Smelling good shouldn’t be something reserved for just the girls or older guys. If you’re a guy in your teen years, you’ll be amazed by how much better you can look and feel when you use a cologne. There’s something about smelling good that boosts your confidence and improves the impression you make. We strongly believe cologne should be an essential part of any teenage guy’s everyday routine.
But not all colognes are made equal. In fact, most aren’t created to work for everybody. That’s because a good fragrance should highlight your unique personality, emphasizing your most attractive qualities and empowering you to be your best self.
For teenage guys in particular, it can be difficult to navigate the vast range of colognes out there. If you’ve tested out a few already, you’ll know many of them target older men. We’ve compiled a list of the best colognes for teenage guys to save your time and money, so you don’t have to risk smelling like your grandpa when you buy a cologne!
Perhaps you’re wondering, what exactly makes a good cologne for a teenage guy? Even though every guy is different, there are a few common threads in colognes that work best for teenagers. Here are the factors we focused on:
Quality: Many colognes out there smell artificial and cheap. We made sure to only include colognes that don’t smell like a locker room deodorant, including some made with natural ingredients.
Longevity: You want a cologne that keeps you smelling good throughout the day. Our list contains colognes known for their performance, so you’ll get at least a few good hours of wear out of them with a single application.
A youthful scent: For teenage guys, a heavy, mature-smelling cologne isn’t going to cut it. Most of our colognes for teenage guys are often fresh and clean scents, appropriate for both the classroom and casual wear. We’ve also included a few picks that are great for special occasions but are still youthful and fun to wear.
Price: We’re aware that many teenage guys out there will be looking for a cologne that won’t break the bank. Therefore, most of our recommendations are on the affordable side, providing exceptional value for money. But if you’re willing to spend a bit more, we’ve also included a few luxury options.
So, whether it’s your first cologne or you’re looking for the next thing to add to your collection, we’re confident that there’s something for you on our list. So let’s get started!
Our favorite cologne for teenage guys is Blu Atlas Atlantis. With key notes of bergamot, clary sage, and patchouli, it’s a super intriguing scent. Woody aromatics are balanced with revitalizing citrus, creating a fragrance that’s both youthful and masculine. It’s a versatile compliment-getter, suitable for everyday wear as well as a night out or a nice date.
Although Blu Atlas might not be as well known as some of the other brands on this list, their products have consistently impressed us with their superior performance. When we used Atlantis, we were surprised to find its longevity rivaled that of designer colognes. Even better, it’s an all-natural cologne unlike most of the others on our list.
Teenage guys get a bad rap for not smelling the greatest, but you can break the mold with this cologne. Pick up a bottle and be a step ahead of the game with Blu Atlas Atlantis.
2. Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce
Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce is one of the best spring and summer colognes for teenage guys. It’s an aromatic cologne with a hint of sweetness and base notes of musk and beachy woods.
Fierce has been the go-to for countless younger guys since 2002. It’s a cologne that’s masculine and won’t make you smell like your grandpa, unlike many of the smoky leather scents out there. Fierce is the perfect cologne for the cool, laid-back guy. If that sounds like you, grab a bottle and enjoy the compliments.
3. Nautica Voyage EDT
Nautica Voyage is a crisp aquatic fragrance, crafted with the athletic guy in mind. Its energizing scent makes it a great choice for daytime wear.
The notes of this perfume are a fresh mix of apple, green leaves, lotus, mimosa, cedar, amber, and musk. It’s perfect for the classroom, the sports field, and just about anywhere else. Voyage is formulated to be long-lasting, so a few spritzes will carry you through the whole day.
Awaken your inner adventurer and try Nautica Voyage today.
4. Calvin Klein CK One
Calvin Klein CK One is one of the world’s most popular colognes for a reason. It’s a fragrance that’s cool, clean, and accessible, making it an ideal first foray into the world of colognes. This green citrus classic has a hint of woodiness for a well-balanced scent suitable for all casual occasions. Users love it as a summer and after-shower cologne.
To top it off, CK One is one of the more affordable options on our list, so it’s great for teenage guys on a budget. Grab a bottle today and look forward to the freshness.
5. Ferrari Scuderia Black EDT
This black bottle contains is ideal for teenage guys who are after a fruitier scent. A classy aromatic fougere, Ferrari Scuderia Black EDT has notes of apple, plum, citrus, cinnamon, rose, vanilla, amber, musk, and cedar. The combo of fruity top notes and a warm vanilla base means this cologne is an all-rounder. You can use this inviting fragrance day and night, all throughout the year. Add this one to your weekly rotation today.
6. Korres Blue Sage EDT
Korres is a skincare and personal care brand inspired by Greek nature. The Blue Sage EDT is a carefully formulated apothecary fragrance, made to be worn on its own or layered. It’s a great choice for teenage guys with more sensitive skin, as it’s dermatologically tested and suitable for vegetarians.
