After 75 hours of research evaluating 97 products, we picked Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L'homme as our top choice.
There's nothing wrong with smelling like a working man, but when it's time to freshen up, it helps to have an edge. Many guys don't even realize how important it is to find and wear a sexy fragrance.
So after testing 97 colognes and spending 75+ hours over the past 5 years, we have chosen the best colognes for men according to women.
Guys, you don't want something that smells good to a man – you want fragrances that drive women wild. You want the best mens cologne in the world to give you that edge.
And since women reportedly have a greater sense of smell than men, what you need is a woman's input to help you choose Do you know? Research shows that wearing cologne will make you more fun to be around.
Related post: Sexiest Best Perfumes for Women.
A tactical cologne that uses plant pheromones to attract attention (you know the kind).
The oil formula is a little messy and may stain clothes.
This isn’t the kind of cologne you’d wear to simply smell amazing, as the scent itself is a generic, soapy fragrance. It’s all about the pheromones and their ability to attract others to you.
Wear it any place, any time. You won’t be giving off a complex waft of notes, but you may just give off undetectable pheromones.
At $31 per ounce, this is expensive for a simple, potentially faddish cologne.
An incredibly affordable and long-lasting cologne that works for all seasons and occasions.
Possibly too bright for Winter, but could be a positive note on dreary days.
Classic Black opens strong and citrusy with mandarin, green apple, and bitter orange. However, it’s not overly fruity or sweet, more on the fresh-green side. This dries down quickly to reveal spicy, fresh nutmeg and cardamom, with warm-woody sandalwood, musk, and cedar at the base. You’ll love this if you like fresh masculinity with a hint of fruit and spice.
You can wear this all year, especially in Spring/Summer thanks to the bright top notes.
One of the cheapest men’s colognes on the market.
While this is another cologne a bit on the smoky side, the rose wood and amber add a unique and unexpected twist. Oud Wood will draw you in with its woody, exotic blend of spices and cardamom, but it’s the rich and sensual notes of sandalwood and vetiver that will keep you coming back for more.
We loved the fragrance but felt that it had somewhat of a soapy scent, so if you think that might bother you try the mini out before committing to a full size bottle.
Rare, exotic, and distinctive, this artisanal scent pairs the iconic Tom Ford oud with a classic woodsy scent. Exotic rose wood and cardamom give way to a smoky blend of rare oud wood, sandalwood, and vetiver, while the fragrance is rounded out by tonka bean and amber for added warmth and sensuality.
This cologne is super versatile and will translate well from morning to evening pretty much all year long.
Not great…$150 for a 1-ounce bottle is pretty expensive, even for a high quality fragrance. However, it’s also available in a .3-ounce travel size for $60 (which will honestly last you longer than you’d expect) if you want to give it a try before dishing out the big bucks on a full size. We will tell you though, even the most frugal of reviewers admit they cannot resist this cologne—even at the high price point—so we are confident you will find this cologne to be worth every penny.
An affordable fragrance great for cologne newbies who want an all-year, mass-appealing scent.
It is mild at first, but can be amped up with a few more spritzes
Curve is a simple (yet wonderful) scent in that it doesn’t contain complex layers or overly sophisticated notes. The top is fruity-yet-fresh with pineapple, citrus, and green notes, with floral lavender and neroli. The heart and base bring fresh woods, pepper, and a hint of warm amber. Clean but not overly sharp, sweet but not sickly. A great scent for younger guys (who wouldn’t mind some female attention).
A daily scent that works all year, especially Spring/Summer.
A very wallet-friendly cologne, even for low budgets.
As the summer months approach, you're going to be looking for a scent that's light, fresh, and clean smelling. Look no further as Gucci Guilty Eau's latest gives men a long-lasting cologne that's perfect for those casual, warm-weather activities we all enjoy.
There are some customers who claim the scent doesn't last more than an hour or two.
The freshness of the lemon, bergamot, and orange blossom are what give this cologne its fresh and crisp aroma – and it's what users love the most about it. It's rounded out with hints of orris and patchouli for a musky, wood finish.
