My Dizzying Quest To Find The Best Colognes For Men (2024)

From Maison Margiela, Tom Ford, Creed, and more, read on to discover the best colognes for men in 2024.

The best colognes for Father’s Day

Mark your calendars: Father‘s Day is Sunday 16 June, giving you just two weeks to find the best cologne for dear old dad. Whether he’s into his vetiver or favours a more formidable oud, there‘s something for every kind of father figure among Vogue’s quick picks below. Comprising scents that have been expertly chosen by our editors for their mass appeal, he's sure to love whichever new signature you choose.

Penhaligon’s Gentlemen’s Fragrance Collection

Why it's a great gift for dad:

Penhaligon’s is home to some of the most feted fragrances money can buy, and this set includes all the brand’s best hits. From Halfeti – a powerful and sophisticated oud – to Juniper Sling – the spiced and citrussy perfume equivalent of a G&T – each bottle comes in a deluxe mini size. Perfect for letting him discover his favourite before you splash out on the full size, he’ll also love them for freshening up on the go.

Bentley Beyond Rich Pimento Eau de Parfum

Why it's a great gift for dads:

If you’re not yet equipped to buy your dad the car of his dreams, don'’t fret – this fragrance makes a very good consolation prize. Not just because it comes dressed to impress in a slick gift box, but also because it smells as opulent as you’d expect. Weaving fresh notes of grapefruit and bergamot with enduring tonka bean, it’s a gift he won’t soon forget.

Aesop Moroccan Neroli Shaving Set

Why it's a great gift for dads:

If he’s the kind of father that likes a clean shave, this is the set to upgrade his grooming with. Warmly scented with notes of sandalwood and spice, the serum and aftershave duo gets him both a smooth glide and an aroma that endears him to everyone around.

Tom Ford Noir Extreme Eau de Parfum Gift Set

Why it’s a great gift for dads:

Fragtances don't get much more classic than they are at Tom Ford, and Noir Extreme is an exceptional Father’s Day choice. A smoky, genderless blend of amber and sandalwood, it’s so good you’ll be tempted to keep it for yourself.

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Valentino UOMO Born In Roma Green Stravaganza

Words fail to capture the intoxicating trail this cologne leaves in your wake. Instantly energising, its feel-good citruses are masterfully mixed with a heart of coffee for an aroma that keeps everyone guessing. The kind of cologne that smells even better as the day goes on, it hides precious Haitian vetiver at its base – a vibrant tropical grass that lasts on clothes and skin for hours, even in eau de toilette form. Trust us when we say you will smell irresistible.

Valentino Born In Roma Green Stravaganza

Parfums de Marly Perseus

Those in the know will need no introduction to the acclaimed blends of fragrance house Parfums de Marly. Perseus, its latest offering, is an easy scent swap for the warmer seasons: it’s bright and clean-smelling with notes of bergamot that make for a fine summer signature. Finished with vetiver and seductive tonka bean, this is a spritz with serious staying power, and one guaranteed to charm everyone in your orbit. Keep it handy for office wear, a post-gym refresh or date night – wherever you’re headed it’s sure to make a good impression.

Parfums de Marly Perseus Eau de Parfum

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Byredo Mojave Ghost Hair Perfume

A well-kept secret among the best-smelling men in the business? Hair perfume. With a strand-friendly blend of sunscreens, panthenol and parfum, Byredo’s mist keeps your tresses feeling and looking as good as they’ll smell to anyone close enough to get a good sniff. And sniff they will: this crisp fragrance piques interest with airy notes of musk and amber, plus clean woody facets that project every time your hair catches the breeze.

Byredo Mojave Ghost Hair Perfume

Penhaligons Halfeti

Picture a stroll through the oud-soaked halls of Harrods and you’ll have a good handle on what to expect from Penhaligon’s Halfeti. A luxurious accord that wins you no end of “you smell expensive” compliments, it marries roses, musk and spiced Levantine herbs with a fresh top of fruits and citrus. The result? An addictive unisex scent with an all-occasions appeal. A little lingers for hours, so spritz sparingly.

Penhaligons Halfeti Eau de Parfum

Loewe Paula’s Ibiza Cosmic

If shower-fresh spritzes take your fancy, look no further than this summery debut from Loewe. Blending all the best holiday smells – think coconut, mango and tropical sandalwood – its light and fresh notes are fixed to the skin thanks to amber in the accord. A scent that stays the course on sweaty summer days, in a sunset bottle worthy of prime placement on your dresser – what’s not to love?

Hackett London Absolute

Suited, booted and spritzed with the invigorating blend that is Hackett’s Absolute, you’re well prepared for both a day in the office and a soiree after hours. This shapeshifting scent starts with fresh, fruity notes via a citrusy top, but the aromatic heart and royal oakwood base gradually make their presence known. Light on the nose in those earlier hours before rounding out to a flavourful, full-bodied scent, this one won’t offend your desk-mates, but is sure to delight your evening date.

