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Men’s Colognes | Top 20 MASCULINE Fragrances

March 22, 2020DMT Beauty

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There are TOO many colognes to choose from.

There are colognes for each season, each occasion, and every other situation you can imagine.

But what if you just want to smell MANLY – is there a fragrance for that?

You bet.

Men's Colognes | Top 20 MASCULINE Fragrances

In today's article, we're going over the top MANLIEST fragrances, and what you can expect from each one.


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1. Egoiste By Chanel


Egoiste is an inoffensive men's cologne from the house of Chanel. it was created in 1990 by Jacques Polge. His goal was to release a concoction that embodied sophistication – and that meant bringing in dark florals, damp woods, and spices.

Egoiste has excellent projection – you WILL turn heads with this one. It strikes a rare, but satisfying balance between its reach and intensity. Every whiff is pleasant and conservative.

egoiste chanel on table

The first entry on the list is light and inoffensive.

All-in-all, this is a solid foundational fragrance for beginners.

Fragrance Type: Woody Floral (Click here to read our article on men's fragrance types and what they mean)

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Mahogany, mandarin, rosewood, coriander.
  • Heart Notes: Rose, cinnamon.
  • Base Notes: Leather, sandalwood, vanilla, tobacco, amber.


2. Tobacco Vanille By Tom Ford


Launched in 2007 and developed by Olivier Gillotin, this is an Oriental Spicy EDP (Eau De Parfum). It's not cheap – expect to pay over $200 for this quality fragrance.

It's worth the price.

tom ford tobacco vanille

If you love the smell of cigars, you'll love this.

According to Tom Ford, this is an opulent and luxurious fragrance meant to conjure images of an English gentleman's club: The smell of a cigar humidor complemented with creamy, fruity scents.

Fragrance Type: Oriental Spicy

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Tobacco, spice.
  • Heart Notes: Tonka bean, tobacco blossom, vanilla, cacao
  • Base Notes: Dried fruits, wood.

What are the heck are top notes? Click here for the ultimate fragrance guide.


3. Fahrenheit 1988 By Dior


This masterpiece came as the brainchild of Jean-Louis Sieuzac and Michel Almairac. What's unique is how modern it smells despite its age.  It truly has stood the test of time.

It is divisive…

dior fahrenheit

Controversial, but classic.

This masculine fragrance brings out the alpha male. It introduces a potent gasoline note that stands out from other fragrances. It's like putting violets on a leather jacket and setting them both on fire.

Fragrance Type: Woody Floral

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Lavender, mandarin, lime, hawthorn, chamomile, nutmeg.
  • Heart Notes: Nutmeg, rose, honeysuckle, sandalwood, violet, jasmine, cedar.
  • Base Notes: Leather, tonka bean, amber, patchouli, musk, vetiver.


4. Quorum By Antonio Puig


This fragrance was launched in 1981 by Carlos Benaim, Max Gavarry, and Rosendo Mateu. This is a masculine classic – what I imagine Al Pacino and Robert De Niro smell like.

It's a no-nonsense men's fragrance.

quorum picture

Uncompromising and direct – the classic masculine scent.

Quorum falters slightly in terms of projection and longevity, both of which are average when compared to other powerful colognes. Another possible critique (if you can call it that) is that it's old-fashioned. One thing is for sure: You can't deny its timelessness. It stuck around this long for a reason.

Fragrance Type: Woody Aromatic

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Artemisia, caraway, grapefruit, lime.
  • Heart Notes: Cyclamen, pine tree, rose, sandalwood.
  • Base Notes: Leather, amber, oakmoss, tobacco.


5. Paco Rabanne Pour Homme By Paco Rabanne


This elegant scent was developed by Jean Martel and released in 1973. It's meant to embody a gentlemanly character with a differing interpretation from Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille.

paco rabanne

This is an all-around gentlemanly scent.

Even though it doesn't belong to the Oriental family  – which is known for its seductive qualities, this is nonetheless praised as an alluring and masculine fragrance.

