Like a moth to a flame, some colognes are capable of snatching our attention by appealing to our senses. Our list of the 15 best smelling colognes for men includes cult classics, new additions and scents with abilities to transport and transform you.
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1. 1 Million – Paco Rabanne
Audacious warm cinnamon, blood mandarin, grapefruit and mint citrus notes entwine with masculine leather and Indian patchouli creating a scent to make women weak at the knees. The gold bar bottle along with the cocktail of distinct magnetic notes suggest that 1 Million belongs to the night.
2. Creed – Aventus
Celebrating the strength and vision of Napoleon, Creed features a bouquet of fruity notes including Corsican blackcurrant, Italian bergamot, French apple and royal pineapple, while birch and patchouli give the blend a smoky confidence irresistible to women.
3. Bleu de Chanel
Unmistakably masculine, Bleu de Chanel includes woody aromatics which lace amber, incense, and ginger with citrus notes creating a sophisticated scent. Oriental surprises await the wearer as the hours pass as mint notes make way for a seductively spicy undertone.
4. Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Ultime
L’Homme Ultime by Yves Saint Laurent represents a contrast between freedom and control and is a cologne for wild men who know when to be tame. The audacious blend, which is said to seduce women and inspire other gents, features the fresh sensuality of sage combined with the depth of aromatic wood to create a distinct, modern and masculine scent.
5. Nautica Voyage
Not for the timid, Nautica Voyage is a cologne for adventurous men with daring spirits. With one splash of this incredible scent, you’ll feel as if you’re setting sail on a heroic journey filled with endeavours to navigate with precision and passion. A powerful fusion of dewy moss and refined woody amber anchors the intoxicating fragrance. The masculine yet elegant scent is then completed with green leaf, apple, drenched mimosa, sailcloth accord, water lotus, cedarwood, and musk.
6. Versace Eros
Versace Eros is the type of cologne that will drive your lady wild with every smell. This wonderful fragrance, which is composed of an incredible blend of sweet and salty notes, will delight both her senses and your own. Notes of sea water provide a fresh nautical scent while nuances of sunny warmth on your skin complete this cologne in perfect harmony. As for specifics, mint leaves, lemon zest, tonka bean, amber, vanilla, cedarwood, vetiver, and oak moss make this cologne into the intense, masculine, and refreshing scent that it is.
7. Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb
The male equivalent to Viktor & Rolf’s famed female perfume, Flowerbomb, Spicebomb is an explosive scent that is powerful, audacious, and sensual. The cologne bomb, which is housed within a fitting hand grenade-style bottle, contains two contrasting yet complementing accords. The first is addictive and fiery and features notes of chilli, saffron, leather, tobacco, and vetiver. The second is explosive and icy and boasts scents of bergamot, grapefruit, elemi, and pink pepper.
8. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Maxi
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Maxi is a truly masculine cologne that is perfect for polished and powerful gents to wear daily. The fragrance, which is overall refreshing, sparkling, and utterly alluring, contains sharp, oriental, and woody scents. Along with these enticing and attractive smells, this cologne boasts notes of warm fresh mint, bergamot, cardamom, lavender, and orange blossom blended with the aromas of cinnamon, cumin, musk, amber, vanilla, and tonka bean.
9. Diesel Only The Brave Wild
Wild is the third instalment in the Only the Brave range from Diesel and is aimed at the man who believes his primary instincts and has the courage to create his own path. The unique scent greets you with top notes of grapefruit, lemongrass, and black pepper. At its heart, however, dwells floral lavender and geranium mixed with the spice of nutmeg and sweet scent of coumarin. Rounding out this fantastic scent is a base that features notes of cedar wood, vetiver, and moss combined with the creamy character and fresh aroma of coconut water.
10. Artisan – John Varvatos
A classic cult Artisan lives up to its name with a masterful blend of citric and herbal layers. Standout notes include Sicilian clementine, a trio of gingers and orange blossom which will act to entice those around you.
11. Bottega Veneta – Pour Homme
Bottega Veneta is a scent for the alpine man who wishes to leave behind the urban environment while maintaining a sophisticated spirit. Andalusian labdanum sets the scene while Siberian pine and fir resins transport you to woods.
12. Essenza – Acqua di Parma
In the foreground of this delicious summer, scent is a standout neroli note, shadowed by a citrus chorus and floral hints including jasmine and rose. Essenza Colonia exudes summer and will leave you with a refined, post-barbershop aroma.
13. Armani Code – Giorgio Armani
A fragrance to warm your winter’s night, Armani Code seamlessly blends fresh bergamot and lemon top notes with star anise and olive blossom. Hints of tobacco, leather, and Tonka bean add depth to create a contemporary aroma that is irresistible to women.
14. Acqua di Gio Giorgio – Armani
Inspired by the Mediterranean island of Pantelleria, Georgio Armani created an aquatic aroma that splashes warm sunshine onto your skin. Calabrian bergamot is one of many citric notes that gives this scent its signature freshness, but as you dive deeper, you discover sweet jasmine, rosemary and salty seawater tones which create a marine masculinity.
15. Polo Red Intense – Ralph Lauren
Launched in 2015 the Polo Red Intense Ralph Lauren transitional season cologne was inspired by the adrenaline of fast cars and the sweet electricity of the notes reflect that. A concoction of spices and roasted coffee beans kick you into overdrive while grapefruit and amber further the addictive nature of this fragrance.
16. Sauvage – Dior
Sauvage evokes freedom which is echoed in the colognes short film depicting a scorching Joshua Tree desert scene starring the rebellious icon Johnny Depp. Orchestrated with zesty Calabrian bergamot, black pepper notes, a salty ambroxan and patchouli of the purest quality Sauvage is fresh and wild.
17. La Nuit de l’Homme – Yves Saint Laurent
Bold cardamom sits in accord with fresh bergamot, soothing lavender, and warm cedar to create the dark and alluring La Nuit de l’Homme. Bright undertones deepen this colognes sophistication and help to further seduce the senses.
18. Gucci Guilty
A luxurious cologne starring invigorating lemon, and is intensified with seductive notes of lavender and patchouli. Gucci Guilty oozes style that will have women captivated both day and night.
19. Italian Bergamot – Ermenegildo Zegna
Italian Bergamot is a straightforward cologne that allows each of its notes to find a place aromatically. Sparkling Calabrian bergamot and sweet neroli accompany vetiver and rosemary to create a charming summertime scent.
20. Euphoria Intense – Calvin Klein
Euphoria Intense is a new fragrance inspired by the darker, sexier side of euphoria men signature. Intense yet smooth, it blends the signature scent with darker wood and spice notes for a richer, masculine scent at the peak of its sexiness.
21. Guess Seductive
The name of this fragrance by Guess says it all. Seductive is a favourite men’s cologne that’s perfect for romantic occasions and events. The irresistible scent, which is intended for charming and charismatic gents, contains woody, aromatic, and Fougère notes. Its top consists of cardamom, mandarin, and pepper while its heart features vanilla, violet, and vetiver, and its base boasts patchouli, sandalwood, amber, and musk.
22. RawChemistry Labs Pheromones for Men Pheromone Cologne
When it comes to attracting women, Pheromones for Men by RawChemistry is the cologne for the job. The formula, which was created in an Oregon laboratory, was specifically designed to target a women’s attraction receptors within her brain and is proven to have an enticing smell. The amazing and empowering scent, which contains a patented blend of human pheromones, is adept at gaining attention and creating desire.