Shopping for a fragrance to give your guy this holiday? We sniffed out the best men’s perfumes and colognes. Pick from fresh everyday scents, powerful scents for important meetings, and sexy scents for dates.
Guerlain L’Homme Ideal Cool Eau de Toilette
Buy it now: $155, Zalora
This is perfect for the guy who prefers his scent to be crisp, clean and light. It has woody notes that are refreshed with mint and citrus accords.
Dolce & Gabbana K Eau de Toilette
Shop now: $96, iShopChangi
This got nearly a 1,000 “loves” on Sephora. It has a fresh citrus scent from cblood orange and Sicilian lemon, with crisp geranium and energizing lavandin. It also has a sensual edge, from the deep notes of cedarwood, vetiver, and patchouli. “Lucky me to have a husband who smells like the forest and ocean. Light but sexy musk dry down!” says one Sephora review.
Burberry Mr. Burberry Indigo Eau de Toilette
Buy now: $72, Robinsons
This is the perfect gift for a guy who just wants to smell clean, and dislikes the smell of heavy perfumes. It’s fresh, subtle but lasts longer than most colognes. Instead of very rich musks and leather, it has sparkly lemon and rosemary.
Buy now: $132, Sephora
This bestselling men’s perfume was inspired by the desert at twilight. The sexy notes of Calabrian bergamot, wrapped with an ambery trail of Ambroxan® and the smokey accents of Papua New Guinean vanilla absolute for greater virility.
It’s a long-lasting scent, too. “My husband smells so gooood even after a long 9 hours at the office!” says one Sephora review.
Fierce by Abercrombie & Fitch
Buy now: $113, PerfumeStore
This fresh but spicy fragrance always gets a lot of compliments! It has top notes of petitgrain, cardamom, lemon, orange, and fir — very light, but with an edge. That’s because of the sexy dry-down. There’s a hint of florals, balanced by the warm and woody notes of warm vetiver, musk, oakmoss, and Brazilian rosewood. Definitely a fragrance you will never forget.
Givenchy Gentlemen Eau de Toilette
Buy now: $101, Sephora
This is a modern scent that exudes confidence and sex appeal. It has powdery iris notes, spicy lavender, fresh pear, and sexy leather-patchouli notes. It got high 4-star reviews in the fragrance site Fragrantica. One perfume collector said, “This would smell like something celebrities would wear to a red carpet event like the Oscars, in case they ran out of Tom Ford’s Black Orchid.”
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male
Buy now: $104, Robinsons
A classic for a reason. It is a charismatic scent that’s perfect for power meetings. One fragrance fan said, “It’s the perfume I wear when I want to smell successful.” Notes include artemisia, caramom, mint and bergamot. This is deepened by lavender, orange blossom, and cumin, balanced by the warm base notes of sandalwood, vanilla, and amber.
Hugo Boss The Scent
Buy now: $134, Sephora
A sexy, powerful scent. It has notes from the Maninka fruit — an aphrodisiac — with spicy freshness of Ginger, and a smoky richness from leather. The flacon presents an evocative amber juice, like a power potion for a man who knows what he wants, in the boardroom and the bedroom.
Paco Rabanne 1 Million Cologne
Buy now: Now on sale at $117.30, PerfumeStore
This is a cult classic, often mentioned by fragrance bloggers and collectors, and included in lists of the sexiest men’s perfumes ever made. At first whiff, you’ll get the notes of mint, sweet grapefruit, and blood orange. Over time, it deepens to the irresistable scent of spicy cinnamon, rose and blonde leather. “This scent drives women wild!” says one fragrance collector.