It’s no secret: guys wear cologne to be more attractive. But what we sometimes forget is that the right cologne really works.
Finding a new cologne is intimidating, even if you’ve been using one for years. Your scent becomes an integral part of your personality (scent is the strongest sense), and with so many Eau de Toilettes, perfumes and colognes, understanding the differences can seem impossible – let alone picking one to wear. But although there is much to learn about the differences in colognes, choosing a great scent is truly dictated by one thing: your own nose. If you think you smell great, it shows in confidence, and other people will probably agree.
Below are some best-selling men’s colognes that come from designers who know how to craft an attractive scent. Guys who use these fragrances say they’re a great finishing touch to their outfits; women who smell them say the scents make the men way more attractive…well, at least we’d like to think that’s how it works.
1. Guilty By Gucci
Gucci is one of the hottest designers right now, so any of their products are a good bet. This Guilty By Gucci cologne is a good way to sport the brand (in scent-form) because unlike Gucci’s clothing, you don’t have to shell out thousands – or even hundreds – to rock it. Right now you can order Guilty by Gucci on Amazon for just $66, where it boasts over 1,400 reviews and 4.3 stars. It features an aromatic scent with notes of lavender, lemon, and orange Flower that make it highly versatile, so you can wear it anytime – whether at the airport, the office or the bar.
2. Nautica Voyage Eau de Toilette
Great colognes don’t have to break the bank. This Nautica eau de toilette comes in at just $12.50, but according to the rave reviews on Amazon, it smells much more expensive. The water-inspired theme of Nautica is upheld in the fragrance with a scent that one reviewer calls “a bowl of honeydew and cantaloupe at a Jamaican all-inclusive resort.” When applying this cologne, be sure to use it sparingly as it’s quite powerful (i.e. a quick spritz that you walk through instead of spraying directly onto your neck).
3. Fresh Cannabis Santal
FOR THE STONER
No, this cannabis perfume doesn’t just smell like a college dorm room. It masterfully utilizes the musk of cannabis in unison with fruits, magnolia, chocolate and other scents to create a woodsy, earthy fragrance. Although it’s formulated as a men’s product, many of the happy reviewers on Sephora are women who love the scent too. And if women love the scent, it follows that they’ll like it on you too.
4. Versace Eros
FOR A NIGHT OUT
This bottle of Eau de Toilette from Versace uses a harmony of sweet and salty to create a unique, masculine scent. It features notes of seawater, with a hint of “sunny warmth” on your skin. It’s a statement-making fragrance (like anything from Versace) making it perfect for events or special occasions.
5. L’Homme by YSL
Yves Saint Laurent has always given a lot of attention to their men’s cologne, L’Homme, and it shows. The Cologne provides a faint but decidedly masculine scent that smells good on any guy. Right now you can score a 3.3oz bottle on Amazon for just $65, which is a pretty great deal for a coveted premium brand like YSL.
6. Polo Black by Ralph Lauren
BEST CLASSIC SCENT
With all the streetwear, sneakers and hypebeast brands in fashion right now, there’s an underground movement towards the classics. Think grandpa chic. If that sounds up your alley (or you just want a great, classic scent) go for this bottle of Polo Black by Ralph Lauren. It’s a grown-up, woodsy aromatic fragrance with a mix of mango, silver armoise and patchouli noir. Although it can be a daily scent, Ralph Lauren suggests saving it for special occasions such as dates, parties or dressy events.
7. Armani Code
FOR THE BUSINESSMAN
Armani has a reputation for sleek suits worn by powerful people. Their fragrances are no different. Lemon, bergamot, and orange tree blossom are a few of the notes that make up the fresh, woody scent of this Armani Eau de Toilette. It also comes in a sleek, unique bottle that looks good on anyone’s bathroom counter.
8. John Varvatos Artisan
FOR THE ROCKSTAR
This Artisan fragrance from John Varvatos is a standout because it’s more rugged and casual than most colognes. And in 2019, rugged and casual is a compliment. The primary scent is citrus, followed by some masculine woodsiness that brings it down to earth. It’s not very strong, which is actually a good thing for a daily fragrance.
9. Dior Homme Eau de Toilette Spray
FOR THE FASHION LOVER
Dior’s latest fragrance for men is another hit from the French brand. It combines masculine scents like leather and iris with elegant fragrances including lavender and sage. Dior has always been a favorite of fashion lovers because it’s never front-and-center like Gucci, but always subtly cool. In other words, it’ll make a great addition to your grooming arsenal.
10. Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau de Parfum
If you can swing an expensive cologne, Tom Ford is the way to go. No question. Just like the brand’s god-level clothing, Tom Ford’s fragrances are distinctive and crafted from the most expensive ingredients around, but they’re not in-your-face or gaudy. This Eau de Parfum is made using a resinous wood called agarwood – the most expensive wood in the world – to create a fragrance that smells, quite frankly, the best. Like the brand and the head designer himself, this cologne is exactly what a men’s fragrance should be: utterly sophisticated.