The consensus on this scent is that it's best for the spring and summer months, and is definitely best paired with casual wear. It should also be noted that many customers have labeled this cologne as "unisex" as this light and non-offensive cologne is loved and worn by both men and women.
Pricing for this is on par with other Gucci scents. If you're looking for more choices, don't miss out on our curated list of top colognes for Gucci here
This simple fragrance is perfect for the beach bum who wants a light, almost aquatic, scent to accompany them through a long day in the surf. This also happens to be a great value cologne from a brand known for producing high-quality materials.
Doesn’t translate well into the colder months.
Airy, light, and fresh are the words most commonly associated with this fragrance—all qualities which combine to give off that aquatic feel.
This is definitely something you wear over the summer, while on vacation, or on a boat.
Talk about a steal.
If you've run into other men's sweet and spicy fragrances that you liked, but weren't totally sold on, Azzaro Wanted is a great one to try. Referred to as the "chameleon" of men's scents as its well-balanced fragrance is regularly compared to colognes like Invictus, but without the harshness or overpowering scent that many of them leave behind.
Its strength also happens to be its greatest weakness. Azzaro Wanted is too often compared to other men's fragrances, so if you want something that's going to make you stand out, this "generic" scent is not the one for you.
The balance of sweet and spicy of this fragrance is what customers love most about it. You start off with a good citrusy/minty blend, work your way into a deliciously sweet apple middle, and finish off with a rich woody base.
Because this scent gives off a natural and non-overpowering aroma, you can wear this pretty much anywhere, at anytime. It also lasts all day long, so you won't have to worry about reapplying it after a long day at the office or while out on the town with your lady friend.
Pricing is about on par with comparable scents.
A highly unique, bold and memorable scent that lasts a long time. This luxury cologne is worth every penny if you want attention and to stand out.
If you’re looking to stand out, you’ve got to try this cologne. The scent is a mix of pineapple, black currant, and ambergris (the digestive gunk from inside sperm whales that smells amazing).
Wear it whenever you want to get noticed: at the office, on a date, or in a crowd.
While this is one of the most expensive cologne on our list, it’s not as pricey as it may seem since you don’t need to use much of this for it to smell good or to last.
Perfect scent for young, playful guys who want a Spring/Summer scent everyone will love.
The cactus note is unique, but grows on you
A 1995 classic cologne that is fresh, green, and spicy. The top notes are citrusy and slightly juicy with green apple, bergamot, and grapefruit. The heart and base notes feature cactus, cotton, and a hint of juicy cranberry. An overall fresh, citrusy scent perfect for preppy, young guys or youthful older guys. It’s alluring but not mysterious or overtly masculine.
A fresh Summer/Spring scent for day wear.
A budget-friendly cologne that gives you lots of bang for your buck.
A sophisticated and long-lasting scent for guys who know what they want, especially for Spring and Summer.
The first whiff is quite sharp, but eases into gorgeous greens, fruits and florals
Hugo is a fresh, clean, slightly sharp scent that is very masculine and classic. The top opens with crisp green apple, lavender, citrus, and green herbs. The heart brings aromatic florals and herbs (geranium and sage), and the base brings woody cedar and patchouli. A scent for mature guys (not a nightclub party-boy scent!).
A Spring/Summer scent perfect for day wear.
At under $70 for a decent-sized bottle, Hugo is a steal.
Women are attracted to this smooth, understated fragrance that is masculine without being overbearing.
It can be considered unisex, which could actually be a “pro” for many
The top notes are floral, sweet, and slightly feminine with violet and mandarin. The heart notes bring spicy, warm woods with cedar, pepper, and nutmeg. The base is warm and masculine with tonka bean, musk, and vetiver. A scent that could easily be worn by men and women, or men who don’t like those overtly masculine, tobacco-heavy scents. A slightly powdery scent that women find sexy.
An everyday scent that could work all year round.
Burberry Touch for men is super affordable for the quality.
