Cologne is a distinctive fragrance designed for men, or as the French call it, 'pour homme.' It is worn by all age groups, but it is often popular with younger men as a way to smell good and feel confident. The term 'cologne' is mostly used to describe all men’s perfumes, but this is not entirely true since colognes are much more subtle and are the least expensive. They are fresh, light and deeply energising fragrances that are referred to as ‘Eau de Cologne’.
The most popular cologne for men is a very subjective topic, so it's tricky to pin down the exact most popular, but there were a few that stood out to us. Here are the top five most popular men's colognes:
Launched in 2019, Enigma Pour Homme Parfum Cologne by Roja Dove is a hugely popular cologne for gentlemen. It is an Amber Spicy scent masked by a swirl of Cognac and Tobacco, making it the perfect evening fragrance. It is rich, mysterious and complex, with decadent boozy accords that are combined with precious florals and delicate vanilla, creating a highly enticing and luxurious scent for an alluring presence throughout the night.
Creed Viking Cologne is a popular follow-up to the original Viking fragrance created by the House of Creed. A boldly masculine Aromatic Fougere, this scent boasts the potency of an eau de parfum with the energising freshness of a cologne. The fragrance captures the re-awakening of summer after the dark winter months, where citrus freshness blends with spicy and herbal accords for an energising scent, full of excitement and a sense of adventure. Sandalwood and crisp cedar provide the perfect base notes for this modern classic from the illustrious French brand.
The zesty, uplifting Jo Malone 154 fragrance is another popular scent for men and women with its delectable combination of mandarin, lavender, and vetiver. Released in 2001, this classy creation takes its name from the street number of Jo Malone's first London store. It takes you on an eclectic journey that begins with a burst of citrus freshness and vibrancy, followed by soft floral and clean woody notes that deepen the fragrance with time. Jo Malone 154 is a modern classic and an extremely versatile cologne that can be worn during the day and night.
Byredo Sunday Cologne is the perfect fragrance that exemplifies the essential qualities of eau de cologne—a great scent that is light, crisp and fresh—but with a twist. It is a Woody Aromatic fragrance that opens with refreshing yet heart-warming top notes, followed by spicy and floral undertones. Base notes including vetiver, moss and patchouli give it a touch of earthiness as well as added depth to create a perfect balance of crispness, spiciness and warmth. It’s a great scent for casual Sundays but can also be worn for formal occasions and all year round.
The Aqua Universalis Cologne Forte is a fresh and floral fragrance designed for both men and women. Launched in 2011, this fragrance comes from Francis Kurkdjian, the founder of the luxury fragrance house Maison Francis Kurkdjian. Featuring a blended creation of crisp bergamot with zesty orange, it is mostly citrusy and is combined with musk for a stunning effervescent effect. This fragrance is perfect for both day and evening wear, and it can also be paired with other perfumes to add depth, warmth or an extra touch of freshness.