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Smell and attraction: these are not simply two words used in marketing to sell us perfumes. These two concepts have gone hand in hand since the dawn of humanity. Our body odor defines us. Some even go as far as saying that people who have chemistry aren’t bothered by their significant other’s sweat smell.

Perfumes help us foster this very specific characteristic of ours. Our style of dress, the music we listen to, the bars we go to, the books and press we read: they all define us. It is no different for a perfume, a distinctive feature that identifies us individually. Why? Because we choose it according to our own tastes.

Key Facts

  • Two people wearing the same perfume are never going to smell entirely the same. That is because the pH of our skin, and our body temperature impact how it smells on you.
  • We recommend you to try a perfume on your skin before buying it. However, don’t do it if you’re already wearing one: the end result will be altered.
  • Many experts in psychology recommend changing perfume on specific occasions, such as on weekends, or every now and then. You’ll feel different and your smell will adapt to distinct situations.

Ranking: The best men’s perfumes in the U.S. market

There is an incredible variety of men’s perfumes on the U.S. market. With this fantastic diversity of smells, some products have become extremely popular thanks to their special aroma. Certain perfumes have even existed for decades, turning into authentic legends of the industry. The following section is our very own selection of the best men’s perfumes available on the U.S. market.

No. 1: Perry Ellis – 360 For Men Eau-de-Toilette Spray (1.7Oz)

Perry Ellis’ 360 For Men combines fresh and spicy notes to create a scent that is attractive and truly unique. It includes scents from fresh berries, pineapple, tangerines, herbs, jasmine, and sage. It is a terrific scent for daytime wear, and goes well at both work and when out casually. The sleek bottle looks great on a dresser or bathroom counter, and does not take up much room in a suitcase or toiletry bag.

Perry Ellis has been making men’s fashion and accessories for years, and their colognes and perfumes are quickly becoming fan favorites among men in the United States. As with any perfume, it all depends on your personal taste, and a small amount goes a long way. Also keep in mind that the scent profile is designed to change the longer you wear the scent.

No. 2: Raw Chemistry – Pheromones For Men (1Oz)

This patented blend of human pheromones and other scents is specifically designed to attract and be appealing to women. But it isn’t just for attracting the opposite sex and dating, this scent smells great regardless and would be a fantastic addition to any man’s perfume and cologne collection. Designed to be both youthful and empowering, many users do feel as though wearing this scent improves their interaction with women, and increases their attractiveness.

The scent is designed to stay active and effective for up to 24 hours after application, making this a long lasting scent indeed. Designed to be noticed, while not being overbearing, Raw Chemistry has bottled something truly unique here. Whether you are looking to make a big impact on a first date, or just want something different and great smelling to try while you are out in the evening, Raw Chemistry’s Pheromones For Men might be just what you’re looking for.

No. 3: Giorgio Armani – Acqua Di Gio (0.17Oz)

Giorgio Armani’s Acqua Di Gio has been one of the most popular international men’s perfume brands and products for quite some time now. It’s elegant and refined masculine scent was modeled on the warmth and freshness of the Mediterranean Sea. It comes in a sleek, understated clear bottle highlighting the rich liquid inside. It contains notes of marine, ambery wood, and solar woody accord. This product also fits into carry-on and toiletry bags easily, so you can take it with you wherever you go.

One of the go-to scents for men around the world, this perfume by Armani is sure to be a hit wherever you use it. Whether for the office, or for more casual use, it is designed to be worn day and night. This product also comes in larger formats, so that you don’t have to replace it as often. Great as a gift for oneself or for the discerning men in your life.

No. 4: Bvlgari – Eau Parfumee au The Blanc Body Lotion (2.5Oz)

This men’s perfume by Bvlgari comes in an amazing body lotion format, allowing you to moisturize and hydrate while you apply your favorite scent. This is something that both men and women can wear, so the product is officially unisex, and the soothing white tea scent, augmented by subtle pepper notes, is something that can be worn at any time of the day. White tea has been used in China for eons, thanks to its regenerative and soothing properties.

