Shopping for new fragrance and cologne can be challenging. There are so many options based on your favorite scents, your personality, season, and even time of day you plan on wearing it! Maybe you are looking for something that will add an element of allure on your next date or glamorous event. Or maybe you want a casual, everyday scent that you can wear to the office.
First, you may want to know, what is the difference between parfum, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, eau de cologne and eau fraiche. Parfum is the most expensive type of scent with a high concentration of fragrance and low alcohol content. Eau de Parfum also has a high concentration of fragrance and will last up to 5 hours. It is less expensive than regular parfum and pairs well with sensitive skin – this is usually considered for nightwear. Eau de Toilette is one of the most popular types of fragrances with a fragrance concentration of 5-15%. Eau de Toilette is most commonly worn on an every day basis. Eau de Cologne only has a 2 to 4% concentration and a high concentration of alcohol – only lasts up to 2 hours. And finally, Eau Fraiche has the lowest concentration of fragrance and is usually a component of items like shaving cream.
Don’t be afraid to take some risks and change up your favorite fragrance from time to time. If you are not sure what you like, or aren’t sure how to put your own preferences into words? Fragrance families can be a good starting point. Scents will fall into a floral, fresh, fruity, citrus, oriental, woody or spicy category. Regardless of your scent preferences, you can be sure to find your favorite among our list below.
1. Chanel “Bleu De Chanel” Eau De Perfum Pour Homme Spray
Looking for an unexpected scent? Then, you might want to consider this woody and bold scent by the fashion house Chanel. This spray is meant for the guy who defies convention and marches to the beat of his own drum. It contains notes of fresh citrus.
2. Dior “Sauvage” Eau De Toilette
Christian Dior created an eau de toilette called “Sauvage” with fresh notes of pepper, bergamot, and ambroxan. One of the top-selling men’s cologne picks of the year, “Sauvage” is powerful and noble and a genius mix of all things blue sky, rugged mountains, and soft grass. It gives an air of rugged allure.
3. Tom Ford “Oud Wood”
It’s a special occasion, and maybe you want to try a bold new cologne, like Tom Ford’s “Oud Wood.” “Oud Wood” is a rare and highly covetable ingredient in a specialty perfumer’s arsenal. The cologne is delightfully sensual and contains notes of rosewood, cardamom, sandalwood, and amber.
4. Maison Margela “Replica at the Barber’s” Fragrance
The best fragrances are those that conjure up memories of happy moments or favorite places. Maison Margela has developed a scent that re-creates the nostalgia of a traditional barber’s shop with hints of soapsuds and fresh musk. The bottle is inspired by an old apothecary jar and features a 100% cotton label that is reminiscent of the tags used for Maison Margela’s fashion line called “Replica.” It contains notes of black pepper, lavender, and Tonka bean.
5. Prada “L’Homme Prada” Eau de Toilette
Smells like Iris, amber, neroli, and patchouli. This cologne from Prada mixed iris and amber for the first time in this signature scent. It has a very comforting scent that may just turn some heads.
6. Jo Malone “Oud & Bergamot” for Men
Smells like Bergamot, cedarwood, and oud. While the notes are simple, this fragrance is actually quite intoxicating and perfect for those cooler nights. It’s totally crisp, comforting, and alluring. And, well, it’s one of our favorites from Jo Malone in a while.
7. Valentino “Uomo” Fragrance
Smells like Italian bergamot, leather, and cedarwood. It’s vibrant, rich, and suave all at the same time. Plus, how cool is this bottle too?
8. Tom Ford’s “Vanille Tobacco”
Smells like Tobacco leaf, ginger, tonka bean, cocoa, and vanilla. Another favorite from Tom Ford! It’s smooth, comforting, and something that feels like you’re wrapped in warmth and serenity.
9. New Yves Saint Laurent Men’s Cologne
Smells like Bergamot, sage, and masculine crispy cedarwood. Overall it’s a masculine scent that combines and delicately balances freshness and strength. This is said to be your t-shirt and jeans kind of cologne.
10. Tom Ford “Noir”
Tom Ford “Noir” is the fourth signature fragrance launched by the American designer. He describes “Noir” as his most personal fragrance yet, designed for an “urbane sophisticate who the world gets to see and the intriguingly sensuous, private man they don’t”.
The subtle yet distinctive fragrance packs warm notes of Italian Bergamot, Black Pepper and Patchouli, which are balanced with warm Vanilla, Amber and Nutmeg. An oriental, sensual fragrance which is subtle yet distinctive.
11. Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Mandorlo di Sicilia
Whisk yourself away to Sicily for a touch of “la dolce vita” with this almond blossom scent.
After originally striding onto the market in 1916 with their original “Colonia”, it seems that Acqua di Parma have perfected a new set of classics with their Blu Mediterraneo range. Reminiscent of a sun-drenched stroll through the almond groves of Sicily, this fresh, green, citrus-laden scent is just the thing to evoke that holiday feeling.
12. Clinique “Happy” for Men Cologne Spray
This zesty mood-booster, bright with citrus, is a classic for a reason. Packed with joyful notes of lime, lemon, mandarin and ultra-fresh sea spray, backed up by armfuls of delicate white flowers, this classic Clinique fragrance has been praised for its fresh, summery scent, making way for its chirpy name.
With a woody base for structure, a pleasing floral heart, and the brightest, zestiest citrus tones up top, this is highly rated as a wonderfully ‘happy’ fragrance that seems to be loved by men and appreciated by women.
What are Top Notes, Base Notes, and Medium Notes?
Top Notes: These are typically lighter scents and what you’ll smell first.
Base Notes: These are typically bolder and stronger scents that you’re left with after applying the cologne.
Medium Notes: These are typically your more fruity notes that combine with your top and bottom notes. It pretty much ties everything together.
Don’t be afraid if you see a note that you may not love, it doesn’t mean the entire cologne will smell like that. The overall smell is going to differ person to person and how they truly interact with your own body’s chemistry.