After several hours of research, we have selected the best fragrances perfume for men of the moment, among more than forty popular fragrances on the market. Our choice is undoubtedly Acqua Di Giò by Giorgio Armani. Fresh and light, it is a timeless fragrance that remains over the years an iconic fragrance, appreciated by both men and women.
How did we choose?
Choosing the right perfume that best represents your personality is essential because it influences the way people see you and remember you.
However, whether you are looking for your new fragrance or want to please your half, it is not always easy to navigate the field of perfume, as fragrances abound in the market.
We have therefore concocted for you a guide containing the essential elements to consider before any purchase.
First, know that fragrances come in several forms, whose concentration and price sometimes vary greatly:
- Cologne: sometimes associated inappropriately with male perfumes in that they were the first to seduce the genre, it actually refers to the least concentrated version of a perfume. This mixture contains about 3 to 6% of aromatic essences and persists only a few hours on the skin before fading.
- The eau de toilette: a little more concentrated (between 7 and 12% approximately), it usually takes at least 3 to 4 hours on the skin. This is often the formula favored by men, especially those who choose to wear perfume for a special occasion rather than for real everyday use. Therefore, most of the fragrances that you will find in this comparison are actually toilet waters.
- The perfume water: with a concentration of 12 to 20%, the perfume water usually lasts about 6 to 8 hours. This is the favorite version of these ladies.
- The perfume: it contains 20 to 40% of aromatic essences, which allows it to last a whole day. It is also, you will doubt, the most expensive. So, although we use the generic name of “perfume”, it is actually very rare to wear an authentic one.
You will then need to determine the fragrances that appeal to you the most. Know that, for more richness and subtlety, each fragrance consists of three characteristic notes of its evolution:
- The top note: it is the most volatile smell, the one that feels directly to the application and that usually lasts no more than two hours (most often, it evaporates even after 15 minutes), to leave room for the heart note. It contains the lightest odors or delicate floral fragrances such as lavender.
- The heart note: it is the predominant, the central scent and characteristic of the perfume. It develops over several hours, and generally consists of deeper and intense floral scents, fruity and sweet fragrances, or “green” and spicy scents.
- The bottom note: there are rich and heavy odors that can persist for the day or even days, and begin to be felt only after a few hours. It is the base note that determines the total duration of your perfume. Common background notes include vanilla, sandalwood, leather, tobacco, musk …
Finally, it is always interesting to learn about the composition of the products we use, and to be aware of any harmful ingredients to avoid:
- BHT: Butylated hydroxytoluene is used in cosmetics for its antioxidant properties, and is suspected to be an endocrine disruptor. It is likely to destabilize the reproductive system of men and women and is also allergenic.
- Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate: of synthetic origin, it is used for its anti-UV properties, and is also suspected to be an endocrine disruptor.
- Benzyl salicylate: once considered safe, this allergen raises many questions today. It is planned to evaluate its potential harmfulness and carcinogenicity in 2020. If in doubt, avoid it whenever possible.
- The perfume: under this generic term are hiding many substances, whether natural (such as essential oils, for example) or synthetic. They are both likely to cause an allergic reaction in sensitive people. The synthetic musks are also quite controversial, whether for their disastrous environmental consequences or potential harm to health.
- Phthalates: used as fixatives in fragrances, their presence is quite difficult to detect since they often slip under the name “perfume”. They are recognized as dangerous for health, and some of its variants are already prohibited.
Unfortunately, most large perfume houses frequently resort to one or more of these controversial ingredients. If you wish to avoid them as much as possible, we invite you to read our honorable mentions at the end of this comparison, which proposes more natural, healthy and sometimes organic alternatives.
The choice of perfume is very personal, it is difficult to present products that will suit everyone. Certain fragrances seem nevertheless to agree on the majority of you: we are therefore oriented towards these options likely to appeal to the greatest number.