This lotion is both a perfume and something designed to make your skin feel fantastic. The best part is that it is exactly like a perfume, and its scent stays on you for hours. A great addition to any man’s travel or toiletry bag, this is a terrific product for those who want something that is going to leave them smelling great, while looking after delicate skin. Perfume doesn’t just come in liquid form anymore.

No. 5: Paco Rabanne – Invictus (3.4Oz)

Invictus by Paco Rabanne is designed with both sensuality and freshness in mind – something made to be worn after the gym on the way to a first date. It features refreshing top notes and includes things like grapefruit, combined with richer heart notes, using ingredients like guaiac wood and patchouli. It is the perfect gift for the perfume or cologne-loving man in your life, or even for yourself.

This particular product includes a shower gel and aftershave as well so that you are always guaranteed to smell great. This is a scent that is not overpowering, but certainly makes its mark. It is made for both day and night use, and is sure to make an impression whether you’re going in for a meeting, an interview, or meeting friends for a drink after school or work.

Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about men’s perfumes

While a lot of men like to use perfume every day, others consider it something to be use primarily for special occasions. Be it as it may, psychologists agree that a perfume plays a part in defining you as a person.

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The smell isn’t the only aspect you should consider when buying your product: the way the fragrance makes you feel is key.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using perfume?

According to psychologists, your self-esteem is improved by wearing perfume; this is because feeling clean makes us more comfortable with ourselves and those around us. Some studies have also demonstrated that perfume makes us more attractive in the eyes of others. Is it also worth noting that a perfume is considered to be a distinguishing mark.

On the downside, one negative aspect of these products is that certain chemical substances present may lead to allergic reactions on the skin. Opting for an unsuitable fragrance, or one that is too strong, may bother people around you. You’ll find perfumes that are overly sweet or too intense.

What different scents can you perceive from a perfume?

Have you ever wondered why, your fragrance seems to take on different smells over the course of the day? This is quite simple: perfumes change over time. For this purpose, several notes are added to the fragrance during the creation of its essences.

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First of all, we have what are called “top notes” or “head notes”: these correspond to the scents we experience within the first two hours of putting a fragrance on. The “heart notes” or “middle notes” that tend to be the most notable can take up to six hours to be perceived; finally, the “base notes” can be detectable beyond 24 hours after wearing the fragrance.

What is the difference between a perfume and a cologne?

“Eau de parfum” and “eau de toilette” are very similar, although the first is perfume and the latter cologne. The concentration of aromatic essence, as well as the concentration level of aromatic oils are the only difference between the two; this simply means one will have a longer-lasting scent. Here is a list with more precise values for you to understand the differences:

  • Eau de Cologne:It has low alcoholic level and oil concentration (between 2 and 4%).
  • Eau de toilette:This fresh fragrance has a higher alcohol concentration (between 5 and 12%).
  • Eau de parfum:Its intensity is mild, with a concentration ranging between 12 and 18%.
“The greatest perfumer of all time is nature.” (Olivier Durbano)

What are the different olfactive families?

The industry experts generally divide fragrances into families, each one reflecting certain characteristics in the person who smells it. Citrus, for instance, create refreshing aromas that evoke spontaneity, luminosity and subtle elegance. On the other hand, leather fragrances transmit elegance and simplicity.

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When it comes to woody scents, the sandalwood will remind those who smell it of mystery and warmth, while cedar is perceived as a powerful fragrance. The oriental family has a dominant note of amber, a unique group of perfumes that evokes warmth and sensuality. Aquatic fragrances are fresh and denote purity.

Can perfumes be harmful to my skin or health?

Yes, there actually are products containing harmful elements. While legislation has become increasingly strict in recent years (it had been extremely permissive and was a risk to health), agreements between different countries still need to be made to regulate jointly.

Specific substances have also been found to be particularly dangerous, and cannot fall into the hands of people suffering from allergies. In order to avoid this, regulations have been strengthened: there is now a list of over 20 substances that must be identified on products to inform consumers of their presence.

