Do you ever think about someone in your life and instantly smell what cologne they wear? Yeah, us too. There’s nothing quite like finding a signature scent that is you—purely you. Finding a daily fragrance is one of the greatest things a man can do in his life.
Okay, it’s not that serious, but it really does make an impact on your daily schedule. Splashing on your favorite cologne after getting ready in the morning can make your day ten times better. We did you a favor and rounded up 20 of the best everyday colognes for men.
Atlantis by Blu Atlas encompasses an adventurous spirit with its woodsy aromatic scent. With notes of bergamot, clary sage, and patchouli, thia EDP is perfect for the man who defies convention. It was Forbes’ top pick for the best cologne for men in 2022.
The classic, all-American brand Coach crafts some of the best colognes for everyday use. Coach For Men Eau de Toilette is about as simple, everyday as you can get. This light and airy fragrance features warm notes of citrus, pear, cardamom, coriander, vetiver, suede, and ambergris. Coach For Men is masculine and strong, yet subtle enough that it won’t attract too much attention. Put on a pair of blue jeans, hit the open road, spritz on Coach For Men, and live out the American dream.
Davidoff’s Cool Water For Men is an aquatic blend of vodka, frozen mint, passion fruit, leather, and caviar. These unexpected fragrance notes actually pair beautifully together to create a light, soft, and citrus scent that is great for daily wear. Cool Water For Men is great for any occasion—work, home, and dates. You’ll always feel fresh and clean wearing this nautical blend of some of the finest notes. The packaging and bottle is classy enough to display on your dresser because—let’s face it—your colognes deserve recognition.
Ralph Lauren’s classic Polo line offers rich, bold, and spicy fragrances. However, there are also lighter, airy fragrances that are better-suited for daily use. Polo Deep Blue is one of their lighter offerings. Make no mistake, though. This ocean-inspired scent still offers a full-bodied experience with notes of Hawaiian green mango, cypress oil, deep ocean accord, and salt mineral. Polo Deep Blue is the perfect daily fragrance; it’s a remarkable fragrance, but it doesn’t overpower you. Enjoy your days smelling like the big blue ocean.
Tom Ford says every time he wears this scent, it transports him to the first time he visited Amalfi. If that doesn’t convince you to buy this aquatic fragrance, we don’t know what will. Mandarino di Amalfi is a citrus blend of mandarin, basil, shiso, leaf accord, wildflowers, and aromatic herbs. This fragrance, as Tom Ford says, will transport you to the idyllic Mediterranean—even if you’re actually thousands of miles away. Sometimes, simple is better. And that’s why Mandarino di Amalfi is a perfect everyday cologne.
This little green bottle will transform every single mundane day into a memorable, exciting one. Hermès Eau d’orange verte is a citrus blend of orange, peppermint, lemon, mandarin, and blackcurrant bud. Inspired by fresh mornings and undergrowth, Françoise Caron created this stunning cologne in 1979, and it’s been a favorite by men since. This serene, simple—yet complex—fragrance will provide you with enough scent to last the entire day. Or spritz a few splashes on after taking a shower for a quick refresher.
Dior Homme Cologne is the definition of luxury. This scent is sophisticated, yet not pretentious. You’ll feel classy wearing it, but you’ll still be humble. Dior Homme Cologne is a fresh blend of Calabrian bergamot, grapefruit blossom, and citrus notes. François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator, says this scent “is the manifesto of a simple and authentic luxury. A whip-cracking freshness that is pared down and cloaked in cottony notes.” Since this fragrance is light and full-bodied, it’s a great choice for daily wear.
If you want a scent that will last you forever, Calvin Klein’s Eternity Aqua For Men will get the job done. Eternity Aqua For Men is a gentle splash of aquatic notes that will have you feeling cool and refined daily. With citrusy notes of chilled cucumber, water lotus, green leaves, mirabelle, lavender, Szechuan pepper, white cedarwood, sandalwood, patchouli, and musk—your nose will go on a nautical journey with every whiff.
