There are so many colognes out there—musky, warm, amber, and more. It can be confusing trying to pick out the perfect cologne for you, which is why we ranked and reviewed 22 of the best-selling men’s colognes. Enjoy.
1. Blu Atlas Atlantis Eau de Parfum
Like the legendary lost city of its namesake, Atlantis by Blu Atlas is an exhilarating discovery and a true treasure to behold. This fresh and floral scent inspired by the coastal jungles of Bali oozes confidence and adventure. Anybody who claims it as their signature scent will be the center of attention.
To make it even better, Atlantis is made with only premium and clean ingredients. That means that there are no unwanted parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. From Forbes to Dallas News, everybody is raving about Atlantis—and for good reason!
2. Dior Sauvage Eau de Toilette
There is something deep within us that craves wide, open landscapes under big blue skies. That innate desire for a life on the range is perfectly encapsulated by this internationally popular fragrance. Keynotes of fresh bergamot, earthy amberwood, and spicy pepper are the perfect companions for a man that prefers nature over the concrete jungle. We couldn’t recommend it enough for those who seek adventure any chance they get.
3. Versace Eros Eau de Toilette
This eau de toilette’s namesake is for Eros, the Greek god of lust, love, and sex. Key notes of fresh mint leaves, Italian lemon, and green apple combine with the accents of sensual tonka beans, intriguing ambroxan amber, and calming geranium flower while the base of vanilla melds with cedarwood, oakmoss, and white vetiver to intensify the allusion to the God of Love himself. It’s perfect for strong, passionate men that are just as compassionate as they are independent. No wonder it is one of the best-selling men’s colognes.
4. CHANEL BLEU DE CHANEL Eau de Parfum
This bold and fresh, yet sensually woody fragrance from Chanel is the scent for the man with a strong inner spirit and determination to defy convention at every step on his road to success. Notes of fresh citrus accord, ambery cedar, and New Caledonian Sandalwood are amplified by tonka bean and vanilla to create a rounded aroma with depth and sensual notes for every occasion.
5. Armani Beauty Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme
Our favorite fragrance from Armani Beauty, as well as tens of thousands of reviewers online, is Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme. It’s no secret that this scent has dominated the wrists and necks of men for almost three decades. So, statistically, you have smelled the key notes of Calabrian bergamot, cedarwood, neroli, and green tangerine more than once in your life. But what you may have not noticed from those passing aromas is what makes this cologne such a crowd favorite.
Those aquatic-inspired key notes combine with rosemary, persimmon, and Indonesian patchouli to create a fragrance that is truly unique and stands apart from other Mediterranean Sea-inspired scents—which there are a plethora of, but few do it as well as Armani.
6. Prada Luna Rossa Ocean Eau de Toilette
Out of all the luxe fashion houses, few are as consistent as Prada, and its cologne and perfumes are proof. If you’re new to Prada fragrances, there’s no better place to jump in than with Luna Rossa Ocean. This citrusy and woodsy scent is a deep dive into refreshing bergamot, sensual vetiver, and luxurious iris.
Inspired by the depths of the Atlantic, we think if Jacques Cousteau were still with us that this would be his eau de toilette of choice—just as much for the aromatics as the deep blue bottle with the classic red Prada line.
7. Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Cologne Bleue
You’re out at the bar and you see a guy in a black leather jacket, white T-shirt, dark jeans, and black side-zip boots just exploding with confidence. His secret? Well, for one, he’s in YSL from head to toe. Second, and most importantly, he’s wearing L’Homme. In this case, he’s more than likely wearing one of the newer reinterpretations of the fan-favorite L’Homme fragrance—Cologne Bleue.
Just like the fashion house’s clothing, its cologne is made from some of the finest ingredients available. Fresh bergamot, marine accord heightened by cedarwood, and cardamom spice up this cool twist on the classic L’Homme aromatics.
8. Valentino Uomo Yellow Dream Cologne
Valentino is a tribute to the haute couture and all the over-the-top display of wealth that comes with it. What keeps Valentino grounded is its dedication to the fashion house’s hometown of Rome and the cultures and aesthetics that have flourished there for thousands of years.
The best, and most beloved, introduction to the brand is its Uomo Yellow Dream Cologne. This warm and spicy fragrance oozes aromatics of fresh and juicy Italian mandarin, spicy gingerbread accord, warm cedarwood, and a twist of pineapple all housed in a luxurious bottle adorned in Valentino’s iconic rock-stud detailing.
This fragrance is Rome street culture’s carefree attitude distilled into a neon-yellow elixir ready to accompany any man willing to create their own rules.
