“Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.”
Okay guys. Hear me out on this and pay attention to me. It is twenty bloody twenty twenty. 2020!! And there are still some of you who don’t believe in using a cologne!! HOW?! WHY?! Hasn’t anyone told you that you smell?
Cologne is considered as one of the essentials in men’s grooming.Read our article on TOP 13 COLLEGE CLOTHING ESSENTIALS THAT EVERY STUDENT NEEDS to make sure that you posses all of it.
That is why, in this article, we are going to enumerate the top 15 colognes for men in 2019.Your significant other will thank you and then you can thank me later.
So, what is a cologne? A cologne is a broad term for anything that makes you smell good, which is not your body musk.
There are 5 types of colognes, depending on the duration that they last for.
- Eau de fraiche
This is a cologne that lasts for the shortest time, about an hour or so, and is about 1% to 2% perfume, and the rest is a diluter like alcohol or water.
- Eau de cologne
This is a cologne that lasts for a short time, about two to three hours, and contains only about 2% to 7% of the perfume, and the rest is a diluter.
- Eau de toilette
This is a cologne that lasts for about three to five hours, and it contains about 7% to 12% perfume. It is more of a skin freshener than anything else.
- Eau de parfum
This is a watered down perfume, as “eau” means water in French. It contains about 12% to 20% perfume and it lasts for about five to seven hours.
This is the most concentrated version of all the five, and it contains between 20% to 40% perfume, and it can last anywhere between eight hours to twelve hours.
Now that you know the types of colognes depending on their duration, let me tell you about the different scents that you can expect in a cologne.
There are four distinct scents in the scent palate of perfumes.
This is possibly one of the more traditional scents out there, and it has hints of rose, jasmine, gardenia, or anything that can even venture out into the scents of fruits like peaches, berries, etc.
It is a spicy scent like vanilla, patchouli, cinnamon and other spicy scents. It is a heavy note, and musky scents also come under this category.
This is a very “manly” scent palate. It includes mainly scents that are forest centred, like sandalwood, pine, oak, birch, cedar, moss and other similar scents. This scent palate is refreshing and nostalgic.
This is something that is fresh, as the name undeniably says it is, and focuses on citrus-y, green and water smells. Aromas of orange, lemon, cut grass, and sea breezes are common in this scent palate.
There are three types of scents based on when they disappear.
- Top/High notes
This is the scent that you smell immediately after you spray it on, and it usually lasts for 15 minutes to about an hour. Floral, citrus-y, fruity, powdery, cinnamon and marine scents are all top notes.
- Middle/Heart notes
These notes develop after the high notes fade away, and they are the main essence of the perfume. They can last for about three to five hours and it includes heavy floral scents like jasmine, grass, stone and other spice scents like clove, cinnamon, etc. A few fruity scents can also come in here.
- Base notes
These are the last scents to develop, and are the bolder notes, which become more prominent as the day goes on. It lasts for five to ten hours, and it includes scents like sandalwood, moss, vetiver, vanilla, tar, leather, musk, etc.
Now that you know what the types of colognes are and that are the different types of scents available, you should know where to apply them. Apply them on your pulse points, like the neck, behind your ear, wrist, behind your knee. The natural heat of your body dissipates the scent much easier.
Don’t rub the scent in as it can cause the scent to breakdown easily and you’ll lose the smell faster. The high notes will wear off faster than if you don’t rub it.
You can try the “spray and walk into the mist” method, but this might waste valuable cologne as it doesn’t sit right on your body.
Now that you know how to apply it, you should also know how much to apply. The rule of the thumb is that it should not be discernible to anybody unless they are in a two feet radius of you. It should add to your persona instead of being an assault on their senses.
Also, depending on your skin type, the amount of cologne you wear matters. If you have oily skin, it’ll stick on for a longer time, and if you have dry skin, you’ll need to reapply it earlier than others.
PS: one hack that you can use is moisturizing your skin before applying the cologne, so it will stay on longer.
Now that we have got all the “gyan” part of the article out of the way, we can go to the products!
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1.Burberry Touch for Men Eau de Toilette
This is one of the top colognes for men, and I will tell you why. Burberry is an international brand, and it always goes for quality over quantity. It is a designer perfume and is an excellent smelling perfume.
It is a perfume that lasts for about five to six hours, and it is not an overpowering cologne. It is moderate in intensity and costs about rupees 3500 ($50).
This is a perfume that was inspired by the great roman emperor, Napoleon.
