While you may think eau de B.O. is an acceptable way to smell, we respectfully disagree. And that’s why you need a go-to men’s cologne.
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.
When shopping for a scent, 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. 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.
Spray on this Calvin Klein fragrance before heading out to pre-dinner cocktails. It's fresh, crisp, modern, and aromatic.
As the name indicates, this Calvin Klein scent evokes pure, sheer happiness, and a great time.
Bond No. 9 makes fragrances that are rich, sensual, and pay homage to signature New York places and moments. This is one of the brand's best-sellers. It evokes calm and peace, and is something you spray on before a low-key outing with friends. It has notes of bergamot, pineapple, vetiver, and musk.
There’s nothing outlandish about this cologne. It’s calming, soothing, and the perfect scent before a leisurely dinner or drinks out.
So you have a major dinner out with your boss? Then spray on some Pi by Givenchy. It's alluring without being overpowering, and has notes of rosemary, basil, tarragon, neroli and herbs.
This oldie but goodie remains a go-to fragrance classic. It’s woodsy and sensual, and stands out without making you the center of attention.
Before your job interview, before your board meeting, before you sit down with investors, spray on Burberry Touch. It's fresh and invigorating, and has subtle hints of moss and wood. It has notes of violet, mandarin, cedarwood, and nutmeg.
Burberry’s Touch is assertive, without making you smell like you own the room. Even though of course you do.
So you're heading out on vacation, preferably somewhere tropical, and you need to pack a new scent? The Versace fragrance for men is dynamic, energetic, and dreamy. It has notes of neroli, orange, geranium, and old wood.
The Versace cologne is a gorgeous blend of citrus and floral. It’s basically a beach trip in a bottle.
Fresh yet seductive, you wear this sly Gucci scent before going on a dinner date, or a bar outing.
It may be called Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Black, but this is a sharp, grassy cologne that’s ideal for spring rotation. It’s a bright, fearless scent. Just like its wearer.
This cologne remains one of the most popular for a reason: it’s warm, woodsy, and bold without ever overwhelming. Spray it on after the gym, or before you head into a major meeting.
Dior Sauvage eau de parfum is warm and complex, with notes of lime, lavender and vanilla as well as a-not-so-subtle hint of spice. It’s the ideal scent to spray on before a dinner, or a night out.
This unisex eau de parfum features notes of incense, birch, jasmine, and suede that combine for a warm, woodsy, long lasting scent ideal for an all-day wear. It’s strong, without being overwhelming.
Tom Ford makes a lot of excellent scents. But Oud Wood Intense eau de parfum is one of our favorites. It’s masculine and earthy with hints of black truffle, vanilla, patchouli, wood, and tree moss. If big and bold is your style, this is an excellent choice.
This unisex Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis Eau de toilette scent is light, upbeat, and works for any occasion, formal or not. Perhaps because it’s created by one of the world’s master perfumers.
This is more of a floral scent, so the Diptyque Do Son Eau de Toilette Spray is ideal for breezy summer days in the park. It’s light, yet evocative.
This Chantecaille Parfums Pour Homme Oud Fumé spray is bright and strong, so spritz it on before you head into work.
If you're at home on the water, and would always rather be boating and fishing, this is your scent.
So you love the water? Then this Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Cologne Bleue eau de toilette spray is for you, as it has citrusy, ocean-y notes.
This Acqua Di Parma spray is the one you take on vacation with you, because it’s packed with hedonistic notes of sea breezes and jasmine. And when you get back, it will remind you of beachy outings.
This Kenneth Cole production is designed to be long-lasting, with notes of spicy pepper, tobacco leaf, and coffee. Spray it on in the morning and it should last you all day. And you can share it with your better half.
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