You’re a gentleman that needs a signature scent to complete your style. Whether you’re looking for a casual cologne for everyday use or something a little more special to titillate the olfactory nerve of a certain lovely lady, rest assured that you’ve come to the right spot!
And speaking of lovely ladies, I did not forget about you (a gentleman never does!). This site swings both ways! Not only would any of these colognes make a suitable gift for the man in your life, but if you include a steak with this gift, he would be even more enraptured by your thoughtfulness which could cause welcomed side effects such as washing the dishes and doing the laundry. Of course, these side effects would fade away, sometimes at the same rate as a few sprays of some colognes do!
Below we’ve put together a chart on some of the more popular colognes that are not only our top picks, but ones that come highly recommended by both men and women.
Best Men’s Cologne Guide
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Price Guide (based on ~3oz. of juice):
$ – Under $35
$$ – $35-$75
$$$ – $75-$125
$$$ – Over $125
How to Choose the Best Cologne for You
Finding your signature scent can be a bit tough with all the fragrances that perfume houses have to offer. It has been proven that scent triggers memories. Read on for some tips to make sure your first impression leaves a lasting impression and great memories by choosing the best cologne for you.
Style and Personality
Specific colognes reflect specific styles and personalities. Whatever your personality is, you should be wearing a fragrance that complements it. If you are an easygoing or playful type of guy you may want to go for bolder and trendy fragrances that contain spirited and lively notes. The serious, confident man would be attracted to a more traditional cologne that contains warm and spicy notes. The outgoing and adventurous type would go for more citrusy and fresh aromatic blends.
Whatever type of personality you possess, I cannot stress enough that you want to ultimately choose a fragrance that will compliment the type of person you are. Choosing the best men’s cologne that suits your style is imperative to enjoying your newfound fragrance.
The Where and When
When putting together your fragrance collection, you should definitely have different colognes depending on the occasion. For the workplace, you would want a very light scented fragrance so as not to disrupt others with your aromatics. Don’t be that guy! Something that has a fainter smell and lower sillage will be ideal for the office. For a romantic night out, you would want a heavier fragrance with great longevity; something sexy that would impress the one you’re taking out for the night. And for the casual fragrance, something versatile that works in most situations, and most importantly one that you favor.
Different times of the year can also play a factor. Citrus based and lighter fragrances play well with the spring and summertime. So do aquatics. Woodsy and warmer, heavier scents do well in the winter. Of course, this is all based on preference. You can and plenty do, wear the same fragrance throughout the year.
Different men’s fragrances work well for different age groups. The younger crowd tends to prefer the fun and more playfully scented colognes. The types that are great for clubbing and partying or just a wild and crazy night out. Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gio and Joop Joop can be put into this category. The more mature crowd tends to lean towards a more full bodied, manlier scent. Tom Ford and John Varvatos could fall into this group. Another great cologne that comes to mind is Givenchy Gentleman. Notes of amber, musk, tobacco and leather are popular with the older gentleman looking for a more refined signature scent.
Your budget will determine the selection of available colognes for you to choose from. Luckily, there are phenomenal fragrances at any price range. From Davidoff Cool Water to Creed Green Irish Tweed to Clive Christian, any man will be able to find a scent that will mesh perfectly with his style and personality and not break the bank. Just keep in mind when comparing colognes to also compare the amount of juice that is offered for the price. For more on this, check out some of the best cheap men’s cologne as well as the most expensive men’s cologne lists we have put together.
Online vs Offline Shopping
If you have the convenience of a mall or retailer nearby, I highly recommend visiting their men’s cologne section and trying out different testers of some fragrances that you are interested in. Make sure to test only one at a time and dab or spray it on your wrist. Immediately smell it to see if it agrees with your natural body odor and pay attention as you go on with your day. Keep in mind the initial scent and if you liked it or not as well as how long it lasts. If you receive any compliments, well then maybe it’s one you should consider adding to your collection! Try this out over a few days to get a chance to test a variety. Check out our top cologne lists section if you need help figuring out which ones to start with. When you find that perfect scent, peruse the online retailers as they will usually offer it for a large discount (sometimes 50%!). Be wary of fakes and expired juice by only purchasing from reputable retailers.
If you don’t have anywhere nearby to test, you will have to settle with a blind buy. Luckily, sites like this as well as the multiple reviews on various retailer sites can help with your choice. When in doubt, check out our best men’s cologne chart at the top of this page to get some ideas on where to start. If you’re having a hard time making up your mind, look into grabbing some cheap cologne samples so you don’t end out splurging on something you end up not happy with.
The Low Down on Notes
Notes are what make up a fragrances scent. And each note belongs to a specific fragrance family. All fragrances, whether perfume or cologne, contain three different types of notes: Top, Base and Middle. Let’s discuss these a bit further.
Top Notes: These are the notes that you initially smell when you apply a fresh dab or spray of cologne. They are very important when it comes to deciding on a scent. Since the top notes give off sort of a ‘first impression’ of the scent, if the smell turns you off you may not want to stick around to find out the rest of what the fragrance has to offer. The top notes tend to fade away within 30 minutes of application.
Middle Notes: These notes are what give a fragrance its body.You can best describe middle note as all the notes from top to bottom blended together. The heart of the fragrance. The middle notes usually take a couple of minutes before your nose will discover them.
Base Notes: You can pretty much perceive these as the big bambino of all the notes. These are the heaviest, strongest, most long lasting scents that you will find in a fragrance. When researching the notes in a cologne, it’s important to keep in mind that the base notes will represent what your cologne will smell like for the majority of its longevity (the dry-down period). This is due to how powerful the base notes are and the fact that they come out last after the rest of the notes.
When you do find a cologne that works for you, check out our tips on applying cologne so you don’t accidentally offend others around you. Surprisingly, many men tend to wear way too much or way too little of a fragrance. Too much cologne, no matter how much you love it, is no good. When you get used to a fragrance you will build a tolerance to the scent, but others have not and you don’t want to be the guy that everyone can smell from a mile away. Again, don’t be that guy! Too little and others don’t really get to enjoy the aromatic gentleman that you are looking to become. Good luck on your journey to finding the best men’s cologne for you!