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How to Choose the Best Perfume for Men

The top perfumes for men make great gifts for the men in your life who deserve a little bit of everyday luxury. We know that shopping online for perfume and cologne can be tricky because we don’t have smell-o-vision yet! To help you out, we researched the top perfume brands for men to find the very best. Before you buy a new scent, here are a few of the key features we focused on in our reviews. Let’s dive in!

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Fragrance Type: It can be tough to choose perfume without actually smelling it for yourself! We’ll let you know the main scent profiles, so you can find one that’s similar to what you already enjoy – or mix it up with something new!

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Package Size: To help you find the right scent for your budget and needs, we’ll let you know how much each bottle contains. That way, you can get the most for your money, or grab a smaller bottle that’s perfect for travel.

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Spray: While spray bottles are the most common way to diffuse your scent onto your skin evenly, there are other options out there. If you prefer to dab your scent directly onto your skin, we found great options for you, too!

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Use: Some of the fresher, citrus scents we reviewed are best worn during the daytime at the office, during casual events, or on the weekends. Other stronger, muskier, woodsy scents are great for wearing for formal occasions or an evening date.

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Eau de Toilette: Eau de Toilette is the best of both worlds – it contains 5-9% pure perfume, which is plenty potent enough for everyday wear while keeping it from being too expensive. They are the standard for cologne because they’re easy to wear.

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Bottle Size: Finally, we’ll let you know the dimensions, so you can find the right bottle for your space! Whether you have limited space at home, or you want one to fit inside your travel bag, great scents come in many sizes!

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Now that you know what to look for, let’s find the best men’s perfumes for you! We didn’t just want to look at the top 5 perfumes for men and call it a day – we researched several before coming up with our list of 10 perfumes men will enjoy. There are great options for the office, date night, and everything in between! Short on time? Start with our Top Pick and Budget Pick, then come back to read about the rest!

Acqua Di Gio By Giorgio Armani

Acqua Di Gio By Giorgio Armani
Our Top Pick is the Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani, a fresh everyday scent that men of all ages will enjoy wearing. This scent is complex, with notes of citrus, hyacinth, patchouli, and more combine to create a classic, fresh scent. The slightly nautical hints make this a great scent to wear on weekends by the lake, boating with friends, or a romantic picnic at the park. It’s also perfect for wearing in the office because it smells fresh without being too loud or pungent. A little does go a long way, though, so start with a spritz on the wrists and build from there to get just the right amount to stand out – but not too much. The simple, modern bottle will look great on any style of dresser or bathroom counter. We think this would make a wonderful gift for a young man in your life, perhaps to celebrate a graduation, first job, or other special milestones!
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Nautica Voyage Spray

Nautica Voyage Spray
Next up in our hunt of the best-rated perfumes for men is our Budget Pick, an inexpensive scent from Nautica that does not smell inexpensive at all! Voyage has been a classic scent among men of all ages for over 30 years, and it’s for good reason. This scent has a fresh, aquatic tone to it that will never go out of style! We think that it’s perfect for wearing during all your favorite daytime activities, like a round of golf, lunch with old friends, and even a busy day at the office. It uses notes like apple, water lotus, and mimosas to remind you of summers on the water, and the deeper notes of moss, Cedarwood, musk, and amber give this a decidedly masculine vibe. We think that this is a great scent to wear in the spring and summer months, and it would make a great gift idea for a young college graduate, new father, husband, and more!
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Paco Rabanne 1 Million Spray

Paco Rabanne 1 Million Spray
One of our favorites for the best designer perfumes for men is the spicy and fresh 1 Million from Paco Rabanne. This is another complex scent that is also pretty easy on your budget! It has top notes of grapefruit and mint that make it great for wearing to casual events or around the house. To spice things up, it has notes of leather, cinnamon, amber, and patchouli that give it a bit of an exotic touch. Oh, and the packaging really lives up to the 1 Million name and Paco Rabanne’s well-known love of using metals in their designs! The spray bottle looks just like a shiny gold bar, making this a beautiful gift idea for the man who likes his scents to look as good as they smell. You could easily wear this perfume during the day while at the office, on a romantic evening date, or reapply it before hitting the clubs with your best mates!
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Versace Eros Spray

Versace Eros Spray
Another great option for a men’s perfume that works well for both day and night is this fresh, yet exotic scent from the popular fashion house Versace. Their Eros spray uses notes of lemon zest, mint, and apple to give this a fresh scent that works well during the daytime. Underneath are some deeper notes of tonka bean, geranium, amber, and vanilla that give this a unique, rich scent after you’ve been wearing it for a while. To give this a masculine tone, it also has notes of Cedarwood, vetiver, and oakmoss that give off a musky, sexy vibe that works well at night. We like that you can wear this scent all day, with the fresher notes hitting during the day, and the deeper notes developing as the day turns to evening. We think this would be a great scent for a man who likes to toss on one scent that will smell amazing from morning to night!
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Clinique Happy For Men

Clinique Happy For Men
Finding the right scent to wear every day to the office can be tough – you want something that smells great but isn’t overpowering. Enter Clinique Happy For Men! This scent is heavily citrus forward, which is fresh and light without being too much for your coworkers to handle! It’s a lightweight smell that is perfect for wearing all year round, and men of all ages can pull it off. We think this is the perfect scent to wear to work, to casual daytime events, or just hanging out around the house. It’s also a great perfume for young men who are just getting into wearing cologne because it won’t smell too “grown up” for them, while still smelling fresh and clean. The notes of lime and mandarin oranges are familiar and fruity, but when paired with notes of cedar and Cyprus, it keeps things smelling masculine and mildly woodsy. We also like the punchy, bright orange bottle it comes in!
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Light Blue By Dolce & Gabbana

