There are a lot of factors that need to be kept in mind before selecting the best perfumes for men. To begin with, they need to be long-lasting. Next, the scent should be strong and masculine but not too overpowering or nauseating. In other words, it needs to strike the perfect balance. Then there’s the fact that men, largely speaking, are terrible shoppers and most of them don’t even conduct the proper research before selecting a perfume.

This is where we come in. We’ve decided to not just do the research for you, but also shortlist the best perfumes for men that warrant a place in your collection. But before we do that, let’s deep dive into the history of perfumes, and the necessary prerequisites of choosing a perfume.

History Of Perfumes

Like most words in the English language, the word ‘perfume’ too can find its origin in Latin, in the word ‘perfumare’ to be precise. ‘Perfumare’ can roughly be translated to “to smoke through”. It is believed that the art of making perfumes can be traced back to ancient Egypt, China, as well as the Indus Valley Civilisation. In 2003, it is believed that the world’s oldest surviving perfumes were discovered in Cyprus. These date back to 4ooo years, which can give us all a rough estimate of just how ancient the history of perfumes is.

How To Choose A Perfume For Men?

The first thing to keep in mind before choosing a perfume are the notes. Each perfume has three types of notes – top notes, heart notes, and base notes. The base notes tend to be the most important in the long-run as they usually last the longest, while the top notes are most impactful in the short-run as they tend to overpower the other notes for the first 5 to 15 minutes. Some examples of popular top notes include lemon, basil, rose, and lavender, while sought-after heart notes are jasmine, cinnamon, and lemon grass. For base notes, vanilla, amber, and musk (especially for men) make for popular choices.

Here Are The Best Perfumes For Men

01
Calvin Klein Be EDT 100 ml
Calvin Klein Be EDT 100 ml

INR 3420

If there is one thing men love shopping for from Calvin Klein (besides underwear of course), it has to be their perfumes. So it probably shouldn’t surprise anyone to see our top pick be from Calvin Klein’s catalogue. Available in a classy black bottle, ‘Be’ is one of their best offerings as it meshes the fragrant notes of bergamot orange, juniper berry, and mandarin, with the floral delights of lavender and magnolia. The base notes of Sandalwood beautifully complement the other notes to create an intoxicating scent.

02
Calvin Klein Eternity EDT for Men 100 ml
Calvin Klein Eternity EDT for Men 100 ml

INR 4499

No, we aren’t done with Calvin Klein’s perfumes yet. If  ‘Be’ offers the perfect amalgamation of classy scents and floral notes, ‘Eternity’ offers a more tropical aroma. Think of it as the more vibrant cousin of ‘Be’.  With refreshing top notes of sage and galbanum and base notes of moss, this scent is a great choice for today’s contemporary man.

Pro tip: Wear it for a date night.

03
Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio EDP 75 ml
Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio EDP 75 ml

INR 6600

Giorgio Armani is another one of those premium brands that doesn’t need any introduction. Their perfumes for men have stood the test of time and tend to find many takers. ‘Acqua Di Gio’ from their catalogue happens to be one of their best offerings and should be in every man’s perfume collection. The perfume utilises powerful mineral marine notes that give it its signature masculine scent.

04
Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum 50 ml
Tom Ford Ombre Leather Parfum 50 ml

INR 10000

It’s often said that, when in doubt, you should always go for a Tom Ford fragrance. As it happens, ‘Ombre Leather’ from Tom Ford is just the fragrance you can depend on if you want to leave a positive (and lasting!) impression wherever you go. The scent comes infused with warm and spicy notes of black leather, violet flower, and jasmine flower that come together to offer a distinctly masculine fragrance that isn’t too overpowering.

05
DIOR Sauvage Eau De Parfum 60 ml
DIOR Sauvage Eau De Parfum 60 ml

INR 7800

There tends to be a misconception that Dior is a brand that mostly caters to women. In reality, Dior’s catalogue also houses some of the classiest and most fashion-forward clothes and accessories for men. This holds true for their collection of perfumes as well, of which one of our favourites is ‘Sauvage’. According to Dior, the inspiration behind the perfume came from the visual of a desert at twilight. This is also represented in the stunning bottle (featuring gradient shades of blue) that this perfume comes in. The top notes of bergamot and the base notes of vanilla also blend together flawlessly.

06
ZARA MAN SILVER + GOLD Combo Set 100 ml
ZARA MAN SILVER + GOLD Combo Set 100 ml

INR 1590

The best thing about Zara’s perfumes for men is that they offer the best of both worlds. Not only do you get to wear a bold and long-lasting fragrance, but you also get to do so without having to spend a lot. Zara’s fragrances are relatively affordable, so you end up getting the most bang for your buck. That’s precisely the case with this Zara Man ‘Silver’ and Man ‘Gold’ combo set that offers two incredible men’s perfumes for the price of one.

07
Wild Stone Edge Perfume for Men 50 ml
Wild Stone Edge Perfume for Men 50 ml

INR 239

Sticking to the theme of affordable purchases, ‘Edge’ from Wild Stone is another one of those perfumes that offers a lot of value for your money. Wild Stone, as a brand, is synonymous with deodorants and perfumes, so there is something to be said about their expertise in crafting these fragrances. ‘Edge’ isn’t bucking that trend as its blend of top notes (lemon, artemisia), heart notes (ginger, marine), and base notes (cedarwood, amber) is a work of magical alchemy.