A mass-appealing scent that awakens the senses with green crispness and by-the-pool aquatics.
New formula differs from the old (but some actually prefer the newer edition)
Cool Water is definitively crisp and clean, verging on aftershave territory. Mint, lavender, and green notes burst sharply at the top. The heart notes warm slightly with sandalwood and jasmine, with musk, cedar, and amber bringing warm woods to the base. A fragrance for guys who want to smell clean, masculine, and fresh. Not for men who like earthy, smoky, or mysterious fragrances. A great starter scent for younger guys.
Definitely a Spring/Summer scent ideal for daily wear at the office or school. Maybe to clean for night if you like a little musk or sweetness when the sun goes down.
Incredibly affordable, a steal.
MontBlanc Legend is a mass-appealing scent for understated yet classy guys. It is sweet, floral, and fruity. Ideal if you’re not into very ozonic, green, or “nightclub sex-bomb” fragrances.
The projection lacks oomph, which will disappoint you if you want that “notice me” type of impact.
MontBlanc opens with a delicious, fruity-citrus combo of pineapple, bergamot, fresh lavender, and lemon verbena. The heart features rose, apple, geranium, and dried fruits, with oakmoss for a fresh and earthy balance. The base is vanilla-y, woody, and slightly spicy with tonka bean and sandalwood.
An all-year, all-day scent.
At around $25 per ounce, Legend is reasonably priced.
Despite this cologne being dubbed "intense", customers actually prefer this one to other intense fragrances because of its mellow nature. Customers also rave about how masculine and sexy it is, some even going so far as to call it a "lady killer".
While you have those that love how easy on the nose this cologne is, you have others who say that it's too generic and smells like everything else. There are also a number of complaints about the longevity of this fragrance.
This interesting mix of lavender and honeydew up top, davana oil and spicy black pepper in the middle, and tonka beans as the base has customers raving about how masculine and sexy this aroma is.
This is a pretty versatile scent, so you should be able to wear this wherever and whenever you want. While there is a summer-y melon upfront, the black pepper and tonka beans that round it out also make this a great scent for cooler temps.
With this being a newer fragrance, you'll have to expect a price like this. However, if you like Invictus or Chanel Bleu and you can find them for cheaper, you may want to go that route as customers claim they all have the same exact scent profile.
A crowd-pleasing, masculine scent with a moderate sillage perfect for office wear.
Could be too fresh if you want a moody, syrupy scent.
A surprisingly fresh scent for the black packaging (and name), with mint and orange bringing invigorating green top notes. Spicy ginger, clean woods, and florals create a masculine heart and base. This is for guys who like a masculine scent that remains clean, fresh, and slightly sexy without packing smoky, leathery, or boozy punches. It could be a great first-job scent for guys in their 20s.
An extremely versatile scent that works all day, all year, all occasion.
A very budget-friendly fragrance at as low as $9 per ounce (approximately).
A long-lasting and strong scent with alluringly sweet vanilla notes, while maintaining that masculine appeal.
Could be too sweet if you’re used to sharp scents (but we know you’ll love it)
A 1995 classic, Le Male features lavender, mint, and vanilla as the defining notes. It is fresh, but not super sharp, as bergamot, vanilla, tonka bean, and amber round off the fresh spiciness. It lasts a long time and is known for being sexy.
The warmth makes it a great Winter/Fall scent for day and night. A gentle spritz would be fine for the office, but note that it is strong.
Not eye-watering, yet not a bargain. Le Male is mid-to-high range.
If you like Creed Aventus, you will love Amaf Club de Nuit. It has a sharp, citrusy, fruity opening that dries down to a smoky, woody, spicy fragrance.
Batches after 2017 have a weaker sillage and longevity than more recent batches.
Amaf Club de Nuit has a strong citrus opening, with fruitier notes of apple, blackcurrant, bergamot, and pineapple. The sharp citrus dries down to a heart of birch, jasmine, and rose. The base notes are rich, woody, and sweet with vanilla, ambergris, patchouli, and musk.