Light Blue By Dolce & Gabbana
Another classic scent that men have been wearing for years is Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana. This perfume is D& G’s attempt to capture the smells and memories of Italy, with top notes of some of Italy’s iconic foods, such as Sicilian mandarin, grapefruit, juniper, and rosemary. The freshness of this scent makes it perfect for wearing during the warm spring and summer months. You can wear this scent to the office, but it’s also great for wearing outdoors to your favorite golf club, outings with the family, and sailing around with friends. The deeper musky and woodsy notes give this a masculine tone that’s a bit sexy and mysterious. Though it’s meant more for daytime use, you can still wear it at night while dancing in your favorite club or hanging out by a late summer bonfire. We think that this would make a great gift for a significant other who loves to wear fresh, yet exotic scents!
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Perry Ellis 360 for Men

Perry Ellis 360 for Men
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on perfume to get a great scent, and Perry Ellis 360 for Men is great for those of you who want an everyday perfume that won’t cost a ton. It’s a great scent for daytime, with top notes like juniper berries, pineapple, and tangerine to give it a marine vibe that’s great for summer. There are also mid notes that are more floral, like lavender and jasmine, that give this a rich, complex profile. Deeper notes of patchouli, sandalwood, and musk not only help this smell more masculine, but they also give the impression this is a much more expensive perfume than it truly is! We like that this is a relatively inexpensive perfume, so you won’t feel the need to save it for special occasions. Wear it every day to the office, to a picnic with your family and friends, or anywhere else you like rocking a fresh, clean scent!
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Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger
If you’re craving a classic Americana scent that reminds you of the Fourth of July, East Coast lobster shacks, and bonfires by the beach, then Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger is a great scent to start with! We think this is a great scent for men who aren’t into musky, woodsy scents just yet. It’s a popular scent among young men who want to smell fresh without coming off like they stole their dad’s cologne. The notes of cranberry, apple, spearmint, and citrus are perfect for wearing during the daytime to class, on the quad with friends, or even the office at your first post-graduate job. It’s a wonderful scent to wear during the spring and summer months with your favorite polo shirt, khaki shorts, and boat shoes. We think this is a great perfume for young men who are new to scents, like your favorite high school graduate, college coed, or young professional looking to make a solid first impression.
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Old Spice Classic Spray

Old Spice Classic has been around for almost a century, and it is one of the most recognizable men’s colognes and aftershaves out there. The musky scent is classic and mature, with spicy and citrusy notes that make it perfect for wearing just about anywhere, anytime! It smells just as great during the day as it does at night, and it’s suited for year-round everyday wear. It’s been around since 1938, and the formula is still the same because it just plain works! We like that it smells both fresh and deeply masculine at the same time, and it isn’t strong enough to offend the senses. It won’t feel out of place in the office, hiking in the woods, date night with the missus, or on a night out with your closest friends. You also get a lot of bang for your buck with this scent – it’s inexpensive and potent, so a little bit really does go a long way!
Old Spice Classic has been around for almost a century, and it is one of the most recognizable men’s colognes and aftershaves out there. The musky scent is classic and mature, with spicy and citrusy notes that make it perfect for wearing just about anywhere, anytime! It smells just as great during the day as it does at night, and it’s suited for year-round everyday wear. It’s been around since 1938, and the formula is still the same because it just plain works! We like that it smells both fresh and deeply masculine at the same time, and it isn’t strong enough to offend the senses. It won’t feel out of place in the office, hiking in the woods, date night with the missus, or on a night out with your closest friends. You also get a lot of bang for your buck with this scent – it’s inexpensive and potent, so a little bit really does go a long way!
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Adidas Moves for Men

Our final review is for Adidas’ Moves for Men, a sporty fragrance that men will enjoy wearing while hitting the field, court, slopes, and gym! This is a nice scent for young men looking for their first cologne because it leans more on the fresh side than musky. It has a youthful tone to it that’s great for athletes and outdoorsy types. The top notes are citrus and spice, including green apple, pepper, star anise, mint, orange and pineapple – all fresh everyday scents perfect for daytime. Middle notes of cedar, lavender, and musk give this a masculine vibe without reading too mature. Deeper notes of oakmoss, sandalwood, thyme, and lily-of-the-valley give this a green, clean base. We think this is a good daytime scent to wear in the spring and summer while playing sports, working outside, and spending time relaxing with friends. Even after a day of sweating, you’ll still smell like you just came out of the shower!
Our final review is for Adidas’ Moves for Men, a sporty fragrance that men will enjoy wearing while hitting the field, court, slopes, and gym! This is a nice scent for young men looking for their first cologne because it leans more on the fresh side than musky. It has a youthful tone to it that’s great for athletes and outdoorsy types. The top notes are citrus and spice, including green apple, pepper, star anise, mint, orange and pineapple – all fresh everyday scents perfect for daytime. Middle notes of cedar, lavender, and musk give this a masculine vibe without reading too mature. Deeper notes of oakmoss, sandalwood, thyme, and lily-of-the-valley give this a green, clean base. We think this is a good daytime scent to wear in the spring and summer while playing sports, working outside, and spending time relaxing with friends. Even after a day of sweating, you’ll still smell like you just came out of the shower!
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