Fragrance Type: Aromatic Fougere

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Rosemary, clary sage, rosewood.
  • Heart Notes: Tonka bean, lavender, geranium.
  • Base Notes: Honey, amber, musk, oakmoss.


6. Pour Homme De Caron By Caron


“Simplicity” is the one word that comes to mind when smelling this fragrance. Developed far back in 1934 by Ernest Daltroff, this is a timeless fragrance perfect for men looking to dip their toes into the world of men's cologne.

Heritage backs this masculine fragrance like no other. Pour Homme De Caron was the first-ever fragrance developed specifically for men.

pour homme caron on table

This has been around for almost a century – there's a reason for it.

Fragrance Type: Aromatic

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Lavender.
  • Heart Notes: Vanilla.
  • Base Notes: Musk.


7. Aramis By Aramis


This recognizable concoction was released in 1966 – marketed toward men who valued tradition and classic style. In many ways it embodies much of our core RMRS values – it has timelessness at the core of its philosophy.

aramis on table

This woody fragrance is a pure classic.

It was first available only in Harrods in NY and the UK, but it's expanded drastically since then. Its most recent iteration was Aramis Gold, released in 1998. This is a sharp smell that shouldn't be underestimated – you will turn heads, and many of them will be ladies!

Fragrance Type: Woody Spicy

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Aldehydes, artemisia, gardenia, bergamot, clover.
  • Heart Notes: Patchouli, sage, orris root, jasmine, cardomom.
  • Base Notes: Leather, sandalwood, amber, musk, coconut, oakmoss, vetiver.


8. Kouros By Yves Saint Laurent


This is a primordial scent if there ever was one. If you ever wanted a fragrance that smells absolutely musky, then this is the one for you. It's what I'd picture the Dothraki from Game of Thrones, or Tarzan smelling like.

Though it's not in the foreground, the fragrance definitely looms with a smell vaguely reminiscent of animal sweat. Don't let that deter you, though. This is masculinity at its most primal.

very manly scent

Kouros is considered an aggressively masculine fragrance.

It's also among the more affordable fragrances you can find!

Fragrance Type: Aromatic Fougere

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Aldehydes, artemisia, coriander, sage, bergamot.
  • Heart Notes: Rose, patchouli, cinnamon, orris root, jasmine, vetiver, geranium.
  • Base Notes: Honey, leather, tonka bean, amber, musk, civet, oakmoss, vanilla.


9. Polo Green By Ralph Lauren


This is a classic woody masculine fragrance forged by Carlos Benaim in 1978. It's another one of those timeless manly smells that you can't go wrong with. It has all the elements to make you feel like a rugged man from the woods about to change into a tux for the evening.

polo green

This is one fragrance you can't go wrong with.

We've discussed this fragrance before in our article about men's cologne types.

Fragrance Type: Woody Chypre

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Coriander, basil,  juniper berries, bergamot.
  • Heart Notes: Leather, rose, pepper.
  • Base Notes: Tobacco is dominant, with hints of musk and oakmoss.


10. Zaharoff Signature Pour Homme by Zaharoff


This is a relatively new fragrance released in 2018 and created by Claude Dir. If there was one word to describe it, it would be “uplifting.” It successfully pays homage to old school classics while building something new and unique.

zaharoff mens cologne

Zaharoff is a modern cologne that harkens back to the classics.

It's also wonderfully versatile – suitable for both day and night. The fragrance yields strong projection and longevity and retails at a decent price for what you're getting. This is an instant classic.

Fragrance Type: Woody Aromatic.

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Cardamom, lavender, black pepper, pear, cypress.
  • Heart Notes: Ginger, cedar, oud, iris, pimento, balsam.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, patchouli, black amber, myrrh, frankincense.


11. Noir Extreme By Tom Ford


Tom Ford launched this EDP in 2012, followed by the EDT in May of 2015. This is the scent of the ballsy man – the man that isn't afraid to delve into the deepest recesses of excess and debaucher. This is the guy who is relentlessly ambitious.

noir bottle black and gold

A fragrance for the agent of chaos.

