The Top Fragrances For Men:
There are few things more appealing to men (and women) than wearing the right scent. In today’s fast-paced world, a rigorous hygiene-routine sits at the forefront of professional grooming with American consumers. In fact, with men’s grooming taking high precedence in 2021, the data proves evident— that a great resurgence in men’s fragrances is now marketed towards the growing market segmentation of Gen Z and younger millennials.
For me, fragrance is an everyday routine. In fact, during the isolation of the last eighteen months, I used fragrance each day. The most important reason to wear cologne is that it gives a sense of positive association with people in near proximity to you.
At present, there are a wide variety of product offerings to choose from; no matter what the occasion. Whether you’re getting ready for that special date night or your office hours, this new line-up will be a sure-fire way to make you feel confident and sexy. That’s the power of a good fragrance.
The Difference Between Perfume, Cologne and Other Fragrances:
Firstly, eau de toilettes have a lower concentration of perfume oils, and are made to have a lighter wear on the skin, not necessarily lasting until the end of the evening. For those of you who prefer a light scent for daytime, this will be your go-to. On the contrary, eau de parfums have a high concentration of perfume oils. These are the most common fragrances and typically how all new fragrances are released to the counter. I’d say most perfumes on the department store counters are eau de parfums. The scent will last from morning to evening.
Secondly, cologne is the preferred masculine term for us yankees in the USA. It has a light concentration and will only last a few hours at the very least. These are great to freshen up and start your day with a little pick-me-up. And lastly, there is eau fraiche. Like eau de cologne, eau fraiche also has low concentration as they are mixed with mostly water and serve as a quick refresher without a long-lasting scent.
Long before modern perfumery began in the late 19th century, perfumes existed in some of the earliest human civilizations. The art of crafting scents began in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, and then was further refined by the Romans and Persians. Though perfumery goes back thousands and thousands of years, men’s fragrance is a relatively recent development. It began in 1709 in Cologne, when Italian expatriot Giovanni Maria Farina created a special scent to honor his new hometown. He gave the fragrance the town’s name and the catchy moniker stuck.
The fragrance was fresh, a welcome contrast to the heavy scents favoured at the time, with notes of citrus, flowers, and herbs. Farina’s list of customers expanded rapidly. Soon his Eau de Cologne was sold throughout Europe and became a royal and imperial favorite. These days, in the ultimate sign of success, ‘cologne’ has transcended its meaning for a specific product to become a label for all men’s fragrances. New techniques and ingredients constantly change the industry, and a signature fragrance is no longer considered a luxury of the wealthy. In present times, with mass production full steam ahead, this market segmentation is a booming billion-dollar business!
I’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of the best colognes and fragrances for men because purchasing a scent that suits your style is more complicated than you think. Quite honestly, there’s nothing like getting the right scent to convey a sense of strength, sophisticated and, of course, sex-appeal. And there’s nothing like the feeling of wearing a good scent that turns heads. You see, unlike shaving creams or shampoo, fragrance enhances the sensation of smell. As I tested a wide-range of cologne with my fashion and grooming editor Pasquale Suriano, I put together a guide to help you make a good impression. In 2021, there is no excuse for men to not feel comfortable in seeking out the right scent. I have compiled a list that I feel are the top men’s fragrances for men to choose from— especially as the perfect gift for the man in your life— as the holidays soon approach.
Akro-Smoke might not be for everyone, but perfumer Olivier Cresp found a way to capture the acquired taste of tobacco and dress it up into a bright, wearable scent. Like cigars and cigarettes, there are things that we’re not supposed to like, and yet we love… like the release of a slow first drag. Looming and intoxicating, Smoke is inspired by such pleasures, which are consumed as quickly as they are born. $160 (100ml)
Black Dahlia CBD:
Black Dahlia CBD-The new Black Dahlia Alchemy Somnium fragrance, meaning “dream” in Latin, is a must-have men’s fragrance for this season featuring sultry notes of neroli, cedar wood, amber, sandalwood and patchouli. $175
Bond No. 9:
Bond No. 9 NoMad is a strong, sensual, statement-making scent. NoMad’s opulent oriental unisex bouquet balances top notes of creamy pear and fresh black currant for gourmand warmth. Rounded out by luxurious amber and sandalwood, which give this long-wearing juice as much staying power as NoMad itself. The Moroccan-blue signature bottle adds to the bohemian spirit of nomadic romanticism and features a Gilded Age-era gold grid housing 74 sparkling silver gems that shine as brightly as NoMad’s contemporary glass towers. It features an exotic touch, but trust us, it smells just like home. Your new fall favorite. $450
Byredo-A longstanding icon in the Byredo catalogue, Blanche explores the smell of texture and skin; bodies slipping beneath fresh sheets; laundry baskets filled to the brim; a punch of detergent. An aldehyde hit softens into delicate rose; through sandalwood and musk, the allure and intimacy of human touch. Blanche also represents an appreciation for classic beauty. The fragrance is pure and simple in structure but in extreme in character. This fresh scent seamlessly moves through the seasons and is the classic addition for any fragrance wardrobe. $190
