken in all together, its base, middle and top notes create an air of a simpler and more elegant life. It’s woodsy, spicy and leathery smell also lasts a nice long time and won’t fade as the day fades away.

BURBERRY London for Men is a cologne that’s considered to be the best men’s cologne for the English gentleman who wants to light up his pipe and kick off his slippers or for anyone who wants to replicate this feeling of sophistication, elegance, and style.

Composed of very woody base notes that include scents such as oakmoss, myrrh, and tobacco leaf, this cologne is built one step at a time with middle notes that include mimosa and leather. It’s top notes, however, are what will really strike you in the beginning. They consist of scents such as lavender and cinnamon. Taken in all together, its base, middle and top notes create an air of a simpler and more elegant life. It’s woodsy, spicy and leathery smell also lasts a nice long time and won’t fade as the day fades away.

Pros:

  • Long Lasting
  • Woodsy
  • Sophisticated

Cons:

  • Top Notes Are Overpowering

35Tommy Bahama St. Barts Men’s Cologne

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Although Tommy Bahama St. Barts is a cologne that really hasn’t been on the market as long as some of the more traditional cologne brands, it still has made a pretty big impact. It’s viewed by many people to be the quintessential aquatic fragrance that makes the wearer feel like they are ready to jump into their sailboat and head out on the warm, Caribbean waves.

This scent is constructed using citrus-based top notes infused with green middle notes and musky bottom notes. On its surface, you’ll enjoy the scents of lime mixed with tequila and agave—as well as some salty ocean notes. In its middle, you’ll find intriguing guava notes, and on its base, you’ll enjoy the scents of musk and vanilla.

This cologne is the best men’s fragrance for those who love an airy, citrus and breezy cologne that makes you feel like you have the sun at your back, the wind in your hair and the whole ocean ahead of you.

Pros:

  • A Very Caribbean Scent
  • Great Summer Scent

Cons:

  • May Be Too Breezy For Daily Use

36L’Occitane Woody Eau des Baux Eau de Toilette for Men

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Although it comes in a bottle that looks like it should be holding some form of tincture or essential oil and not a top-brand cologne, L’Occitane Woody Eau des Baux is a cologne that really does a great job at bringing attention to itself and providing an olfactory experience that’s unmatched.

Named after a famed French city fortress, this brand is one that wants to bring out the qualities of courage and tenacity in you by blending together various scents that bring that connotation to mind. Just wearing this cologne is enough to make some people feel stronger and more confident.

Its top notes are the first things that will capture your nose—pink pepper and cardamon that dances at the forefront of the fragrance. This is then replaced by middle notes that include cypress, and a base note that includes vanilla and Tonka Bean. All of which blends together to make a truly courageous scent.

Pros:

  • Bold & Powerful Scent

Cons:

  • May Be Too Exotic For Some Situations

37Jimmy Choo Man Eau de Toilette Spray

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Jimmy Choo Man Eau de Toilette Spray is a scent that’s supposed to the perfect representation of the modern British male—sophisticated with a sense of style and an air of confidence. It’s a more sensual version of the ideal English man.

This is done by blending the traditional scents of suede and patchouli with melon, lavender, pink pepper, and even pineapple leaf. This creates a distinct scent profile that isn’t too reminiscent of your grandfather’s scents, yet still retains a sense of classic elegance and style. This makes it a designer scent that many people is the best cologne for men or at least one that belongs in that conversation.

Pros:

  • Sophisticated Profile
  • Classic Scent

Cons:

  • Not a Modern Scent Profile

38Calvin Klein CK One Eau de Toilette

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Calvin Klein CK One is a cologne that’s been around for some time now—for over 20 years—yet it still remains one of the more popular men’s cologne out there today. Why is that the case? That’s because this particular scent has a lifespan that seems capable of transcending the generations.

It’s the perfect cologne for summer or for putting on while you do your daily chores. It first greets you with a nice green, blends of citrus notes which include papaya, pineapple, mandarin orange, and lemon. It then follows these scents up with heart notes which include violet, rose, and nutmeg. It then finishes things off with a nice base note of amber, cedar, and sandalwood.

Pros:

  • Green Top Notes
  • Suitable For Wearing Year Round

Cons:

  • Cologne Has Been Around a Long Time

39MONTBLANC Individuel Eau de Toilette

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MONTBLANC Individuel is a cologne that was launched around 2003 and features a well-orchestrated procession of notes that makes it one of the most loved fragrances out there today. And this is all due to the complexity of its base, heart and top notes that all work together to provide this cologne with nice silage and long-lasting projection.

The first thing that’s immediately noticeable about this cologne is its top notes of rosemary, pineapple, juniper berries, mint, lavender, and bergamot. It then follows these top notes up with middle notes which include jasmine, violet and orange blossom. For its finish, it then adds in base notes of amber, oakmoss, dark chocolate and vanilla. All of which come together to form an interesting and complex scent.

