Top 15 Best Mens Cologne for 2017 According to 100,000 Men & Women!

Let's face it: Choosing a cologne is a challenging process. Why not make it easier? Here we have a list of the highest rated fragrance based on over 100,000 reviews.

Introduction

When it comes to men's fragrances, men and women search for the Holy Grail. The special scent that make women lean in a little closer. Maybe you wish you had something that will get you through a work day or just an extra spray after working out.

You have probably figured out by now there is no perfect fragrance for everyone. Because of the difference of oil our skin produces, fragrances smell unique and last longer or shorter depending on the person that's wearing it.

However, when we take into account thousands of people that have worn a specific fragrance, we can find certain colognes that smell better on men or women in the general sense.

This is what this page is all about. We have found the best mens cologne by understanding what 100,000 people think of a cologne instead of just a few.

Use this guide to pick a few that sounds like your style and hopefully it helps you out as much as it helped me. 

The Top 15 Compared

Fragrance

Main Notes

Rating

Price

Iris, Vanilla

(4.494)

$$$

Pineapple, Birch

(4.431)

$$$$$

Cardamom, Lavender

(4.386)

$$$

Birch, Lemon

(4.332)

$$

Cedar, Pink Pepper

(4.325)

$$$$

Leather, Raspberry

(4.304)

$$$$$

Lemon Verbena, Violet Leaf

(4.296)

$$$$$

Sea notes, Incense

(4.244)

$$$

Ginger, Spices

(4.224)

$$$

Mixed Fruit, Melon

(4.204)

$$$$

Jasmine, Neroli

(4.202)

$$$$

Orange, Vetiver

(4.195)

$$$$

Amber, Tobacco

(4.191)

$$

Lavender, Star Anise

(4.150)

$$

Orange, Sea notes

(4.123)

$$$$

Some Things To Know About This Comparison Table

  • The ratings were compiled using multiples sources around the internet along with reviews done here at CologneMasters.com
  • We only used fragrances that have a minimum of 1,000 rating votes. This is why you don't see any niche fragrances
  • If you don't know anything about fragrance notes, check out our guide or head over to Fragrantica
  • The difference between many of the ratings of these fragrances are very small. Don't be afraid to check out our full reviews for more information if you have a few more questions.
  • This list was last updated on 12/1/2017

The Best Mens Cologne Reviewed

After taking a peek at our 15 best cologne for men, you should be a little excited. You should also have a few more ideas on which fragrances you would like to try.

Here is a little more information on the highest reviewed fragrances in the world.

Why is Allure Homme Sport one of the best men's colognes?

  • HUGE compliment getter
  • Easy to wear. Fits any situation.
  • Great for all ages
  • NOT super popular
  • Day or Night
  • A wonderful signature scent
  • Long lasting
  • Great all-year round
  • You can see the full review here
  • The Good

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      ENORMOUS compliment getter
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      Versatile - Wear it anytime and anywhere
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      Currently ranked #15 as the highest ranking fragrance in the world
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      CologneMasters favorite scent

    The Complaints

    • Expensive - Currently over $100 per bottle
    • Very Safe - You'll smell similar to other fragrance wearers
    • Boring - Some people find it too plain and not exciting to wear

    Allure Homme Sport makes the list because it's one of the most versatile scents you can find, it's safe to wear in any situation, and women find it SUPER sexy.

    What makes this fragrance even better is that it's not that popular. You don't have to worry about smelling like your girlfriend's dad or grandpa when you wear this. There's nothing worse than killing a moment because you smell like someone's loved one.

    If it means anything, this is a CologneMaster favorite and one of the first recommendations I give to people the e-mail us.

    Why is Rive Gauche one of the highest rated fragrances in the world?

    • Receives compliments
    • NOT super popular
    • Day or Night
    • Very well liked
    • Great all-year round

    The Good

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      Great compliment getter
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      A fragrance for gentlemen
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      Currently ranked #14 as the highest ranking fragrance in the world
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      Clean and liked by everyone

    The Complaints

    • Anise note could be harsh for some
    • Too old school
    • Strong barbershop vibe

    Launched in 2003, Rive Gauche Pour Homme was never the coolest or most popular kid in class, but the people that gave it a try, sure had a ton of good things to say.