It celebrates his strength, his ability to look at the bigger picture and his ability to achieve success through his analytical thinking and sharp mind. Read on why it deserves a list in our list of top 16 colognes for men.
The top notes are fruity and contain scents of blackcurrant, bergamot, apple and pineapple. The heart notes are a combination of rose, dry birch, Moroccan jasmine and patchouli. The base notes are oak, moss, musk, ambergris and vanilla.
It is a long lasting perfume and it is moderate in its intensity.
3.Tom Ford Noir Extreme
This perfume was created by Tom Ford himself, and it is delectable! Tom Ford is a multitalented guy, with fingers in almost every pie. From fashion designer to a film director, he’s done it all.
This perfume has been personally constructed by him, and it contains a variety of scents.
The top notes are mandarin oil, neroli, saffron, cardamom and nutmeg. The middle notes are made up of pista kulfi (yes, the Indian dessert kulfi; apparently, he tasted it once and loved the taste and smell of it), rose, jasmine and orange blossoms.
The base notes is made up of sandalwood and vanilla.
It is a long lasting perfume and is moderate in intensity. It costs roughly about 14000 rupees ($200), making it an excellent choice among the colognes for men.
4.Giorgio Armani Eau De Nuit For Men
Armani is a fashion house, and the scent of a person obviously comes under that banner. In 1984 they released the Eau Pour Homme, which was sharp, strong and had citrusy notes running through it.
Almost 30 years later, they re-imagined and redeveloped it and re-released it. They made a nocturnal edition as well, because why not, and this is it. The Eau De Nuit.
It is dark, rich and spicy and musky. The top notes are bergamot and pink pepper. The heart notes are flowers of iris, cardamom, nutmeg and heliotrope.
The base is made up of cedar, tonka and amber. This scent palate makes it one of the best choices among the colognes for men.
It is a moderate to long lasting perfume and is moderate in its intensity. It costs about 5600 rupees ($80).
5.Bvlgari Man In Black Eau de Parfum Spray for Men
This perfume is all about contrasts, making it an intriguing choice among the top colognes for men. It is masculine, sophisticated and fresh.
The top notes consists of a mixture of rum, fresh greens, and sharp citruses. The middle or heart notes are made up of orange blossoms and sweet tuberose.
The base notes are made up of amber, musk and sandalwood, making it an intensely masculine yet light and refreshing perfume.
It is a moderately lasting perfume and is moderate in intensity as well. It costs about 4000 rupees ($60), making it one of the cheaper colognes for men on this list.
6.Calvin Klein Obsession
This is one of the oldest colognes for men that you can buy. It is from the 1980s, and it smells like that era as well, all tangy and citrusy and spicy and woody, all rolled into one heady perfume.
The top notes are made of tangerine, grapefruit, lime and bergamot, and is balanced with the floral scents of lavender and nut, along with the spiced fragrances of coriander and cinnamon.
The middle notes are made up of carnation, jasmine, rose tree, pine. The base notes are made up of warm patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, benzoin, vanilla and amber. Red berries are present as an undercurrent throughout all the notes.
Yes, they went a little over the top with the ingredients. They made it a bit too complicated, making it heavy in intensity and long lasting. It costs about 3500 rupees ($50).
7.Raw Chemistry Cologne For Him
So, science and technology has come so far that we have put our natural pheromones into little bottles and we are selling them.
What are pheromones, you ask? They are chemicals that others can smell on you, making you appear more appealing, stronger, and more aggressive, depending on who smells you.
Scientists have been able to bottle this up and are selling it and companies are cashing in on this quite fast.
But the problem is that most of these don’t have a high enough pheromone concentration, or aren’t made up of the right ingredients to actually cause any effect.
Raw Chemistry is one of the few companies that are different. It is made up of 4 male pheromones that makes it very effective and it has an amazing power and scent.
Another good thing is that it lasts for longer than usual colognes.
The cologne matches the wearer’s natural scent and so, it is unique for every man.
Another great thing is that it is affordable at around 2000 rupees ($30), making it a great addition to the list of best colognes for men.
8.Hugo Boss Bottled Deodorant Stick
Everybody knows Hugo Boss. I mean, everybody knows the company, the person, and their legacy. And no one is surprised when one of their perfumes is on this list of the best colognes for men.
The Bottled Eau de Parfum deo stick is very vague and mysterious.
It has a fresh and fruity top notes of apple and citruses which is balanced with the floral scents of pelargonium and spicy scents of cinnamon and cloves as the heart notes.
The base is masculine and is made up of sandalwood, vetiver and precious cedar.