Which perfume is the right one for me?

If you are: Choose scents such as:
Serious and reserved Wooden scents, such as sandalwood or patchouli, or oriental scents
Cheerful and relaxed Fruity scents (especially exotic fruits) or citrus
Classic and neat Green scents like moss or oak, and lavender
Very active and energetic Citrus and Hesperides families such as lemon, orange or grapefruit

What should I avoid when choosing a perfume?

It is essential for you to remember that each person has a different pH, meaning that each skin has a distinct acidity. This is why we recommend against selecting a perfume simply because a friend of yours wore it and you liked it. It may actually be very different when you wear it.

When you’re in the process of trying out fragrances, avoid putting two on very close together; this will affect the aromas of both products. As we mentioned earlier, you should also keep in mind that the different scents of a product will change over the several hours you wear it. Never buy a perfume that you dislike or are uncomfortable with, regardless of whether the brand is very reputable.

Shopping Criteria

We like to smell good and we feel comfortable when we please people around us, reflecting who we are on others; we like that the people we love do the same. Choosing the best product for you in a market with so many options can be quite complicated. We’ve designed the following section to talk about the key aspects you should keep in mind before making your purchase:

  • Types of scents
  • Personality of user
  • Situation
  • Allergens

Types of scents

Whether you’re buying a perfume for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, the tastes and personality of the user are essential in your decision. You should also know how the fragrance will be used: will it be part of your everyday routine, or will you keep it for special occasions?

The base notes tend to be one the following types of scent: citrus, fruity, woody, floral or green. It is important not to neglect these, as they should complement the personality of the user of the fragrances; they will also reflect other traits such as joy, serenity, elegance or good vibes.

Personality of user

You should know by now the main essences that are found in perfumes and colognes, so let’s have a look at which character trait they complement. If you are a reserved person and prefer to be in control, we suggest you opt for a woody fragrance. On the other hand, go for citrus fragrances if you are very active and optimistic.

Serious and elegant people will want to look for something with nutmeg, mint and jasmine notes; if you are casual and relaxed, fruity fragrances will be your go-to options. Remember that the key is that the smell should always be pleasant and you should feel comfortable with the perfume.

Giorgi ArmaniItalian Fashion Designer
“A well-chosen fragrance can be a distinctive feature. It is the first thing people perceive when they enter a room and the last thing they feel when they leave.”


Your individual personality isn’t the only thing that will factor into what brand and fragrance you choose to buy for yourself. When you’ll use the perfume is also very important. You naturally won’t dress the same way when going to work as when you meet your friends for a Saturday night out. Distinct events also bring out different sides of you.

In that regard, woody fragrances will be prioritized for nighttime and for moments of pure simplicity, while daytime and casual occasions will favor herbal fragrances. Sweet scents are more suitable during winter and autumn, while citrus fragrances will be the perfect complement during the summer months.


According to the European Commission, more than 2,500 fragrance ingredients are used in perfumes worldwide. Because some of these can lead to allergic reactions or skin irritations, a list of 26 substances that must be identified on products to inform consumers of their presence was established in 1999.

Experts explain that, despite scientific advances in recent years, there still are gaps in knowledge regarding topics such as the specific flavoring substances that lead to allergic reactions in people, or the exposure levels that can be considered safe for non-allergic population groups.

We strongly recommend you stick with 100% natural, allergen and chemical-free products if you often suffer from allergies.


The perfume a man wears can help him introduce himself to new people. The scents and fragrances you choose to buy and wear provide insight into your personality and unique tastes to the people you interact with. And remember, a perfume isn’t pure vanity: the people around you will become nicer if you emit a pleasant smell.

Keep in mind that the time of day, the season and even the days of the week will affect the fragrance you use. You wouldn’t go to a rock music festival with a suit and tie now, would you? It is essential that you pick the right perfume for every occasion, to make you comfortable and attractive to others.

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