    Some people consider Rive Gauche Pour Homme to be an instant classic with it's barbershop appeal. It brings them back to a person's younger years and makes you feel like a kid again.

    Recommended usage would be for a formal dinner, or those times you want to feel like a gentleman.

    Why is The One by Dolce one of the highest rated fragrances in the world?

    • Receives tons of compliments
    • NOT super popular
    • Day or Night
    • Very well liked
    • Great all-year round
    • Perfect combination of sweet + masculine for jaw dropping results
    • A signature fragrance for CologneMasters

    The Good

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      Great compliment getter, catnip for females
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      Cool looking bottle
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      Smooth tobacco based scent
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      All-time favorite 
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      Comfort scent, like a new pair of jeans it fits just right

    The Complaints

    • Weak projection
    • Poor longevity
    • Smells like Captain Morgan

    The One by Dolce & Gabbana has received raved reviews not only from the thousands of people that have tried it, but it's also one of the most liked fragrances around the community of people that review it on YouTube, E-Commerce dealers, Bloggers, and more.

    For people that complain about the projection or longevity of The One, I call BS. When I took this bottle to work I sprayed myself in a large break room area twice and the whole room could smell. (Yes they enjoyed it) But also, The One comes in a EdP version if you happen to need a little extra power.

    Of all the fragrances on this list, The One stands out because of it's reasonable price. If you were to pick just one fragrance from this list to try and you don't want to spend a lot of money, this is The One. (Pun intended)

    Why is Terre D'Hermes so well liked?

    • It's safe and versatile enough for anyone to wear
    • Can be worn at all times during the year
    • Can be worn during the day or night
    • Work/School safe
    • Compliment getter
    Best Mens Cologne Terre D'Hermes

    The Good

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      Mature fragrance that is good for all seasons
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      Smells like clean laundry with a bit of orange
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      Compliment getter
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      Subtle but interesting 
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      Manly and pretty damn versatile

    The Complaints

    • Just couldn't get into it
    • Smells like an older man
    • Similar to spraying orange juice on your skin

    Terre D'Hermes is a fun fragrance to take a peek at it. It's a citrus scent that person after person describe as "fun" and "interesting".

    Most people complain about all fresh and citrus smelling fragrances smell the same, but this one doesn't. It has a nice orange tang to it that sets it apart from the generic fresh and citrus smelling fragrances.

    Although it's not a top seller or a hugely popular fragrance, as of now it is still well-liked from the large majority of people that have tried it. If you are looking for something light and fresh but want something a little more unique, this might be perfect.

    Why is Reflection Man one of the best men's colognes?

    • 4.202/5 star rating
    • Can be worn during the spring, fall, and summer
    • Can be worn during the day or night
    • Work/School safe
    • Compliment getter
    • Floral masterpiece
    Reflection Man, #11 Best Men's Cologne

    The Good

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      Elegant, Sophisticated, & Beautiful
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      One of the only fragrances to pull off a jasmine note successfully
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      What I wanted Le Male to smell like
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      Great intimate scent for a romantic night 
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      Excellent longevity and sillage

    The Complaints

    • Over hyped and over priced
    • Smells ok for a pesticide
    • Sticky version of Joop!

    Coming in at #11, Reflection man enters the gray area between masculine and feminine fragrances. Although the main notes are both flowery, men still say it's one of the best fragrances in the world.

    Imagine a dude at your local mall wearing a pink shirt. Does he pull it off or is he crushing it with confidence? 

    It completely depends on the wearer on how Reflection man is presented. On one hand you could have an elegant, sophisticated, & beautiful smell or you could be one of the guys saying it's over hyped and over priced.

    Regardless, it is one of the highest rated fragrances in the world and maybe deserves a chance.

    Why is Millesime Imperial one of the highest rated men's colognes?

    • 4.204/5 star rating
    • Can be worn during the spring, fall, and summer
    • More of a daytime scent
    • Work/School safe
    • Compliment getter
    • Creed has an outstanding reputation
    Millesime Imperial High Rated Fragrance

    The Good

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      Fresh, likable, and versatile
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      Subtle and inviting, simply fantastic
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      Lots of compliments
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      Gorgeous ocean breeze fragrance
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      Unisex that every fragrance collector must try

    The Complaints

    • Reminds people of all-purpose cleaner
    • Short longevity
    • Doesn't justify the price

    We finally make it to the top 10 where Millesime Imperial (MI) makes it's mark. This is another Creed fragrance that is extremely high rated.

