What are perfume gift sets?
Cologne samples or coffrets are created as a promotional items by fragrance brands to introduce their colognes. Generally they consist of three or more mens cologne samples organized around a theme, for instance best sellers, summer scents, most popular, classics, etc. Since experiencing fragrances is about getting to know how they perform over time and in different scenarios, these mini collections are a great way for beginners to get to know a brand and experience various fragrances first hand. They are also handy for frequent travellers who don't want to drag around full-sized versions. And of course mens cologne sets make great gifts.
Since men's fragrance gift sets are small, they're also relatively inexpensive — you don't need to make a big investment to sample some of the best brands in mens cologne. If you’re a frag collector, it’s an easy way to expand your collection on the cheap. Not all brands create these, but when they do, these cologne samplers are certainly worth checking out.
Here's some of the best fragrance gift sets currently available:
Best Cologne for Work
English Laundry: Men’s Coffret 4 Piece Set
English Laundry is the classic boardroom to evening fragrance brand. Their fragrances are all about professionalism, trust and authority. This mens cologne gift set is perfect for the man who travels for work and isn't afraid to stand out.
This collection features English Laundry’s most popular colognes. The set comes in a leather type case with the logo on the top with fitted space for each bottle; the bottles themselves are small so the entire set is very easy to travel with.
Arrogant Eau de Toilette (20ml): This cologne comes with a spicy flamboyance with tones of bergamot, coriander, and amber.
Riviera Eau de Toilette (20 ml): A sophisticated fragrance with hints of nutmeg, black pepper, and oak moss.
Notting Hill Eau de Parfum (20 ml): An authoritative scent with lemon, peppercorn, and cedarwood.
Oxford Bleu Eau de Parfum (20 ml): This enchanting cologne is endearing to many thanks to its classic blend of geranium, sandalwood, and vanilla.
Best Everyday Cologne
Bvlgari The Men’s Gift Collection 5 Piece Mini Gift Set
As with all Bvlgari products, this set is of the highest quality and designed to be a premium product. Bvlgari has plenty of loyal customers who have their favorites, but the best part of buying a mini set like this is the fact that you can try out different types and then choose your favorite.
Another pro is that the set is travel sized so you can easily pack it in your gym or weekend bag. Each scent has a unique charm and while the bottles are small, just 1-2 sprays will do the trick.
It's a great gift for the man who needs an high-quality everyday fragrance.
Bvlgari Aqua Amara (5 ml)
BLV (5 ml)
Bvlgari Man Extreme (5 ml)
Bvlgari Man in Black (5 ml)
Bvlgari Aqua (5 ml)
Best Sexy Cologne for Men
Giorgio Armani Mini Attitude 5 Piece Gift Set for Men
Giorgio Armani has a long-standing reputation for excellence in men’s colognes. This gift set is a testament to that reputation and comes with many of the designer's best selling fragrances. When you buy their Attitude gift set you are getting the chance to experience Armani’s premium and most distinguished fragrances together in one box.
Each has a unique scent that makes this quite the diverse range. Please note, the bottles are very small and the relatively low star rating is mostly from reviewers disappointed by the sample size. However it can be worth it for someone who wants to all of Armani’s best colognes — just expect minis, not full-size bottles. They are also concentrated and last for a long time.
Attitude Eau de Toilette Spray (5ml)
Acqua Di Gio Eau de Toilette Spray (5 ml)
Code Eau de Toilette Spray (4ml)
Armani Pour Homme Eau de Toilette Spray (5 ml)
Diamonds Eau de Toilette Spray (4 ml)
BEST SEASONAL COLLECTION
Ralph Lauren Polo Variety 4 Piece Mini Gift Set
Ralph Lauren has become synonymous with class and sophistication — whether in clothes or fragrance. The colognes in this refined gift set are no exception. What we found particularly interesting is how each of these four scents matches with a season — fall a spicy red, winter a sophisticated black, spring an herbal green and summer a refreshing blue. Great for fragrance lovers who want a seasonal mix.
The scents come in perfect travel sized bottles and are long lasting, quality colognes. Each fragrance is unique, but a signature Ralph Lauren Polo cologne always has an undertone of leather, oakmoss, basil, wood, and tobacco — making for an unmistakably manly blend.
These splash-on colognes are best used in a casual setting and are classically understated and subtle. Nobody will be gagging when you walk past wearing one of these fragrances — in fact, many people remark on how many compliments they receive while wearing one of these scents.
Ralph Lauren Polo Red Eau De Toilette (15ml)
Ralph Lauren Polo Black Eau De Toilette (15ml)
Ralph Lauren Polo Blue Eau De Toilette (15ml)
Ralph Lauren Polo Eau De Toilette (15ml)
BEST FOR YOUNG MEN
Paco Rabanne Miniature Fragrance Set
Paco Rabbane is a French designer with Spanish origins. He is a giant in the fashion industry, but that is not how he started out. He started out as an architecture major, and through sheer determination, made a prominent name for himself and his fashion house.
Paco Rabanne is a determined man, and his fragrances are designed for truly remarkable men. They tend to be sweet crowd-pleasers that are especially well suited for young men. These five fragrances allow you to sample his five best men's fragrances in miniature form, perfect for travel, the gym bag or the man on the go.
This set includes his popular Invictus and 1 Million — both perennially at the top of the men’s fragrance best-sellers list.
Paco Rabanne 1 Million Eau de Toilette (5ml)
Paco Rabanne 1 Million Intense EDT (5ml)
Paco Rabanne 1 Million Cologne Edt (7ml)
Paco Rabanne Black XS EDT (5ml)
Paco Rabanne Invictus EDT (5ml)
John Varvatos Collection Coffret, Set of 4
John Varvatos is a fashion house that expanded into mens colognes in 2000. The brand is a careful balance between past, age-old craftsmanship and modern, sophisticated sensibilities. The resulting fragrances are confident, relaxed and rugged while being masculine and decidedly sexy.
This attention to detail can be seen in every part of their fragrances, from bottle to packaging and their unique ingredients. They are perfect for men who value creativity, heritage, and uncompromising passion.
John Varvatos Classic EDT (15 ml): A confident modern fragrance with a sophisticated, masculine edge.
John Varvatos Vintage EDT (15 ml): A warm, spicy fragrance with sensual appeal.
John Varvatos Artisan EDT (15 ml): Distinct citrus-based scent with an edgy appeal.
John Varvatos Artisan Acqua EDT (15 ml): This confident fragrance channels the citrus-woody scents the Mediterranean coast.
Buying a fragrance coffret or mini gift set is a great way to get to know a brand without a huge investment. You can get to know many of the most popular fragrances and designers, use them for travel or the gym and round out your fragrance collection. They also make useful gifts.