9. DOLCE&GABBANA Light Blue Pour Homme Eau de Toilette
Dolce & Gabbana is synonymous with masculinity (the good kind, we promise) and sensuality, and can best be explained through one of its most famous fragrances ever. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme is a fresh, aquatic-inspired eau de toilette reminiscent of soaking up the energy and the sunshine off the coast of Sicily during a vacation to the Mediterranean.
Keynotes of immersive juniper, cool grapefruit peel, sun-soaked Sicilian mandarin, and ever-consistent bergamot combine with the accents of spicy Sichuan pepper and sultry rosewood on top of the base of American muskwood, incense, and oakmoss to create an unforgettable sexy aroma.
What makes this one of the best-selling men’s colognes isn’t just its amazing scent, but also its unique ability to work for everybody. Reviewers from all over say that Light Blue is the perfect cologne for everyday use for all ages, and we tend to agree.
10. TOM FORD Tobacco Vanille Eau De Parfum
Tom Ford has been having a moment recently. His dresses and suits have adorned the hottest celebrities to attend the MET Gala, as well as red carpets at the Academy Awards and Emmys, and he’s actually a pretty good film director too. And while most of us may never walk the red carpet, we can certainly smell like we do.
Tobacco Vanille Eau contains keynotes of tobacco leaf, vanilla, and ginger amplified by tonka bean, dry fruit accords, and sweet wood sap to create a fragrance that is opulent, warm, and befit for a gentleman’s club of the highest honor.
11. Versace Pour Homme
Another entry in the Mediterranean-inspired fragrance lexicon is from none other than Versace. Unlike other colognes to use Mediterranean ingredients, Versace Pour Homme is relatively new to the scene (2008 is practically yesterday for big-name perfumes and colognes). And when we say Mediterranean ingredients, we mean pretty much all of them, like bergamot, neroli, and citron of diamante.
This cologne has all your bases covered for pretty much any occasion. Reviewers say that this is a dynamic, masculine, and strong scent that’s perfect for everyday use. It’s perfect for the man who wants to spend less time deciding what cologne to wear, and more time among friends and nature.
12. Paco Rabanne 1 Million Eau de Toilette
Have you ever wanted to smell like a million bucks? Paco Rabanne One Million Eau de Toilette is the ultimate fragrance for all the sophisticated bad boys out there that ride motorcycles with all the proper safety gear and have a healthy 401k.
Keynotes of frosted grapefruit, blood mandarin, peppermint, rose absolute, musk, cinnamon bark, blond leather, tonka bean, patchouli, white wood, and amber ketal defy aromatic expectations.
It’s the perfect fragrance for men who create their own rules but are charming just the same. Also, that bottle doubles as a perfect conversation piece.
13. Gucci Guilty Pour Homme
Gucci is more than handbags. Gucci is everything, and we’re guilty for being utterly obsessed with the fashion house. Gucci Guilty Pour Homme breaks all the rules in traditional perfumery. You won’t see any bergamot here. Guilty opens with sparkling Italian lemon, French lavender, and orange blossom absolute—typically reserved only for women’s fragrances—accented by florals with honey tones, neroli, patchouli, leather, cedarwood, pink pepper, and incense to make a full-bodied aroma that makes a clamorous, yet masculine first impression.
Gucci describes it as hedonistic and decadent, and we see why. The head perfumer behind Guilty said they were inspired by a celebration for anarchy and anti-conformity, and we’re all for it. Gucci Guilty is for everyone and any occasion.
14. BURBERRY Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum
At one time in your life, you probably thought about getting a Burberry coat. And who could blame you? Burberry is synonymous with Great Britain. It’ll go down alongside Barbour, Doc Martens, Mini Cooper, Land Rover, and the Queen. The eponymous Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum is just as iconic as the brand’s black gabardine trench coat (which Thomas Burberry invented).
Inspired by the essence of the London nighttime, Mr. Burberry has keynotes to reflect that. This warm, woodsy, and citrusy fragrance opens with tarragon, spicy cinnamon, and rich patchouli on top of a base of amber and smoky vetiver. Despite being a cult favorite, we definitely see this one becoming a modern classic as time goes by. Plus, it’s way cheaper than getting a Burberry overcoat (if you know where to get one on sale, let us know).
15. Maison Margiela ‘REPLICA’ By the Fireplace
Maison Margiela needs no introduction. The last ten to fifteen years has seen men from all style backgrounds (minimal, classic, workwear, ivy, tailoring, etc.) incorporate modern classics from Maison Margiela into their wardrobe such as their reinterpretation of the German Army Trainer. However, we think stylish men are neglecting the Parisian fashion house’s best product line to date. “REPLICA” is Maison Margiela’s bottled nostalgia, or as they put it “reproduction of familiar scents and moments of varying locations and periods.”
