Fragrances play a big role in influencing our social interactions. They can affect our confidence while determining how we’re perceived in certain situations, ranging from job interviews to nerve-wracking first dates. Smelling great with a subtle, inviting fragrance or wearing an overbearing scent can be the difference between a good impression and rejection.
For a lot of us, the art of choosing fragrances is an elusive mystery. With so many factors to consider, it can easily make your head spin. The last thing you want is to spend money on a fragrance that’s too strong.
Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re new to purchasing fragrances and aren’t quite sure what to look out for, then you’ll want to head to the bottom of the list for some pointers on fragrance shopping. Otherwise, read on for our list of the 36 best colognes for men in 2022.
When we say that the hottest fragrance on the market right now is Atlantis by Blu Atlas, we mean it. This aromatic joy offers clear notes of clary sage, bergamot, and patchouli, all supported by scents of citrus and wood. Best suited for mindful men looking to sport a scent, this product is disrupting the fragrance industry in more ways than one. Blu Atlas sourced all-natural ingredients for its flagship fragrance, showcasing that they’ve put time and effort into formulating this chemical-free scent.
With all-natural ingredients onboard for this spicy contender, Blu Atlas is looking to be the best cologne for men when it comes to skincare. The manscaping, grooming, and hygiene market is shifting, and Blu Atlas is going to be at the forefront of that change. Blu Atlas is giving men more reason to care about their skin and fostering sustainability with their products.
2.Greenley by Parfums De Marly (Eau de parfum)
This is a citrusy, musky fragrance with crisp notes of green apple. The sprightly, modern scent from Parfums De Marly is surely not one to disappoint. What really hits you first is the unmistakable smell of green apple coupled with bergamot, too.
Now, what gives body to the fragrance is the musk making its way from the amber wood base notes, catering towards individuals looking to give off a mysterious yet playful vibe. Wearing this on first dates is guaranteed to leave your date swooning over you.
Second date? Check.
3. Silver Mountain Water by Creed (Eau de parfum)
Silver Mountain Water by Creed offers lovely musky undertones along with clear and fresh citrusy notes, which perfectly offset one another to create a unique, dreamy fragrance.
The cologne makers behind Silver Mountain Water hit the nail on the head with this fragrance. Said to be milky and creamy, this scent looks to complete the daily grind of any sophisticate aiming to please the senses of passers-by who are fortunate enough to catch a whiff.
The fact that it’s an eau de parfum fragrance almost goes against how pleasant, sleek, and non-aggressive it is.
4. F by Ferragamo Black by Salvatore Ferragamo (Eau de toilette)
Enjoy an eau de toilette with clear notes of lavender, apple, and black pepper—all supported by tonka bean. F by Ferragamo Black is an amalgamation of scents that give off a fresh and spicy feel.
There’s a French term for a lingering impression in the wake of something or someone that’s passed by—sillage. If there’s one word to encapsulate the entirety of this scent, it’s that. Have you ever smelled that fragrant scent in the elevator, mall, or hallway that just stays around for you to follow? One you find yourself wanting more of?
Yup, this is the one.
5. Code Absolu by Armani (Eau de parfum)
This is an eau de parfum characterized by its spicy amber feel. Code Absolu’s signature scent comes from clear notes of apple, mandarin, and nutmeg, and the body of the cologne finishes with vanilla, suede, and various woody notes.
This fragrance by Armani aims to deliver a uniquely warm touch to an already intoxicating concoction of alluring, enticing, and captivating scents. Code Absolu is best paired with whiskey, winter, and a lit fireplace to maximize the scent and its seductive properties.
Hands-down a must-have for your Casablanca-esque romantic escapades.
6. Aqua di Gio Profumo by Giorgio Armani (Eau de parfum)
This aromatic option by Giorgio Armani has an unmistakably aquatic feel to it. Top notes are the sea with bergamot, followed by rosemary, sage, and geranium, all of which are carried by incense and patchouli.
Acqua di Gio Profumo is said to have been a combination of igneous rocks and waters from the Mediterranean Sea. The first few things that come to mind upon smelling it are the need for exploration and deep-diving into the pastel colorways of Santorini, Greece.
