Men’s Fragrance Guide and Cologne FAQs

“Fragrance is an invisible part of our personal style, and it has a powerful effect on how people see and remember you.” – Antonio Centeno

“Fragrance is an invisible part of our personal style, and it has a powerful effect on how people see and remember you.” – Antonio Centeno

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When I first got interested in colognes, I had a ton of questions on everything from the technical side of things to the jargon used to describe scents. Fragrance is part art, part science and it can feel daunting to wade through all the information and terminology.

This is my attempt to make a quick start FAQ guide for men interested in gaining a deeper appreciation for fragrance but not quite sure where to begin.

On the other hand, if you're just looking for some great smelling juice — skip down to the bottom where I have my 20 current favs.

How to Choose the Best Cologne

How to Apply Cologne

Are Perfume and Cologne Different?

What are fragrance notes: top notes, heart notes, basenotes?

What are Linear vs Non-Linear Fragrances?

Budget vs Luxury Colognes: Does price matter?

How Should I Store Cologne?

Is it safe to buy colognes online?

What's the history of men's cologne?


My Favorite Colognes for Men

20 Great Smelling Fragrances to Get you Started

  1. Jimmy Choo Man Intense

Elegant. Sophisticated. Refined. These are just some of the qualities used to describe the type of man that this cologne was designed for. This scent was made for a confident man with a wild spirit. This is a light, yet bold smell. It comes with a definite edge pf class. People notice when you wear Jimmy Choo Man Intense.

  1. Dior Homme Sport

A vibrant cologne with an underlying spiciness that adds excitement to the overall fragrance. This isn’t your ordinary cologne, it is a compliment magnet and a lifestyle enhancer. It is a hit among many users and proves to be a versatile product that can stand the rigors of your day-to-day life.

  1. John Varvatos Oud Cologne

This cologne goes back in time to pay homage to the oriental scents of old. The entire fragrance is wrapped in a sense of mystery thanks to the use of rare Oud Oil. Luxurious and exhibiting undeniable personality, this fragrance pleases the senses with aromatic spices and sweet tobacco.

  1. Bvlgari Man Black Cologne

Black tea and smoky woods blend together to create this pleasing daytime cologne. The blend is infused with aroma and makes for a delightful cologne that will last throughout the day and keep you smelling fresh as a daisy- whether you’re at work or just going about your day.

  1. Burberry Mr Burberry Eau de Parfum

A dynamic fragrance built up by bright notes of bergamot, combined with summery smells such as lavender and mint. The heart notes have been created out of moss geranium and sandalwood, built on top of base notes of amber, cedarwood and tonka. These elements were infused together to create cologne that is deep and full of vitality.

  1. Clean Shower Fresh for Men Eau de Toilette Spray

This long-lasting spray presents a clean- cut smell that will have you smelling fragrant all day long. Thanks to an infusion of lemon, mandarin orange, lily-of-the-valley, orange blossom, musk, and woody notes. The overall scent is pleasant and refreshing.

  1. Calvin Klein Euphoria for Men Liquid Gold Eau de Parfum

Euphoria Liquid Gold for Men represents all the refinement of the Calvin Klein brand. This opulent fragrance displays all the precious wealth that the name suggests and is a rare and exclusive scent that will please even the most masculine man.

  1. MontBlanc Legend Spirit Eau de Toilette

Legend and spirit- these words denote a sense of adventure and excitement. This cologne was designed for the passionate man intent of exploring new horizons. The scent itself does so by starting out on an aromatic woody base while blending citrus, lavender and cardamom.

  1. Calvin Klein Eternity Summer Eau de Toilette for Men

Imagine a cool breeze wafting through a sensual desert sunset- now you have a visual representation of this cologne. Bergamot oil, coconut water and sandalwood are the foundation of this scent that is like liquid summer. Why not carry an eternal summer with you?

  1. Pour Un Homme Sport

This is a new interpretation of the legendary fragrance by Caron, the aromatic scent is adorned with citrus, spice and woody elements that brings the cologne to life and fills it with a delightful depth. This is a delightful scent that promises to be a timeless complement for the modern man.

  1. Bracken Man by Amouage Eau de Parfum

Bracken Man is brought to us by the luxury fragrance brand Amouage. This is a subtle blend that enhances enigmatic masculinity. Infused with rare and luxurious ingredients such as lavendin, clove and patchouli, this is a retro-esque scent that is universally distinguished.

  1. John Varvatos Dark Rebel Rider Eau de Toilette Spray

Wrapped in a leather covering that is reminiscent of the iconic leather jacket, this scent embodies that bad boy attitude and biker cool. This scent is a blend of amber notes, dark woods and sexy leather that makes a bold statement.

  1. Burberry Brit Splash Men’s Eau de Toilette

Crisp rosemary, watery accord and moss make for a delightfully refreshing fragrance that embodies the essence of a free spirit and ignited by the “Why not?” impulse. Spring free of your boring everyday routine in the subtlest way possible and smell wonderful while doing so.

  1. Lacoste Eau de Lacoste

Cool and refreshing, this is for the energetic man who is constantly on the go. Grapefruit, golden delicious apples and warm cypress all blend together to create an infusion of smells that is bright and optimistic, like the first sun rays after a summer storm.

  1. Amouage Myths Men by Amouage Eau de Parfum

This is like a surreal mirage, a dreamlike scent that is inspired by the mysticism of the east. The enigmatic tones of smoke and wood create a cologne that is the stuff of legends. Enter a dream world that is enticing and lovely, wear it on your skin and carry the magic with you wherever you go.

  1. Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Eau de Toilette

A spicy black pepper infusion that makes for a sophisticated and long lasting cologne. This is an iconic fragrance that is popular among many users. A firm favourite among many and will undoubtedly charm you with its sophistication and class.

  1. Caron Paris Yuzu Man Eau de Toilette

Inspired by the Japanese hybrid of mandarin orange and lemon called Yuzu, this cologne is all about balance. It is for the curious globe trotter on the edge of his next adventure. It is all the different and intertwined paths that the world can offer and is perfect for sunny days and nature enthusiasts.

  1. Rochas Man Eau de Toilette

A seductive fragrance that is captivating and sensual. With strains of wood and fruit that is assertive, creative and exciting. This cologne will enchant you and delight your senses. It is a subtle scent that will have heads turning wherever you go.

  1. Rituals Bleu Byzantin Parfum

Take a trip through the docks of ancient Byzantine with this spicy and oceanic fragrance. East meets west with layers of water mint, blue juniper berries and fresh pine wood. Make your morning routine an exciting adventure with this iconic cologne.

  1. Montale Eau de Parfum Spray

Warm notes of leather, spice, citrus and amber come together to make this timeless cologne. Montale is a French perfume house that blends together only high quality and rare elements to create iconic and distinguished colognes. Opulent eastern ingredients mixed with western techniques to bring you innovative fragrances.