Best cologne for men 2023: Top 7 fragrances most recommended by experts
Your scent is part of your style and can leave a lasting impression on the people who meet you (for better or for worse!). We are not alone in this sentiment, a recent study showed that a man’s scent was a major factor for women looking for a potential mate. Of course, finding the right cologne can be a challenge with so many options. Doesn’t it seem like all fragrances look the same after you’ve smelled a few? We hope to make this process easier for you – instead of sniffing bottle after bottle, we looked at 10 reviews from professionals and came up with the seven best colognes for men.
You can thank us in advance. In general, men who wear cologne may feel more confident, more attractive and make a better first impression on others.
If you’re on the dating scene, your choice of cologne is an important part of who you are. A recent study showed that hygiene is a major factor for Americans looking for a partner. There is also proper hygiene powerful benefits, relieving stress and anxiety, improving sleep and improving self-image. So on top of the basics, guys should look for a fragrance that resonates with them.
After all, smell is still one of the most powerful senses we have, even though it is obvious became weaker over time, scientists say. Perhaps because of this slight loss of smell, a high-quality cologne can be the perfect solution for those men who want to stand out… whether in the boardroom or on a date!
Wearing an attractive smell can also help you find friends, perhaps. One study shows that people actually choose their friends – based on how they smell! Researchers report that people with similar body odors are more likely to become friends. “This doesn’t mean we’re behaving like goats or earthworms—people probably rely on other, much more dominant cues when making social decisions. However, the results of our study suggest that our nose plays a bigger role than previously thought in our choice of friends,” notes Prof. Noam Sobel of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
So which men’s cologne is the best? StudyFinds researched 10 expert websites and compiled a list of the most frequently recommended fragrances. If you have your own suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!
The list: Top 5 colognes, according to experts
1. Chanel blue
Known for its strong, intriguing scent, Chanel’s Bleu de Chanel made seven of our experts’ top charts. Chanel, of course, is widely known in the perfume industry, with Chanel N° 5 being one of the best-selling perfumes in the US. However, Blue is a strong favorite for 2023.
Bleu de Chanel has long been the best-selling cologne in the world of fragrances and Men’s health says it best saying “it’s just good”.
The signature fragrance was praised for its “woody cedar undertones with lingering hints of grapefruit, making it a fresh, clean-smelling option,” according to brides. Meanwhile, CNN Bottom line ranked it top overall, noting how “the citrus and amber notes of the cologne complement each other perfectly, while the cedarwood adds an element of punch.”
2. Dior Sauvage
Dior has long been a player in the high-end luxury fashion market and Sauvage is no different, having been around since 1966. Since then, Sauvage has been the best-selling fragrance. For those who want to be noticed with their cologne, this may be the option for you.
This cologne is a bolder choice in fragrances, reviewers say, although the Robb Report named it the best cologne for office wear. CNN Underscore writes that Dior Savage “contains notes of ambroxan, Szechuan pepper and Reggio bergamot, making it ideal for the man who wants to stand out from the crowd.”
SPY also highlights the black pepper and bergamot notes in her review and notes that the cologne is a great choice if you’re looking to spend under $100. “Complex as a composition, yet raw as a scent, Dior Sauvage evokes grandeur and calls for compliments, regardless of gathering.” they write.
Adds T3: “Like its poster boy Johnny Depp, Sauvage is an intriguing blend of rugged masculinity (vetiver, pepper, patchouli) and borderline feminine sophistication (lavender, geranium) that’s hard to pin down, but has no end of complimenting wearers of its wonderful combination of aromas.”
3. Versace Eros
There is perhaps no bigger name when it comes to men’s fashion than Versace, and Eros certainly lives up to that expectation of the best of the best.
“Playful and warm, yet sexy and charming, Eros skillfully combines minty freshness with a hint of sweetness for an irresistible result that is as charming as it is seductive. The best part: Its cool spiciness means it’s suitable for all seasons,” it boasts Forbes.
