The 18 Best Colognes So You Smell Your Best This Fall

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We change up our cologne almost as much as we change up our wardrobe (read:  seasonally).  You want to make sure your scent leaves a mark on everyone around you…without being too overpowering. Cologne really has come a long way over the years and there are so many options based on your favorite scents, your personality, time of year, and even time of day you plan on wearing it! Don’t be afraid to take some risks and change up your favorite fragrance from time to time. Whether you’re looking for something super seasonal like woodsy and warm or just something light and fresh we’ve rounded up some of the best-selling and must-smell men’s cologne picks for 2017.

1.  Creed ‘Aventus’ Cologne for Men – Buy It Here For $210

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Smells like:  Bergamot, apples, birch, jasmine, musk, and vanilla.  A favorite cologne of 2017, Aventus is actually the best selling cologne for the Creed brand in it’s unique history.  A bit on the pricey side, it’s still totally worth it because, well, you’re worth it.  It lasts long throughout the day without overpowering and you don’t really need many sprays so it’ll last a bit longer than some of your other favorite colognes. Plus: Find out where to buy the best Creed cologne brands for cheap!


2.  Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf – Buy It Here For $90

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Smells like:  Bergamot, cinnamon, leather, grapefruit, and pink pepper. A top selling cologne for 3 years in a row, everyone seems to be obsessed with Spicebomb and not just because of how cool the bottle is (it is though, isn’t it?).  It’s addictive, spicy, and zesty all at the same time.  This is the type of cologne that’s totally comforting and distinctive enough to turn some heads, grabs some compliments, and just overall makes you feel good.


3. Tom Ford Noir Anthracite Cologne – Buy It Here For $122

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Smells like:  Rich black woods like cedarwood, ginger, tuberose, and Sri Laken santal.  Super masculine and rich cologne perfect for the cooler seasons. You can always make a statement with Tom Ford.


4.  Prada ‘Luna Rossa’ Eau de Toilette – Buy It Here For $66

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Smells like:  Lavender, orange, spearmint, sage, and wood.   This cologne is totally fresh, cool, and soothing.  It has a crispness that helps awaken your senses each and every day.


5.  Maison Martin Margiela Replica ‘Jazz Club’ Cologne – Buy It Here For $125

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Smells like:  Pink pepper, rum absolute, tobacco leaf, and vanilla. We actually can’t love this cologne any more than we do. It’s somewhat strong, but in a good way, so you really only need one or two sprays (max) and you’ll be smelling fresh-to-death all day long.  Like with all Replica scents, you can layer this cologne with some of their other options to really make your own signature fragrance.  You can’t go wrong.


6.  Valentino ‘Uomo’ Fragrance – Buy It Here For $78

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Smells like:  Italian bergamot, leather, and cedarwood.  It’s vibrant, rich, and suave all at the same time.  Plus, how cool is this bottle too?  He’ll be proud to display this one on his dresser.


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7. Burberry Brit ‘Rhythm’ Eau de Toilette Spray for Men – Buy It Here For $80

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Smells like: Leather, patchouli, verbena, juniperberry, and basil.  Overall it’s super crisp, woody, and totally sexy.


8.  Tom Ford Private Blend ‘Tobacco Vanille’ Cologne – Buy It Here For $225

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Smells like:  Ginger, tobacco leaves, vanilla, clove, spices, fruit wood sap, and tonka bean. This is a real “mans-man” kind of cologne that we love and its comforting all at the same time.


9.  Chanel ‘Bleu de Chanel’ Cologne – Buy It Here For $72

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Smells like: Wood, crisp citrus, fresh and clean.  This is one of the latest best-selling men’s colognes this year.  It’s a perfect fragrance option when you’re transitioning seasons, but could still be worn all year round.



10.  HERMÉS Terre D’Hermés Men’s Cologne – Buy It Here For $129

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Smells like:  Grapefruit, wood, minerals, and green notes.  This is the perfect cologne for the guy who loves outdoors, mineral scents, and earthy tones.  It’s totally not overbearing, but still leaves its signature throughout your day.


