The 15 Best Men's Fragrances for Everyday Wear

Every man needs a signature scent. It can, however, be a challenge to pick one since there are lots of classic scents to choose from, not to mention many new scents that pop up every year. For your signature scent, look for something you can wear daily. How much you are drawn to a scent also matters, but there are other factors such as wearability through seasons and the ability to transition from day-to-night that must be considered. From classics to new releases, here, in no particular order, are the most popular men's perfumes: everyday fragrances you need in your grooming arsenal. 

1| Tom Ford Perfume: Neroli Portofino

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Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino is one of the brand's most popular scents for a reason. With notes of bergamot, orange, lemon, and neroli, the notably smooth yet light scent leaves a clean and fresh feeling.

Neroli Portofino, P12,600,


2| Montblanc Explorer

Composed by three Givaudan perfumers, Montblanc's Explorer is a masterful and unique mix of woody, leather, and aromatic essences. It starts on a citrusy note and ends more smoky and woody like vetiver and leather.

Explorer, price upon request

3| Bulgari Pour Homme Extreme

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Nothing beats a classic. Case in point, Bulgari's Pour Homme. Created by Jacques Cavallier in 1996, the woody floral musk fragrance is a mix of lavender, orange, tea, nutmeg, and bergamot.

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Pour Homme Extreme, P4,198,

4| Diptyque Eau de Minthé

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Eau de Minthé, the newest scent to come from Diptyque, is heavily inspired by Ancient Greece and its love of mint. The scent first envelops you with a heavy note of the herb, and then dries down to a fresh and masculine fragrance. Aside from mint, this has a blend of nutmeg, patchouli, rose, and geranium.

Eau de Minthé, P9,150,

5| Davidoff Cool Water Man

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Created by Pierre Bourdon, Davidoff's Cool Water was launched in 1988. With notes of mint, lavender, coriander, and rosemary, Cool Water Man is an invigorating fragrance that's fresh and simple yet sharp and masculine.

Cool Water Man, price upon request,

6| Givenchy Gentleman

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Don't be fooled, this isn't the original Givenchy Gentleman of the '70s. The modern reinterpretation of the house's quintessential scent was released in 2017. Created by Olivier Cresp and Nathalie Lorson, it has notes of black pepper, lavender, orris, patchouli, and black vanilla.

Gentleman, P5,950,

7| Louis Vuitton Afternoon Swim

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It's been less than two years since Louis Vuitton revamped its fragrances, but it has already come up with quite the collection. Its newest is Afternoon Swim, a cologne-like scent by Jacques Cavallier. The citrusy and spicy fragrance starts off a bit tame, and gradually evolves into a summer scent that's simply refreshing.

Afternoon Swim, price upon request,

8| Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male


The nose behind Le Male, Francis Kurkdijan, created a scent that's masculine as it is gentle. This starts off with fresh mint before drying down with a dark vanilla.


Le Male, price upon request

9| Calvin Klein CK One Summer


This year's edition of CK One Summer is adorned with pop-art style logos and stickers. Similarly, inside, you'll find a smooth and aromatic scent that's youthful and fun.

CK One Summer, price upon request

10| Paco Rabanne Invictus Legend


The newest from Paco Rabanne's Invictus line is a woody aromatic fragrance. Created by Domitille Bertier and Nicolas Beauliey, it has notes of grapefruit, sea salt, geranium, spices, wood, and red amber. Don't be dismayed by the strong opening, Invictus Legend settles to a pleasant aquatic smell that's perfect for daily wear.

Invictus Legend, price upon request

11| Creed Aventus

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Inspired by Napoleon Bonaparte, Creed's Aventus is a bright, fruity scent with a musky base. With notes of blackcurrant, bergamot, jasmine, patchouli, and vanilla, Aventus is the scent of a gentleman.

Aventus, P15,700,

12| Hermès Hermèssence Agar Ebene

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A unisex fragrance from Hermès, Agar Ebene is a spicy and woody mix with notes of agarwood and balsam fir. If you're particularly not into a citrusy kind of fresh, then this oud-type of scent will do the trick.

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13| Ermenegildo Zegna Peruvian Ambrette

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Launched in 2014, Ermenegildo Zegna's Peruvian Ambrette is a natural-herbal musk cultivated from hibiscus beans. It has notes of ambrette seed, guaiac wood, cashmere wood, and orris.

Peruvian Ambrette, price upon request,

14| Hugo Boss Boss Bottled Infinite


Boss Bottled Infinite, a new fragrance by Hugo Boss, has notes of apple, orange, cinnamon, sage, lavender, patchouli, and rosemary. The fresh woody scent smells like it is described: neat and fresh.

Boss Bottled Infinite, price upon request

15| Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin


No doubt, you've heard or smelled Lime Basil & Mandarin before. One of the most popular scents from Jo Malone, the citrus aromatic fragrance was launched in 1999. The refreshing fragrance has notes of lime, orange, bergamot, basil, patchouli, and vetiver.

Lime Basil & Mandarin, P7,850,

What are the best perfumes for men? 

We stalked local and international celebrities about the best-smelling men's perfumes, and we came up with a shortlist. The following are some of the most popular men's perfume

  • Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
  • Montblanc Explorer
  • Bulgari Pour Homme Extreme
  • Diptyque Eau de Minthé
  • Davidoff Cool Water Man
  • Givenchy Gentleman
  • Louis Vuitton Afternoon Swim
  • Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male
  • Calvin Klein CK One Summer
  • Paco Rabanne Invictus Legend
  • Creed Aventus
  • Hermès Hermèssence Agar Ebene
  • Ermenegildo Zegna Peruvian Ambrette
  • Hugo Boss Boss Bottled Infinite
  • Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin

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Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor at Esquire Philippines, where he writes about fashion and grooming. Before joining Esquire Philippines, he was a writer at Town & Country Philippines.
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