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What is a good cologne for men?
Erin from McKinney, TX
Try Giorgio Armani and Kenneth Cole Black, these 2 will turn
heads, guaranteed. (12/07/2006)
I like BOD Man. Its super cheap, under $10, and my girlfriend
loves it! There are at least 5 different scents available.
Very Sexy! for men by Victoria's Secret. (12/08/2006)
A good, light musk scent. Is there anything yummier? I have been
seen following (at a respectful distance) a man around the grocery store, happy in his "backdraft"! (And I'm 76!)
Polo by Ralph Lauren is a classic and it is fabulous.
My husband and I both love CK1 by Calvin Klein. It's a fragrance for a man or woman. It's got a citrus scent to it, but is light, not strong. It smells really good on him and I've been told by others that it smells good on me too. My husband usually buys me a bottle of it at Christmas and we end up sharing it throughout the year. (12/11/2006)
You really have to smell it on the man! There are many good scents, but they smell different on each person. My son likes Curve and Fierce (Abercrombie and Fitch), I like Gio, on my husband. But there are so many to choose from. I went to the cologne counter at the mall and had a smell test! Good luck.
I love the Bod man and every Axe scent I have smelled, Polo is wonderful and so is Stetson. (12/11/2006)
My husband, teen, and I all agree. Old Spice! (12/11/2006)
If you don't care about cost, the sexiest smelling men's cologne is Paul Sebastian! It's not musky smelling at all. I will follow anyone wearing this cologne just so I can smell it! (12/12/2006)
I always like Old Spice, English Leather, Paco Rabone. All will change according to wearer. (12/13/2006)
Romance for men (07/25/2007)
I like the woodsy scented colognes like Fahrenheit and Burberry London. They are 2 of the best in my opinion. (08/13/2007)
Dunhill Desire (Red)
Cool Water (Davidoff)
Lady killers. (09/14/2007)
Kenneth Cole Black
Burberry of London
These are nice. (10/13/2007)
There you go! (10/24/2007)
Gucci "pour Homme II"
Yves Saint Laurent "L'Homme"
John Varatos "Black"
Hands down my fav. Check them out. (12/29/2007)
I love Bvlgari BLV the most, it's fresh, floral, and sweet yet uniquely masculine. (12/31/2007)
The best stuff out there right now is the new Armani Attitude. I knew I made the right decision when the young woman at the counter complimented me on my choice. (02/11/2008)
The top 3:
Ralph Lauren Romance
The best for the occasion:
By Ryan S
Black by Kenneth Cole
Romance by R Lauren
a cologne I have been using since the early 90s when it came out: Issey Miyake - for me it always tops the list, but lately I have swayed towards Vera - the fragrance is almost hypnotic!
By A Khan
The most compliments I have ever received from beautiful women was when I was wearing John Varvatos Vintage! Not just the typical "You smell nice", but I received a lot of "You smell
sexy!" Comments. Absolutely worth the price! (03/29/2008)
Hands down best smelling cologne for 2008 is "For Him" by Narciso Rodriguez. The perfume for women is also great "For Her". It's just a little confusing because the black box has the pink
perfume bottle in it and the pink box has the black version of the perfume. Either or both smell great if you want to purchase a gift for yourself as well as for your girl. (04/09/2008)
Versace Man Eau
It depends on the season and your body chemistry.
In autumn and winter is all about:
Guerlain - heritage (musky, spicy, amber)
Creed - Tabarome (if you can get hold of it) (leather, tobacco)
On a budget try Quorum and Paco Rabanne XS
All smell great with a sweater and are deep and mysterious, guaranteed to interest classy women.
They will all make you smell like a man, feel like an alpha male and definitely stand out from the a-sexual, jock Acqua di Gio/Cool Water crowd.
In spring and summer its easy to fall into the trap of wearing a generic, cheap smelling citrus cologne because you want something light. The idea is to not smell like Axe or Lemon pledge. Go for Gucci pour Homme II,Guerlain Vetiver Sport,
Hermes Eau d'orange verte (buy the EDP), or Bulgari Aqua.
Smell good, smell sexy, and stand out.
By Billy the kid
I saw this and it peeked my interest as an IT person because it was called Domain.