Colonia Futura by Acqua di Parma is the ultimate daily fragrance. This citrusy blend of lemon, clary sage, bergamot, pink pepper, lavender, herbaceous, and fruity notes is the perfect fragrance cocktail to spritz on every day. This fragrance is light and natural; it isn’t too distracting. Colonia Futura is inspired by Acqua di Parma’s love for nature, with 99% of the ingredients being natural.
You’re a busy man, so you want a daily fragrance that reflects your fast-paced lifestyle. Armani Beauty’s Acqua di Gio Pour Homme is bold, classy, and adaptable. This fragrance can work for any situation and can keep up with whatever your daily schedule requires. Acqua di Gio is blended with bergamot, cedarwood, neroli, green tangerine, rosemary, persimmon, Indonesian patchouli, and marine notes. You’ll feel calm and refreshed knowing that this stunning cologne will keep you smelling great all day long.
Daily fragrances don’t have to be boring; there are plenty of rich and full-bodied fragrances that can put a “pop” into your day-to-day life. Yves Saint Laurent’s L’Homme is inspired by the modern man’s sense of style and sensuality. If you love looking and feeling dapper, L’Homme will be the cherry on top in your life. This fragrance is filled with vetiver, ginger, bergamot, and citrus notes that will flourish throughout the day, keeping you smelling like the classy man you are.
The classic Versace Eros is now a Parfum. This beloved fragrance—inspired by Greek Mythology—is a citrusy blend of Italian lemon, clary sage, vetiver Haiti, mandarin, and woody notes that will make you feel like a God. Eros is light and subtle enough for everyday use, but it still packs a punch. Eros is the kind of scent you can rely on to use everyday—without having to worry if you smell too bold. This Greco-Roman bottle will look dazzling sitting on top of your dresser.
Ralph Lauren crafted a classic daily scent with Ralph’s Club Eau de Parfum. This masculine blend of lavandin, cedarwood, clary sage, and patchouli will last all day, transforming into a posh and sophisticated fragrance. The sexy and sleek bottle is meant to represent a flask, with a gunmetal design embellished with the Ralph Club monogram. If sensual and woody fragrances are your cup of tea, you’ll want to devour this timeless scent.
For a scent that can be applied anytime and anywhere, Chanel’s Allure Homme Eau de Toilette fits the bill. Any Chanel fragrance can be splashed on your clothes and skin, making them the perfect daily-wear fragrances. Allure Homme is a warm and spicy cologne that will keep you smelling like a cozy cabin. Blended together with bergamot, tonka bean, vetiver, cedar, mandarin, coriander, and black pepper—Allure Homme is the essence of what it means to be a man who is bold and mighty.
You will feel like a royal wearing K by Dolce & Gabbana. And why shouldn’t you? Your choice of cologne should empower you, making you feel like the best version of yourself. K by Dolce & Gabbana will turn everyday into a magical fairytale—minus the castle. K is a sexy, aromatic blend of Mediterranean notes of patchouli, cedarwood, pimento, Sicilian lemon, blood orange, geranium, and lavandin. This fiery and fruity royal cocktail will give you the sexy, powerful boost you need to rule the day.
Blue, aquatic, and fresh. These key elements make up the greatest of colognes. Armani Beauty’s Acqua di Gio Profondo Lights is a breath of fresh air in the fragrance industry. This light, airy, and citrusy scent is everything a daily fragrance should be. Acqua di Gio Profondo Lights is blended with natural notes of cardamom, green mandarin, cedarwood, patchouli, cypress, rosemary, and rich vetiver. Make everyday a splash with a cologne that understands what it takes to be a long-lasting and intense fragrance.
No other fragrance has made quite the impact Ralph Lauren Polo Sport has. This little blue bottle dominated the fragrance world in the ‘90s and still continues to be a fan-favorite among many men. Fruity, woody, and natural notes of mint, lavender, bergamot, mandarin orange, lemon, neroli, seagrass, ginger, jasmine, geranium, rose, musk, sandalwood, cedar, and amber blend together to create a scent that works for daily use. Whether you’re working hard at the gym or giving a PowerPoint presentation at work, you can count on Polo Sport to keep you smelling fresh and masculine.
