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Best Men’s Cologne of 2019 – Top Perfumes For Men Tested By Jeremy Fragrance
Which cologne gets you most compliments?
What is the best cologne for men?
These are difficult questions and not to be sniffed at.
At RMRS, we leverage the science of style to help you get respect and make more money and this means we make sure our statements are backed by facts and the industry experts.
We’ve done some serious research and we have come up with a list of scents we think you’ll love.
But then we thought… is that enough? Let’s get a second opinion – from an expert.
Introducing Jeremy Fragrance. Jeremy tried out over 1,000 scents. And he narrowed the field to just THREE.
Gentlemen, these are the best of the best. Want to know what they are?
First, let’s start with an introduction to fragrance.
Fragrance Introduction Guide – click to read our article, Introduction To Fragrance
- Parfum: This is the most concentrated and expensive of all fragrance options. The scent is composed of 20-30% pure perfume essence and a single application can last an entire day.
- EDT (Eau de Toilette): A lighter composition with 5% – 15% pure perfume essence dissolved in alcohol which typically lasts for a few hours.
- Cologne (Eau de Cologne): A generic term used in reference to masculine scents. These sprays are typically composed of 2% – 4% perfume oils in alcohol and water and usually last for about 2 hours.
- Sillage: The degree to which a perfume’s fragrance lingers in the air when worn.
For a detailed guide to fragrances, read our article – A man’s introduction to fragrances.
Jeremy Fragrance’s Top 3 Colognes For Men
#1: Givenchy Pi Neo
Givenchy Pi Neo
This fragrance is similar to the more popular Armani Code, but it lasts twice as long and costs half as much. It’s a bright, summery scent – but includes a central note of anise (licorice) that makes it feel complex and unique.
#2: Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Intense
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Intense
Often when brands promise an “intense” version of a popular fragrance the result is underwhelming. Light Blue Intense, though, delivers on this premise. It’s a new and improved shade of an old favorite.
Jeremy describes it as aquatic, slightly peppery, and yet atmospherically blue and fruity. “To me, Tom Cruise in the movie Cocktail smells like this,” he says. It’s got an impossibly cool and carefree vibe – while still being classic and masculine enough to wear with a suit.
#3: Tom Ford Tobacco Oud
Tom Ford Tobacco Oud
This is the boldest scent Jeremy owns. Some women love it on a man, but it can be too strong for certain occasions and certain noses. If you can wear it with confidence, however, it may be one to take a chance on.
Tobacco is a very sharp and masculine scent. Oud, a woody Saudi Arabian perfume, is similarly rugged and dominant in flavor. If you want to smell like you’ve got hair on your chest, this is one of the best men’s colognes for you.
One thing to note: Tobacco Oud smells better in the air than close to the nose. This is a scent for when you’re trying to get someone’s attention. If you’re going to be a bit more intimate, try something subtler.
Bonus: Creed Aventus & Coach For Men
I asked Jeremy how often men vs. women compliment him on fragrance. He said he usually gets about 70% of comments from women, as opposed to 30% from men.
His most complimented cologne from other men was Creed Aventus. (Certainly gets a compliment from me – it’s the BEST cologne for men in my book.) Jeremy describes it as an authoritative scent that says, “Oh, that guy’s cool.”
As for the ladies: there’s no one cologne in the world that women universally love. But if you’re looking for the safest option for, let’s say, first-date approval… Jeremy’s recommendation is Coach For Men.
Like two out of his top three, Coach is a very clean scent. What makes it different is that it has exceptionally wide appeal. But Jeremy cautions that if you’re looking for a cologne that will be noticed and complimented, wide appeal isn’t always the factor to aim for.
You’re not going to get women leaning in for a sniff and asking you questions about a cologne they’ve smelled dozens of times before. Scent is very important to how we form memories of people, so if you want to make a strong impression, it helps to stand out from the crowd.
Real Men Real Style’s Top 10 Colognes For Men
But we can’t stop there! You’ve seen Jeremy’s choices, now let’s list the Real Men Real Style Top 10.
We think these are the best smelling colognes and trust us – women LOVE them.
#10. Paco Rabanne – 1 Million (EDT) | Jean Paul Gaultier – Le Male (EDT) | The One – Dolce & Gabbana (Eau De Toilette)
Paco Rabanne – 1 Million (EDT)
It’s a three-way tie at #10 because while these fragrances garner a lot of compliments and are loved by women universally, they are also common and easily recognizable.
