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The Best Men's Cologne

Updated on August 16, 2014

Unique, Fresh and Sexy Scents for Men

I love fragrance. The scent that you wear is a big part of your personal style.

Here are 10 of my favorite colognes for men. Of course, I want to point out that fragrance has no gender so ladies, don't be afraid to try some of these on.

Instead of listing the top sellers or most popular colognes, I've focused on unique, high quality scents that will stand out and make a statement.

I believe that the best fragrance is something unusual and memorable that you enjoy wearing. I think if you read my descriptions and check out the notes listed in each fragrance you'll be able to find something that's great for you.

Any of these colognes/fragrances would make great gifts as well - read the descriptions and imagine which one fits your recipient best and I'm sure they will love your choice.

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"Fragrance speaks the loudest on a subliminal level." - perfumer Marian Bendeth

Creed - Royal Oud

From the legendary house of Creed, my first selection is "Royal Oud."

This scent is stylish, green, aromatic warm, woody and spicy.

Oud wood is becoming a very popular ingredient in newer fragrances, making this a very "of the moment" scent, yet still unique.

Creed Royal Oud Unisex Millesime Spray, 2.5 Ounce
Creed Royal Oud Unisex Millesime Spray, 2.5 Ounce

Top notes: Lemon, pink berries, bergamot.

Middle notes: Cedar, galbanum and angelica root.

Base notes: Regal Indian oud, sandalwood and tonkan musk.


Annick Goutal - Les Nuits D'hadrien

Fresh, citrus, spicy: Annick Goutal's "Les Nuits D'Hadrien" is perfect for summer.

Les Nuits D'hadrien By Annick Goutal For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 Ounces
Les Nuits D'hadrien By Annick Goutal For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 Ounces

Top notes: Green mandarin, sicilian bergamot, sicilian lemon and tangerine.

Middle notes: Caraway, cypress, juniper, basil and ylang-ylang.

Base notes: Amber, patchouli, musk, vanilla and sandalowood.


Floris London - Special No. 127

Elegant, masculine, classic: This is a modern masterpiece from Floris of London. First released in 1910, this scent is a true classic.

Floris Of London Special No.127 Perfume Eau de Toilette Spray for Women, 3.4 Ounce
Floris Of London Special No.127 Perfume Eau de Toilette Spray for Women, 3.4 Ounce

Top notes: Bergamot, lavender, orange, petitgrain

Middle notes: Geranium, neroli, rose, ylang-ylang

Base notes: Musk, patchouli


Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver

By far the most "mainstream" and well known of the fragrances here, Tom Ford's interpretation of a classic Vetiver is a truly inspired take.

This is suitable for all seasons - great for the younger, active man, it's a fresh and sexy version of a classic masculine scent.

Tom Ford Grey Vetiver Eau De Parfume Spray for Men, 3.4 Ounce
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver Eau De Parfume Spray for Men, 3.4 Ounce

Top notes: Lime leaves, bergamot, tangerine

Middle notes: Spices

Base notes: Precious woods, Vetiver


Caron - L'Anarchiste

I didn't want to list this one - it's a personal favorite of mine and I almost want to keep it to myself. L'Anarchiste is a truly unique scent. I've never encountered anything quite like this.

I get lots of compliments when I wear L'Anarchiste and love the warm, spicy, aromatic feel of this one. It's complex, memorable and it works in both cold and hot weather.

L'Artisan Parfumer - Dzongkha

Named after the national language of Bhutan, this is an extremely unique scent. This is for the man who isn't afraid to stand out.

Tea leaves, incense and lychee give this fragrance a certain exotic quality that's very adaptable. Probably best for evening, Dzongkha could be too sexy for the office.

L'Artisan Parfumeur Dzongkha Eau De Toilette Spray (New Packaging) 100ml
L'Artisan Parfumeur Dzongkha Eau De Toilette Spray (New Packaging) 100ml

Top notes: Peony, cardamom and litchi.

Middle notes: Spices, white tea, vetiver, incense and cedar.

Base notes: Leather, iris and papyrus.


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Guerlain - Vetiver Men

Guerlain needs no introduction. One of the oldest perfume houses in the world, this is a very special scent that's a classic.

Evokes a refined gentleman - Think vintage muscle car, danish modern furniture and a gray tweed sportcoat but the best thing about Vetiver is how versatile it is; practically anyone can wear this and pull it off.