Your cologne should spark joy in your life and make you happy. What’s the point of wearing something that doesn’t make you feel good about yourself? Luckily for you, there’s no other joyous scent than Clinique’s Happy For Men. This bright, bubbly, and airy scent is filled with citrusy notes of Kaffir Lime, Kalamanzi fruit, mandarin, green notes, cedar, Mediterranean cypress, and guaiac wood. You will spread light, laughter, and love to everyone around you wearing this happy scent.
How does a splash of British culture sound? Burberry’s Brit Splash can transform boring, mundane days into posh and elegant trips to the United Kingdom. Okay … even if you can’t actually travel abroad to London, you can still smell like you did, right? Brit Splash features notes of watermelon, rosemary, violet, cyclamen, musk, and moss. Brit Splash was inspired by London and all of its wonders, culture, and energy. Feel the hustle and bustle of the renowned international city everyday by wearing Brit Splash.
Make each day an adventure with Montblanc’s Legend Spirit Eau de Toilette. If you’re a go-getter, wanderlust-filled, travel junkie man—you found the right cologne. Never has a fragrance captured the desire to discover new horizons than Legend Spirit. This classy scent is filled with bold notes of citrus, cardamom, lavender and sensual woods. You’ll feel like a new man wearing this charismatic cologne. Take each day to new heights.
- What are the different types of colognes and what do they mean?
You may see a lot of jargon thrown around when discussing colognes—sprays, refreshers, etc. Even though most fragrances for men are classified as colognes, they’re not all technically colognes. Here are the four most common colognes you’ll encounter and what they mean:
- Eau de Parfum: Eau de Parfum (EDP) are concentrations of 15-20%. These scents are the strongest in the men’s fragrance world, and generally, last up to four to six hours after application.
- Eau de Toilette: Eau de Toilette (EDT) are concentrations of 10-15%. These scents have a shelf life of up to two to three hours. You probably shouldn’t buy anything weaker than an EDT if you really want a strong scent.
- Eau de Cologne: Eau de Cologne (EDC) are concentrations of 3-8%. These scents aren’t as strong as the other two, but can still offer nice fragrances. When wearing EDCs, it’s best to layer up and reapply throughout the day.
- Aftershave/Splash: These scents have concentrations of 1-3%. They aren’t meant for long use and only have a shelf life of less than an hour. Splashes and aftershaves are great for a quick refresher after showering or working out.
- What are fragrances notes and what do they mean?
When reading cologne descriptions, you’ll probably be overwhelmed with the amount of scent notes and fragrances thrown around. Most colognes—like other scented products, such as candles—have a three-part life cycle that contains three sections of individual notes that blend together into the final product of what you actually smell. Typically, most fragrances are comprised of top, medium, and base notes.
- Top Note: The top note is the scent that will hit your nose right after application. The top note is generally lighter, with floral, powdery, fruity, spicy, and aquatic scents. The top note can last anywhere from ten minutes to two hours.
- Medium Note: The medium note starts to develop after it’s been sprayed. The medium note, or the middle note, holds the key elements to the fragrance. Middle notes will start hitting your nose after the top notes dissipate and can last anywhere between three to five hours. Medium notes usually are composed of heavier scents, such as grass, jasmine, cinnamon, and clove.
- Base Note: The base note is the last note to develop, hence the name. The base note will hit your nose after the top and medium notes, which usually means you’ll smell these notes much later after application—five or ten hours. Since the base notes are the foundation for your fragrance, they determine how long the fragrance will last, which is why a strong base note is vital. Most base notes are heavy, warm scents like moss, vanilla, tar, leather, musk, sandalwood, and tobacco.
- What are the different types of fragrances?
As mentioned above, fragrance notes comprise different scents that blend together to create the best-smelling cologne. Not all colognes are created equal, however, and there are many different types of fragrances. Most scents can be broken down into these categories, or fragrance families:
- Floral: Florals are lighter scents, such as rose, jasmine, peaches, and berries. Florals don’t technically only have to be flowers but most of the time, they are.
