11 Best Cheap Cologne For Men That Won’t Make You STINK!

"Hey Cologne Masters!!!" "Can you hook me up with some cheap cologne that doesn't stink?"

Man if I had a nickel for every time someone sent us this question in our inbox. Cheap and cologne don't typically go hand in hand so when one hits the market, people's minds are blown.

The criteria we used to create this inexpensive fragrance list is pretty simple.

  1. The fragrance must sell for under $25
  2. The cologne must actually smell good
  3. The cologne must be something real (not a fake of a high-end fragrance)

Here at Cologne Masters love cheap fragrances. When we find one that actually smells decent, a happy dance emerges and usually it's followed by sending e-mails to our biggest fans and Twitter followers. 

Getting back on track, thankfully cheap cologne for men does exist and we found several of them that we CAN'T WAIT TO SHARE WITH YOU! (Sorry for caps)

We've done the research on all of these fragrances, and YES WE ACTUALLY HAVE TRIED THEM!

We HATE fake news and reviews so we actually went out and purchased all of these bad boys in an effort to see if they were really worth it. Keep reading to find out which fragrances actually made our list!

Fragrance Rating Price Buy Here
Halston 1-12
(3.73)
Beckham Signature
(3.75)
Grey Flannel
(3.48)
Cool Water
(3.63)
Stetson
(3.13)
Halston Z-14
(3.72)
Nautica Voyage
(3.92)
Seduction in Black
(4.00)
Guess Seductive
(4.05)
Deep Energy Adidas
(4.45)
360 Red Perry Ellis
(4.27)

Some honorable mentions are Curve by Liz Claiborne and H.M. by Hanae Mori.

How To Read the Table

Fragrance - This is the name of the fragrance along with a picture so you know what the heck it is.

Rating - This is the rating out of 5 of which people that have tried it rank it. This number is based on over 500+ reviews on each fragrance so you know it's legit!

Price - 3 hearts = Less than $10, 2 hearts = less than $15, 3 hearts = less than $25

Buy Here - This will take you straight to Amazon where you can find it at a discounted rate.

Halston 1-12

Halston 1-12 has been around since 1976 and people are still wearing this cost effective fragrance.

The notes you'll unmistakable notice are pine needles and oak moss which give Halston a good earthy smell to it.

Since the smell has been around for some time, usually Halston is reserved for mature men that aren't afraid to show their age. The younger crowd might get told they smell like somebody's parents which may not be what you're looking for.

If you're looking for an inexpensive fragrance that will satisfy your need to smell like the 70s or 80s, Halston 1-12 might be the one for you.

PEOPLE LOVE BECAUSE...

  • It's under $10
  • Works well in any situation
  • It's a classic
  • check-square-o
    Smells natural

PEOPLE HATE BECAUSE...

  • Mostly for mature men
  • Changed since first release
  • Chemical smell to it
best cheap cologne halston

Rating

(3.73/5)

Price

Grey Flannel 

Grey Flannel has a reputation of people loving it, or lighting it on fire. Not many fragrances have a true love/hate relationship like Grey Flannel does.

Flannel does have a nice shot gun shot smell to it. The initial blast can be powerful and overwhelming.

A tip from fellow Cologne Masters say to wait 30 minutes before heading out of the house after spraying this. The Violet top notes take a bit to dry down so if you want to avoid a confusing initial smell, that might be a good idea.

Lastly, this fragrance has it's roots back in 1975. This means, if you're looking to impress the opposite gender with how you smell, you're going to be competing with 40-70 year olds so make sure you're bringing your A-game.

PEOPLE LOVE BECAUSE...

  • It's under $15
  • Works well in any situation
  • David Beckham is awesome
  • check-square-o
    It's refreshing

PEOPLE HATE BECAUSE...

  • Doesn't last very long
  • Smells familiar
  • Dries down to something unpleasant
best cheap cologne

Rating

(3.48/5)

Price

Beckham Signature

Of all the David Beckham fragrances, Beckham Signature arguably is the best.

Beckham has several colognes that are spoken highly about and could easily be featured on this list because they are also inexpensive. These fragrances include Davide Beckham homme, Instinct, Intimately Beckham, and The Essence.

All of these fragrances can be found under $20, but Beckham signature shines above them in both rating and popularity.

Beckham signature is a refreshing, invigorating scent with dominant notes of the sea, watermelon, and orange. It works wonders as a summer scent and for a price tag of under $15, you can't go wrong.

PEOPLE LOVE BECAUSE...

  • It's under $15
  • Works well in any situation
  • David Beckham is awesome
  • check-square-o
    It's refreshing

PEOPLE HATE BECAUSE...

  • Doesn't last very long
  • Smells familiar
  • Dries down to something unpleasant
beckham inexpensive fragrance

Rating

(3.48/5)

Price

Cool Water by Davidoff

In 1988, Cool Water was born. This fragrance would be the go to fragrance for the rest of the 80s and early 90s.