Paco Rabanne’s gold bar bottle dispenses a heady mix of warm cinnamon, grapefruit, blood mandarin and mint citrus notes along with Indian patchouli and masculine leather.
The One is a classic scent for men with amber, tobacco and ginger notes. This strong, long lasting and masculine fragrance is one of the most complimented fragrances.
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You won’t stand out or be original with these fragrances. BUT the ladies love these 3 scents, despite their ubiquity.
Spray on these fragrances for a night out, especially if it’s an outdoor event because the sillage is strong.
#9. La Nuit De L’Homme – Yves Saint Laurent (Eau De Toilette)
La Nuit De L’Homme – Yves Saint Laurent (Eau De Toilette)
A contrasting mix of explosive cardamom and fresh bergamot, lavender, and cedar. Cumin and vetiver provide a sensual base that is bound to leave the women wanting more of this amazing scent.
It’s great for a quick evening date but I wouldn’t use it for an all day event.
This would have been my #1 pick back in 2011, but the performance on the current edition is poor after the makers reformulated the ingredients several times.
The weak sillage requires a re-spray every couple of hours. However, this scent remains one of the most complimented scents and deserves a spot in our top 10.
#8. Salvatore Ferragamo – F by Ferragamo Black (EDT)
This is one of the best smelling affordable scents for men.
This is not a unique scent, it opens with a fresh citrusy scent and then turns into something similar to La Nuit De L’homme.
Lavender & Tonka Bean are the prominent notes. The moderate sillage prevents this incredibly long lasting (5-6 hours) fragrance from offending sensitive noses.
A work friendly scent that you can wear in close contact like on a date or at a crowded nightclub. The affordable pricing is a plus.
#7. Versace Pour Homme – Versace (Eau De Toilette)
If you prefer fresh scents over sweet ones, this awesome citrus scent is great for the daytime during the spring, summer, and fall months (basically, all year round).
The top notes of lemon, neroli, bergamot and rose de mai mix with middle notes of hyacinth, clary sage, cedar, and geranium. The base notes are tonka bean, musk, and amber.
Suitable for the office or if you’re out running errands. You will definitely turn heads when you walk by people but it’s not over-powering.
#6. Bleu De Chanel – Chanel (Eau De Toilette)
This is a classic ladykiller, the Casanova of fragrances.
The woody aromatics of Bleu de Chanel blend with citrus notes creating a sophisticated and seductive scent that makes way for a spicy undertone as the day progresses.
Another fresh everyday scent. A little spicy from the incense and a fresh from the grapefruit. It lasts you the workday and has a moderate sillage, so you don’t overpower people with your scent.
#5. Thierry Mugler – A*Men Pure Malt (EDT)
This #5 pick stands out for its unique smell. And it is highly complimented.
It guarantees originality. The method used for creating this fragrance is inspired by traditional techniques used to produce the finest Whiskies!
Aged in toasted oak caskets, the scent reveals a smoky fragrance with a lingering elegance of malt, spicy, woody, and sweet elements. Not too harsh and not too in your face, this fragrance delivers a subtle and seductive knock-out punch.
You will stand out from anyone else and will be hard pressed to find someone wearing the same scent as you.
Although this all round winner is versatile and appropriate for a wide variety of occasions, it is perfect for winter and fall and best worn at night.
#4. Versace Eros – Versace (Eau De Toilette)
As the name indicates, this fragrance inspires passion and desire. Named after the Greek god of love and son of goddess Aphrodite – Eros, this is Versace Pour Homme’s more sexy and seductive cousin.
The strongest notes here are Vanilla, Mint, & Tonka bean making it sweet and masculine at the same time. This is one of the most complimented scents I found. Great for day and night, spring, summer, winter, and fall.
It is long lasting and the medium sillage makes it appropriate for social contexts where you might expect close proximity with the opposite sex.
#3. Dior Sauvage (Eau De Toilette)
Can a fragrance that smells like fresh laundry be a hit with the ladies? YES!
Dior Sauvage is the perfect warm weather scent and is long lasting.
One of my friends told me that he sprayed this on and his wife wanted to take him into the bedroom immediately.
Ambroxan, pepper, and bergamot are the strongest notes and give this fragrance a fresh scent all day.