An all-year scent that can be worn all day and night. If you have an older batch, the strength may overpower an office for daily wear.
You can find Amaf Club de Nuit for as low as $10 per ounce, which is incredibly affordable.
A really nice, subtle scent that can be worn in almost any situation and projects just the right amount of sophistication.
Best for the office or daytime wear.
Intended for charming, charismatic, and magnetic men, Seductive Homme Blue by Guess consists of aromatic, woody, and Fougere scents. It's a fairly new release from the brand, but it's already driving the women crazy. This price applies to the 3.4 fluid ounce bottle. Smells like cardamom milk, mandarin pulp, pink pepper, vanilla orchid, violet leaves, vetiver, patchouli, sandalwood, amber, and musk.
This is for summer, fall and spring.
Excellent scent at an excellent price!!
Launched by the design house of Yves Saint Laurent in the year 2017, this cologne was created with the new generation in mind and captures the spirit of youth, with the goal of offering millennials something new and different.
Not for you if you dislike fragrance with a bit more fruity and floral scent.
Expect top notes of white aldehydes, bergamont, lemon, pineapple, and ginger. Sage, geranium, and violet at the heart. And base notes of ambergris, incense, fir balsam, and cedar musk.
Best for evening wear or special occasions.
$75 for a 3.3-ounce bottle is actually very reasonable compared to a number of the other Faves on our list. Plus, a little goes a long way.
Men love how manly this cologne makes them smell, and women can’t seem to get enough of it either. If you’re looking for a woodsy, almost tobacco-y, appropriate for any occasion, you should definitely consider giving this cologne a try.
Can come off a bit on the sweet side, so if that’s not something you’re into this maybe isn’t the cologne for you.
Top notes of bergamot, sea notes, grapefruit, lemon, pear and apple; tied together with geranium, lavender, and rosemary; and with a finish of patchouli, labdanum, Tonka bean, and amber wood.
Perfect for any occasion, day or night, and can be worn any time of year.
At just over $100 this is not the cheapest cologne on our list, but given the 4.2-ounce bottle, this cologne will turn out to be a great value.
The ideal winter scent with a sexy allure sure to gather plenty of compliments (and phone numbers).
May be too sweet at first sniff, but develops into an irresistible scent
Red is a sweet, spicy, and warm fragrance with the sharpness of citrus. The top notes are juicy lemon, cranberry, and grapefruit, with warm saffron and herbs at the heart. The base is warm and toasty with coffee, amber, and woods. The perfect scent for men who love sweet, sensual fragrances and like to avoid the very sharp “aftershave” colognes.
A Winter/Fall scent ideal for all-day wear.
Polo Red is mid-high-range at around $30-$40 per ounce.
Jimmy Choo Man is a powerfully fresh and modern scent, created for a confident and refined man with a rebellious spirit. On top of that, the bottle is designed to look like an old flask, which we think is pretty cool too!
Scent fades a bit more quickly than advertised. Might need a respray every few hours.
This cologne opens with aromatic and woody notes of lavender and mandarin softened by the fruity notes of honeydew melon, features mid-notes of pink pepper and geranium mixed with pineapple leaf, and finishes with a hint of patchouli, suede and amber.
Man by Jimmy Choo is very versatile; suitable for either daytime wear or a night out and can be worn any time of year.
$90 for a 3.3-ounce bottle is pretty reasonable for such a high quality perfume for men.
Invictus is a sweet, fresh, citrusy scent that has a youthful appeal as opposed to dark, “serious” colognes for mature gents.
You may find this a little too sweet and unsophisticated if you want a classic, gentlemanly fragrance.
Invictus opens with fresh grapefruit, orange, and sea notes. The opening is clean, fresh, and citrusy with a playful sweetness. The base brings fresh, green, and floral jasmine and bay leaf, while the base hums with ambergris, earthy oakmoss, patchouli, and woods. It is masculine yet youthful, sweet yet not sickly, and overall inviting.