The people at Giorgio Armani really have outdone themselves by delivering an all-expense-paid trip to the Mediterranean in this bottle.
7. Spicebomb Extreme Cologne for Men by Viktor & Rolf (Eau de parfum)
Viktor & Rolf’s entry comes in a bottle that screams extreme.
Spicebomb Extreme delivers a fruity, spicy personality supported by notes of vanilla, lavender, and tobacco. Exploding onto the scene in 2015, this iteration of the Spicebomb does not disappoint.
It is really no surprise that the Spicebomb Extreme lasts longer than its predecessor. With a pleasant scent, you’ll be thanking the people at Viktor & Rolf for rolling out a cologne as energetic and volatile as this one.
8. Eros by Versace (Eau de toilette)
Ah, Versace. What else is there really to say about Versace? Eros is the perfect aromatic for men.
Being an eau de toilette fragrance doesn’t mean it’s a weak one. In fact, this particular cologne is tailored for he who is mastered by none, and he whose passion burns as bright as Sirius. It is a must-have fragrance for bold men looking to make a statement.
Eros has notes of mint and lemon, held together with vanilla undertones. All of these notes lend to its fresh and citrusy entrance into a more profound and secured creamy profile.
9. CH Men Prive by Carolina Herrera (Eau de toilette)
This is an incredible leather fragrance catered towards men. If you’re looking to make an instant impression, you can’t go wrong with this choice.
CH Men Prive features top notes of whiskey, grapefruit, and pomelo to really distinguish itself as an elegant, mature, premium scent for the man. It also features middle notes of cardamom, lavender, sage, and red thyme, all held together by leather, tonka bean, and woody undertones.
Carolina Herrera has brought an unmistakably masculine fragrance to the table. It isn’t just musky outright, but it’s also classy and pleasant. Quite the must-have for sophisticated men.
10. Obsession For Men by Calvin Klein (Eau de toilette)
Are you fueled by your passion? Whether you’re grinding for that well-deserved promotion or you’re pursuing the Hope Diamond of your romantic endeavors—this amber fragrance will accommodate you along the way.
Obsession For Men features cinnamon, lavender, coriander, lime, and other citrus scents on top, followed by myrrh, nutmeg, and woody scents. This is all supported by notes of vanilla, patchouli, and masculine musk.
Kudos to Calvin Klein for creating a classic in the men’s scents world. This is the Jack to your Rose, the Clyde to your Bonnie, this is the Obsession for you.
11. Mémoire d’une Odeur by Gucci (Eau de parfum)
Here is an interesting entry from Gucci, as the Mémoire d’une Odeur is marketed as a unisex scent rather than a men’s cologne. The boldness doesn’t end there. Gucci deviated from traditionally established scent profiles for both sexes, creating a scent profile they call mineral aromatics. To many, it yields a fragrance that is a mix of herbal and woody—very unique in its final composition. Smooth is the prevailing theme here, given the presence of vanilla, chamomile, and jasmine.
A muted scent like this is ideal for indoor events or daytime excursions, places where the transience of the Odeur really shines. This fragrance is perfect for the reserved, laidback man whose primary weapon is his mystery.
12. Bleu De Chanel by Chanel (Eau de parfum)
Bleu De Chanel is dominantly citrusy, with fresh wood undertones sneaking in. Offering up to eight hours of fragrance, this cologne from Chanel is a serviceable all-day choice. Bleu de Chanel is a mature, sexy scent for the older gentleman, and it’s designed to reel in the ladies—or so Chanel says!
13. Egoiste by Chanel (Eau de toilette)
With Chanel’s Egoiste comes a fragrance that is, in a word, exotic. It utilizes a triumvirate of fruit notes, woody and smoky undertones, and some spiciness from its cinnamon component. Egoiste is ideal for daytime gatherings in the spring and summer, as its natural, earthy scents really shine in the warmth of the sun. It’s perfect for barbecues, picnics, and beach trips. We recommend this cologne for young men between 20 and 30.
