The right cologne can do a lot for a man. It can allow you to command a room you enter by making your presence known. The right fragrance can boost your confidence and increase your attractiveness. Maybe the most influential benefit is the way the perfect cologne can be the cherry on top to take your outfit to the next level, regardless of if you’re headed to the beach or a black-tie event.
All that said, to reap the benefits, you need to find a high-quality cologne that fits your personality, and since we know there are thousands of colognes on the market, we’ve done the dirty work of testing as many as possible before coming up with our list of the 35 best men’s colognes of all time. You’ll find that many of these colognes have stood the test of time and for good reason. So as you read through this list, be sure to take notes so that you can pick the right fragrance to put the finishing touches on your polished look.
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Blu Atlas is a premium brand that was born out of the desire to create products for the modern man, and they have exceeded expectations. A one-stop-shop, this brand offers skincare, haircare, body care, fragrances and more. Blu Atlas Atlantis is a luxurious fragrance that combines citrus and woodsy notes resulting in a balanced, earthy cologne that you won’t be able to get enough of. With hundreds of five-star reviews, this fragrance has made its way into the hands and hearts of many.
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2. Jimmy Choo - Man
If you’ve found your way to this article, we can assume you take pride in your appearance and the way you smell, and we appreciate that about you. Jimmy Choo put their all into this fragrance, making sure that the very first fragrance they brought to market was the best of the best. This cologne is for the manly man, which you probably deduced from its name. If you are confident, refined, with a touch of a rebellious, wild side, then look no further—this cologne is for you. It is crisp, sweet and vibrant with warm amber-based aromas.
3. Dior - Eau Sauvage
When compiling the list of the best men’s colognes of all time, it’s understandable that a cologne from a company that has been producing fragrances since the 1940s would make the list. Christian Dior is no stranger to luxury, and their Eau Sauvage is everything you’d expect from the Christian Dior brand. It is a full-bodied fragrance that employs notes of amber, citrus, elemi and woods. It will be impossible to deny the intentional confidence this fragrance brings every time you put it on.
4. Armani Beauty - Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme
Georgio Armani knew exactly what he was doing when creating this fragrance. It boasts an aquatic aroma that will bring your senses to a sunny day on the water. Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme has been a long-time favorite of men and their admirers for quite some time, and one spritz of this fragrance will reel you in. Taking its inspiration from the mystery of the deep sea, this cologne has a plethora of aquatic nuances and fresh notes. It is a sexy aroma that will intoxicate anyone that you come in contact with.
5. Nautica - Voyage by Nautica for Men
When you think of a nautical voyage, what comes to mind? If it’s sailing on a sunny day, with the wind in your face and sun-kissed shoulders, then you will love this fragrance. Every time you spritz it on, you will be transported to that sailboat on a hot day with splashing water cooling you down. This cologne is perfect for the adventurous man who has a casual vibe.
It is a crisp scent, aquatic in nature and rounded out with notes of musk, cedarwood and amber. This cologne has upwards of 70,000 reviews with more than 4.5 stars.
6. Kilian Paris - Vodka on the Rocks
One of the most classic and simple drinks you can order is vodka on the rocks. While some opt for a more complex libation, those who order vodka on the rocks are the kinds of people who know exactly what they want, with a little edge to it. This cologne was crafted to emulate the way ice chills vodka as it is poured into the cup.
The leathery undertone mixed with cardamom and coriander creates a bright fragrance that will have you feeling cool all day. So sit back, kick your feet up and order a vodka on the rocks . . . you won’t be disappointed.
7. C.O. Bigelow - Bay Rum Cologne
It could be argued that one way for a product to land itself on a “best of” list like this one is to hit a century of being on the market. C.O. Bigelow Bay Rum Cologne has done that, and then some. Since its inception in 1907, this fragrance has been a favorite of hundreds of men who continue to purchase it and make it their signature scent.
This cologne mixes together bay oil, citrus and spices to create an intoxicating blend fit for the ultimate manly man. C.O. Bigelow is a reasonable and affordable cologne, so spray as much as you want and go conquer the world.
