Finding a cologne that smells wonderful and lasts all day without being overpowering is no small feat. There are so many different scents available, it’s a little overwhelming to figure out which one has all the qualities you’re looking for. That’s why we researched some of the best-selling, top-rated scents to help you find the one that works best for you. Before we get into our top picks, let’s take a look at some of the key features.
Eau de Toilette: Eau de Toilette is a measure of potency. It contains 4-15% perfume essence. For comparison, eau de parfum has 10-25% while eau de cologne has 2-5%. Eau de toilette is typically perfume mixed with alcohols.
Fragrance Type: It’s really difficult to explain how complex these scents are. Each is designed with top, middle, and base notes that develop over time. We gave you a general idea of what to expect using classifications like citrus, spice, and woody.
Spray: All of these products are sprays which is typically how eau de toilette and eau de cologne are applied because they’re somewhat diluted. Some stronger concentrations can be applied more directly using a roller ball or wand.
Use: You can wear these scents whenever you want but there are a few that are suited for certain times of the day. Light, citrusy scents are great for daytime while some of the warmer, spicier scents are better for the evening.
Size: The dimensions of the packaging don’t tell you how much the bottle holds but they will give you a good idea as to whether you can easily toss it in your bag to freshen up after the gym.
Volume: This is how much cologne is in each bottle. It varies quite a bit from 1 to 6.7 oz. How much is needed for each application varies depending on how strong the scent is. Most of these bottles last a long time.
Now that you know what to look for, let’s take a look at our picks for great smelling colognes. If you’re in a hurry, make sure you check out our top and budget picks first. They’re the first two items on our list and give you a pretty good idea of the range that’s available. Stick around if you can, each of these scents is truly unique and you never know which one will work for you. Ready? Let’s go!