Vetiver Guerlain Men Eau-de-toilette Spray by Guerlain, 3.3 Ounce
Vetiver Guerlain Men Eau-de-toilette Spray by Guerlain, 3.3 Ounce

Top Notes: Bergamot, lemon, mandarin, neroli, coriander

Middle Notes: Vetiver and cedar

Base Notes: Tobacco, nutmeg, pepper, Tonka bean, capiscum


Maitre Parfumeur Et Gantier - Jardin Du Nil

Here's another very unique scent. This is a masculine, dark, musky floral that's stood the test of time.

Jardin Du Nil By Maitre Parfumeur Et Gantier For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray 3.33 Oz
Jardin Du Nil By Maitre Parfumeur Et Gantier For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray 3.33 Oz

Top notes: Mint, rose geranium

Middle notes: White musk, orange peel

Base notes: Egyptian herbs, rose, earth


Odori - Tabacco

Odori is a relatively unknown fragrance house that's making a name for itself with sexy, alluring scents like the excellent Tabacco. I LOVE this one. The tobacco leaf note is mysterious, enveloping and totally awesome.

ODORI by Odori for Men and Women: TABACCO EDT SPRAY 3.4 OZ
ODORI by Odori for Men and Women: TABACCO EDT SPRAY 3.4 OZ

Top notes: Bitter orange, somalian incense.

Middle notes: Egyptian jasmine, vanilla.

Base notes: Tobacco leaves


Creed - Millesime Imperial

Another Creed - this one is casual, adaptable, citrus based cologne. It's very fresh and would be a safe choice for the undecided, a younger man or someone who doesn't normally wear cologne.

Creed Millesime Imperial Spray, 4.0 fl. oz.
Creed Millesime Imperial Spray, 4.0 fl. oz.

Top Notes: Fruit, sea salt

Middle Notes: Lemon, bergamot, iris and mandarin orange.

Base Notes: Musk, woody, marine essences.


Let me know what you think of my selections or share your favorite men's cologne.

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    • Hairdresser007 profile image

      James Jordan 

      4 years ago from Burbank, CA

      Keiko Mercheri is one of my favorites. I love the Aqua Universalis for daily use.

    • blestman lm profile image

      blestman lm 

      4 years ago

      Several of these scents look intriguing. I have a signature scent but I would try others just for something different

    • Tom Maybrier profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Maybrier 

      5 years ago

      @julieannbrady: Fragrance is hard to buy online, no doubt. Everyone likes someone who smells nice though =p

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      5 years ago

      Well, that's quite a list. I wish we had smell-o-vision on the internet to experience these selections. I always loved the smell of Polo by Ralph Lauren -- if a man is wearing it and he walks by, I will turn my head and look ... and sometimes follow!

    • HappyTom LM profile image

      Tom Christen 

      5 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

      Great lens! I really like perfumes and I have many, so everyday I can choose another great one: My favorite now is the Carolina Herrera 212, just great... thank you for sharing this info, will check them soon...

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I was researching fragrances online and made a startling discovery. Four of my favorite fragrances throughout the years were all designed by the same perfumer. I had not realized the connection previously. I dug deeper into the research and discovered that people often choose favorite scents within a crossover of similar scents. Quite surprising.

    • tonybonura profile image

      Tony Bonura 

      5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Very interesting, but a country boy like me had a lot of trouble understanding what you were talking about. It was fun trying to figure it out though. :-)


    • Tom Maybrier profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Maybrier 

      5 years ago

      @shellys-space: The best thing about fragrance is it's unisex - many of these would smell great on women! I'll have to check out TSAR if I can find it!

    • Tom Maybrier profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Maybrier 

      5 years ago

      @Ardyn25: Thanks! Scent memory is amazingly powerful - I enjoy keeping small decants of the fragrances that loved ones wear and smelling them from time to time. Even smelling something you wore in the past can transport you back in a remarkable way.

    • shellys-space profile image

      Shelly Sellers 

      5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I actually prefer most men's fragrances over the women's colognes I have been introduced to lately. It has been a number of years since I worked in the cosmetic dept., but I did enjoy TSAR by Van Cleef and Arpels.

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      5 years ago

      You did a good job of describing the scents and have some great selections. My brother wears

      Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver, and my father uses the Floris No. 127. Its interesting how scent connects you to people.

    • JohnTannahill profile image

      John Tannahill 

      5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Love the Floris No. 127. As you say, a true classic - worthy of a 007.


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