What’s the most masculine fragrance? Well, that rather depends on how you define masculinity. In truth, it’s a slightly outdated concept; but nonetheless, it’s a useful term when you’re discussing fragrance.
In this article, we’ll be exploring the facts behind masculine perfume, and examining exactly what makes a scent fit this category. And, if you’re looking for information on the best masculine cologne for men, you’ve come to the right place.
Masculine perfume - defining masculinity
The first question is seemingly simple – what makes a masculine aftershave? There are certain fragrances that we instinctively brand as ‘for men’, but why is that? It’s an interesting question, and not one that has an easy answer.
Typically, male colognes are defined as having the following qualities:
- They’re often ‘rugged’ and earthy
- They’re usually potent and attention-grabbing
- They can remind people of natural surroundings, like lush green fields or sparkling mountain lakes
- They’re sometimes considered arousing, especially by romantic partners
Ultimately, however, it’s just something indefinable. It’s that particular type of scent that makes you say ‘that’s for men’, rather than for women… an elusive concept that’s hard to put your finger on.
Classic ingredients in masculine aftershave
There’s no hard-and-fast rule as to what ingredients feature in masculine perfume for men. However, there are some that tend to appear in lots of bestselling fragrances, which demonstrates their clear macho appeal.
- Citrus. Of all the fruits, citrus varieties are the most commonly found in male scents. Bergamot, which has a tangy, slightly bitter aroma, is one such ingredient. Sicilian lemon is also popular, and occasionally, you’ll see lime, orange or exotic mandarin.
- Tonka bean. Tonka bean is often a base note in scents for men. Most masculine perfume makers use it to add depth and complexity; it’s a rich, slightly enticing scent, that provides a useful counterbalance for other, lighter ingredients.
- Sandalwood and patchouli. These two woody ingredients can often be found as base notes too. Many masculine cologne scents (like our version of Viking) use these aromas to add some serious intrigue. They carry a hint of the Far East with them, reminding the wearer of warm summer evenings.
- Herbs. In recent years, herbs have enjoyed something of a renaissance in the world of masculine perfume. Now, we’re seeing a lot more fragrances featuring herby scents like myrtle, juniper and thyme, which add real earthiness and authenticity.
- Peppercorn. Pepper is another ingredient that’s becoming increasingly popular in masculine cologne scents. It’s no wonder, really – the unusual bite of this spice is immediately recognisable; something that men often appreciate in their fragrance.
What should the best masculine fragrance be like?
A scent should reflect who you are, and what you stand for – regardless of your gender. By all means, if you love the manly, powerful fragrances then go for it. But don’t feel you have to choose these types of perfume, simply because ‘most men do’.
In fact, some men prefer a subtler masculine aftershave; something that isn’t quite so rugged and bold. Fragrances like Chanel Bleu and Millesime capture this perfectly – they’re smoother and more refined; which makes them ideal for special occasions, or for going out in the evening.
It pays to do your research. There are countless reviews online, explaining what different male fragrances smell like. This gives you some insight into what to expect, which is always useful when you’re making a final buying decision.
What’s the best masculine perfume?
This is an impossible question to answer, as opinions are so subjective. However, here’s some insight into Copycat Fragrances’ bestselling options:
- Aventus. Our version of Aventus is one of our biggest sellers, which makes it a strong contender for the title of best masculine fragrance. It’s got the classic ‘macho’ ingredient of bergamot, but combines it with apple and oak moss, which offer sweetness and freshness, and also some natural depth.
- Oud Wood. If you’re looking for something more intense and ‘evening-appropriate’, Oud Wood is an excellent choice. It features sandalwood and tonka bean, but combines them with oud oil, which is regarded as one of the world’s most exclusive ingredients. Oud oil is evocative of the Middle-East, and provides the fragrance with an exotic richness that’s hard to resist.
- F*cking Fabulous. As the name suggests, our version of F*cking Fabulous really is magnificent. The tonka resin is there again, but this time, it’s combined with luxurious cashmeran, clary sage, and bitter almond oil. It’s a really unusual take on the traditional masculine scent, and well worth testing out if you’re looking for something different.
- Tuscan Leather. This fragrance is about as macho as it comes. The dominant note is warm leather, which is blended with a hint of raspberry and jasmine, just to lift it slightly. It brings to mind cowboys, riding off into the sun on their leather-saddled horses; ideal if you’re looking for something forceful and manly.
It can be tricky knowing which fragrance to select. That’s why investing in a few 5ml samples is a great idea. Each bottle has enough applications for you to test in a range of different situations, which means you’ll find it much easier to find the perfect male perfume for you.
Disclaimer: all products mentioned above, along with their labelling, are a guide and should not be confused with the actual fragrance brand. Any name trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective designers or makers. Please note, these perfumes and candles are not to be confused with the originals, and we have no affiliation with any companies mentioned. Our interpretations of the fragrances and candles were created through chemical analysis and personal development, and their description is solely to give the customer an idea of the nature of the scent. It is not designed to mislead or confuse the customer in any way, and does not infringe on the manufacturer's or designer's name or trademark.