10 Best Perfumes for Men 2020
Perfume? For men?
That’s right, and it doesn’t mean that you’ll smell like a woman if you wear it.
Perfume, as we will explain more in detail below has a higher percentage of fragrance than the cologne. It is higher both in price and in quality.
So yes, gentlemen, you can wear perfume!
On our list below, we’ll highlight the best perfume for men in a variety of eau de toilette sprays. Spicy, manly, fresh or sultry, there’s something for everyone!
Things to Consider
Before you select a perfume, here are a few things to consider:
- Perfume vs. Other Fragrances. So what’s the difference between perfume and cologne?
The percentage of fragrance it contains. While the term perfume is typically associated with women’s scents, it really has nothing to do with gender. It’s all about the chemistry!
Here are the percentages of fragrance in each scent.
- Perfume. 20-30%
- Eau de Parfum. 15-20%
- Eau de Toilette. 5-15%
- Eau de Cologne. 2-4%
Because of the different percentages of fragrance, each one lasts for a different length of time.
Perfume, as you can see, contains the highest amount of fragrance and will therefore last longer than a cologne. Typically men’s fragrances don’t come perfumes but rather eau de parfum or eau de toilette, which is what we show you on our list below.
- Trial and Error. You thought smelled great in the store, but when you got home you discovered that that you can’t stand the scent and regret that you just wasted $60.
Other times, you catch a whiff of a certain perfume or cologne and think it smells awful. Sad! It could have been perfect for you if you had just tried it on your skin rather than smelling the bottle.
Take advantage of sample bottles. This allows you to try a scent without making a huge investment (usually you can get them free) and then you’ll be able to test them properly one by one.
It takes some trial and error, so don’t give up!
- Things That Affect the Smell. Remember that there are a variety of factors that affect the way a perfume or cologne smells on you.
Age, diet, medications you are taking, mood, stress level and even your age can all affect the way it reacts with you, so your hunt for the right one may take a bit of time.
Be patient and keep trying different ones!
Top 10 Perfumes for Men Overview Chart
|1. Pi By Givenchy For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray||3.3 ounces||$$||4.6|
|2. Paco Rabanne 1 Million By Paco Rabanne For Men Edt Spray||3.4 ounces||$$||4.6|
|3. 212 By Carolina Herrera For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray||3.4 ounces||$$$||4.6|
|4. MONTBLANC Legend Eau de Toilette||3.3 ounces||$$$$||4.5|
|5. Bvlgari Aqua By Bvlgari For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray||3.4 ounces||$||4.5|
|6. Polo Blue by Ralph Lauren for Men, Eau De Toilette Natural Spray||4.2 ounces||$$$||4.5|
|7. Acqua Di Gio By Giorgio Armani For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray||3.4 ounces||$$$||4.4|
|8. L'homme Yves Saint Laurent By Yves Saint Laurent For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray||3.3 ounces||$$$||4.4|
|9. Armani Code by Giorgio Armani For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray||1 ounce||$$$||4.4|
|10. Fahrenheit By Christian Dior For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray||6.8 ounces||$$$||4.3|
The notes, or the hints of different scents that you can detect, are referred to as top notes, middle notes and base notes.
Top notes are what you smell initially once you apply it to your skin.
Middle notes are the scents that you detect after about 10-30 minutes after you apply, although some can detect them right after applying.
Base notes, such as musk and vanilla, are the most prominent and longest-lasting scents that you will detect in the perfume.
Some perfumes don’t have top, middle and base notes and contain just one scent.
Strong or Subtle
Just because you love your perfume doesn’t mean that everyone around you will.
If you enjoy stronger smelling perfumes or colognes, try spraying some of it on your clothing the night before or at least an hour (preferably more) before you leave in the morning. This will help the scent to calm slightly so that it doesn’t overwhelm everyone. Strong scents should be avoided in the evening, as you might be labeled as “the guy who took at bath in his cologne.”
Top 5 Best Perfume for Men Reviews
Looking for something sensual to spray on in the evening? You might like Pi By Givenchy.
This lovely fragrance features woody top notes of basil, rosemary, tarragon and mandarin followed by middle notes of neroli, geranium, anise and lily of the valley.
Base notes include almond, cedar, vanilla, tonka beans and benzoin.
It is a very particular scent, both warm and inviting. It may just be the icing on your cake!
It’s the best perfume for men who are looking for something new and adventurous.
Well, the name is certainly fitting for the way this will make you feel when you wear it: like a million bucks!
This scent has a balanced mix of manly (with the spices) and fresh (hints of citrus), making it perfect for the businessman who wants to maintain his professional image without wearing something too powerful.
Top notes include blood mandarin, black pepper, cardamom and saffron. Middle notes include rose, cinnamon and neroli with a base of leather, sandalwood, orrisroot and patchouli.
It’s elegant and classy, a wonderful combination that any man would love wear!
With its base notes of vetiver, guaiac wood, musk and sandalwood, this scent by Carolina Herrera is perfect for the spring and summer months when you want something fresh and clean to match the brightness of the seasons.
Middle notes include violet, gardenia, sage, and ginger with citrusy top notes of bergamot, petit grain, grapefruit and spices.
Wear it to work or out for a special evening, it is a versatile eau de toilette that many men are pleasantly surprised by!
Try it to see how it works with your body’s chemistry.
This is a bit expensive, yes, but if you can get a sample and try it out, you may just find that it’s the perfect perfume for you and therefore worth the investment.
The base notes are simple but strong: sandalwood and tonka bean. The middle notes include a harmonious mixture of dried fruits, rose, oak moss, geranium and coumarone followed by top notes of pineapple, lavender, bergamot and lemon verbena.
This masculine fragrance works well on any modern man or traditional man. It is both mysterious and intriguing, a combination that will not have people forgetting you any time soon.
As the name suggests, this is a refreshing, marine eau de toilette that balances water with plant life.
It features base notes of clary sage, cedar, patchouli and amber followed by middle notes of seaweed, lavender and cotton flower.
Tops notes finish it off with a citrusy orange, mandarin and petit grain.
For your seaside adventures and sailing trips around the world, or for your daily errands and beers with the guys at the bar as you scope out the scene, a few sprays of Bvlgari Aqva will keep your smelling light and fresh.
Be sure to try before you buy! If it doesn’t work well with your body, then try some of the other great perfumes on our list! You’ll eventually find the perfect one.