It is after long hours of research that we made our selection of the 6 best perfumes, the must-haves of the moment among which you should find your happiness.
The perfumes we present in this first section are no less qualitative than those you will discover later! It is simply possible, at the time of writing these lines, to find them at a competitive price.
One of them is a bestseller since its release 25 years ago, while the other is probably the figurehead of the brand that saw it.
Jean Paul Gaultier The Male: the best cheap
Born in 1995, The Male has still lost none of its charms, since it is still today one of the favorite perfumes of men, and has even been adopted by some women seduced by its sweetness!
It is impossible to miss out on this iconic eau de toilette, whose sales in Europe and France exploded in the early 2000s. It was created to spread a modern anti-conformist image of masculinity, subtly combining virility sensitivity for a resolutely powerful and sensual rendering.
Everything is reassuring and is reflected in the fragrance by lavender, a familiar scent of beard soap. It mixes gently with fresh mint and bergamot. Then comes the scent of orange blossoms and hot spices. Finally, in the background note, we discover a wealth of woody scents, with vanilla, but also sandalwood, cedar, and tonka bean.
These very warm and comforting ground spices make it an ideal perfume to wear in winter. Therefore, it is really wise for the brand to offer a collector’s edition in snowball, ideal to offer during the holidays. You can also opt for the box containing the eau de toilette and the shower gel with the same perfume, which should make a nice impression under the tree.
The set offers a mix with sensual connotations, which has been enjoyed by both men and women since its creation. It is known to leave in the wake of anyone who wears a tender and irresistible fragrance, without ever being aggressive because of its freshness. It should not be abused at the application.
On the other hand, we must mention the regrettable presence of potential endocrine disruptors in the composition of the perfume, including lilial, BHT or oxybenzone.
The bottle is just as emblematic: the male torso to vibrate by its aesthetic as much as its fragrance.
It will seduce men and women by its softness and subtlety and will marry perfectly with the events and evenings of winter.
Versace Eros: the cheap alternative
The second fragrance of our selection is also from a renowned house, the famous Italian brand founded in 1978 by the stylist Gianni Versace.
The brand’s masculine fragrances are numerous, but it is generally this one that stands out among fans. From its name from the God of Love to the design of its luxurious bottle, this perfume transpires its ambition to present itself as a masculine and irresistible perfume.
It is renowned for its long-lasting hold and its elusive fragrance. Even the most sophisticated users often find it difficult to define all aspects. You will be able to read various reviews while having the impression of never having to deal with the same perfume!
What is certain is that the top note brings you freshness, with fresh and fruity flavors of mint, green apple or lemon, which give you at first the impression of facing water of toilet dominated by citrus fruits.
But then the heart and base notes bring richer flavors of tonka bean, amber, vanilla, cedar wood, and oakmoss. The dominance of sweet flavors, however, appeals somewhat less to some users.
These woody notes make his manhood, and his fresh top note gives it a vibrant, sparkling sensation, which makes it, among other things, an ideal scent for summer. The set gives a sense of balance and can be noticed in the middle of a crowd of smells without ever assail nostrils.
Unfortunately, we deplore again the composition of the perfume, which is really alarming here: phthalates, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, and the salicylate and butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane taint the luxurious character of the product.
In the end, it is, therefore, a perfume highly appreciated by its users as much for everyday use (especially because of its long-lasting outfit) as to stand out among a crowd in the evening by the richness of its notes.
The best perfumes for men mid-range
We continue our momentum with fragrances also emblematic, offered at a slightly higher price.
This is where you will discover the most versatile products of our selection, regularly recommended by experts to those who want to learn about perfumes.
Paco Rabanne 1 Million: the best mid-range
The 1 Million remains faithfully the bestseller of the Spanish brand since 2008, although its creators are active in the perfume for men and the unisex perfume since 1973 already!
