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The Ultimate Best Smelling Cologne For Men List To Get You Compliments!

Have you ever wondered what the best smelling cologne for men is?

Are you ready to finally see a list of fragrances that are PROVEN to get you compliments?!

Or maybe you’re just curious if your signature fragrance actually receives compliments!

Answers to these questions are why CologneMasters finally took the guessing out of what fragrances are the best smelling.

Our list is generated from 100% of user voters and feedback. Sorry Jeremy Fragrance, but this is not a list that we personally have received compliments from. Not everyone is as dashingly handsome as you are and we all don’t receive nearly the amount of compliments you do from day to day.

SO I REPEAT, THIS LIST IS NOT MADE UP! It is generated from YOUR votes on what fragrances smell the best. At the bottom of the page, you will see a spot where you can vote for the cologne you’ve received the most compliments on and if you don’t see it, write it in! It’s that simple!

Here are the standings so far…

Fragrance# of ComplimentsWhere to find
Aventus by Creed62Find It Here!
Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani29Find It Here!
Bleu De Chanel22Find It Here!
La Nuit by Yves Saint Laurent21Find It Here!
Green Irish Tweed by Creed19Find It Here!
Sauvage by Christian Dior18Find It Here!
Allure Homme Sport by Chanel15Find It Here!
Millesime Imperial by Creed15Find It Here!
Armani Code by Giorgio Armani13Find It Here!
Cool Water by Davidoff13Find It Here!
Fierce by Abercrombie & Fitch13Find It Here!
Versace Pour Homme by Versace12Find It Here!
H.M. by Hanae Mori11Find It Here!
L'eau d'issei by Issey Miyake11Find It Here!
Fahrenheit by Dior10Find It Here!
1 Million by Paco Rabanne9Find It Here!
Polo Black by Ralph Lauren9Find It Here!
Silver Mountain Creed9Find It Here!
Dior Homme by Christian Dior8Find It Here!
Reflection Man by Amouage8Find It Here!
The One by Dolce & Gabbana8Find It Here!
Chrome by Azzaro7Find It Here!
Dior Homme Intense by Christian Dior7Find It Here!
L'Homme by Yves Saint Laurent7Find It Here!
Legend by Montblanc7Find It Here!
Rive Gauche by Yves Saint Laurent7Find It Here!
Royal Oud by Creed7Find It Here!
212 by Carolina Herrera6Find It Here!
Cedrat Boise by Mancera6Find It Here!
Curve by Liz Claiborne6Find It Here!
Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier6Find It Here!
Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford6Find It Here!
Versace Man Eau Fraiche by Versace6Find It Here!
A* Men by Thierry Mugler5Find It Here!
Acqua Di Gio Profumo by Giorgio Armani5Find It Here!
Terre D'Hermes by Hermes5Find It Here!
Wonderwood by Comme des Garcons5Find It Here!

The Making of The Best Smelling Cologne For Men List

If you are wondering how we created this list, we would love to tell you.

You see we looked at some of the greatest sites on fragrance like,,,, and other miscellaneous sites that have REAL guys talking about REAL compliments they receive from ladies.

We put all the answers into a list and came up with approximately 300 fragrances men have received compliments by wearing.

We only used compliments received for roughly the past 2 years.

We tallied up the responses and created a list of winning fragrances that receive WAY MORE compliments than others.

To create this list, it took us WEEKS to compile all the information so we hope you enjoy it and can find a fragrance that will work for you.

Lastly, we are now conducting our own poll to add to our results. So if you’ve worn a fragrance and received a compliment, WE WANT TO KNOW. Take our poll at the bottom of the page so we can get our list continuously updated.

As you can see from looking at the table, we loaded the top 36 fragrances that men have received compliments from. We have data for almost 300 colognes, but due to the sake of keeping it simple, we decided to leave them out.

The Top 11 Ultimate Best Smelling Cologne For Men To Get You Compliments

Alright lets see just what these top fragrance compliment getters are all about. If your fragrance didn’t make the list, change it! You can vote for yours by taking the poll at the bottom of the page. We update this list about once a month!

Let’s start off with a few honorable mentions. Versace Pour Homme, H.M. by Hanae Mori, L’eau d’issei, and Fahrenheit by Dior all have received some pretty exciting compliments. They are all on the verge of breaking into the top 10/11 so give them your votes on the poll if you want to see them there.

In total, we have about 500 compliments that were dished out. These are the ones that received the most.