When you spray this product, the first thing you’ll notice are the revitalizing top notes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and mint. Over time, these give way to the middle notes of sage, fir balsam, nutmeg, and geranium. The base notes of vetiver, amber, and patchouli provide a warm grounding to this fragrance.
Overall, it’s an enticing cologne that’ll be sure to impress women young and old in your life. It’s not as commonly found as some of the other colognes on our list, so this could be the one if you’re looking for a unique signature scent.
7. Ralph Lauren Polo Red EDT
This red bottle contains one of the best colognes in the colder months. Ralph Lauren Polo Red is a woody spicy fragrance made for guys who aren’t afraid to show some character. When you use this cologne, you’ll smell like a blend of spicy red saffron, fresh red grapefruit, aromatic coffee, and deep redwoods. Wearers of this cologne say it’s sweet while still being masculine and a sure compliment-getter from all genders.
Confidence is always sexy, and you’ll ooze confidence with Ralph Lauren Polo Red. We think that’s more than enough reason to give it a go.
8. I Love Ugly Frank Black Cologne
Frank Black Cologne by cult streetwear brand I Love Ugly is a modern cologne developed in France. It’s sophisticated without being stuffy, making it one of our top evening colognes for the discerning teenage guy.
To start with, the top notes of bergamot and other fruits invigorate your senses. Then, the middle spicy notes add a mysterious touch. Finally, the base notes of amber, leather, and wood ensure you leave a bold, masculine impression. Girls will love this cologne and guys will wonder what you’re wearing. Check it out today!
9. Bleu De Chanel EDP
Chanel is synonymous with luxury, and Bleu De Chanel EDP definitely lives up to the brand’s reputation. It’s a sexy, inviting scent that’s great for an older teenage guy wanting to expand his collection beyond the more typical options such as CK One.
When you use Bleu De Chanel, you’ll be greeted by notes of grapefruit, lemon, and pepper, along with middle notes of ginger, and nutmeg. Smoky incense, warm vetiver, and deep woods underpin this option. All in all, it’s a unique fragrance for a daring teenage guy.
As an eau de parfum, this one is more concentrated than a cologne or eau de toilette. In other words, it’ll stay on your skin longer and have a stronger sillage than the Bleu De Chanel EDT. However, we recommend you try out the EDT first if you’re wanting more emphasis on the fresh notes.
If you’re an anti-conformist, give Bleu De Chanel a go. You’ll feel ready to conquer the day with this fragrance.
10. Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Now
Looking for a cologne that’ll work for any occasion? We think this one could be perfect for you. Tommy Hilfiger’s Tommy Now features a woody spicy blend of citrus, ginger, cardamom, geranium, moss, and amberwood. It’s a youthful cologne, described as a bright and clean all-rounder by users. Suitable for wear all year round, give Tommy Now a try. It might just become your new go-to.
11. Ulio & Jack Drifter Solid Cologne
Drifter by Ulio & Jack is our favorite solid cologne for teenage guys. Solid colognes are super portable, so we highly recommend looking into them if you’re after a product that fits in your pocket. They’re great for environmentally-conscious guys, coming in reusable tins and doing away with much of the waste resulting from conventional cologne bottles. Teenage guys who don’t want to break the bank will also be relieved to know that solid colognes are generally more affordable than traditional ones.
This solid cologne is slightly sweet, with cardamom and mandarin on top of the sandalwood, clove, and leather base. It’s fresh with just the right amount of complexity, and it won’t overpower. Simply apply small amounts to your pulse points and you’re good to go.
12. Solid State Freshman
Solid State is an Australian brand specializing in minimalist personal care products for men. We’re big fans of their Freshman solid cologne, a scent inspired by the sun, sea, and earth. Aquatic notes and citrus are prominent features of Freshman, balanced by masculine cedar and spice.
Unleash the outdoor adventurer in you and pick up Solid State Freshman. It’s easy to keep it with you on your travels, so why not smell great wherever you go?
13. Hugo Boss Boss Bottled EDT
Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss is a spicy, seductive cologne. Its addictive scent comes from a blend of cinnamon, vanilla, apple, plum, woods, florals, and vetiver. We recommend it for a teenage guy who wants a memorable scent with a dash of sophistication.
Although it’s been around since 1998, Boss Bottled has managed to stay current and is still one of Hugo Boss’s most popular colognes. It’s tried and tested, so you can be sure you’re getting a great product.
14. Montblanc Explorer
Unleash your inner explorer with this cologne from Montblanc. Explorer is an intercontinental expedition in a bottle, with fresh notes from Italian bergamot, rich Haitian vetiver, and earthy Indonesian patchouli. Its distinctive woody aromatic leather scent is great for the teenage guy who challenges conventions. Make Montblanc Explorer your point of difference today.
15. Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt
Wood Sage & Sea Salt is the perfect introduction to the world of Jo Malone colognes. It’s another great pick for summer, with a scent reminiscent of a day at the beach. The notes of sea salt, sage, grapefruit, and seaweed will ensure you smell delightfully fresh and clean. Musky ambrette adds a sensual layer to this cologne.