- Woody: Ahh, the quintessential “man” smell. The great outdoors. Woody scents include moss, cedar, and sandalwood. These scents are generally anything from the woods.
- Oriental: Oriental scents are much more rich and deep than florals. These scents can range from vanilla, cinnamon, and patchouli. Most spices would fall under the oriental family.
- Fresh: Classic. Refreshing. Clean. Fresh scents are light and water-inspired. Fresh scents include sea breezes, orange, lemon, and citrus.
- How do I pick a scent that is best for me?
In the digital age, it’s easier than ever to explore and find new colognes that may work for you. Try searching websites—like Amazon, Macy’s, Sephora, and other beauty brands that sell men’s colognes. Most companies offer generous return policies that will allow you to return a scent if you don’t think it’s the one for you. However, to save yourself the hassle of shipping an item back, you can always shop for colognes in stores.
When deciding what cologne you want, think about scents you like. Are you more drawn to woodsy, musky, and masculine scents? Or do you prefer lighter, citrusy, and oceany scents? Once you narrow down your scent preferences, you can then decide if you want a long-lasting cologne—that works for daily use—or a cologne that is recommended for only occasional use—such as nightly use. If you’re shopping in person, spray the cologne testers first to see if you like the scent, then you can try spraying it on yourself. Most stores have coffee bean shakers that will allow you to “cleanse your nose” and truly appreciate each scent without being distracted by the previous scent.
- Where should I spray cologne?
Where to spray cologne is one of the most commonly asked questions about cologne. It can be confusing, since there are so many different people out there telling you to spray in one area versus another. However, there is some actual science behind the best spray points. Generally, you want to apply cologne to your pulse points: behind the ears, wrists, base of the neck, inside elbows, and inside knees. These pulse points will allow the fragrance to be the strongest it can be by working with your body. When applying your fragrance, don’t rub it in (as tempting as it may be). This can potentially dilute and break down the scent, rendering it useless. Because everyone’s body’s PH levels react to fragrances differently, it’s best to allow the fragrance to work it out on its own.
- I can’t smell anything. Should I spray more?
So, you’ve sprayed your pulse points with your favorite fragrance and a few hours later, you can’t smell anything. What should you do? Oftentimes, people think their cologne is a dud simply because it doesn’t last all day. The truth is, colognes aren’t meant to last all day. Depending on the type of fragrance you have, it will have a maximum shelf life—or the amount of time you can smell it. However, there’s nothing wrong with reapplying your fragrance, just as long as you know when to do it and how much to reapply.
When wearing your cologne, no one should be able to smell you unless they’re within a 1-foot radius around you. So, right away, if the entire office can smell you, you know you’ve overdone it. When you apply your fragrance, only do a few sprays and add more throughout the day as needed. It’s easier to add more, rather than clean it all off and start again. Cologne is meant to enhance your scent but not completely overpower your (and everyone else’s) senses.
Work with your body and skin type when applying cologne. If you’re more oily, you can wear less cologne since the fragrance will stick long on oily skin. If you’re more dry, you should add in a few extra sprays to give yourself more fragrance.
- Why do some colognes smell better than others?
Since everyone is different, and our preferences are subjective, there are bound to be scents that you don’t particularly like but maybe a friend does. Opinions aside, there is a scientific reason why some colognes smell better on other people versus yourself. Every person has different PH levels, which can affect how scents work on your body. Depending on your body’s PH levels and other various factors—such as sweat, hormones, etc.—the exact same cologne can smell completely different on two different people.
Don’t let this deter you from trying out different products, however. The more you try, the more you know what you will like!
- Where should I store my cologne?
Proper storage for cologne is absolutely essential to ensure it has a long shelf life. Cologne should always be stored in cooler, dark environments. Places like medicine cabinets, drawers, lockers, and closets are great places to keep colognes out of direct sunlight.
Don’t leave cologne in hot, humid environments, which means you shouldn’t be taking steaming hot showers if your cologne is stored in the bathroom. The standard shelf life of cologne is typically one year.
If you notice color, scent, or texture changes—such as thick, goop sprays—then it’s probably best to throw out the cologne and invest in a new one.