#9. – Tie – Cool Water by Davidoff – 13 Total Compliments

cool-water-best smelling cologne for men

If there is a perfect fragrance to kick off the best smelling cologne for men list, Cool Water by Davidoff (full review here) is it. This fragrance was created in 1988 and took the world by storm.

In the late 80s and early 90s everybody wore Cool Water, and if you didn’t, you weren’t getting any action.

What I love about this smell is that just one sniff of it takes you back to the 80s. It’s an unexplainable phenomenon that just paints a picture of that decade along with the early 90s.

Notes you’ll smell

  • Sea Water
  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Green notes

Here are some compliments from people that wear Cool Water by Davidoff (1988);

In Summary

If you’re looking for a fragrance that will take you back to the 80s or 90s and may end up giving you some compliments on the way, Cool Water may be the right fragrance for you.

Should be primarily for guys that were in high-school in the early 90s and are going after ladies that are similar to that age. So 35 years of age or older.

You can find inexpensive bottles on Amazon by clicking here.

Think Cool Water should be higher/lower on the list? Vote for your favorite fragrances here!

#9. – Tie – Armani Code by Giorgio Armani – 13 Total Compliments

armani code best smelling

When Armani Code is given compliments, it tends to be during colder temperatures in the fall and winter. This fragrance steps away from the usual complimented cologne as it has notes that are different than what some would expect to see on this list.

Although I have not personally received a compliment from Armani Code, I understand why it does. The warmth it brings alone is attractive to both the wearer and the person lucky enough to smell it. It’s intimacy makes people nearby inch in just a little bit closer

Notes You’ll Smell

  • Leather
  • Olive Blossom
  • Star Anise
  • Tobacco
  • Lemon
  • Tonka Bean

Here are just a few compliments;

In Summary

Armani Code is one of the easiest fragrances to find ladies talking about how amazing it smells.

Although it is complimented by lots and lots of people, part of its success can be credited to how main stream and popular it is. If you’re looking for a fragrance that will get you through the colder months and you don’t mind smelling like someone’s ex-boyfriend, brother, or guy friend, this one could be the one for you.

Ohh…. and if you’re under the age of 30 would probably make sense to wear it too.

You can find inexpensive bottles on Amazon by clicking here.

Think Armani Code should be higher/lower on the list? Vote for your favorite fragrances here!

#7. Tie – Millesime Imperial by Creed – 15 Total Compliments

millesime best smelling cologne for men

Millesime Imperial is listed as one of the best summer scents money can buy. It’s a fresh, crisp, scent that one person said, “MI goes beyond smelling great, it speaks to your soul”. Others have said, “The best fragrance ever made”.

The complaints being echoed throughout the fragrance world is the longevity. People complain that their fragrance lasts lest than 4 hours where others around 8. Body chemistry does play a factor so before dropping a few hundred bucks on this one, maybe purchasing a sample from an authorized retailer like Nordstroms wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Notes you’ll notice

  • Fruity
  • Sea
  • Sea salt
  • Citrus

And here are a few compliments;

“I had a dinner date interrupted last week by a waitress that wasn’t our own. Apparently I had walked by her coming in and she just had to know what fragrance I was wearing. She was so cute and apologetic for the interruption. I told her it was Millesime Imperial by Creed. She smiled and handed me a piece of paper and a pen asking if I could write down the name for her. She asked me where I got it and how much it cost me so I told her about Ebay and roughly the price to expect to pay. She shrugged it off saying she would pay anything to have her boyfriend smell like that.”

My GF goes gaga over Millesime Imperial

In Summary

Millesime Imperial is a no doubter compliment getter.

For the last decade, men have reported that this particular fragrance has received some of the most compliments from their collection. The only drawback with this one is the price tag that comes with it and the longevity. Otherwise, wear it as a summer scent and you won’t be disappointed.

You can find where I buy mine by clicking here.

Think Millesime Imperial should be higher/lower on the list? Vote for your favorite fragrances here!

#7. Tie – Allure Homme Sport by Chanel – 15 Total Compliments

allure-homme-sport-for men smelling

Allure Homme Sport has been mentioned as the masterpiece of fragrances for athletes and hot, humid, weather. It has a light, creamy citrus that has just enough sharpness to be refreshing. Although it is simple, it has great balance between longevity and appeal without going over the top.