Our favorite (along with the internet’s) entry in the “REPLICA” line is By the Fireplace. This warm and spicy fragrance combines orange flower, clove oil, and chestnut atop a comforting vanilla base to recreate a childhood memory of the warmth and coziness of roaring fire on a cool, winter day. We must warn you though; once you pick this up, you’ll find yourself collecting all the scents in the “REPLICA” collection.
16. Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb Eau de Toilette
Don’t let Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb’s grenade-shaped bottle intimidate you. This undeniably cool cologne is warm and spicy thanks to its key notes of sage, triple black spice complex, and roasted almonds accented by bergamot, pink pepper, chili, cinnamon, smooth tobacco, aged leather, and sensual vetiver.
This makes Spicebomb the perfect “going out” cologne. Whether it’s bars, clubs, restaurants, or concerts, let Spicebomb be the explosion your nightlife needs. Just maybe leave it behind when traveling, especially by air. We can’t stress this enough, we don’t want you to get that cool bottle getting you tackled at the airport.
17. Ralph Lauren Polo Cologne Intense
It would be impossible to mention anything related to men’s fragrances without mentioning Ralph Lauren. For over 50 years, Ralph Lauren has been dressing and accessorizing not only America but the world. It’s hard to not have something from one of Ralph Lauren’s lines in your wardrobe at this point. That goes for fragrances as well.
Polo Cologne Intense has been around for decades but has recently been reimagined as an updated modern fragrance. Fresh notes of grapefruit, sage, and patchouli are reminiscent of the classic Polo Cologne but reinvented for a new generation.
18. TOM FORD Oud Wood Eau De Parfum
Tom Ford (the man, not the brand) has really outdone himself with the Oud Wood Eau de Parfum. The smoky and rich composition of exotic smoky woods like rare oud, sandalwood, and rosewood combine with eastern spices like Chinese pepper, cardamom, and the ever-sensual amber to really make the oud’s bold scent noticed. Like all of TOM FORD’s colognes, this will definitely cost you, but we think it is worth every penny. We love all of Ford’s creations, but this one has stayed with us long after our first impression.
19. DOLCE&GABBANA The One For Men Eau De Parfum
Dolce & Gabbana is back again on this list, not just because we love the colognes the brand has on offer, but because readers like you love them as well. One of the fashion house’s most popular fragrances, The One, is one of our favorite scents of all time. Usually found in an eau de toilette, but now can be had in a bold eau de parfum, The One makes a great case for being the only cologne you’ll ever need.
This eau de parfum offers a deep, immersive experience for experienced cologne aficionados and newcomers alike. Bright and refined opening notes of grapefruit, coriander, and basil prepare you for the warm accents of ginger, cardamom, and sweet orange blossom, all while the base of rich tobacco, amber, and cedarwood create a memorable impression on anyone you may come in contact with.
20. HERMÈS Eau de mandarine ambrée Eau de Cologne
Men’s colognes don’t always have to smell like bourbon distilleries, mountain lodges, or the Mediterranean Sea. Thankfully Hermes has taken time off from making fine leather goods, watches, and jewelry to reinforce that fact. Hermes Eau de Mandarine Ambrée Eau de Cologne is the closest thing you can get to squeezing fresh oranges every morning and distilling them into a cologne. Key notes of mandarin combine with passionfruit and are then mellowed out by amber, making this a smooth and lively scent fit for sunny spring and summer days.
While not as popular as other more musky scents, we think this Hermes cologne is just as much worth your time as the rest, while having the added benefit of being more unique and cheerful than the standard fragrances found in department stores.
21. Carolina Herrera Bad Boy Eau de Toilette
Carolina Herrera Bad Boy Eau de Toilette is hedonism incarnate. Fast cars, even faster motorcycles, black leather jackets, faded blue jeans, rock music, and rejecting the mainstream. That is what this cologne represents. This lightning in a bottle (not sorry for the pun) opens with white pepper, vetiver, and tonka bean with accents of white pepper and Italian green bergamot to create a sexy and powerful fragrance for men who prefer living life on the edge, the fast lane, the wild side. So what do the users say about the Bad Boy Eau de Toilette? You guessed it. Lightning. Bolt. Bottle.
22. Dior Fahrenheit
Is it hot in here, or is it just us? Dior Fahrenheit is a revolutionary modern fragrance that has put traditional campfire and fireplace fragrances to the wayside. Fresh, sophisticated notes of bergamot, hawthorn, honeysuckle, nutmeg, sandalwood, violet, cedar, tonka bean, and patchouli blend together in an all-too-perfect harmony to create a bold and vibrant scent that is equally warm as it is subtle.
This is a perfect scent for men who are distinguished but have a strong passionate fire burning inside them that drives them to be bold and unexpected at every step on the stairway to success.