The endless array of men's cologne often makes it difficult to know which to choose. The easiest way to buy a fragrance is to test it yourself. If you like what you smell, the choice is simple, but when the selection is just too large, sometimes a professional guide or list of what everyone else is buying can be a great help.
Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme by Giorgio Armani
This eau de toilette has been showing up on top-ten lists since it came on the market in 1996 because it's a light, fresh fragrance. It contains top notes of jasmine, rosemary and hespiradic notes. Middle notes include persimmon and marine notes. The base note consists of cedar, patchouli, white musk and rock rose.
Davidoff Cool Water
This cologne is one of the best-selling men's colognes of all time. It has a strong aquatic aroma with top notes of lavender, coriander, peppermint, rosemary and orange blossom. The middle notes include jasmine, oakmoss, geranium and sandalwood. Amber, musk, sandalwood and cedar make up the base notes.
Curve by Liz Clairborne
This is a long-lasting fragrance with top notes of lavender, clove and bergamot. The middle notes are vetiver, musk and lime. The base of the fragrance has citrus, sandalwood and cedar.
The One by Dolce & Gabbana
This is one of the more affordable, good quality colognes available for men. The top notes are grapefruit, coriander and basil. The middle notes are cardamom, ginger and orange blossom. The base notes are cedar wood ambergris and tobacco.
HM by Hanae Mori
This cologne has been a favourite since it was introduced in 1997. It has a rich oriental frangrance and the unexpected subtle tone of chocolate. The top notes are lemon, lavender, blackcurrant and green notes. The middle notes include iris, jasmine, muguet and Bulgarian Rose. The base notes are moss, vanilla, tonka bean, cedarwood, chocolate and amber.
John Varvatos Vintage
Top notes include santonila, juniper berries and white lavender. Patchouli, fir balsam and Jasmine make up the middle notes. The base notes consist of tonka beans, tobacco and suede.
L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme
This cologne is one of the favourite men's colognes chosen by women. It is a complex cologne with top notes of yuzu, cypress, coriander, mandarin, clary sage and fresh verbena. Middle notes include blue water lily, nutmeg saffron, bourbon geranium and Ceylonese cinnamon. Base notes consist of tobacco amber, musk, Indian sandalwood, Haitian vetiver and Cypriol.
Eternity by Calvin Klein
This cologne continues to be a favourite even though it came out on the market over 20 years ago. The top notes include mandarin, lavender and green botanics. The middle notes are jasmine, basil, geranium and sage. The base notes are sandalwood, vetiver, rosewood and amber.
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
Tom Ford's new fragrance follows the 2010 trend of vetiver-based colognes. Top notes are vetiver, bright citrus and sage. The middle notes are grapefruit, orris and nutmeg, while the base is a mix of oakmoss, amber and more vetiver. It is often compared to Guerlain's Vetiver.
Marc Jacobs BANG
The newest cologne on the list has only been on the market a few months but is already becoming a best seller. It has top notes of black, pink and white peppercorns. Middle notes are masculine woods and the base notes are elemi resinoid, benzoin, vetiver, white moss and patchouli.
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