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The right fragrance increases self-confidence and well-being to the inexhaustible, and people around you can also recognize each other by the smell. It is all the more important that every man finds his personal, best men’s fragrance and becomes unforgettable.
Fortunately, the search is over. Because with this list we show you the best men’s fragrances of 2020! Find your own favorite fragrance or make a wonderful gift for a loved one.
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The difference between eau de cologne, toilet and perfume
Before you can find the right fragrance, we would first like to explain the difference between Eau de Cologne (EdC), Eau de Toilette (EdT) and Eau de Parfum (EdP). Because unfortunately this often leads to misunderstandings even with real scent fans.
Eau de Cologne
Basically everything is a question of the concentration of the fragrance. Eau de Cologne has the lowest scented oil content with 3-5% and was originally intended as a refreshing water. Therefore, the scent is also rather fleeting, does not stay long, and is therefore usually the cheapest variant of the perfume.
Eau de toilette
Next comes the eau de toilette, with a fragrance oil content of 6-9%. It should be applied to the “pulse points” (neck, wrist or chest) and it does not have to be used sparingly. The effect should last about six to eight hours, depending on the ingredients.
Eau de Parfum
Then we have the Eau de Parfum, which should be the best known, at least in terms of its name. It has a fragrance oil content of approx. 8-14% and the scent is much more intense and lasts longer, which is why it should be used sparingly. In addition, it evaporates much worse than the other variants and can often still be smelled after a few days.
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The 13 best men’s fragrances
1. PACO RABANNE 1 MILLION
The spicy oriental fragrance Paco Rabanna 1 Million * has been an absolute classic among eau de toilettes since its release in 2009 and is only bombarded with compliments of every gender. It is one of our absolute favorite fragrances and is a must for all confident winners.
The top note is the invigorating freshness of tangy grapefruit and juicy blood tangerine. The whole thing is supported by a tingling note of peppermint. Soon it goes to the heart note, where a composition of rose, aromatic cinnamon and other spicy notes is waiting for you. The 1 million is rounded off by the special base note, which consists of a masculine and warm leather accord, mixed with amber, Indian patchouli and woody notes.
The Paco Rabanna 1 Million Eau de Toilette is available in 3 different sizes (50ml, 100ml and 200ml).
2. TOM FORD NOIR
Tom Ford Noir * is the fourth fragrance that the American star designer has created, and he describes it as his most personal fragrance to date. Noir stands for two facets: the cultivated public and the private, fascinating sensuality.
The subtle, carefully selected and unmistakable men’s fragrance contains notes of Italian bergamot, pink pepper, caraway and violet, which merge in the middle note with oriental nutmeg, Bulgarian rose and iris and are rounded off with a combination of amber, patchouli and vanilla.
The Tom Ford Noir Eau de Parfum is available in 2 different sizes (50ml and 100ml).
3. CHANEL BLEU DE CHANEL
Similar to the iconic clothes that Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel designed almost a century ago, the men’s fragrances from Chanel are refined and timeless. And although the fashion company’s unusual cuts and bright colors are definitely a matter of taste, experience has shown that the fragrances are well received by everyone. So does the Chanel Bleu De Chanel *.
What is striking about this men’s fragrance is the aromatic, woody note, which was combined with the invigorating freshness of citrus fruits, mint and pink pepper. The slightly oriental fragrance in the heart note is due to the ginger, nutmeg and jasmine. Patchouli, vetiver, frankincense and white musk are found in the strong but pleasant base note and are refined with a hint of cedar and sandalwood. In our opinion, the ideal eau de toilette to wear in the summer and winter months.
The Chanel Bleu de Chanel is available in 3 different sizes (50ml, 100ml and 150ml).
4. PENHALIGON’S JUNIPER SLING
The Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling * pays homage to indulgence and the forbidden joys of London in the 1920s. Inspired by the London dry gin, the symbol of London’s 1920s, perfumer Olivier Cresp has created this sparkling cocktail.
The eau de toilette of the golden twenties gin, fresh juniper berries, cooling angelica and orange brandy does well. Combined with crushed black pepper, cardamom, soft leather and iris wood. The men’s fragrance gets its sensual base from notes of brown sugar, black cherries, amber and sweet vetiver.
