The industry of cologne for men has seen a boom in the past few years as more and more millennial young men are starting to see the benefits of a refined scent. A while back, luxury cologne mostly consisted of mass-produced brand perfumes which you can find anywhere in stores. Now, batches are smaller and some of the highest-quality brands of cologne for men mostly rest on the exclusive shelves of boutiques.
These perfumes are blended with the finest of ingredients and their growing rarity and the exclusivity that comes with a famous brand name have done wonders to sales in this department. It’s true that it can be quite the financial investment (given how a single bottle can cost as much as a few hundreds of dollars), but it’s definitely worth it. And while we’re at it, we can’t miss out on some of the most popular, renowned, or luxurious cologne for men as examples. Let us just tell you, if you wish to purchase some of those, you’ll definitely need to save up quite a bit of money.
#1 Versace Man Eau Fraiche
We’ll kick off this list with a definite classic: the Versace Man Eau Fraiche. Many have come to learn and love the trademark aquatic scent that gives this fragrance its special tones of freshness. Although very reminiscent of summer and spring thanks to its woody undertones, this zesty cologne for men works for any season and occasion. Perhaps the best part is that it’s actually affordable to a wide variety of pockets, capping in at a mere $35 average for a bottle. It’s not the price that makes this product particularly luxurious, though; it’s the reputation carried by a name like Versace.
#2 Giorgio Armani Rose D’Arabie L’Or Du Desert
Giorgio Armani’s Rose D’Arabie fragrance doesn’t settle for anything less than its real value. Sold for as much as $320, the cologne makes use of a unique recipe which might explain the reasoning behind this spicy price tag. Matching the “desert” part in its name, this is a perfume which has gold flakes infused into the fragrance. Sure, the gold doesn’t exactly contribute to the scent itself, but it does make for a fantastic visual effect. Through the transparent bottle, any slight movement is going to unleash a sand storm.
#3 Dior Homme Bois D’Argent
Dior is synonymous to luxury and their cologne for men is definitely nothing less than what you’d expect from such a renowned name. The Bois D’Argent fragrance is part of a collection, La Collection Privée Christian Dior, but it’s the mastery with which it was crafted that really makes it worthy of $350. After a single spray, you’ll have the pleasant scent of a mix of white musk, Tuscan iris, and Yemen incense linger on for a few good hours.
#4 Kilian Straight to Heaven
Although it sounds like a 90s pop song, Kilian’s Straight to Heaven fragrance is anything but a cheesy kitschy mess (no offense). Sold for $225, the cologne’s popularity can be pinned on its very own source of inspiration: rum. As such, the masterminds behind this perfume gave the blend of vanilla, musk, jasmine, nutmeg, amber, Virginia cedar, and patchouli a twist – rum undertones. With such a premise, there’s no wonder that most testimonies from the gentlemen wearing this cologne mention how many compliments they managed to steal.
#5 Amouage Dia Cologne
It’s clear that a lot of effort went into perfecting the recipe standing as the foundation of this fragrance. The multitude of different ingredients and scents surely stands as proof for it. Together, elements such as plum blossom, amber, patchouli, leather, cardamom, and orris (among many, many others) create a sense-dulling cologne for men, all men. A 1.7 ounce bottle sells for $179, making every single drop inside of it completely worth it.
#6 Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Desert Oud
Everything about this Dolce & Gabbana fragrance is reminiscent of the vibes and scents of the Middle East. We’re not saying that getting caught in a sandstorm has any specific smell (or that it’s particularly pleasant altogether). But if we had to capture the sandy dunes into a single bottle, it would definitely have this aroma. Immersion on the Middle Eastern plains smells like delicate dark wood, blended with amber notes and soft musk on top of the spicy incense.
#7 Creed Millesime Imperial
The use of the word ‘imperial’ is definitely no understatement. Creed’s $350 cologne for men makes a bold statement every time you spray it on. It’s the perfect fragrance for the classy corporate and the responsible CEO. Sea salt and citrus make the crisp notes of this aromatic experience, followed by bergamot and completed by the softness of musk and wood for a rawer undertone. The Creed Millesime Imperial is more than a bottled scent; it’s a token of success and a state of mind.
#8 Ambre Topkapi
Some cologne for men ooze luxury from the bottle alone and Ambre Topkapi’s is nothing short of a work of art. Perfumer Pierre Bourdon poured all of his knowledge into the masterful creation of this fragrance, which is rather famous for its strong spiciness. However, the multitude of ingredients used ensures that the spiciness gently fades into a fresh scent over time. Curtsy of combos between cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, pineapple, grapefruit, and lavender, this cologne has a little bit of everything.
#9 GRABAZZI by Gendarme
Contained in a 10-ounce bottle, Genderme’s GRABAZZI might just the best deal around here if we go by the price – quantity ratio alone. But fear not, the quality isn’t anything to ignore either. This is a warm fragrance, making use of cola berry and spicy carnation to give a pleasant and magnetic vibe to anyone wearing it.
#10 Clive Christian No. 1 Pure Perfume for Men
Luxury is synonymous with money, so we couldn’t have went on without bringing up the priciest cologne for men of them all. Clive sells for a whopping $2,500 but if you know about the creation process, it’s no rocket science to understand why. The bottle is made from raw crystal while the neck is made from gold. Its contents are just as precious since the perfume uses rare ingredients from different corners of the world. As if this weren’t enough, we reckon the fact that this fragrance has been bottled since the 1800s does have a say too.
Whether you’re planning on gifting one of these cologne for men or acquiring one for yourself, one thing is for sure – you’ll need more than one piggy bank to save up that money.