Having a hard time choosing the best masculine fragrances that attract women? We have come up with the top favorites in this list; each has its own style, unique blend and scent.
Depending on your style and preferences, there are several cologne brands to choose from. Having the right fragrance that best fits your personality, style and occasion all depends on you and what you like.
Wearing a fragrant scent is not just about personal hygiene but it is also more like your personal brand. Of course there are always underlying incentives on when picking a cologne, like if women like it or not.
1. Christian Dior Sauvage For Men
Christian Dior launched their new Sauvage that once originated from the Eau Savage fragrance way back in 1966.
Sauvage was launched in September 2015 and was advertised by Hollywood actor Johnny Depp.
The product does not belong to the same fragrance collection but the new Christian Dior Sauvage drew inspiration from the previous fragrance giving you that scent that portrays vast spaces,blue skies covering beautiful landscapes in a hot summer sun.
The cologne was created by Francoi Demachy.
Characterized as a raw and fresh fragrance, the brand makes use of different natural ingredients with Calabria bergamot and ambroxan comprising the fresh top notes, hedione and lavender of vaucluse for the heart note and chypre and accord for the base note.
A French classic, the Christian Dior Sauvage is simple yet very striking with its perfect blend using citrus notes that gives you that masculine undertone.
This cologne exudes elegance which is perfect for all skin types and suitable for casual wear.
2. Burberry London For Men Eau de Toilette
Giving you a sophisticated and a more refined fragrance, the Burberry London for Men Eau de Toilette has become one of the top favorites with its scent featuring notes of smoky guaiac and black pepper complemented with lavender and opoponax.
The product was launched way back in 2006 and was created by Antoine Maisondie.
Made in France and packaged in a really refined bottle that comes with check fabric cover, this fragrance is surely a must try.
It gives you that oriental spicy fragrance. Top notes include cinnamon, bergamot and lavender. Middle notes include leather and mimosa whereas base notes include oakmoss, guaiac wood, tobacco leaf and opoponax.
A modern take on fragrance, Burberry London for Men Eau de Toilette is the perfect choice for the modern gentleman. Its woody and oriental fragrance gives you that sophisticated and masculine fragrance that is natural and irresistible.
Whether you are in a casual or formal event, the elegant signature of this fragrance is simply perfect for any occasion.
3. Creed Aventus Eau De Parfum Spray For Men
In 2010, Oliver Creed the maker of Creed presented to the world the Aventus Cologne.
The fragrance drew inspiration from the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaporte using ingredients that perfectly embody the strong masculinity and qualities of Bonaparte.
A classic signature, Creed Aventus appeals to men of all ages using ingredients that complete that masculine scent.
The top notes for the Creed Aventus Eau De PArfum is pineapple. The middle notes are rose with patchouli, jasmine and Louisiana and the base notes include vanilla, oakmoss and amber.
The fragrance is packed using bold black color on the cap and the bottle that depicts the audacity, gallantry and romance of men.
The design of the bottle alone looks appealing as it embodies the virulent strength and boldness of men that draws men across all ages to this cologne.
Creed Aventus is considered to be one of the best-selling fragrances in the history of Creed.
Reminded of the strength and audacity of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, this cologne gives you that sophisticated and fruit and rich fragrance, a life that is lived to the fullest.
4. Versace Pour Homme Eau de Toilette Spray
Launched in 2008, the Versace Pour Homme Eau de Toilette Spray is created by Alberto Morrilas.
A classic aroma with a modern twist, Versace is the perfect blend of the classic and contemporary with its rich and masculine scent. Top notes for this fragrance include petit grain, bergamot and neroli.
Middle notes include geranium, cedar, clary sage and hyacinth. Base notes include amber, musk and tonka bean.
This is perfect for various occasions from daytime to nightwear and with its classic fougere, you can only expect the best from the master cologner.
