If this is one of your first forays into men’s perfume choices, it can be a tough endeavor. There are so many options out there and, I’m not going to lie, it can be hard to read between the pretentious product descriptions and not be put off by some of the crazy prices.

The table below features the ten fragrances that I consider to be the strongest contenders for best perfume for men.

  Perfume Size Rating
Paco Rabanne Invictus 3.4 oz  (5.0 / 5)
Burberry Brit Rhythm 3.0 oz  (4.5 / 5)
Ralph Lauren Polo Red 4.2 oz  (4.5/ 5)
Gucci Guilty Pour Homme 3.0 oz  (4.5 / 5)
Versace Eros 3.4 oz  (4.5 / 5)
Diesel Only the Brave 4.2 oz (4.5.0 / 5)
L’eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake 4.2 oz  (4.5 / 5)
Armani Code by Giorgio Armani 4.2 oz  (4.5.0 / 5)
Hugo Boss Bottled No. 6 Cologne 3.4 oz  (4.5 / 5)
Prada Infusion D’Homme 1.7 oz  (5.0 / 5)


Obviously a lot of this comes down to my own personal taste, but I have tried my best to be as open-minded as I can and take in factors other than scent alone: Ingredientsdurability, and value for money.

If you have any suggestions of your own then feel free to leave a comment below. I am always open to other opinions and would love to know of other fragrances out there!

So Let us get into it.


  1. Diesel Only The Brave

We start our look into the best perfume for men with Only The Brave. This comes in the form of a really unique bottle, in the shape of a clenched fist.

But does this fragrance pack a punch?

That would be a definite yes. There is no mistaking the intended user gender of Diesel’s Only The Brave: Its ensemble of clean and fresh citrus scents are supported by a strong cast of wood and spices basenotes. This is as modern and manly as they come.

Only The Brave should suit men of all scent preferences. Its fast opening of lemon and tangerine screams fresh, but that soon gives way to a more subtle amber-based waft. A more playful perfume for perhaps younger people, it probably suits the Spring and Autumn months more than it does Summer or Winter.

This is a very versatile and safe fragrance, but it doesn’t need to be applied too heavily: Just a couple of sprays and you’re good to go. What’s more, it lasts a very solid eight hours, meaning you can get through your work day smelling fresh.

This is pretty much right in the middle of the fragrance price spectrum. There is real quality in this and you are definitely paying for worthwhile value. An excellent fragrance.

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  1. Armani Code

This is one of the most popular best sellers, and not without good reason.

Armani Code first came out in 2004, when it was then known as Black Code. It has remained a firm favorite with many men ever since then.  Time to delve into why it is regarded as one of the best perfumes for men.

What’s great about Armani Code is that I would say it’s suitable for anyone. Its scent doesn’t limit itself to just young people, or to the work place, or to evening. It can be for all of those occasions and more.

Armani Code features a citrus top note that eventually gives way to a creamy base and powdery and even a hint of smokey chocolate;  it’s a sexy scent.  Its classy slim bottle makes it one of the most aesthetically pleasing fragrances on my list.

This is a good starting point if you want to get into slightly harsher and more robust fragrances. Armani Code works all year round, especially for cool summer nights.

This versatile perfume lasts 7-8 hours.

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  1. Paco Rabanne Invictus

Paco Rabanne’s incredibly popular, but Invictus is more than up to the task.

Paco Rabanne have certainly not spared anything when it comes to their marketing for Invictus: The bottle blatantly is trophy-shaped;  and they have celebrity backing in the form of former Australian rugby league player Nick Youngquest. However, while with some fragrances this may arouse suspicion as to the quality of the product itself, Invictus has more than enough about it to compete as one of the best perfumes for men.

Paco Rabanne Invictus starts off with a fresh grapefruit and citrus scent and will change to a marine smell, and then into a sweeter, delicate, almost floral scent. It’s a unique fragrance, but fair warning: It might be a bit too sweet for some. Dull it certainly isn’t.

With a near-10 hour scent, this fragrance is one of the longest-lasting out there, plus it has a strong sillage to boot. I would go as far as to claim that a single spray per application should be enough to see you through the day.

It’s sweet notes probably make this much more of a day time scent, but should you want it as an evening fragrance then at least its strong durability will see you into the night.

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  1. L’eau d’Issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake

This fragrance from Issey Miyake first hit the shelves in 1994 and has remained a top seller since then, and for good reason. Its variety of notes set this apart from everything else out there and certainly makes it a strong contender to be our best perfume for men.

This tends to come out yearly with a new limited edition bottle (always a sign of a popular fragrance). Don’t be mistaken though, the juice inside is exactly the same.

L’eau d’Issey Pour Homme’s top notes come in the form of a range of citruses: Tarragon, coriander, mandarin and lemon. Coming in at the middle you’ll be hit with lovely spices and floral scents in the form of cinnamon, nutmeg and lily of the valley. Finishing it off at the end you’ll get cedar wood and amber (I love anything with amber).

This is a very fresh fragrance and, unlike Invictus above, it is light and suitable for all ages. Its scent is multi-purpose and fits all genres of men’s perfumes: Floral, woods and spices. The way it moves in between these phases makes it a very calming fragrance, and it will earn you compliments. Some of you might not enjoy the almost ‘unisex’ nature of this men’s perfume, but for all-purpose perfumes, they don’t come any better than L’eau d’Issey Pour Homme.

Although this could be worn all year-round, it’s floral notes mean that there’s no mistaking that this is a summer fragrance (and probably the best!). However, unlike a lot of summer fragrances, this stuff lasts. With a quick four sprays, I’d expect to get 8-10 hours out of this stuff.

L’eau d’Issey Pour Homme comes in a variety of sizes and it is fantastic value. If you like fresh and marine, then this is the one for you.

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  1. Prada Infusion D’Homme

Fashion brands dipping their toe in the realm of fragrances doesn’t often go well, but Prada have done very well with Infusion d’Homme since its fairly recent release in 2008. In fact, they have manufactured it so well that I rate this as the best perfume for men.

Infusion d’Homme ticks most, if not all, of the boxes with note of citrus, iris and cedar wood, with the former two being its high notes and the latter coming in in the mid. This sits somewhere between citrus and flowery, and then calms down to a green woody feel. Make no mistake, this is a classy fragrance that would fit right in in the work environment. Basically, if you wear a tie then this is for you.

This is a very subtle fragrance that doesn’t require a lot of sprays; just a couple to the chest and/or neck and you’re set. Prada Infusion d’Homme is clean, sharp and powdery. Its scent is one of the most modern and long-lasting, lying somewhere between 8 to 10 hours.

The only people who might be disappointed with this are fans of spice-heavy fragrances. There is a touch of it, and certainly enough to define itself as a men’s fragrance, but perhaps not enough to satisfy the most ardent of spice fanatics.

Prada Infusion practically oozes luxury and sophistication but it doesn’t completely price itself out of your reach. Yes, it is a touch more expensive than some of the other products on our list, but this is definitely a case of getting what you pay for.

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