The best-smelling colognes to buy for him this Valentine's Day
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / February 02 2023
The secret to finding the best-smelling cologne for men? Buy him something you like too.
Let’s be real, whether he’s your significant other, father, brother, or friend, he’s going to be a lot more tolerable when you like the way he smells.
Forget scouring the shelves of the perfume section of your local department store this Valentine's Day, because these nine men’s fragrances are the best-smelling colognes he’s ever likely to receive.
Costa Brazil Aroma | Jungle
Inspired by the resinous scent synonymous with the Amazon, this fresh and spicy aroma plunges you into the depths of the jungle. Unique notes of white jungle flora, Brazil orange oil, geranium bourbon, nutmeg oil, clearwood, myrrh, cedarwood atlas, vetiver, plant-based musks, and cypriol dwell here.
$298 at MECCA
Bleu de CHANEL Eau de Parfum
Famous for a reason, Bleu de CHANEL strikes the ideal balance between fresh and woody for a timeless scent you'll never get sick of sniffing. It opens with a zesty lineup of grapefruit, lemon and mint before unfurling dense and powerful notes of jasmine, sandalwood and patchouli, leaving behind a sophisticated trail that oozes confidence.
$200 at David Jones
MAISON TAHITE Sel_Vanille
Sweet, salty and grounded by an earthy wood element, this cologne transports you across the sea with touches of vanilla, sea salt, sage and cedarwood at the helm.
$239 at Libertine Parfumerie
Tom Ford Noir Extreme
A deeply intense venture into the concept of modern masculinity and duality, this extreme parfum is richly sensual in kind. Notes of cardamom, ginger, tonka bean and guaiacwood conceive a refined palette of elegant tastes.
$350 at MYER
Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Eau & Cedre
Just as fresh as L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme, this exploration of simplicity pairs cedarwood and vetiver with patchouli, cardamom and aquatic notes.
$164 at MYER
MEMO Iberian Leather
A cologne that conquers the fragrances of the Iberian Peninsula perfectly, aromatics and citrus sit at the fore, while abundant white florals tango against a backdrop of spices and aged woods.
$440 at Libertine Parfumerie
Paco Rabanne Phantom
This cologne is likely to smell a little bit different than anything you’ve ever sampled before. Modern and bold, it champions notes of creamy lavender, tarte citrus and woody vanilla.
$190 at MYER
MILLER HARRIS Le Cedre
There’s something special about a cedar scent for men. Masculine and modern, but nostalgic too, this cologne is spicy, warm, comforting and elegant all at once thanks to touches of pepper, incense, black orchid, cedarwood, cashmere wood and musk.
$359 at Libertine Parfumerie
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.