Choosing the best perfume for yourself can be a confusing and daunting experience. From different scent profiles to varying fragrance intensity, it’s definitely a challenge selecting a perfume that suits you. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best perfumes and colognes for men to help with your shopping experience. One of these top perfumes for men might just hit the right note!
Types of perfumes for men
Start with getting the basics right before you make a decision on which perfume to buy for yourself or your dad! We hear you — the liberal usage of French words by many brands in their product names can often leave buyers confused. Here’s a dictionary of terms often associated with male fragrances.
Pour Homme: For Men.
Body Spray / Body Mist: Largely made up of alcohol and water with minimal fragrance oils. They provide brief freshness and last the shortest amount of time. These are the ones to spritz on after a gym session!
Eau de Cologne: Usually contains a maximum of 7% oil and is largely made up of “eau” (water). They last for an average of two hours.
Eau de Toilette (or EDT): A lightly scented fragrance that usually contains up to 15% oil. They are the most commonly found and are highly popular due to their affordable prices. The scent can last up to three to four hours.
Eau de Parfum: Considered the strongest of all. Eau de Parfum often contains 15% to 20% oil. They also last the longest with an average of five hours.
While picking the best perfumes for men, consider the intensity of the fragrance you or your dad might prefer and when you or your dad will be likely to spritz it! For instance, if it’s meant to be worn to work, a longer-lasting scent will probably be preferred.
1. Laura Biagiotti Essenza Di Roma Uomo Eau De Toilette
Sexy, elegant, polished. The Laura Biagiotti Essenza Di Roma Uomo Eau De Toilette (available on Strawberrynet SG Official Store) checks all these boxes! The sophisticated Italian perfume is made with ingredients such as bay leaf, vanilla and coumarin, and its intense creamy notes make it suitable for formal nights out when you have to suit up!
2. Versace Blue Jean Eau De Toilette Men
An old-school men’s fragrance, the Versace Blue Jean Eau De Toilette (available on Perfume Original) is a retro fragrance synonymous with masculine scent. The perfume is a mixture of woody and citrusy notes and is suitable for those looking for an affordable and quality option. Being a classic fragrance that was released in the 90s, this Versace perfume is one to consider for your old man.
3. Davidoff Cool Water Men Eau De Toilette
Looking for one of the best cooling perfumes for men? Davidoff Cool Water Men Eau De Toilette (available on Tins and Bottles Official Store) does the trick! Particularly suitable for Singapore’s hot and humid weather, the Davidoff Cool Water Men EDT is energising and refreshing. This perfume contains mint and lavender, ingredients that are not overly cloying for people surrounding you. We recommend a light spritz after a shower or even after physical activities.
4. Hermes Terre D’Hermes Eau De Toilette
Literally translating to earth or ground, Hermes Terre D’Hermes Eau De Toilette (available on Strawberrynet SG Official Store) is built around woody and earthy notes. Its earthy scent is accented with citrus notes for a balanced fragrance. With a scent that can last up till six hours, this Hermes perfume one of the best perfumes for men looking for a long-lasting EDT. And of course, the handsome packaging is a bonus!
5. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense Pour Homme
A bottle of clear blue water and fresh ocean breeze anyone? The Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense Pour Homme (available on Tins and Bottles Official Store) contains juniper, amber wood, grapefruit and citrusy notes that calls to mind the fresh blue water of the ocean! This Dolce & Gabbana perfume evokes a fresh clean scent, making it a great casual all-day perfume!
6. Mont Blanc Legend Eau De Toilette
Searching for a high-end perfume — perhaps an early gift for Father’s Day? With a chic scent that allows its wearer to portray a sense of sophistication, the Mont Blanc Legend Eau De Toilette (available on Tins and Bottles Official Store) is a great option. Suitable for meeting an important client, a night out or a meal at a fancy restaurant, this Mont Blanc perfume is a go-to scent for exuding confidence. The fragrance features bergamot, pineapple, lavender and geranium lending it a sweet, fresh and floral scent. The presence of sandalwood in the perfume gives it a woody finish. It’s also long-lasting and stays on for a good few hours, a truly ‘legend-ary’ gift for your old man!
7. Burberry Touch For Men
Burberry Touch For Men (available on Beauty Language) is a contemporary choice for the modern man. The fragrance is clean — the scent of violet leaves is refreshing compared to usual powdery floral scents. A crowd favourite perfume, this Burberry perfume is definitely one of the best perfumes for men to spritz on a hot day when you want to keep yourself feeling fresh!
