Most men overlook colognes and keep it simple with their man smell, but ... reality check: We don't always smell so fresh and so clean. Clean, woodsy, musky — your scent is your secret weapon of style. A spritz or dab of the right smell tingles the senses and leaves a lasting impression that'll seduce any Tinder date. Here are the best men's colognes to take you from dud to stud.
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Best Smoky Scent
Smooth, modern, and sophisticated, Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille cologne is inspired by an English gentlemen’s club and will have you feeling like an elite man. This tobacco scent with dry fruit accords, vanilla, cocoa, creamy tonka bean, and spice will make every guy smell nice. It sprays on a little sweetly, and settles into this warm, smokey, vanilla scent that’s intoxicating on any gentleman (without smelling like an ashtray).
Pro Tip: Want to spice up your fragrance more? Layering simple scents is a great way to enhance a note you love. Try adding Comme de Garçons Black Pepper fragrance for an extra kick.
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Best Fresh Scent
A clean and fresh scent can liven up any morning or midday slump to make you feel (and smell!) your best. This aromatic cologne will freshen up any day with its zesty Italian lemon, lively fresh mint, and fruity apple scent that settles into the skin with a smooth vanilla base. With the addition of cedarwood, moss, and vetiver, this sweet-yet-masculine scent will make you a total babe magnet.
A perfect fragrance for the hot and humid days of summer, it also works yearlong for men who prefer a fragrance that's more refreshing than musky. Versace is an Italian label known for its sex appeal, and thankfully Eros doesn't disappoint. Versace, Versace, Versace!
Pro Tip: Try adding this Ursa Major Citrus Riot Body Wash to your shower routine for an extra energy jolt in the morning or post-gym workout. With the same notes of vetiver and cedar, as well as complementary ingredients such as lime peel and ginger, you'll smell fresh from head-to-toe.
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Best Light Scent
One whiff of this cologne and you'll get the brand's reference to an enchanted walk in the woods. Roasted oak absolute is the key ingredient that makes this sweet earthy scent smell smoky and rich. With notes of green hazelnut and cedarwood, this intoxicating cologne gives any guy an air of mystery with the warm woodsy smell. While this cologne is great to wear any day of the year, the earthy scent is ideal for colder months of the year. Clean and smoky, spicy and sweet — it's simply irresistible.
Pro Tip: Apply after showering and moisturizing to make this light scent last. Dry skin (made even drier by colder weather) takes away from the scent's staying power.
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Best Sweet Scent
The scent that started as a seriously successful candle is now a permanent fragrance in the Byredo collection. Bibliothèque translates to library and bookcase, which makes perfect sense for this floral and woodsy scent with a masculine hint of leather. Like a solid oak bookcase with leather-bound books, this cologne has sweet notes of peach, peony, plum, and violet, that’s accented by base notes of vanilla, patchouli, and leather to make a seriously sweet smell feel masculine and warm.
Finding a sweet scent for men can be a challenge, but Byredo seems to have pulled it off perfectly with a scent that evolves on your skin throughout the day.
Pro Tip: Let the scent of your home take on the smell of your signature fragrance with the Byredo candle that started it all! A continual smell from your home to your body will mean friends and guests will associate this scent only with you. It’s not 100% necessary, but it’s the little details that take you from average Joe to dapper gent.
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Best Bold Scent
Yves Saint Laurent's La Nuit De L'Homme is a total standout for its sweet-yet-spicy men's fragrance. Lavender and spice will make any guy smell nice!
The combination of cardamom, bergamot, lavender, coumarin, cedar, and vetiver creates an elegant scent that starts fresh and settles into a warmer, mysterious, fragrance that's incredibly sexy. The lingering scent has a powdery, woody aroma with sweet accents that makes it truly intoxicating, and it'll have admirers going in for a closer smell. If you're looking to up your sex appeal and walk with some extra swagger, this is one scent worth trying out.
Pro Tip: Purchase the deodorant stick in the same scent to complement your cologne! It'll give you a consistent smell that others will recognize as distinctly your own.
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Take a walk on the wild side with this safari-inspired men's fragrance from Memo Paris. This warm, spicy scent — made up of bergamot, saffron, cardamom, geranium, and more — starts with a sweeter citrus note that settles into a leathery musk scent, making it a great subtle cologne to wear year-round. While the price might be a bit steep, oud is one expensive ingredient grown in only certain areas of Southeast Asia. When it comes to fragrances, you usually pay for what you get in terms of quality, and this cologne proves that.
Pro Tip: Parfums are more concentrated than toilette sprays, making them stronger and longer-lasting. Spray from a good distance so it applies evenly and not to overwhelm one part of your body with an intense aroma. Spray cologne? Yes. Drown yourself in cologne? No.
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Best Citrus Scent
This pick is great for warmer months thanks to its burst of citrus scent. Base notes of patchouli and cedarwood give this fragrance an intoxicating, slightly sweet woodsy smell, while notes like orange, bergamot, and coriander give it a citrus kick that's balanced perfectly with the floral smell of jasmine sambac absolute. The end result is this beautifully fresh fragrance that manages to stay woodsy and rich enough to be completely masculine.
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Best New Fragrance Brand
This dope LA fragrance brand is making a big splash (or spray) in the beauty world with their unisex, cruelty-free, vegan, nontoxic scents that are seriously amazing with top-quality ingredients at a reasonable price. While all five fragrances from the brand are pretty stellar, Fragrance 05 is our favorite for its notes of bergamot, cardamom, geranium, patchouli, and vetiver that give it a fresh green and citrusy scent (without smelling too floral). If it's possible to bottle up California cool, DedCool might have achieved that.
Pro Tip: Travel and need to smell fresh on the go? Dedcool makes their fragrances as roll-on oils to smell fresh AF wherever life takes you.