As for the feminine equivalent, we were talking about here, the brand has not skimped on the luxurious and rich aspect of its packaging. The bottle takes the form of a gold bar, carrying fantasies, arrogance, and success, and ensures the man who wears a great success … among women, among others!
The fragrance of the eau de toilette first gives way to notes of apple, rose and cinnamon, with a trail of citrus and mint, before getting drunk in patchouli, Indian leather, and vanilla. The result is a bold fragrance that manages to shine without being intrusive. The keywords of its users are softness, subtlety, and intoxication.
Many evoke his familiarity with Jean Paul Gaultier’s The Male, from which he would have drawn some inspiration. If you’ve ever been seduced by this fragrance, gentlemen, you’ll probably be charmed by the 1 Million.
Its long-lasting hold is also among the most famous, making it an ideal perfume to wear every day, although perhaps more suitable for winter days. Its sweetness makes it an excellent perfume with a mixed tendency.
It is, finally, a fragrance regularly recommended by experts to young men who wish to learn the world of perfumes, probably because of its universality, but also of the class that it confers without being too sophisticated … condition, once again, not to abuse it!
Level composition, note nevertheless the presence of lilial (found under the name of butylphenyl methylpropional), but the complementary ingredients seem otherwise acceptable, which is rare enough to be underlined!
Here is a rather versatile scent, likely to appeal to men and women, young and more mature. With its warm and comforting notes, it is an ideal surprise to slide under the tree!
Azzaro Wanted: the mid-range alternative
Franco-Italian Loris Azzaro is perhaps one of the most famous perfumers in perfumes for the use of men (the famous Azzaro for men, created in 1978, still being a reference in the field), putting a point of honor to offer fragrances as virile as fresh, powerful and charming.
This perfume is rather recent, compared to what we have been able to present until now since it dates only from 2016. But it has already established itself in the field. The bottle, with its barrel shape, already sets the tone: we find ourselves, with this fragrance, facing a real weapon of seduction.
Wanted evokes the born seducer, the one who loves to blow the hot and the cold by mixing fruity notes very fresh, like the lemon, with deep accords of burning amber wood and other very virile as the vetiver and the tonka bean. Everything is connected in a fruity heart of apple propelled by green and flowing notes of geranium and ginger.
Although it is certainly not the most original perfume of our selection, it still embodies a sure value and is regularly compared to perfumes like the famous Invictus, but with a softer trail.
This makes it a perfume that can be worn in all circumstances, and especially every day, thanks to its long-lasting outfit that should, once again, allow you to cross your day and your evening without having to reapply.
On the other hand, we would like to point out again the presence of endocrine disrupters such as BHT, or Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, to name only two, as well as that of disodium EDTA which, although apparently harmless for our health, has disastrous consequences for the environment because of its lack of biodegradability.
Anyway, it is a purely seductive fragrance, which is ideal to wear every day and offers very good performance.
The best fragrances for high-end men
We come, in this last section, to the most expensive perfumes.
However, they are probably the most original and striking of our selection, and they are also iconic fragrances appreciated and already adopted by many of you.
Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio: the best upscale
The Acqua Di Giò Eau de Toilette for men was born in 1996, and it was an instant hit, considered a real parenthesis between the sky and the sea.
Designed to echo the Mediterranean origins of Giorgio Armani and his love for the island of Pantelleria, this fragrance is a fresh and decidedly aquatic fragrance. The bottle itself is part of this sensation, with its clean design and its matte touch reminiscent of pebbles.
The top note consists of a multitude of light flowers (including jasmine) mixed with citrus (especially bergamot) and khaki, while its woody touch, with, among others, cedar wood and moss. oak reinforces his heart.
And if there is patchouli in its base note, the heaviness that is usually attributed to the latter is perfectly balanced by white musks.
If it is listed as toilet water, Acqua di Giò actually has a concentration that makes it very close to an Eau de parfum. Thus, although it is a fresh scent, it has excellent performance (while they are usually the most volatile).