8. Clinique Happy For Men
If you’re not one for heavy scents, then the Clinique Happy for Men (available on Perfume Original) should be your go-to. Its top notes are lime and mandarin orange while the middle notes include freesia and jasmine. The base notes lean toward the masculine of cypress and musk, giving it a more masculine scent. If you’re already a fan of Clinique products then be sure to extend your collection to their fragrance line too!
Best body spray
9. Flexin Deo & Fragrance Body Spray
No time to shower after hitting the gym? Don’t sweat it — we mean it. Spray on the Flexin Deo & Fragrance Body Spray (available on COCOMO Official Store) after working out. Body sprays are perfect for those who’re not fans of perfumes but who could still use a spritz to mask unpleasant body odours. Choose from four scents, Feel Fresh, Surf Boys, Sun Rise and Stay Cool. To top it all off, it’s also available at an extremely reasonable price. Fancy smelling amazing after a shower as well? Check out Flexin’s 3-in-1 Multi-Body Wash (available on COCOMO Official Store)!
10. Forment Signature Perfume
Having been recently spotted in BTS’s Jungkook’s toiletry bag, the Forment Signature Perfume (available on Forment Official Store) has been selling out fast! Cotton Hug, the specific scent found in the K-pop Star’s bag, is an absolute lady killer and should be your go-to scent this Valentine’s Day. It combines orange, rose and jasmine with an overarching scent of cedarwood and musk. Whether you’re looking to exude the charm of a gentleman or give off sexy vibes she won’t be able to resist these Forment perfumes! Love it? Psst, you can now get Forment Signature scents in their All-in-one Perfume Shower Gel (available on Forment Official Store) too.
11. Chanel Bleu de Chanel Parfum
Some of the best perfumes for men are those that are versatile. The CHANEL – Bleu De Chanel Parfum (available on Strawberrynet SG Official Store) has been described as fresh and vibrant and at the same time, woody, sensual and mysterious — much like its dark bottle packaging. Notes comprise of the earthy vetiver, grapefruit and sandalwood for its exotic and woody smell. This is one perfume to spritz on for the office and romantic restaurant dinner date in the evening. You can count on the intense scents in this parfum to last through the day!
12. Jo Malone English Oak and Hazelnut
We may not experience the fall season in Singapore but that doesn’t mean you can’t spritz on a woody and spicy yet warm fragrance. The Jo Malone English Oak and Hazelnut Cologne Spray (available on Strawberrynet SG Official Store) is one of the best colognes for men that has both a fresh and musky scent. It has a combination of green hazelnut and cedarwood as the top and heart notes and roasted oak as the base note. Hence, you might get a whiff of fresh scent at first but once it settles down, this Jo Malone perfume turns musky and woody. The best part is, it’s a unisex fragrance and perfect for your other half too!
13. Analogue Apotik Admiral Solid Cologne
This one has got to be our favourites! The Analogue Apotik Admiral Solid Cologne (available on SGPomades Mens Grooming Official Store) is a solid perfume made of beeswax, shea butter, virgin almond oil and fragrance oil. The Admiral solid cologne promises to give off a fresh and oceanic scent mingled with magnolia and dill, pepper and rich grey musk. A solid cologne is one of the best colognes for men who want to bring their perfume on-the-go or top up their scent in the office without using a spray bottle to do so
Pro tip: To use, simply rub your fingers into the solid cologne and rub them into pulse points like your neck and wrists.
14. 4711 Acqua Colonia Lime & Nutmeg
Are you a stickler for pretty perfume bottles? We sure are! This 4711 Acqua Colonia Lime & Nutmeg Eau De Cologne Spray (available on Strawberrynet SG Official Store) is not just pretty as it looks. Its scent is crisp, warm and uplifting — the best cologne for men to chase those Monday blues away. Spray it on and let the whiff of citrusy notes of lime and the warm embrace of nutmeg wrap around you!
15. Bath And Body Works Men’s Cologne
Are you fond of getting in a workout after office hours? The best cologne for men will keep you smelling clean and fresh from work to the changing rooms! Bath And Body Works Men’s Cologne – Ocean (available on Click2Click) boasts a blend of blue cypress, vetiver & coastal air — perfect for our sweltering local climate. If your other half is a fan of Bath And Body Works products then she’ll definitely be more than impressed with your choice of cologne.
Looking for men’s products to look as good as you smell?
Now that you are aware of some of the best perfumes for men available, the next step is to find out how to look as good as you smell. Check out some of these guides to how to style men’s oversized shirts, the best men’s hair salons in Singapore and the best skincare products for men that’ll give your confidence a boost!
This article was updated on 26 January 2021. Additional research done by Rajveen Kaur Aujla.