You can't deny the appeal that sort of man has to the ladies – and it shows in its sheer popularity.

Click here to check out the ultimate guide to applying fragrances where we also discuss Noir Extreme.

Fragrance Type: Woody Oriental

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Mandarin, neroli, saffron, nutmeg, cardamom.
  • Heart Notes: Mastic, rose, jasmine, saffron, kulfi
  • Base Notes: Woody notes, amber, sandalwood, vanilla.


12. Anthracite By Tom Ford


Back at it with Tom Ford. Anthracite was developed by Honorine Blanc and released in 2017. It reminds one of ash and sharpened pencils. A strange combination, sure, but don't let that deter you.

Tom Ford Noir Anthracite fragrance cologne

Don't take this fragrance lightly…

It also brings to the fore a combination of aquatics, candy, and tonka bean. The amalgamation makes for an undeniably unique fragrance overall. It's a bold entry, to say the least – try it if you dare.

Fragrance Type: Chypre

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Sichuan pepper, ginger.
  • Heart Notes: Spices, galbanum, jasmine.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, cedar, ebony, amberwood, birch, leather, patchouli.


13. Ombre Leather By Tom Ford


This is the last Tom Ford, we promise. The name of this unisex fragrance is rather misleading. “Ombre Leather” ushers in thoughts of unadulterated masculinity and power…

But instead, it's wonderfully pleasant.

ombre leather black bottle

A simple, hardcore fragrance

It carries with it a smooth, fruity accord that balances well with those of leather. There are some reviewers who interpret a smoky, boozy tinge to it. Even though it was designed to appeal to both genders, it's quintessentially masculine. If I were to smell this on a woman, I'd know not to get in her way.

We also bring this fragrance up in our top EVERYDAY cologne list.

Fragrance Type: Leather

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Cardomom.
  • Heart Notes: Leather.
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, amber, moss.


14. Eau Sauvage Extreme By Dior


This 1984 fragrance intensifies and builds upon the DNA of the traditional EDT. It's heavier and more intense.

Eau Sauvage Eau De Parfum

A fragrance that is sure to have the ladies do a double-take.

It's a daring masculine fragrance that brings citrus to the forefront – definitely suitable for elegant evenings out during the fall or spring. It brings with it a sense of vibrance and energy that is sure to turn heads!

Fragrance Type: Citrus Aromatic

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Patchouli, lavender, dried fruits, basil, bergamot, lemon.
  • Heart Notes: Aldehydes, rosemary, coriander, bay leaf, orris root, jasmine.
  • Base Notes: Amber, patchouli, musk, oakmoss, cedar.


15. Yatagan By Caron


The Yatagan is reminiscent of, wait for it, the Ottoman Empire. We're talking curved Turkish blades, fine horses, and decadent beauty. It's an intense, sensual fragrance but by no means offensive.

yatagan cologne on stand

Don't pass this one by without trying it.

It's heavy enough that uncompromising men can appreciate it, but well enough that you can enjoy it as a beginner to cologne.

It won't get you compliments… but this isn't about praise, it's about you. THIS is what it's like to smell like a man.

Fragrance Type: Woody Oriental

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Lavender, galbanum, basil, pine, watercress, mint.
  • Heart Notes: Artemisia, oak, oakmoss, patchouli.
  • Base Notes: Musk, castoreum, wood, incense.


16. Bentley For Men Intense By Bentley


Bentley was released back in 2013 and developed by Nathalie Lorson. One reviewer described it quaintly as “An 80s Powerhouse of Booze.” It's uncompromising in its assault and perfect for the man wanting to establish the badass aesthetic.

bentley colognes on table

This cologne is well-suited for a man who loves leather.

It's almost a niche fragrance – meaning it isn't available in as many retailers. The combination of scents here isn't the most unique but still sets Bentley apart from the average men's cologne.

Wear it with confidence.

Fragrance Type: Spicy Oriental

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Black pepper, bergamot, bay leaf.
  • Heart Notes: Sage, cinnamon, rum, wood.
  • Base Notes: Leather, benzoin, cedar, patchouli.


