After 20 hours of research evaluating 83 products, we picked Bvlgari Man in Black as our top choice.
Looking for a new Bvlgari cologne? Smart man. Bvlgari is the epitome of Italian luxury, most known for its fine jewelry and watches. Bvlgari colognes and perfumes are expertly crafted by the world’s best perfumers, and the quality shines.
Our top pick for the Best Bvlgari Cologne is Man in Black, followed closely by the classic Bvlgari Man. Man in Black is an all-round delicious fragrance that is masculine but has sweet, sexy notes to round out the leather and woods. It lasts all day and has a strong sillage sure to allure those around you. The perfect cologne heading into Fall/Winter.
Now, get set to turn heads and get plenty of, “what are you wearing?” as you pick your new bottle from the list below.
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Bvlgari Man Wood Essence is a woody scent with hints of citrus and green herbs. Hints of spice and sweetness add alluring, mass-appealing notes. A low-key fragrance for nature-loving guys.
The projection may disappoint you if you want something strong and rousing.
Bvlgari Man Wood Essence opens with sweet, fresh lemon zest and “green” coriander. The heart notes bring the woodsy freshness with cedar, cypress, and smoky vetiver. The base is benzoin resin, giving a sweet and sensual tone.
Man Wood Essence is ideal for Spring/Summer wear, but would also suit Fall/Winter if you prefer to keep things fresh. The low projection and overall appealing fragrance would go down well in any office or close working space.
At around $32 per ounce, Man Wood Essence is reasonably priced.
Bvlgari BLV is a complex fragrance with a heavy ginger component, offering warmth, spice, and a comforting allure. However, don’t mistake it for a sweet or heady fragrance, as it is fresh and clean. A fragrance for men (or women) who want something alluring but not sexy, warm but not sickly, and fresh but not ozonic.
Avoid BLV if you’re not a fan of ginger scents.
The top notes are spicy, woody cardamom, and sandalwood offering freshness as well as a hint of warmth and spice. The heart is heavy on the ginger. The base notes provide warmth with teak and tobacco blossom.
BLV is an all-year fragrance that can be worn during the day and for a gentle approach at night. It has a moderate sillage (depending on the skin) so won’t overpower an office.
It depends where you find it, as BLV is hard to track down.
Pour Homme Soir is a fresh, clean, tea-based scent with mass appeal. It is fresh without being too airy, as amber and bergamot round out the edges with sweetness, spice, and warmth.
If you want a rich, sexy, or sweet-spicy scent, this will be too crisp and fresh. Try Man in Black.
Fresh, bitter Darjeeling tea and citrusy bergamot start at the top. Rich, warm amber, cardamom, and papyrus add spicier, sweeter depths.
Pour Homme Soir is best for Spring but can be worn in Summer and fall if you like to stick to fresh-meets-amber scents. A moderate sillage ideal for daytime work, but classy enough to be dressed up for evening wear.
It depends on where you find it, but expect around $30 per ounce.
Bvlgari Man in Black Essence (2017) was a limited edition version of the original Man in Black fragrance.
The projection is too weak if you want an impactful scent. If you want a fresh and airy fragrance, steer clear.
Man in Black Essence has an opening of boozy rum and warm spices. The heart brings floral musk, while the base is sweet and woody resin and guaiac wood. There is a rich cocoa tone, along with masculine, leathery notes.
Man in Black Essence is excellent for Winter and Fall, especially for nights out. The projection and longevity are modest but not “pow!”. It is great for sophisticated men who are also playful and mysterious.
It depends on where you find it, as it was a limited edition fragrance with finite bottles made.
Man Extreme is a mass-appealing scent for lovers of citrus, woods, and gentle spice. It is subtle yet masculine and attractive, great for classy, reserved, and positive guys.
Man Extreme will be too weak for you if you prefer a strong, “turn heads” sillage.
The top notes are extremely fresh, bright, and citrusy with grapefruit, bergamot, and cactus zest. Freesia, cardamom, and amber create a warm, spicy heart (though very subtle). The base notes are slightly smoky with vetiver while remaining fresh with clean woods.