Even before trying the cologne, reviewers also like the design of the bottle. “We don’t know what’s cooler, the beautiful art deco bottle or the addition of mint in this fresh and tropical scent.” Infused with orange, Italian lemon peel, green apple, tonka bean, amber, woody vanilla, vetiver and moss, this fragrance combination wears well in summer, but overall it’s a pretty versatile cologne,” says brides.
Like Sauvage, Eros is a bold fragrance that will make those around you notice your scent immediately. “The bold mix of citrus and woods in this cologne (think classic Eros but more intense) is best worn when you want to make an entrance – and leave a lasting impression,” it says Men’s health.
4. Calvin Klein Eternity
Let’s be honest: there are too many colognes to choose from, and sometimes it’s good to just pick one great scent that you just can’t go wrong with. Well, there’s no better choice than Calvin Klein’s longtime favorite Eternity.
“Eternity by Calvin Klein is an absolute powerhouse of a cologne that dudes have been rocking around the world for years. It has an OG-centric aesthetic that makes it a must-have for any man’s cologne collection,” he says A SPY.
Eternity is also a winner if you’re looking for a cologne to give as a gift because it’s so loved by everyone – and because it’s not as expensive as the others on the list. “Eternity is Evergreen: Sage, cedar, bergamot and moss combine for an earthy and refreshing finish, and at a price that’s friendly to the greens in your wallet.” It’s one of those fragrances that everyone recognizes, as it’s an easy choice as a signature scent or as a gift for the cologne-curious,” it says GQ.
5. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
If an industry standard like Eternity isn’t for you, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille is definitely something different worth trying. As Forbes jokes“Tobacco Vanilla is Grandpa’s smoking jacket meets Grandma’s fresh-baked vanilla cookies.”
Don’t let that fool you, Vanille is still an intriguing cologne for men. Forbes adds that the cologne is “a refined balance that’s not too sweet or too smoky, the scent remains warm, inviting and – most importantly – compliment-worthy.”
Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford is a fragrance that can appeal to men who are outdoorsy and enjoy the finer things in life, especially a bold cologne. “With ginger, tobacco and cocoa, this high-end Tom Ford cologne is the ultimate sweet and spicy scent for someone who just can’t choose between the two,” says CNN Emphasized.
6. Blu Atlas Atlantis
“Influenced by the scents and sights of Bali’s coastal jungle,” Blu Atlas Atlantis is a newcomer to the mix in 2022.
The fragrance itself is a huge differentiator from the competition, appealing to people who want to avoid a strong chemical drink. It is made without any phthalates or other unwanted additives as noted by Forbes. The formula is also vegan and cruelty-free.
Perhaps the final selling point of Blu Atlas Atlantis was the versatility that the fragrance offers to those who wear it. Men’s magazine notes that its fragrance profile contains “a splash of invigorating citrus top notes, rich floral middle notes and deep, musky base notes that blend together into a clean and inviting fragrance that men can wear day after day.”
7. Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio
One of the most famous cologne brands and a staple in the industry since its inception in 1996, Acqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani is another one of those ‘can’t go wrong’ bottles.
Acqua di Gio’s fragrance, a blend of “bergamot, neroli, rosemary and patchouli to scream earthy at its best” (brides) give this cologne a great scent without being overpowering. Other expert sites mention notes of sea, lavender and green mandarin.
Armani cologne also received high marks for its longevity and wearability, meaning your scent won’t fade away quickly. In fact, Men’s health notes that the fragrance has “eternal wearability.”
While Eternal may be a bit long, they weren’t alone in this analysis. Men’s magazine also commented that Acqua di Gio “will leave you smelling effortlessly fresh, even after a long day.”
Note: This article is not paid for or sponsored. StudyFinds is not affiliated or affiliated with any of the brands mentioned and does not receive compensation for its recommendations.
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