What is impressive about AHS, is that it’s fairly expensive so it deters many main stream fragrance wearers from trying it on and yet it still is one of the most complimented fragrances around. Whenever a fragrance like this comes along, my interest is immediately peaked. Several online women reviewers will claim this is their favorite scent to smell on a man.

Notes you’ll notice

  • Orange
  • Sea notes
  • Aldehydes
  • Vanilla
  • Tonka Bean

And here are a few compliments;

In Summary

Allure Homme Sport by Chanel is a no doubter when it comes to receiving compliments. It’s a universally liked scent so you’ll RARELY find anyone that straight up hates the smell of it. Of all the fragrances on this list, it might be the safest choice you can make if you’re going to make a blind buy and randomly choose one.

Even if you don’t LOVE it, you will most likely like it enough to wear for casual events and since it’s one of the most complimented fragrances around, you’ll at least make the people surrounding you a little happier.

You can find inexpensive bottles on Amazon by clicking here.

If you have your own Allure Homme Sport by Chanel compliment story, please drop us a comment below so we can share it with the world. We’d love to make you famous!

#6. Sauvage by Christian Dior – 18 Total Compliments

sauvage-best smelling cologne for men

Sauvage is an exciting fragrance that has come alive in the last year. Because it is so new, it doesn’t have the benefit of receiving several more compliments compared to its competitors that have been around for decades.

With the amount of traction and popularity Sauvage has been gaining over the past year, I fully expect to see it in the top 5 or higher in the next few months or year. Everyone that loves fragrance is talking about it and better yet, everyone that is smelling it on men wearing it, is complimenting Sauvage.

Notes you’ll notice

  • Ambroxan
  • Bergamot
  • Pepper

And here are a few compliments;

I have been on a few dates using this cologne and every girl has loved the scent. It is incredibly warm and masculine. Smells amazing, like a man should!

I’ve been wearing this fragrance for a couple years now and continue to draw many compliments from the ladies about how good I smell. A wonderful light fragrance that encourages gals to inhale deeply when I wear it.

My boyfriend wears this, and let me tell you, it is amazing! I always get a little jealous when he wears it to work because I KNOW that other ladies will be smelling this cologne on him. When he wears it, I just want to be as close to him as possible! It’s definitely a “manly” scent without the musk. It’s a really clean, fresh scent. I absolutely LOVE it!

You can find inexpensive bottles on Amazon by clicking here.

If you think Sauvage should be higher or lower on this list, make sure you take our poll by clicking here!

#5. Green Irish Tweed by Creed – 19 Total Compliments

green-irish-tweed-for men

Green Irish Tweed was born in 1985 and is still one of the signature scents for Creed. This fragrance was created so a person could “walk through the Irish countryside” no matter where they reside and Green Irish Tweed does it masterfully.

Since this fragrance was created in the 80s, the people that wear it will say that it smells like it too. They mention fragrances it smells like and one of them in particular is actually on this list! Although people speak about how simple it is, they also talk about how sophisticated it is simultaneously.

People will continue to say it is a timeless scent that was built for winners. Only time will tell if it continue to roll in the compliments.

Notes you’ll notice

  • Lemon Verbena
  • Violet Leaf
  • Iris
  • Sandalwood

And here are a few of those compliments;

This is one of the best fragrances I have ever smelled and my girlfriend and her friends love it!!!

Such a wonderful cologne. This was my first full bottle purchase for my boyfriend. When I was sampling all types of scents. Green Irish Tweed was a must have. There will always be a bottle of Creed Green Irish Tweed in my boyfriends wardrobe. You just cant go wrong with it.

My wife is in love with this stuff, and I have no problem putting it on for her. This starts out kinda tart but it opens up to be a awesome floral, masculine scent that drives women nuts.

In Summary

GIT is a nice blast from the past for anyone that grew up in the 80s. Although it is compared to other fragrances around that time period, people still say that GIT has the the sophistication and class to outshine the others.

Since Creed is made from the most genuine ingredients, a trained nose and fragrance expert can detect the difference.

You can find inexpensive bottles on Amazon by clicking here.

If you have your own GIT compliment story, please drop us a comment below so we can share it with the world. We’d love to make you famous!

#4. La Nuit L’homme by Yves Saint Laurent – 21 Total Compliments

la-nuit-best smelling cologne for men

La Nuit by Yves Saint Laurent (full review here) is one of the best smelling fragrances that casual fragrance wearers don’t wear. It has one of the lowest popularity rating among it’s competitors with only about 400 searches per month.