It is moderate in intensity and lasts for a moderate time, enough for a day at the office. It also costs about 2000 rupees ($30).
9.Dior Sauvage Eau De Toilette
This is one of the perfumes developed by Dior, and it has none other than Johnny Depp modelling for it! I mean, he looks particularly good looking in this advertisement. You should look it up.
The company advertises it as “enveloping, suave, mysterious and sensual.” This is completely true once you look at the scent palate that this perfume contains.
The top notes are made of mainly bergamot, and the perfumer had a special type of bergamot made for this particular perfume. The middle notes are made of lavender, star anise, Schechuan pepper and ambroxan. The base notes are made of nutmeg and vanilla, giving it a spicy odour.
It is a long lasting and heavy in intensity, and costs about 10000 rupees ($140). This truly deserves its place in the top colognes for men.
10.Paco Rabanne 1 Million
“In all civilizations and religions gold has always managed to seduce people”Paco Rabanne
These famous words were said by Paco Rabanne himself, and it is true. Gold has always has this allure that nobody has been able to resist.
The top notes of the perfume is made up of blood mandarin, mint and sparkling grapefruit. The middle notes are made up of rose, cinnamon and an unknown spice blend. The base notes are made up of patchouli, amber, blonde wood and blonde leather.
It lasts for a long time and it is very intense, so use it sparingly. It costs about 6000 rupees ($80).
There is another version, called the 1 Million 18 Carats, where the body of the perfume is made of 18 carat gold, has a diamond crown and the case is engraved with a specific number.
It is a limited edition and the casing for the bottle also has a gold lever. Paco Rabanne very kindly gave a lifetime refill for the perfume if you buy the 18 Carats version. How much does it cost, you ask? Just a little under 40 lakh rupees ($57000).
11.Diesel Only The Brave Wild
Diesel has always believed in pushing the boundaries of anything that they do, be it fashion, perfumes, anything. And they always have believed in the rugged. Possibly these two reasons are why they created something as outrageous as this cologne.
The top notes are grapefruit, lemongrass and black pepper. The middle notes are lavender, nutmeg, coumarin and geranium. The base notes are made up of cedar wood, vetiver, moss and coconut water.
It is a moderately lasting cologne with a moderate intensity as well. It costs about 4000 rupees ($50).
12.Azzaro Wanted for Men Eau de Toilette
This is one of the lesser known brands out there, but try this cologne, and you will see why it belongs in this list of the top colognes for men.
The top notes are lemon, ginger, lavender and mint. The middle notes are cardamom, juniper, apple and geranium. The base notes are vetiver, tonka bean and amber.
It is long lasting perfume and the intensity is moderate to heavy. It costs about 3900 rupees ($55).
13.Ralph Lauren Polo Red Intense
Another well-known name in the world of fashion, Ralph Lauren. The mastermind behind this company makes a guest appearance in the popular sitcom FRIENDS (along with Jennifer Aniston, the lucky dog).
This perfume was advertised as a perfume for a man who is into sports and other such activities that make him sweat.
The top notes are blood grapefruit, cranberry, lemon and saffron. The middle notes are ginger, coffee, sage and lavender. The base notes are amber, red cedar and leather.
It is a long lasting perfume, and it is heavy in its intensity, so as to keep men refreshed while they play a gentleman’s sport like polo. It costs around 4500 rupees ($60), but the brand itself makes it a must in the top colognes for men.
14.Gucci Guilty Cologne Pour Homme
This is one of the latest colognes to be released in 2019, and it is a mind blowing cologne and deserves its place in the top colognes for men.
It is masculine, but it gives a breath of fresh air in the form of the floral scents which are balanced by the woody and citrusy accords.
The top notes are bergamot, rosemary and juniper berries. The middle notes are violet, heliotrope and cypress. The base notes are patchouli, cedar and white musk.
It is a moderately lasting perfume and is somewhat heavy in its intensity. It costs about 7000 rupees ($100).
15.Guess Seductive Homme Black Edition
This is one of those relatively cheaper colognes for men hat are found in this list. It costs about 2500 rupees ($35).
The top notes are cardamom, mandarin and pink pepper. The middle notes are vanilla orchid, vetiver and violet leaves. The base notes are patchouli, amber, sandalwood and musk.
It is again a moderately lasting perfume and is also moderate in intensity.
So, there we have it!! The top 15 colognes for men in 2019. Trust me, buy one, and you will thank me later. It’s a leap of faith, my friend. Take it. See the changes. Live the changes.
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