We recommend this one as a first Jo Malone cologne for teenage guys because it smells great on its own or layered with other colognes from their range. Jo Malone products are made to be suitable for layering, enabling you to create a personalized signature scent.
Although it’s one of the pricier options on our list, Wood Sage & Sea Salt is a great investment for teenage guys who are serious about smelling good. If that’s you, go on and give it a go.
16. Mr. Burberry Indigo
Mr Burberry Indigo by Burberry is inspired by the fresh sea breeze of the English coast. It’s a woody aromatic cologne with aquatic notes, perfect for teenage guys who want something casual yet refined. Created by master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, this cologne is beautifully balanced and versatile.
The top notes of rosemary and citrus make for an invigorating introduction when you use this cologne. On the drydown, these give way to reveal deeper notes of mint, violet, aqua, sage, tea, oakmoss, and amber.
If you’re after a cologne that’s great for all occasions, grab a bottle of Mr Burberry Indigo.
17. Jimmy Choo Man
It’s about time you started smelling like a proper man. Now you can with Jimmy Choo Man.
With notes of pineapple, suede, lavender, melon, pepper, and patchouli, Jimmy Choo Man is sharp and modern. As one of the sweeter colognes on our list, it’s full of youthful charisma. Plus, girls will love it too.
Make Jimmy Choo Man your choice and be the coolest guy in the room.
18. Tom Ford Mandarino Di Amalfi
Mandarino Di Amalfi by Tom Ford is one of those unmistakable colognes that smell classy, super fresh, and perfectly blended. For the teenage guy who wants true luxury and is prepared to pay for it, this option is a great pick. Be transported to the Mediterranean with this beautiful cologne.
With notes of citrus, fresh herbs, blackcurrant, orange blossom, musk, vetiver, and amber, Mandarino Di Amalfi is light but complex on the drydown. It’s the perfect summer scent and sure to captivate everyone around you.
You get what you pay for in terms of performance with Mandarino Di Amalfi as it lasts longer than other citrus colognes. If you’re up for it, grab a bottle and enjoy a truly premium experience.
19. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male
When it was first launched over 20 years ago, Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male made waves in the fragrance world for its striking design and sweet, seductive scent.
Another one from the master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, Le Male is an exquisitely warm blend of lavender, cardamom, bergamot, vanilla, tonka bean, amber, woods, and spices. You’ll feel classy and confident when you wear this one.
Due to its sweetness, Le Male lends itself best to colder seasons and night-time use. Make it your signature scent for winter, or grab a bottle to impress a date.
20. Dior Homme Sport
Dior Homme Sport is a fresh cologne great for teenage guys who like to live life in the fast lane. It’s a nonchalant cologne with sharp citrus notes, explosive spicy notes, and a woody base of sandalwood and vetiver.
We love this cologne’s impressive longevity. A few spritzes in the morning will last you most of the day. Give Dior Homme Sport a go and be energized every time you use it.
21. Maison Margiela Replica Sailing Day EDT
Another one for fans of aquatic colognes, Maison Margiela Replica Sailing Day is designed to be an invitation to explore the ocean. Aquatic accord and seaweed combine with spicy pepper and coriander to create a fragrance that’s clean and invigorating. Woody cedar and ambergris ground this perfume for a masculine finish. Channel your inner explorer and grab a bottle today.
22. Yves Saint Laurent Y Men EDT
Our next selection is one from the legendary designer brand Yves Saint Lauren. This cologne is an elegant, multi-layered aromatic fougere. It’s a great way for a teenage guy to smell classy day and night.
When you use this cologne, you’ll be treated to invigorating top notes of apple, bergamot, and ginger. Eventually, sage, juniper berries, and geranium are revealed and the base notes of tonka bean, woods, and vetiver result in a scent that will make you feel very handsome.
We highly rate the performance of Yves Saint Laurent Y. It’s a strong and long-lasting cologne, so use it sparingly—a gentle spritz is enough to last you the whole day.
23. David Beckham Instinct EDT
This ideal cologne for teenage guys has an alluring appeal, with a scent that’s fresh, spicy, and modern. David Beckham Instinct is an aromatic fougere that you’ll love if you’re a fan of vetiver. Other key notes are citrus, star anise, pimento, patchouli, cardamom, and amber.
This revitalizing blend is perfect for the young athletic guy. And if it’s good enough for David Beckham, we’re sure you’ll enjoy it too.
24. Paco Rabanne Invictus EDT
The final product to make the cut on our list of the best colognes for teenage guys is Paco Rabanne Invictus. A woody aquatic fragrance, Invictus is an inviting mix of sea notes, citrus, jasmine, ambergris, woods, oakmoss, and patchouli. You’ll love this modern, uplifting cologne. Its projection and performance means it’s a sure compliment-getter from the first time you use it.
According to Paco Rabanne, Invictus is the absolute hero’s cologne. So step out with Paco Rabanne Invictus—we guarantee you’ll feel ready to conquer the world!