20 Best Colognes For Men – Find Your Signature Scent

When it comes to cologne, less is more.  You can think of a myriad of people that wear too much cologne and even worse, too much bad cologne.  Even the best cologne can smell rancid when it’s applied too heavily, or the smell itself is too overbearing.

Subtle fragrance is usually the way to go, leaving just enough of you behind to make you linger in other’s thoughts. In the fashion world, fragrance is as powerful as the use of visual aesthetics. However, it’s a subjective topic because everyone has different skin and tastes. What might work for you might not work for someone else.

Since everyone has diverse knowledge and experience levels, let alone smell palates when it comes to this topic, I’ll try to keep this guide basic. That way, we can go deeper or add on later on.

Best Everyday Cologne
Bleu de Chanel

BLEU DE CHANEL is a woody, aromatic fragrance that liberates your senses. The refreshing scent is composed of zesty grapefruit and dry cedar, followed by the richness of sandalwood.

Best Fresh and Clean Scent
Bvlgari Aqva Marine

Hidden below the waves, living in the most remote and mysterious habitats on Earth, this fragrance explores the most incredible of all elements: water. Aqva marina refreshes with a burst of pure energy and vitality. A timeless scent dedicated to men who want to experience an ocean journey without ever getting their feet wet.

Best Spring/Summer Daytime Cologne
Dior Higher Energy

Be bold and daring with a fragrance that's just as energetic and full of life! Dior Higher Energy, the new fragrance for men, is vibrant and luminous. Created with a harmony of grapefruit, pepper and vetiver notes, this fresh and woody fragrance has an energizing effect.

Best Date Night Cologne

Say hello to Y. It’s a compelling masculine scent that’s cool-hot, intense, and addictive. With its edgy masculinity and contrast of darkness and light, Y is a scent for someone who isn’t afraid to make a statement. So if you’re the moody type, or just want to live on the edge, then let Y be your new signature fragrance.

Classiest Cologne
Prada L'Homme

Prada L'Homme is a daring and sensual fragrance for men, carried by a delicate and sophisticated balance of amber and iris. Classical ingredients for a contemporary accent. Neroli, geranium and patchouli are mixed with amber and iris to create the new Prada L'Homme.

Best Winter Cologne
Dior Homme

With its new, modern interpretation of masculinity, Dior Homme Eau de Toilette is a fragrance for all men, today's men. Its fresh notes of bergamot give it a clean opening, while its woody notes evoke a masculine middle. Its base is composed of comforting and sensual notes that reflect the depth and complexity of a man who is captivatingly modern.

Best Summer Cologne
CDG Sunscreen

Escape into the world of sun & sand once again, with the smell that will bring you back to Venice Beach. The fragrance of ERL Sunscreen is a floral blend of bergamot oil, lily of the valley, and heliotrope. The scent is enhanced with hints of peach and coconut accord, for an unforgettable beachy feel.

Best Beach Cologne
Azzaro Chrome Aqua

Chrome Aqua is a unique fragrance that captures the invigorating freshness of the ocean. With hints of grapefruit, basil, and vetiver, this unique scent is sure to elevate your mood while providing a refreshing escape. Try it today!

Best For The Office Cologne
Kenzo Pour Homme

Kenzo Pour Homme is a marine fragrance for men, presented in a masculine yet elegant bottle. Refreshing and sensual, the fragrance is a combination of woody notes and ocean-inspired aromas. Capturing the essence of the sea in a bottle, Kenzo Pour Homme will remind you of sun-soaked days.

Cooler Weather Cologne
Calvin Klein Obsession

The fragrance we've been obsessed with. Obsession is a refreshing and spicy fragrance for men. The top notes of bergamot and mandarin mix with lavender and sage. The cedar and sandalwood base is long lasting and masculine.

Winter Partying Cologne
Halfeti Penhaligon

A fragrance that will confuse and curl your brain in the best possible way. HALFETI is a powerful, evocative fragrance that captures the complexity of love and relationships. If you're someone who's a little too smart for a one-dimensional perfume but not quite ready for the classic, vanilla-scented perfumes, HALFETI is for you.

Best Mysterious Cologne
Noir de Noir Tom Ford

A seductive and sensual fragrance: Tom Ford's tantalizing and compelling portrayal of feminine and masculine duality. Woody and warm, NOIR DE NOIR is a heady, decadent composition of rich, feminine florals colliding with masculine earthiness. With notes of black truffle, vanilla, patchouli, and oud wood.

Best Spicy Cologne
Kenzo Jungle Homme

One drop of this energizing fragrance will make you feel like you're in the middle of a tropical jungle. It's perfect for men who are looking for a scent that's both masculine and adventurous. The notes are warm, spicy, and woody. It's perfect for adventure-seeking men who want their scents to embody masculinity along with an adventurous spirit.

Best Light Fragrance
MFK Aqua Universalis

MFK Aqua Universalis is a universal fragrance with an uplifting and fresh scent. This water-based Eau de toilete is designed to be a versatile scent that can be used by anyone, anywhere, and at any time. With a combination of bergamot from Calabria, lemon from Sicily, and white bouquet (lily of the valley and sweet mallow), MFK Aqua Universalis is a lighter fragrance

Best Green Fragrance
Ex Nihilo Viper Green

Let Viper Green seduce you with a scent that's as alluring as the name promises. This eccentric and sophisticated eau de parfum blends together a vibrant forest of green leaves, blooming flowers, and exotic fruits. The top notes of mandarin and Brazilian orange set the tone for a fragrance that's as addictive as it is fatal.

Best Spring Cologne
Byredo Inflorescence

Inflorescence is the beginning of a new chapter for Byredo. It's a part of the design house's first ever unisex fragrance collection and it embodies all the freshness and optimism of the coming spring. With a fantasy floral heart, this fragrance is an ode to nature and its unstoppable power and beauty.

Safest Fragrance
Amouage Reflection Man

Reflection is AMOUAGE's newest fragrance for men. Its spicy and aromatic top notes embody the spirit of refinement. Intelligent and strong, Reflection captures a fragrance that is both modern and deep. You'll be the most conscious of the world while wearing this highly addictive fragrance.

Best Cologne Under $50
Davidoff Cool Water

Davidoff Coolwater is the ultimate fragrance for the man who lives life on his own terms. This men's scent is a refreshing mix of intense aquatic notes that are both masculine and sensual. The refreshing, masculine fragrance that complements the outgoing male lifestyle.

Best Luxury Cologne
Tom Ford Soleil Blanc

Tom Ford Solein Blanc is a warm & spicy eau de parfum that unapologetically exudes the endless pursuit of sun and luxury. Inspired by the light-filled joy of summer, this radiant scent captures the feel of pure freedom.

Best Citrus Fragrance
Diptyque L'Eau de Neroli

The warmth of the Mediterranean sun beats down on you, as you walk along the sandy shores of the Côte d'Azur. The enchanting scents of bergamot, neroli and orange blossom cling to your skin as you reach La Pausa, the former home of Pablo Picasso. Here, Diptyque L'Eau de Neroli sets its spell.