Just as the weather changes throughout the year, so can your signature scent. It’s exciting to try and find the best smelling cologne for men for each of the seasons.

Many of the fragrances below are relatively new to the market and have been earning accolades from critics and consumers. Some are just right for autumn, too.

1. L’Homme Prada

Purchase at: Nordstrom

Patchouli and geranium form the base of this Prada masterpiece while amber and iris enhance its aroma. One whiff calls to mind pumpkin patches bursting with reds and oranges.

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2. Bleu De Chanel

Purchase at: Nordstrom

You won’t feel bleu when you have on this crisp fragrance, which debuted in 2017 and has been selling phenomenally. Its touch of citrus and forest-like quality are disarming.

3. Wood Sage & Sea Salt from Jo Malone London

Purchase at: Nordstrom

John F. Kennedy said people are drawn to the ocean because that’s “from whence we came.” Well, your daydreams of the ocean will become more vivid with this fragrance, which blends sea salt, bergamot and sage.

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4. 1 Million by Paco Rabanne

Purchase at: Sephora

Developed by fragrance masters Olivier Pescheux, Christophe Raynaud and Michel Girard, this outdoorsy cologne brings together leather, amber, cinnamon, mint, grapefruit and various spices to evoke fall and winter landscapes.

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5. Armani Code

Purchase at: Macy’s

This classic been around since 2004, but the award-winning Armani Code is as appealing as ever. Lemon, bergamot, olive blossom and leather are among the ingredients that give this scent its mixture of warmth and spiciness.

6. Ralph Lauren Oud

Purchase at: Ralph Lauren

With its cedar, incense and guaiac wood, Ralph Lauren Oud will bring the primeval scents of Africa’s savannas straight to your skin.

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7. Byredo Super Cedar

Purchase at: Neiman Marcus

Though it’s called an “eau de parfum,” Byredo Super Cedar is intended for men as well as women. Its Virginian cedarwood and other musky aromas are reminiscent of Scandinavia. This scent has vitality in spades.

8. Agonist Onyx Pearl

Purchase at: Neiman Marcus

Another unisex scent, Onyx Pearl boasts white musk, Arabian oud, Australian sandalwood and other exotic substances. It’s an all-natural delight from the lesser-known yet first-rate Swedish brand Agonist.

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9. Jo Malone London English Oak and Hazelnut

Purchase at: Sephora

For the Anglophile in you, this cultured cologne fuses roasted oak, green hazelnut, cedarwood and vetiver. It’s as captivating as it sounds and it might make you feel like playing a game of cricket.

10. Acqua di Parma Colonia Pura

Purchase at: Neiman Marcus

This Italian masterwork contains citrus and woody aspects like coriander and patchouli. The result is truly enjoyable: elements of summer and fall coming together in harmony.

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11. Prada L’Homme Intense

Purchase at: Nordstrom

L’Homme Intense first came out in 2016. In 2017, Prada added tonka bean to the initial recipe, which includes amber and leather. Altogether, it’s textured, sophisticated, slightly rugged and ideal for date night.

12. Paco Rabanne Pure XS

Purchase at: John Lewis

Dab on this British concoction — which contains cedar, thyme and ginger — and you’ll have a sumptuous fragrance that will last all day long.

13. David Beckham Respect

Purchase at: Gordons Direct

Maybe you can’t bend it like Beckham, but you can smell like him. With fruits like watermelon and no-nonsense musk, this seductive aroma will make you feel like an international superstar.

14. Aube Rubis

Purchase at: Osswald NYC

Sold by a boutique called Osswald NYC, Aube Rubis from Atelier des Ors may be the most obscure product on this list. Nevertheless, it’s a best-smelling cologne for men and a real treat during the fall. Sage, iris, patchouli, bergamot and grapefruit balance one another delectably in this long-lasting product.

15. Byerley

Purchase at: Nordstrom

Byerley, which the French company Parfums de Marly manufactures, is trendy in Europe and terrific for casual parties, especially outdoor gatherings. The smokiness and worldliness of the vetiver, guaiac wood and other components will make people gravitate towards you.

16. Comme des Garcons Wonderwood

Purchase at: Net-A-Porter

This cologne features cypress, sandalwood, agarwood, pepper, nutmeg and more. It’s like a woody camping trip in a bottle, only more elegant.

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17. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue

Purchase at: Macy’s

The musky base and hints of citrus create a fragrance that charms at first inhale and wears well over time. It’s a somewhat muted aroma, but it’s more than fashionable enough for an evening out.

18. Gucci Made to Measure

Purchase at: Sephora

Made to Measure has French lavender, anise seed, juniper berry and other olfactory sensations. If there is a sweet smell of success, this cologne is probably it.

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19. Brooks Brothers Royall Bay Rhum

Purchase at: Brooks Brothers

Take oil from Dominican bay leaves, a bit of menthol and the renowned craftsmanship of Brooks Brothers and you’ll get this flawless, autumnal cologne.

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20. L’Homme Yves Saint Laurent

Purchase at: Sephora

Originally released in 2006, this subtle mix of bergamot, vetiver, cedar, white pepper and white ginger has been in demand ever since. With floral, spicy and wood tinges, this cologne is versatile.

When you’re seeking the best-smelling cologne for men, look for one that suits your vibe. Test numerous samples, see what your friends and significant other think and narrow your choices to a few favorites. A world of alluring scents awaits.

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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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