Best are right here:
Unforgivable by Sean John
"Jake" by Hollister
These three give you the perfect combination. You have fancy and formal with Unforgivable, sexy with Jake, and everyday casualness with JOOP! (06/04/2008)
Prada for Men is the one and only unique smell out there and I mean it in a good way. (06/26/2008)
I agree with a lot of the choices everyone has said so far. I have or know of the majority of them.
Here are the ones I wear:
Actually I see that Yves Saint Laurent makes the best perfumes ever for men. BODY Kouros is really charming and special. M7 is nice as well, but with an eastern style (Oud blend), but I like it as I'm Arabian.
M. Micallef also is a really special and perfect perfume manufacturer with a good experience, but a little bit pricey!
In my opinion these are all good, they are sweet smelling somewhat strong, but they are very nice. (09/21/2008)
Oh man! There are a few new ones that are definitely worth buying such as, Diamonds for Men by Armani; I highly recommend this one. I came out of Macy's and some girl asked me what I was wearing. I bought it the next day!
The other good new ones that I liked and am buying very soon are: The One-D&G and Deseo by Jennifer Lopez.(10/07/2008)
Versace Man Eau Fraiche is hands down the best and longest lasting men's cologne on the market.
My top 5 are:
I get compliments on all of these all of the time.
As a gauge, I'd like to mention I'm a 32yr old male and take tremendous pride in how I look and smell every single day. When I was younger (teens, early 20's) I'd wear:
Nowaday's I wear:
My personal all time favs are Black Ice, Very Sexy, Lacoste
Essential, Bvlgari Aqua, Eternity, and Cool Water. (11/03/2008)
My Favorite Colognes:
I am 35 and have been wearing many cologne's since 18. When I was younger I wore:
Many of them I mentioned I have received good compliments.
Now I use:(with may good compliments)
I need to keep up with the new ones out there. Smelling fresh and clean is what women like. (12/24/2008)
The only two you need: D&G Light Blue, and Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme.
Drives the ladies wild. (12/26/2008)
I got a bottle of Kenneth Cole RSVP for Christmas. I wasn't familiar with this particular cologne, so I opened it and took a whiff, and then another and another. In the past week the compliments have not stopped.
Friends don't let friends wear Acqua di Gio. Every guy and his brother wears that one now. (01/02/2009)
So glad I found this page! My contribution: Dunill for Men (black box). I've gotten compliments from strangers with that one. One came from a desk clerk at a hotel I was staying at.
She looked at me and said "yummy". (But that might not have referred to the scent.) (01/08/2009)
By Doug from Toronto
I really like Chanel Allure Edition Blanche. (01/09/2009)
Tuscany and Dirty English, to me they seem to be the two stand
out scents. (01/19/2009)
It all depends on mood and situation. (01/19/2009)
Surprised no one has mentioned "Diesel Fuel For Life". Too many compliments. Jean Paul Gaultier is great. (02/06/2009)
Here's my well rounded list of my personal colognes. Any one of these will do the trick! Trust me on that.
I have gotten the mosts compliments on D&G, pi neo, Armani
Code and Aqua, Jean Paul Gautier, Canali, and Versace.
I asked many women the question is it better to wear different
colognes for different situations like events, seasons, clubs, dinners, movies, etc. and most say they don't care. As long as the guys smells nice they're happy. So I would just emphasize my
search on something that just "smells nice on yourself".
Gucci Rush is the all time best cologne. Women drool over it and
its very hard to find because it's not made anymore. But one
smell of that stuff and you will agree, I have 4 bottles saved
back :P (02/15/2009)
It's hard to take anyone serious who uses Acqua Di Gio or Fierce.
Of course there are always going to be those who need to be told what to wear.
But, for the gentlemen who desire class and sophistication all you need to do is proceed to the Chanel counter and grab:
When choosing cologne, you have to smell it for yourself and see if it's for you. Then you have to try it and see how it reacts on your skin. My collection consists of:
This list is in chronological order from the scents I like the most to the scent I like the least. All scents are different for different occasions. If I want to go on the formal side, Chanel Allure Homme and YSL L'homme is the way to go. If I want to go a little more casual I would go with Creed Erolfa and Versace Man Eau Fraiche.
My advice for those looking for a fragrance, smell away! If YOU like it, chances are someone else will like it too :)