The 10 Most Iconic Men's Fragrances of All Time
Many fragrances have come and gone, but these tried-and-tested ones have stood the test of time. You probably know the scent of most on this list. If not, you should pick the rest up and add them to your arsenal. Here are the top, most iconic fragrances for men... because, sometimes, all it takes is a classic.
1| Paco Rabanne 1 Million Eau de Toilette 100ml
Paco Rabanne's 1 Million has been a staple in every man's wardrobe since it was launched in 2008. It was a created as a collaborated among three famous noses: Christophe Raynaud, Olivier Pescheux, and Michel Girard. All you have to know about it are its notes of blood orange, grapefruit, cinnamon, mint, rose, spices, leather, white wood, patchouli, and amber which all make up this sexy and spicy scent.
2| Dior Sauvage Eau de Parfum
If Sauvage seems familiar, it's because it takes its name from Dior's 1966 Eau Sauvage. That's the only thing the two share in common, however. Sauvage is a lot more contemporary with notes of Calabria bergamot and ambroxan that's raw, noble, and woody.
3| Chanel Bleu de Chanel
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It's been short of a decade since Bleu de Chanel was launched, but it's already gotten icon status. The citrus, spicy fragrance was developed by Jacques Polge with notes of labdanum, nutmeg, ginger, sandalwood, patchouli, mint, jasmine, grapefruit, vetiver, cedar, and more. It's a scent that's been said to be extremely masculine and versatile enough for all occasions.
4| Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio
Acqua di Gio is a scent that's familiar to almost everyone. It's citrusy, spicy, aromatic, and even a little floral. Unlike other men's fragrances, this one is definitely a lot sweeter, but the masculinity comes in with all the salty and bitter notes in the form of rosemary, cedar, patchouli, and other sea notes.
5| Creed Aventus
You may know Creed as the chosen brand of the world's top celebrities, but it's really much more than that. Aventus, for one, is a benchmark for men's fragrances. It's fruity yet smoky and sweet yet woody, thanks to its notes of blackcurrant, bergamot, apple, pineapple, rose, jasmine, patchouli, and more. Pick this up if you want a classic that will always work.
6| Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
In 2007, Dolce & Gabanna's Light Blue was the scent for men. Years later, it has cemented its place in fragrances. The citrusy, spicy scent is the ultimate summer fragrance you should pick up if you just want to smell fresh. Just consider the top notes: Sicilian mandarin, juniper, grapefruit, and bergamot.
7| Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey Pour Homme
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Issey Miyake's L'Eau d'Issey was everyone's first experience with a sort of niche-style fragrance. Jacques Cavallier used unusual and rare materials to create the scent such as yuzu and water lily combined with bergamot, lemon, and tarragon. There's also hints of nutmeg, tobacco, sandalwood, cedar, and vetiver.
8| Davidoff Cool Water For Men 125ml
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The '90s were a big time for fragrances and Cool Water was 'it.' It's fresh, simple yet strikingly masculine, with notes of mint, lavender, coriander, rosemary, neroli, jasmine, and more. We're sure this was what you used in school, and we wouldn't be mad if you still use it to this day.
9| Calvin Klein CK One 100ml
Another '90s staple: CK One. Like it or not, when this was released, it was a pretty modern scent. The unisex fragrance is sort of a one size fits all because who can resist something citrusy, woody, and floral? The notes say it all: pineapple, mandarin orange, papaya, bergamot, cardamom, lemon, nutmeg, orris root, violet, jasmine, rose, freesia, sandalwood, amber, and cedar.
10| Bvlgari Pour Homme EDT
The late '90s were all about Bulgari's Pour Homme. Another Jacques Cavallier creation, it has notes of lavender, orange, nutmeg, bergamot, orange, coriander, pepper, and vetiver, to name a few. It's considered safe these days, but there's nothing wrong with sticking to what you know, especially with scents.
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What men's cologne do women like?
We’re guessing your friend wants to know what scents will get him the most attention from the fairer sex. For cologne’s that will be a hit among women, turn to formulations with aphrodisiacs such as vanilla, sandalwood, grapefruit, and lavender.
What fragrances do male celebrities wear?
Alden Richards prefers Le Labo Santal 33, James Reid wears Versace Eros, Gerald Anderson likes Jean Paul Gaultier's Le Mâle, and Daniel Padilla goes for Lanvin Eclat D’Arpege Pour Homme.
Why is Creed Aventus so popular?
Apparently, this is popular among the ladies so that may be a good reason why it is a popular perfume for men. It may lie, too, in the fragrance’s formulation, which begins with a fruity bouquet and then turns smoky before dying down to a vanilla flavor, or in its power (Aventus, they say, is known to fill the room). But the only way to know why Creed Aventus is so popular is to test it out yourself.