Can't think of the perfect gift for the special man in your life? You can never go wrong with fragrances. Colognes and perfumes are an excellent gift for any man in your life. Besides, it's a gift that keeps on giving. If you're near him all the time, then you'll also appreciate having him smell heavenly.
That said, giving cologne and perfume gifts for men is a big-risk, big-reward affair, especially if you're buying online. It can be hard to guess what a fragrance smells like through a bunch of weird marketing jargon and a list of mysterious ingredients. To help you with the task, here is a list of tried-and-tested fragrances for men that smells absolutely divine. From vanilla and musk to leather and sandalwood, there's something for every man.
Bleu de Chanel EDP
Bold and sensual, the woody-aromatic fragrance was composed by Jacques Polge to celebrate the spirit of freedom and independence. Infused with the aroma of Lemon, Bergamot, Mint, Ginger, Nutmeg, Incense, and Sandalwood, Bleu de Chanel EDP's scent is best described as sophisticated, warm, and calming.
Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano III
Inspired by a journey through the Palladian Garden, Parco Palladiano III is reminiscent of a stroll in a pear orchard during fall, when the pears are ready for harvest. This unisex fragrance was created by Daniela (Roche) Andrier to evoke the magical sensation of early autumn. Refreshing yet intoxicating, this perfume is filled with the scent of Mint, Pear, Rose, Patchouli, White Musk, and Violet.
Tom Ford Oud Wood
First launched in 2007, Oud Wood by Tom Ford was composed by Richard Herpin. This Oriental woody fragrance is the perfect balance of feminine and masculine qualities. Smoky, rich, and sensual, Oud Wood scent is composed of a collection of Eastern Spices, Sandalwood, Rosewood, and Amber. The fragrance's signature aroma of Rare Oud Wood, Chinese Pepper, and Vanilla is best described as rich and nostalgic yet enigmatic.
Le Labo 33 Santal
Created in 2011 by the deft hands of Frank Voelkl, Santal 33 is a cult-favorite fragrance among men and women. The beguiling woody aromatic fragrance of this perfume is reminiscent of cowboy adventures in the Wild West. Masculine and intoxicating, Santal 33 is famous for its classic Spicy, Musky, and Leathery notes. Complemented with crackling notes of Iris, Sandalwood, Ambrox, and Violet, Santal 33 is very seductive and sensual.
BVLGARI Man Glacial Essence
Unlike other fragrances in this list, BVLGARI Man Glacial Essence is relatively new, having only been released in 2020. This Fougere fragrance is inspired by the cool mountain air. A powerful yet tamed scent, this perfume is irresistibly sexy and daring. This refreshing fragrance boasts the woody scent of Alaskan Cedarwood, Clearwood Accord, Sandalwood, and Artemisia, all tied together by a subtle hint of Musk.
Musc Ravageur by Frederic Malle
Ever since its release in the year 2000, Musc Ravageur by Frederic Malle has been considered a timeless classic. Luxurious and elegant, this Oriental fragrance is unapologetically sexy, making it impossible to forget. It has a rich, masculine scent that makes you feel heady and intoxicated. Musc Ravageur owes its seductive scent to a complex blend of Vanilla, Musk, Cedar, Tonka Bean, Cinnamon, Lavender, and Bergamot.
Composed by Olivier Creed and Erwin Creed in 2010, Aventus is the ultimate fruity fragrance for men. This masculine and exquisite fragrance was inspired by the life and glory of Emperor Napoleon. Infused with the aroma of Pineapple, Apple, Blackcurrant, Musk, Ambergris, Patchouli, and Vanilla, Aventus is an exceptionally complex fragrance; it's fruity and rich, yet also clean and refreshing.
Byredo Gypsy Water
Launched in 2008, Gypsy Water by Byredo is an ode to the freedom and beauty of Romani culture and their colorful way of living. The woody aromatic scent of this fragrance conjures an image of gypsy nights deep in the forest, filled with music, dancing, and mystery. It owes its distinguished, nostalgic scent to a blend of Juniper, Pine Needles, Incense, Sandalwood, Amber, and Vanilla.
Calvin Klein CK Everyone
Clean and ethereal, a whiff of CK Everyone is like breathing in the fresh air of nature. This unisex perfume was recently created by Alberto Morillas and launched in 2020. CK Everyone takes inspiration from the spirit of change and the revolution of a new generation. Made with the environment in mind, CK Everyone is certified vegan and made from naturally occurring alcohol. This fragrance has a crisp citrusy and woody aroma. It's made from a blend of Orange Oil, Ginger, Tea, Patchouli, Musk, Cedar, and Amber.
Sensuous and mysterious, just like a pack of wolves running deep into the night. Sauvage by Christian Dior is an Aromatic Fougere fragrance for men that was released in 2015. It drew inspiration from wild open spaces and the magic of dark blue sky in twilight. This fragrance is best described as rich and sensual, with spicy and smokey accents. Sauvage's composition mainly consists of Calabrian Bergamot, Sichuan Pepper, Vetiver, Patchouli, Ambroxan, and Cedar.
We hope you enjoy this list of the best perfumes and colognes for men. Each fragrance on this list is unparalleled and exceptional in its own way. Before making your purchase, do some research about what your special man would prefer. If he already has a fragrance he likes in his collection, take a look at its ingredients and look for something similar. Good luck!