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Top 10 Best Selling Mens Cologne So Far in 2016

The year 2016 has been a beautiful year for some of the top selling mens cologne. We’ve had ups and downs but here are the top 10 that made it.

What’s a little different about this list, with every fragrance we added a current event that happened in 2016, or the time the fragrance showed up on the top sellers list. We hope to continue adding more top sellers which will most likely remind you of things happening when these iconic fragrances were top sellers.

Cologne/FragranceCurrent RankWhere To Find
Terre D'Hermes by Hermes#1Click Here
Nautica Voyage by Nautica#2Click Here
Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani#3Click Here
Cool Water by Davidoff#4Click Here
Eros by Versace#5Click Here
Versace Man Eau Fraiche by Versace#6Click Here
1 Million by Paco Rabanne#7Click Here
Guilty by Gucci#8Click Here
Guess Seductive by Guess#9Click Here
Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier#10Click Here
Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche#11Click Here

Disclaimer: This list is not 100% accurate. We take a peek at the top online retailers and from there we approximate how many they have have sold collectively. If you have more questions on how we come up with this number, feel free to drop a comment below and we would love to answer them.

#10 Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier (1995)


Last Month – 6

Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier drops a few spots down to #10 for the top selling mens colognes. Le Male is considered still a popular fragrance and even one that is lasts a long time.

Le Male, has a pretty cool looking bottle if I do say so myself. As you can see from the picture, it has the torso of a guy and it looks pretty gosh dang cool

What does it smell like?

Le Male is a long lasting beast of a fragrance. Vanilla and mint are the notes that rule this one and it does so majestically.


So far in 2016, we have lost an infamous rock star and ladies man, David Bowie. He was knows as having an incredible public persona and featured his greatest album of “Let’s Dance” in 1983.

top selling fragrances here

#9 Guess Seductive by Guess (2011) NEW

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Last month – Unranked

Guess Seductive hits the top 10 list for most sold because of it’s price tag. Anytime you can purchase a fragrance for under $25 and have it turn out to be halfway decent, you’re going to turn heads and that’s exactly what Guess Seductive by Guess does.

Currently Guess Seductive is a good consideration for young men because it is light, inexpensive, and is sweet which younger ladies love.

What does it smell like?

A very sweet smelling fragrance almost to the point of reminding me of cotton candy. A perfect fragrance for young guys that are looking for something sexy to wear. Although it may not seduce a woman, it will have her sniffing your neck a bit.


The Bradgelina saga is over. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie called their relationship over after filing for divorce. The worlds “super couple” is no more.


top selling fragrances here

#8 Guilty by Gucci (2011) NEW

guilty-gucci-top seller

Last month – Unranked

Guilty by Gucci has been lurking in the shadows the past year and has quietly been a top seller without making too many headlines. Guilty is well marketed as you can find in several magazines with scratch to sniff samples of it.

Guilty was launched in 2011 after a successful 2010 campaign of it’s female counterpart. Although Guilty is not highly rated among its wearers, It still shows up to party as one of the better selling mens fragrances.

What does it smell like?

Guilty has the lighter, citrusy, sweet smell that many main stream fragrances smell like. CologneMasters currently does not have a review of Guilty yet so until we do, we are going to leave our thoughts pretty simple.


Late 2015 and early 2016, the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” went viral. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a 10 episode season on a man named Steven Avery and Brandon Dassey. I don’t want to spoil anything for you but the court case continued to make headlines in 2016 with updates to the case.

top selling fragrances here


#7 1 Million by Paco Rabanne NEW

1-milion-top seller cologne

Last month – Unranked

1 million packs a bunch with one of the coolest bottles this world has ever seen. A gold brick hanging out in any room surely will gather attention and that’s just what happens online when people flock to purchase this popular and top selling fragrance.

1 Million is known for how strong and how long it can last. You can find it on our longest lasting fragrance page where it sits somewhere in the top 10 and will most likely not go anywhere.

What does it smell like?

With 1 million you get a loud cinnamon, leather, and amber scent that will last for several days if you spray it on your clothes. This fragrance seems to have a love/hate relationship with it’s reviewers so it may not be the best blind buy you can go after.


One of the biggest stories of the year and I’m unsure how I can make this relate to 1 million, was the 2 percenters take over of the headquarters building of the United States Fish and Wildlife. The occupation ended with a shootout with the FBI and the death of one militiaman.

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#6 Versace Man Eau Fraiche by Versace (2006) 

versace-man-top selling mens cologne

Last Month – #8

Versace Man Eau Fraiche has been all over the top 10 when it comes to a top selling mens fragrance. In 2015, Versace Man Eau Friache was seen as high as #2 on the list and for 2016 it was holding steady at #8. Now Versace man moves to the #6 spot as we get ready for the winter season.

Some of the top selling fragrances, I don’t agree with, but I’m always happy to see Eau Fraiche show itself on the list because its a perfect scent for a lot of young men.

What does it smell like?

Versace Man Eau Fraiche is a clean, safe, fresh, and citrus fragrance that will work for you during the summer months impeccably. Otherwise, if you’re looking for something to wear that smells clean and a little citrus and is not Acqua Di Gio, this one might work great for you.


