Body sprays are a great alternative to heavier colognes because they allow you to wear your favorite scents without offending anyone. They also offer a much more affordable option when compared to cologne and many famous brands offer their signature scents in body spray form. They are lightweight, easy to spray and act similar to deodorant to cover up any unwanted smells without being too overpowering.
Below are a few tried and true body sprays that may remind you of high school (or the 80s, whichever came first) but still resonate today. Should you prefer a powerful scent with a blend of spice and woods, then the classic Drakkar Noir might be ideal. For a cleaner scent with notes of fresh citrus and a secret herb mix, that, according to the brand, is for those who have a lively personality and love of life, you can go with the Bod Spray by Parfums de Coeur.
Whichever scent you choose, the application is key — spray, don’t rub, onto your body after a shower, gym or before going out on a date for a quick and refreshing boost.
1. Guy Laroche Drakkar Noir Deodorant Body Spray
Drakkar Noir’s Body Spray is an all-over body spray combining the unique Drakkar Noir fragrance with deodorant protection. The perfect fragrance for the self-assured man, Drakkar Noir blends top notes of stimulating lavender, lemon and mandarin orange with middle notes of warm and herbaceous smells and ending on a powerful woody base. The classic scent is appropriate for users of all ages.
Pros: An 80s classic that still delivers a subtle yet powerful punch.
Cons: This is strictly a deodorant and will not protect against sweating.
2. Old Spice Re-Fresh Body Spray
The Old Spice Re-Fresh Body Spray is meant to keep your body smelling fresh all day. By using unique scent technology called Re-Freshscent, this spray automatically refreshes itself to last throughout the day, so one spray is all you need to keep you smelling “unapologetically risky.” This confidence-boosting scent should be kept at home and in your gym bag so you are only steps away from freshness.
Pros: To get the best wear time, simply unlock the cap and spray your body before you leave the house in the morning.
Cons: Will not protect against sweating.
3. Parfums De Coeur Body Spray
The Bod Body Spray by Parfums De Coeur is a fragranced body mist meant to be sprayed anywhere and everywhere you need freshening up. The Fresh Guy scent is described as a strong, masculine, clean fragrance with a hint of floral and a warm base. The top notes contain green apple and watermelon, heart notes of lily of the valley and bamboo leaf and base notes of amber, musk and teak.
Pros: Generous amount of product.
Cons: This product does contain alcohol and can be drying to some skin types.
4. AXE Body Spray for Men
For an affordable body spray that gives users a wide range of fragrance options, try the AXE Body Spray for Men. The 4-ounce bottle of body spray doubles as deodorant and provides lasting scent coverage for hours. Axe uses the same scents throughout their product line, making it possible for customers to match the fragrance of their body wash, body spray, and hair care products.
Pros: Axe body spray is available in a wide range of scent options, including Black, Essence, Kilo, Phoenix, Anarchy and Gold Temptation, which is shown here. Gold Temptation is described as a molten chocolate scent mixed with fresh citrus and smoky amber.
Cons: The Axe body spray doubles as a deodorizer, but customers may still want to use a traditional deodorant, in addition, to cut down on sweat.
5. Gold Bond Men’s Essentials Body Powder Spray
Smell great and offer your skin some cooling relief with the Gold Bond Men’s Essentials Body Powder Spray. The no-mess spray is designed to be used before physical activity or after showering, helping users stay cool and dry. Ideal for use in warm weather, the powder spray is safe for sensitive skin.
Pros: The 360-degree valve on the Gold Bond bottle makes it possible to spray in any direction, even when the product is held upside down.
Cons: Gold Bond’s scent is not as powerful or long-lasting as the other body sprays on our list.
6. Kenneth Cole Black Eau De Toilette Spray
The Kenneth Cole Black Eau De Toilette Spray offers the same scent as the brand’s famous cologne with a lighter finish. Giving users with sensitivities to scent a less powerful alternative to the Black cologne, the body spray still delivers the high-end floral and citrus notes that are timeless and fresh. Designed to invoke feelings of a fast-paced life in the city, the body spray is masculine and modern.
Pros: Kenneth Cole offers the Black scent in the body spray shown here, as well as cologne, aftershave balm and deodorant.
Cons: The Kenneth Cole body spray comes with a high price tag.
7. Nautica Voyage N-83 Body Spray
The Nautica Voyage N-83 Body Spray is a refreshing midway point between cologne and body spray. The 7-ounce bottle packs the same aromatic smell as the Nautica cologne, but with a lighter finish that those with scent sensitivities will appreciate. The Voyage has a mix of cardamom, sandalwood and aquaspace accord for a classic and masculine scent.
Pros: The powder spray won’t leave any white residue on clothing.
Cons: The spray lasts approximately half a day.