8. Gucci - Guilty Pour Homme
Listen, every man has that voice in his head encouraging their inner bad boy. Now, we’re not telling you to listen to that voice, but we are here to introduce you to a fragrance that will help fill those desires. Gucci Guilty Pour Homme is full of tantalizing and sensual aromas, tempting every admirer that comes near you.
Everything from the sleek bottle to the woodsy and spicy scent will have you showing off your guilty side without causing any real damage in its wake. If sexy is what you’re going for, then this cologne is for you.
9. Creed - Millesime Imperial Eau de Parfum
Creed Millesime Imperial Eau de Parfum is for the man who already exudes sophistication but wants to elevate it to a whole new level. It will be impossible not to notice you as you command every room you walk into when wearing this fragrance.
You’ll fall in love with the versatile fragrance notes that include amber, iris and citrus, making it the perfect scent regardless of the event you are wearing it to. Don’t let the price tag scare you off—you’ll be running back to the store for more as soon as you get a whiff of it.
10. Coach - Platinum Eau de Parfum
When you think of the Coach brand, you probably think of words like classic, timeless, luxury. Platinum Eau de Parfum is classic in the true Coach way but also has an edgy side. The notes of vanilla leather, black pepper and patchouli combine to make a cologne that Coach stands behind, and you will too once you wear it.
11. Paco Rabanne 1 Million Lucky
Paco Rabanne believes that life is a game, and you can create your own luck by adding their 1 Million Lucky fragrance to your grooming routine. You will feel powerful and confident when wearing this cologne, and anyone in your presence will be captivated by this bold scent. The warm and woodsy aromas work together to bring about elements of seduction and temptation that will be irresistible. So roll your dice, and you’re sure to have luck on your side with this cologne.
12. Colonia Essenza - Acqua di Parma
Sicilian almonds have solidified themselves in Sicialian culture, being utilized in everything from their art and culture to their traditions and tastes. The sweet and delicious aroma from the almonds is the primary fragrance note of this cologne and is balanced out with the addition of vanilla, white musk and cedarwood. Colonia Essenza Acqua di Parma manages to put a masculine twist on a yummy and delicious scent, and those around you will want to get as close to you as possible to eat this fragrance up.
13. Viktor & Rolf - Spice Bomb
The bottle itself, shaped like a grenade, is enough to turn heads when sitting on your dresser. However, it is the fragrance that this cologne delivers—a literal spice bomb—that will keep you wearing it for years to come. It is peppery and spicy in nature, designed for the man who is in tune with his masculinity. The staying power that Viktor & Rolf Spice Bomb delivers will make sure you’re smelling spicy and strong all day long. Pull the pin, and drop the spice bomb—you won’t regret it, we promise.
14. Prada - Luna Rossa Sport Eau de Toilette
Let us paint the picture for you: Put yourself at the helm of a sailboat, with the wind in your favor, as you pulse through the open water on a beautiful sunny day. That, my friend, is the spirit of this cologne. It is intended for the sporty man who doesn’t mind looking a little disheveled if it means he just had an exhilarating day out on the water.
This cologne is full-bodied with its overwhelmingly fresh and energetic fragrance profile that combines notes of ginger, juniper berries, tobacco, tonka bean, vanilla and lavender. If you want to be sporty, casual and chic all at the same time, then this is the cologne for you.
15. Clinique Happy for Men
It is no secret that happiness is contagious, so why not jump start your happiness with this cologne every day? Clinique has been a tried and trusted brand for many years, creating hypoallergenic cosmetics and skincare for men and women alike, so when they took the plunge into the fragrance world, they were met with tons of excitement.
Their fragrance lines have held onto that popularity and this specific fragrance, Clinique Happy for Men, is an all-time favorite. It is a crisp citrus blend that relies on its evocative notes of sea air and wood to bring masculinity to its profile. You will put smiles on the faces of anyone in your presence when you wear this cologne.
