The male fragrance industry is huge. There’s a bewildering array of colognes to choose from, and if you’re unfamiliar with them, things can get confusing. In this guide, we’ll break down the key ingredients found in male scents, and help you to identify which is the best men’s perfume for you.
Top men’s perfume – what are the main ingredients?
Every male fragrance is different, of course. However, you’ll often see some ingredients popping up in various colognes; mainly because they’re such distinctive, appealing scents. Here’s a quick run-through:
- Pink pepper. Pink pepper is becoming so popular in the world of male fragrance. If you’re looking for a strong perfume for men’s wear, search for a perfume with this in it. It’s tangy, spicy and very, very enticing!
- Wood. You’ll notice a variety of woody scents used as base notes in male perfumes. Cedarwood is popular, as is sandalwood, and occasionally pine. If you like your fragrances to be deep and powerful, look out for these wood-based ingredients.
- Oud oil. Taken from a variety of Asian tree species, oud oil is opulent and indulgent; perfect for those who are looking for a sensual evening fragrance. A best selling men’s perfume of ours, inspired by Colonia Intensa Oud, features plenty of oud oil, and is about as sumptuous and sophisticated as it gets.
- Ambergris. Ambergris is washed up on beaches, and as such, it carries with it the wonderful tang of sea-salt. It creates an instant effect of ruggedness and authenticity, which is a welcome addition in male colognes.
- Bergamot. Bergamot provides a rich, fruity aroma, which is great if you like your fragrance to have a bit of ‘get up and go’. It’s an instantly noticeable scent, so is ideal if you’re looking for something that packs a punch. Our bestselling men’s perfume, which takes its inspiration from Sauvage, is the perfect example.
Unusual scents found in strong perfume for men’s wear
- Peppermint. This sounds like a strange ingredient, right? Well, rather than smelling like a toothpaste, it’s actually the perfect complement to citrus tones (like in our top men’s perfume, inspired by Green Irish Tweed). If you like your scents to be fresh and invigorating, look for something with a hint of mint – trust us, you’ll appreciate its zestiness.
- Coconut. Again, this is a bit of an unexpected ingredient, but it features in some of the best fragrances out there, like Virgin Island Water. If you’re looking for something with a hint of the exotic, this is a great ingredient to keep a look-out for.
- Herbs. Fragrances like Neroli Portofino use herbs like thyme and myrtle to great advantage; adding more complex, heady notes to an otherwise fruity, rich scent. If you’re searching for something that’s really different, look for these kinds of ingredients.
What’s the best men’s perfume for you?
Looking for the men’s best perfume? Rather than focusing on what most people wear, think about your own personal tastes. Ask yourself the following:
- What do you want to convey? When wearing the fragrance, do you want people to find it alluring and mysterious? Or would you rather than they thought it was uplifting and energetic? Or perhaps masculine and ‘outdoorsy’? What message do you want to send to people when you wear it? Once you’ve decided this, it’ll help you with your choice.
- What sort of ingredients do you love (and hate)? We’ve all got different tastes. Some people adore sharp notes of lemon and pepper, other people prefer refined flavours like tobacco and leather. Think about the sorts of smells you love, then go from there.
- When will you be wearing it? There are big differences between evening fragrances and daytime ones. If you’re looking for something for a hot date, for example, you’ll want something enigmatic and sensual. This isn’t likely to be appropriate if you’re going to your best mate’s BBQ!
If you’re not sure which fragrance is right for you, we recommend that you buy a 5ml sample first. This gives you the perfect opportunity to test it out (in a variety of locations, as there are quite a few applications in the bottle), before committing to a full-sized fragrance.
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.