Best fragrances for men (that women love)
We review the best scents that you'll love as much as he does
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / September 10 2018
Guys are pretty good at knowing what they want, but when it comes to the world of fragrance, they tend to be a little out of their element. That’s where you come in. Your many, many years of spritzing has given you a keen sense of smell that can help the men in your life find their signature scent. And hey, if you so choose, you’re more than welcome to steer them in the direction of your favourite masculine notes for your own sniffing pleasure. After all, the best perfume for men is one that captures the attention of women!
Just like your own hunt for the perfect scent, the best fragrances for men are the ones that evoke emotion and complement their personality. Find his match among these top 10 perfumes for men that we're sure will equally impress you.
#10 / Ralph Lauren Polo Blue EDT
Think of this as weekend vibes, bottled. Fresh and aquatic, the refreshing scent of melon and cucumber is balanced by masculine notes of washed suede, patchouli and sheer musk. It's an odd combination that just works. Good to know: Reviewers sing high praise for this fragrance's ability to last long past a full day of wear.
Cost: $99 (75mL)
The review: “It [is] amazing! The scent lasted on my husband from 8am until almost 10pm. Everyone that walked near him asked what scent he was wearing and I was absolutely mesmerized by the aroma.” Lisabett82, Sephora US customer
#9 / Versace Pour Homme
You don't always need to make a bold statement with your fragrance - in fact, there's something to be said about keeping things casual. This fresh fragrance is confident, without being obnoxious. And it’s great for everyday. The top notes of bergamot, neroli and bitter orange bring a zesty vibrancy, before settling to a green heart and a musk finish.
Cost: $115 (100mL)
The review: “I'm really impressed by Versace Pour Homme. The aroma may not be groundbreaking, but it's a real crowd pleaser. Whenever I wear it, I usually hear, 'Somebody smells good!' It lasts all day, even during the summer.” Stephen75, Myer customer
#8 / Bvlgari Man
You know the guy that everyone can’t help but love, well this fragrance is his kindred spirit. The woody oriental dries down to notes of cashmere wood, benzoin, white honey, amber and musk that are comfortable yet charismatic.
Cost: $111 (100mL)
The review: “This is my all-time favorite cologne for my husband, I refuse to buy him anything else. It’s addictive, lasts all day, smells fresh, contemporary and manly. It’s great for all four seasons, and works for day and night. Very woody, citrusy, peppery and fresh.” Miaharleyy, Sephora US customer
#7 / Calvin Klein CK One EDT
If you like your fragrance crisp, clean and reminiscent of carefree summer days, this one’s for you. Like a true Aussie bloke, it’s cool, calm and laidback at all times. The top notes are a fruit salad of pineapple, mandarin orange, papaya and lemon (plus some green notes to complement), then things get more floral and spicy at the heart before drying down to a sexier combo of sandalwood, amber and other woody notes. Keep in mind, this is a unisex fragrance, so if you’re going to get it, you need to be prepared to share!
Cost: $69 (100mL)
The review: “There is a reason this is still around after all these years. I find that it is appealing to both sexes and it has a mild crisp, fresh aroma that is perfect for day wear, but also for a dinner date.” dappyking, Sephora US customer
#6 / Hugo Boss Boss Bottled Tonic
With Chris Hemsworth as the face of their campaign, these bad boys sell themselves. But it’s the sweet and spicy inspiration behind the scent that won Chris over. “I met the lady who designed the [original] Boss Bottled Classic [fragrance], which was inspired by apple strudel. My wife’s favorite dessert is apple strudel, and she loves the fragrance, which is good because if she didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be wearing it,” Chris told LA Times. If you’re looking for your own reason to try it, the combination of citrus essences and bold wood notes are equal parts strong and tranquil.
The review: “Having just gone on holiday, I wanted a new scent for those long warms sun-soaked days. I chose Boss Bottled Tonic and it was a perfect daytime fragrance. Having used the Boss range before I knew they are great scents for me, manly and sophisticated but not overpowering. The Boss Tonic is light, which works perfect for the daytime and lasts nicely throughout the day. This might just be my new favourite and will become my regular everyday scent.” IanPhillips, John Lewis customer
#5 / Dior Sauvage
Raw and rugged (Australia to a T), this fragrance starts off fresh and develops to a woody base. It’s ultra masculine and according to an overwhelming number of reviews, women go wild for this Christian Dior fragrance. You have been warned!
Hint: Layer this fragrance with the matching Sauvage Aftershave for a longer-lasting scent.
Cost: $109 (60mL)
The review: “The smell for this cologne is the best. The smell just attracts people to ask you what are you wearing. Highly recommend for guys but if you’re a girl and love male cologne, this one is for you, too.” Tropicanababe, Sephora US customer
#4 / CHANEL Bleu de CHANEL EDT
Woody fragrances cast an alluring scent in their wake, but the addition of grapefruit notes in this CHANEL perfume adds a refreshing respite that dishes up a charismatic and sexy fragrance, without even trying. The warm base note of New Caledonian sandalwood delivers a nice lingering effect that leaves her wanting more.
The review: “This scent is so masculine and suitable for men of all ages. My fiancée, brother and Dad all wear it! Its bottle is sleek and classy. The lid is magnetic which I think is a small detail that other companies didn't even consider. It is expensive but it lasts all day. Trust me when I say, if you buy this once as a gift, they'll repurchase after finishing or put it on their Christmas wish list! I don't usually like musk scents but I am so drawn to this.” Kate H, SUPERcrew member
#3 / Creed Aventus
Strong and brooding, Aventus is the most popular of House of Creed’s fragrances and it commands attention. Don’t be fooled by its fruity notes of blackcurrant, French apples and pineapple, the addition of roses, dry birch, musk and oak moss give this fragrance a rich and complex finish. It doesn't come cheap, but it's that good that we put it on our list of beauty products that are worth splurging on.
Cost: $349 (50mL)
The review: “Creed Aventus has always been my number one fragrance. This is a strong, all-encompassing smell that people always compliment me on. It’s fresh and crisp, and the juniper really stands out. This is a great cologne to wear all year round, and it works for daytime and nighttime.” Steve, Adore Beauty staff
#2 / Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme
If you’re not convinced by the 571 five-star reviews on Sephora US’s website, then just give it a spritz – there’s a good chance that’s all you need to see why this is one of the most loved men’s fragrances of all time. If you like your scent fresh and not too heady, this ticks the box with marine notes, mandarin, herbs and woods. A crisp crowd pleaser.
The cost: $110 (50mL)
The review: “I've purchased this cologne for my husband for years and years and neither of us get sick of it. My husband has a huge collection of fragrances and this is one of his staple scents that he wears all the time and I love it. It's such a masculine yet fresh scent that I find so incredibly captivating. When he sprays it on in the morning before work the scent just lingers in the whole room and I can't help but find myself staying in the room just for the scent. It's woody, green and clean without being too overpowering." Ellie, SUPERcrew member
#1 / Tom Ford Oud Wood
Fashion designer Tom Ford oozes suave sophistication, and his fragrances are no exception. Oud is one of the rarest ingredients, hence the luxe price tag, and its scent is like nothing other. Dark and rich, this is the fragrance that sets you apart. It received a whopping 7119 loves on Sephora US’s website.
The review: “Best fragrance EVER, purchased for my husband after smelling it on a Nordstrom employee. I absolutely swoon when he wears it. 5 stars for sure.” dehliliah, Sephora US customer
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What's your pick for the best cologne for men?
Main image: @chrishemsworth/Hugo Boss
Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.