#2. Aqua Di Gio Profumo – Giorgio Armani (Eau De Parfum)
Take the #1 selling men’s cologne of all time, add some incense, make it longer lasting and you have Aqua Di Gio Profumo. We think this is one of the best men’s cologne of all time.
It smells just as great as the original and lasts much longer. The perfect pick for spring, summer, fall, day or night.
The fragrance is aquatic, woody, and aromatic. A mix of spices and citrus notes gives way to subtle tones of geranium, sage, and rosemary, pulsing with recognizable whiffs of patchouli and incense.
This is an incredibly long lasting fragrance with one of the most original scents.
Armani’s inspiration intention with this intensely masculine fragrance was to transport the wearer and those around him out to the Mediterranean sea.
And don’t we all know how much women love an aquatic adventure!
#1. Creed Aventus (Eau De Parfum)
Most men who have used Creed Aventus can attest that this should be the #1 choice. And the women will agree too. In fact, this is often quoted as women’s favorite men’s cologne.
This scent can be worn year around and provide you with a mature and masculine scent.
A popular choice among connoisseurs, this fragrance is ideal for dates, traveling, and social events. Wear it during spring, summer, fall, winter, day or night.
The strongest notes in this sweet and woody scent are pineapple, birch, and musk. The spray has a long-lasting effect with a medium sillage so it doesn’t over-power.
Armani Code – Giorgio Armani (EDT)
A classic formula to warm your winter nights. Armani Code blends fresh bergamot and lemon top notes with star anise and olive blossom.
The scent is further sensualized with hints of tobacco, leather and Tonka bean.
This EDT is a compliment grabber but the performance isn’t strong enough to break the top 10.
Carolina Herrera – CH Men Prive (EDT)
Sweet and masculine? The sweet opening note on this under-used fragrance turns into a strong spicy whiskey scent.
It can be too much for some people close up but when you walk by, your sillage is bound to turn heads. Expect strangers to comment on how good you smell.
Best Cologne For Men (Best Smelling) In 2020
Finding the best cologne for men means aligning a fragrance to match their indelible spirit can be quite the undertaking. Though it might seem at first like an impossible task to test each and every brand and model, especially when that may involve traveling to a number of different stores, it’s a task that really needs to be done. After all, many men before you have taken the time to select their best smelling cologne and have bettered their lives because of it.
Before we begin, it should be noted that there really is no single best cologne for men. Every man is different and every nose is different, too. The trick to finding the best men’s cologne for you is to figure out what it is that you want your scent to say about you. There are fragrances that exude sensuality with notes of leather accord and spicy cinnamon; others that give off a light and airy summer feel with sweet and light floral notes, and others may exude notes of strength and masculinity with woodsy notes and musk.
Another thing worth mentioning is that men and women don’t always want the same things. Some colognes may simply drive women wild, while others may be more suitable for the board room or a cocktail party. It’s all about playing to your particular strengths and choosing the correct scent for your environment.
Here are just a couple of suggestions to help you get started on your search for the best smelling cologne:
Best Cologne for Men – Top 7 that get the most female compliments
Fierce by Abercrombie & Fitch is a sweet, woody fragrance, with top notes of petitgrain, cardamom, lemon, orange, and fir. It also has at its aromatic heart notes of rich jasmine, rosemary, rose, and lily of the valley. And at its very base, it has notes of warm vetiver, musk, oakmoss, and Brazilian rosewood to help tie down the citrus and floral sensations. A fresh and spicy scent designed as a call to the younger, wilder side of a man, this cologne is for men that aren’t afraid to live on the edge.
- Top Notes: Petitgrain, Cardamom, Lemon, Orange, and Fir.
- Middle Notes: Jasmine, Rosemary, Rose, and Lily-Of-The-Valley.
- Base Notes: Vetiver, Musk, Oakmoss and Brazilian Rosewood.
Le Male is the first ever male fragrance by Jean Paul Gaultier. Heralded for its sweet mint, lavender, and vanilla notes, Le Male is a great compliment to any man that is truly unforgettable. Powerful artemisia, cardamom, mint, and bergamot make up the top notes, followed by middle notes of lavender, orange blossom, cinnamon, and cumin. Base notes of sandalwood, vanilla, Tonka Bean, and Amber help round out a charismatic fragrance for the modern man. Both gentle and masculine at once, Le Male’s traditional aroma makes it both easy and pleasing.
- Top Notes: Mint, Lavender, and Bergamot.
- Middle Notes: Cinnamon, Cumin, and Orange Blossom.