So despite La Nuit not being super popular, it still continues to gather compliments from the small number of people that wear it which makes it one of the best kept secrets in the fragrance world.

Professional fragrance reviewers like Jeremy Fragrance, Fragrance bros, and many more, do give La Nuit some love however so it’s only a matter of time before casual wearers start figuring this one out and wearing it everywhere they go and telling their friends about it. Until then, do what I do and wear it regularly. This is a great signature scent and can be worn in almost any situation.

Notes you’ll notice

  • Cardamom
  • Lavender
  • Bergomat
  • Caraway
  • Virginia Cedar
  • Vetiver

And here are a few compliments;

I am 28, and have gotten compliments mostly getting the word “sexy” in them. If not that, I notice a lot of older women who work at department stores who compliment it, just ask me if I am wearing La Nuit, as I’m sure the smell is easily recognizable to them. I have even has one girl.. probably in her mid 20’s say she wanted have me under her nose all day. Lastly.. I had a cop (male) ask what I was wearing, while giving me a warning for a brake light out. Ya it projects big.. he could smell it out the window

“I receive compliments every time I wear La Nuit at work. Usually from women whose age is anywhere from 21-40. They tell me that it smells sensuous, sexy, a good going out on a date scent. I am told a lot that it comes across as smelling fresh and sexy. One co-worker told me that she would love for her husband to wear la nuit ever night before they go to bed”

In Summary

La Nuit is a hidden gem in the main stream audience when it comes to fragrance. People that live and die by how they smell own it and are receiving compliments rather easily from it.

If you’re looking for a fragrance that not many people wear but are receiving tons of compliments on, La Nuit might be right for you.

You can find inexpensive bottles on Amazon by clicking here. If you have your own La Nuit compliment story, please drop us a comment below so we can share it with the world. We’d love to hear what you have to say!.

#3. Bleu de Chanel by Chanel – 22 Total Compliments

bleu-de-chanel-cologne for men

Bleu is another fragrance by Chanel that receives a ridiculous amount of attention from complimenters. It’s a fragrance that is a little higher in price, but it has the smell of sophistication to back it up according to the people that wear it.

Not only is this fragrance sophisticated, Bleu de Chanel smells like romance. It doesn’t necessarily have a sexy vibe to it, but rather smells like something you would go on a date wearing. Afterwards heading back to your house to Netflix and chill.

Notes you’ll notice

  • Grapefruit
  • Incense
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Mint
  • Vetiver

And here are a few compliments;

I absolutely love this fragrance. I always get complimented on it when I go out. I love the smell and the longevity.

Every time I want attention I wear Bleu by Chanel. Today I wore it to the office for the very first time. My secretary asked me what I was wearing. She said I ALWAYS smell delicious but today’s fragrance was the top. I told her it was Bleu by Chanel and she is going to buy a bottle for her boyfriend’s birthday next week. After that I got many more compliments both by women AND men.”

In Summary

Bleu is something that is made to help you smell wealthy, sophisticated, and ultimately win unsolicited compliments.

Although it has a slightly higher price tag, there is evidence that people around you will enjoy it.

You can find inexpensive bottles on Amazon by clicking here.

If you have your own Bleu de Chanel compliment story, please drop us a comment below so we can share it with the world

#2. Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani – 29 Total Compliments

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It was only a matter of time before Acqua Di Gio showed up on this list. Perhaps the most famous and most worn fragrance of all time makes it’s mark at #2 on the best smelling cologne for men list to get you compliments.

When you smell Acqua Di Gio, it is so popular that people are associating the smell with sexiness, power, money, and perhaps a few others.

My girlfriend straight up told me she gets excited just from smelling this and has ever done some double takes when walking by someone wearing it.

Notes you’ll notice

  • Sea notes
  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Jasmine

Here are some of the compliments given to Acqua Di Gio;

In Summary

Acqua Di Gio is the most popular fragrance around today so there is no doubt that it will continue to receive compliments because of the sheer volume of people wearing it.

With that being said, if you don’t mind wearing something the dude next to you might be smelling like, this one is a pretty good option.

You can find inexpensive bottles on Amazon by clicking here.

If you have your own Acqua Di Gio compliment story, please drop us a comment below so we can share it with the world. We’d love to make you famous!