    Millesime Imperial is described as a fruity, salty aquatic that's been blended masterfully. It's so fresh that on warmer days you'll feel invigorated.

    Although there are complaints that MI has a short lifespan, the people that rant and rave around this one say it's a good thing. If this scent was any more powerful, it would lose it's intimate appeal.

    If you have a few bucks to spend and are looking for something to get you through the summer months, this one might be for you.

    Why is L'Homme by YSL one of the highest rated men's colognes?

    • 4.224/5 star rating
    • Can be worn during the spring, and summer
    • More of a daytime scent
    • Work/School safe
    • Compliment getter
    L'Homme by YSL Best Mens Cologne

    The Good

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      A snuggle fragrance
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      Mainstream but nice
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      Sensual pleasant fragrance
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      Good fragrance for work
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      Excellent fragrance for young guys, clean, warm, and comfortable

    The Complaints

    • Dull, pedestrian, lacks emotion
    • Creamy and generic
    • Boring, poor longevity and projection

    Coming in at #9 we have Yves Saint Laurent with one of their hottest fragrances L'Homme.

    L'Homme opens with a nice, fresh, floral/ginger that dries down to a warm tonka/wood.

    It's very inoffensive so it's great for work or anywhere casual. Best suited for spring, summer, and fall.

    Because it's so inoffensive, young guys can wear this without any problems and it's safe to wear to work or play without stinking up the place.

    Why is Acqua Di Gio Profumo one of the highest rated men's colognes?

    • 4.244/5 star rating
    • Primarily a Spring and Summer scent
    • Wear it day or night
    • Work/School safe
    • Compliment getter
    • Newish... Made in 2015
    Acqua Di Gio Profumo Mens cologne

    The Good

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      Long lasting, will get you through an entire day
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      Simply a masterpiece, one of the best aquatic fragrances around
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      Women go absolutely crazy over it
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      Most complimented out of my collection
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      The best fresh, citrusy, clean, sexy smelling fragrance around

    The Complaints

    • Similar to Acqua Di Gio, but different 
    • Egg-sulfer comparisons
    • Incense, Patchouli notes were too much

    Acqua Di Gio Profumo by Giorgio Armani hit the ground running when it was created in 2015. Over the last year, I can't believe how much traction it's received as now it's reporting some of momentum as a real compliment getter.

    People describe this as a rework of the famous Acqua Di Gio which is probably the top selling fragrance of all-time. They say it's a deeper, sexier, more mysterious scent than Acqua Di Gio and it is ahead of it's time.

    Profumo opens with some aquatic notes and a very faint, short lived citrus. It then becomes a warm geranium over patchouli and incense, that while simple, is very well composed with trademark Armani quality and balance. It's not nearly as sharp as Acqua Di Gio and lacks the sweet fruit and floral of Essenza.

    This fragrance is a nice little surprise for us over at CologneMasters as well. We weren't expecting such an overwhelming love for this one. We'll have to get a full review on it soon.

    Why do people love Green Irish Tweed?

    • 4.296/5 star rating
    • Primarily a Spring and Summer scent
    • Mostly a daytime fragrance
    • Work/School safe
    • Compliment getter
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    The Good

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      High quality summer fragrance 
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      Classy, elegant,  and versatile scent
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      Green opening that's reminiscent of freshly cut grass
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      Quality, sillage, and projection are all outstanding with Green Irish Tweed
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      Received compliments from 6 feet away

    The Complaints

    • Smells similar to Cool Water by Davidoff 
    • Poor longevity
    • Not worth the money

    It's difficult to deny that a large number of people that wear GIT compare it almost immediately to Cool Water. Some people do so in a bad way, but more fume-heads find Green Irish Tweed much more classy, elegant, and sophisticated.

    Because this fragrance is over 30 years old (born in 1985), it resembles a classiness. Some call it dated, but the fact remains that people are applauding GIT at a high rate which is why it's currently one of the highest rated fragrances in the world.

