Some men wear the same cologne for years—decades, even—and others swap their scent depending on their mood or the occasion. Whether you’re a shopping for a new scent to wear on the big day or a buying a special gift, searching for a fragrance can be dizzying (and we mean that both literally and figuratively). Smelling one after another at a perfume counter can get tricky, and it’s even more seemingly impossible when you’re ordering online.
For those who prefer to shop in person, we tapped Celine Roux, Head of Global Fragrance at Jo Malone London for tips on where to start your search for your signature scent. “Firstly, think whether you are looking for something fresh and uplifting or woody and warm—this will naturally steer your choice,” says Roux. “In general, I would say it’s always good to have freshness within the scent.”
Roux also recommends trying a range of colognes, saying most people avoid certain fragrances due to a single ingredient, but the blend can be completely unexpected. “Try opposite fragrances on each arm, leaving them to settle on your skin,” she suggest. “See how these scents develop and you will naturally be drawn to one.”
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Luckily, we’ve taken the pressure off by doing the leg work (or smell tests, rather) for those who prefer to order online. Ahead, a comprehensive guide to the best colognes for men, from sophisticated scents to woody blends. No matter which one you choose, you’ll surely keep it on your reorder list.
Read on for the best colognes for men.
Bleu de Chanel
In short, Bleu de Chanel is a gentleman’s cologne. It’s crisp, refined, and elegant, but not in a way that reminds you of grandpa. It’s not too musky—instead, it boasts a woody cedar undertone with lingering traces of grapefruit, making it a fresh, clean-smelling option.
Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio
Gracing the necks of men everywhere since 1996, this modern classic is one of those scents that works all the time. Musk combines with bergamot, neroli, rosemary, and patchouli screams earthy in the best way.
Jo Malone Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense
Juxtaposition is the name of the game with this cologne. Citrus notes of Amalfi lemon and orange rival woody tones of cedar and oud—it all unites to form a clean, masculine fragrance. Since oud can be polarizing, this balanced blend is a good choice for those who want to experiment with the ingredient.
We don’t know what’s cooler: The beautiful Art Deco–style bottle or the addition of mint in this fresh and tropical scent. Infused with orange, Italian lemon zest, green apple, tonka beans, amber, woody vanilla, vetiver, and moss, this fusion of scents wears well in the summer but is a pretty universal cologne overall.
Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau de Toilette
A modern take on traditional masculinity, Yves Saint Laurent’s Y Eau de Toilette blends earthy, woody scents with juicy freshness. At its base, soft notes of balsam fir, cedar wood, and marine ambergris embody the energy of a tailored suit that is refined and chic.
Prada Luna Rossa Ocean Eau de Toilette
Aptly named, this aquatic cologne is a breath of fresh air. Fusing clean bergamot with sensual vetiver and a touch of elegance via iris, this classy blend has handsome sailor written all over it.
Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club
Aptly named Jazz Club, this whiskey-colored cologne bottles the smell of a dimly lit jazz club billowing with cigar smoke and decorated with leather chairs. Warm and spicy, it boasts notes of pink pepper, rum, and tobacco.
Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
As the name suggests, Tom Ford’s Tuscan Leather merges leather and suede with notes of jasmine for a sensual and sophisticated scent. The addition of saffron warms things up even further.
Gucci the Alchemist’s Garden, The Last Day of Summer
This one is a work of art, from the lacquered glass bottle to the warming, cozy scent. With notes of cedar, cypress, and nutmeg, along with woody undertones of patchouli and vetiver swirling inside, this scent from Gucci’s Haute perfumery line is luxury at its best.
Culled from brides.com by Stephanie Montes