The 10 Best Men's Cologne

Updated January 24, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

10 Best Men's Cologne
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We spent 24 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. A man's cologne can tell the world a lot about him. Bolder scents indicate a rambunctious, adventurous personality, while floral mixtures can give off an air of sophistication. We found fragrances for every type of man, in bottles that are just as well-crafted as the cologne inside them. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best men's cologne on Amazon.

10. Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme

Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme comes from a brand that is synonymous with worldliness, class and a cosmopolitan air, so get it for the man in your life who stands for all of that, too. Unfortunately, the bottle can be too feminine for some.
  • stays potent for three years
  • bright and celebratory notes
  • cap is uncomfortable to grip
Brand Yves Saint Laurent
Model 148352
Weight 13.8 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. Paco Rabanne 1 Million

The Paco Rabanne 1 Million looks like a bar of gold and is for your male friend who likes to be a little flashy. Its unique smell is perfect for the rule-breaker who isn't afraid to dream a little bigger, but its packaging might be off-putting to conservative fellows.
  • good holiday scent
  • can be stored on its back
  • slightly confusing to open
Brand Paco Rabanne 1 Million
Model 162533
Weight 12 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

8. Kenneth Cole Black

If you're shopping for a man who always complains cologne bottles are too showy, then get him the perfectly simple Kenneth Cole Black. His friends won't even know it's a fragrance by looking at it, but you will by smelling your partner.
  • international mixture of scents
  • rare bold and spicy ingredients
  • some find it too subtle
Brand Kenneth Cole
Model 127916
Weight 10.4 ounces
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

7. Guilty By Gucci

The Guilty By Gucci has a provocative, peek-a-boo bottle that only allows you to see part of its contents and makes a wonderful gift on Valentine's day, your anniversary, or anytime you'd like to show your love. It's the type of scent you'll want to linger.
  • hints of lavender and patchouli mint
  • attractive to a wide range of people
  • very small spray nozzle
Brand Gucci
Model 207749
Weight 10.6 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male

The Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male, with its suggestive and seductive bottle, is for the man who is a bit eccentric but owns his unique style. It contains surprising notes of vodka, caviar and passion fruit that are certain to energize anyone who smells it.
  • comes in a rustic tin can
  • convenient hanging loop
  • a bit bold for formal occasions
Brand Jean Paul Gaultier
Model 210829
Weight 1 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. Bvlgari Pour Homme

The unique curvature of the bottle and industrial-looking cap on the Bvlgari Pour Homme create as much intrigue as the scent inside of it does. Worthy of James Bond, this is a cologne that will make a man feel confident walking into high profile events.
  • slightly flirty aroma
  • subtlety you won't tire of
  • easy to see when it's near empty
Model 148744
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. Ralph Lauren Polo Red

If you cannot stand the smell of your husband after he's been at the stables, just put a bit of the Ralph Lauren Polo Red on him, and you won't be able to take your hands off him. It's a playful, sporty scent that can transition from the race track to the country club.
  • understated and classic bottle
  • invigorating mixture of ingredients
  • made in the usa
Model PORMTS42
Weight 13.4 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

3. Versace Man Eau Fraîche

The Versace Man Eau Fraîche comes in a faux alligator box that's appropriate for this scent, which is both sophisticated and adventurous. Its bold blue bottle, with dramatic ridges all around, makes this a cologne you'll want to store where people can see it.
  • remains fragrant all day
  • based on a popular vintage variety
  • smells wonderfully earthy
Brand Versace
Model 11766
Weight 14.1 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue

If you are looking for an affordable but impressive gift for a man, get the Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue. It won't take up much room in a toiletry bag, but one small dab will envelop a man with citrusy, spicy aromas of the Mediterranean.
  • good evening and daytime scent
  • permeates the air around the wearer
  • emanates the smells of fall
Brand Dolce & Gabbana
Model 153500
Weight 9.1 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. Christian Dior Sauvage

The dark and stormy bottle of the Christian Dior Sauvage is a nod to the fragrance inside, an unconventional combination of herbs and vetiver grass, sweetened up by jasmine and citrus. It's for the man who wears goofy boxers under his nice suit.
  • easy-to-turn grooved cap
  • convenient spray form
  • ultra masculine smell
Brand Christian Dior
Model R-FC-404-B1
Weight 12 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

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Last updated on January 24, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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