    The fragrance is very green, fresh, and masculine. It smells natural and something a gentleman would wear.

    Why do people love Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford?

    • 4.304/5 star rating
    • Primarily a Spring and Summer scent
    • Mostly a night fragrance
    • For gentleman
    • Modest compliment getter
    • Tom Ford is a big name in the fragrance community
    Tuscan leather best cologne for men

    The Good

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      A classy bright leather fragrance 
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      Something James Bond would wear. Classy, sophisticated, and sensual
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      Reminds me of thing that exist in real life. Tobacco pipe, old leather jackets, some kind of masculine booze.
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      Lives up to the hype. Powerful and tenacious when it comes projection.
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      Non-stop compliments at work

    The Complaints

    • Not worth the price tag
    • Didn't have the leather note I was hoping for
    • Too overpowering

    If you were wondering where Tom Ford would show up on the list as one of the highest reviewed fragrances around, here you go.

    Made in 2007, Tuscan Leather is part of Tom Ford's Private Collection of 12 special EdPs.

    Tuscan Leather is one of the most natural smelling "leather" fragrances around. Perfumers work hard to try and replicate the natural leather scent but according to many fans, this is the closest.

    If you're looking for a leather scent and have a few bucks in your pocket, here you.

    Why do people love Royal Oud?

    • 4.325/5 star rating
    • Made for women and men
    • Primarily a winter fragrance
    • Can be worn day or night
    • Made in 2011
    • Modest compliment getter
    • Creed makes only the highest quality fragrances

    The Good

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       Classy, elegant, and sophisticated
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      An amazing spice & wood scent from Creed
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      Spicy, dark, and exotic
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      Wore it to work and received 4 compliments from females
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      Rich, elegantly powerful, a ton of personality, and shows an amazing clarity of notes

    The Complaints

    • Poor longevity, weak sillage, a bust
    • Doesn't smell like true Oud
    • Leave oud fragrances to the middle east perfumers

    It seems like the general consensus is that Royal Oud isn't properly named. Oud as a note is found in many middle-eastern fragrances so it's not typically popular in the west.

    So Creed seemed to westernize the "oud" smell into something similar. You can't be mad about it though. This kind of stuff happens all the time for example Chinese and Mexican food have been changed to match the likes of Americans.

    If Royal Oud wasn't an amazing smelling fragrance, you wouldn't see it here on the list. Most people talk about the opening as being a little harsh and unpleasant but after about 30 minutes it becomes something that you can't stop sniffing.

    So if you're looking for something a little more spicy, dark, and exciting this one is for you.

    Why do people love Club de Nuit Intense?

    • 4.386/5 star rating
    • Can be worn in Summer, Spring, and Fall
    • Can be worn day or night
    • Made in 2015
    • Great compliment getter
    • Smells similar to one of the best fragrances ever

    The Good

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      Lasts a long time for a fragrance so inexpensive
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      Attractive price tag, the scent smells miles better than what it costs
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      Amazing longevity
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      Good Aventus clone
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      Wife asked me to buy a couple so I don't run out anytime soon!

    The Complaints

    • Sillage not so good, only people that come close can smell it
    • People complain about the batch #'s smelling different
    • Opening is different than Aventus, dry down is what is similar

    Well, it's always exciting to see a fragrance that retails around $35 become one of the best fragrances for men in the world. That's exactly what Club de Nuit Intense did.

    If you haven't guessed which fragrance it smells like, it's Aventus by Creed. What's cool about this is that there are two fragrances on this list that smell super similar and are arguable some of the best ones you can find on the planet.

    So if you haven't tried this one yet, you're missing out. It's your chance to get something that smells like a $408 bottle of Aventus for cheap. This might be the best blind buy ever.

    I bought mine on Amazon by clicking the link below

    #3 - La Nuit by Yves Saint Laurent

    Why do people love La Nuit?

    • 4.386/5 star rating
    • Well liked by fragrance professional reviewers
    • Can be worn day or night
    • Made in 2009
    • Great compliment getter
    • Smells similar to one of the best fragrances ever
    La nuit by YSL top rated fragrance

    The Good

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      Lasts a long time for a fragrance so inexpensive
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      Attractive price tag, the scent smells miles better than what it costs
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      Amazing longevity
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      Good Aventus clone
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      Wife asked me to buy a couple so I don't run out anytime soon!