- Base Notes: Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood, and Cedarwood.
A modern masterpiece from Dior, a game changer in a designer world – that’s what people saying about Dior Homme Intense. It’s a huge compliment getter and it lets people know that you know what you’re doing when you’re buying a cologne. This scent is very well-constructed, is sophisticated, and smells very good. Perfect for evening wear and cold weather during formal and nonformal events such as going out on a date, attending a birthday party, going to a wedding party, or other such events.
- Top Notes: Lavender.
- Middle Notes: Iris, Ambrette (Musk Mallow) and Pear.
- Base Notes: Vetiver and Virginia Cedar.
FYIMost colognes go through a progression: top notes last a few minutes, middle notes last 30 minutes to an hour, and base notes last longer than an hour. This is caused by the differences in volatility (the rate at which a compound evaporates) between the essential oils.
Developed by perfumers Christophe Raynaud, Olivier Pescheux, and Michel Girard, 1 Million by PacoRabanne is a tantalizing fragrance that drives women absolutely wild. Initial notes are reminiscent of mint, sweet grapefruit, and blood orange. The notes eventually fade as the middle notes of spicy cinnamon, rose and blonde leather peeks through. Dressed up in packaging that resembles a solid gold bar, 1 Million by PacoRabanne exudes a refined and yet assertive aroma. Underneath, at the heart of the fragrance, base notes of white wood, amber, and patchouli evoke a feeling of masculinity. 1 Million blends the elegant richness of a well-tailored suit with the primal passions of a man on the prowl—qualities that make it one of the most popular scents, even among women.
- Top Notes: Grapefruit, Mint, Blood Mandarin.
- Middle Notes: Rose, Cinnamon, Spicy Notes.
- Base Notes: Leather, Woody Notes, Amber, Indian Patchouli.
1 Million is a cologne designed to draw attention. It is for men that won’t bend under the pressure of a hundred sets of eyes looking at them as they step into a crowd. Enticing blood orange and a mint attract and capture. This is a cologne for men without limitations, for men that refuse to go unnoticed in a room of people. It is for men with a young and wild spirit, unafraid and unfettered, ready at any moment to turn the dial up. Whether you want to reinvent or reinvigorate, 1 Million by PacoRabanne’s sensual and striking fragrance is top shelf. See more colognes from Paco Rabanne.
Aventus is definitely a unique scent. With beautiful smoky pineapple and woodsy notes, It’s a number one compliment getter. Inspired by the legacy and life of Emperor Napoleon, Aventus use some ingredients associated with his memory: Pineapple, his favorite food; Blackcurrant from Corsica, his hometown; and Ambergris from the ocean, representing his navy. The balance in the scent is just perfect because of how well it’s all put together. The longevity is excellent (lasting approximately 12h+ hours), and the overall feel of the perfume exudes quality and mastery. There is only one issue with Creed Aventus: this fragrance is not cheap, but as everything in life, you do get what you pay for!
- Top Notes: Blackcurrant, Bergamot, Apple and Pineapple.
- Middle Notes: Rose, Dry Birch, Moroccan Jasmin, and Patchouli.
- Base Notes: Oak Moss, Musk, Ambergris, and Vanilla.
Whether you’re a single man who needs to collect as many phone numbers as possible, or you are simply a man who likes to flirt, then this scent may just be the one for you. YSL La nuit is a very soft, smooth and sweet cologne. It is not cloyingly sweet, but sweet enough for some women to find it attractive on you. Cardamom is present in the top notes and Bergamot, Lavender are present in the middle notes. This makes for an amazing scent that is just masculine enough to make the wearer feel sexy. It has a moderate sillage and is a scent which lasts approximately 8-hours. YSL La nuit is a safe fragrance for a romantic dinner, a night out, or a date and can be worn winter, spring, summer or fall. There are some fragrances you should at least buy once, and YSL La nuit is considered by many to be that “must have” on any cologne connoisseurs list.
- Top Notes: Cardamom.
- Middle Notes: Bergamot, Virginia Cedar, Lavender.
- Base Notes: Vetiver & Caraway.
There are some things that never age, things that maintain their charm and elegance over the years. Green Irish Tweed, commonly known as GIT, is one of them. Launched in 1985, this signature scent from the house of Creed is a favorite of many celebrities, e.g., Clint Eastwood, Pierce Brosnan and George Clooney. Wearing GIT makes you feel like you’re walking in the countryside. The fragrance has a good smell that implies wealth, confidence, and simplicity – in other words, it implies that the wearer is a gentleman. GIT is an extremely versatile scent and quite inoffensive, so you can wear it both casually and formally. Put on two or three sprays and you’ll immediately be re-energized and ‘ready-to-go’!