Remember the Super Bowl halftime show where Beyonce performed? Well, she came under fire for the outfit she wore along with the backup dancers. They dressed like infamous Black Panthers and created drama with the Miami Police Department saying they would boycott the security at her next performance.

top selling fragrances here

#5 Eros by Versace (2013) NEW

versace eros review pic

Last month – Unranked

Eros by Versace enters the top sellers list in October 2016 with a loud bang! If I were to guess on why it suddenly became a top selling fragrance, I would have to say it is because the weather is starting to cool down and Eros is a fantastic cold weather eau de toilette.

Perhaps another reason Eros is starting to get noticed is because it is a “newish” fragrance and it may be just starting to come into the world to be noticed.

What does it smell like?

Eros is loud and and in charge. When you wear this, you will get noticed as it happens to be one of the longest lasting fragrances around.

People describe it as the vanilla version of 1 million by Paco Rabanne. It is designed for people to notice you so if that’s what you’re going for and you’re stocking up for the cold season, this may be for you.


In 2016 when Versace first made this list, movies like Deadpool and Avengers Civil War ruled.




#4 Cool Water by Davidoff (1988)

cool-water-top selling mens cologne

Last month – #2

A classic scent that still has a strong appeal today as it still shows up as a top selling fragrance in the US. It’s aromatic, fresh, and contains jasmine which can help reduce stress. Lucky for us, this classic scent continues to rock the #4 spot after a great run in 2015.

Mostly a summer fragrance and can be worn day or night, Cool Water is worn by people with strong nostalgia or men that are on a budget. You can pick up a bottle of this top seller on places like Amazon for under $25.

What does it smell like?

Cool Water is a lighter scent that smells like cleanliness. Try to picture what someone would smell like after a nice shower, or someones hands after being soaked in warm soapy water. It also reminds me of a mop bucket full of hot water and suds before it thrown on a floor.

I of course mean this all in a good way.  If you want to smell clean, this is the fragrance for you.


Earlier in the year when Cool Water made it’s debut, Google announced it had an AI that beat the world famous Go player for the 5th time Lee Sedol. This was said to be another leap for AI showing how well a computer can think on its feet and defeat humans.




#3 Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani (1996) 

acqua-di-gio-best seller

Last month – #2

With all of the changes in the most sold colognes so far in 2016, Acqua Di Gio stays in the top 5. It seems that this Giorgio Armani cologne will continue to be the top selling cologne unless a catastrophic event occurs.

Acqua Di Gio (full review here) was designed to capture the scent of the mediterranean. It will definitely draw compliments and can be worn in almost any situation which is why it is so popular.

What does it smell like?

Acqua Di Gio is an aquatic fragrance so it begins as if you’re wandering around the beach, with your feet in the sand, breathing the ocean air. This mixed with perfect mixtures of sweetness and citrus captures almost a perfect combination of what everyone looks for in a fragrance. Sweet, sophisticated, clean, and simple.


Speaking of catastrophic events, do you recall the Zika virus that made national headlines in January 2016?! This virus is transmitted through mosquitos and as of February 2016, sexually. This virus has the largest impact on pregnant mothers whose fetuses have problems with brain development.

Will this virus be enough to keep Acqua Di GIo from the top seller list in 2017? Probably not but we’ll get back to you on that one.


#2 Nautica Voyage by Nautica 2006, EdT NEW

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Last month – Not ranked

Nautica Voyage (full review here) joins the club in October 2016 as well for being one of the top selling fragrances in the world. You can’t find a better price tag on Voyage especially when they are selling it for under $20 on Amazon where I picked up my bottle.

Voyage has been highly praised by many Cologne Masters throughout the review world. They talk about how incredible the scent is for how much it is.

What it smells like?

Nautica is the classic aquatic fragrance that will take you straight to the ocean with the initial opening. After only a few seconds, you start tasting the green apple and smell the green leaves notes. It’s blended in a way that makes it safe to wear anywhere and might even generate a compliment or two.


The Chicago Cubs clinched a world series birth for the first time in 71 years this month with a win over Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers big salary cap.

Will they have enough to win the World Series against the Cleveland Indians? We’ll find out!



#1 Terre D’Hermes by Hermes EdT, 2006

best selling mens cologne terre d'hermes

Last month – Not ranked

Terre D’Hermes emerges from nowhere to take the top spot on the top selling mens cologne list. Here at CologneMasters, we are excited to see some new blood at the top to spice things up a bit. Could this mean that consumer choices are changing and Terre D’Hermes will be the next big thing?! Who knows?

What it smells like?

If you haven’t yet checked out our full review of Terre D’Hermes, feel free to give give it a shot. Of all the people that have rated this fragrance, it turns in some of the best scores any fragrance has received which makes sense that is why it is so widely sold.

Terre D’Hermes is a lighter, citrus type fragrance that is meant to be a little more quiet when you wear it. You won’t have people lining up to take a whiff of you, but if you’re heading to work or school, you’ll smell great without your co-workers giving you attitude on smelling too intense.


When Terre D’Hermes made the top selling list, it was October 2016 and the world was going crazy over the debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. You couldn’t go anywhere without hearing about it and social media absolutely devoured it.

A popular Trump moment was when he spoke about his temperament and continuously repeated it. He was later the face of a few jokes over social media and Hillary had fun with it in the pursuing debates.



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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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