#1. Aventus by Creed – 62 Total Compliments


The winner of the most compliments from an individual fragrance is Aventus by Creed by a ridiculously large margin! When you see a top list out of any kind, usually between the top 3, it gets pretty competitive, but Aventus is by far the clear cut winner of the most compliments.

The only drawback with Creed is that it is one of the most expensive fragrances you can buy. A bottle from a Creed boutique or authorized dealer is from $200 – 400 depending on what size you wish to purchase. There are some sweet deals on Amazon if you wish to give them a shot. Reading through the reviews, some people have had good experiences and others have had terrible saying it’s fake. You decide on whether it’s worth it or not if you would like to try it.

Anyways, if you’re interested in trying to find a way to get a sample of this before you bite the bullet and just buy it, make sure you check out our page on finding cologne samples and see if that helps.

The bottom line with Aventus is this… If you want to be noticed, complimented, or just purchase a fragrance that will generate results, Aventus is a no doubt your pick.

Here are some of the notes you’ll notice;

  • Pineapple
  • Birch
  • Musk
  • Black currant

And here are just a few of the ridiculous amounts of compliments Aventus receives;

Creed Aventus is by far hands down the best fragrance I have owned. I have over 200 fragrances in my collection, and I get the most compliments from Creed Aventus. Ladies, Men, old people, young people, they all comment on “how great I smell”. It smells fresh but masculine at the same time. Its the perfect combination of that fresh, POWER scent. A spray or two for the office, more if you are going out to dinner or a social event. Worth every penny, I just ordered my second bottle, the first one only lasted 9 months as its become my every day scent!!

I wore aventus and i had 7 compliments 5 girls and 2 guys saying I smell really nice and asked what im wearing. I got asked around 9 hours after application as well. To me, I dont even like it that much. I get some pinapple in the opening then it goes to that ashy smokey type of vibe for the rest.

I don’t understand it myself but I have witnessed it’s effect on people. I know two people who wear it and women at work have purchased it for their boyfriends. They must have put pheromones in the juice, its the only way to explain

In Summary

My initial reaction to Aventus is the same as many others. I just can’t comprehend why so many people just adore this love juice. But I also know the results are real. This fragrance absolutely dominates the compliment contest. So even though it may not smell good to you, people that are around you will adore it.

For this reason alone, I’m gonna give it a shot and see what happens.

You can find inexpensive bottles on Amazon by clicking here.

If you have your own Aventus by Creed and have a compliment story, please drop us a comment below so we can share it with the world.

We are always searching for great compliment stories and we love to hear them!


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4 CommentsLeave a comment

  • I voted for One Million, and Fahrenheit by Dior, since I received a compliment for that one too. At the moment, these are the only two (sometimes I also wear Aventus, Green Irish Tweed and Millesime Imperial, but no luck so far )

    About One Million, I can share a few of stories of compliments received by woman:

    1. I started wearing One Million thanks to a friend that told me about it. One night we were both wearing it, and a common friend asked about it, because she loved it!

    2. A girl I know told me that she was going to buy the cologne I was wearing for her boyfriend, and of course it was One Million!

    3. This happened in the elevator: a neighbor (she is in her forties) asked me about the fragrance I was wearing. When I told her it was One Million by Paco Rabanne, she told me that her son uses it too, but that on me it smelled different, and that she liked it very much!

    4. A flatmate told me that she could smell my fragrance when I entered the room, and that she liked it (and she is one that never compliments on fragrances!). Besides, as usual, I was wearing only one spray of One Million, and it was from at least 6 hours before!

    About Fahrenheit:

    1. At the University, I was passing by a group of girls, and I was wearing Fahrenheit by Christian Dior. Then, I overheard one of them asking who was wearing that great fragrance! Even if, she told, it was a bit too overwhelming. I was wearing only one spray as usual (but Fahrenheit is very powerful indeed).

  • Kemi Aurum has been called magic in a bottle, i can tell you im married 21yrs im not allowed to wear this outside of my house by wifey.a woman followed me in a store & when my wife caught up the lady asked her is he with you..because he was going to be with me lol but if i cant have him i’ll settle for what he’s wearing. Its high end but its seduction in a bottle

  • Not so many men like Dior Sauvage.. most find it “synthetic”. Me, I loved it at first try. But after while, I said “it is good, but cant be a legend like eau sauvage edt (1966)”.
    On the other hand, women loves it 🙂
    I never chose dior sauvage when there are terre d’hermes, eau sauvage edt; but if compliment needed, answer is dior sauvage .

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