08
Hugo Boss Man Eau De Toilette 75 ml
Hugo Boss Man Eau De Toilette 75 ml

INR 4150

Yet another one of those brands that really needs no introduction, Hugo Boss is a tried and tested name when it comes to men’s perfumes. ‘Man’ is one of their signature fragrances, even if the name might be a bit too on the nose for a perfume that has a masculine scent. It features base notes of moss, sandalwood, and vetiver, heart notes of jasmine, cedar wood, and lavender, and top notes of pine needles, basil, and cedar (again). Taking one look at all of those ingredients, and it’s safe to say that what you have here is a spicy scent that is bold and long-lasting. An all-out winner.

09
BVLGARI Aqva 100 ml
BVLGARI Aqva 100 ml

INR 8600

You can’t have a list compiling the best perfumes for men without a mention of BVLGARI. ‘Aqva’ is one their more recent fragrances that has become quite popular among men. According to BVLGARI, this perfume evokes the power of the sea, the inspiration of which is also reflected in the aqua blue bottle. With notes of mandarin, orange, Santolina lavender, and Posidonia sea weed (sticking to the theme of the ocean), this scent is intoxicating.

10
Davidoff Cool Water Eau De Toilette for Men 75 ml
Davidoff Cool Water Eau De Toilette for Men 75 ml

INR 3900

Sticking to the theme of the oceanic and aquatic notes, Davidoff’s ‘Cool Water’ is another one of those fragrances that comes infused with refreshing notes. In this case, those notes include citrus and moss. Whether you are headed for a party, a dinner date, or just hitting the club, a few whiffs of this exotic fragrance would do you well.

11
Jimmy Choo Man EDF 50 ml
Jimmy Choo Man EDF 50 ml

INR 5050

It’s understandable that, when you first think of Jimmy Choo, you probably think about women’s shoes. After all, the iconic label is known for its signature footwear. Nevertheless, you’d be surprised to know that it also has some incredible perfumes for men in its catalogue. ‘Man’ is one such offering, although just like the Zara and Hugo Boss perfumes on our list, the name doesn’t get any points for creativity. With earthy and woody notes of amber, this fragrance is certain to leave a lasting impression.

12
The Man Company Bleu 120 ml
The Man Company Bleu 120 ml

INR 297

With a name like ‘The Man Company’, you can rest assured that the perfumes in their catalogue will cater to your needs. ‘Bleu’ is one of the brand’s most popular offerings, and one that happens to be budget-friendly to boot. This long-lasting perfume will offer up to 1000 sprays, and features notes of bergamot, lavender, and basil. What’s not to love?

13
JAGUAR Men Classic Black Eau De Toilette 40 ml
JAGUAR Men Classic Black Eau De Toilette 40 ml

INR 1320

There is a lot to love about the ‘Classic Black’ fragrance from JAGUAR. For starters, the classy black bottle that boasts the brand’s signature design doesn’t disappoint. The scent is a winner too, with notes of oriental wood, nutmeg, cardamom, and cedar wood harmoniously blending together. If you pay attention to the ingredients, you’d deduce that this scent is also quite musky. The price too is relatively affordable.

14
GUESS Men 1981 Pour Homme EDF 100 ml
GUESS Men 1981 Pour Homme EDF 100 ml

INR 2860

With top notes of violet leaves and Italian bergamot, heart notes of cedarwood and lychee, and base notes of olibanum oil and clean musk, ‘GUESS 1981’ is a fragrance that is truly a class apart. This is the type of effortless scent you wear when you’re headed to a social gathering like a party or a reunion with friends.

15
Mr. Burberry EDF 100 ml
Mr. Burberry EDF 100 ml

INR 7500

They say you should leave the best for last. While we love all of the perfumes on our list, there is something special about ‘Mr. Burberry’. From the iconic bottle with the signature bow-tie to the powerful fusion of classic British scents, this long-lasting perfume is in a league of its own.

(Main and feature picture: Courtesy Pexels)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: How to wear perfume?

Answer: Firstly, do not apply perfume on your clothes. You should apply it on your skin for the best results. Also, do not rub it into your skin bur rather spray it on your pulse points like the inside of your wrists and behind your ears.

Question: What are best unisex perfumes?

Answer: Some brands that offer the best unisex perfumes are Calvin Klein, Zara, Guess and Dior.

Question: What notes of perfumes should be avoided for men?

Answer: While there aren't any specific notes that men should avoid as most perfumes feature a blend of various notes, there are certain notes that are usually prominent in men's perfumes. So look for musk, sandalwood, vetiver, cedarwood, lavender, and mint in men's perfumes.

Question: Should men wear floral perfumes?

Answer: There is no rule that states that men can't wear floral fragrances. In fact, many perfumes for men actually include floral notes.

Question: How to use perfume so that it lasts long?

Answer: Apply it after taking a shower and make sure you spray it on your skin and not your clothes. Targetting pulse points is also recommended.

Question: What is the difference between cologne & perfume?

Answer: The main difference has to do with their longevity. As colognes have a lower concentration of fragrance oils than perfumes do, they don't last as long.

written by.

Aayaan Upadhyaya

Senior Editor - Growth, Augustman
Aayaan Upadhyaya enjoys writing about pop culture, wellness, and lifestyle. In his spare time, you can find him listening to true crime podcasts, playing RPG video games, or reading an engrossing novel. A graduate of journalism and mass communication, he is a senior editor who has previously worked with Times Internet.