14. A*Men Pure Malt by Thierry Mugler (Eau de toilette)
The sole entry on this list from Thierry Mugler, A*Men Pure Malt hits the ground running at the first spritz. Its top notes feature fruity tones that flank vanilla, patchouli, and whiskey. As you can tell by the name, the fragrance takes its cue from classy liqueurs and masterfully captures their sophistication and olfactory gravitas without leaving you smelling like a bar.
This fragrance truly shines in cold weather, much like a glass of single malt is a welcome companion in frigid temperatures. This is a casual night-out-on-the-town scent and a certified compliment magnet.
15. L’Homme for Men by Prada (Eau de toilette)
Florals and fresh undertones are the scents that punctuate L’Homme for Men. The lightness of its fragrance should not be understated, as it lends a versatility that is perfect for any season and time of day. L’Homme for Men is a fantastic general-use cologne for a first-time collector of fragrances.
16. Coach for Men by Coach (Eau de toilette)
Coach for Men by Coach comes in as a dark horse on this list. It’s a versatile, masculine scent that’s bold and attractive and carries mass appeal. Certainly an easy pickup for any prospective fragrance enthusiast, this can be worn in most seasons—summer, fall, or spring. This scent will be best for daytime activities.
17. 1 Million by Paco Rabanne (Eau de toilette)
Without a doubt, Paco Rabanne’s magnum opus 1 Million is a perennially popular fragrance, especially around 20- to 30-year-old men. It’s an iconic fragrance from its signature candy-sweet top notes to its bottle’s gold bar design.
It can come across as an acquired taste, particularly because of those sweet top notes, but 1 Million really begins to shine after the first 20 minutes. Elements of warmth and spiciness arise, owing to the patchouli and cinnamon. Although the governing scent profile is still that distinctive sweetness, amber and mint components join, creating a classy, regal atmosphere around its wearer.
True to its name, a spritz of 1 Million demands the attention of the entire room without necessarily being overbearing. Ideal for a night out at the clubs, it’s sure to help you stand out.
18. Apple Brandy by Kilian (Eau de parfum)
Meant as an homage to the city of New York, the minds behind Apple Brandy designed a product that delivers on that goal. The end result is a fragrance that is simple but effective. True to its name, it wants to conjure imagery of apple brandy. Apple is present in its top note, truly intended to cement that first impression. A combination of rum, vanilla, and oak help to imitate that sense of brandy and oak barrels.
It’s a niche scent, but perfect for standing out on wintry social evenings.
19. La Nuit De L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent (Eau de toilette)
The La Nuit de L’Homme was engineered for one thing only—nighttime wear. Yves Saint Laurent geared this scent towards men looking to attract the eye—or nose, in this case—of a pretty lady or three.
It’s a classy yet youthful scent that makes use of bright and snappy scent profiles, with a solid eight hours of fragrance. Some woodiness cements the masculinity of this scent.
Look no further than this fragrance from Yves Saint Laurent if you’re looking to go out for a night of flirty fun.
20. Light Blue Intense by Dolce & Gabbana (Eau de parfum)
A popular release from Dolce & Gabbana, Light Blue Intense is a straightforward scent, with its fresh citrusy top notes transporting you to summer bliss. Some minty spiciness helps complement the base notes of incense and rosewood. Woody and smoky scents round out the scent profile for Light Blue Intense.
Altogether, this light fragrance has a distinctive scent profile. It is perfect for those out-of-town getaways and camping trips.
21. Oud Wood by Tom Ford (Eau de parfum)
Oud wood is the first Tom Ford entry and is characterized by woody textures. Tom Ford pairs this woody note with vanilla and spicy scents. These are all highly suited to winter and fall affairs, as they may not survive the warmth of a hot summer day.
Truly a sophisticated scent, gentlemen 25 and up would be smart to add this fragrance to their arsenal.
22. Tobacco Oud by Tom Ford (Eau de parfum)
This particular Tom Ford release underscores a particularly familiar kind of masculinity. Tobacco, whiskey, and cinnamon are front and center in this concoction. The overarching scent in this fragrance is wood and smoke—highly masculine qualities that embody its name of Tobacco Oud.
