The biggest challenge in choosing the best smelling cologne for men isn’t finding one that smells awesome right now. It’s knowing finding one that still smells like…well, like anything, five hours from now. A scent’s ability to last is determined by several factors, including concentration and quality. The higher the concentration of scented oils used, the stronger your cologne will smell. And the better the quality of the oils, the longer the fragrance molecules will remain on your skin.
The scent specifics matter as well: Amber and musk have better sillage, which is a fancy way of saying their smell lingers in the air longer, rather than quickly evaporating. Floral and fruitier fragrances tend to start off strong but fade faster. Whatever cologne you choose, you can get more mileage out of it by applying it to well-moisturized skin. The better lubricated your body’s surface, the easier it is for the scent molecules to remain put, rather than being quickly absorbed. With this in mind, here are seven colognes designed for the long run.
How To Put On Cologne
When you’re done with your shower, spray your pulse points. You want to focus on your neck, chest, and wrists. If that’s not enough for you, spray a mist in the air and walk under it, so the fragrance stays on your clothes as well.
Best Smelling Cologne for Men
This earthy, woodsy men's cologne is a pretty damn fine blend of traditional and modern.
Both crisp and strong, this men’s cologne has a strong masculine vibe thanks to its blend of green vetiver and patchouli. Plus, there’s a refreshing element of citrus. All this is a long way of saying, it’s a scent that stays fresh all day.
This men's fragrance is a unique yet memorable blend of tobacco and citrus. Sounds strange, but it totally works.
This cologne has a deep, strong base, with notes of tobacco, cedarwood, and bergamot. And it lasts for hours. And hours.
You want to spray this fantastic cologne behind your neck and on your chest.
Produced by the British luxury apparel house, this cologne goes for woody in a big way. An agarwood and oak moss base pairs with higher notes of sage, neroli, and pepper for a scent reminiscent of a walk through the forest.
You only need one or two mists to smell subtly of sweet pipe tobacco all day.
This heady blend of tobacco and vanilla is absolutely delicious, and decidedly masculine. One or two sprays will last you all day.
With this Hugo Boss cologne, you can go a little heavier by spraying it on the neck, torso, and biceps to increase the intensity.
The label calls it potent, and while we probably wouldn’t go that far, the smell here is undeniably bold and masculine. A leathery base and ginger top note put end caps on a cologne that opens up over time, moving from musky to spicy by day’s end.
This intense fragrance features an enticing blend of amber, wood, tonka bean, and spice.
Though it’s no guarantee of the scent’s strength, it’s worth noting that the aroma was inspired by Italy’s volcanic island of Stromboli, where periodic fiery eruptions spew lava and dark rocks across the moody black sand beaches.
Versace's woodsy fragrance for men is both sensual and long-lasting.
Formula concentration plays a key role in a cologne’s strength — not just the first whiff, but its ability to maintain integrity over the course of several hours. In this case, the formula contains no water, making it super-concentrated, and only one percent alcohol, limiting the evaporation of scent molecules into the air. The fragrance’s main notes of leather, agarwood, and oriental wood result in a deep, spicy smell.
Though technically lighter than the eau de parfum, this eau de toilette packs a big enough punch to take you through the workday and then some.
Extracts from musky Ambroxan (a derivative of sludge you find floating on the surface of the ocean—it’s a thing, trust us), bold Sichuan pepper, and exotic bergamot come together to create a powerful scent.
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