Cool Water smells a lot like how it sounds. It is light, versatile, and appropriate for almost any situation that arises. 

The main note people notice when taking a whiff of this scent are the sea notes. If you can imagine heading out to the ocean to take in the sounds and smells, Cool Water gets you there.

Women still compliment it and men still wear it a lot. Now because it is starting to get older, you'll see mostly older guys wear this one.

PEOPLE LOVE BECAUSE...

  • It's under $15
  • Works well in any situation
  • Been around for a long time
  • check-square-o
    It's a top seller

PEOPLE HATE BECAUSE...

  • It's old meaning the formula has changed
  • Smells familiar
  • For mature men
cool water

Rating

(3.63/5)

Price

Stetson

Stetson was launched in 1981 and is a fragrance designed for men.

If you find yourself looking for a fragrance with a backstory, the Stetson website tells a tale of John B. Stetson looking to make his fortune in the American West.

Ironically his success came in the form of a hat, instead of a fragrance.

Now the name Stetson "embodies the authentic heritage and spirit of the American West."

You don't see too many fragrances with a story like that.

Stetson's most prominent notes are honey, musk, and lavender.

Women will claim this fragrance is a women's scent disguised in a men's bottle. Men rebuttal this claim by talking about all the current men you already know that wear it.

It's difficult to smell this one and not think of a man mostly because of how we are conditioned to thinking a man smells.

PEOPLE LOVE BECAUSE...

  • It's under $15
  • Smells manly
  • Been around for a long time

PEOPLE HATE BECAUSE...

  • Tough for younger men to pull off
  • Smells familiar
  • For mature men

Rating

(3.13/5)

Price

Halston Z -14

Halston Z-14 is another cheap fragrance for men that you can find at almost any department store, pharmacy, or gas station in the cheap stuff isle.

Halston is another fragrance that was created back in the day in 1974.

Your dad, grandpa, uncle, professor, teacher, boss, or whoever might be wearing this already. Appealing to the youth crowd is not something Halston Z-14 does.

People have actually claimed it smells like a Tom Ford fragrance. If you can smell like a Tom Ford fragrance for less than $15 a bottle, you might be on to something.

Although it's an older scent, people do say that it is not dated. 

If you're painting a picture of what Halston Z-14 smells like, imagine stepping into a fabric store like JoAnn's fabric during the holiday season. 

The smell of pine cones, fabric, leather is similar to what you get with this one.

The most noticeable notes are cypress, cinnamon, oak moss, leather, and lemon.

PEOPLE LOVE BECAUSE...

  • It's around​​​​ $15
  • Doesn't smell dated​​​​
  • Comparable to Tom Ford

PEOPLE HATE BECAUSE...

  • It's an older fragrance
  • Smells familiar
  • For mature men

Rating

(3.72/5)

Price

Nautica Voyage (Our Pick)

Of all the cheap fragrances on our list, Nautica Voyage is the one we recommend to give a shot to first.

This fragrance lasts a considerable amount of time despite how inexpensive it is. 

Nautica has a few top selling fragrances such as Nautica Blue and Nautica Classic as well.

Because we enjoyed this fragrance so much, here at CologneMasters we wrote an entire Nautica Voyage Review so you can learn all you need about it.

The most noticeable smell is apple, green leaves, and lotus.

The common man will smell a light and clean scent that is acceptable to wear any time of day. People will enjoy your company if you're wearing this one.

PEOPLE LOVE BECAUSE...

  • It's a top seller
  • ​We picked it!​​​​
  • Wearable any time or any place

PEOPLE HATE BECAUSE...

  • It doesn't stand out
  • Its around $20
  • Peoples wives and girlfriends steal it for themselves
nautical voyage most popular

Rating

(3.92/5)

Price

Seduction in Black

Who doesn't love a little Antonio Banderas? Well at least when it comes to cheap fragrances, everyone should.

Seduction in Black is one of the highest rated cheap fragrances which is interesting because most people that have reviewed it say that it's jus another average fragrance.

Black currant, tonka bean, and nutmeg are the defining notes of this one.

Women have said they can't take their hands off their man when they wear this but some women will also say the opposite. 

Some people say it smells similar to Armani Code with a little more fruity smell to it.

Although a bottle is slightly over $20 a bottle, people still seem to enjoy and say it's a bargain for the price.

PEOPLE LOVE BECAUSE...

  • It's a poor man's Armani Code
  • ​The Mask of Zorro!​​​​
  • Highly rated

PEOPLE HATE BECAUSE...

  • Smells cheap
  • It's over $20
  • It's nothing special

Rating

(4.0/5)

Price

Guess Seductive

Guess seductive is another fragrance that is frequently found on the top seller list.

Because it has a sweet and light scent to it, you'll find it in the same class of fragrances with David Beckham signature and is great for young men.

One man explained this scent the best when he described it as Skittles. I can't agree more. If you like the smell of candy or a bag of Skittles, you may have just found the perfect scent.