Man Extreme is definitely a Spring/Summer scent and can be worn all day and night. It has a soft sillage so it’s ideal for work and small offices.
Man Extreme is reasonably priced at around $30 per ounce.
Bvlgari Aqva Amara is a Summer-centric scent with an overriding presence of sweet, tangy mandarin. It has salty, beachy tones making it ideal for hot weather. It is fresh without being ozonic, and citrusy without being sickly sweet.
Some find Amara to be too bitter for a citrus fragrance. If you want to explore more marine scents, check out Armani’s Acqua di Gio range.
Bvlgari Aqva Amara opens with strong mandarin, a tangy, sweet, and fresh aroma. The heart notes are neroli oil (sweet and citrusy) and seawater. The base is woody and warm with patchouli and olibanum incense. It could easily be worn as a unisex fragrance for women who love citrus.
Aqva Amara is a Summer scent, through-and-through. It is very strong (on most people) and has great longevity. Use a very light hand for office wear.
Regrettably, Aqva Amara was discontinued, so price depends on where you can source a bottle.
Pour Homme (1996) is an understated, fresh cologne firmly in the woody family, with dewy, mossy, forest tones. Powdery florals and warm spices round out the fresh dewiness. Perfect for quiet, charming introverts.
Pour Homme is definitely understated, so it may not work if you want a big, confident, bolshy cologne.
The top notes are aldehydes (fresh, airy), bergamot, floral lavender, orange blossom, sweet mandarin, nutmeg, and fresh, bitter tea. Heart notes are coriander, cyclamen, carnation, iris, rosewood, cardamom, and pepper. The base notes are a complex mix of smoky-warm, fresh-woody, and vanilla-sweet with tonka bean, musk, amber, oakmoss, vetiver, and cedar.
Bvlgari Pour Homme is a light fragrance ideal for Spring/Summer, especially during the day. It has a moderate sillage ideal for workspaces.
At around $28 per ounce, Pour Homme won’t break the bank.
Aqva Pour Homme Marine is a fresh, clean fragrance for Summer weather, designed to evoke the ocean. It has clean citrus notes but is primarily a seaweed, herb, and water fragrance.
This may be too feminine if you want a very masculine, deep, “husky” cologne.
Aqva Marine opens with grapefruit, mandarine, and neroli for a crisp, clean top. The heart quickly reveals salty seaweed, herbal rosemary, and clean water. The base adds warmth with amber and cedar. A lighter, cleaner version of the original Aqva.
Aqva Marine is a Summer fragrance, with a moderate sillage ideal for office wear. Wear day and night, or add a little spray of something deeper for evening dates.
At around $27 per ounce, Aqva Marine is reasonably priced.
Bvlgari Man is a woody, clean cologne for mature, classy guys who don’t want to smell too sweet or spicy. It is fresh but has hints of sweet honey, florals, and warm sandalwood and amber.
Too weak and subtle if you’re looking to make a big impression with strong projection.
The top notes are floral, fresh, and a little sweet-citrusy with lotus, bergamot, violet, and white pear. The heart is woody and a little smoky with vetiver, sandalwood, cashmere, amber, and spicy cypriol oil. The base is sweet with honey, tonka bean, musk, and benzoin.
Bvlgari Man is ideal for office wear as the projection is subtle. The fresh, aromatic notes are lovely for Spring/Summer, but it could pass inFall/Winter.
At around $28 per ounce (depending on the seller) Bvlgari man is reasonably priced.
Man in Black (2014) is a masculine, oriental perfume with warm and impactful woods, leather, amber, and spices. It is sophisticated, sexy, and mass-appealing. Expect many “you smell so good!” moments.
Man in Black isn’t very versatile in terms of all-year wear.
Man in Black has rum, spices, and tobacco at the top, with leather and tuberose at the heart. Base notes are sweet benzoin and vanilla-like tonka bean. The effect is warm, spicy, masculine, slightly boozy, sweet, and sexy.
Man in Black is a Fall/Winter scent due to the rich rum, spices, tobacco, and warm woods. Strong sillage means a little goes a long way. It’s ideal for evenings and special occasions.
At around $30 per ounce, Man in Black is reasonable, especially considering the strength and longevity.