Christian Dior – Sauvage Elixir is an extraordinarily concentrated fragrance steeped in the emblematic freshness of Sauvage with an intoxicating heart of Spices, a “tailor-made” Lavender essence and a blend of rich Woods forming the signature of its powerful, lavish and captivating trail. $155
Creed—Inspired by the artic sun and Nordic fjords, Viking Cologne embodies the fearless spirit of boundless exploration. Its wearer longs for travel and is prepared to awaken adventures with undeniable perseverance. The powerful notes of woody sandalwood, fresh bergamot, nutmeg, and frankincense combines the headiness of eau de parfum with the invigorating freshness of cologne. $335 (50ml), $445 (100ml)
Diptyque– Inspired by a Greek myth, Eau de Minthé reinvents an emblematic perfumery accord, fougère, drawing on the scent of mint. At the very heart of the composition, its aromatic freshness enhances the lively floral notes of geranium while the patchouli confers profound depth. $188
Dolce & Gabbana:
Dolce & Gabbana– As the newest launch from Dolce&Gabbana, the limited-edition Light Blue Forever Pour Homme sees a new interpretation of freshness for men. It blends intensity and light to create a scent that is both generous and addictive. The citrus woody fragrance contrasts refreshing notes of grapefruit and bergamot with an irresistible trail of earthy vetiver and sensual patchouli, instantly transporting the senses to the citrus groves of Capri, and making it a must-have men’s scent for fall.$110
Floris-For a signature fragrance that promises to stand the test of time, look no further than the iconic No. 89 Eau de Toilette. Over the past 70 years, this iconic fragrance has been the backbone of Floris’s grooming collection and has always stood for being the epitome of refined elegance for the knowing and definitive gentleman. Orange and bergamot blended with lavender and neroli give this scent its classical cologne aspect. No. 89 is also the signature scent of James Bond, and a personal favorite of Ian Fleming himself. $Pricing: $80 (50ml), $135 (100ml)
Issey Miyake -Conveying a fresh and vibrant approach, Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme is a must-have for men this fall thanks to its unique and elegant combination of citrus touches of yuzu with sandalwood, resulting in a timeless and classically masculine signature scent. $100
Maison Francis Kurkdjian:
Maison Francis Kurkdjian—Gentle fluidity Silver Edition leaves a vibrant trail, dominated by nutmeg and amber woods. They are paired with essence of coriander seed, musk, and a vanilla accord, starting out as sweet and enveloping, then becoming stronger with time. $235
MCM-Propelled by the winds of wanderlust, this fresh departure from the status quo opens with hyper-real raspberry and progresses unexpectedly into the floral realm of hand-picked jasmine. In time, the scent reaches its long-awaited destination: a tranquil domain where warm amber and clean textured woods coexist in harmony. A brilliant nod to MCM’s travel DNA, the fragrance bottle is meticulously modeled after the legendary Stark backpack. $80
Mizensir -Designed to mimic the feeling of powerful emotion building to a crescendo, the smoky blend of Perfect Oud rises like a slow heat, as leathery and woody notes captivate the senses. The scent unfolds to evoke the memory of burnt wood with smoldering oud, making it the perfect fragrance for those who gravitate toward warmth. $260 (100ml)
Moncler-With its revolutionary LED design, the ‘borraccia’ flask-shaped bottle, Moncler Pour Homme forges an inextricable link with the House’s mountain roots and adventurous spirit. A woody aromatic fragrance, Moncler Pour Homme captures the vibrant natural beauty of an alpine forest. Moncler Pour Homme 150ml* $ 210
This Peter Millar Crown Cologne is must-have for the man seeking a signature fragrance. Articulated by masterfully comprised components, this cologne captures an essence of omnipotent sophistication. $98
Ron Dorff—Discipline Sport is an intricately crafted scent composed of a blend of crisp, vivid citrus notes, balanced by Nordic pine with undertones of lingering, intoxicating woody notes. It’s the thrilling scent of the outdoors of Sweden, imbued with a masculine sophistication. It’s essentially Sweden in a bottle – unique citrus blend of bergamot, lemon zest, cardamom and cucumber, combined with notes from the Arctic captures it. $80
Saunders & Long:
Saunders & Long– Imagine a wood panelled room, a deep leather armchair, embers glowing in the hearth, whisky in one hand, book in the other. This is Q: intoxicating, enveloping and mysterious. The inaugural scent from Saunders & Long, the distinguished grooming label by Nick Saunders and Jonny Long, Q is an elegant, sophisticated fougére, masterfully blended by François Robert. Q is inspired by the earthy aromas of unlit tobacco leaves and the layered woods of the humidor. $269
TUMI—CONTINUUM [12:00 GMT] captures the power that the urban man draws from reconnecting with his environment. The fragrance dares to push the boundaries by combining the vitality of the elements. Defying convention, contrasting notes of green mandarin and the warmth of incense and earthy amber play with the senses. The magnetic heart of orris root and ciste abs center around significant notes of tobacco leaves. Its intense allure artfully blends into a drydown of precious oud, suede, and smoked musk, creating a powerful, almost mineral encounter that redefines the oriental structure. This invigorating scent will be the perfect companion for any man this fall. $100