Looking for a great spring cologne or fragrance for yourself or someone else? I’m sure you’ve come across list that appear to list the same stuff. Most of them are nothing more than self-posting best seller lists by folks you know don’t own or wear colognes.
From time to time, I’ve listed some of the best colognes out there based on my usage. I’ve never listed them on a single page as I have today. I’ve linked each cologne to either Amazon, and to my full review.
1) David Beckham Intense Instinct–Released in 2007 Beckham Intense Instinct actually fills a dual role, bar/club and
work. This cologne is great for a bar or party scene in that it can compete and hold its own against cig smoke. While strong, this cologne makes for a fine work or school scent.
Intense Instinct is marketed towards an older group. A “more established” group a step or two above the Acqua Di Gio and A&F Fierce crowd.
Translation: This cologne is for guys who have graduated from college(ran out of money or realized the futility of staying on or around campus another minute) or has moved on from the party dude stage and are moving on the next stage. You know, doing the same shit but able to finance it with a real job.
Who Should Wear Intense Instinct?
Let’s face it, there are only three reasons to wear a cologne such as Intense listed in order of importance.
- Plain and simple, I like it and the way it makes me feel when I wear it. Not a “manly” thing to say but who cares.
- Women love this stuff!
- You sell cologne and have transformed yourself into a walking, talking department store cologne counter
The catch is this cologne could be thought of as older dude’s smells. Bad news younger guys won’t deal with a cologne they feel is for their older brothers their cool ass uncle or God forbid their dads.
A Mature smelling cologne doesn’t have to be kiss of death when it comes to dating. Women that have are will soon leave the party all the time phase are looking for a mature guy to settle down with.
If that’s you, you can still smell like one with this cologne.
2) La Nuit de L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent–La Nuit De L’Homme or Night Of The Man, released in 2009 is third in a string of flankers going back to L’ Homme by Yves Saint Laurent released in 2006. La Nuit is the date night cologne you’ve been looking for!
What’s In La Nuit de L’ Homme?
- Top Note: Cardamom
- Middle Notes: Bergamot, Cedar, Lavender
- Base Notes: Caraway Vetiver
Who Should Wear La Nuit de L’ Homme?
This fragrance is for you if looking for something to fill dual roles. If you enjoy sweeter colognes with great projection and longevity you’ll hit one out of the park with this scent.
A nice stand along fragrance for men, this stuff will come in handy if you’re a mad scientist with New Fab 4 Pheromone Chem Set ( or have a few unscented ‘mones in your possession) as excellent cover scent, just what you need to really make the night your own.
What’s The Catch?
The catch is Nuit leans more to the sweet side of the tracks. Don’t get me wrong, sweet is great (every fragrance collection should have at least one sweeter scent, I have several) but sweet is in as of this writing.
Depending on your personality, your cologne may not give off the manly image you were hoping for. This is the reason I would move this to a 2nd date situation. If you’re on a second date, you’re trying to show you’re a multi dimensional person.
3) Cool Water by Davidoff–The original version of Cool Water, released in 1988 was at one point thought to be a Davidoff (a house who started off in the fine cigar business) effort to create a generic version of Green Irish Tweed released a few years earlier in 1985. Since its original release, CW has been reformulated at least two times to become one of the most popular colognes for men on the market today.
The popularity of this cologne rivals that of AcquaDi Gio making it an excellent casual(work/school) or first date frag.
What’s In Cool Water by Davidoff?
- Top Notes: Coriander, Green Notes, Lavender, Rosemary, Sea Water
- Middle Notes: Geranium, Jasmine, Neroli, Sandalwood
- Base Notes: Amber, Cedarwood, Musk, Oakmoss, Tobacco
Who Should Wear Cool Water by Davidoff?
The guy who would consider wearing Cool Water is a dude who wants to play it safe and bases cologne purchases on what’s popular. To be honest, depending on the reason you buy a fragrance, buying based on what other folks think is popular isn’t a bad idea.
Chances are you surfed into this review based on a search for the most popular colognes for men.
Another man who would consider adding this concoction to their collection is one who has the ability to balls up and say “I don’t care if it’s popular or not, I going to wear it because I like it!”
I fall into this category. I buy it because I like it devil be damned. The man makes the cologne, not the other way around.
What’s The Catch?
The catch is this cologne is popular. Depending on your play group, you may smell this everywhere. Guys were slathering this stuff on and smelling up the dorms in the late 80’s through mid 90’s.
The same guys have now rediscovered this fragrance and began to wear it again. The upside to this is when you wear it, you may spark a memory or two in a woman around. A good memory from the day when all she had to worry about was grades and an unexpected pregnancy.
4) Gucci Envy by Gucci –A few days ago, I was chilling, reading the daily dramas on Face Book when up popped a friend request from someone I dated many moons ago. Her first question was (well second question after what was my marital status) was “what 90’s cologne comes to mind when you think of a real dating?”
I’m not talking about a sport frack mission. I’m talking about a “gee I really like this girl I want to impress her*” type of evening in which you’re heading out with a woman you really dig.
5) Tom Ford Gray Vetiver-(full review) –I was introduced to this cologne Baltimore Maryland Inner Harbor. A suspected thief selling colognes from a plastic grocery bag offered to spray a little on my wrist before moving on. Shortly afterwards, I was approached by a couple of drunk not so cute women who just loved the scent. I had to have it.
6) Soul 2 Soul by Tim McGraw-(full review)– Released in 2012, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Soul 2 Soul for Him by Tim McGraw quickly became one of my “Come Fcuk Me” Scents. What does this mean? It means this is a cologne that gets a reaction I equate to come sleep with me.
What’s In Soul 2 Soul?
- Top Notes-Bergamot, Brandy, Pepper
- Middle Notes-Imortelle, Oak, Saffron
- Base Notes-Coriander,Musk, Woody Notes
Who Should Wear This Cologne
You don’t have to be wear cowboy hat or like country music to wear Soul 2 Soul. Anyone can rock this smell. Everyone from a love struck 14 year old to a jaded 54 year old guy will smell great.
What’s The Catch?
While an inexpensive cologne available at fine boutiques such as Target or Walgreens, the catch to this scent is its lack of staying power. Soul 2 Soul doesn’t believe this is a marathon, S2S believes it’s running for the gold in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The notes are great but come and go like the wind. I’ve found on my skin, I get about four hours per application.
Another catch is this cologne was selling like hot cakes for Valentine’s Day 2012. I swear I saw a lady at Walgreen’s walking around spraying this scent into the air near the V-Day card displays.
Women followed her to the cosmetic counter like some out of this world Pied Piper.
Fortunately, the average user of S2S (you’re above average) will blaze through his bottle by May. He will have messed up with his lady making a re-up impossible.