It may seem cliche to get your dad or stepdad cologne for Father’s Day, but this is one of the all-time most popular Father’s Day gifts for a reason. Yes, we know that socks, ties and colognes are an automatic go-to, but what’s wrong with doing something that is tried and true? Everyone wants to smell fresh and clean, but a lot of dads won’t actually buy cologne for themselves, which is what makes Father’s Day colognes such a great gift idea.
That being the case, we did the hard work and gathered together a list of the best colognes for Father’s Day, so that on June 20, you aren’t empty-handed. Keep reading to find the best colognes to give your old man to show him how much he’s appreciated.
We know that it can be intimidating to buy cologne online when you can’t sample the fragrance for yourself. Fortunately for you, Spy’s editors and product testers are always on the hunt for great new colognes, and we’re always updating our list of the best cologne for men. You can rest assured that all of the fragrances below have a fresh and masculine scent that dad is sure to love. And if your dad truly loves the finer things in life, you can even check out some of the world’s most expensive cologne while you’re at it.
1. Ralph Lauren Polo Cologne Intense
No list of the best Father’s Day colognes would be complete without mentioning a Ralph Lauren fragrance. This year, we recommend the designer’s new Polo Cologne Intense. The brand is truly a classic, and the new fragrance is bold yet balanced with notes of grapefruit, sage and patchouli.
2. Montblanc Legend Eau De Toilette
You would think that if a cologne combined the scents of leather with woodsy notes plus violet and jasmine, it would be overwhelming, but not with Montblanc Legend. The brand was able to encapsulate all those scents into something that is clean and fresh. It is like stepping out of the shower again and again.
3. Coach Blue Men’s Blue Eau de Toilette Spray
The brand says that its Coach Blue cologne is “inspired by the freedom and optimism of a road trip about to begin,” we’re not exactly sure what that all means but its combination of lime and absinthe oils that elevates to cedarwood and amber when dry is all we need to know when saying this one of the best colognes for Father’s Day.
4. Fulton & Roark’s Solid Cologne Blue Ridge
Fulton & Roark solid colognes are all made from essential oils and other ingredients meant to be long-lasting, and the company’s new Blue Ridge cologne is one of our favorites. We know that the solid nature of the product might make it seem as if the scent will be too muted, but that also prevents overapplication, which can be a major problem with some cologne. The sandalwood, sage and amber give Blue Ridge an intoxicating aroma that will remind you of fresh mountain air. The wax-like cologne comes in a sturdy metal tin that feels great in your hand, and we’re confident it’s one of the best Father’s Day colognes of 2021.
5. Parfums de Marly Sedley Eau de Parfum
Parfums de Marly launched in 2009, and their signature fragrance Sedley is both classic yet modern. We think that it is probably due to how the notes are layered. The top notes are light featuring bergamot and spearmint. The middle or heart notes tend to lean a little heavier, geranium and lavender, and the foundation of sandalwood and Vulcain incense grounds the cologne allowing it to last long.
6. Atelier Cologne Musc Impérial
One of the great things about Atelier’s colognes is that they are unisex, a major trend in the beauty and grooming world right now. However, don’t let that scare you off, as this unique cologne has a refreshing and masculine fragrance profile. The Musc Impérial is made from almost 90% natural ingredients, and it mixes musk accord, bergamot from Italy and cedarwood from America. Continuing in their duality practice, the brand has created a perfume that sensually dries down into a refined cologne.
7. Dylan by Rosie Jane
Dylan by Rosie Jane is a unisex fragrance that’s free of parabens, phthalates, and BHT but rich with cedar, frankincense and white musk, giving a spicy and sensual vibe. The brand is environmentally conscious and uses 100% recyclable paper packaging powered by the wind and the inks are vegetable-based. You would never guess that the essential oils and fragrances are hand mixed in Los Angeles because as it’s reasonably priced.
8. Homem Cor.agio Eau de Parfum
Close your eyes for a minute and think of what it felt like the first time you tried using or smelled your dad’s cologne. It probably evoked a feeling of warmth and love. Homem Cor.agio kind of embodies that same warmth with a heavy dose of sophistication. It is created with 100% organic alcohol and essential oils from Brazilian biodiversity.
9. Hawthorne Tailored Cologne Work and Play
A question that is often asked is how to make fragrances last a long time. Many brands suggest spraying colognes on pulse points to release the scent but there really isn’t a follow-up on how to keep the scent going. To help solve this dilemma, Hawthorne has created a pair of colognes aptly called Work and Play. The company actually suggests that you spray them on your clothes for all-day wear. Hawthorne’s Work and Play, are customized to taste, so head to the Hawthorne online store to take the test or buy a gift card.
10. Every Man Jack Sandalwood Cologne
Every Man Jack may not be as well known in the fragrance arena as some of these other brands but that doesn’t mean that they don’t understand how to craft a cologne. Their signature Sandalwood scent is now available in a cologne fragrance bottle. Notes of sandalwood, vetiver, amber and vanilla come together for a perfectly crisp scent to wear all day. If you’re looking for the best colognes to give dad for Father’s Day, don’t miss out on this woody fragrance from one of our favorite grooming brands.
11. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Gentle Fluidity
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Gentle Fluidity can be summed up in one word, yummy. The notes include coriander seeds which produce a florally citrus odor that mixes with the vanilla, musk and nutmeg and a hint of juniper berries that marries them all in a sophisticated way.