So you’ve read our trend reports and seen our street style images for men, and now you think you’ve got your next big outfit planned. But wait. No unforgettable outfit is complete without a wonderful fragrance to match. Fortunately, design houses are constantly reworking formulas and creating new elixirs to titillate our nostrils with sophisticated notes. So if you’re looking for full-bodied fragrances, we can help. Below are the top ten perfumes and fragrances for sexy men.
1. 1 Million Private Paco Rabanne for Men
Prive by Paco Rabanne is a revised version of the original 1 Million Eau de Toilette. Tobacco and myrrh form a richer palette, alongside leathery elements as well as patchouli and tonka bean. There is something oriental about this choice, especially the combination of blood mandarin and cinnamon for the top notes of this perfume, giving off a familiar smell like many other male perfumes. Signed by perfumer Christophe Raynaud, the bottle is an extension of the rich gold tones of the original packaging, but incorporates a dark chocolate case. Definitely more of a sweet-spicy blend, 1 Million Prive Paco Rabanne for men is perfectly layered and ideal for men who like a bit of complexity with their scents.
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2. Yves Saint Laurent The Ultimate Man For Men
You will never be disappointed by a YSL perfume; no one makes men’s fragrances like this brand. Extension of the L’Homme range, Ultime is powerful, imposing and the ideal companion for the modern man. Top notes of ginger, grapefruit and cardamom preserve the clean and playful essence of YSL, bringing elements of fresh citrus. These notes are playfully blended with intensely floral middle notes of rose, geranium and sage, which maintain the overall sophisticated, springtime scent, and vetiver and cedar ground the fragrance with woodsy dimensions. The fragrance is undoubtedly excellent, but we recommend buying this choice just for the clean and elegant bottle; which is consistent with the old L’Homme line of perfumes.
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3. Jimmy Choo Homme Intense
Jimmy Choo’s ingenious team weren’t lying when they titled this concoction “intense.” Although it is strong, it may not be in the way you expect. Sure, it’s a powerful scent, but this scent isn’t just another masculine scent that will remind you of everything you own. It’s playful and sweet, and a total ode to sleep-inducing flowers, garden herbs, and wait for it, high-end liquor cabinets. Combining bergamot, patchouli and rum, this fragrance recalls natural elements but evokes a young and modern dialogue. Need a little more conviction to try this distinctive scent? It has a hint of citrus, incorporating tangerine with unexpected elements of geranium.
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4. Paco Rabanne Invictus Aqua Eau de Toilette
Paco Rabanne looked to the ocean as inspiration for this 2016 fragrance. Yuzu, grapefruit and pink pepper open it for a lemony essence, yet violet leaf, seawater, ambergris, amber wood and guaiac wood linger in the heart and base notes. The scent can be described as energetic, fresh and lively, making it a great spring and summer scent. The bottle retains the original shape of the first Invictus fragrance, but features an appropriately frosted glass, enclosing the polished, cold potion perfect for day or night events.
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5. Colony Quercia Acqua di Parma
This perfume was intended to transport you to Piedmont and to do so uses woody and delicate notes. A lemony and woody scent begins with citrus, bergamot, pink pepper and petit grain. Heart notes of cardamom, cedarwood and geranium are also paired with base notes of tonka bean, patchouli and oakmoss absolute. As robust as these notes may seem, Acqua di Parma Colonia Quercia retains a sweetness that will linger for hours. This scent is perfect for nights out when you want something rich, yet still earthy. The bottle is a dusty brown with a tan label.
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6. Acqua di Parma Cedar of Taormina
An aquamarine-toned bottle and cobalt stopper give this fragrance the perfect burst of blue, reminiscent of scuba diving. What about the smell, you ask? Well, it’s fruity and lemony with a warm floral touch. Top notes of petitgrain, citrus and basil make for a promising introduction, and it’s done with middle notes of black pepper and lavender. The base notes of labdanum, Virginia cedar and vetiver give the fragrance a masculine and powerful character, giving a bit of bite to the other delicate notes. This lively fragrance is recommended for summer days, leaving a much sought-after freshness throughout the day.
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7. The Bvlgari Man in Black
A heady and complex aroma is what you will get if you decide to opt for Bvlgari’s latest potion which combines lots of citrus and a healthy dose of rum liqueur. The added elements of musk, sandalwood and amber make this a sophisticated scent well worth trying. Something you should note about this perfume is that there is a playful and unexpected blend of notes that leave a very distinct smell. Bvlgari has ensured that this scent is all about contrast, so if you’re looking for a complex concoction, this is the pick for you. The result is unexpected, especially with the almost girly touch of tuberose and masculine floral twists.
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8. Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Fraiche Issey Miyake
Besides having a very whimsical name (say it ten times quickly), Issey Miyake’s latest men’s fragrance is a minimalist scent with its simple, elegant undertones. Top notes of grapefruit, bergamot, mint and rosemary are combined with middle notes of pink peppercorn and rose de mai. Additionally, the base notes include musk and patchouli, rounding out this fragrance with warmth and spice. The simplicity of this woody-citrus fragrance continues with its minimalist bottle, which incorporates clear glass and a silver cap.
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9. Amen Pure Tonka Thierry Mugler for Men
Created by perfumer Jacques Huclier, this fragrance from the Thierry Mugler brand certainly has oriental dimensions, but its base notes make it more complex than other spicy scents. Consider this a candy-inspired concoction that will turn heads and noses. Cocoa, coffee and vanilla lend a chocolaty richness to the overall aroma, but it’s also paired with a top note of mint and a middle note of lavender. Licorice also makes an appearance, rounding out the scent with a dark, lollipop-like persistence.
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10. Gucci Intense Oud
Now, this wouldn’t be a guide to the best perfumes without something from Gucci. If you like woody, heady aromas, you’ll love the intense blend of frankincense, leather, agarwood, olibanum (aka Frankincense) and amber. The scent is high quality and will linger for hours, making it a reliable choice for long evenings. Another great thing about Intense Oud? It is unisex which means you can share it with your partner. The bottle is simplistic, yet still classic, combining glossy black glass with gold trim.
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Looking for other fragrances? Check out our list of the best colognes for men.
What are women’s favorite men’s colognes?
Determining what a woman’s favorite men’s cologne is can be tricky because it’s a decision based on personal preference. That said, some popular brands and scents tend to get a lot of compliments. Some of the products to choose from include 1 Million Prive Paco Rabanne for Men, Yves Saint Laurent L’homme Ultime For Men, and Colonia Quercia Acqua di Parma.
Which cologne for men gets the most compliments?
Determining which cologne for men is the most appealing and will get you the most compliments is, again, a matter of personal preference. Some women like scents with woody and delicate notes; others prefer something fruity and citrusy. When deciding on a perfume, you should choose what you like the most and smells good on you.
What is the most popular cologne for men right now?
Some of the most popular men’s colognes right now include Polo Ralph Lauren Rouge Eau de Parfum, Hugo Boss BOSS Bottled Eau de Parfum, and Armani Code Absolu Pour Homme Eau de Parfum.
How to apply cologne correctly?
Cologne works best on clean, dry skin. You should do this after getting out of the shower and before getting dressed. Apply to pulse points and hold the bottle slightly away from your body, about three to six inches away. A common mistake many men make is consuming too much, which can be very overwhelming and off-putting to others.
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