The Versace Pour Homme Eau de Toilette Spray is the perfect choice for modern gentleman who still wants to have that classic touch. Versace is also packaged in a very elegant black box and bottle.
5. Armani Code by Giorgio Armani for Men Eau De Toilette Spray
Armani Code was launched in 2004 that is made from the rich mixture of woods, citrus, lavender , cumin and apple. Perfect for those looking for a romantic wear, Armani brings out the natural smell of your skin giving you that unique scent.
What you will like about Armani Code is its oriental spicy fragrance that gives you that rich and natural scent. In fact, even your mood, age, diet and stress level may alter the scent you wear.
The Armani Code was created by master cologners Clement Gavarry and Antoine Lie and Antoine Maisondieu.
The top notes used include lemon and bergamot. The middle notes include guaiac wood, olive blossom, star anise and for the base notes, the brand used tonka bean, tobacco and leather.
With the natural and masculine scent of Armani, the cologne won the FiFi Award Fragrance of the Year Men’s Luxe 2006.
6. Paco Rabanne 1 Million For Men
The Paco Rabanne 1 Million drew its inspiration from the metallic fashions of Rabanne and was worn by the singer Franoise Hardy.
Using this as an inspiration, cologners Michel Girard, Olivier Pescheux and Christophe Raynaud created the signature fragrance.
The Paco Rabanne 1 Million gives you that masculine and crisp scent. When it was launched in 2008, it became a hit right away with its very striking scent.
The brand uses woodsy scent and with notes of cinnamon, amber and patchouli as we asll floral and citrus.
Paco Rabanne portrays that masculine seduction making it a perfect casual use for the evening as it gives you that good fragrance.
The elements used to make this cologne give you that extra masculine and elegant scent that will surely make you stand out.
A very rich and elegant packaging, the cologne is designed after the gold ingot giving you that really extra splendid design that draws attention.
7. Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
Created by one of the world’s top fashion icons, Tom Ford Grey Vetiver is sure a must-have in any man’s wardrobe.
The cologne was launched in September 2009 which became an instant hit with its dominant and salty notes giving you woody and sunny accords.
Created for an alluring man that exudes glamour and style, the Tom Ford is perfect for any occasion. It gives you that warm and long lasting scent of citrus, vetiver, woods and spices.
Top notes for this cologne include sage, vetiver and citrus. Middle notes include a combination of vetiver and orris and the base notes include vetiver, amber and oakmoss.
The Tom Ford Grey Vetiver is also available in light flacon shaped edition 50 ml.
8. Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc Eau de Toilette for Men
The world’s famous brand Lacoste launched 3 men’s fragrances including Green Lacoste L.12.12, White and Blue Lacoste L.12.12. Each of these fragrances has their distinct scent and character.
The white fragrance symbolizes freshness, simplicity and elegance whereas the blue represents masculinity, aquatic life and intensity. The green symbolizes nature.
What you will like about Lacoste L.12.12 is that it unleashes a scent that gives you that mystic woody scent.
The top note includes rosemary, cardamom and grapefruit. The middle note includes ylang ylang, tuberose and a balanced blend of oliban. The base note includes vetiver.
The Lacoste L.12.12 is also available in eau de toilette so you can wear it anytime of the day.
9. Michael Kors Cologne for Men
Michael Kors Cologne is the second fragrance from the brand after the initial masculine fragrance, Michael was launched way back in 2001.
Drawing inspiration from the sophisticated and rugged style for men who are always on the go, this cologne gives you that woody-oriental scent, a modern scent perfect for men who are searching for a cologne that is sexy and sophisticated.
Created by Harry Fremont, Michael Kors Cologne makes use of black pepper, thyme, elemi, coriander, star anise and bergamot.
The base notes include sleek woods, sandalwood, patchouli and musk. Adding up these elements, you have an oriental and woody scent that perfectly symbolizes modern masculine men.
10. Calvin Klein Obsession for Men Eau de Toilette
With the top notes giving you that citrus explosion and fresh scent, the Calvin Klein Obsession will surely make any woman obsessed with your scent.