- Top Notes: Iris and Lemon Verbena.
- Middle Notes: Violet Leaves.
- Base Notes: Ambergris & Mysore Sandalwood.
Read more: 12 Best Creed Colognes Review10 best colognes for men right nowSometimes the best place to start your search for the best cologne for men is to see what the rest of the men of the world are into. There are plenty of best smelling colognes out there; all you need to do is narrow it down to a handful to help make your selection easier.
Here are 10 of the best mens colognes right now:
One of the best mens cologne on shelves right now is Nautica Voyage by Nautica. As will be covered in more depth later on, grabbing the most affordable cologne isn’t always the wisest idea. In this instance, however, it’s hard to go wrong with this relaxing aquatic men’s fragrance. The cologne leads with the cooling sensation of crisp green apple and leaf notes at the top, which then opens up to a heart of mimosa blended with gentle lotus and linen. It’s very reminiscent of flapping sails flying high over the deck of a sailboat navigating the salty summer sea. At its base, a woody mixture of cedar, musk, moss, and amber give Nautica Voyage some much-needed masculinity. It is a laid-back and casual fragrance that can be worn throughout the spring and summer, designed for men that like to let loose and have a little fun in the sun every now and then.
It’s no surprise that Acqua Di Gio is second on this list because it’s one of the most popular and best-selling fragrance of all time in the USA. This is a light and fresh fragrance, not sharp, not spicy but bright and very nice. The smell is going to be very familiar to most people, which is a good thing but not necessarily good for those who really want to “stand out” or “be unique” in the crowd.
Many say that Cool Water is a cheaper version of Green Irish Tweed, but it’s not. GIT is almost like a grass version of the same scent while Coolwater is an ocean version. This clean, fresh and summertime scent is suitable for all ages but the preferably age range for this cologne is approximately 15 – 25 years of age.
Guess Seductive is an outstanding starter cologne for the high school and college crowd. If you are confident and not afraid to smell sexy, then you may want to try this. The scent smells very sweet, perfect for Fall & Winter, but the scent doesn’t last very long.
5. Nautica Blue
Another inexpensive, but not bad cologne from Nautica. Launched in 2005, Nautica Blue is an aromatic aquatic fragrance for men. It is also a bit synthetic, but still a nice aquatic for the price. Smells pretty good, not long lasting or well projecting, but for the price, you really can’t ask for anything more than what it delivers.
If you’re looking for something versatile and safe, Mont Blanc Legend would be a good choice. This is a masculine fruity aromatic fragrance with interesting notes: lavender, pineapple, oakmoss, coumarin, and pomarose. The projection and longevity of this cologne are not too heavy or lingering but are enough to get the job done. It’s great for Spring & Summer. As a lot of people have said, it does smell a bit like Abercrombie Fierce, very similar, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing because it also happens to be half the price of Fierce.
If you want to smell light and fresh, then this cologne is perfect for your everyday use. Recommended for the warmer weather for sure because it’s too light and soft for the cold.
1 Million is a cologne designed to draw attention.It is for men that won’t bend under the pressure of a hundred sets of eyes looking at them as they step into a crowd. This cologne is very warm, sweet and fresh. It’s a great fragrance for every season. There seem to be very few men’s fragrances that project well and have good longevity, but 1 Million certainly does and that’s probably what makes this cologne so popular. See more Paco Rabanne colognes.
This cologne is light fresh & has a clean, non-offensive smell. The smell starts with a combination of wood and flowers, then the woods starts to dominant & it eventually leaves a woody rich smell. It’s a good scent for younger or even middle-aged, sporty men. However, longevity can be a problem with this scent because it generally last 3-hours or less.
Called “The Most Effective and Best Smelling Human Pheromone Cologne for Men on Amazon, Period”, Raw Chemistry’s pheromone cologne is a top choice for men that want to attract women. The product uses an exclusive, proprietary blend of natural oils and human grade pheromones including Androstadienone, Androstenone, Andrestenol, and Andresterone. Raw Chemistry’s long-lasting natural men’s cologne has been voted the best-smelling pheromone cologne on the market.