Remember back when men’s fragrances options varied merely from sporty to spicy? Thankfully the men’s cologne market is now robust with creative blends and notes that range from cucumber to bergamot to leather. Having a hard time picking out a bottle for yourself, or the man in your life? Here are some choice picks to keep every type of guy smelling great.
The Guy Up For a Challenge – Kenneth Cole MANKIND Ultimate ($72)
Fresh notes like citrus and cucumber contrast with more earthy vetiver root, sandalwood, and oak moss. The limited edition scent isn’t for the faint of heart, as the Ultimate name suggests. The face of the campaign is a “real guy”: Noah Galloway, an Iraq war vet who lost an arm and leg and lives by the mantra “no excuses.” Hand-picked by Kenneth Cole, Galloway most recently joined the cast of Dancing With The Stars.
The Tailored Man – Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Extreme ($85)
Woody with notes of leather and pimento, this scent is invigorating but subtle once it dries down. If you’re a guy who enjoys high quality leather shoes and made-to-measure suits, this cologne is for you. Looking, feeling, and smelling put together is quite the trifecta.
The Sporty Stud – The Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Eau Fraiche ($98)
Yes, it’s spicy, but this cologne also has fresh citrus and burning moss accords. Spraying before stepping into the sun is recommended—which is great for outdoorsy dudes. Because it has the ability to linger throughout activity, it’s ideal for on-the-go athletic guys. But you don’t have to be a dude to love it: Actress Jennifer Lawrence is already a fan of the limited edition scent.
For the Business Man – MEMO PARIS Irish Leather ($250)
Pink pepper, oil of clary sage, juniper berry, green maté absolute, and oil of flouve are a few ingredients that make the fragrance smell of stable doors (no horses necessary). The brand just launched in the U.S. in February, and its Leathers collection of scents is an ode to the old school reason fragrances were developed—to mask the smell of leather.
The Passionate Person – 0.2 Fragrance ($120)
The unisex scent involves Italian bergamot and spearmint, while infused with Neroli and orange blossom. Oakmoss and French vanilla top it off, keeping the fragrance light and airy. Best for outgoing guys who speak their mind, it’s inspired by studies that suggest endorphins releasing the sensation of ‘love at first sight’ occurs in 0.2 seconds. Get ready to fall in love—with the smell and maybe a special someone, too.