The 24 Best Colognes for Men in 2023, Tested by Grooming Experts

The 24 Best Colognes for Men in 2023, Tested by Grooming Experts

Best for The Boardroom

Tom Ford Noir Extreme Parfum

Noir Extreme Parfum

Best for The Boardroom

Tom Ford Noir Extreme Parfum

The best boardroom fragrances are bold and authoritative without being too aggressive or off-putting. This strikes just the right balance. Warm, velvety notes of cardamom, amber, and sandalwood—dialed all the way up. It’s intense, but that’s the whole point. It’s spicy and masculine in a way that commands attention but won’t overpower the room (even though it’s extreme).

Fragrance Family Woody Spicy
Size 1.7oz or 3.4oz
Key Notes Cardamom, Amber, Tonka Bean

Best Classic Cologne

Dior Sauvage Elixir

Sauvage Elixir

Best Classic Cologne

Dior Sauvage Elixir

The older, more mature brother of Sauvage, this version is ultra-concentrated, has more staying power, and smells spicier thanks to notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamom

Fragrance Family Earthy & Woody
Size 2oz ot 3.4oz
Key notes Grapefruit, Lavender, Amber

Best Outdoorsy Cologne

Burberry Hero Eau de Parfum

Hero Eau de Parfum

Best Outdoorsy Cologne

Burberry Hero Eau de Parfum

Anchored in three different kinds of cedar with a bonus helping of pine needles, this big scent is all about the woods—without the campfire or lumberjack vibe.

Fragrance Family Earthy & Woody
Size 1.6oz or 3.3oz
Key Notes Pine Needle, Benzoin, Cedarwood Trio

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Best Vacation Cologne

Diptyque Eau Nabati Eau de Parfum

Eau Nabati Eau de Parfum

Best Vacation Cologne

Diptyque Eau Nabati Eau de Parfum

It’s like international travel in a bottle—tropical fruit, paradise garden, exotic spices, and smoky tobacco. Cheaper than most overseas fares, too.

Fragrance Family Warm & Spicy
Size 2.5oz
Key Notes Bergamot, Petitgrain, Balsam of Peru

Best Cologne for Beginners

Jo Malone London Oud and Bergamot Cologne Intense,

Oud and Bergamot Cologne Intense,

Best Cologne for Beginners

Jo Malone London Oud and Bergamot Cologne Intense,

At first spray, you’ll smell fresh citrus. But as it dries, you’ll find a powerful earthy-woodsy base. It’s a solid, well-balanced starter cologne if you’re not sure you’re a cologne guy.

Fragrance Family Earthy & Woodsy
Size 3.4oz
Key Notes Bergamot, Cerdarwood, Oud

Best Woody Cologne

Killian Paris Sacred Wood Eau de Parfum

Sacred Wood Eau de Parfum

Best Woody Cologne

Killian Paris Sacred Wood Eau de Parfum

If you’re going to go for a wood fragrance, you can’t go wrong with classic smooth, sexy sandalwood. This elegant concoction is really heavy on the sandalwood, in a very good way, with a spicy hit of ambrette seed and a warm dose of myrrh.

Fragrance Family Woody
Size 1.7oz
Key Notes Amyris, Sandalwood

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Best Bold Cologne

Drakkar Intense Eau de Parfum

Intense Eau de Parfum

Best Bold Cologne

Drakkar Intense Eau de Parfum

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This bold scent may have shades of the classic Noir, but it’s definitely not your dad’s Drakkar. This new version is tempered and modernized with botanicals like sage and bergamot and a subtle suede note. It’s attention-grabbing but not in-your-face.

Fragrance Family Woody
Size 1.7oz
Key Notes Amyris, Sandalwood

Best For Gifting

BVLGARI Le Gemme Onekh Eau de Parfum

Le Gemme Onekh Eau de Parfum

Best For Gifting

BVLGARI Le Gemme Onekh Eau de Parfum

Not only is this deep, mysterious fragrance completely intoxicating, but the bottle itself is a heavy, luxurious conversation piece that is ideal for a bathroom counter or dresser. The combination makes it the ideal gift, something they (or you) would love to display and love to wear even more.

Fragrance Family Ambery Oud
Size 3.4 oz
Key Notes Oud, Mandarin, Black Incense, Caramel

Best for The Nature Lover

The Nue Co Water Therapy

Water Therapy

Best for The Nature Lover

The Nue Co Water Therapy

All of The Nue Co’s fragrances are meant to harness the effects of nature on our bodies and this new water-inspired scent is no exception. The water, marine fragrance helps is meant to mimic how relaxed we feel in and around water, and yes, it actually works (and smells great, too).

Fragrance Family Fresh, Aquatic
Size 1.7oz
Key Notes Sandalwood, Salt, Seaweed, Vetiver

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Best for Post-Workout

AXE Fine Fragrances Collection Blue Lavender Body Spray

Fine Fragrances Collection Blue Lavender Body Spray

Best for Post-Workout

AXE Fine Fragrances Collection Blue Lavender Body Spray

Forget everything you think you know about AXE. This body spray, part of the brand spanking new Fine Fragrances Collection, has more in common with your designer cologne than the body spray you remember from high school. Not only does a few spritzes of this help deodorize and keep funk away all day, but it leaves you smelling fresh with just a hint of elevated florals.

Fragrance Family Floral, Fresh
Size 4 oz
Key Notes Lavender, Amber, Mint

Best for the Weekend

Jack Henry Balance Eau de Parfum

Balance Eau de Parfum

Best for the Weekend

Jack Henry Balance Eau de Parfum

The perfect weekend scent is a little bit of everything: relaxed, fresh, sexy and unexpected. At first this fragrance hits you with a burst of freshness, but as it dries down a clean, sexy element from the cedarwood and patchouli emerges. Spray some on in the morning and let it take you all the way through Saturday night.

