There are plenty of colognes for men, and plenty of lists that review the top colognes. That’s all well and good but, sometimes, a woman’s perspective is helpful. Our tried-and-tested knowledge of different colognes can help you make an informed decision, especially if you want to choose a new signature scent. A scent chosen based on the fragrance notes that appeal to women. Take a peek—and perhaps steal a sniff—of some of the most sought-after colognes for men.
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Gucci Guilty Eau Pour Homme by Gucci
Gucci Guilty is available for both women and men, with Gucci Guilty Pour Homme being for men, of course. You might see the Gucci logo and assume that this cologne is a heavy-handed scent that’s only suitable for special occasions, but that’s not the case at all. I love the fresh and clean scent, with its soft undertones. It’s a perfect scent to wear in warmer weather, such as the spring and summer or vacations in sunny places. However, the mix of bergamot and citrus notes gives that subtly a masculine scent that many of us gals love, making it ideal for year-round wear.
Man Intense by Jimmy Choo
A good cologne is swoon-worthy to me. But it’s not so overpowering that a woman can taste their man’s cologne while sitting next to him in the car. Man Intense strikes a balance that is intense without being overpowering. You get to enjoy your man smelling masculine and sexy, without the heaviness. A hint of pepper adds some spice to the fragrance, but the top of the scent profile is dedicated to fresh honeydew melon and lavender. At the base, tonka bean helps to lift the scent. Altogether, the combination is intoxicating. It creates a versatile cologne that the discerning gentleman can wear for date night or any other time you want to leave an impression.
L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent
What woman doesn’t love a modern mystery man? Throw in an element of surprise with a dash of the unknown that will keep her guessing, and you have a recipe for increased sex appeal straight out of my favorite romance novel. If that’s the vibe you’re going for, I think YSL’s L’Homme is a top choice. As expected from Yves Saint Laurent, the fragrance is luxurious. However, it’s a modern scent, making it ideal for the 21st-century man. Its woody notes are deep and unquestionably masculine (swoon), but a touch of ginger lends the scent a bit of light freshness and spice. It might not be a cologne for day-to-day wear, but when you spray it on, she will notice!
Oud Wood by Tom Ford
There are several reasons that women go wild for Oud Wood by Tom Ford, starting with its subtle smoky hints. Amber is a unique addition, as is rosewood, which creates an equally subtle sweetness that beautifully balances out the smoke. I think there’s something deeply sensuous about the blend of spices and woodiness of this scent that makes me a little weak in the knees. Cardamom is a delight, while sandalwood gives the cologne an irresistible scent of masculinity.
Sauvage by Dior
Contrary to the name, there’s nothing savage about Sauvage by Dior. It’s a clean and light fragrance you can wear during the day or at night—or both, since it’s extremely long-lasting. Sauvage takes the Dior aesthetic and gives it a modern yet sensual twist. As always, the designer label is all about exotic scents, such as Sichuan peppers and star anise, along with hints of nutmeg and Papua vanilla. Its heady notes remind me of romantic nights, leaving little wonder that it’s a popular fragrance for date nights and special occasions. When the two of you get close, I think she’ll want you to wear this.
Ultimately, choose a cologne that delights your senses. I know I appreciate it when my man considers these things from my perspective, but liking your cologne and knowing you smell amazing can be a huge confidence boost.
Tess DiNapoli is an artist, freelance writer, and content strategist. She works with companies like Alister – a men’s personal grooming company that offers pheromone-based skincare, hair care, body wash, and cologne. She has a passion for yoga and often writes about health and wellness, but also enjoys covering the fashion industry and world of fitness.