    The Complaints

    • Sillage not so good, only people that come close can smell it
    • People complain about the batch #'s smelling different
    • Opening is different than Aventus, dry down is what is similar

    Well, it's always exciting to see a fragrance that retails around $35 become one of the best fragrances for men in the world. That's exactly what Club de Nuit Intense did.

    If you haven't guessed which fragrance it smells like, it's Aventus by Creed. What's cool about this is that there are two fragrances on this list that smell super similar and are arguable some of the best ones you can find on the planet.

    So if you haven't tried this one yet, you're missing out. It's your chance to get something that smells like a $408 bottle of Aventus for cheap. This might be the best blind buy ever.

    I bought mine on Amazon by clicking the link below

    Why do people love Aventus?

    • 4.431/5 star rating
    • Well liked by fragrance professional reviewers
    • Recommended for day or night use
    • Receives the most compliments out of all fragrances
    • Created in 2010
    Aventus by Creed - Best mens fragrance

    The Good

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      12+ hours of life, never seen that type of longevity before
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      Never received as many compliments than this one
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      King of fragrances
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      Can be worn anywhere, work, school, casually
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      When I watched the girls reactions that we with to Aventus, I knew it was the one for me

    The Complaints

    • The smell depends on the batch you receive
    • Spongebob's signature scent (lives in a pineapple under the sea)
    • Too strong, gives a headache

    If you haven't quite seen what Aventus can do, you need to check out their highlight reel on our best smelling fragrances to receive compliments post. Your head will explode with how many people have success stories with this one.

    Aventus has so much success with people wearing it, it's almost a guarantee that the person wearing it will like it. Having said that, there are a few out there that say it's too strong or are concerned what batch they purchased.

    If you have a few dollars to spend and want as close as a sure thing as you can, do yourself a favor and order yourself a bottle.

    Why is Dior Homme the highest rated fragrance for men?

    • 4.494/5 star rating
    • Well liked by fragrance professional reviewers
    • Recommended for day or night
    • Made in 2005
    • Unique
    • Worn primarily by fume-heads
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    The Good

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      Fresh and light with an Iris blast
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      Sexy and sensual lipstick scent that's used for special occasions
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      Smells completely unique
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      Quite possibly the greatest fragrance I've ever smelled, the Iris opening to the cocoa  dry down is captivating
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      Classy oriental fragrance

    The Complaints

    • Smells like lipstick from a woman's purse
    • Feminine, Drag-queen in a bottle
    • There's nothing outstanding about this fragrance

    Is it really that hard to believe that the #1 rated fragrance based on over 100,000 reviews turns out to be Dior Homme by Christian Dior? Well, it's certainly a surprise to me.

    With the amount of people that talk about the "lip stick" opening, I figured there was no way this one would have as many incredible reviews as it does. 

    What makes Dior Homme a top rated fragrance is it's dry down. Once the lipstick goes away, it dries down to a cocoa like scent that emits all kinds of masculine vibes from it. Truly it is unique unlike any other.

    If this sounds like something you would like to try, click the buy here button. Otherwise if you'd like some more information, I'd recommend checking out our Dior Homme review page.

    Quick Summary

    Well there you have it! This is the top 15 fragrances that we found based on a redonkulous amount of reviews. Remember if they had less that 1,000 reviews we didn't put them in. Here they are again.

    The Best Men's Cologne In The World based on YOUR rankings

    • Dior Homme by Christian Dior
    • Aventus by Creed
    • La Nuit by Yves Saint Laurent
    • Club de Nuit Intense by Armaf
    • Royal Oud by Creed
    • Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford
    • Green Irish Tweed by Creed
    • Acqua Di Gio Profumo by Giorgio Armani
    • L'Homme by Yves Saint Laurent
    • Millesime Imperial by Creed
    • Reflection Man by Amouage
    • Terre D'Hermes by Hermes
    • The One by Dolce & Gabbana
    • Rive Gauche by Yves Saint Laurent
    • Allure Homme Sport by Chanel

    Did we miss something?

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