Fragrance Family Fresh
Size 1.5 oz
Key Notes Bergamot, Mandarin, Cedarwood, Amber

Best For Any Time

Armani Acqua di Gio Eau de Parfum

Acqua di Gio Eau de Parfum

Best For Any Time

Armani Acqua di Gio Eau de Parfum

This fresh fragrance nabbed the top spot at our 2022 Grooming Awards for its eternal wearability. Green mandarin and sage lend a subtle scent that makes an impression—and the bottle is refillable.

Key Notes Marine, Lavender, Patchouli
Size 1.4 oz/ 40 mL
Fragrance Family Fresh

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Best Fresh Cologne

D by Diesel Eau de Toilette

Eau de Toilette

Best Fresh Cologne

D by Diesel Eau de Toilette

Think of this subtle scent as a modern take on freshness. It’s less citrus heavy but instead contains lavender and a “denim accord” that smells like fresh jeans right out of the dryer. It’s an unexpected clean vibe that’s effortlessly cool.

Fragrance Family Fresh
Size 3.4 oz
Key Notes Ginger, Denim Cotton Accord, Lavender Heart Extract, Ambery Woods Accord

Best Daytime Cologne

Bleu de Chanel Eau de Toilette

Eau de Toilette

Best Daytime Cologne

Bleu de Chanel Eau de Toilette

This fragrance is an icon for a reason—it’s just plain good. The fresh, luxurious mix of grapefruit, cedar and sandalwood is masculine without being in-your-face and ideal to wear during the day when you want something a little more subtle. That essential combination is what makes it one of the top selling men’s fragrances in the world.

Fragrance Family Fresh
Size 3.4 oz
Key Notes Grapefruit, Dry Cedar, Sandalwood

Best Woody Cologne

LOEWE 001 Man Eau de Parfum

001 Man Eau de Parfum

Best Woody Cologne

LOEWE 001 Man Eau de Parfum

Deeper woods like sandalwood might be mainstays in men’s fragrances, but don’t sleep on cyprus. It has a lighter, more subtle wood quality that makes this scent somehow warm and fresh at the same time. The musk at the base becomes more pronounced as it dries down, lending this scent a sexy, mysterious quality.

Fragrance Family Woody
Size 100 ml
Key Notes Musk, Carrot Seed, Cyprus

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Best For Adventure

Sabah Bois Eau de Parfum

Eau de Parfum

Best For Adventure

Sabah Bois Eau de Parfum

Sabah may be known for their worldly leather shoes and slippers, but this new scent captures the wanderlust spirit of the brand perfectly. The woody, leather, spicy scent calls to mind walking through open air markets or sitting down to a spice-laden dinner in an off-the-beaten-path restaurant. Plus, the size is small enough to pop in your flight-ready dopp kit.

Fragrance Family Woody
Size 50mL
Key Notes Cypress, Fir Balsam, Frankincense, Patchouli

Best Leather Cologne

Parfums De Marly Haltane

Haltane

Best Leather Cologne

Parfums De Marly Haltane

If you’re having trouble picking between a fresh scent and a heavier leather cologne, why choose? This luxury fragrance is the best of both worlds: a burst of freshness at the top and then a deep, woody base with a healthy dose of sexy leather. It’s one of those scents that keeps evolving the longer you wear it—in a very good way.

Fragrance Family Fresh
Size 4.2oz
Key Notes Saffron, Agarwood, Leather

Best American-Made Cologne

Bravo Sierra Eau de Cologne

Eau de Cologne

Best American-Made Cologne

Bravo Sierra Eau de Cologne

Everything Bravo Sierra makes is about performance and this fragrance is no exception. It’s incredibly wearable, like a greatest hits album of the best notes in men’s cologne, and strong enough that you’ll smell great but not so strong that you’ll clear a room. It’s bright and optimistic, ideal for daytime wear or a post-gym spritz to keep your energy high.

Fragrance Family Fresh
Size 3.4 oz
Key Notes Citrus, Leather, Cedarwood

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Best for Date Night

Vince Camuto Homme Intenso Eau De Parfum

Homme Intenso Eau De Parfum

Best for Date Night

Vince Camuto Homme Intenso Eau De Parfum

If you think fresh scents are only appropriate for daytime, think again. This cologne’s ginger, citrus, and bergamot make for a fresh first spray, but then it’s tempered by deeper notes like patchouli, oakmoss, and musk for a smoother, velvety vibe that goes well with a tuxedo.

Size 3.4 oz
Fragrance Family Woody
Key notes Armoise, Ginger

Best for the Job Interview

Dior Homme Sport Eau de Toilette

Homme Sport Eau de Toilette

Best for the Job Interview

Dior Homme Sport Eau de Toilette

Any time you see the word “sport” on cologne, it usually means it’s kicked up with citrus and freshness. This new sporty scent has that, of course, but it’s blended with amber and spices for a more modern, unexpected take on the idea. You’ll give off an aura of approachability and chill.

Read more: Best Perfumes for Women

Fragrance Family Spicy
Key note Calabrian Bergamot, Pink Pepper
Size 4.2 oz

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Garrett Munce writes about men’s style and grooming. He’s written for Esquire, New York Magazine, Spotlyte, and Very Good Light and held staff positions at GQ and W. Follow his skincare obsession on Instagram at @garrettmunce.

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