This guide has been recently updated to keep you smelling fresh for 2018!
The world of men’s fragrances can be complicated. The same fragrance can smell completely different on 2 different people.
When you’re buying a perfume or cologne, several factors are taken into account with how the scent will mix in with your natural smell and hopefully produce something that smells good.
Factors such as the natural smell of your skin, your age, your diet, your body chemistry – even your stress levels and the medications you take can alter the way a fragrance smells on you.
Not to mention women literally can determine a man’s attractiveness by his scent.
Similarly, some fragrances can last for hours on end for certain people and at the same time last a very short while on others – depending on things such as the dryness or oiliness of your skin.
We’ve tried to take into account many things – such as budget options, the time of year to use the fragrance and how powerful and lasting the fragrance can potentially be.
With all that in mind, here’s our list of the best men’s fragrances that will hopefully have you smelling like a million bucks.
$: Nautica Voyage By Nautica For Men
Originally created by Maurice Roucel, perhaps one of the top fragrance makers in the world – his stuff usually costs $300+ a bottle.
Nautica Voyage is one of the best daily fragrance for men, It’s very light and airy, like coming out of the shower and laying out on the beach.
At the same time it also has a distinctive masculine scent to give it just the proper amount of punch.
It’s not overpowering or offensive in any shape or form, you can wear it to work, school or any social function you can think of. The perfect daily wear cologne.
$: Essential by Lacoste
This is perhaps one of the best summer fragrances I’ve ever used. It has all the things you want in a summer cologne, a citrus smell that’s very fresh and light.
The fragrance itself is not overpowering at all, perhaps even a little under-powering which would be the only fault of this fragrance.
You will need to spray more than a few times to get a long lasting scent. Overall, an amazing day-time fragrance especially during the scorching heat.
$: Kenneth Cole Reaction by Kenneth Cole For Men
Reaction is my favorite lesser known fragrance. I’ve rarely met people that own it even though it’s perhaps the most underrated cologne on the market.
The awesome thing is – this is the best budget fragrance for men. The price is very reasonable for the quality you’re getting.
The scent is fruity and playful, think fresh green apples – it dries down to a fresh herbal smell that’s simply amazing.
Highly recommended if you’re looking for a cheaper option for daily use.
$: Virgin Island Water by CREED
If you got a lot of money to spend and are looking for the best beach fragrance of all time, there is no other option than Virgin Island Water by Creed Aventus.
This is the holy grail of summer beach, tropical, exotic scents.
Some call it the best summer fragrance they’ve ever used – from the scent itself, to how long lasting it is and how perfectly it projects, it gets a 10 in every category.
$: La Nuit De L’homme by Yves Saint Laurent
Though it’s gone through many reformulation, YSL La Nuit remains for me the best evening fragrance for men.
The sophisticated, fresh and masculine scent it produces blends perfectly together. Many people have described this scent as simply ‘intoxicating’.
Love using this fragrance for late night party’s, clubbing, going to restaurants, etc.
The perfect cologne for social events.
$: Individuel Eau de Toilette by MONTBLANC
This fragrance is all about versatility.
A great budget option that rivals the performance of fragrances in the $250+ range.
If you’re looking for the best long lasting men’s fragrance, that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, you want Mont Blanc Individuel.
The scent is simply everything you want in a daily use, versatile fragrance – fresh, floral, clean and airy.
A great cologne for any occasion, any outing and any season.
$: Le Male Eau Fraiche Popeye Eau De Toilette by Jean Paul Gaultier
A great option for a spring / summer fragrance.
It’s fresh, it’s minty, the bottle is cool as heck – what’s not to love.
The performance is up to par, and you’d be hard pressed finding a better quality cologne in this price range.
The projection is not overbearing, it’s PERFECT as a close encounters fragrance. Think hugging or being near someone.
$: Invictus Aqua by Paco Rabanne
If you’re looking for a unique men’s fragrance that not many people own – you want this.
It has a very fresh scent, and the best part – it lasts for up to 10 hours.
This is perhaps the longest lasting summer fragrance I’ve owned, and it lives up to the hype.
The scent is a quintessential summer scent – cool and fresh. The performance is the main selling point of this cologne.
$: Valentino Uomo Intense by Valentino
One word to describe this fragrance – Powerful.
As the name suggests, it’s very intense, so one or two sprays is plenty to last and project for a very long time.
The smell is very vanilla – this combined with how powerful it is makes it perfect for the winter time.
This is simply a very enchanting cologne. If you want to get noticed, I’d recommend it highly.