This is no doubt one of the 36 best colognes for men in 2022. It can last a good 10 hours and is a prime winter and fall fragrance. Consider this on your shortlist of fragrances for a classy night out.
23. Layton By Parfums De Marly (Eau de parfum)
Green apple appears as a scent note a handful of times in this list, and this is the case with Layton. The tart fruitiness of the green apple serves as the proverbial red carpet to the heart notes of geranium, violet, and jasmine. The fruity aspect transitions slowly to a mild spice, courtesy of its cardamom and pepper components.
Layton makes for a premier winter and fall fragrance due to the blend of its scent profile. Its scent is subtle, so it may be overpowered by a hot summer day. Clocking in at 12 hours of lasting fragrance, Layton provides a persistent scent, perfect for those longer days out.
24. Club De Nuit Intense by Armaf (Eau de toilette)
This scent is a great budget piece to add to your collection—a distinctive summer fragrance. The keywords for this fragrance are fruity and woody, and it’s excellent for either daytime or nighttime use, though it does err casual.
25. Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier (Eau de toilette)
For Le Male, the overarching scent theme is distinct vanilla, which is present throughout its scent profile from the top note all the way to the base note. It carries a smooth and creamy impression and lends those qualities to the other components with which it is paired. The subtlety of this scent, combined with its longevity, makes it ideal for a wintertime and autumn setting, allowing it to shine in the subdued environments of the cold.
26. Bvlgari Man by Bvlgari (Eau de toilette)
Bvlgari Man is about as straightforward a scent as you’re going to get—a masculine scent with floral, wood, and citrus undertones. It’s a great first cologne for those not willing to commit to a scent beyond a quick social gathering, as it lasts three to four hours at most.
This cologne carries mass appeal as well, painting broad strokes with its scent profile that are generally pleasant. It’s an ideal cologne for 20- to 30-year-old men looking to start trying out more complex colognes. A great compliment magnet without overpowering the room.
27. The One by Dolce & Gabbana (Eau de parfum)
The One highlights a romantic approach to dating, and its composition reflects that belief. It’s a romantic scent profile that some define as erotic yet subtle at the same time. The scent starts off with a combination of basil, coriander, and grapefruit. This opens up to its heart profile of ginger, cardamom, and orange blossom. These sharper scents disguise a subtle spicy aroma in its warmth and freshness while the tobacco adds a smoky, familiar kick to the ensemble.
The One operates in subtlety and elegance, making it more suited to subdued and intimate affairs like a dinner date rather than a rough energized night out. It’s great to wear for the wintertime but is too delicate to be worn in the summer with the expectation of longevity.
Great for the young man looking for—you saw this coming—the one.
28. Body Kuoros by Yves Saint Laurent (Eau de toilette)
Right out the gates, Body Kouros is a daring and bold scent. It instantly greets you with sweet, citrusy notes that clash ever so slightly with spice provided by a eucalyptus component. The combination of smoky incense, cedar, and sage conjure strong imagery of fire—warmth, passion, unpredictability.
The uncommonly sharp scent can put some sensitive noses off, so take care when applying this cologne. This is a great wear for the summertime and the daytime, as the peak olfactory experience of its fragrance lasts a precious few hours.
This is a fantastic pick for your first foray into bolder scents while having one foot squarely in the comfort zone.
29. Pi Neo by Givenchy (Eau de toilette)
This release from Givenchy is a callback to the original Pi released in 1998 under the direction of legendary fashion icon Alexander McQueen. The primary components of Pi Neo’s scent profile are citrus and herbals with a touch of vanilla and patchouli—all very wintery impressions. It has a softer, sweeter effect to it than most men’s colognes that lean masculine; a great alternative for those seeking subtlety and sophistication rather than confidence and power.
With such a lively yet tight scent profile, the Pi Neo is best suited to the young professional with a booked Friday night, rushing from a shareholders’ meeting to a classy date.
30. SAUVAGE by Dior (Eau de toilette)
With Sichuan pepper forming its heart note, SAUVAGE delivers a spicy tone, which blends gently with its citrusy components, as well as a touch of lavender. The end result is a fresh scent that almost comes across as effortless but very well-executed.
