Let’s face it —most guys probably don’t care what they smell like as long as women like it. We decided to get the truth on women’s favorite men’s cologne.
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We asked real women for their top picks on the sexiest, best-smelling, and completely irresistible men’s colognes you can wear to feel sexy… and women will agree.
Top Picks at a Glance
Creed’s Millesime Imperial
Perfect for warm, summer months – light and not overbearing.
Women’s Favorite Men’s Cologne
I love Coach For Men* because it can be used as an everyday cologne as well as for special occasions without being too overpowering. It has an earthy base of vetiver with hints of suede. It is also a very affordable gift with the largest size being under $100!
—Shelby Vert Website | Instagram
Chanel Allure Homme Sport* is VERY subtle, smells like “home” to me and if I’m honest, I’ve been known to wear it myself. It smells different enough on everyone….and I always get compliments when I do wear it (again, not a big cologne or perfume fan, but this one deserves some respect, in my opinion, at least.
I come from a huge family of men… and I date a lot. I’m also nosy so I ask. Bleu de Chanel*: Smells good in general, bold, but not overpowering. When it’s melted and mixed in with the person’s body temperature, it’s subtle and attractive.
—Shin-Di Lai, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., RN Website
I love Vintage Black* because it is simply sophisticated, not overpowering, and surprisingly versatile. The multi-dimensional cologne starts off with a sharp yet classy citrus smell but eventually fades into an intriguing oak and tequila scent. It’s casual and modern but also professional, so it’s perfect for any occasion.
I bought Le Labo Santal 33* for my husband for our 25th wedding anniversary after smelling it on a gentleman while at a dinner party. This man got so many compliments on his cologne that he actually carried the bottle with him! My husband doesn’t do that, but he does get lots of nice comments on how good he smells!
It’s almost over-powering but so confident and sexy. — Amy
Calvin Klein Obsession* is the iconic sexy fragrance that burst onto the scene in the 90s and continues to be one of the best-selling men’s fragrances today. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart but if you want to make an impression, spray this on. It’s a sensual classic. Read our full review here.
I bought this for my boyfriend as a joke since I love the shoes. But now I actually love the scent on him. — Lisa
Jimmy Choo* is an interesting combination of scents with pineapple leaf, suede, and lavender notes. I love the opening and it feels like a great daily cologne for the office or casual. My main complaint is just doesn’t last very long so be prepared to reapply after 3 hours or so.
It smells like winter snuggles by the fire. — Monica
John Varvatos Vintage* is commonly women’s favorite men’s cologne for winter. Sensuous and warm, it’s a unique blend of rhubarb, quince paste, juniper berries, and cinnamon tree leaves that have a great duration. Great for cool weather.
It’s how a guy should smell. —Erin
Creed Millesime* is a perfect scent for the warm, summer months when everything else feels too heavy and overbearing. Its salt air edge and sweet, summer melons are a well-balanced pairing of scents. Definitely worth having in your collection.
It smells sexy but not over the top, like a nice first date cologne. —Ericka
Burberry Brit Rhythm* is a vibrant woodsy scent with notes of cedarwood, basil verbena, and leather. It’s an interesting combination of freshness (basil verbena), comfort (cedar), and sensual (leather). Altogether it feels like a great cologne for a young guy out on a date where he wants to make a good impression but also hint at a little edginess.
BLACK TIE EVENT
If I had to guess what Richard Gere’s character was wearing in Pretty Woman, it would be this. Appealing yet professional. —Amy
Even if you’ve never strived to smell like a 1990s Richard Gere, Amy assured me it was a compliment. Unfortunately for her assessment, Reflection Man* was released in 2007, about 17 years after the film. However to her point. It’s a woody, floral musk that feels formal and elegant like a black-tie event.
It’s very charming. Not really sexy but more a comforting and friendly vibe. —Danielle
This is a classic, sweet vanilla scent with a spicy cinnamon opening. It also has some nice floral heart notes that feel a bit unisex and not overtly masculine. It also lasts FOREVER so if you have a long day ahead of you, this is a great pick. This is one of the classic and refined women’s favorite men’s colognes.
I had to ask the IT guy at work what cologne he wore because he smelled good while fixing my laptop! — Michelle
Terre d’Hermes* is one of those great, versatile fragrances that could fit almost anywhere. It’s a woody fragrance that’s good for spring, fall and summer, professional or casual use. It’s got a refined quality that makes me think it’s more appealing for the 30+ crowd. Good wear to work fragrance.
My husband’s date night perfume! I love this stuff. — Lana
Rituals Sultan de Muscat is a cologne that’s basically patchouli with a few woodsy and leather notes on the side. So, evaluate your (or your date’s) love of patchouli and proceed accordingly.
Even though it’s technically unisex, this feels like a very manly, warm scent to me. It’s got moderate sillage and is very long-lasting.
I don’t know why I like it so much, it just smells so sweet and inviting. — Anna
Of all the women’s favorite men’s cologne on this list, Curve* is one of the cheapest. While it’s a bit sweet, if you’re looking for a crowd-pleaser on a budget, try this one out.
Hopefully, this list helps you find a fragrance that not only you enjoy wearing, but you get loads of compliments on as well. If you’re still undecided, you might try finding a sample of your top picks to try them out.