Created by Bob Slattery with the bottle designed by Pierre Dinand, this is a classic and one of the best-selling fragrances that was launched way back in 1986. It was also a FiFi award winner in 1987.
A spicy oriental scent, the Calvin Klein Obsession is one of the classic favorites among men with its scent depicting intensity leaving a lingering, provocative and unforgettable scent.
It is made of rare woods and botanics to give you that nice blend that will surely catch attention.
Top notes include bergamot and mandarin. Middle notes use spices, myrrh and lavender. The base notes include patchouli, musk and sandalwood.
How Do You Choose The Best Fragrance?
Almost all of these fragrances are superb. So how do you select which one is the best for you? We know how it can be quite challenging to select which one.
These 10 fragrances are just some of the best brands that you can find in the market today. Every brand has a distinct scent and unique appeal.
So at the end of the day, you will choose the brand that best suits your personality and style.
Fragrances 101: Know the Different Categories Of Scent For Colognes
When buying a cologne, you often see plenty of options to choose from and if this is your first time to buy, it can be quite overwhelming.
How would you know which one is the best one to get?
Whether you are searching for a new fragrance or you’ve never worn one before, knowing some basics can help you in your cologne purchase. colognes are categorized in different types of scent.
Oriental: Characterized by spicy and musky scents. Oriental fragrance is one of the most sought after type of fragrance among men as it gives you that really oriental spicy and rich scent with hints of clove, cinnamon and vanilla.
Floral: The floral scent is more for the women as it is romantic and feminine although there are also masculine fragrances that make use of a certain type of flower.
Green: Think of the lush greenery, of the clean grass and cool scents, this is what the Green fragrance is all about. It takes you back to the nature bringing out the natural scent with open spaces and coolness of scent.
Chypre: Another top favorite type of fragrance is the chypre. This is characterized by a woodsy and earthy scent with hints of citrus, moss and oak.
Oceanic: The waves of the sea, the pristine waters and the salty air, these are what characterizes the oceanic fragrance. They give you that masculine and clean scent with hints of citrus and spice.
Wood: Wood is also a favorite. Think of the cedar, the pine trees and sandalwood. This gives you that musky and earthy scent that is refreshing and natural.
What Are Cologne Notes
Now that you know the different types of fragrance, the next thing is to know is notes in colognes.
The colognes often have layers of scents and knowing what these notes are can help you in choosing what to buy.
Remember that what you smell when you first try the cologne is different by the time you get home.
Top Notes: This is the very first scent you smell when you apply the cologne as it hits straight to your nose but it also evaporates.
Middle Notes: As the top notes dissipate, you can smell the middle notes as they emerge. They make up most of the scent.
Base Notes: From the name itself, the base notes are not easily detected until you have been wearing a scent for 30 minutes. The base notes give depth to the scent and blends with the middle notes.
Know The Scent That You Enjoy.
As a starting point, make a list of your top favorite smells. For instance, do you like citrus?
How about freshly cut and green grass or perhaps a clean scent? Knowing the scents you like and enjoy is the first step in your cologne selection.
Consider Your Personality.
The scent you wear represents you and your personality. If you are the type who loves the outdoors, you would want to get a fragrance that gives you that clean and fresh scent instead of going for something musky.
Basically, the idea here is to choose that scent that you think best represents you.
Test The Colognes.
You can list down your top favorites and even research some pieces of information. But these are all subjective especially since scent is a matter of perception.
You’ll really never know if you like a particular scent until you have personally tried it.
On top of that, colognes also smell differently a few hours after you’ve worn it. So make sure that you try the fragrances and see which one you like.
You can also ask the opinion of your friends and family.
What do they think about it? Is the cologne too strong? Do they like it or not?
If they like it chances are you are wearing the cologne that is suitable for you. Then again, it is still your choice. Go ahead and wear the cologne that best suits you.
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