The Penhaligons Juniper Sling Eau de Toilette is available in 2 different sizes (50ml and 100ml).
5. BYREDO SUNDAZED
Byredo is a well-known brand in the fashion industry and the Byredo Sundazed * men’s fragrance is a seriously hot, yet sweet proposition . The sweet citrus note is ideal for midsummer and ensures an unforgettable summer fragrance. But that doesn’t mean that you have to banish the Sundazed in the closet as soon as the first clouds appear. Because this unique fragrance can convince even on colder days!
The Eau de Parfum balances citric notes of lemon and mandarin orange with Arabic jasmine, neroli and the sweet accords of white musk and delicious cotton candy.
Unfortunately, the Byredo Sundazed Eau de Parfum is currently only available in one size (100ml).
6. NARCISO RODRIGUEZ BLEU NOIR
The deep blue design of Narciso Rodriguez Bleu Noir * stands for an elegant, modern, yet mysterious, distinctive men’s fragrance.
The scent goes significantly in the direction of seductive and elegant. Fresh, spicy notes of cardamom and nutmeg are combined with musk, vetiver, amber and sensual ebony and cedar wood and provide a modern, masculine fragrance for the discerning man.
The Narciso Rodriguez Bleu Noir Eau de Toilette is available in 3 different sizes (50ml, 100ml and 150ml).
7. TOM FORD NEROLI PORTOFINO
Inspired by the luxurious resort on the Italian Riviera, the Tom Ford Neroli Portofino * provides a pleasant Mediterranean citrus scent and offers the perfect perfume for the hot summer evening.
It is considered a reinvention of the classic cologne with a mix of neroli, bergamot, lemon, mandarin, lavender and rosemary. In the heart lies the notes of African orange blossom, jasmine, neroli and sticky seeds. The Mediterranean dream is rounded off by sensual amber nuances and angelica.
The Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum is available in 3 different sizes (30ml, 100ml and 250ml).
8. CALVIN KLEIN CK ONE
The American luxury fashion house Calvin Klein (CK) is not only responsible for the underwear, which is felt to be worn by every “influencer”, but also for various men’s and women’s fragrances. So also for the Calvin Klein CK One * which has been a fruity and refreshing fragrance for all genders since 2004. It is one of the best-selling fragrances on Amazon, Douglas, Flaconi & Co.
The eau de toilette begins with a tingling combination of bergamot, cardamom, fresh papaya and fruity pineapple. This is followed by violets, rose and nutmeg, which are rounded off in the base note by musk and ambergris. The result is a refreshing, citrus-like unisex fragrance with a light, floral note.
The Calvin Klein CK One Eau de Toilette is available in 3 different sizes (50ml, 100ml and 200ml).
9. ACQUA DI PARMA MANDORLO DI SICILIA
Acqua Di Parma Mandorlo Di Sicilia * sounds like a nice hotel in Sicily where you can spend your vacation days, but that’s not the case. It is an Eau de Toilette from the Italian lifestyle and fashion company “Acqua Di Parma”. The fresh, floral, slightly sweet fragrance for men is reminiscent of a sunny walk along the Sicilian coast and, in our opinion, is the right fragrance for an ideal holiday feeling on the Mediterranean.
The initial note consists of bergamot, star anise, frangipani blossom, orange blossom and the caressing green almond of the Mediterranean (which is clearly the focus). The heart note follows with a gentle coffee accord, white jasmine and fresh peach. The base note ends with cedarwood, tropical sandalwood, musk and delicate vanilla. What is striking is the long shelf life of the eau de toilet, which makes it a cheaper alternative to similar perfumes.
The Acqua Di Parma Mandorlo Di Sicilia Eau de Toilette is available in 3 different sizes (30ml, 75ml and 150ml).
10. MOLECULE 01
The Molecule 01 * is a unique fragrance for men, as it consists of only a single fragrance. The velvety, warm and woody fragrance has an almost pheromonic effect on the wearer and everyone around him. So be prepared for curious and interested people who absolutely want to know which particular fragrance you are wearing. The recognition value is therefore given without a doubt!