16. John Varvatos Eau de Toilette
John Varvatos knows a thing or two about designing for the contemporary and modern man. If you haven’t tried his clothing line, you’re missing out—but we’ll talk about that some other time. The cologne he created to convey the John Varvatos lifestyle is smooth and masculine, including fragrant notes of fruit, coriander, amber and leather. You will be feeling masculine and soft at the same time—in other words, irresistible.
17. Chanel Allure Homme Eau de Toilette Spray
Chanel Allure Homme Eau de Toilette was created to resemble the expression of a man’s inner strength and charisma. Chanel is known for creating first-class products, never discounting the integrity of their brand. This cologne is no exception to the rule. Its spicy, fresh, yet woodsy composition will ensure your presence is noticed in any setting you enter. The balance between subtlety and intensity is a fine line, one that this cologne pulls off impeccably. Immerse yourself in the notes of bergamot and tonka bean, and you’re sure to be noticed.
18. Yves Saint Laurent - Y Le Parfum
This fragrance is a variation of the classic Yves Saint Laurent Y signature scent, bringing about a summery and effervescent aroma that is lighter than air. The key fragrance notes include geranium, fresh lavender and cedarwood, and while you may think it sounds more feminine than masculine, we urge you to give this cologne a chance. You will find that this fragrance is sensual and intoxicating in nature, and in combination with your innately masculine presence, you will be more confident than ever.
19. Montblanc - Explorer Eau de Parfum
Every good explorer needs a partner to enjoy their travels and findings with, and if you don’t already have one, this fragrance is sure to attract the perfect running mate. It is unconventional, masculine and mysterious . . . the perfect fragrance profile to enhance your continued hunger to explore the world. One spritz of this cologne, and you’ll find yourself in a cloud of aromatic leather, fresh green Italian bergamot, and patchouli—a fragrance unlike any other.
20. Ralph Lauren Polo Sport
Not every man wants to spend his days in tightly tailored suits carrying a briefcase in his hand, and we get that. This cologne is perfect for the sporty man, whose version of looking polished and put together includes a polo, jeans and wind-dried hair. If that sounds like you, keep reading.
You will find this cologne embodies the athletic man, focused on fitness but still wanting to maintain his appearance. The clean, cool, crisp fragrance will attract spectators everywhere you go. You’ll be the vision of a Polo Man in no time.
21. Dolce & Gabbana - Light Blue Pour Homme Eau de Toilette
If the title of this fragrance looks familiar, it’s likely because your favorite girl has her very own bottle of the women’s version. The Light Blue fragrance lineup has been a favorite of many since the day it was created. This cologne is bright and joyful, while also seductive and masculine.
You will have an extra pep in your step when wearing this fragrance, as the fragrant profile is full of energy. The fresh bergamot, grapefruit, mandarin and juniper combine to make this full-bodied fragrance that you are sure to enjoy.
22. Jean Paul Gaultier - Le Male
While the bottle speaks for itself and is almost always a conversation starter. Designed for the classy and unassuming man, this fragrance will do all of the talking when you enter a room.
The lavender, mint, orange blossom, cinnamon, vanilla, amber and tonk all work together harmoniously to create a full-body fragrance that will make your presence known. It is also known for its staying power, which is one of the reasons it ranks so high for many consumers. So if you’re the type that doesn’t want to work hard to stand out, then we’ve found the perfect cologne for you.
23. Atelier Cologne - Trefle Pur Pure Perfume
It is virtually impossible not to get noticed when you’re rocking this cologne. Be prepared to be the embodiment of the man who effortly exudes the unconditional joy of life. Think of the way it feels to breathe in fresh-cut grass after a rainstorm or the first scent you notice when you walk outside on a dewy morning.
Atelier found a way to bottle those aromas and make the earthy and wonderful cologne that is Trefle Pur Pure. If you are conscious of the ingredients you put on your body, this fragrance is made up of mostly natural-origin ingredients.
24. Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Aqua Vitae Eau de Toilette
This cologne is perfect for the electric and vibrant man—the man who lights up any room he walks into. Luxurious in its fragrance profile, this musky, woodsy and citrusy scent will make your senses come alive. Even passersby will be attracted to your light and wonder what it is about you. Your secret touch will be Mason Francis Kurkdijan’s Aqua Vitae Eau de Toilette.
