11 Best Perfumes and Colognes for Men

1. Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani
We couldn’t have put it any simpler, Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani is a sensual and clean fragrance that was inspired by a holiday Armani took in the majestic Italian coastal town of Pantelleria. Although the details of that particular trip were kept secret, it is said that Armani smelled the Mediterranean paradise, put it in a bottle and then passed the bottle on to millions (and millions) of people. It is now the gold standard for budget men’s cologne.

2. Bleu de Chanel
Fresh, clean and profoundly sensual, Bleu de Chanel is an absolute classic. It is a fragrance that makes its intentions clear, with authority and elegance at the same time. Few men’s fragrances give you the immediate confidence that Bleu de Chanel does, thanks to its notes of citrus zest, vetiver, pink pepper, grapefruit, dry cedarwood, labdanum, frankincense, ginger and sandalwood. At AED 80, it’s one of the more affordable options on this list, but also one of the best. We call it good value for money.

3. Aventus by Creed
Inspired by the dramatic life of a historical emperor, Aventus by Creed celebrates strength, power and success. So, basically, it’s perfect for a Saturday night party at the local nightclub …… Not quite. We love the sophisticated ‘good life’ of this fragrance thanks to the rich notes of bergamot, blackcurrant leaf, apple, pineapple, pink berries, birch, patchouli and jasmine, which combine perfectly with the base notes of musk, oakmoss, ambergris and vanilla. If you want to add this fragrance to your cologne collection, make sure you use it sparingly, it is a higher priced cologne for men.

4. John Varvatos’ Artisan
Artisan, as clearly depicted on its bottle, embodies craftsmanship. We love this men’s fragrance for its abstract infusion of citrus and herbs and the perfect blend of woody notes. The bottle (hand-woven) exudes masculinity and individuality with notes of Sicilian Clementine, tangelo, mandarin, thyme, marjoram, lavatin, North African orange tree flower, Indian Murraya, orange jasmine tree, ginger extract, kephalis, georgywood, belambre and serenolide.

5. Bottega Veneta’s Pour Homme perfume
Bottega Veneta’s Pour Homme was the luxury designer’s first fragrance for men and it remains one of the best to this day. The fragrance made it into our list of best smelling men’s fragrances and colognes for its infectious middle notes of Canadian fir, sage and pimento. Inspired by adventurers and travellers who dare to step out of ordinary city life, it combines masculinity and adventure into a tiny bottle. With prices starting at AED 90, it is perfect for everyday wear.

6. Aramis
Like great Scotch whisky and good jazz, Aramis is a cologne that young men grow to appreciate and identify with as they grow older. Aramis makes it to our list of the best men’s fragrances because of its masculine character, with sharp notes of wood and leather. This assertive body is muted by the floral undertones and overall cleanliness of the scent. Ask the most distinguished gentlemen what they think of Aramis and we bet they have a bottle in their cupboard.


7. Noir Extreme by Tom Ford
Tom Ford Noir Extreme is for the man who likes to indulge. We love the delightful combination of notes including citrus, neroli, saffron, nutmeg, cardamom, orange blossom, sandalwood and vanilla, but it’s these that are balanced with the other mysteriously masculine dark and sensual fragrances. If you’re looking for a woody, amber-infused number from this list, we think you’ve found it.

11. BOSS Bottled Marine
Sometimes decisions come naturally, and choosing the scent that made Chris Hemsworth a god was an easy one.BOSS Bottled Marine is an invigoratingly fresh scent that evokes a familiar woody scent, highlighted by fresh frozen apples. From there, it’s an exploration of all things fresh, with lingering orchids lingering on the mid-palate along with notes of cinnamon and sage. Even better, this lovely little thing comes in BOSS Bottled’s signature glass bottle with a frosted blue finish, making it the ultimate ice-blue accessory.

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