The Molecule 01 Eau de Toilette is available in 2 different sizes (30ml and 100ml).
11. JOOP! WOW!
Remembering is what JOOP! WOW! * More like a sample of a noble whiskey, but in fact it is an inexpensive and yet very popular eau de toilette from Germany! (You notice – exclamation marks are essential in this description). The spicy, woody signature is full of masculinity, intensity and texture, but without losing any of its elegance. This men’s fragrance clearly embodies the spirit of dynamism and freedom of a man!
Alluring top notes of bergamot, cardamom and violet sharpen the senses. Attractive, sensual fir balm and fresh vetiver and geranium give the fragrance elegance and texture. The base note is an intoxicating composition of dark, masculine tonka bean, warm vanilla and cashmere.
The Joop! Wow! Eau de toilette in 3 different sizes (40ml, 60ml and 100ml).
12. CLINIQUE HAPPY FOR MEN
The only Eau de Cologne in our list is the Clinique Happy for Men *, which is valued by women and loved by men with its tangy citrus scent.
This classic Clinique fragrance is full of cheerful citrus notes such as lime, lemon and mandarin orange. A fresh sea breeze in combination with delicate white flowers underline the freshness experience. Mediterranean woods then provide a warm, masculine touch of spiciness.
The Clinique Happy for Men Eau de Cologne is available in 2 different sizes (50ml and 100ml).
13. DIESEL ONLY THE BRAVE TATTOO
What should not be missing on a list full of men’s fragrances? Correct. Diesel! And the Diesel Only the Brave Tattoo * EDT is the ideal fragrance for the modern, young man. The bottle with the hand clenched in a fist is the only way to express the inner strength, courage and self-realization that can be found in this traditional but still trendy perfume.
Immediately after application, the bold, sweet-fruity fragrance rises into the nose and convinces with a fresh touch of green apple and mandarin. After a few minutes, the heart note becomes noticeable and creates a masculine, very spicy note of sage and exotic bourbon pepper. The rounded base note of aromatic tobacco, patchouli and precious benzoin make this men’s fragrance from Diesel irresistible for every gender.
The Diesel Only the Brave Tattoo Eau de Toilette is available in 4 different sizes (35ml, 50ml, 125ml and 200ml).
Buy the best men’s fragrance
Before you decide on a men’s fragrance, you should definitely consider our 5 most important criteria:
- Fragrance: The most important thing is the fragrance itself and there are many different fragrance families. From the masculine spicy-woody note to the playful fruity-sweet note. However, since the world of perfumes seems endless, we recommend visiting a local perfumery (e.g. Douglas) and trying out all the interesting scents there. You should also dare to try scents that you would normally not try, because a rather inconspicuous bottle quickly turns out to be a real hit. And let’s be honest … how do you want to find your personal best men’s fragrance if you can only feel the tip of the iceberg?
- Sillage: For professionals, the sillage is nothing more than the aftertaste of the perfume in a room. So what remains of the scent after you have long since left the room. Personal feelings apply here. Would you like to draw a real scent trail behind you, or would you rather create a nice smelling aura? Opinions are divided on the Sillage, but we are fully committed to the motto – less is more!
- Shelf life: How long a fragrance can be smelled well depends on the fragrance oil content. As already mentioned at the beginning of the article, the eau de Cologne has the lowest proportion, followed by the eau de toilette and the eau de parfum. In principle, the more fractions there are, the longer the fragrance lasts. But other factors such as the notes used also play a certain role in durability.
- Price: The final price is also heavily dependent on the type of scented water. Eau de Parfums are usually a little more expensive than an EdC or EdT, and men’s fragrances from well-known designers or perfumeries are also priced very differently than any “no-name products”. At the end of the day you have to decide what such a fragrant water is really worth to you. These last a few months – depending on size and handling – but in the end it is just a simple beauty product.
- Flacon: The flacon, i.e. the design of the bottle, should be taken into account last and only serves the eye. If you like a scent, take it with you, no matter how the bottle may put you off. After all, you want to get compliments for the nice smelling men’s fragrance, not the glass bottle in your bathroom cabinet.
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