Great for young, confident guys during Spring/Summer on the beach or even out at night. It is fresh and clean enough for wearing to work, with a light hand. It would work best during warmer months.
You can find it for around $23 per ounce, which is pretty fair.
This traditional fragrance has a hint of something special. Women may not know what it is, but they do know that they want to be closer to it. If you're looking for something to showcase your good taste, but don't want anything too overpowering, this is the cologne for you.
The price could be a barrier for some.
Bleu by Chanel is a provocative blend of citrus and woods. It unites the invigorating zest of grapefruit and the power of an aromatic accord with the woody whisper of dry cedar. New Caledonian sandalwood lends it a warm and sensual trail. A meeting of strength and elegance.
Definitely more of a nighttime scent, but could also pass for daytime too (though maybe not great for business casual or office wear). Also perfect for special occasions.
The Amazon price is for the 1.7-ounce bottle (pretty expensive), but you can also find this in a 3.4 or 5-ounce size that would definitely help save you some money.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue for Men is a fresh, crisp, and citrusy scent ideal for hot months. The woody, spicy dry down is classy and clean with a hint of sexiness. A perfect scent for confident, upbeat guys who like crisp fragrances.
The projection and longevity are too mild if you want to stand out.
The top notes are very heavily citric, with lemon, grapefruit, and mandarin bursting with tartness and a touch of sweetness. The dry-down brings pepper, rosemary, and rosewood, while the base is musk, incense, and oakmoss. A fresh scent for guys who love to smell amazing but don’t want that boozy, smoky, overly masculine scent.
Absolutely a Summer/Spring scent for daily wear. Light enough for the office, but perhaps not rich enough for evenings out.
You can find this for as low as $11 if you catch it on sale.
Introduced in Spring 2018, One Million Lucky is a pulsating and captivating scent of woody gourmand tones, perfect for the man who lives without limits and seizes his dreams.
We find the ambroxane smell advertised as one of the top notes abit lacking. Nonetheless, everyone seems to love this product so we definitely think it’s still worth a try.
Hazelnut enriches the woody elements, along with fresh ozone, honey, and Greengage plum for a touch of sweetness.
Really can be worn for any occasion, but particularly appropriate for a night out. In fact, many reviewers say that this is the perfect cologne to wear out clubbing.
Typically this cologne runs somewhere around $80 for 100-mL bottle. However, you can often find it on Amazon for closer to $70. If you can snag it at that price, we highly recommend it. You will not regret giving this cologne a try.
Suave, mysterious, and sensual, Sauvage by Dior provides a fresh take on the signature Dior scent.
The price. This cologne is pretty expensive compared to the other products on our list. Additionally, some reviewers report receiving unauthentic products, so be careful when purchasing on Amazon.
Expect signature Dior scents of Bergamot, Sichuan Pepper, Lavender, and Ambroxan, but enriched with spices and warm, oriental tones of Star Anise, Nutmeg, and Papua Vanilla.
Inspired by nighttime coolness and the magical hour of twilight, this is definitely more of evening scent.
A little pricey but some say it's worth it.
An uplifting yet very sophisticated and high-end scent that could be used by both men and women.
Everyone will copy your signature scent and buy it for themselves (it’s that good)
A citrusy, fresh, clean scent with an aquatic attitude. The top notes are bergamot and lemon, with peppery herbs, musk, and woods in the heart and base. You’ll love this if you like citrusy, zesty scents that dry down to clean woods with aromatic herbal notes. Like D & G Light Blue, it’s not a smoky nightclub “bad boy” scent, it’s a beachy, positive scent.
The quintessential Summer fragrance for day and night.
You can find a huge bottle for under $120. For the quality, this is fair!
As with all Versace fragrances, this one almost spells out virility. A perfect scent for any occasion, but definitely one of the manliest on our list.
None that we can think of!
Eros by Versace men's fragrance gives you a vibrant freshness with its top notes of mint leaves, green apple, and lemon zest. Rounded out by mid to low notes of tonka beans, amber, geranium, vanilla, cedarwood, vetyver, and oak moss.
