There are so many mens aftershaves and fragrances available on the market today that it can be really tricky trying to find the right one for you or as a gift. Often, your mate’s favourite scent might not be your cup of tea, and what your girlfriend thinks is repulsive might have been one of your old time favourites. So we’ve put together this definitive list to cover all bases.
*Ladies – if your trying to find out whats the best fragrance for men then read on……………………
Best Selling/Overall Mens Aftershave 2010/2011
1 Million by Paco Rabanne
This best-selling mens fragrance wins the best overall fragrance award because it ticks all the boxes possible, if you’re willing to overlook the slightly gawdy bottle! It is a great smelling, long lasting fragrance, designed to be a daring and seductive scent. Average retail price for a bottle is a very reasonable £35 for 50ml and there is a complete range of products to accompany it, from shower gels to after shave spray and deodorant which are priced between £15-£30. It’s quite a spicy fragrance so it is perfect for formal occasions, or a good night out. And if you like your daily dose of technical info, it carries base notes of sensual leather and amber and top notes of fresh fruits, blood mandarin and peppermint.
Best Sporty Fragrance
Gucci by Gucci SPORT pour Homme
As it’s name suggests, this is a sporty, outdoorsy type of fragrance, designed for active men and people who don’t like anything too musky or heavy. The scent is simple, fresh and refreshing as base notes of patchouli are balanced with grapefruit and cardamom, resulting in a woody, fresh, masculine fragrance. As you might expect, Gucci have also produced a line of accompanying products, including a travel spray and a deodorant, as well as a shower gel, and aftershave balm and an aftershave lotion.
Best Manly Fragrance
BOSS Bottled Night – Hugo Boss
Introduced in 2010, this is an unashamedly masculine scent full of elegance and depth. It carries musky base notes of sandalwood and top notes of lavender and birch leaves. Uncomplicated, manly and rugged and as the name suggests, perfect for a night out.
*If you are quick you can still get the gift set while stocks last. This includes a aftershave balm and shower gel. Bargain!
Best Subtle Fragrance
Prada pour Homme – Prada
This fragrance is ultra subtle and very sophisticated. Vaguely reminds us of the clean, reassuring smell of talcum powder from childhood but with more allure. It’s clean smelling, soft and woody, and is a distinctive, modern scent- individual without being overpowering. Base notes of suede and sandalwood are balanced with bergamot, mandarin and vanilla.
Best Looking Bottle
Only the Brave – Diesel
This fragrance by Diesel joined the market in 2010 and has been a topseller ever since proving that not only is the bottle blooming lovely but it smells pretty darn nice too. The fragrance marries manly, woody fragrances of amber, leather and cedarwood with lighter top notes of lemon, mandarin and coriander leaves, making it a thoroughly pleasant scent, although the reason we really love it is the fab bottle. Shaped like a clenched fist, it’s the ultimate statement in manly, rugged dominance and a musthave on the bathroom shelf.
Best Extravagant Fragrance
Tom Ford for Men – Tom Ford
Gucci’s former head designer has set up his own label and recently branched out into fragrances. This, his first from the collection is his signature men’s fragrance and has all the hallmarks of a classic. A luxurious, deep, rich smell, you get the impression of luxury and heritage from it, despite Tom Ford being a newly established label and this fragrance was apparently created for refined, sophisticated and seductive men. The smell is quite heavy at first and has a woody base. It has base notes of leather, cedarwood and patchouli and top notes of mandarin, violet and black pepper. Priced at £56, it will set you back a little more than others on the market but it is a luxurious fragrance and worth it if you fancy pushing the boat out.
If you really want to push the boat out check out Tom Ford – Designer Brands – House of Fraser
Best Fragrance on a Budget
Cool Water – Davidoff
This is a great smelling, fresh fragrance and is a market bestseller. What’s more, it’s available from as little as £19.99, and a little goes a long way, so you can expect that £19.99 investment to last you a fair while. It stays the day and has a range of shower gels, aftershaves and lotions to accompany it, all reasonably priced too. The fragrance itself is a refreshing mix of amber and peppermint, it’s sexy, masculine and suitable for day or night.
Best Fashion Fragrance
BANG – Marc Jacobs
Although Marc Jacobs has a long line of bestselling female fragrances, his foray into male scents is more spasmodic so the fact that this is the first masculine fragrance he has produced in a decade is reason enough to buy. Besides that, Marc Jacobs’s label is ultra trendy, cutting edge and super stylish, why would his fragrances be any different? This complex scent has base notes of white moss and patchouli and top notes of pink pepper and pepper.
Best Celebrity Fragrance
Unforgivable – Sean John
Perhaps an unlikely choice, but credit where credit’s due, Sean John (aka Puff Daddy) knows his stuff when it comes to male fragrances. This is an impressive scent from a celebrity and combines base notes of sandalwood, amber and rum with top notes of citrus fruits and bergamot. This was a fragrance award winner when it came to the market in 2007 and is a really good price.
Best Overall Fragrance Brand
An all round, best selling fragrance brand with continuous best sellers and an extensive and impressive repertoire of scents. Some of our favourites, definately worth checking out, include Polo Sport by Ralph Lauren which is a fresh, refreshing, sporty sort of smell; and the hugely successful ‘Big Pony’ collection, an array of four different smells in brightly coloured bottles with polo playing men on the front- they all smell totally different so you’re guaranteed to find the one for you.