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Fragrances like cologne and perfume are inherently personal. Yet sometimes, you need a little help finding the perfect scent for you. There are a lot of brands and smells to sort through, but these are the best colognes for men who simply want to smell incredible.
Actually, these days, many fragrances are unisex, made for men and women. A few of the scents on this list are unisex, so you could share them with your girlfriend if you want, but they all have an irresistible musk.
Conveniently, Sephora is currently offering 20% off full-sized fragrances with the code FRAGRANCE20 through Dec. 24. You can find a few below on sale in the Sephora men’s cologne section or scroll through the retailer’s best sellers online.
Want to smell better? Find your new signature scent in this list of best colognes for men below.
Maison Margiela’s REPLICA line mimics fragrances of experiences, places and things. For example, At the Barber’s smells like “shaving and leathery notes.” It mixes notes of basil, lavender and tonka bean, and with each sniff, it brings you back to the leather swivel chair at the barber’s.
2. Ralph Lauren Black, $90
This men’s cologne is a classic for a reason — it smells amazing. It’s a sophisticated scent at a great price point as well. More specifically, according to its product description, Ralph Lauren Black combines the notes of iced mango, Spanish sage, green effervescent accord, silver armoise, liquid accord, patchouli noir, sandalwood and tonka bean.
3. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, $163
Anything from Tom Ford is pretty fabulous, including the brand’s fragrances. (Rumors say Harry Styles actually wears this one.) Tobacco Vanille has notes of tobacco leaf, vanilla and ginger. However, it is quite pricey. The smallest 1-ounce bottle starts at $163.
4. Davidoff Cool Water, $75
Go to any gym and you’ll probably find several men with Davidoff’s Cool Water in their gym bag. It’s another classic for a great price. (And in the words of this editor’s boyfriend, it’s an “iconic man smell.”) It’s a fresh smell, like seawater with a twist of mint, plus sandalwood with the slightly woodsy scent of tobacco and cedar.
5. Henry Rose Jake’s House, $120
Henry Rose is actress Michelle Pfeiffer’s all-natural fragrance brand. Each scent contains no parabens, phthalates, or any bad-for-you chemicals. Jake’s House is the brand’s best-seller, and it’s inspired by Pfeiffer’s father’s home. It’s a fresh scent with a musky twist — it smells like a freshly mowed lawn at the lake house where your dad treats himself to a cigar every summer.
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