The Best Cologne for Men: 11 Scents for Every Type of Guy

We've sniffed out scents for every occasion.

by Donna Freydkin
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Most guys are introduced to men’s cologne in high school with that one dude who would rather use it than take a shower. Your remember him: So potent, he could take down low-flying birds with the miasma of Axe body spray that hovered around him. Well, if you swore off even the best cologne for men that day out of a desire to not kill native songbirds, there’s hope in this simple maxim: a little goes a long way. Like your grandfather’s Old Spice of yore, selecting the right scent is a calling card, something that’s unmistakably you (albeit not as overwhelming as that of your former secondary school peer). Cologne for men adds another dimension to a tailored appearance, and it harnesses the power of memory to those around you, flashing you into their minds when the wind blows the right way. Even if you’re not a wear-it-all-the-time type, there’s a cologne to suit any event, be it date nights, work events, or special occasions.

How you smell matters. According to Rutgers University-New Brunswick neuroscientist John McGann, humans can tell about one trillion different odors apart. So trust us when we tell you that whatever cologne you spray on as we head into spring and summer is worth thinking about. You don’t want to shut down a room with the stench of musk, nor do you want to cause people to sneeze uncontrollably. To help you navigate all the olfactory offerings out there, we’ve sniffed a slew of different colognes and perfumes. Some are great for work. Others are ideal for outdoor activities. But trust us, there’s one for you, and your significant others will thank you.

When shopping for a men’s cologne, there are some things to keep in mind. Aside from personal preference, know that eau de parfums have the highest concentration of essences, while eau de toilette and eau de cologne have the lowest. So if you’re using something perfume-based, beware of dousing yourself. One great way to avoid over-saturation is to do the old spray and walk-through technique: spray one pump of scent in front of you and walk through it. This ensures that the scent is evenly spread instead of concentrated in one area.

The Best Colognes for Men

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