25. Tom Ford - White Suede
Aiming to polish up your charming side? Want to be irresistible, but don’t quite know how? Enlist this Tom Ford staple fragrance, and you’ll be your very own version of James Bond in no time. White Suede creates a perfect blend between raw desire and elegant charm. This cologne’s scent profile includes amber, rose, saffron and thyme. You will be feeling every ounce of luxury packed into this cologne each time that you spritz it on.
26. Maison Margiela - ‘REPLICA’ Whispers in the Library
Let your mysterious side flourish through this cologne. Maison Margiela created it with the memory of the intricate woodwork and leather-bound books of an old library in mind. Just as you would hope to get lost in the pages of a good book, you’ll find yourself completely transported when you spray this cologne on your wrists. It is a peppery fragrance with notes of woody cedar and vanilla. Let the others be transported to your world.
27. Ralph Lauren - Polo Black Eau de Toilette
For decades, men have longed to be considered a Ralph Lauren Polo Man. This sophisticated fragrance embodies everything that Ralph Lauren represents. It manages to be the epitome of sophistication, with a playful side. If one signature scent is what you long for, let this be it.
28. Chanel - Bleu De Chanel Eau de Toilette
This fragrance is easily the most provocative cologne on the list. It is elegant and classy, perfect for a black-tie event or gala. The blend of woodsy and citrusy notes is perfectly balanced into a cologne that represents everything that Chanel stands for. The sleek black bottle will put the perfect finishing touch on your bedside table.
29. Valentino - Uomo Yellow Dream Cologne
Prepare yourself to captivate everyone around you when you wear this cologne. Its bright bursts of pineapple and mandarin blend perfectly with the spicy ginger undertones. While it was created to resemble a summer night dream, feel free to wear this year round—iit is that good. Your edgy side is sure to shine through, just as the yellow fragrance shines through its rock-studded bottle.
30. Yves Saint Laurent - Y After Shave Lotion Cologne
There is nothing quite as manly as the scent of aftershave. It awakens the senses and lets admirers know you take pride in your grooming routine. This cologne embodies the best parts of aftershave, and the fragrance lingers throughout the day. It is woodsy, earthy and masculine in the best way.
31. Burberry - Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum
Burberry is no stranger to luxury, and this cologne was created to transport you to a night out in London, full of anticipation. It is warm and sensual, with amber and smoky vetiver rounding out the key notes of the fragrance. When purchasing a Burberry cologne, you can be assured that you will receive the highest quality fragrance that will live up to its reputation.
32. Le Labo - Tonka 25 Eau de Parfum Natural Spray
Le Labo - Tonka 25 is the result of multiple years of perfecting and testing before seeing the current market. What Le Labo created is an addictive and dark fragrance that uses orange flowers, musk and cedar resulting in a fragrance that is reminiscent of a humid summer day. There truly is no comparable fragrance on the market, so you will be in a league of your own if you decide to make Tonka 25 your signature fragrance.
33. Calvin Klein - Eternity Aqua for Men
While you might be thinking of the blue jean or underwear campaigns when you first hear Calvin Klein, this cologne has been a long-standing favorite. It is refreshing and effortless, with notes of chilled cucumber, water-drenched green leaves and warm sandalwood. Perfect for the reliable, relaxed man.
34. Hermes - Voyage d’Hermes Eau de Toilette
If you have a tendency to be impulsive, this cologne will be the perfect counterpart to give you a sense of reliability. Its fragrance profile brings together sandalwood, juniper berries and amber to make a luxurious cologne fit for the ultimate man. The object of your affection will be drawn into this undeniable aroma.
35. Carolina Herrera - Bad Boy Eau de Toilette
Everybody loves a bad boy; no one loves a bad boy attitude. This cologne lets you embrace the bad side of you without offending anyone. The fragrance encapsulated in this electric bottle is a magnetic mix of pepper and bergamot. So throw on your leather jacket, spritz on this cologne, and you’ll be the most attractive man in the room.