The Ten Best Colognes for Men for 2020

Which one is your favorite one?

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We compared the opinions of seven men’s magazines like Men’s Health, The Modest Man, and Men’s Journal to compile the 10 top colognes for men for 2020, to help you pick the best fragrance for you.

10. John Varvatos Artisan Pure, 2 Votes

A crisp, musky scent Artisan Pure was inspired by the hills of Xalapa, Mexico. A perfect scent for any summer occasion, it’s fusion of coffee and orange finishes smoothly. A small squirt goes a long way so it the bottle lasts a long time. A high class and refined fragrance, it’s particularly popular with men in their mid-30’s and early 40’s.

9. Ralph Lauren Polo Black, 2 Votes

A product of internationally recognized fashion designer, Polo black is a bold scent of mango, armoise, and patchouli fused with tonka beans, sage, and notes of citrus like lemon and tangerine. An everyday fragrance with a mild intensity Polo Black is a refine cologne popular with men over 30.

8. Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit, 2 Votes

First introduced in 2009, La Nuit combines the citrusy freshness of lemon and bergamot with the warm, earthiness of cedarwood, and the spiciness of cardamom. Not too intense, lasting 3–4 hours, it’s ideal as a casual, everyday scent for men who are after a natural yet sensual fragrance.

7. Tom Ford Oud Wood, 2 Votes

Tom Ford Oud Wood was made to be warm, sensual, and masculine. It’s scent is derived from oud wood (also known as agarwood) used in incense often burned in the temples of Bhutan. It is blended with mountain rose derived vetiver, sandalwood, and cardamom provide smokiness, while an infusion of tonka beans, and amber give warmth and sensuality. Popular amongst 30–40 somethings, this is one for the lumberjack man’s man. Just a touch will get you through an 8-hour day.

6. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, 3 Votes

Created by Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas and released in 2007, Light Blue pour Homme is the masculine complement to the original feminine perfume product. Sensual yet fresh, this fragrance serves up a chilly combination of Mandarin oranges and grapefruit, with the salty of the ocean, juniper, and the muskiness of wood. It’s a perfect summer beach scent, while remaining more affordable than some of the other options.

5. Armani Code for Men, 3 Votes

Designed to embody Hollywood sexpot Ryan Reynolds, Code is meant to be natural yet seductive. With a combination of bergamot, lemon, olive blossom, lavender, and cumin, it will give you an irresistible and mysterious allure, whether you’re 25 or 40. Spray it in a V-shape from one shoulder to the other for 3–4 hours of secret enticement.

4. Versace Eros, 3 Votes

Donatella Versace modeled Eros after the Greek god of love, with the intent to spark feelings of love, passion, and desire. The scent was designed to be seductively masculine, with an intense freshness of mint, lemon zest, green apple, amber, tonka beans, vanilla, and geranium combine with woodsy fragrances of oak moss, cedarwood, and vetiver. It is the most popular scent of the season for a night on at the club, but use it sparingly; a single-use will stay on your clothes for up to a month, even after laundering.

3. Sauvage Dior, 5 Votes

Sauvage Dior

François Demachy was inspired by open-spaces when he created Sauvage. Think the rocky canyon-scapes of Utah against a cloudless blue sky, where you’d find a burly cowboy with “strong and unmistakable masculinity.” The base is a custom Italian bergamot, with notes of pepper and citrus. A little dab will last you 3–4 hours.

2. Acqua di Gio, 5 Votes

Created by Giorgio Armani and inspired by the Mediterranean Sea, Acqua Di Gio gives a crisp citrusy scent. With notes of bergamot, cedarwood, bitter orange, persimmon, rosemary, and Indonesian patchouli, this fragrance is fresh and summery, reminding you of a relaxing day at the beach. Dab it on your pulse points such as your inner elbow, wrists, and neck, for 3–4 hours of olfactory bliss.

1. Creed Aventus, 7 Votes

Aventus was introduced in 2010 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the brand. Created by Olivier Creed (a Sixth Generation Master Perfumer) and his son, Erwin, it’s scent is a cocktail of pineapple, black currant, and ambergris — weirdly, a solid waxy substance produced inside the digestive tract of a sperm whale that has a sweet, earthy odor. Despite the hefty price, a little goes a very long way and lasts 6–8 hours.

So which of the 10 best colognes from this list are you going to try?


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John Varvatos Artisan Pure
Polo Ralph Lauren
Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit
Tom Ford Oud
D & G Light Blue
Armani Code
Versace Eros
Sauvage Dior
Acqua Di Gio
Creed Aventus

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