When it comes to cologne for men, there are so many options at your average department store that it’s hard to even know where to begin. Once you factor in all of the boutique brands and local vendors in your area, you could literally be sniffing 100 different colognes just to find which one fits you best.

Luckily you can save your sense of smell and bypass the department stores. We’ve put together a list of the 10 best cologne options for men. No matter what you’re looking for, something here will fit your needs and budget.

Finding the best cologne for men might be subjective, but you can atleast start with finding a decent location to search for one. You can thank us later.

1. 1 Million By Paco Rabanne


Purchase at: Macy’s

Paco Raban may not be a name you’ve heard of in a while, but that doesn’t mean the brand doesn’t still make some of the best cologne for men in the world. No matter what occasion you need the cologne for, you really can’t go wrong with 1 Million.

Made with warm cinnamon, blood mandarin, grapefruit, citrus, leather and a touch of patchouli, this classic cologne checks off all of the boxes for being great. If you’ve never worn Paco Raban before, 1 Million is an excellent starting point.

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2. Armani Code


Purchase at: Macy’s

Armani is a brand well known by many. Their cologne, Armani Code is quickly becoming a classic scent that a lot of guys consider their signature fragrance.

Made with tonka bean, star anise, cinnamon, leather and olive blossom, this is the perfect fall and winter cologne for guys that prefer a deep, rich fragrance. If you want to use it during the summer, make sure you go light on this rather heavy scent.

No matter how you apply it, Armani code is one of the best colognes for men under $100.

3. Artisan by John Varvatos


Purchase at: Bloomingdale’s

John Varvatos is making a big splash in the fashion world and has been for some time. With rock and roll suits and boots featuring ad campaigns by classic rock icons like ZZ Top, they stand in the high fashion game.

John Varvatos also makes unique scents that many men consider one of the best colognes for men without having to spend a ton of money. Combining Sicilian clementine, herbs and a bit of citrus, this scent is light yet scintillating, making it the perfect work day and date night cologne.

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4. Chanel Bleu de Chanel


Purchase at: Chanel

Like Armani Code, Bleu de Chanel is a modern classic that a lot of guys are raving about and have been for years. If you’ve never tried it before, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about.

Prepared with a mixture of amber, incense, ginger and citrus, this scent walks the line between sensual and light. That’s what makes it the best cologne for men who want an all-around fragrance that will assert itself without dominating the conversation.

5. Dior Sauvage


Purchase at: Nordstrom

Dior is a high fashion brand that many men around the world are familiar with. With Dior Sauvage, more and more men are calling the brand a cologne maker rather than a clothing maker.

Combining black pepper, patchouli, bergamot and salty ambrox, this scent is truly unique just like its wearers. Give it a try if you want to stand out from the crowd.

6. Ralph Lauren Polo Red


Purchase at: Macy’s

Polo Red might have been launched as an ideal transition cologne helping men go between the seasons and their traditional scents, but for many, it’s the best cologne for men to wear pretty much all year round.

If you love the smell of roasted coffee, grapefruit and a blend of spices, you just can’t beat Ralph Lauren Polo Red. It’s a fascinating scent that somehow works no matter where you’re going, what you’re doing or who you’re doing it with.

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7. Gucci by Gucci


Purchase at: Macy’s

Gucci is well-known for their quality clothing, but not as many people know about their scents. Gucci by Gucci is made with jasmine, tobacco, violet and some natural earth tones, making it the best cologne for men they make. Even if you don’t love wearing cologne, you’ll find yourself looking for any reason to spray this on.

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8. Creed Aventus


Purchase at: Nordstrom

Compared to the strength and vision of Napolean, Creed Aventus is a great cologne to own. Combining Corsican blackcurrant, Italian bergamot, French apple, royal pineapple, patchouli and white birch, Creed Aventus is a go-to scent for many men because it covers so many bases.

9. Bottega Veneta Signature Pour Homme


Purchase at: Nordstrom

Bottega Veneta is a luxury brand well known around the world. Although this isn’t one of their most well-known colognes, it’s still considered one of the best in a long line of scents. It’s a great cologne to add to your collection and can be purchased at a reasonable price.

If you like masculine scents with notes of wood and alpine foliage, Bottega Veneta Signature Pour Home could be the perfect choice for you. Best of all, it’s perfect for any occasion and can be worn year round.

10. Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio


Purchase at: Nordstrom

Acqua di Gio is as close to a modern day classic as you’ll find in the world of upscale scents. While many men might think it is past its heyday, this scent isn’t going to be fading away anytime in the near future.

Pairing jasmine, rosemary and tones that could only remind you of the ocean, this scent is somehow light and deeply aromatic at the same time. If you’re looking for the best cologne for men, this might be at the top of the heap.

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Ralph Lauretta

About Ralph Lauretta

Ralph is a co-owner of Sal Lauretta for Men. His areas of expertise include custom clothing as well as being the primary clothing buyer for the store. When not at work you can find him hanging out with his family, reorganizing his garage or watching a Denver Broncos game.

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