17. Dark Rebel Rider By John Varvatos


Harley Davidson in a bottle is how best to describe this potent, ballsy scent. This is all leather and booze with a hint of citrus somewhere within. The fragrance was fashioned by Rodrigo Flores-Roux and released in 2016.

John Varvatos - Dark Rebel Rider cologne fragrance

Designed for the motorcycle man.

I highly recommend this to gentlemen whose signature look includes a black leather jacket and boots. If you love Harleys along with that outlaw aesthetic, THIS is the scent for you.

This men's cologne is also featured in our top 15 SEXIEST fragrances list.

Fragrance Type: Leather

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Orange, aldehydes, saffron, marjoram, hyssop.
  • Heart Notes: Resin, balsam, olibanum.
  • Base Notes: “Russian” leather is dominant, followed by cacao.


18. Bvlgari Man By Bvlgari


The nose behind this 2010 men's cologne was none other than Alberto Morillas – a legend in the fragrance industry.

bvlgari man cologne bottle

A classy scent for a classy man.

This EDT retails for just under $100. It's all about elegance – encapsulating the modern but aristocratic man bearing a rugged edge. I recommend this as it's a masculine fragrance that's very versatile – you can't go wrong.

Fragrance Type: Oriental Woody

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Lotus, bergamot, violet leaf, pear.
  • Heart Notes: Vetiver, sandalwood, amber, cashmere wood, nargarmotha.
  • Base Notes: Benzoin, musk, tonka bean, honey.


19. A*Men Pure Malt by Thierry Mugler


If you like whisky, then we have a fragrance for you. Pure Malt was released in 2009 to honor the Scotch whisky industry – and it exudes that in the scent.

This is booze accented with hints of coffee and some lingering fruity notes for a sweeter edge. It doesn't get many compliments – not for its smell which is extraordinary – but for its projection.

pure malt cologne

A scent for men who like their booze.

It's a deeply intimate and masculine fragrance that no one will smell aside from your partner unless you throw on more than three squirts. It's worth it, my friend.

Fragrance Type: Citrus Woody

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, orange.
  • Heart Notes: Malted barley, coffee, whisky
  • Base Notes: Peat smoke, vanilla, amber, musk.


20. Heritage By Guerlain


The nose behind the last masculine fragrance on the list was Jean-Paul Guerlain in 1992. It reminds one of the old school – of tradition, family, and responsibility. This is ideal for the family man who loves a touch of the old. Despite only being released in the 90s, it still seems like something your grandpa would wear in his golden years – and still work.

heritage cologne bottle

This embodies the classic masculine fragrance.

It's class in a bottle.

Fragrance Type: Aromatic

Scent Profile

  • Top Notes: Aldehydes, juniper, lavender, sage, lemon, petitgrain.
  • Heart Notes: Coriander, pepper, patchouli.
  • Base Notes: Amber, vanilla, wood, tonka bean, cinnamon.


Summary – Masculine Men's Colognes

  1. Egoiste by Chanel
  2. Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford
  3. Fahrenheit by Dior
  4. Quorum by Antonio Puig
  5. Paco Rabanne Pour Homme by Paco Rabanne
  6. Pour Homme de Caron by Caron
  7. Aramis by Aramis
  8. Kuoros by Yves Saint Laurent
  9. Polo Green by Ralph Lauren
  10. Zaharoff by Zaharoff
  11. Noir Extreme by Tom Ford
  12. Anthracite by Tom Ford
  13. Ombre Leather by Tom Ford
  14. Eau Sauvage Extreme by Dior
  15. Yatagan by Caron
  16. Bentley for Men Intense by Bentley
  17. Dark Rebel Rider by John Varvatos
  18. Bvlgari Man by Bvlgari
  19. A*Men Pure Malt by Thierry Mugler
  20. Heritage By Guerlian

There are plenty of ways to smell like a man… these are just 20 of them.

Today's list comprised some of the most uncompromising fragrances we know of – from aggressive outlaws to refined gentlemen. There's something here for every badass.




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