The Best Men's Fragrances Ever
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The Best Men’s Fragrances Ever

Spritz and spray your way through the seasons

The crowning glory for any outfit? Cologne, of course. It’s said that you can tell a lot about someone from their choice of perfume, so it’s crucial to find the scent profile that resonates most with you – whether it’s something strong and sophisticated or relaxed and fruity. From long-standing classics to new releases, these are the best men’s fragrances to add to your bathroom cabinet.

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The Best Men’s Fragrances Ever

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Bleu de Chanel Parfum 100ml, £136

Notes: Bergamot, lavender, sandalwood

Chanel is historically known for creating fantastic fragrances, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to see it making an appearance on our list. Top notes of citrus and mint give an immediate burst of freshness, which is offset by sweeter echoes of pineapple, lavender and geranium, before trailing off on a woody finish layered with sandalwood, cedar and tonka bean.


Aventus 100ml, £295

Notes: Lemon, pineapple, birch

Claiming the title of Creed’s bestselling men’s fragrance, Aventus is a favourite for a reason. With fruity top and heart notes – think apple, blackcurrant and pineapple – and a woody base, as well as Creed’s signature splash of ambergris, this fragrance is richly satisfying for everyday wear.


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Solaris 100ml, £160

Notes: Blackcurrant, ylang ylang, cedarwood

When it comes crafting fragrances with plenty of layers, look no further than quirky British perfumier Penhaligon’s. Solaris, a 2023 release from the brand, is described as ‘an ode to the sun’ – and quite effectively bottles the feeling of summer with a warming blend of citrus, vanilla and sandalwood. Deliciously fresh and reminiscent of hot afternoons in the countryside.

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Gris Dior 125ml, £245

Notes: Chypre, citrus and florals

Dior’s unisex fragrance is winner on both sides, with men and women alike keeping a bottle stashed away in their bathroom cupboard. Expect citrusy notes offset by layers of jasmine and bergamot, with a floral and woody base characteristic of the signature chypre trail.

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Jo Malone

Whisky & Cedarwood Cologne, £150

Notes: Pimento, whisky, cedarwood

The final touch to any sartorial gentleman’s wardrobe, this cologne forms part of a collection created in collaboration with Huntsman Savile Row. With heady notes of whisky edged with spicy pimento and softened with warm cedarwood, expect a fragrance that evokes the experience of hunting down a strong nightcap.

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Acqua di Parma

Leather 100ml, £219

Notes: Brazilian orange, red thyme, leather accord

For a more fuss-free kind of fragrance, try Acqua di Parma’s signature Leather eau de parfum. Inspired by the traditions of leather-making, the cologne focuses on making leather notes sing – offset by nuances of orange, lime and rose.

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Floral Street

Black Lotus Eau De Parfum 100ml, £108

Notes: Centifolia rose, red peppercorn, saffron

Known for building its fragrances around various blooms, Floral Street is guaranteed to deliver a fresh scent with just one spray. Its Black Lotus perfume, for example, is both sweet and spicy, with woody notes and stronger wafts of red peppercorn lending a more complex dimension to the classic English rose.

Featured image: Creed Aventus Collection