A perfect scent for any occasion, but definitely one of the manliest on our list.
This price is for the 1.7 fluid ounce bottle, which, while not cheap, is a steal for a cologne with such great staying power. That being said, at this price, we would recommend buying more than one, because, trust us, you will not want to run out.
We think this cologne works year-round, anytime you’re looking to impress. This highly intoxicating scent strikes the perfect balance between soft and sweet while still giving off a distinctly masculine fragrance.
None that we can find.
This is a versatile scent that comes in layers. Cardamom (spicy) to start. Bergamot (sweet) comes next. And lavender (soft, relaxing) rounds it out.
Wear this whenever, wherever.
Considering how well-received this cologne is (it’s a Nordstrom top seller), this price is an absolute steal.
Buying cologne is an art and a science! It's about figuring out what combinations of smells work best with your specific body odors and style, as well as which fragrances suit your needs best.
The higher the fragrance concentration, the stronger and longer-lasting the smell.
Don't buy a fragrance based on the top notes. Instead, spray the cologne and give it a few minutes for the middle notes to come out. You need to provide the cologne time to "settle in" so you can smell the actual fragrance, not just the initial scents.
You may have your "signature" scent (the cologne that you've found best embodies the person you want to smell like), but you should consider using a selection of scents—one for each season.
Winter scents tend to be spicier and fuller-bodied with woodsy notes, as the deeper fragrances thrive in cold weather.
Summer scents tend to be lighter, brighter, and heavier on the citrus notes, as these fragrances give a "fresh" appeal in the hot weather.
Did you know you should wear multiple scents throughout the week as well?
The type of scent you wear to the office, gym, bar, or club can change others' perceptions of you.
The ignorant have one rule of applying cologne: put on A LOT and EVERYWHERE! After all, dousing yourself in cologne should keep you smelling nice all day long, right?
Oh, so many types of wrong! When it comes to cologne, there are three rules to remember:
Bonus: Be wary of your deodorant. If you use a strong-scented deodorant AND cologne, the two scents could clash. If you're going to wear strong cologne, stick with a mild deodorant.
You may see people doing the "spray and walk through" method of applying cologne. It's a foolish way to do it and a waste of cologne! You want the particles to cling to your skin, not your clothing. Applying directly (either spraying or dabbing) to the pulse points is the best way to ensure maximum fragrance absorption. The "spray and walk through" method just spreads the particles in the air and reduces the concentration of the fragrance. (Remember, the fragrance particles are oxidized and broken down once exposed to oxygen. Spray close to your neck to apply the fragrance before oxidation.)
There's no "one size fits all" approach to finding the most attractive cologne. It's all about experimenting with the different options to find the one that suits your unique body odors best. Here are some tips to help you out:
Find the Manly Scents – According to the research collected by the consumer science division at International Flavors & Fragrances, women tend to find musky, masculine scents (vanilla, spice, musk, sandalwood, rosewood, or citrus) more attractive than floral notes. However, every woman has their own preference for cologne. Though, the majority of the "sexy" scents for men emphasize musky, woodsy, and earthy notes, mixed with deeper scents like licorice, anise, chocolate, and nuts.
Rotate Colognes – Women may grow tired of the same smell over and over. Consider rotating your colognes seasonally, or change up every few years.
Don't Overdo It – If the fragrance hangs around you in a thick cloud, you're going to make women cough, not find you appealing. A hint of an appealing fragrance will pique her interest; too much will assault her senses.
Be Prepared to Spend More – A cheap bottle of cologne will give off "cheap" smells and will have a shorter lifespan. Consider spending upwards of $50 on a high-quality cologne that combines an appealing smell and longer-lasting fragrance.
Stick with the Basics – There are five basic scents that all women can identify as "attractive": lime, vanilla, peppermint, leather, and musk. These mostly are the best essential oil scents. When in doubt, go for a fragrance that utilizes one of these scents to great effect.