Looking for the best men's perfumes? Look no further! This Tydløs guide will help you know what to look for when searching for the fragrance that best fits you.
A great perfume says a million words and is known to make people remember and couple you with a distinctive scent. A well-chosen fragrance will make you feel good, give you a sense of grandeur and even lift your self-confidence.
If you are looking for a signature scent or intending to gift a loved one with a memorable fragrance, either way, this guide will help you find those answers.
How to Choose the Best Perfume
There are three aspects to consider when choosing the best fragrance:
1. The Fragrance Family
The fragrance family falls into four compositions:
- Fresh notes
- Floral notes
- Oriental notes
- Woody notes
These compositions are further grouped into three distinct note niches that help create the complex aromas:
- Top notes – the first impression or smell you get of an aroma – fresh and light - citrus and herbs ingredients
- Heart or middle notes – consist of the core composition – noticeable at second smell or after top notes have dissipated – flowers and fruits ingredients
- Base notes – foundation of the fragrance – bind the other notes together – generally heavy, warm and subdued – woods and gourmand ingredients
An important point to remember is that one shouldn’t rub the perfume after application, as this breaks the gradual unfolding of the notes.
2. The Fragrance Concentration
The fragrance concentration refers to the strength that a fragrance has. A perfume with a higher concentration has more perfume oils and less alcohol. Fragrance concentrations fall under five categories:
- Parfum – highest concentration – 15% to 40% fragrance – lasts 6 to 8 hours – highest price – better for sensitive skin
- Eau de Parfum – 15% to 20% - lasts 4 to 5 hours – suitable for sensitive skin
- Eau de Toilette – 5% to 15% - most-popular fragrance type – lasts 2 to 3 hrs
- Eau de Cologne – 2% to 4% - high concentration of alcohol – lasts up to 2 hours – cheaper – comes in bigger bottles
- Eau Fraiche – 1% to 3% - low fragrance concentration – low alcohol amount – mostly water
Apart from the above concentrations, there are mists, aftershaves and other types of fragrances available.
3. The Packaging
The perfume bottle can tell you a whole lot about the kind of fragrance it holds. A dark-coloured bottle, for example, points at a heavy and woody fragrance whereas a lighter-coloured one, denotes a fresh and lighter scent.
Here is a descriptive look at some lovely men's designer perfumes:
A fresh and floral new edition version of the original Valentino Uomo that still retains the intense and elegant character.
Valentino Uomo Acqua Eau de Toilette says sunny weekends all over it.
Top notes of mandarin and green tomato, heart notes of sage and patchouli and base notes of leather and iris, balance this scent to a summer must-have.
A very rich fragrance with an oriental sensuality.
Tom Ford’s Noir Eau de Parfum is an opulent fragrance for the man who wants that extra touch-of-a-scent feel.
Just a few of its many ingredients include - top notes of bergamot and violet flower, black pepper and nutmeg at its heart and vanilla and patchouli base notes.
Jimmy Choo Man Blue Eau de Toilette is an elegant scent with a modern freshness for day and night.
It boasts top notes of clary sage, heart notes of leather and base notes of grey amber and woody facets of cypress.
An absolutely manly choice with a rounded scent.
Solo Loewe Platinum Eau de Toilette is a classical fragrance well suited for an elegant evening outing.
Its fragrance includes aromatic tea, black leather, lavender absolute, atlas cedar, nutmeg and thyme just to name a few in its notes.
A powerful, noble and highly concentrated fragrance with a composition distinguished by a raw freshness.
That is Sauvage Eau de Toilette by Dior.
Brightened by fresh spicy mandarin and a base note of sandalwood and tonka beans, this perfume emits its charm.
The oriental composition of Prada Amber Pour Homme Eau de Toilette is based upon amber.
It has amber as the main accord giving it a complex oriental base - an aromatic accord with a remarkable soapy note. A citrus top note of bergamot and a sensual base note of leather.
This one is for those who love the scent of fresh perfume.
With a warm base of labdanum ciste notes, brightened with cardamom and spiced with cedar, Declaration Essence Eau de Toilette is a good pick for an everyday scent.
The Carolina Herrera CH Men Eau de Toilette fragrance seduces the senses and is an absolute tribute to masculinity.
Elegance and eccentricity are intertwined to give the fragrance the concept of “unity of the opposites”.
The top notes incorporate grapefruit skin and luminous bergamot, a heart note full of saffron and nutmeg blended with jasmine, violet and woody notes for the base.
The concept of the fragrance is "unity of the opposites," intertwined elegance and eccentricity. Top notes incorporate luminous bergamot and grapefruit skin, adding a spicy heart full of saffron and nutmeg blended with woody notes, jasmine and violet.
Adidas has been around for a while and is of course well known for that sporty element that is a go-to for many men.
The fragrances are available in a wide range and the prices are extremely friendly. This makes Adidas perfumes cater for all demographics.
For those who love citrus and woody notes, a pick from Adidas is a good and dearer choice.
The Adidas Team Force Eau de Toilette is one of the many Adidas loved scents.
Balmain perfumes date back to the 1940s, as early as Pierre Balmain founded his fashion house.
