Guys want to smell good. The right scent makes you feel more confident, and confidence is key when you’re trying to get a promotion (or get a date). But finding a scent that’s right for you can be tricky. Some men’s cologne is too musky, too sharp, or just plan off-putting. If you want a cologne that smells truly sexy, we’ve rounded up ten of the best options. Whether you’re a guy searching for a scent that will drive women crazy, or a lady looking to buy a thoughtful gift for her boyfriend or husband, the following 10 fragrances for men come highly recommended. Read on to see our top picks for the best smelling mens cologne brands, and don’t miss our post on the best smelling mens colognes for Valentine’s Day.
1. BURBERRY London for Men Eau de Toilette
BURBERRY London is a classic scent that works for day or night. The main scents you’ll pick up from this cologne are black pepper and lavender, along with smoky guaiac wood and opoponax (aka sweet myrrh, which smells almost like balsamic vinegar). This is a cologne for a man who is sophisticated, charming, and cultured. You can shop more colognes and fragrances from Burberry here.
Price: $75 for 3.3 ounces
2. Jack Black Blue Mark Eau de Parfum
This cologne is crisp, clean, and fresh. It is designed to last all day, without being overpowering when you first apply it. This cologne gets its distinctive scent from a blend of mint, ginger, bergamot, juniper, thyme, and vetiver. If you love herbal, naturally-dervied scents, then this is a cologne that will leave you feeling invigorated.
You can shop more fragrances and men’s skincare items from Jack Black right here.
Price: $72 for 3.4 ounces
3. AMOUAGE Interlude Man’s Eau de Parfum Spray
Interlude is a spicy and woody fragrance inspired by chaos and disorder. If you want a scent that smells expensive and dangerous, this is the bottle to buy. It’s zesty, smoky, and woody. Amouage’s signature glass crystal bottles have gold plated accents and a sapphire blue Swarovski crystal decoration. This is a cologne for a man who has arrived, but had to fight hard to rise to the top.
Price: $300 for 3.4 ounces
4. Crabtree & Evelyn Cologne (Moroccan Myrrh)
Crabtree & Evelyn offers classic scents that are affordable on any budget. We especially like Moroccan Myrrh, an adventurous scent that smells of myrrh, bergamot, and spicy cardamom. A travel set is also available, perfect for men who jet off frequently for work or pleasure. The travel set includes shave cream, after shave balm, hair/body wash, and a mini cologne.
Price: $45 for 3.4 ounces
5. English Laundry Men’s Collection 4 Piece Coffret Set
For the guy who likes to change his scent to suit his mood, his outfits, or his plans for the night, we recommend a gift set with multiple fragrances. This coffret set includes four of the most popular colognes from the English Laundry line: Arrogant, Riviera, Notting Hill, and Oxford Bleu.
Arrogant has opening notes of bergamot and cedar, with base notes of sandalwood, amber, and musk. It’s a masculine, board room kind of scent. In contrast, Riviera features a fresher approach, dominated by citrus, patchouli, and lavender. Then there’s Notting Hill, which is quite similar to Riviera, but with a touch more musk. Oxford Bleu is characterized by more approachable floral notes, including iris, vanilla, and geranium.
Mixed sets of cologne are a smart buy because of their versatility. It’s also well-known that the same cologne may smell very different on two different men, simply due to skin chemistry. This set lets you hedge your bets, ensuring that at least one of these fragrances will smell extraordinary on you.
Price: $68 for four travel-size bottles
6. Calvin Klein ck one Eau de Toilette
It’s a classic for a reason. This unisex scent is wildly popular because it smells clean, pure, and doesn’t come on too strong. It’s also a fun scent because of all the ways you can apply it. In addition to eau de toilette sprays, you can also pick up ck one-infused deodorant and moisturizer. Fair warning, though. CK says that this fragrance is “intended to be used lavishly”, so it may not have the all-day staying power some men crave. On the other hand, it’s quite affordable, and comes in a larger bottle than some other scents on our list.
Price: $69 for 6.7 ounces
7. Jean Patou 1000 Eau de Toilette Spray
Looking for a unisex scent that’s a little more upmarket? 1000 packs a floral punch, which quickly recedes to reveal warm notes of sandalwood and patchouli. It may be a bit feminine for some tastes, but those who wear this scent every day love it too much to care what other people think.
Price: $130 for 2.5 ounces
8. Acqua Di Gio By Giorgio Armani
A modern classic that first catapulted onto the scene in the mid 90s, Acqua Di Gio is a scent that’s masculine and fresh. Women love the way this cologne smells. A blend of citrus notes hits you first, along with more subtle notes of jasmine, bergamot, and neroli. There’s also an undertone of salt air, making this ideal for the man who loves the beach.
Price: $74.99 for 6.7 ounces (26 percent off MSRP)
9. Prada Luna Rossa Eau de Toilette Spray for Men
Prada Luna Rossa is a long-lasting scent that will appeal to men with a more European sensibility. It’s a dynamic scent that’s also heavy on the lavender, but in a more modern way that definitely won’t make you smell like grandma’s purse.
Price: $53.99 for 3.4 ounces (40 percent off MSRP)
10. Lacoste Original Eau de Toilette for Men
If only a sporty scent will do, this fresh cologne is ideal for freshening up after hitting the gym. This is energetic, fun scent that smells predominantly of lime, lavender, clary sage, bergamot, and lemon. Looking for something with more of an edge? Lacoste also offers a number of other scents, which you can browse here.
Price: $55 for 1.6 ounces