What are the best colonies for men? That depends on what you look for in it: freshness, subtlety, masculinity, daring…
We find large colonies in each of the olfactory families (fresh, floral, woody and oriental). The following colonies range from light to heavy, but there is no doubt that they will all help you make a great first impression.
Eau de toilette or cologne?
Using the word “colony” instead of the term “eau de toilette” is more convenient for non-Francophones. However, most men’s colonies are actually eau de toilette (and so indicated on the bottle).
What is an eau de toilette? Fragrances are classified according to their concentration of oils, and that of eau de toilette is between 5 and 15%. That means that it lasts approximately 3 hours, which is not considered much or little.
That said, don’t worry, as it is not wrong to use the word “cologne” to refer to an “eau de toilette”. You can continue to do it without problem, as it is currently a term that can be used for all perfumes for men.
The colonies of this olfactory family are ideal for the day, especially during spring and summer. Launched in 2010 and presented in a black bottle as simple as it is attractive, Acqua di Parma Essenza di Colonia is definitely among the best in this class.
Following the citrus colonies, it is also worth mentioning the following:
- Paco by Paco Rabanne
- Calvin Klein CK One
- Monsieur by Givenchy
- 4711 Original Eau de Cologne
Do you prefer marine freshness? In that case, the following men’s colonies are probably to your liking:
- Water from Loewe He
- Davidoff Cool Water
- Acqua di Giò by Giorgio Armani
- Hugo Element
- CH Men Sport
- L’Eau by Kenzo pour Homme
And we come to the floral olfactory family, which works great during the day, especially during the summer. That the word floral does not make you distrust, as that does not prevent them from being very masculine too.
If you are looking for a floral cologne that is both very masculine, Lanvin L’Homme is undoubtedly one of the ones you should try the next time you go through the perfume section. The secret is his woody notes. The same happens with Loewe 7, the latter more suitable for the night.
Another colony of this olfactory family is Eau de Rochas Homme. By working well both day and night, it is a very important option to consider if you are one of those who prefer not to get complicated and use the same colony for all occasions.
Under these lines you can see other large colonies of floral type:
- Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo
- Calvin Klein CK Be
- Paul Smith Men
- Acqua di Selva by Visconti Di Modrone
The supply of colonies for men abound those belonging to the woody olfactory family. And it is not surprising, since they are very masculine fragrances. In this way, they are a safe bet for your arsenal of colonies, as well as when it comes to giving a gift to a man.
If you’re wondering which cologne to use after training to feel fresh and revitalized, Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Sport is one of the best options on the market. Take it with you in the sports bag and take advantage of its woody and fresh fragrance after the post-workout shower.
The following are other woody men’s colonies that are worth considering for the day:
- Lacoste Essential
- Vetiver by Adolfo Dominguez
- Boss Number One
- Boss Bottled
- Hugo Energise
- Loewe 7 Natural
- Bvlgari BLV for Homme
- Chic for Men by Carolina Herrera
- DKNY Men by Donna Karan
- Paco Rabanne Invictus
Diesel Only The Brave Tattoo is a spicy woody cologne that works very at night. Essence for Homme by Loewe, 1 Million Lucky by Paco Rabanne, Narciso Rodriguez Bleu Noir for Him Eau de Parfum or the elegantly presented, Gucci by Gucci, also stand out when it comes to woody colonies ideal for the night.
Fragrances with exotic touches are perfect to not go unnoticed at night. The following are excellent options:
- Calvin Klein Obsession for Men
- Carolina Herrera 212 Sexy Men
- CH Men by Carolina Herrera
- Hugo Boss Dark Blue
- Body Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent
- Burberry London
- Burberry Brit for Men
And of course Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier, with its classic bottle shaped like a sailor’s bust.
Despite their intensity, the colonies of the eastern olfactory family can also function beautifully in the day. Oriental floral, the Solo Loewe colony is a very solid bet for the day. If you like this kind of fragrances, you can also try the following:
- Travel to Ceylan by Adolfo Dominguez
- Calvin Klein CK One Shock
- Bvlgari Man