This scent’s versatility makes it ideal for both summertime and wintertime use. Spritz lightly for a casual event and spritz a bit more generously for a sophisticated soiree.
31. Armani Code by Giorgio Armani (Eau de toilette)
The third entry from Armani, Armani Code is a dark and aromatic fragrance. It opens with creamy notes of sweet and citrus before settling on a subtler smoky tobacco scent. As an eau de toilette, its longevity leaves much to be desired, with the trade-off of greater intensity. This, combined with its dark and smoky scent profile, makes it an ideal fragrance for winter or fall.
Code is great for the male professional wanting to exude an aura of maturity and silent strength.
32. Black Orchid by Tom Ford (Eau de parfum)
A highly romantic fragrance, Black Orchid is a classic from Tom Ford released way back in 2006. It stands the test of time even against newer releases, as it continues to be one of the best colognes for men in 2022—16 years later. It boasts top notes of truffle and plum, middle notes of rum and the namesake black orchid, all tied off with a base of patchouli. The final result is an earthy, sweet, and woody fragrance, quite unique in its presentation.
It’s definitely a cold-weather wear, meant for formal use. Count on it if you’re looking for a date night complement or to complete a night gala ensemble.
33. Pour Homme by Versace (Eau de toilette)
As a summer day fragrance, Pour Homme understandably makes use of aquatic tones as a way of evoking the idea of the beach and the ocean. Its distinctly citrus top notes catch your attention right away before it melts away for a green tone follow-up. As an eau de toilette fragrance, it carries a bit more intensity in exchange for longevity, which peaks at around five to six hours.
Pour Homme is great to wear on a beach trip as it really brings out those aquatic and citrusy themes.
34. Carlisle by Parfums De Marly (Eau de parfum)
Carlisle carries all the sophistication you might suppose comes from a name as classy as Carlisle. It exudes a warm, sweet, and smoky fragrance due to its ingredients of saffron, vanilla, nutmeg, sandalwood, and a top note of green apple.
It starts off fruity with the green apple before opening the gates to the smokiness of nutmeg with hints of vanilla and sandalwood. The blending of the scent notes is exceedingly well-executed, creating a harmonious sweet, smoky scent profile that calls to mind the scene of a forested mountainside.
Carlisle is a dress-up fragrance, ideal for romantic nights out, black tie events, and other formal functions of that sort. With its relatively stronger scent, it’s a fantastic pick for the winter as well.
35. Acqua di Gio Profondo by Armani (Eau de parfum)
Showcased by its name, the Acqua di Gio Profondo carries strong marine themes. Aquatic scents usually come across as smooth or clean, and Profondo is no exception. While it lacks the complexity of other, more nuanced fragrances, Profondo is no slouch. The smooth blending of its marine top notes, aromatic heart notes, and woody base notes create a powerfully subtle but deep aroma.
As an eau de parfum fragrance, Profondo will not hang heavy, but it will last you the whole night. A fragrance such as this is best suited to more mature men or for those highbrow date nights that require a touch more class and muted sophistication.
36. Invictus by Paco Rabanne (Eau de toilette)
Invictus evokes the memory of summer with the combination of its notes. Its top notes are distinctively citrus, which can steal a show when you walk into a room wearing it. The middle notes follow with a sweet, bubblegum-like fruitiness, which translates into a beachy, sea salt-like smell.
Altogether, this is one of the best colognes for men in 2022, giving off the impression of adventure and easygoingness. It’s an energetic and vivacious scent—fit for the young adult professional looking to make his mark on the world.
Final Thoughts On The 36 Best Colognes For Men In 2022
There you have it—the 36 best colognes for men in 2022. We’re confident in the selections we’ve outlined for you here. You truly can’t go wrong with any of these. It’s just about finding which scent best compliments your preferences.
If you’re still not sold on any cologne in particular, stick with Blu Atlas. In our opinion, Atlantis is a versatile scent that will delight any man—don’t risk spending the money on a different product and being underwhelmed. With Blu Atlas, you’ll never worry about that. After all, they offer a 100% money-back guarantee!
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