Unfortunately, the fragrances in this price range do not show any improvement in their composition: BHT, lilial and benzyl salicylate disrupt the maritime lightness of this fragrance.
In the end, it is a perfume that definitely seduces with its transparent and sparkling freshness, and which has become, since its release, emblematic of timeless masculinity. It is appreciated as much by the men who wear it as by the nose of the feminine.
Dior Sauvage: the high-end alternative
It is impossible to miss the marketing campaign of Dior Sauvage, with his famous muse, Johnny Depp.
It is actually a version revisited, published in 2015, the famous Eau Sauvage, the first perfume for men of the house Christian Dior, released in the sixties and quickly became emblematic. It is one of the perfumes created by François Demachy, the exclusive perfumer-designer of the house, one of the most respected noses.
Wild is considered a more natural, raw, ferocious and fresh scent. A perfume designed for the modern man, irresistibly attracted by the return to the sources. As the brand announces, “Sauvage is an act of creation inspired by the great outdoors. An ozone blue sky that dominates a white-hot mineral desert. “
It is undoubtedly the bergamot that marks its hook, accompanied by Sichuan pepper and lavender. Its trail is that of an amber fruity fragrance marked by rather woody spicy flavors (star anise, vanilla, and nutmeg). The set is incredibly fresh and up.
It is a fragrance that can be worn on any occasion, both every day and in the evening. Its users generally appreciate its long duration and its good performance (one or two sprays are enough for the perfume to be present, without being heavy). It is, moreover, regularly cited as one of the most attractive for women …
However, we regret the presence of risky ingredients such as BHT and Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, in addition to the highly controversial Ethylhexyl salicylate, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane and diethylamino hydroxy benzoyl hexyl benzoate. Their complex names to extension have indeed nothing inspiring …
In the end, it is a noble and exalting fragrance with brutal virility, which will delight with its power and subtlety.
Avril Coeur de Bois: Well known by followers of low-cost organic cosmetics, the brand offers a range of eau de toilette with impeccable composition. The Heart of Wood is composed of spicy notes such as black pepper and ginger, associated with more woody fragrances of cedar and vetiver.
The balance is balanced by the sweetness of vanilla and tonka bean. It is perfectly indicated for these gentlemen, and will be more suitable for the feminine!
Florame Aromatic Water: this organic eau de toilette is designed from a clever blend of essential oils with tonic and natural notes. In the top note, we find the plant aromas of bergamot, verbena, and galbanum. The basil and mint enhance the freshness of the lavandin and the woody trail of cedar balances with the sweetness of palmarosa and sage. In addition, its composition is top!
Cyclades Irida: here is a fragrance that comes down this time in eau de parfum, which explains its higher price. Formulated with essential oils including soothing and balancing Neroli oil, it is fresh and full-bodied. Its top note of bergamot and petit grain seduces with its spicy tone, while its resinous and woody heart then gives way to a rich trail of patchouli, myrrh, and papyrus.
In conclusion, which perfume for men to choose?
If you are looking for a fresh, delicate but masculine scent, we recommend without hesitation the Acqua Di Giò by Giorgio Armani. Thanks to its fragrance that shines without ever weighing down the atmosphere and its long-lasting hold, it is an ideal fragrance to wear every day, but that does not denote any part of a social evening.
To perfume yourself without breaking the bank, the Male Jean Paul Gaultier is very likely to please you. With notes of lavender, fresh mint, and bergamot embellished with a sweet scent of orange blossom and hot spices, it is delicate and not very aggressive. And for the sensual side, all is wrapped with woody scents, vanilla, but also sandalwood, cedar, and tonka bean.
Finally, the 1 Million Paco Rabanne, with sweeter flavors, class without being too sophisticated, is the one we recommend to young men who want to learn the world of perfumery. Its long-lasting hold is also among the most famous, making it an ideal fragrance to wear every day, though perhaps more suited to winter days.