Hackett London Absolute Eau de Parfum

Burberry Hero

If you consider yourself a gentleman of refined taste, you’ll do well to add Burberry’s Hero to your aftershave arsenal. Sophisticated and sensual, its warming aroma is anchored by a cedarwood base, with clean pine top notes that project and reel in plenty of compliments. An ideal antidote to the bleak cold of winter, it’s peppered with frankincense and resinous woods that stick to the skin to leave a lasting impression.

Givenchy Gentleman Society

Housed in a sleek construction of 15 per cent recycled glass, Givenchy’s latest fragrance is a scent refresh in every respect. Though designed for the modern gentleman, its notes of sage, vetiver and cedarwood mingle for an aromatic spritz with mass appeal. The clean, green opening is peppered with spice, florals and woods in a way that invites intrigue – an alluring accord fit for both sunny spring dates and warming up during the months.

Givenchy Gentleman Society Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford Oud Wood

Oud wood is one of the most precious and expensive ingredients for any perfumer, and this cologne by Tom Ford nails the woody scent. Combined with cardamom, sandalwood, and vetiver – with hints of tonka bean and amber – a few spritzes of this signature scent is like warming up to a nice cosy fire.

Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau De Parfum

Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club

Imagine yourself in a dimly lit jazz club with the perfect co*cktail, surrounded by cigar smoke and leather chairs. This scent is the next best thing: Warm and spicy, it has notes of pink pepper, rum, and tobacco. Perfect for the autumn and winter months when you want to hibernate in full cosy mode.

Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club Eau De Toilette

Dior Eau Savage

Having a citrussy opening that recalls summer sun with bright notes of bergamot, Dior’s parfum takes on a sophisticated depth as it ushers in vetiver and elemi. Aromatic and fresh, with plenty of substance to see you past the sunny season, it is an elegant spritz that makes a fine everyday signature.

Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum

Montblanc Explorer

Montblanc’s ‘Explorer’ is an all-terrain type of spritz, bearing crowd-pleasing notes of pineapple, vetiver and amber that suit all seasons and occasions. If you’re a one-and-done kind of man, this is the bottle to buy.

Montblanc Explorer Eau de Parfum

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Grand Soir

Imagining what a “magnificent Parisian evening” would smell like, Maison Francis Kurkdjian came up with this wonderful blend of vanilla, amber, tonic beans, and cistus labdanum. Indeed, it’s the perfect scent for a night on the town.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Grand Soir eau de parfum

Hugo Boss Boss Bottled Night

Woody and aromatic with an alluring, musky base, this EDT is light enough for office wear, but boasting a powerful, masculine dry down, it’ll also see you soundly to your evening affairs. A win-win.

Boss Bottled Night Eau de Toilette

Creed Aventus

This best-selling fragrance from Creed was introduced in 2010 and continues to be a fan favourite. It features crisp top notes of apple, blackcurrant, pineapple, and bergamot, with heftier heart and base notes including birch, patchouli, vanilla, and musk. It’s inspired by the life of a historic emperor and meant to symbolise strength, power, and success – who wouldn’t want that?

Creed Aventus Eau De Parfum

CKIN2U For Him

Arguably Calvin Klein’s most accessible scent, CKIN2U might be common, but it’s not one to be sniffed at. It’s made with easygoing, enthralling notes of lemon, tomato leaf and vetiver, and is the perfect pick to pack in your gym bag for a locker room freshen-up session.

Ralph Lauren Polo Black

Some classics never die, and Ralph Lauren’s Polo Black fragrance stands the test of time. A bold fusion of iced mango, lemon, and tangerine is combined with sandalwood, sage, and patchouli noir for a bittersweet end result. Bold and aromatic, it’s the ultimate scent to get noticed in.

Ralph Lauren Polo Black Eau De Toilette

Le Labo Another 13

You may know Le Labo for its signature Santal 33 scent, but Another 13 is one of its more slept-on fragrances that deserves just as much hype. A collaboration with Another magazine, the scent is equal parts musky and fresh, composed of ambroxan, jasmine petals, moss, and woody, amber-y notes.

Le Labo

Another 13 Eau De Parfum 50ml

Dior Sauvage

Inspired by nature and its raw materials, this scent from Dior perfumer François Demachy is fresh, earthy and woody. Warm notes of bergamot, pepper, and amber wood take cues from a desert landscape – but can still be worn in the dead of winter, thanks to its refined, non-overpowering finish.

Dior Sauvage Eau De Toilette

Byredo Bibliothèque Eau De Parfum

Hugo Boss Boss

Launched in 1998, this enduring cologne is a cult classic thanks to its timeless, masculine scent. Fruity and citrus top notes of apple, lemon, and plum are balanced against a hefty floral and spicy base, including geranium, sandalwood, and vetiver.

Hugo Boss Boss Eau De Toilette

The Nue Co. Functional Fragrance

Designed to help you “reset at times of high stress,” this aromatic fragrance from The Nue Co. is clean, woody, spicy, and smokey. The unisex scent features notes of green cardamom, iris, palo santo, and cilantro. Consider it like a stress ball, only in cologne form.