Pros:

  • Long Lasting Projection
  • Good Silage

Cons:

  • Scent Profile May Be Overly Complex

40Calvin Klein Obsession for Men Eau de Toilette

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Calvin Klein Obsession for Men Eau de Toilette is not only one of the most recognizable men’s cologne brands on the market today, but it is also the best overall fragrance for men. It’s a delightful cascading of scents that can only be called alluring and sexy.

Its nice scent profile is really due to the layering of its top, middle and base notes. On top, it has lavender, lime, grapefruit, and cinnamon and its middle notes consist of carnation, nutmeg, jasmine, and pine. It’s a delicate structure that’s upheld by its base notes of amber, patchouli, and vanilla. It’s this dance of scents that makes this a much love men’s cologne.

Pros:

  • Sexy & Alluring
  • Well Layered Profile

Cons:

  • Expensive

41Raw Chemistry Pheromone Cologne For Him

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Although pheromone colognes for men have garnered somewhat of a mythic reputation, the truth of the matter is that this cologne isn’t magical and won’t automatically make the wearer irresistible to women. It’s a little more subtle than that. All this cologne really does is make the wearer smell more attractive to the opposite sex, which is something that any good cologne does well. This product does have a nice, light scent that isn’t overpowering and is made from a concentration of human-grade pheromones.

In fact, the scent is not very noticeable at all, so we’re supposing that it’s relying strictly on its use of pheromones. Although we really don’t know if men wearing pheromones have an advantage over men who wear regular cologne, we were quite glad that the scent wasn’t offensive like other pheromone formulations offered by other companies.

Pros:

  • Contains Human Pheramones
    Isn’t Offensive

Cons:

  • Scent is Too Light

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More About Choosing the Best Male Cologne

While there is some consensus over which men’s colognes are the best and which don’t even come close, the only real indicator of which cologne is the best for you is you. After all, you’re the one that will wear the scent, and it’s your body chemistry that will determine how that scent is expressed, so the only thing that really matters when choosing a cologne is how it suits you.

Of course, with the wide array of products on the market today and a whole lot of industry terms being batted around, it can not only be hard to find out which cologne is the best for you, but it can be hard to determine what the defining characteristics of particular scents are going to be. Which is why I’ve decided to give you a little cheat sheet.

I’m going to reveal to you what the notes really mean and some of the terminology that’s used to sell cologne. That way, you can rest assured that you not only are able to differentiate between the different cologne brands but that you can find the one best suited for you.

Base, Heart and Top Notes

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Base, Middle (also called Heart) and Top Notes are simple terms used to describe which scent hits you first and how long that particular scent will linger. It’s a solid way of breaking down a cologne into its component parts so that you can get a good feel for what a scent is going to be like before you even try it.

The Top Note is the first note that reaches your nose and is the one that lasts the least amount of time. The scents that can usually be found in this part of the cologne include citrus fruits such as lemon and lime, as well as aromatics such as Anise and Lavender. This top layer of the cologne will usually linger anywhere from 15-minutes to 2-hours depending on the cologne.

The Middle or Heart Note is the next set of notes that will surface from the cologne after the Top Note has begun to fade. There can be a variety of scents found in this layer—including floral scents such as jasmine and rose; green scents such as leaves and grasses; spicy scents such as cinnamon or nutmeg; and fruity scents such as pear or pineapple. This layer usually lasts about 3 to 5 hours depending on the cologne.

The Base Note is the main foundation of the cologne. It’s the part of the cologne that you can expect to last anywhere from 5 to 10 hours. It’s usually composed of woody scents such as cedar or moss; or balsamic notes such as vanilla or Tonka Bean.

The Different Types of Cologne

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In general, the terms perfume, cologne, and fragrance are all generic interchangeable terms for a scented water that’s applied to your body and/or your clothing. And these terms are used fairly frequently. However, there are also a few terms that are more specific and will give you a better idea about the product and how it should be used. Here are some of the specific terms used by cologne manufacturers to describe their products.

Parfum: Parfum is usually the most concentrated of all of the available fragrance styles and is usually composed of about 30-percent pure fragrance essence that should last about 24-hours when applied.

Eau de Parfum: Eau de Parfum is less concentrated than Parfum with a concentration of about 20-percent. This allows it to last about 8 hours on your skin or clothing.

Eau de Toilette: Eau de Toilette is a spray that’s anywhere from 4-percent to 15-percent perfume concentration. This product will last about 3-hours.

Eau de Cologne: Eau de Cologne is usually applied to masculine scents with a concentration of 2-4 percent. At this concentration, it can last about 2-hours.

Eau Fraiche: Eau Fraiche has the least concentration of fragrance at 1 to 3-percent and will last about an hour or less.

In Conclusion

Now that we’ve run through 25 of the more popular cologne brands and you’ve learned a bit about cologne notes as well as styles, it’s now time to find a cologne that will fit you and your lifestyle and says something about your personality. Choose well and you’ll be happy with your purchase every time you sprinkle it on.

Did you find our recommendations too expensive for your budget? Don’t worry, check out this list of cheaper colognes for men that smell great!

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