11.  Versace Man ‘Eau Fraiche’ Cologne – Buy It Here For $61

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Smells like:  White lemon, rose wood, cedar leaves, sage, and musk.  We kind of love all things Versace, but this one in particular is perfectly modern, fresh, and the perfect cologne to just spray on when you need a quick pick-me-up during the day (or night!)


12. Gucci ‘Guilty Eau Pour Homme’ Eau de Toilette – Buy It Here For $90

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Smells like: Bergamot, musk, and lemon.  This cologne is super light, fresh, crisp, and airy while still maintaining its masculinity.


13.  Le Labo ‘Santal 33’ Cologne – Buy It Here For $175

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Smells like:  Cedarwood, leather, sandalwood, violet accord, iris, and papyrus.  This vegan cologne (what’s up fellow vegans!) is actually unisex (I know, right) and mixes a softness with a masculinity that no one can really pass up.


14.  New Creed ‘Spice & Wood’ Cologne – Buy It Here For $545

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Smells like: Apple, bergamot, lemon, cedarwood, iris and musk.  Sure this cologne is on the ‘uber-expensive’ side of things, but it’s perfect for the guy who loves outdoor woodsy freshness all year long.


15.  Prada ‘L’Homme Prada’ Eau de Toilette – Buy It Here For $78

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Smells like: Iris, amber, neroli, and patchouli.  This cologne from Prada mixed iris and amber for the first time in this signature scent.  It has a very comforting scent that may just turn some heads.


16.  Dior Sauvage Eau de Toilette Cologne for Men – Buy It Here For $75

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Smells like:  Masculine bergamot, pepper, and breezy sunshine. One of the most popular and top selling men’s cologne picks for the year, Sauvage is powerful and noble and a genius mix of all things blue sky, rugged mountains, and soft grass.  How’s that for painting a picture?!


17.  New Yves Saint Laurent Men’s Cologne – Buy It Here For $72

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Smells like:  Bergamot, sage, and masculine crispy cedarwood.  Overall it’s a masculine scent that combines and delicately balances freshness and strength.  This is said to be your t-shirt and jeans kind of cologne.


18.  Paco Rabanne 1 Million Eau de Toilette Cologne – Buy It Here For $66

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Smells like:  Leather, cinnamon, amber, and rose absolut. It’s bold, without being too overpowering and (for real) some men claim it may have powers to attract.  We’re not sure about that, but the bottle is cool AF.


How to Pick and Choose the Best Cologne For You

What’s the Difference Between Cologne, Eau de Toilette, and Eau de Parfum?

I know, it’s seems super complicated and, to be honest, it doesn’t really need to be.  Here’s a top-level breakdown so you know the real difference and can now choose the right fragrance option for you.

Cologne:  Just a super old name for “perfume” back in the day.  Here in the United States we refer to it as ‘cologne’ and equate it to guys as opposed to ‘perfume’ that’s generally equated to women.  Usually cologne is made up of about 3% of perfume oils mixed in with alcohol and water.

Eau de Toilette:  This is typically your spray version and lighter in smell.  It’s made up of around 10% (give or take) of aromatic perfume essence.

Eau de Parfum:  This can sometimes signal a unisex scent and will typically last the longest of all (probably because it’s made up of almost 20% perfume essence) and is sometimes the most expensive of all your fragrance options.  It’s perfect to spray on your clothes or in your hair as you’ll catch whiffs of it throughout the day.


What are Top Notes, Base Notes, and Medium Notes?

Top Notes: These are typically lighter scents and what you’ll smell first.

Base Notes:  These are typically bolder and stronger scents that you’re left with after applying the cologne.

Medium Notes:  These are typically your more fruity notes that combine with your top and bottom notes.  It pretty much ties everything together.

Overall, the notes are the notes (if that makes sense), but the overall smell is going to differ person to person and how they truly interact with your own body’s chemistry.  The notes are a good overall guide so you know what you’re getting out of the cologne, but don’t be afraid if you see a note that you may not love, it doesn’t mean the entire cologne will smell like that.  It’s just how they all work together.

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