The younger crowd tends to like scents like this because Guess Seductive rests close to the skin so you'll need to get in close to notice it. Once you do, that sugar candy smell will draw the younger crowd even closer.

Lastly, we've written a whole review on Guess Seductive that if you're interested, you'll need to check out.

PEOPLE LOVE BECAUSE...

  • It smells like Skittles
  • ​It's cheap​​​​
  • Great for young people

PEOPLE HATE BECAUSE...

  • Doesn't last long
  • Not for the older crowd
  • Sits close to the skin

Rating

(4.05/5)

Price

Adidas Deep Energy

Adidas pops up on forums, ask an expert sites, and review sites as always one of the top fragrances that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Currently CologneMasters does not have a review set up for it, but we were intrigued enough to buy a bottle ourselves. 

If the smell of mandarin orange, musk, and Texas cedar gets your blood pumping, this might be the one for you. 

For me the orange smell is what I noticed the most. It was pleasant, light, but nothing mind blowing like many reviewers have said.

If you're trying to stay around $10 for a fragrance, this might be a good one to try.

However, if you're willing to spend around $20, I would look to one of the higher rated fragrances like Nautica Voyage.

PEOPLE LOVE BECAUSE...

  • It smells like Oranges
  • ​It's cheap​​​​
  • Great for young people

PEOPLE HATE BECAUSE...

  • Too citrusy
  • Smells cheap
  • Mostly for teenagers

Rating

(3.45/5)

Price

Perry Ellis 360 Red

Perry Ellis 360 Red is extremely popular and well-liked because it smells almost exactly like Acqua Di Gio.

If you've never heard of Acqua Di Gio before, you need to get yourself a bottle immediately because it's probably one of the most popular and well-liked fragrance of all-time.

Lime, cinnamon, and bergamot are the main notes when it comes to 360 Red.

The cinnamon is what makes Perry Red stick out just a little more than it's near close ADG.

The only thing that is a little bit of a drawback is that it doesn't last the longest. However, for a cheap fragrance, you can't complain too much about that.

There is an argument for some people that claim this one is actually better than Acqua Di Gio. Maybe it's something you should try for yourself???


PEOPLE LOVE BECAUSE...

  • It smells like Acqua Di Gio
  • ​It's cheap​​​​
  • Great for young people

PEOPLE HATE BECAUSE...

  • Doesn't last long
  • Super popular
  • Mostly for teenagers

Rating

(4.01/5)

Price

What makes cologne cheap?

When it comes to fragrance, there are several different reasons why a fragrance may be more expensive than another.

Brand

The name on the bottle believe it or not has an effect on how much the fragrance is worth. This is true in almost every industry so this shouldn't be a surprise.

For example, when you go shopping for cereal, do you buy Cherrios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, or Trix? Or do you head down to the bottom shelf and get basically the exact same thing for a cheaper price. You see what I mean?

What type of shoes do you wear? Did you spend $200 on a pair of Air Jordans, or did you head over to Payless shoes and buy a pair for $20.

It's a fake

Fake DVD's, cigarettes, hand-bags, luggage, sunglasses, sports jerseys, just to name a few of the products that around that are completely fake. These products are made by manufacturers often in countries overseas to look, feel, and smell just like the real thing.

Many of these products look legit. I know I've seen some football jerseys that are fake, but it's next to impossible to tell the difference when you hold up a real jersey next to it.

Fragrance is much more difficult to fake. Many times the smell will be so far from the original scent that it's completely obvious it's not real.

You might be able to tell if it's fake if the bottle looks cheaply made or there are obvious signs that it was repackaged.

The longevity of fragrances that are not real is sometimes a dead giveaway. A lot of times they appear to be watered down or you'll notice the fragrance leave your skin after a brisk wind hits you.

Regardless, if you buy a fragrance that seems like you're getting it too good to be true, chances are it's a fake.

It Sucks

If a fragrance is horr-awful, (Shaq quote) there is a good reason that it's priced pretty cheap.

Now there are plenty of expensive selling fragrances that are horr-awful and deserve to be thrown directly in the trash, but generally speaking if something is priced pretty cheap, it might be due to the scent not being well liked.

Ingredients

This is undoubtedly the largest influence on how much a fragrance is worth.

For example, an ingredient such as Ambergris which is produced by the Sperm Whale, is considered one of the most expensive ingredients included in fragrances.

Ambergris is whale vomit that floats on the ocean surface for as long as 20 years. If you were to purchase the ingredient yourself to make your own fragrance, you would pay around $200 for a 30 ML bottle.

Oud is another type of oil that can be very expensive. If a fragrance uses this naturally, it would drive the price of the fragrance up.

In the jungle, when an evergreen tree is attacked by infection, the tree begins producing a substance to defend against the intruder.

Over time, the infection gets worse and the tree continues to produce the substance to combat the infection. This substance is called oud and when it's distilled, it's called oud oil. 

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Jason

Jason is the first ever self-proclaimed “Cologne Master” that is dedicating his expertise and knowledge to helping people choose that special scent for the 1st or 50th time.

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