The Nue Co Functional Fragrance

Frédéric Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur

Created in collaboration with master French perfumer Dominique Ropion, this scent is described as “like an eccentric Englishman in a blue velvet jacket,” an appropriate takeaway. A bright fragrance, its top notes are mint, aniseed, and geranium, while the base notes include sandalwood and frankincense.

Frédéric Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur Parfum

Chanel Bleu de Chanel

Fresh, clean, and sensual, this men’s scent from Chanel includes notes of citrus, labdanum, sandalwood, and cedar. It can easily transition from day to night (a musky undertone makes it perfect for a date).

Chanel Bleu De Chanel Parfum

Hermès H24

A bright, citrusy-scent, Hermès’s H24 fragrance – the label’s first perfume for “the contemporary man” – features notes of clary sage, narcissus, and rosewood. It’s perfect for the spring and summer, in particular, though the warming rosewood makes it a year-round favourite, too.

Jo Malone London Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense

Drawn from the sap of the Namibian myrrh tree, this earthy scent is combined with warm almond and vanilla notes of the tonka bean for a rich, full-bodied finish. A hint of lavender and honey lightens it up and makes it a year-round scent for any occasion.

Jo Malone London Myrrh & Tonka Cologne

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio

Released in 1996, this classic scent, inspired by the ocean, has stood the test of time for a reason. The earthy fragrance is the ideal everyday scent, combining cyprus, musk, bergamot, neroli, rosemary, and patchouli for a fresh finish.

Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Giò Eau De Toilette

Calvin Klein Eternity for Men

Another enduring classic from 1988, Eternity is a romantic floral fragrance that was inspired by lasting love. Clearly, the love affair with this scent carries on too: It’s decidedly unisex, and works for both him and her. Notes of freesia, mandarin, sage, white lily, patchouli, and sandalwood make for a timeless blend.

Calvin Klein Eternity For Men Eau De Toilette

Versace Eros

In a chic, Art Deco–style bottle, Versace’s Eros scent is both fresh and tropical. Notes of mint, orange, and woody vanilla are all refreshing – like taking a dip in the pool on a hot summer day. It obviously wears well in the summer, but is a pretty universal cologne overall. Make your own rules on when and how you wear it.

Versace Eros Eau De Parfum

Prada Luna Rossa Sport

This upbeat, zingy scent takes cues from the pulsing spirit of boat racing; it’s an awakening scent to boost your mood in the morning. Notes of lavender, ginger, juniper berries, tonka beans, and vanilla are the perfect thing to spritz on yourself post-workout – or when you’re about to hop on your first Zoom meeting of the day.

Prada Luna Rossa Sport Eau De Toilette

Acqua di Parma Colonia

One of Acqua di Parma’s most popular colognes, Colonia is a fresh, citrusy scent that suits any occasion. It includes key notes of lemon, bergamot, lavender, and patchouli. A few sprays of this is like drinking a tall glass of orange juice.

Paco Rabanne 1 Million Lucky

Paco Rabanne’s earthy, woody 1 Million Lucky scent features a unique combination of hazelnut, green plum, grapefruit, and cedar – making it a woody, sensual fragrance with a touch of citrus. The futuristic-looking bottle is also the perfect thing to flex in your medicine cabinet.

Paco Rabanne 1 Million Lucky Eau De Toilette

Parfums De Marly Layton

Through its pairing of fresh spices and tangy florals, Parfums de Marly’s Layton looks to evoke the essence of a sophisticated man. Geranium, jasmine, and violet are at the heart of its blend, enhanced by notes of vanilla, guaiac wood, apple, pink pepper, and patchouli to craft a contemporarily addictive cologne perfect for an evening out.

Parfums De Marly Layton Eau de Parfum

Comme des Garçons 2

Launched in 1999, the Commes des Garçons 2 fragrance has lasting power. It’s a fresh, floral scent that’s perfect for summer: Top notes include lightweight mandarin orange, aldehydes, angelica, and tea. Middles notes of magnolia, nutmeg, and cinnamon warm up the scent without weighing it down.

Comme des Garçon 2 Eau De Toilette

Celine Black Tie

Alluding to Celine’s excellence in black-tie and tailored silhouettes, this evening scent is built for a night out. It’s composed of white orris butter, cedar, tree moss, and vanilla – striking the right balance between musky and sweet. Think of it like a dinner jacket that will never go out of style.

Celine Black Tie Eau De Parfum

Chanel Allure Homme Sport

Designed to be taken everywhere with you, Chanel’s Allure Homme Sport is a fresh and bright fragrance infused with notes of citrus and cedar. The balanced blend is enriched with Italian mandarin and Japanese green citrus extract and wears beautifully throughout the day.

Chanel Allure Homme Sport

YSL Beauty Y

YSL’s Y Men’s Eau de Parfum is a spicy and bright fragrance that features top notes of apple, ginger, and bergamot, and base notes of cedar, amber woods and olibanum.

My Dizzying Quest To Find The Best Colognes For Men (2024)


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