The Best Colognes & Fragrances, Tried & Tested By Our Editors

Smell exquisite with the top colognes to try and buy. Woody, citrus and fresh, we've tried them all.

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You could dress like you look a million dollars, but if you don’t finish it off with a couple of sprays of one of the best colognes, then your sweet threads could all go to waste. You want to smell as good as you look, gents.

The fact of the matter is, a great-smelling men’s cologne can be the difference between you receiving a compliment or being ignored entirely.

But with such a plethora of scents available for men, choosing a cologne that’s right for you and your skin can often be easier said than done.

In order to find the best of the best smelling men’s fragrance, you would need to spend a good few hours testing every single one, but eventually, your nose will become immune to the scents and you won’t be able to take full advantage of the choice on offer.

How one smells says a lot about who one is, especially in a world where first impressions mean everything. Some people will choose a different scent every time they purchase a new bottle, some may like to stick to a particular label, and there are even those who choose one fragrance forever – a scent they feel defines them as a person.

The colognes and fragrances for men featured below are literally some of the nicest smelling on the market, produced using a mix of rare and original ingredients, so that you stand out for all the right reasons – and don’t smell like every other guy on the street.

So if you’re after a truly unique scent that will have people u-turning just to grab another pleasurable whiff, then check out the best cologne for men below.

Editor’s note: we have tested and worn every single one of these recommended fragrances.

Cologne FAQs

What kind of cologne should I wear for a night out?

The best style of cologne for a night out is something with a seductive dark tobacco and woody scent. Fresher fragrances are better for use during the day.

Which lasts longer, cologne or perfume?

Perfume lasts about three times longer than cologne. This is because perfumes contain a higher concentration of oils, around 20 to 30%, compared to cologne’s 2 to 4%.

How do I apply cologne?

Oils are designed to be absorbed by your skin. Combined with the skin’s natural oils skin, they can create a scent unique to you. For this reason, you should never apply cologne to your clothes. Instead, apply them to what are known as 'pulse points', including the neck, wrist, jawline and chest. These areas will heat up during the day to help 'push' your scent out into the world.

What is the best smelling cologne for men?

It's highly subjective, but we're big fans of Dior Homme, Eight & Bob Original, L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Eau & Cèdre and Tom Ford Fucking Fabulous.