The 2015 Balmain homme Eau de Toilette with a bottle imitating the military jacket signature of Balmain is a must have.
With woody, spicy, leather and bergamot notes and accords, an addiction to this elegance and sensuality is inevitable.
This British luxury design house is known for its unique tartan pattern and trench coat.
Similarly, some of their exclusive line of fragrances are adorned with the brand’s signature tartan design.
The Burberry Brit Rhythm Eau de Toilette is one of the most loved masculine scents.
It has crispy top notes, strong and harmonised middle notes and subtle woody base notes.
An appealed scent by the ladies.
With fragrances capturing the decades of their production, the choice range at Calvin Klein is huge.
Calvin Klein fragrances are loved and the unisex CK One will remain a classic.
Eternity Flame for Men Eau de Toilette has pineapple top notes, rosemary heart notes and labdanum resin base notes giving it a luxurious finish.
DOLCE & GABBANA
The One For Men Eau de Parfum is sensual and strong.
A timeless classic that highlights elegance and sensuality.
The harmonious notes of tobacco and refined spices form its oriental spicy composition.
A perfume with a romantic attitude.
Top notes of lemon and bergamot, heart notes of orange blossom and base notes of patchouli and musk, fuse together to make Guilty Pour Homme Eau de Toilette a classy choice for the modern man.
An energetic perfume that lingers on for hours.
The Scent Intense is a seductive Eau de Parfum for the confident man.
Top notes of ginger and green cardamom, an exotic heart of maninka fruit and a leather base note make up this rich fragrance.
A full-bodied perfume by Michel Girard. L’Homme Lacoste Eau de Toilette is a rich scented choice.
Mandarin orange, sweet orange, quince and rhubarb make up the top notes and black pepper, ginger, jasmine and almond bring through the heart notes. The amber, woody cedar, vanilla and musk finish-off the base.
Extreme Speed Eau de Toilette is a woody spicy fragrance for men launched in 2018.
Cardamom, cypress and sage make up the top notes, cinnamon, violet and coriander the heart notes and the base notes consist of cedar, patchouli and tolu balsam.
This masculine fragrance brings with it a spicy and fresh scent that is wearable by many.
The Moschino Forever Eau de Toilette initially begins its notes with bergamot, kumquat and star anise. It then settles into a seductive heart of clary sage, black pepper and tonka bean, before dwelling into a base of vetiver, sandalwood and musk.
Eau de Prep Tommy Eau de Toilette is very elegantly bottled in a transparent flacon, embellished with golden inscriptions.
It was intended for the laid-back man who visits a country club or sailing club.
A perfume with top notes of wild clary sage, red grapefruit and passionate granadilla. The heart notes sway in the rhythm of Egyptian geranium, a splash of tonic, wet greens, lavender absolut, white pepper and juniper berries. The final notes incorporate rich amber, oakmoss, georgy wood and white suede.
That is an elegant ensemble of rich ingredients.
This perfume is summed up by top notes of lemon, grapefruit and bergamot, heart notes of green apple and sea note and finally white wood, patchouli and vanilla to form the base note.
Trussardi A Way For Him Eau de Toilette carries with it an Oriental woody fragrance.
Versace Dylan Blue Eau de Toilette has an aromatic and woody fougere composition.
Its top notes are Calabrian bergamot, fresh aquatic notes, grapefruit and fig leaves. Heart notes of violet leaf, papyrus wood, black pepper, parchouli and ambrox centre this fragrance. Mineral musk, incense, tonka beans, and saffron base notes, wrap this solid composition.
Launched in 2016, this perfume is for a man looking a scent with a strong masculine personality.
Roberto Cavalli Uomo Eau de Toilette has aromatic and floral accords of seduction and confidence.
Powdery sweet black violet and rich earthy saffron make up the top notes. Golden honey and lavender for the middle tones and green cedar wood forms the base notes.
Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme is for the sporty man who loves the thrill of the extreme.
This very distinct and masculine fragrance is a result of Italian mandarin and green coniferous Moroccan cypress as top notes and based by warm and almond accords of the Venezuelan tonka bean.
It can be described as fresh, spicy, musky and woody.
Red for Men Eau de Toilette launched in 1991 is a fresh and spicy fragrance that is still demanded by many.
Its long-lasting scent is comprised of carnation, artemisia, basil, caraway and bergamot for top notes. And to give it that leathery finish its base tones contain amber, oakmoss, patchouli, cedar and leather.
Terre d’Hermes Refill Eau de Parfum is a perfume with an eau between earth and sky. A fragrance for the modern man who is conscious and in tune with the natural elements.
Its essence is built around woody and mineral notes.
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
Jean Paul Gaultier is known for his special perfume packaging. The fragrance I Love Gaultier Eau Fraiche is a limited edition fougere.
It carries top notes of neroli, mint and aldehydes, heart notes of sage and scalene molecule, all on a base of vanilla, tonic bean and sandalwood.
A fresh, sensual and woody take.
Each one of us wants to smell good and rightly so, but with so many perfumes and details to consider, it can be a task indeed. You aren’t alone; many are left clueless in this universe of fragrances.
Knowing which fragrance notes unfold well with your skin is a gradual, experimental journey worth taking in searching and finding one’s soul-fragrance nuances.